John Yarmuth

House Passes Bill to Let States Regulate Coal Ash

by Erica Peterson on October 14, 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating coal ash—a byproduct of burning coal for electricity. The bill gives control of coal ash disposal to the states, which are required to regulate it as least as stringently as municipal waste.

Environmental groups opposed the bill, arguing the Environmental Protection Agency should regulate coal ash. The EPA has proposed two rules to control the substance, but if the House bill becomes law, it will be prohibited from instituting either rule.

The bill passed 267 to 144. Kentucky Democrat John Yarmuth voted against the bill, while Democrat Ben Chandler and Republicans Ed Whitfield, Brett Guthrie, Hal Rogers and Geoff Davis supported it.

The bill’s chances in the Senate are unknown. Many Republicans are expected to vote in favor of it, but some coalfields Democrats have also expressed support.

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House Expected to Vote on Coal Ash Bill Tomorrow

by Erica Peterson October 13, 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a bill tomorrow that will block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating coal ash. The bill has support among House Republicans, but environmental groups are lobbying against it. The bill is sponsored by West Virginia Representative David McKinley. It would let individual states regulate the […]

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Mayor Fischer Unveils New Green Projects

by Devin Katayama August 22, 2011

Mayor Greg Fischer unveiled two green projects on Monday built with federal stimulus funds, continuing toward his goal of making Louisville a leader in energy efficient business. The first project was an energy efficient green roof for the Romano L. Mazzoli Federal Building. The $1 million dollar project is the largest green roof in Kentucky, […]

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Government Officials Announce $22 Million Sheppard Square Revitalization Loan

by Dalton Main May 23, 2011

US Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan was in Louisville today to announce a $22 million grant to revitalize the Sheppard Square public housing development and the surrounding community. The grant is part of the Hope VI program and will be used to raze the current development and replace it with mixed-income […]

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Yarmuth Supports President’s Plan to Cut Dependency on Foreign Oil

by Gabe Bullard March 31, 2011

President Barack Obama is encouraging oil companies to begin drilling the thousands of acres of land they currently lease in the United States. Mr. Obama’s suggestion is similar to one made by Third District Congressman John Yarmuth in 2008.

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Yarmuth Says Infrastructure Bank Could Appeal to House GOP, Fund ORBP

by Gabe Bullard March 28, 2011

Massachusetts Senator John Kerry recently introduced a measure in the Senate to create a self-sustaining fund to finance infrastructure improvements. Third District Representative John Yarmuth says the bridges project fits the criteria in Kerry’s proposal.

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Yarmuth Says White House Should Be More Open on Libya

by Gabe Bullard March 25, 2011

Yarmuth says despite the backing of many European and Middle Eastern countries, it looks like the U.S. is leading the military action, and that’s a cause for concern. Further, he’s wary that the impending NATO-led humanitarian mission won’t go as planned.

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U.S. Drug Czar Visiting Kentucky This Week

by Gabe Bullard February 21, 2011

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske will stop in the city as part of a trip through Kentucky.

Kerlikowske and Congressman John Yarmuth will meet with patients and doctors at the VA Substance Abuse treatment center in the veteran’s hospital. The two will then talk with local law enforcement officials in downtown Louisville.

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Yarmuth Has Concerns About Budget, Hopes For Compromise

by Gabe Bullard February 15, 2011

In a news conference Tuesday, President Barack Obama said he’s hopeful he and Congress can have an “adult conversation” about his latest federal budget proposal, and Third District Congressman John Yarmuth says he thinks civil cooperation is possible.

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Panel Discusses Past, Present Of Intense Political Rhetoric

by Gabe Bullard January 24, 2011

Congressman John Yarmuth, outgoing Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson and political science professor Jasmine Farrier sat on the panel. Farrier said many people seem to have historical amnesia when decrying the intense and sometimes violent rhetoric in Congress and in the media.

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