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Congressman Yarmuth encouraging women to get into politics

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---During the Metropolitan Louisville Women's Political Caucus on Saturday, Congressman John Yarmuth hoped hoping to get his message across of getting more women into politics.

"Congress has made very important strides over the last few years. Still only 20 Senators and about 18 percent of the House are women, so I'm here to encourage women to get involved in politics and the campaign for office," says Congressman John Yarmuth.

He says compared to other states, Kentucky is running way behind in terms of the number of women holding political office.

One name that continues to pop up is actress Ashley Judd.

Although Judd has yet to officially announce, national media reports are claiming that Judd is moving forward to challenge Republican Mitch McConnell for his Kentucky Senate Seat.

"Ashley Judd has not told me that she has decided to run. She is certainly behaving like a candidate I think and I know she's seriously considering the race and taking all the steps a serious candidate would take in evaluating a race," says Congressman Yarmuth.  

That's not the only current issue he's keeping tabs on.

The sequester spending cuts are going into effect and Congressman Yarmuth says he's worried for social safety programs like Meals on Wheels, and for the impact on education.

He's already getting feedback about the cut, and says he's concerned. 

"I know of one principal whose been told he's going to lose two special education teachers. I know of one air traffic controller whose been laid off. Other notices have gone out to people in government agencies, and that's all money that's going to disappear from the economy and that concerns me," he says.

He also says Kentucky Senator Rand Paul raised a valid point during his 13-hour filibuster this week.

It was an effort to get the Obama administration to clarify whether it could use drones domestically against Americans.

Yarmuth says he is also concerned about what the rules are for the use of drones in general.

He says he would like to see the rules of filibusters change so that you have to get on the floor of the Senate and speak for 12 to 13 hours, like Rand Paul did.

"The one thing that I respect about what he did is that he was taking a very principled position about something he cared deeply about and he was willing to make that effort to make his point. I always respect people who stand up for what they believe," says Congressman Yarmuth.

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