Representative John A. Yarmuth's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (KY) - District 3, Democratic
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Issue Positions

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Vote Smart's Research

  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed John Yarmuth in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. John Yarmuth voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access. Ultimately, this prohibition may threaten the health of medically vulnerable women and deny patients the right to access constitutionally protected medical services. We must strive to expand health care services for Americans throughout the nation -- not place barriers in the road of a woman seeking medical care simply because of the state, city, or district that she lives in." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave John Yarmuth a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. John Yarmuth voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. John Yarmuth voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed John Yarmuth in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of Peace Action West 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of the Peace Action 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. John Yarmuth voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Iraq War. 9 April 2008. "We have by almost everyone's estimation a much more serious and ominous threat in Afghanistan and Pakistan that will require continued involvement of American forces, and where it is clear to everyone that terrorists, including particularly al Qaeda, are much more active and we need to focus much more intensely on Afghanistan and our involvement in Iraq is, of course, preventing us from doing as much as we could and probably should in Afghanistan and Pakistan." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Issue Position: Foreign Affairs. 7 October 2011. "Our government has a responsibility to our brave men and women fighting overseas, and that means adequately preparing our troops and caring for our veterans. But it also means not putting them in harm's way unless absolutely necessary [¦] I support the Obama Administration's plan to bring a responsible end to the war in Iraq. Now we must reevaluate our mission in Afghanistan to ensure we have a clear mission and an exit strategy -- taking into consideation security, governance, and economic development as well as the pivotal role Pakistan plays in the stability of the region." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 June 2011. "We urge a significant and sizable reduction of U.S. military forces in Afghanistan beginning July 2011. With Osama bin Laden killed and Al Qaeda largely driven from Afghanistan, it is time to accelerate the transfer of security responsibilities to the Government of Afghanistan and to reduce the U.S. military footprint there." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. The Budget and National Debt. 6 February 2008. "We have, once again, a budget that minimizes and disguises the cost of our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of us differ very strenuously on our priorities in Iraq and Afghanistan. We all understand that we have some serious problems in Afghanistan, and we need to focus there. We also understand that we are spending $3 billion a week in Iraq, most of which we will never see. It never represents any investment in our future. It is money that is down the drain. When you try to compare the benefits of our tax dollars being spent again to promote a vibrant and healthy economy and to help people who need to get their feet on the ground to become productive citizens versus spending money overseas in ways that do nothing to enhance our own standard of living, that we know we have a skewed sense of priorities." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 29 July 2010. "This week, Congress approved and sent to your desk the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010. As you are aware, this legislation includes $37.1 billion for military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and $21.7 billion for urgent domestic priorities. I voted in favor of this bill, but I want to be clear that my vote should not be mistaken as support for our Afghanistan war strategy. Our war strategy in Afghanistan has neither clearly defined objectives nor metrics for measuring progress and success. Therefore, I oppose sending more of our service men and women into harm's way until these fundamental elements of our military strategy are established and implemented." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. The American People Want to Start Bringing Our Troops Home. 18 July 2007. "Mr. Speaker, President Bush has had 4 years to make his policy work, and the situation is not getting any better. It's time that we get back to fighting the real global war on terror so that al Qaeda does not continue to gain strength in Afghanistan and Pakistan." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Yarmuth. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. John Yarmuth voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. John Yarmuth voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. John Yarmuth voted Nay on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. John Yarmuth voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. John Yarmuth voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Letter to Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 13 October 2011. "You have a unique opportunity to bring our defense spending in line with our legitimate national defense needs while getting our nation on the path to a balanced budget free of deficit. As former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates noted last year, paraphrasing President Dwight D. Eisenhower, "The United States should spend as much as necessary on national defense, but not one penny more. [...] The June 2010 report of the Sustainable Defense Task Force detailed proposals to reduce our nuclear stockpile substantially, realizing savings of over $100 billion without compromising our national security.