Kevin Yoder

Kevin Yoder

KANSAS' 3rd DISTRICT

ICYMI: Topeka Capital-Journal Editorial Board Commends Yoder for Response to Events in Charlottesville

2017/08/16

Editorial: The right response to Charlottesville

By The Topeka Capital-Journal Editorial Board

August 15, 2017 | To view online, click here.

The president of the United States has a responsibility to act as a lucid and calm moral guide in times of crisis. This is particularly important when the crisis involves social and political hatred in the country — when every American should be reminded that we’re citizens under the same flag who deserve equal dignity regardless of our race or religion.

After all, unity may be the most historically indispensable concept in the U.S. — our national motto is e pluribus unum (“out of many, one”) and the first sentence of the preamble to our Constitution contains the words “in Order to form a more perfect union.”

The grisly events in Charlottesville last weekend demanded a response that would reaffirm these principles. There were neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members marching through the city to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. When hundreds of counterprotesters confronted them, violent clashes ensued and dozens of people were injured. In the most horrifying incident of the day, a 20-year-old white nationalist named James Alex Fields smashed through a dense crowd of protesters in his car, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others.

After the violence in Charlottesville had been broadcast on the news and social media all Saturday morning, President Trump made a formal statement: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides.” When reporters asked him to comment on the hideous white supremacy on display in Charlottesville — as well as the white nationalist members of the “alt-right” who have expressed support for him — he fell silent and left the room.

Instead of explicitly denouncing the neo-Nazis and other white supremacists at the rally — one of whom had just attempted to murder as many people as possible — Trump decided to lecture the “many sides” that were involved. Would he care to outline which “sides” were equally culpable in his mind? After receiving a torrent of well-deserved criticism from all ends of the political spectrum, Trump relented and attacked the “KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

But he had already missed his opportunity to unite the country against these repugnant groups with an immediate, forceful and explicit rejection of their revolting ideology. And on Tuesday, Trump reiterated what he said last weekend: “I thought what took place was a horrible moment for the country, but there are two sides to a story.”

Unlike Trump, most members of the Kansas congressional delegation didn’t equivocate about the issue of white supremacy. Almost all of them used words like “racism,” “bigotry” and “white supremacy” in their denunciations of the violence. While Sen. Pat Roberts said the “hatred &ignorance displayed by the violent &pathetic group in #charlottesville is unacceptable,” he also thought Trump’s first statement “pretty well covered it with a broad stroke.” He’s wrong. When it comes to neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan, “pretty well covered it” isn’t good enough.

Rep. Kevin Yoder, on the other hand, distinguished himself with his criticism of Trump’s feeble response to the horrors in Charlottesville: “Any time that we don’t speak strongly in opposition to bigotry, racism and hatred, I think we’re giving oxygen and breathing room to let these groups flourish.” He also admonished Americans to “speak clearly and directly: white supremacy is an evil ideology that has no place in this world.”

If only Trump would have responded like that.

Members of The Capital-Journal’s editorial advisory board are Zach Ahrens, Matt Johnson, Ray Beers Jr., Laura Burton, Garry Cushinberry, Mike Hall, Jessica Lucas, Veronica Padilla and John Stauffer.

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Yoder to Tour Local KinderCare, Host Roundtable Discussion on Rising Childcare Costs & PACE Act

2017/08/15

Overland Park, KS – On Wednesday, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) will tour the Mastin Street KinderCare location and host a roundtable discussion with KinderCare officials, childcare experts, parents, and advocates, highlighting his Promoting Affordable Childcare for Everyone (PACE) Act. The bill makes important updates and reforms to the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) to help middle class and low-income families pay for care for children and other dependents.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, the average annual cost of care for one infant in Kansas is $11,201, which comes out to about $933 per month and almost 18 percent of a typical Kansas family’s income. It’s about 26 percent higher than the average cost of renting a home and about 52 percent higher than in-state tuition for a four-year public college. According to their research, childcare for two children – an infant and a four-year-old, for example – costs $19,152, which is about 31 percent of a typical family’s income.

