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Ky. Congressman John Yarmuth talks budget and Academy night at Sacred Heart

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Congressman John Yarmuth visited WDRB in the Morning to talk about several issues, including a military workshop he is hosting this Tuesday.

Academy Night

The workshop is designed for people who think they may have an interest in attending one of the military academies.

"This is a great thing we do every year," Yarmuth said. "We call it Academy Night, and representatives from West Point, the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy, and the Merchant Marine Academy are all there."

Yarmuth says people who attend the Academy not only serve our country, they get a great education as well, including tuition, room and board, books and health insurance.

"It's valued at about $350,000 for a 4-year education," Yarmuth said.

The requirement for the free education is four years of active duty service in one of the branches of the U.S. military.

"I have to nominate them, and we have a process for doing that: we have a panel that comes in and interviews the candidates and also makes the selection," so there's no favoritism," Yarmuth said. "These are veterans who know what it's like."

Yarmuth is presenting an overview of the Military Service Academies, entrance requirements, and the Congressional nomination process on Tuesday, March 31, at Sacred Heart Academy at 3175 Lexington Road in Louisville from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.yarmuth.house.gov

"This is really for people to experiment, just to get a sense of what it might be like, what the process is like and what life in the Academies are like," Yarmuth said.

The deadline to submit an application is Nov. 6.

Budget Battle

The House recently passed a budget that the Senate will soon take up, and Yarmuth doesn't think the process has been very productive thus far.

"Budgets really have no force of law," Yarmuth said. "They are basically policy statements. They set parameters within which the appropriations process actually happens. The House passed a budget last week, and the Senate is working towards one. They're not going to be the same, so they have to be reconciled.

"From my perspective, the budget we pass in the House is a disaster. It actually cuts domestic spending, discretionary spending, by up to 40 percent over the next 10 years -- I mean $5.5 trillion worth of spending -- it's all coming out of things like education infrastructure, many of the social guarantees that we have. It comes out of nutrition programs, it comes out of housing programs. These are things that are very, very important."

Yarmuth says he believes President Obama would veto the House budget and sees no way it will ever be enacted.

The Senate version won't be much better, Yarmuth said.

"I don't think it's a very productive process.....I don't think there are any Democrat votes for the Republican budget," Yarmuth said. "There's really a stark difference. I'm on the budget committee. We debate this thing rather intensely. I think we made a pretty good case that this is not the type of budget that will help move America forward."

Yarmuth says if Congress doesn't act by Oct. 1, "what we call sequestration, the across-the-board cuts that we had a couple of months of back in 2013, which really hurt us here. People in Fort Know were basically giving up 20 percent of their salary for those two months, and a lot of other very important programs were cut. So that's something we have to -- I hope -- avoid."

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