Posts Tagged ‘Yarmuth’

In the Nation’s Capitol

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

I was in Washington, D.C., last week on the day the Senate voted on the Manchin-Toomey gun legislation.

Senate hallways and offices were packed with visitors, lobbyists, and tour groups.

The media was present too; they ringed the Russell office rotunda—an area used by the networks for the reports you see on newscasts every day.

I was there to talk with office staff and aides who work for members of our Kentucky congressional delegation. KET is making plans to be in Washington for a live broadcast of Kentucky Tonight the first week in May followed by a series of One to One conversations with our Washington delegation. My intention was not to see any member of the group —although we did run into Reps. Yarmuth, Massie, and Barr.

But you couldn’t avoid the feeling that something a little out of the ordinary was taking place.
This was one day after the Boston Marathon explosions; there was a noticeable increase in police presence and canine patrols. Visitors in lines outside of the Cannon, Rayburn, Longworth, and Russell complexes were greeted with assault weapon-wielding policemen.

There was an eerie pall hanging over the Capitol.

This was also the day before the ricin-laced letter was delivered, but intercepted, by a congressional post office facility located far from Capitol Hill. At the same time, the third floor of the Russell Senate building went into lock-down because of a suspicious package delivered to a senator’s office—directly one floor above Sen. Rand Paul’s office.

For me and many other visitors, these elements — canine units on the Capitol grounds, a noticeable police presence, increased security — could not help but stand out. For senators and representatives, office workers, and Capitol personnel, it was just another day at the office.

Our One to One interviews will begin on May 13th. I’ll sit down with all eight members of our delegation to discuss national and Kentucky-related issues with them.

If you have a topic or issue you would like for me to discuss with any member, send me an email at

Yarmuth says “Share the Sacrifice”

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Kentucky’s senior senator Republican Mitch McConnell said on One to One recently that no one he is talking with wants to solve the country’s fiscal dilemma by spending more money. Senator McConnell has said President Obama needs to get serious about reducing the deficit and growing the economy and that raising taxes on any American should not be a part of that solution.

It will come as no surprise to anyone that 3rd District Congressman Democrat John Yarmuth of Louisville disagrees. Yarmuth said on One to One this week if Congress is to cut funding for services aimed at the poor and working class segment of the population, then America’s wealthiest citizens should “share the sacrifice” and pay higher taxes.

Republicans have said that raising taxes on anyone in this economy would be counterproductive to Americans and the country’s business climate.

Yarmuth says Congress must raise the government’s debt limit from the $14.3 trillion before the August deadline or risk defaulting. That’s when we become more like Greece than anyone in America wants us to. Tune in and listen to Representative Yarmuth and let me know what you think.

One to One airs Sunday, July 3 at 1pm/noon CT on KET and Tuesday, July 5th at 7:30/6:30 pm CT on KET2.

Update on PBS/KET Funding

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Here’s a follow-up to last week’s post on congressional funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and KET. A number of you have been kind enough to call and email your questions and concerns; I was even stopped on my way into the post office this morning by a loyal KET viewer who wanted to know the latest news from Washington.

The House of Representatives continues to work on the resolution to fund the federal government when the current resolution expires on March 4th. As a part of that discussion, the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee, chaired by Kentucky 5th District Representative Hal Rogers, is recommending the elimination of federal funding for public broadcasting in the budget cycle which would begin in 2013.

Kentucky Congressmen Rep. John Yarmuth of the 3rd district and 6th district Rep. Ben Chandler have signed a letter in support of federal funding for public broadcasting.

President Obama included funding for the CPB in his proposed 2012 budget which was sent to Congress Monday.

We’ve heard from hundreds of you who support PBS and KET and we appreciate it.

In other news, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was interviewed Tuesday night on the PBS Newshour by Gwen Ifill.

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