[1] The report proposed over $960 billion in defense department savings over the next decade. [...] Bringing our defense spending in line with our legitimate security needs must be considered along with other measures to regain our economic footing." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. The Budget and National Debt. 6 February 2008. "We have, once again, a budget that minimizes and disguises the cost of our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of us differ very strenuously on our priorities in Iraq and Afghanistan. We all understand that we have some serious problems in Afghanistan, and we need to focus there. We also understand that we are spending $3 billion a week in Iraq, most of which we will never see. It never represents any investment in our future. It is money that is down the drain. When you try to compare the benefits of our tax dollars being spent again to promote a vibrant and healthy economy and to help people who need to get their feet on the ground to become productive citizens versus spending money overseas in ways that do nothing to enhance our own standard of living, that we know we have a skewed sense of priorities." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Yarmuth. Issue Position: Economy. 10 October 2011. "I am deeply concerned about the growing income inequality of today's workforce. Many middle class workers are slipping further behind, struggling to pay monthly bills or provide educational opportunities for their families [¦] President Obama has signaled that he wants to work with Congress on these efforts to strengthen the middle class by creating a Middle Class Task Force whose goals are to expand education and lifelong training opportunities, improve work and family balance, restore labor standards, including workplace safety, help protect middle-class and working family incomes, and protect retirement security." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Yarmuth Calls on Millionaires and Billionaires to Pay Their Fair Share. 18 March 2011. "At a time when Republicans in Congress are cutting funding and sacrificing the needs of everyone from pregnant women and students to firefighters and nurses, and even seniors and veterans, this legislation asks that the wealthiest Americans tighten their belts and contribute to our economic recovery, just like the rest of the nation," said Congressman Yarmuth. "It is a critical step to ensuring our economy works for all Americans, and not just the wealthy few." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 3 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Middle Class Tax Relief Act 2010. 2 December 2010. "We can afford to give everybody tax cuts if we want to raise the national debt another $700 billion. No, I think we have to draw a line somewhere. We have to say the people who have done extremely well over the last 10 years thanks to the Bush tax cuts need to pay a little more. This won't kill jobs. We won't be crying crocodile tears for them. It's more important that we make sure that the vast majority of Americans have the income they need to drive this economy. That's where the business people, small and large, will prosper." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. 16 December 2010. "This $114 billion tax giveaway to the rich is not an investment in our economy. Just look at what happened in the decade that followed the passage of these cuts in 2001. Even if you exclude the beginning of the recession, we saw the slowest economic growth since World War 2: fewer jobs created, fewer businesses started, fewer dollars injected into our economy. So where did all that money go? Into the bank accounts of the wealthiest few. When their taxes were cut, they banked three times as much money than before. More money was stashed away rather than--as some would have you believe--put into business expansion or job creation. That's why the Congressional Budget Office ranked an extension of these tax breaks LAST among the options we have to help grow the economy and create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. The Budget and National Debt. 6 February 2008. "If you phrased it another way, and that would be the average American taxpayer would have his or her taxes increased by, it wouldn't be $1,200, it would be like $40 or $50, because the average American working family earns $55,000 a year. And that family, if we did not extend the Bush tax cuts, would see their taxes raised by a very small amount. The people at the higher end would pay a lot more taxes. So the average tax increase, yes, it would be a lot, but the average taxpayer would not see his or her taxes increased. Of course, we are not proposing that in any event. We have been talking that when we do revisit those tax cuts that we look at the highest income levels." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. The Republican Majority's Reckless Spending Plan. 31 March 2011. "[T]he Republican majority's reckless spending plan doesn't just betray our national values, it highlights their values [¦] They're fighting to protect billions in tax breaks for Wall Street and oil companies or they'll shut the government down. In other words, they demand sacrifices from everyone except millionaires, billionaires, and their corporate benefactors. That's why I think we ought to call the reckless GOP spending plan "good old payback." Mr. Speaker, we cannot let politics and corporate profits trump smart and compassionate policy and the well-being of our Nation. I urge my colleagues to reject these demands and fight to create a government and an economy that works for all Americans, not just the wealthy few." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. An Economy that Works for Everybody. 1 March 2011. "So you would think that after all these gains, the super rich--a handful of Americans who control fully a third of our economy--would understandably be asked to help as we try to bring our fiscal house back into order. But the Republican spending plan does none of this. It puts the burden of cuts solely on the shoulders of working families, those already struggling to make ends meet and provide for their families. The Republican plan spares the richest Americans from even the slightest inconvenience. They have proposed to slash the budgets for programs that help seniors heat their homes, help low-income women find a doctor, and help millions of American students access job training or affordable college or health care. This is a reckless plan. We need to reject it and instead work to create an economy that works for everybody, and not just a wealthy few." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Bush Tax Cuts. 17 November 2010. "Mr. Speaker, soon we are going to have to decide how to treat the Bush tax cuts. We are going to have to decide whether or not to indebt the American people another $700 billion to extend benefits, tax benefits, for the richest 1 percent of the country. Before we go too far in feeling sorry for that 1 percent, consider this: From 2001 to 2006, 53 percent of all gains, total gains, in income in this country went to that 1 percent. That is right, one out of every two dollars went to the richest 1 percent. That is where the economy has gone. The growth in this country has benefited primarily the richest people in the country, and we now have the greatest disparity in wealth that we have seen in this country in almost 100 years." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Fiscal Choices. 4 April 2011. "As a matter of fact, I offered an amendment in the hearing to rescind the Bush tax cut for only those people making over $1 million a year, only those people making over $1 million a year." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Yarmuth Statement on Tax Proposal. 16 December 2011. "The long-term costs of this bill are far more damaging to our nation than the short-term gains. Borrowing money to give tax cuts to the rich -- tax cuts that are more than most families make in a year -- is unconscionable. Economics shows this is a dead-end. History proves it would be disastrous. And basic morality dictates that our priorities should focus on making our economy work for everyone -- not just the wealthy few." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Yarmuth. Make Serious Investments in this Country's Future. 25 January 2011. "Now, I know that many people don't think of government spending as investment. But if we look back not too long, just over recent history, the last few decades, we have seen numerous instances in which government investment has not only created jobs, it has spawned entirely new industries." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act of 2008. 29 January 2008. "Madam Speaker, today we will pass a bipartisan economic stimulus package that will help American families and jump-start our growing economy. Throughout our great country, hardworking citizens are making major sacrifices to make ends meet, cutting back on winter clothes to pay for heat, scaling back groceries to pay for kids' medical bills, or sacrificing college in attempt to prevent mortgage foreclosure. For 117 million families, 1.6 million in Kentucky alone, rebate checks of $600 per individual, $1,200 per couple and an additional $300 per child will be in their mailboxes by as early as May." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. The Case for Bipartisanship. 7 February 2008. "Mr. Speaker, last week this House came together in a bipartisan fashion to address the economic uncertainty that many of our citizens are facing. President Bush worked with both Democratic and Republican leaders of the House to develop an economic stimulus package that is timely, targeted, and temporary. That plan, which was passed here in the House last week, will help jump-start our economy by putting tax rebates in the hands of 117 million hardworking middle- and lower-income workers." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. John Yarmuth voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. John Yarmuth voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave John Yarmuth a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. As Gallon of Gas Reaches $4 in Louisville, Congress Passes Legislation to Lower Fuel Prices. 14 May 2008. "Although the economic stimulus package recently passed by a bipartisan Congress is an important step towards reviving our lagging economy, high gas and heating oil prices threaten to smother the benefits of the stimulus rebates as families struggle to fill up their cars and pay their electricity and fuel bills." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Yarmuth Calls on House Speaker to Create Historic Infrastructure Bank. 7 April 2008. "As you are aware, infrastructure spending is one of the best investments the federal government can make in the economy. Every dollar spent generates approximately $5.70 in widespread economic benefits, ranging from new construction, engineering, and design jobs, to a boost in sales for trucks and equipment, to increased demand for raw materials like gravel, concrete, and steel. Communities also benefit tenfold from reduced congestion, business growth, improved safety, lower gas consumption, cleaner air, and a reduction in pollution related health ailments." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. The State of the Economy. 16 January 2008. "Everybody hates government until they need government. That is from the richest to the poorest. We know there's a lot of subsidy to the wealthiest people, the wealthiest corporations. They say they don't like government, but they are always coming here to ask for help when it suits them. This is one of those times when everyone needs government in this country. Everyone needs the stimulus that we are about to try to provide. It's the right thing, it's the smart thing, and it's the moral thing to do. I think that if we can convince enough people on the other side of the aisle, we will strike a great victory for this country and for the American people. I look forward to doing that in the next couple of weeks." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Yarmuth. Issue Position: Labor. 7 October 2011. "One of the most important actions we can take to protect American jobs is too stop U.S. companies from outsourcing jobs overseas. We must provide more incentives for businesses to remain or expand in the United States. We must also close the loophole in our tax code that encourages companies to locate offshore in order to avoid paying taxes. This inconsistency encourages United States corporations to shift jobs and finances overseas, placing a greater tax burden on American families." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Issue Position: Business. 7 October 2011. "I will continue to advocate for more pragmatic tax reforms that support our nation's financial growth -- not hinder it -- such as exempting family-owned small businesses from the estate tax, increasing the child tax credit and education tax credits, and extending small business expensing levels to encourage businesses to make investments." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Issue Position: Economy/Jobs. 7 October 2011. "Congressman Yarmuth championed provisions in this legislation to double the child tax credit and increase tax incentives for small businesses. This package helped reinvigorate the economy, giving Americans extra money to meet their needs." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Compared To What? 3 February 2010. "President Obama has an aggressive plan to create jobs and restore economic vitality. We want to provide credit to small businesses, job tax credits and very important incentives to both middle class working families and the businesses that create most of the jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Providing for Further Consideration of H.R. 5297, Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010. 17 June 2010. "The steps that we have taken, the steps that we propose to take in this Small Business Act, the subject of this rule, are steps that we believe are worth trying, that will be an affirmative effort to grow jobs in the small business segment of the economy to make capital available, to provide tax incentives--yes, to my friends on the other side, tax incentives--to motivate small business operators to grow their businesses, to start new businesses. These are the steps that this Congress and this administration are taking to grow the economy. It is better than sitting in the cheap seats and saying we want to go back to the agenda that put us in the ditch." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Yarmuth Introduces Legislation to Support American Manufacturing, Prevent Outsourcing, And Create Jobs at Home. 16 July 2010. "These tax credits are revitalizing the American manufacturing sector and have helped create 800 new jobs at Appliance Park. I am eager to work with my colleagues to expand these credits so that American businesses can continue to expand, create jobs and drive our national economic recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Yarmuth Votes to Cut Taxes, Create Jobs, and Increase Capital for Small Businesses. 23 October 2010. "For entrepreneurs in Louisville to expand their operations and hire new employees, they must have access to the resources that will help them grow. This legislation will not only help unclog the lending system and get capital flowing to thousands of small businesses in our community, it will offer new tax cuts and incentives to help them hire and expand." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Yarmuth. Issue Position: Education. 5 June 2012. "A vocal opponent of the current No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), Congressman Yarmuth is working to improve our K-12 education system. He has called on leadership to replace the punitive structure of NCLB with positive goals that reward success and provide professional development and financial support to help turn around struggling schools." (www.yarmuthforcongress.com)
  • John Yarmuth. Statement on $8.4 Million Federal Education Grant to Kentucky. 15 March 2012. "'It is very encouraging that the federal government continues to support innovative education reforms in Kentucky,' Yarmuth said. 'This grant will help Jefferson County schools and others throughout the state build upon the progress they have already made, so that more students have the resources and opportunities they need to succeed.'" (yarmuth.house.gov)
  • John Yarmuth. Yarmuth Applauds Focus On Job Creation, Education, And Transportation In President's Budget. 2 February 2010. "At a time when our nation needs forward-thinking investments, I am encouraged President Obama has proposed new funding for a comprehensive national literacy program. By enacting the provisions of the LEARN Act, we will build the foundation of a quality education that will help ensure America has the skilled workforce needed to compete in the global economy." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Issue Positions: Education. 5 June 2012. "After visiting dozens of schools, talking with students, parents, and teachers, and holding town hall events, I believe our country must reform the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) as soon as possible. We should replace the law's punitive structure with a positive system that provides the necessary resources and professional support to turn around struggling schools. We will not succeed if we continue to punish schools based on -- an often inaccurate -- one-time multiple choice test of a child's performance. Instead, we must develop a comprehensive system that evaluates the success of our children in many areas, while providing teachers with the resources and feedback to help students improve throughout the school year." (yarmuth.house.gov)