Event Details:

WHO:             Representative Kevin Yoder

                        United States Congress – Kansas Third District

 

                        Rachel Dorman

                        Center Director

                        Mastin Street KinderCare

 

                        Kimberly Engelman

                        Chief Family & Community Engagement Officer

                        Child Care Aware of America

 

WHAT:          Tour of Mastin Street KinderCare

                        Roundtable Discussion on Lowering Childcare Costs

           

WHEN:          Wednesday, August 16, 2017

                        10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

 

WHERE:       Mastin Street KinderCare

                        10456 Mastin Street

                        Overland Park, KS 66212

PACE Act Summary:

The PACE Act makes important updates and reforms to the tax provisions that help families care for children and other dependents. Specifically, the bill:

  1. Improves and modernizes the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) by:
    • Making the credit refundable. This change will allow the credit to help low-income working parents, whose low or zero tax liabilities prevent them from benefiting from the current CDCTC.
    • Increasing the value of the credit. The PACE Act raises the value of the credit by 15% for all families.
    • Indexing the credit to inflation. This will help the CDCTC keep pace with rising childcare costs in the future.
  2. Enhances Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) by:
    • Increasing the amount of pre-tax dollars that families can put into FSAs from $5,000 to $7,500. This money is excluded from gross income and allows families to reduce their tax burden while paying for important care for dependents.
    • Indexing the new cap to inflation so that FSAs are updated steadily and families can save enough money to pay for childcare.

Impact:

The PACE Act will make tangible improvements to American families’ ability to pay for childcare. For example:

  1. Low income family of four making less than $15,000 a year:
    • Current law: receives zero CDCTC benefit.
    • PACE Act: maximum annual CDCTC refund of $3,000 to help pay for childcare.
  2. Middle class family of four making $55,000 a year:
    • Current law: maximum annual CDCTC benefit of $1,200.
    • PACE Act: maximum annual CDCTC benefit of $2,100, which is $900 more to help pay for childcare.

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Yoder, Murphy Introduce Legislation to Help Families Struggling with Childcare Costs

2017/08/02

Washington, DC – Representatives Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) have introduced the Promoting Affordable Childcare for Everyone (PACE) Act, legislation that makes important updates and reforms to the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) to help middle class and low-income families pay for care for children and other dependents.

Across the country, the high cost of childcare is a barrier for parents who try to work full time and provide safe, quality care for their children. In many states, the cost of full-time childcare is so high that it rivals the average costs of housing or in-state tuition at public universities. Lower-income families are hurt the most by this, as childcare costs on average make up more than 30 percent of their income.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, the average annual cost of care for one infant in Kansas is $11,201, which comes out to about $933 per month and almost 18 percent of a typical Kansas family’s income. It’s about 26 percent higher than the average cost of renting a home and about 52 percent higher than in-state tuition for a four-year public college. According to their research, childcare for two children – an infant and a four-year-old, for example – costs $19,152, which is about 31 percent of a typical family’s income.

“Paying for quality, affordable care for young children is one of the most important line items on every working family’s budget,” Representative Yoder said. “These days it’s become a larger and larger number, making it more and more difficult for families to find the right solutions, and in some cases even creating a disincentive for both parents to enter the workforce. As we work to reform our tax code in Congress, we’re working on ways to help Americans keep more of their hard-earned money and grow our economy so they can take home even more of it.

“That’s where the PACE Act comes in,” Yoder continued. “We’re modernizing the way the tax code treats childcare expenses by improving access to the childcare tax credit and flex spending accounts. More Americans will be able to pay for the cost of childcare, which means more Americans in the workforce helping our economy grow. It means more opportunity and more prosperity for the families who are the backbone of this country.”

“Raising a family is a blessing, but the rising cost of living has made it far too difficult for working and middle-class families to afford high-quality childcare—that’s why the bipartisan legislation we introduced today is so important,” Representative Murphy, who is herself a mother of two young children, said. “Oftentimes, parents are forced to leave the workforce or cut back on working hours to care for their children simply because they can’t afford expensive childcare. By helping to offset these costs, the PACE Act will help put high-quality childcare and early education within reach for more families.”

“The PACE Act will go a long way in assisting more working families afford the childcare their family needs,” Dr. Elanna Yalow, CEO KinderCare Early Learning Programs, said. “Modernizing the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts as the PACE Act does will provide critical enhancements desperately needed by today’s low and middle-income working families in affording the quality childcare that parents both want and expect for their children.”

