Congressman Yarmuth says Republicans "are looking for a unicorn" in health-care reform, talks no-confidence resolution against Trump

07/21/2017 01:44 PM

U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth is among two dozen House Democrats to file a no-confidence resolution in the House of Representatives against President Donald Trump.

The resolution formally acknowledges the lawmakers’ lack of confidence in the president’s ability to lead the country.

Cited within the resolution include Trump’s familiar relationship with Russian president Vladimir Putin, his refusal to release his tax returns and the termination of former FBI Director James Comey.

Yarmuth, D-Louisville, says he doesn’t expect the resolution to pass the House, but says it’s necessary to send a clear message to the country.

“The idea was that, first of all, it’s never been done before, and that would have some impact,” said Yarmuth. “And secondly, as we get more and more Democrats to sign on, we’ll send a signal to the country that’s not behind him, which is the majority, that there are those of us who understand the problems. We want to get on the record with what we see are the deficiencies of his presidency and then hopefully somebody will listen.”

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Next week, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a motion to proceed on healthcare reform. Senate Republicans have been in limbo when it comes to health care, killing a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare on July 17, followed by a revised call to action from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just hours later — a repeal-only effort. But that died when at least three senators said they would vote “no” on a motion to allow it to reach the senate floor.

Yarmuth reiterated that he doesn’t believe McConnell ever wanted a bill but rather to preserve his majority hold on the upper chamber.

“He doesn’t want to hang a bill around his members’ necks that has that little support in the country,” said Yarmuth. “They should work with us to make improvements in the Affordable Care Act.”

Yarmuth continued by saying Republicans have a choice to make.

“There’s a reason that after all of these years (Republicans) have not come up with an alternative to the Affordable Care Act. That’s because there isn’t one,” he said.

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With so many critical issues facing the country, Yarmuth says Americans must first bridge divisions currently present in politics before we can move forward as a country.

“We’ve gone way beyond the impact of policy and we’re talking about the character and motives and impugning the integrity of the people who don’t agree with us, and that’s not right,” said Yarmuth. “I admit to being part of that problem because there are a lot of us who do a lot of TV appearances and we get into the theater of politics and we go overboard sometimes. But I wish most American people could see the way we actually relate to one another off-camera.”

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  • Charlie wrote on July 21, 2017 03:29 PM :

    Yarmuth is clearly an outsider in the Kentucky delegation to Congress and represents only that small faction of Kentuckians who did not support President Trump. It is my view his time could be better spent working on things that benefit us all, like tax and tort reform, than grandstanding on a motion that has no chance of passing and even if it did would have no consequence on the fact that President Trump won the election.

  • Dee W. wrote on July 22, 2017 12:04 AM :

    Yarmuth openly admitted he knew the Democrats were lying about “keep your health plan” “keep your doctor”, etc. – and he said nothing at the time and still supported the legislation anyway.

    It is also not Congress’ place to vote on “no confidence” motions of the President – we do not have a parliamentary system where the Chief Executive is also a member of the legislature. This guy is nuts and has no concept of our system of government.

  • rb wrote on July 22, 2017 08:00 AM :

    It is refreshing to hear a public servant speak the truth . Keep it up John…we all need you.

  • Geoff Young for Congress wrote on July 23, 2017 08:47 AM :

    John, John, John, you’re the best member of Kentucky’s Congressional delegation – by far – but it’s painful to watch you slowly & gradually losing your way.

    (1) First, THANK YOU for cosponsoring H.R. 676, John Conyers’ “Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act.” You’re now one of 115 cosponsors of this superb, urgently-needed bill.

    (2) Your no-confidence resolution against Trump is a real p.o.s., however, that deserves to be ignored by everyone. Why? Because it mentions Russiagate, which has been completely fake news for the last year. There is no substance to it, so therefore the no-confidence thing is based on nothing at all. What you should do instead is introduce a single article of impeachment against Trump & Secretary of War James Mattis for war crimes in Yemen, Syria, and possibly other countries as well. The list of countries would be finalized during the impeachment process in the House.

    (3) Your palaver about health care was much too wordy and missed the most important point. If I had been interviewed by Kevin Wheatley – which I’ve been requesting for YEARS, lol – I would’ve said, more or less: “I’m giving Mister McConnell 2 choices: either pass Medicare for All, H.R. 676, as drafted by my colleague John Conyers; or leave the Affordable Care Act totally unchanged.” That’s what I would’ve said, and it would’ve taken much less time than your answer did.

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