  • Kerri Richardson & Jill Midkiff. Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office: Governor Beshear Announces Kentucky Named Finalist for Race to the Top Education Award. 27 July 2010. "Governor Steve Beshear, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and congressional members applauded the news today that Kentucky is among the finalists for the second round of federal Race to the Top funding, a pot of over $3.3 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to be used for education reform. [¦] 'This announcement is further proof that Kentucky is continuing to make great strides toward improving the quality of education our children receive,' said Congressman John Yarmuth, of Kentucky's 3rd district. 'Governor Beshear and the General Assembly have worked hard to ensure Kentucky has access to every resource needed to strengthen schools in our communities, and I look forward to continuing to support their efforts in the next phase of this process.'" (migration.kentucky.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Yarmuth. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. John Yarmuth voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. John Yarmuth voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. John Yarmuth voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Issue Position: Energy. 5 June 2012. "As worldwide consumption increases, oil is simply not the answer. As Albert Einstein once said, "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used to create them." Now is the time to change our thinking and focus on renewable sources of energy. That is why I have supported critical investments in biofuels, geothermal, solar, and other forms of alternative energy, as well as greater research and development in renewable energy sources, which is incredibly important to Ford, GE, UPS, and other Louisville businesses." (yarmuth.house.gov)
  • John Yarmuth. Yarmuth Champions Legislation to Dramatically Increase US Oil Supply. 12 June 2008. "Big oil and its allies have been yelling about drilling in pristine wilderness, and all the while, they've been sitting on millions of acres of untapped land that they already have permits to drill. The American people work too hard to tolerate the games big oil plays to keep gas prices high. We will force the oil companies to produce on the federal lands they already have or forfeit it to another company that will. The United States has leased millions of acres to big oil for drilling, but they're just sitting on it. I'm sure their shareholders are happy that it's driving up the price of their stock, but it's driving up the price American families are paying at the pump as well. It's time they made a decision on the land: use it or lose it. It's that simple." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Letter to Speaker Boehner, Leader Pelosi, Leader Cantor and Whip Hoyer. 7 December 2011. "We write to urge extension of the highly successful grant program for specified energy property in lieu of tax credits (the "1603 Treasury Grant Program") before it expires on December 31, 2011. Since enactment, this program has leveraged more than $22.8 billion in private sector investment for 22,000 projects across the clean energy industry, including solar, wind, biomass, fuel cells, combined heat-and-power, and hydro, in all 50 states. Extension of this successful and effective program will create jobs, spur economic growth, and promote private sector development of clean energy technologies. Prior to the 2008 financial crisis, clean energy project developers primarily relied on tax equity partnerships with investors to utilize clean energy tax incentives. Since 2008, however, the availability of tax equity declined dramatically. According to a report issued by the Bipartisan Policy Center in March 2011, the number of tax equity investors shrunk by nearly half, with associated tax equity financing tumbling over 80 percent from $6.1 billion in 2007 to $1.2 billion in 2009. This decline severely limited the financing available for energy projects. Congress enacted the 1603 Treasury Grant Program to restore the availability of financing for renewable energy projects and to create domestic jobs in a hard hit sector of the economy. Under the program, developers receive a federal grant in lieu of the tax credit--changing the timing of when the energy incentive can be claimed. This change in timing, however, provides the liquidity and funding needed to develop domestic energy projects. As a result, the program underpinned strong growth in the renewable energy sector during the current economic downturn. Despite some improvement, the tax equity market is still unable to support the clean energy industry adequately. In July 2011, the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance surveyed tax equity investors and found that expiration of the program would shrink the total financing available for renewable energy projects by 52 percent in 2012. Allowing the 1603 Treasury Grant Program to lapse would eliminate tens of thousands of jobs across all clean energy industries. Given the program's importance, as well as its proven record of success, we urge you to include its extension in any year-end legislation considered by the House." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Issue Position: Energy. 7 October 2011. "Congressman Yarmuth has come down hard on the oil industry in this time of energy crisis in America. He believes there must be a crack down on speculation in the oil market that inflates the cost of gas at the pump. Congressman Yarmuth cosponsored the "Use it or Lose it" legislation, which puts pressure on Big Oil companies to begin drilling domestically on the 68 million acres of reserves the companies currently lease from the federal government but choose not to drill on. Congressman Yarmuth called on President Bush to suspend shipments of oil to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) as a critical first step in relieving the rising cost of fuel. After the President refused to take action, the House and Senate both approved a bill supported by Congressman Yarmuth that would halt the SPR shipments." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Fox News "Your World" “ Transcript. 25 June 2008. "That's what use-it-or-lose-it is all about is actually trying to pressure the oil companies to drill on land that they already can drill on where there are oil reserves. And again, 80 percent of the offshore reserves they can drill for now. They're just not doing it. As they said, it's an expensive proposition. But really, they just want to keep the oil off the market. That's what we're facing with now. I think speculation is the only thing we can do, ending speculation or controlling it, for the short term." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Yarmuth. Issue Position: Energy. 