Bill Summary:

The PACE Act makes important updates and reforms to the tax provisions that help families care for children and other dependents. Specifically, the bill:

  1. Improves and modernizes the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) by:
    • Making the credit refundable. This change will allow the credit to help low-income working parents, whose low or zero tax liabilities prevent them from benefiting from the current CDCTC.
    • Increasing the value of the credit. The PACE Act raises the credit rate for all families, with a new top rate of 50 percent that phases down to 35 percent for higher-income families
    • Indexing the credit to inflation. This will help the CDCTC keep pace with rising childcare costs in the future.
  2. Enhances Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) by:
    • Increasing the amount of pre-tax dollars that families can put into FSAs from $5,000 to $7,500. This money is excluded from gross income and allows families to reduce their tax burden while paying for important care for dependents.
    • Indexing the new cap to inflation so that FSAs are updated steadily and families can save enough money to pay for childcare.

Impact:

The PACE Act will make tangible improvements to American families’ ability to pay for childcare. For example:

  1. Low income family of four making less than $15,000 a year:
    • Current law: receives zero CDCTC benefit.
    • PACE Act: maximum annual CDCTC refund of $3,000 to help pay for childcare.
  2. Middle class family of four making $55,000 a year:
    • Current law: maximum annual CDCTC benefit of $1,200.
    • PACE Act: maximum annual CDCTC benefit of $2,100, which is $900 more to help pay for childcare.

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VIDEO: Yoder Pushes Reforms to Legal Immigration System

2017/07/28

Washington, DC – This week, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives about the need to reform our legal immigration system through passage of his Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act. The bill would remove the per-nation caps on employment-based green cards that have caused massive backlogs in the system and create a merit-based approach where all equally-qualified, highly-skilled employees will receive green cards in the order they apply and based solely on the skills they are bringing to America.

To watch a video of Yoder's remarks, click here.

The following are Yoder’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

“Mr. Speaker, more than 700,000 high-skilled immigrant workers from India are in the United States today on temporary work visas.

“These people are working hard every day, helping grow our economy, and raising their children as Americans right here in our communities.

“But under our legal immigration system, they are essentially here as indentured servants, stuck on a cycle of temporary work visas, unable to change jobs or even start their own small businesses to create more American jobs.

“They’re stuck because of the arbitrary 7 percent per-nation cap on employment-based green cards.

“Right now, there is a mother in Greenland whose unborn child will be able to obtain permanent residence in America before someone from India who has already been working here for years.

“That’s absurd, and wrong.

“My bill, called the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, would fix this problem.

“It would transition us to a first-come, first-serve merit based legal immigration system.

“It would help these people in need, and help create new jobs.

“Mr. Speaker, with more than 230 cosponsors, it’s time to pass this bill and get this done.”

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VIDEO: House Passes Security Funding Package Including Chairman Yoder’s Legislative Branch Bill

2017/07/27

Washington, DC – This evening, the House of Representatives passed the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, a package of funding bills that include the Fiscal Year 2018 Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Energy and Water, and Chairman Kevin Yoder’s (R-KS) Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill. The package provides funding for major security priorities, including border security, nuclear defense systems, veterans, active duty military, and Capitol Police, and passed by a 235-192 vote with Chairman Yoder’s support.

To watch a video of Chairman Yoder's floor remarks in support of the bill, click here.

Yoder’s portion of the bill maintains funding on the House more than 12 percent below 2010 levels and continues the policy of preventing any pay increases for Members of Congress for the eighth fiscal year in a row, funding legislative branch operations at a level $228 million below the President’s request. In response to last month’s shooting at the GOP practice for the Congressional Baseball Game, it makes structural changes that will improve security at the Capitol and at congressional events in Members’ districts.

“We are leading by example by tightening our belts and spending taxpayer dollars wisely, and we are continuing the policy of preventing any pay increases for Members of Congress,” Chairman Yoder said. “At the same time, we’re making sure to provide the US Capitol Police with the resources they need to meet their mission in today's increasingly polarized climate. We provide the necessary resources to enhance security at our constituent events in House districts across the country.”

In addition to Yoder’s provisions, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act includes these other security priorities:

  • Largest military pay raise in eight years.
     
