Yarmuth Opposes Riders on GOP Payroll Tax Plan

Pledging to vote against the Republican sponsored payroll tax plan, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky. denounced the legislation for making fundamental changes to key programs without debate. Speaker John Boehner, R-Oh., predicted the roughly $180 billion bill will pass the GOP-controlled House with bipartisan support. One provision includes speeding up federal approval of the Keystone […]

Yarmuth Praises GE Leader’s Innovation, Leadership

Responding to the announcement that General Electric Co.’s James P. Campbell is retiring at the end of the year, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., praised the appliance CEO as an innovator and job creator. The 54-year-old is stepping down after three decades at the company and overseeing a $1 billion investment in its appliance department, […]

Former LEO Weekly Editor to be Yarmuth Communications Director

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., has hired former LEO Weekly editor Stephen George as his new communications director. A Louisville-native, George served as editor of the alt-weekly newspaper for two years and briefly worked for Yarmuth, who founded LEO in 1990, as a staff writer. The congressman sold the newspaper in 2003, but remained with […]

Yarmuth Rips GOP Over Payroll Tax Cuts

Speaking on the House floor Wednesday in support of extending the payroll tax cuts, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., criticized Republicans, claiming they are putting wealthier Americans over working families. The current payroll rate is set to expire January 1, which would end the relief for about 160 million Americans. “Republicans are putting more and […]

Yarmuth Pessimistic About Supercommittee Deal

With time running out, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., is skeptical the 12-member supercommittee will be able to come to an agreement and avoid automatic cuts to federal spending. The bipartisan congressional panel is seeking to find at least $1.2 trillion in savings over the next decade before Wednesday. Both Democratic and Republican aides close […]

Boehner Visits Louisville Today

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Oh., is visiting Louisville on Monday to speak at the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center as part of its fall lecture series. When the GOP took control of the House in 2010 with the help of the Tea Party, the Ohio congressman became one of the most powerful and […]

Democrats Aiming to Take Back House

The chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is recruiting candidates to help overtake the Republican-controlled House in 2012. Two years ago, the GOP thumped Democrats with the help of the Tea Party and took 63 seats to win the majority. But Congressman Steve Israel, D-Ny., who heads the DCCC, believes Democrats can capture 25 […]

Yarmuth Commemorates Fairness Campaign’s 20th Anniversary

Speaking on the House floor Wednesday, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., paid tribute to the Louisville Fairness Campaign and recognized its 20th anniversary. Yarmuth celebrated the gay rights group for launching the social justice movement that eventually led to the passage of the Fairness ordinance, which bars discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals […]

Yarmuth Votes to Honor First Black Marines

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., voted to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the the nation’s first African-American members of the United States Marine Corps, which includes six Louisville residents. The Montford Point Marines broke the color line in 1941, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order desegregating the Marine Corps, which was […]

Yarmuth Applauds Ford, UAW Agreement

Responding to a new contract agreement between Ford Motor Company and Louisville’s local United Auto Workers, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., praised the automobile company and its employees for coming together. Union members in Illinois and Michigan rejected the agreement last week, which made it unclear if the ratification would be approved. But the local […]