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Rep. Guthrie: 'Grave Concerns' Surround Iran Deal

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Rep. Brett Guthrie

By    |   Saturday, 15 Aug 2015 08:19 AM

The Republican-controlled House has made a great deal of progress this year, and will continue that trend by taking careful consideration of President Barack Obama's deal with Iran, Rep. Brett Guthrie said Saturday.

"In September, Congress will consider one of the most important issues in recent years," the Kentucky Republican said in this week's GOP address.  "Like many Americans, I have grave concerns about this deal, and whether it will make our country safer."

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Guthrie, who has co-sponsored a House bill expressing Congress' disapproval of the Iran deal, said that lawmaker on both sides of the aisle will need to determine if the deal makes the country safer.

"We can never be satisfied until we know our children can grow up in a safe and prosperous America, and we can make this happen if we keep working together to put the people's priorities first," said Guthrie.

In Saturday's speech, Guthrie also outlined Congress' achievements so far, including passing a 10-year balanced budget plan, and expansions to private care and mental health resources for veterans.

"To protect our kids, we've given law enforcement new tools to fight human trafficking," said Guthrie. "To grow our economy, we've passed a plan that paves the way for better trade agreements. This will lead to more markets for farmers and ranchers, and more jobs and higher wages for America's workers.

Congress has also enacted "the first real entitlement reform in nearly two decades" to strengthen Medicare, said Guthrie, resulting in the savings of $2.9 trillion over the long term for taxpayers.

Also, Obamacare mandates have been reduced, he said, to make it easier for businesses to hire workers, he said, while remaining fully committed to repealing the president's healthcare reform plan.

"If Obamacare's next round of regulations take effect on Jan. 1, mere months from now, small businesses will be forced into larger group insurance markets that have dramatically higher rates, said Guthrie. "That means that business owners, employees and their families will be the ones on the hook for higher costs. I've introduced bipartisan legislation to stop this from happening."

The bill would ensure that employers who have 51-100 employees working will be able to keep their current health care plans and "avoid more burdensome Obamacare mandates," said Guthrie. "This would give relief to American workers across the country."

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The Republican-controlled House has made a great deal of progress this year, and will continue that trend by taking careful consideration of President Barack Obama's deal with Iran, Rep. Brett Guthrie said Saturday.
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