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Congressman Brett Guthrie (R) hosted a town hall meeting to a packed and passionate audience in Leitchfield’s Centre on Main on Thursday, Aug. 14.

Guthrie is hosting town hall meetings in all 21 counties in his service area through the months of August and September to give his constituents opportunities to voice their questions and concerns.

Guthrie said White House officials are “out of touch” with the people they serve - this is partially why he enjoys visiting towns and counties in his service area to learn “the real story” regarding the issues and concerns that affect American citizens.

“What you hear from people is how frustrated they are [with Washington, D.C],” Guthrie said.

Grayson County Judge-Executive Gary Logsdon, who introduced Guthrie, said he appreciated Guthrie’s visit because “We live in a community that is concerned.”

Guthrie addressed a number of concerns, including the lawsuit against President Barack Obama; energy; gasoline prices; and the effect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - also referred to as “Obamacare” - on the economy.

Guthrie spoke about the reasoning behind the recent lawsuit filed by House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner against Obama regarding the requirements of the ACA and the mandate that employers with over 50 employees must provide insurance to their employees.

Guthrie, who publicly supported the lawsuit and fought against the ACA, said Congress has elected to take the matter to court to determine whether the President acted lawfully by bypassing Congress and putting the ACA and its mandate into effect.

Congress has attempted numerous times in the past to prevent the ACA from going into effect; however, the bill was passed into legislation and went into effect this year.

According to Guthrie, Obama acted without the approval of Congress based on the condition that the ACA was passed as a law.

An audience member questioned why Congress has not taken action to impeach the President based on what he considered impeachable offenses.

Guthrie responded that Congress is currently “trying to establish a process to engage the courts to determine if what he’s doing is legal.”

According to Guthrie, another major issue currently is that Congress, when writing laws throughout its history, has delegated its authority to other entities - something he said has hindered its ability to act.

Guthrie used the example of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) prevention of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” which is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas from inside.

The EPA has prevented the process of “fracking” thus far because it has been considered an environmental hazard; however, Guthrie said, this is not true.

Guthrie supports “fracking” and said that it would enable the United States to become energy independent.

“The war on coal is real,” Guthrie said. “93 percent of Kentuckians get their power from coal.”

Guthrie said new ways to become energy independent are available, i.e. natural gas obtained from “fracking” that would supply the country for 200 years.

“There’s not enough wind and solar in the world to power ourselves and let our children have the lifestyle they have,” Guthrie said.

Guthrie also addressed the reason for the high gasoline prices.

“We have as much oil as Saudi Arabia,” Guthrie said. “The biggest problem with gas prices is a new oil refinery hasn’t been built since [the 1970’s].”

On the ACA, Guthrie said it has strained the economy because moneys that were originally budgeted to be used to fund healthcare have been cut, which led to money being taken from other areas, such as education.

To conclude, Logsdon thanked Guthrie for his attendance in Leitchfield, and said, “We ask you to fight for us.”

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