Congressman John Yarmuth

Politics
3:32 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Mitch McConnell ‘Extraordinarily Helpful’ in SCOTUS Ruling Eliminating Overall Campaign Gift Limits

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Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was "extraordinarily helpful" in the Supreme Court case overturning overall campaign gift limits, according to the lead attorney for the plaintiff in the groundbreaking case, which is likely to pour even more money into U.S. elections.

In a 5-4 decision Wednesday, the high court found that government regulations on aggregate contributions violate the First Amendment rights of donors.

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Politics
4:07 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Congressman John Yarmuth Calls for Minimum Wage Hike

In a House floor speech Wednesday afternoon, Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky called for an increase to the federal minimum wage.

A hike to hourly wages has been a popular issue for Democrats in 2014, and has been a clear contrast in the U.S. Senate race.

The congressman is co-sponsoring the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour incrementally over three years.

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Politics
1:18 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

John Yarmuth Suggests House May Need to Investigate CIA for Alleged Congressional Spying

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky
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Saying the House may need to get involved, Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., worries the Central Intelligence Agency is "going rogue" if accusations the agency spied on a Senate committee turn out to be true.

The allegations stem from an eye popping floor speech by a veteran lawmaker this week.

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Education
3:54 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Louisville's Simmons College Gets National Accreditation

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Simmons College of Kentucky has become the state’s first private, historically black college to receive national accreditation. 

The accreditation was awarded on earlier this month by the Association of Biblical Higher Education, an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

With the recognition, Simmons will become the nation’s 107th Historically Black College and University and be eligible for a $300,000 annual grant from the Department of Education.

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Politics
4:45 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Kentucky Gay Marriage Ban 'Practically' Over, Says Congressman John Yarmuth

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Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth is predicting the end of Kentucky's gay marriage ban now that a federal judge has ruled a key provision unconstitutional.

The decision by Judge John G. Heyburn II found the state law violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause by denying recognition of same-sex marriages performed outside the state.

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Politics
11:30 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Kentucky Tea Party Groups Urging House Delegation to Oppose Immigration Reform

The United Kentucky Tea Party is putting members of the state’s congressional delegation on notice to oppose any attempt at overhauling the U.S. immigration system this year.

Late last week House Republicans unveiled a one-page set of standards that would allow those who immigrated to the U.S. illegally to obtain citizenship.

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Politics
5:01 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

John Yarmuth Wants Obama to Focus on Income Inequality Over Executive Authority

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Kentucky Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth is hoping President Obama's State of the Union address focuses on economic fairness rather than executive power.

The president is set to deliver his fifth address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.

Supporters are hoping the speech can revive the administration's second-term agenda as Obama faces near record-low approval ratings and gridlock in Washington.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Report: Mitch McConnell, John Yarmuth Among Wealthiest Members of Congress

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth (l) and Republican Senator Mitch McConnell (r)

A new report shows that for the first time in U.S. history, a majority of lawmakers in Washington are millionaires. And two members of Kentucky’s federal delegation are among the wealthiest.

The analysis of personal financial disclosure records released by the Center for Responsive Politics shows most members of Congress have an average net worth of $1 million.

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Politics
5:02 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Congressman John Yarmuth Urges House Colleagues to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Speaking on the House floor Wednesday afternoon, Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky marked the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty by urging Republicans to support an extension of unemployment benefits.

The Senate surprised political observers earlier this week when a bipartisan push moved the measure forward by a 60-37 vote. But senators still disagree over whether the 3-month extension of benefits should be offset with cuts elsewhere.

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Politics
8:30 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Rep. John Yarmuth: Not Being Mitch McConnell Isn’t Enough for Alison Lundergan Grimes

Alison Lundergan Grimes (l) and John Yarmuth (r)

Kentucky's lone Democrat on Capitol Hill is urging U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes to open up more with voters going into next year.

One of the chief knocks against Grimes in the early stages of the race by reporters, Republicans and political observers is that she remains cagey on complicated issues.

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