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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