Representative John A. Yarmuth's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (KY) - District 3, Democratic
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John Yarmuth has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. John Yarmuth is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (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)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed John Yarmuth in the 2010 general election. (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 2012 general election. (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. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. John Yarmuth voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (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. 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)
  • 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)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 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)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (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)
  • 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 2012 general election. (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. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. John Yarmuth voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (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. 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)
  • 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)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (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)
  • 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. 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)
  • 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. 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 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)
  • 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. 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)
  • 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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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. 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)
  • 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)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 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)
  • 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. 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)
  • 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. 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. 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. 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)
  • 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)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 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)
  • 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. 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. 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)
  • 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. 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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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 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. 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Vote Smart's Research

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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. 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)
  • 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." (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. 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. 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. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). John Yarmuth voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Yarmuth. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. John Yarmuth voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (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)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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." (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. 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. 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. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. John Yarmuth voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (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)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "John Yarmuth supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (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)
  • 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)

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  • 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)
  • 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)
  • John Yarmuth. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. John Yarmuth voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • 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. 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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  • 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. "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. 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)
  • 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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  • John Yarmuth. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). John Yarmuth voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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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. 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)
  • 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)

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  • 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)
  • 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. 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)
  • 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)
  • 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: 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)

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