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Louisville, Ky. (WDRB) -- Another budget deadline looms in Washington with automatic cuts set to go in place March 1st. Congressman John Yarmuth was on WDRB in the Morning to talk about several hot topics including sequestration.
The automatic cuts or sequestration exempts some programs like Medicare and Social Security. But Yarmuth says if Congress allows the automatic spending cuts to go into effect, it will hurt the country. "This will have a significant impact on the economy. It's $85 billion worth of cuts over the next seven months. That's money that just disappears from the economy." Yarmuth adds that "there's an estimate that in Kentucky that would mean about 28,000 jobs would be lost during that time."
He says he doesn't believe either party wants to allow the automatic cuts to go into place, and he doesn't think now is the time to let that happen. Yarmuth says he believes Congress will delay a decision until the end of March. That's when a budget needs to be finished for the year.
Whether to strengthen gun laws is a hot topic in Washington, and Yarmuth believes the universal background proposal will pass. He says there is bipartisan support from even strong gun rights advocates. Yarmuth would like even stronger gun measures. "I would like action on high capacity magazines, like the kind Jared Loughner used to shoot my friend, Gabrielle Giffords and several others. Yarmuth says 92 percent of Americans favor universal checks and 74 percent of National Rifle Association members favor it. He says "that's the most important thing we can do right now."
Ashley Judd may soon make a decision about whether to enter the U. S. Senate race against republican Mitch McConnell. He says the clock is ticking. Yarmuth says Judd is very excited about the possibility of making that race, and she is getting widespread support. And he says Judd knows the issues. But she needs to make up her mind. "She didn't say it to me, but she apparently said she'd make a decision by Derby." Yarmuth says May is probably the latest she could make the decision and still leave time for others to jump in the race.
Yarmuth calls Judd a "natural politician" that he says won't have any trouble raising the money needed for a political race. He says Judd would have to establish residency in Kentucky before November.