Yarmuth says Americans voted to flip House to 'put a check' on Trump
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Major shakeups in Tuesday's election results have voters wondering if there is any chance lawmakers can work together in Washington.
Kentucky Rep. John Yarmuth (D), who won Tuesday to maintain his seat for a seventh term, said the American electorate "wanted someone to put a check on Donald Trump."
"I think that was the No. 1 message," Yarmuth told WDRB News on Wednesday.
But with the Senate controlled by Republicans, will Congress be able to get anything done?
"That's a good question," Yarmuth said. "I think a lot of it will depend on whether President Trump decides to be an inclusive president in terms of the legislative process and whether he wants to actually accomplish something legislatively for the American people."
If that's the case, Yarmuth looks forward to working with Republicans in areas like criminal justice reform and even immigration.
"But if (Trump) takes the position that he's just going to use the Democratic house majority as a whipping boy and use it as the villain and so forth, that's not going to be a very good formula for getting anything accomplished," he said.
As chair of the budget committee, Yarmuth said he'll continue conversations about Medicare for All and the potential for expanding it to people over 55 instead of the current age of 65.
In the aftermath of election day, the big news Wednesday was the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Yarmuth said it's no surprise, but he is concerned with Trump's pick for Acting Attorney General, Matthew Whitaker, who is against Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
"It seems that he has put the one person who would be most interested in shutting down the investigation," Yarmuth said. "That could cause a true constitutional crisis."
When asked if he would support an effort to impeach Trump, Yarmuth replied, "not right now." He said the measure would require bipartisan support, which isn't the case right now.
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