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Yarmuth Selected for High-Profile Oversight and Government Reform Committee for 112th Congress

(Washington, DC) Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) has been selected to serve on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for the 112th Congress, well-positioning the third-term lawmaker to evaluate the federal government’s efforts on issues ranging from the housing crisis and regulation of the financial industry to implementation of the new health care law and programs to revitalize our economy, to national security and our military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Over the last four years in Congress, we’ve made substantial progress in addressing  many of thepressing needs facing American families, and as a Member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, I will be on the forefront of efforts preventing these accomplishments, including recently enacted consumer protections in health coverage, student loans, mortgages, and credit card lending, from being dismantled,” said Congressman Yarmuth. “With my Subcommittee assignments, I will also have an opportunity to weigh-in on some of our nation’s most difficult challenges, from getting the housing market on more stable footing to ensuring the Administration’s strategy in Afghanistan has clearly defined objectives and metrics for measuring progress and success.”  

As a member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Yarmuth was also selected to serve on the Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations as well as the Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services, and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs. The Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services, and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs has oversight jurisdiction over financial and monetary policy as well as policies regulating the banking, insurance, and housing industries. The Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense, and Foreign Operations focuses on reviewing the utility and effectiveness of security operations at home and abroad.

“John Yarmuth has been an incredibly effective legislator and defender of the progress this nation has made,” said Congressman Elijah Cummings (MD-7), Ranking Member of the Committee. “I am pleased that he will bring his tenacity and spirit to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, to help defend the incredible steps we have taken in the last two years. We have already seen an attempt to destroy the Patient’s Bill of Rights, but we expect still more attacks on the first meaningful Wall Street reform effort in decades and on many of the other hallmark achievements we have made to improve all Americans lives. I welcome Congressman Yarmuth’s strong voice for protecting those achievements.”

The first hearing of the full Oversight and Government Reform Committee will be held on Wednesday, January 26, when the Committee will hear a report from the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program on “Bailouts and the Foreclosure Crisis.”

Congressman Yarmuth previously served on the Oversight Committee during the 110th Congress. For the 112th Congress, he will also serve on the Committee on the Budget. For more information, click here.