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Guthrie rejoins House Education and Workforce Committee

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Served on the committee during his first term in Congress

By Marty Finley

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie is returning to the committee where he got his start in Washington.

The Kentucky Republican has been reassigned to the Education and the Workforce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, giving him two committee postings in the 113th Congress.

Guthrie in a statement said he looks forward to working with the committee and its members to advance education and job training in Kentucky. He served on the committee during his first term in Congress.

“House leadership has a bold agenda planned for the 113th Congress and I am honored they offered me a chance to continue that agenda through the Education and the Workforce Committee,” Guthrie said in the statement.

Chairman John Kline, R-Minn., said Guthrie’s experiences will greatly assist the committee as it makes decisions.

“Brett has a strong understanding of the challenges facing America’s schools and workplaces, and his expertise will be invaluable to the committee’s work,” Kline said in a written statement.

Guthrie already serves on the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which oversees energy, health care, telecommunications and environmental policy.

During a phone interview about the compromise bill approved by the House to avoid tax hikes and across-the-board spending cuts, Guthrie said he has yet to step foot in a business in the 2nd Congressional Sistrict that is not looking for qualified workers, whether it is a fast-food restaurant chain or a manufacturing plant. Despite a slow economy, Guthrie said businesses are hiring and he wants to ensure workers seeking jobs are equipped with the right skill sets.

“What we need to do is get these people qualified for the jobs available,” he said.

Guthrie also advocated for state governments having more control over educational programs and policy.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.