LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Immigration and the Supreme Court are two big political topics Congressional lawmakers will have to tackle when they return from the July 4th recess.
On WDRB in the Morning on Friday, U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth said immigration will not be the top priority of the House, when lawmakers return to Washington, D.C. That's because they are worried about funding the government. But Yarmuth says the so-called "dreamers" aspect of immigration reform could pass.
"If you brought a specific bill to the house that dealt with the dreamers, it would pass. it would pass with a lot of votes. Republicans don't want to do that,. They want to hold the dreamers hostage. That's not the way to approach it, we have a problem we know we can fix it. Let's just fix it," he said.
Yarmuth said healthcare continues to be his top priority, and he will continues to fight Medicaid cuts proposed by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin.
"We have a governor who doesn't consider healthcare a right, who thinks Medicaid is a jobs program rather than a healthcare program. It wasn't intended that way. That's not what the law says. So now he's trying to cut back on the progress we've made in Kentucky," Yarmuth said.
He continued, "We were the shining star of healthcare reform. We extended coverage to hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians. Our hospitals became financially solvent, and the governor is trying to roll back that."
The U.S. Senate will consider President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court. But Yarmuth says he expects a divisive battle over the nominee.
"I'd like to see a smart guy, or gal, with no identifiable position on anything, but I don't think we're gonna get that," he said.
With mid-term elections coming in November, Yarmuth said not much will get done before the end of the year. "I don't think we'll be doing anything significant over the next four months. We have an election coming up, and I hope we can keep the government open. That's kinda the biggest obligation we have, and I'm hopeful we can do that. But beyond that, anything significant is gonna have to wait until next year," he said.
Congressman Yarmuth serves as the U.S. Representative for Kentucky’s 3rd Congressional district, which includes much of Metro Louisville. He has been serving since 2007.
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