Congressman John Yarmuth

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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8:47 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Federal Ruling is 'Martial Law' Against Marriage, Says Family Foundation of Kentucky

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A federal judge's ruling striking down Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage undermines voters authority to define marriage as they see fit.

That's according to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and anti-gay rights activists with the Family Foundation of Kentucky, who lashed out at a court decision Tuesday against the Kentucky's gay marriage ban.

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12:04 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Kentucky Conservatives Claim Victory After Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling

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Conservative leaders in Kentucky are praising the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Monday that closely held corporations can opt out of providing contraceptives under the health care law.

The case was brought by Hobby Lobby, a family-owned business and national chain, which has religious objections to the provision.

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12:07 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

3 Top Kentucky Democrats Endorse Jack Conway for Governor

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Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway's campaign for governor received endorsements Thursday from three leading state Democrats.

Conway picked up the support of former U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford, former State Auditor Crit Luallen and current U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, the campaign announced. 

"I am humbled to receive the endorsements of three people who have been so dedicated to standing up for Kentuckians and fighting for the working men and women of our Commonwealth," Conway said in a news release.

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4:17 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Mayor Greg Fischer: Minimum Wage 'Has Not Been a Big Topic’ in Louisville

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Mayor Greg Fischer is supportive of a gradual increase to the minimum wage, but the Louisville Democrat said today that it hasn't been a major issue locally.

"Obviously there hasn't been any significant increase in decades in that, but frankly it has not been a big topic of conversation in our city," said Fischer. "I would be supportive, however, if it was."

Fischer, attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors, made the comments during an interview with NPR's Here & Now.

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4:05 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Louisville Officials Join 'Bring Our Girls Back' Rally

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority member Keidra King speaking at the "Bring Our Girls Back" rally in Metro Hall
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Several Louisville public officials joined a rally in downtown to raise awareness and call for action regarding the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian school children.

The terrorist group Boko Haram is claiming responsibility for taking over 200 girls from a Nigerian school last month. They have demanded the release of jailed Islamic militants in exchange for the students.

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10:33 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Congressman John Yarmuth 'Thrilled' Over Son Purchasing LEO Weekly

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Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., says he is thrilled that his son is buying the alternative news weekly he founded almost 25 years ago.

Last week it was announced Aaron Yarmuth is leading a group purchasing LEO Weekly from the Nashville-based SouthComm Communications.

But the elder Yarmuth said he doesn’t expect to receive preferential treatment from LEO Weekly as a result.

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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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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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