7 October 2011. "Now is the time to change our thinking and focus on renewable sources of energy. That is why I have supported critical investments in biofuels, geothermal, solar, and other forms of alternative energy, as well as greater research and development in renewable energy sources, which is incredibly important to Ford, GE, UPS, and other Louisville businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed John Yarmuth in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed John Yarmuth in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. John Yarmuth voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). John Yarmuth voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Changing Our Energy Policy. 19 May 2009. "Fortunately, we elected a President who has a very different vision of where we go in energy, a very progressive vision of where we go in energy, a policy that he has proposed, that this Congress is proposing to enact, that will end our dependence on oil and carbon-based fuels, will set a new course to where we are actually using the great gifts of the natural world, such as wind and solar energy, creating the kinds of incentives for businesses to create new jobs and new industries, so that we can create a future that is not only clean but prosperous." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Issue Position: Energy. 7 October 2011. "As we face grave threats to our national security and environment, our country must pursue a more balanced energy policy that will promote conservation and maximize our domestic resources, including clean and renewable sources of energy. Given our growing demand, we cannot simply drill our way out of our energy problems. That is why I support increased investment in the development and production of domestic and renewable fuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, which can help reduce our dependence on foreign oil. I have supported legislation to create a Strategic Energy Efficiency and Renewables Reserve to invest in alternative energy. In addition, I am cosponsoring a bill directing the EPA to conduct research to determine how biofuels and ultra low sulphur diesel can be made more compatible with existing systems for storing and delivering petroleum-based fuels." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Issue Position: Environment. 7 October 2011. "I believe we have a moral obligation to protect our environment for current and future generations. The scientific consensus indicates that global warming will have an increasing impact on our society and will contribute to droughts, floods, more extreme weather, as well as the erosion of our coastlines. In fact, NASA scientist James Hansen, one of the country's leading climate researchers, has said that "we have a very brief window of opportunity to deal with climate change...no longer than a decade, at the most. In the 110th Congress, I intend to make global climate change a high priority. I am pursuing legislation that preserves our planet, by exploring specific regional, environmental, and economic sector vulnerabilities to global warming." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Letter to U.S. House of Representatives. 15 February 2011. "Climate change is an important issue that Congress must work to address. Otherwise, our industries face the uncertainty of not knowing what future policies will be adopted to control greenhouse gas emissions. Unfortunately, section 1746 just makes these uncertainties worse. It states: None of the funds made available to the Environmental Protection Agency by this division or any other Act may be expended for purposes of enforcing or promulgating any regulation (other than with respect to section 202 of the Clean Air Act) or order, taking action relating to, or denying approval of state implementation plans or permits because of the emissions of greenhouse gases due to concerns regarding possible climate change." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Thevoterguide.org: 2012 US Representative District 3. Responded "That is why I have supported legislation that makes historic investments in new energy-efficient technologies, reduces emissions, and moves us toward a greater state of energy independence. This legislation provided Ford with a $5.9 billion loan to retool its Louisville plants, hire hundreds of workers, and build fuel-efficient cars and trucks." to the question: "Do you believe the planet is warming and that the government should play a role in addressing the problem?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Letter to U.S. House of Representatives. 15 February 2011. "Climate change is an important issue that Congress must work to address. Otherwise, our industries face the uncertainty of not knowing what future policies will be adopted to control greenhouse gas emissions. Unfortunately, section 1746 just makes these uncertainties worse. It states: None of the funds made available to the Environmental Protection Agency by this division or any other Act may be expended for purposes of enforcing or promulgating any regulation (other than with respect to section 202 of the Clean Air Act) or order, taking action relating to, or denying approval of state implementation plans or permits because of the emissions of greenhouse gases due to concerns regarding possible climate change. [¦] The Clean Air Act requires the largest new and expanded facilities to obtain pre-construction permits that address greenhouse gas emissions. Section 1746 would have the effect of preventing the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing such pre-construction permits in many jurisdictions. While some states and counties have the authority to issue pre-construction permits addressing greenhouse gas emissions, others rely on EPA to issue the permits. In those jurisdictions, the effect of section 1746 will be to prevent facilities from obtaining permits that are required by law prior to the start of construction." (votesmart.org)

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  • John Yarmuth. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. John Yarmuth voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed John Yarmuth in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave John Yarmuth a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)

