Congressman John Yarmuth

6:21 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Congressman John Yarmuth Puts Political Weight Behind Louisville Minimum Wage Bill

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The Metro Council minimum wage ordinance is the last hope for Louisville workers seeking a wage hike.

That’s according to Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth, who joined advocates at a local business Monday morning.

Yarmuth said he plans to be heavily involved in an effort to pass minimum wage legislation locally.

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8:24 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Kentucky Congressional Delegation Divided on Islamic State Vote

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After a six-hour debate, the U.S. House approved a bipartisan measure to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State on Wednesday.

Congress adopted an amendment to the spending bill allowing the Obama administration to provide aid against the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which is also referred to as ISIS, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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2:01 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Ray Rice Incident Underscores Importance of Violence Against Women Act, John Yarmuth Says

John Yarmuth
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Congressman John Yarmuth said the high-profile domestic violence case involving NFL player Ray Rice demonstrates the need for legislation empowering abused women.

The Rice incident "in very graphic ways highlighted a problem that’s been around for a very long time,” Yarmuth, a Democrat who represents Louisville, told WFPL Friday. “And that is, unfortunately, too many men try to exert their physical power over women to control them. Society needs to be very much aware of the problem and to deal with it decisively.”

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2:37 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Kentucky, Indiana Lawmakers React to President Obama's Strategy Against Islamic State

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President Obama's proposed strategy to “take out” Islamic State terrorists is being backed by a bipartisan group of Kentucky and Indiana lawmakers.

The president made the remarks Wednesday in a prime-time speech, signaling a broadening American role in combating ISIL.

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1:53 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Before Ferguson Unrest, Congressman John Yarmuth Voted Against De-Militarizing Local Police

John Yarmuth
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The image of heavily armed police confronting demonstrators in Ferguson, Mo., has sparked a national debate about militarized law enforcement.

Kentucky lawmakers, such as a Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth, were among the first to condemn police in the northern St. Louis suburb for using "military-style" tactics against residents.

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3:00 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

In Wake of Ferguson Unrest, Kentucky Lawmakers Speak Out Against Police Militarization

Congressman John Yarmuth (l) and Senator Rand Paul (r) of Kentucky at the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate in Danville, Ky.
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A pair of Kentucky lawmakers on opposite sides of the aisle Thursday spoke out against a suburban St. Louis police department's use of force amid civic unrest.

Both Republican Sen. Rand Paul and Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth offered their first comments on violence in Ferguson, Mo., where demonstrators and police have clashed over four days in reaction to the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who is African-American.

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2:33 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

At Rally, Louisville Labor Rights Activists Question Mayor Fischer's Dedication to Minimum Wage Hike

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth joined by supporters of raising the minimum wage
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Louisville labor rights activists on Monday questioned Mayor Greg Fischer’s dedication to increasing the minimum wage.

The activists spoke to WFPL after a downtown Louisville rally organized by Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth, who called on Congress to have an immediate vote on increasing the federal minimum wage.

A Metro government proposal to raise the minimum wage is under legal examination, and Fischer has repeatedly said that raising workers pay makes business sense.

But labor rights activists are critical of his dedication to the issue.

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1:11 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

McConnell Seeks to Keep Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Out of Kentucky

Mitch McConnell
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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell filed an amendment Thursday seeking to stem the flow of young migrants from Central America into Kentucky and other states.

The Senate is currently debating a bill that would allocate $2.7 billion toward what President Obama and congressional leaders have called a humanitarian crisis.

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10:59 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Despite Senator Rand Paul's Suggestion, Fort Knox Won’t House Immigrant Children, Says HHS Official

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Unaccompanied immigrant children taken into custody at the U.S.-Mexico border will not be coming to Fort Knox in Kentucky.

That’s according to an e-mail from the U.S. Department Health and Human Services sent to WFPL, which contradicts a statement Monday by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., at a business event in Louisville.

Speaking at the Kentucky Chamber Business Summit, Paul said the federal government was sending some of the children who had been apprehended to the Kentucky military installation.

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5:31 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Yarmuth Leads Democratic Effort to Craft an 'Action Plan' Ahead of Fall Election

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Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville is spearheading a 100-day action plan that Democrats hope will provide a push to regain the House this fall.

The legislative package unveiled by House Democratic leaders Wednesday emphasizes the middle-class and calls out the Republicans' record of accomplishment.

Among the ideas being pushed are raising the minimum wage, increased infrastructure spending, and creating tax incentives for U.S. companies operating in the country.

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