Posts Tagged ‘Fiscal Cliff’

The Fiscal Cliff and the Kentucky Delegation

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Happy New Year!
You probably had a better New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day than the delegation representing Kentucky in the United States Congress. They celebrated the holiday negotiating, voting, and arguing over legislation to keep the nation from falling off the fiscal cliff.

And our two U.S. Senators were front and center before a national audience of cliff watchers and media the past few days.

Most analysts are giving Sen. Mitch McConnell kudos for asking Vice President Joe Biden, an old Senate colleague, to join the negotiations for the deal that keeps taxes from going up on most Americans. McConnell voted for the legislation.

Sen. Paul, who was on the Senate floor and national television before the Senate voted to pass the legislation, was one of only 8 Senators to vote against the bill.

On the House side, the measure passed 257 to 167. Among the Kentucky congressmen, Hal Rogers (R), Ben Chandler (D), and John Yarmuth (D), voted for the deal. Ed Whitfield (R), Brett Guthrie (R), and Thomas Massie (R), voted against the deal.

Guthrie, from Bowling Green, had this to say, “I have said it from the very beginning that ensuring we do not go over the fiscal cliff should be a combination of tax reforms that are vital to the health of our nation. For too long, House Republicans were told they would see a good-faith discussion on spending cuts. Yet again, we have been told no, that spending cuts will come next time.”

There was no “big deal.” It appears there will be more fireworks down the road when Congress and the president try to cap government spending and attack the deficit facing the nation.

A Look Over the Edge of the Fiscal Cliff

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Join me and my “Kentucky Tonight” guests at 8/7 pm CT on KET.

Our topic is the looming “Fiscal Cliff.” My guests are a panel of experts on the subject: Jason Bailey, director of The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy; Jim Waters, president of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions; Malcolm Robinson, economics professor and economics department chair at Thomas More College; and Tres Watson, chairman of the Kentucky Young Republican Federation. We’ll discuss what’s involved and how it might affect Kentucky families and businesses. Tune in and join the conversation:

E-mail kytonight@ket.org or use the message form at The Kentucky Tonight website.
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Call during the program, 1-800-494-7605.

Kentucky Tonight, Monday, Dec. 3 at 8/7 pm CT on KET
You can also watch it live online at the KET website.


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