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Children's Defense Fund: Yarmuth Among "Best Representatives for Kids"


Key national child advocacy group gives Louisville lawmaker 100% score for 2007

(Washington, DC) Today, the Children’s Defense Fund Action Council released its Nonpartisan Congressional Scorecard, and Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) received a 100 percent rating, earning him the designation “Best Representative for Kids.”

“I’m honored by this award, but even more, I’m proud of the emphasis this Congress has placed on ensuring all of our nation’s young people are given the tools to succeed,” Yarmuth said.  “We are determined to restore faith in America’s future, and the cornerstone of that effort is ensuring that every child has a world-class education, quality healthcare, engaged parents or guardians, and a good home.”

The score card focused on members’ votes on the minimum wage, improving Head Start, expanding Student Loans, extending SCHIP to ten million children, and fiscal responsibility.  In addition to those votes, Yarmuth introduced a number of major literacy initiatives, as well as legislation to provide assistance to runaway and homeless youth.  He was named 2007 Legislator of the Year by the Kentucky Reading Association and “Outstanding New Member of Congress” by the Committee for Education Funding, the largest non-partisan education organization in the nation.