  • Largest level of funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs in history.
  • Substantial funding increase for the Department of Defense to rebuild our military after nearly a quarter of its budget had been cut over the last eight years.
  • Funding for updated equipment and weapons so our military is prepared for the threats of modern warfare and defense.
  • Funding for improved military infrastructure.
  • Increased funding for the Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons program.
  • Authorization for the EPA to withdraw from the Obama Administration’s disastrous WOTUS Rule.
  • Full funding to meet President Trump’s request for a wall along our southern border.

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Rep. Yoder Announces Third District Job Fair

2017/07/21

Washington, DC – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) announced today that he will be holding his eighth Third District Job Fair on Tuesday, August 22nd at the Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) Burke Technical Center. As in past years, the Job Fair will help facilitate face-to-face meetings between those seeking employment and local employers currently hiring. The Job Fair will include a special morning hour exclusively for veterans.
 
The Job Fair will last from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, with the 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM hour exclusively open to veterans. Job-seekers should dress for success and bring several copies of their resume. There is no registration or fee required to attend.   
 
WHEN:          Tuesday, August 22nd  
                        9:00 AM to 10:00 AM: Exclusive to Veterans
                        10:00 AM to 1:00 PM: Open to All Job Seekers 

WHERE:        Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC)
                        Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center
                        6565 State Ave.
                        Kansas City, KS 66102 

Only exhibitors need to register by clicking here
 
For more information, visit www.Yoder.house.gov, or please contact Susan Metsker in Representative Yoder’s District Office at (913) 621-0832.

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Bipartisan House Majority Passes Defense Authorization & Largest Pay Raise for Troops in Eight Years

2017/07/14

Washington, DC  – This morning, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and a bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives voted to pass the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 344-81. The legislation authorizes $695.9 billion for the Department of Defense (DoD) to fully fund our military so it can protect and defend the United States.

“Over most of the last decade, our military has seen its budget cut by nearly 25 percent while it maintained combat operations in Afghanistan and other areas around the world fighting al Qaeda and ISIS,” Representative Yoder said. “Congress has committed to rebuilding our military and giving our troops the pay, benefits, and resources they need to continue their mission as the greatest fighting force the world has ever seen, and this bill fulfills that commitment.

“Cutting our defense budget as the world became an increasingly dangerous place was always a mistake and sent the wrong signal to our allies that we were no longer ready to lead. This bill takes a major step towards reversing that course and we are meeting the needs of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. We’re giving them their biggest pay raise in eight years – the pay raise they’ve earned, but had been denied for far too long.

“The men and women of our military sacrifice so much to protect America and our freedoms. Today, we are doing everything we can to protect them.”

Bill Summary:

  • PAY RAISE FOR TROOPS: Provides a 2.4 percent pay raise our troops – the largest pay raise in eight years – and extends special pay and bonuses.
  • HELPS MILITARY FAMILIES: Provides resources to help families manage challenges that come with frequent relocations in the military, like reimbursements for spouses to obtain licensing or certification in new state.
  • REBUILDS THE MILITARY: Increasing the size of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Army Guard and Reserve, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard.
  • IMPROVES READINESS: Increases funding for equipment maintenance, increased training opportunities, and sustaining, restoring, and modernizing facilities.
  • MODERNIZES DEFENSE SYSTEMS: Enhances our nuclear weapons stockpile, missile defense, and our defensive and offensive cybersecurity strategy.
  • KEEPS TERRORISTS OFF US SOIL: Prohibits transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay to military bases in the United States like Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.
  • BUILDS UPON DOD REFORMS: Updates the military retirement system, improves the military health care system, makes commissary benefits more efficient and sustainable, and overhauls bureaucracy.
  • INCREASES OVERSIGHT: Adds oversight to service contracts by requiring the Pentagon to analyze actual needs and spending patterns.
  • LOWERS COSTS: Allows the Pentagon to use online commercial sites like Amazon to purchase goods at a lower price, quicker, and in a more transparent process.
  • IMPROVES AUDITING PROCESS: Uses more efficient, cost-effective private sector companies to audit incurred costs to reap real benefits for the taxpayers.
  • UPDATES UCMJ: Prohibits non-consensual sharing of intimate images.

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House Appropriations Committee Unanimously Adopts Yoder Email Privacy Amendment

2017/07/13

Washington, D.C. – This evening, the House Appropriations Committee unanimously adopted language in the manager’s amendment to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2018 offered by Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) that would add the substance of his Email Privacy Act to the bill. The adoption in today’s markup follows February’s unanimous vote in the House of Representatives to pass Representative Yoder’s stand-alone bill, which modernizes federal law with respect to Americans’ digital privacy rights by applying a warrant-for-content standard to obtaining all emails, text messages, or data stored on the cloud. 