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  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. John Yarmuth voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Health Care Reform. 30 July 2009. "We can do something very special in this country. We can create a unique American solution that will bring choice and competition--the two things that have characterized American society throughout its history--to our health care environment by using choice and competition, by creating a public option for American citizens to participate in that will compete with private insurance companies. We can make private insurance companies better, and we can make health insurance more affordable for every American. This is our goal. This is what we know that H.R. 3200 will do, and we look forward, over the next month, in taking this argument to the American people, because the case we have is a winning case. The hand we have is a winning hand, and we know that the American people will embrace what we are attempting to do." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "Today is the day those Americans get the help they have been praying for. It is the day we take a giant step toward that more perfect Union that we all seek. I am very proud to be a part of this historic day, and I am also very proud for the all-too-patient citizens of America who sent me here, along with many of my colleagues, in 2006 to cast votes for the Affordable Health Care for Americans Act." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Bringing Down Health Care Costs. 17 November 2009. "Time after time in this bill [Affordable Health Care for America Act], from comparative effectiveness research to investments in health care information technology, we do things that will bring costs down in health care, and that is our commitment to the American people. We will bring down costs and make health care affordable for every American." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Congressman Yarmuth's Statement On Health Care Reform. 25 March 2010. "I am very pleased that on March 21, 2010, the House of Representatives passed a bill, based on American free market principles, that will guarantee adequate and affordable health care to every citizen, rein in costs, expand consumer choice, lift the burden from small businesses, and lower the national debt by $1.3 trillion over the next two decades." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Health Care. 4 November 2009. "Mr. Speaker, on the most important issue this Congress will consider, what was so egregious that dozens of my Republican colleagues paraded to the floor yesterday to make passionate speeches in opposition to the Affordable Health Care for America Act? I shall tell you. It was the fact that the word ``shall'' appeared 3,400 times in the bill [¦] Mr. Speaker, if this is all the Republicans have, I say let's talk about font size or paper color. No, millions of Americans are suffering because of lack of health care. They cannot afford it. Eighteen thousand are dying a year. Almost a million are going bankrupt because of health care costs. We shall give America the health care reform they deserve." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. High-Quality, Affordable Health Care Choices. 15 July 2009. "Mr. Speaker, opponents of health care reform have tried for months to attack our efforts to bring high-quality, affordable care to all Americans. Their favorite scare tactic has been to allege that a public option will somehow lead to a ``government takeover'' of health care. This could not be further from the truth. Under the plan we introduced yesterday, the CBO projects that just 3 percent of Americans will be enrolled in the public plan once it is fully implemented, hardly a government takeover. In fact, the CBO estimates that employer-provided plans will have millions of new enrollees under the legislation and that most of those Americans using the health care exchange will choose private insurance for their coverage. This is a uniquely American solution that combines the best of the public and private sectors to bring some much-needed competition to the health care marketplace, giving American families the peace of mind of knowing they will always have high-quality, affordable health care choices." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Issue Position: Health Care. 7 October 2011. "Congressman Yarmuth believes we have a moral obligation as a nation to ensure every citizen has access to quality, affordable health care. With 47 million Americans uninsured and millions more underinsured, the situation is in crisis by any standard." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Issue Position: Healthcare. 7 October 2011. "By any measure, healthcare access is a crisis in America, today. Although we lead the world in medical innovation, 47 million Americans, or 16 percent of the population, live without health insurance. Millions of hard working Americans face the escalating cost of coverage while their benefits are being reduced. That is why I have cosponsored legislation to guarantee every American access to quality, affordable health insurance." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Repealing Health Care. 6 January 2011. "Yesterday, the Republican majority in the House put forth a group of rules changes that will determine how this Congress will operate over the next 2 years. It was fascinating, in light of our discussion about health care, in light of our discussion about the costs of health care, that one of the things it did, these rules changes that Republicans passed, was basically to vest extraordinary power on one Member of the House of Representatives to determine essentially what the cost, what the deficit or the debt, the budget implications on a particular piece of legislation might be, and the relevance of this to the debate we are in now about the Republicans' proposal to take away all of the privileges of rights and benefits granted by the Affordable Care Act that we passed in the 111th Congress and that I was proud to support." (votesmart.org)