“Combined with the Senate’s lack of urgency on digital privacy issues, the disturbing news that the SEC has begun subpoenaing emails in contravention of US v. Warshak means we have to act,” Rep. Yoder said. “Americans have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their emails and text messages, and if the Senate and the SEC refuse to recognize that, Republicans and Democrats in the House will work together to force their hand by adding this language to our must-pass spending bill.” 

In February of this year, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sought to obtain email content from Yahoo stored in an account owned by a defendant in a securities fraud case using only an administrative subpoena. This goes against the legal precedent  established by a Sixth Circuit decision, United States v. Warshak, and the House-passed Email Privacy Act, which both establish the principle that internet users have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their email content and that the government must obtain a warrant to access email content. 

By attempting to subpoena these emails and attempting to exploit outdated digital privacy laws, the SEC is breaking with recent practice at the Commission under former-Chairwoman Mary Jo White who testified before Congress that the SEC was adhering to Warshak under her leadership. In April 2015, former-Chair White revealed to Rep. Yoder during a line of questioning in a Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee hearing that the SEC was no longer subpoenaing Americans’ email content. 

“The SEC’s recent attempt to get around the Fourth Amendment demonstrates the urgent need for serious reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act,” Chris Calabrese, Vice President for Policy at the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), said. “The Email Privacy Act would provide the strong privacy protections Americans deserve for their electronic communications such as email.” 
 
“Congressman Yoder's Amendment to the Financial Services Appropriations Legislation will prevent the IRS, CFPB and SEC from using funds to attempt to read Americans emails and other digital content without a warrant,” Katie McAuliffe, Federal Affairs Manager for Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), said. “Until the Electronic Communications Privacy Act is updated by passage of the Email Privacy Act, the ECPA has a loop hole that some government agencies claim allow them to dig into a person's private documents without a warrant. This is not what was intended by the Fourth Amendment.  Americans for Tax Reform & Digital Liberty support the inclusion and passage of Congressman Yoder's Amendment.

“Though the Fourth Amendment was written before the Internet was invented, it applies no less to Americans’ sensitive digital information,” Neema Singh Giuliani, Legislative Counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) , said. “We applaud the committee for making clear that covered government agencies, like the IRS, can only demand email and other content information from providers with a warrant. We urge Congress to pass this provision and other reforms, such as the Email Privacy Act, to ensure that Americans’ privacy is protected in the digital age.”

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Yoder Becomes Lead Sponsor of Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act

2017/07/12

Washington, DC – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) has become the lead sponsor of the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act. The bill was previously introduced by former-Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), with Representative Yoder as an original cosponsor. Currently, 230 Members of Congress are signed on as cosponsors of the bill, with more than 100 Members from each party in support.

Rep. Yoder issued the following statement after becoming the bill’s lead sponsor: 

“I’ve always said that our nation is a nation of immigrants, as well as a nation of laws. This legislation strikes the perfect balance by achieving significant reforms of our employment-based green card system, helping American companies hire high-skilled immigrants to help grow our economy.

“Importantly, our bill helps them do it through the proper legal channels – the right way – which are all too often forgotten in debates over border security and illegal immigration. And it helps the many immigrants who are already living and working here on temporary visas obtain permanent residence they’ve earned through hard work and dedication to our country and its values, raising their families and children as Americans right here in our communities.”

The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act reforms our legal immigration system by eliminating the existing, arbitrary per-country percentage caps that have caused backlogs in the employment-based green card system.

Under the existing per-country percentage caps, large nations like India and China, which account for more than 40 percent of the world’s population, receive the same amount of visas as Greenland, a country that accounts for one-one thousandth of a percent of the world’s population. With about 95 percent of the employment-based green card applicants already living and working in America on temporary visas, the vast majority of applicants are simply waiting in line to get approved for permanent residence. But high-skilled immigrants from large countries are forced wait two to three times longer under existing law.

The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act would correct this problem and leave in place a system where all equally-qualified, highly-skilled employees will receive green cards in the order they apply and based solely on the skills they are bringing to America.

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VIDEO: Yoder Floor Speech on Sanctuary City Legislation

2017/06/29

Washington, DC – This afternoon, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in favor of Kate’s Law, which would empower law enforcement to keep violent criminals out of our communities by increasing mandatory penalties for illegal immigrants who re-enter the United States after previously being convicted with a crime. The bill passed the House of Representatives by a 257-167 bipartisan vote, with Rep. Yoder’s support.

To watch a video of Yoder's remarks, click here.

The following are Yoder’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the rule of law, of strengthening the enforcement of our immigration system, and of improving the security of our nation’s borders.

“The safety and security of our constituents should be our absolute top priority in Congress.

“Sanctuary cities are a direct threat to that safety. It’s why I led an effort to defund sanctuary cities through the appropriations process. It’s why we are here today.

“What happened to Kate Steinle was a tragedy. No parent should have to go through the anguish of losing their child, especially when it could have been avoided.

“Unfortunately the deadly toll of sanctuary cities is not limited to Kate.

“Just last year, in my own community back home in Kansas, Master Deputy Brandon Collins, a Johnson County sheriff’s deputy with nearly 21 years of service, was struck and killed by a drunk driver while he was preforming a routine traffic stop.

“Deputy Collins was a devoted and caring husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend whose life was tragically cut short.

“The drunk driver, who fled from the scene after the crash, was an illegal immigrant that had a prior conviction for DUI in California in 2001, and was also arrested for driving without a license in 2013.

“He never should have been behind the wheel of the car when he killed Deputy Collins!

“Despite his prior offenses, the man was able to remain in the country.

“He was able to be here to commit this crime because of the failure to enforce the law, and it ultimately led to Deputy Collins’ death.

“No nation of laws should tolerate this.

“Mr. Speaker, for these reasons – for Deputy Collins and the many other victims and their loved ones dealing with an unspeakable loss – for them, I support this bill and urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join me in its passage.”

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2017-05-23 19:53:53


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2017-05-03 21:01:39


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Rep. Yoder Thanks First Responders for Efforts on Overland Park Fire

2017-03-22 18:46:58


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2017-03-01 01:17:55


Contact Information

215 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2865
Fax 202-225-2807
yoder.house.gov

Kevin is a 5th generation Kansan who grew up on a grain and livestock farm in rural Kansas near a town called Yoder. It was on the farm where Kevin learned the true value of hard work and where he saw first-hand the ingenuity and prairie spirit that makes Kansas such a special place.

On January 5, 2011, Representative Yoder was sworn in to serve his first term as a Member of the 112th Congress.  Representative Yoder was selected as one of only three freshmen to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, the committee responsible for allocating federal spending.
He began his second term in the House of Representatives in January 2013. For the 113th Congress, Representative Yoder returned to the House Appropriations Committee. He serves as Vice Chairman as a member of the Agriculture Subcomittee; and sits on the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee and the Financial Services Subcommittee as well. Congressman Yoder is focused on balancing the federal budget, reducing the national debt and supporting policies that help private sector job growth.
During his time in Congress, Representative Yoder has received several accolades and awards for his voting record and support of various issues; including recognition as the 2012 Head Start Kansas State Children’s Champion Award; a National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business; the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Spirit of Enterprise” award; and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Award for Legislative Excellence. Additionally, Representative Yoder and Representative Emanuel Cleaver II (D-MO) jointly were included in the inaugural class to receive the 2012 Consensus Civility Award.
Representative Yoder was appointed by Speaker of the House John Boehner to serve on the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees. Gallaudet University, located in Washington, DC, is the world’s only liberal arts university for the Deaf community and hard of hearing.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Representative Yoder served as a State Representative in the Kansas Legislature where he represented Leawood and Overland Park. Representative Yoder chaired the House Appropriations Committee where he led the effort to cut spending, balance the Kansas state budget, and oppose tax increases.
The 3rd Congressional District of Kansas includes Johnson County, Wyandotte County and the northeast corner of Miami County. Congressman Yoder is a proud graduate of the University of Kansas where he received degrees in political science, English, and law. He lives in Overland Park with his wife, Brooke. On November 7, 2013, Rep. Yoder and Brooke announced the birth of their first child, a baby daughter named Caroline Lucille.

Serving With

Roger Marshall

KANSAS' 1st DISTRICT

Lynn Jenkins

KANSAS' 2nd DISTRICT

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