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  • John Yarmuth. Issue Position: Immigration. 7 October 2011. "I believe that we must pass comprehensive immigration reform which includes the best possible border security, tough employer accountability, and a guest-worker program that brings undocumented workers out of hiding, and requires them to maintain a job, pay taxes, obey the law, learn English, and clear criminal and terrorism background checks." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 60 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. John Yarmuth voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Issue Position: Immigration. 7 October 2011. "Congressman Yarmuth believes that we can no longer ignore the need for comprehensive immigration reform [¦] The Congressman is also committed to strictly enforcing our nation's employment laws. He advocates employer accountability with a strong verification system and a worker program that will protect American jobs and businesses." (votesmart.org)

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  • Thomas McAdam. Will gay marriage become an issue in the presidential election? 9 May 2012. "'As a strong supporter of marriage equality, I am proud that President Obama has joined the millions of Americans committed to equal rights and fairness for all our citizens,' Yarmuth said. 'This is a historic day for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples and their families across our country.' Yarmuth advocated for the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and is a cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act." (www.louisville.com)
  • John Yarmuth. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "But a clearly stated purpose and effect of this law was to disapprove of and disadvantage lesbians and gay men; this distinguishes DOMA from a routine act of Congress. Where, as here, Congress classifies persons, denying an entire class of citizens the rights that are afforded others, the Supreme Court has applied rational basis review to invalidate those laws. None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. John Yarmuth voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). John Yarmuth voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)

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  • John Yarmuth. Issue Position: Iraq/National Security. 7 October 2011. "In his continuing commitment to protecting our nation from threats of foreign terrorism, Congressman Yarmuth voted to improve national security by implementing the recommendations of the bipartisan 9/11 commission, which improves homeland security, prevents terrorists from acquiring WMDs, and develops strategies to prevent the spread of terrorism. The Congressman is committed to ensuring that our intelligence community grows, the Department of Homeland Security strengthens, and our local responders are fully supported." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 June 2011. "International terrorist networks remain a grave threat to the United States, as Al Qaeda affiliates now have a significant presence in countries like Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan. But maintaining anywhere near 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan is not an effective means of combating a global and decentralized enemy." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Compared To What?. 3 February 2010. "Mr. Speaker, we all remember the great line of Rodney Dangerfield. When asked, ``How's your wife?'' he said, ``Compared to what?'' Well, beginning last Friday, with President Obama's appearance before the Republican conference and this week with the introduction of the new budget, we have seen the ``compared to what.'' President Obama has an aggressive plan to create jobs and restore economic vitality. We want to provide credit to small businesses, job tax credits and very important incentives to both middle class working families and the businesses that create most of the jobs. On the other side, we saw from Congressman Ryan their version of economic growth: Privatize Social Security, eliminate Medicare for everybody under 55, and give people vouchers to buy insurance which they won't be able to afford. And, of course, tax cuts across the board, which means more tax breaks for Bill Gates and Warren Buffett and the managers at AIG that just took $100 million worth of bonuses." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Issue Position: Retirement Security. 7 October 2011. "Another key issue is Social Security. This safety-net program is one of the most successful domestic initiatives in our nation's history, preventing millions of Americans from slipping below the poverty line. Social Security protects more than 1,825,000 workers across the Commonwealth of Kentucky and pays benefits to more than 700,000 Kentuckians through its retirement, disability, and survivors programs. If we want to protect the retirement security and financial well-being of future generations Social Security privatization is a gamble the country cannot afford to take. If we adopt a more fiscally responsible approach that protects the current safeguards of the system, we can preserve Social Security for generations." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. Issue Position: Seniors. 7 October 2011. "Congressman Yarmuth is a strong advocate for our nation's seniors, fighting for their safety, healthcare, and financial security [¦] As more baby-boomers reach retirement age, Congressman Yarmuth understands Social Security protection and preservation is critically important, and he is continuing to fight privatization which will put the program's solvency at risk." (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. The Louisville Eccentric Observer - Breaking Ranks. 21 December 2005. "Over the past five years, one of the most frustrating aspects of the polarization of the American political scene has been how virtually every issue eventually evolved into a partisan dispute. For example, even though the Social Security system faces a dire financial future, no one has seriously discussed how to fix it. Republicans marched in lockstep behind the Bush private account proposal, even though no one demonstrated that it would solve the Social Security financial predicament and Democrats uniformly opposed it without offering a solution." (votesmart.org)

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