Washington, DC – This afternoon, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) joined a bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives passing the American SAFE Act to pause the resettlement program for refugees from Iraq and Syria until various intelligence and national security agencies certify to Congress that each refugee is not a threat. The bill passed the House by a 289-137 margin. After voting in favor, Representative Yoder issued the following statement:
“Despite his own Administration officials repeatedly warning that they do not have the resources or information needed to fully vet these refugees, President Obama is stubbornly moving forward with his plan to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees into our country. His proposal is dangerously misguided.
“The primary duty of the federal government is to protect the American people. In light of the attacks in Paris, now is not the time to open our borders to refugees from countries who want to do us harm. Congress stands ready to use the power of the purse to halt this program should the President defy the will of the American people and veto this bill.”
Earlier this week, Representative Yoder wrote a letter to President Obama demanding that he halt the flow of refugees from Syria or any other nation with ties to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from entering the United States.
For the full text of the letter, click here.
Overland Park, KS – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) announced today that he will be holding his fifth Third District Job Fair and Resource Expo on Friday, December 11th at Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC). As in past years, the Job Fair will help facilitate face-to-face meetings between those seeking employment and local business owners who are 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 this event.
WHEN: Friday, December 11, 2015
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 and completing the form.
For more information, visit www.Yoder.house.gov, or please contact Susan Metsker in Representative Yoder’s District Office at (913) 621-0832.
Washington, DC – Yesterday evening, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) began circulating a letter to his Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives calling for a minimum of $3 billion in new spending at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The allocation would bring the total funding at NIH to $33.084 billion, marking the largest percent increase for NIH since 2003. Representative Yoder said in the letter:
“Funding for federal research is critical to save American lives and to bend the cost curve of our federal health care expenditures. While our conference was and is torn over the breaking of the sequester budget caps, if we are going to increase domestic spending, we believe funding research to cure and prevent the diseases Americans face is a critical priority that should be at or near the top of our list.”
Full text of the letter is reproduced below.
November 17, 2015
Speaker of the House
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House Appropriations Committee
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Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee
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Speaker Ryan, Leader McCarthy, Chairman Rogers and Chairman Cole:
As we work towards an Omnibus Appropriations Act ("Omnibus") to fund the government for Fiscal Year 2016, we write to stress the critical importance of funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Earlier this year the House passed the 21st Century Cures Act ("Cures Act") by a margin of 344 to 77. This vote was truly bipartisan, with 170 Republicans and 174 Democrats supporting it, one of the strongest votes for any spending measure in Congress. The Cures Act, through a combination of mandatory and authorized discretionary funding, increased spending for NIH by $3.25 Billion in FY 2016.
House Republicans supported such an increase because we see the funding of federal research an important facet of our positive agenda of addressing the needs of the American people. Cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Heart Disease and many other diseases affect our constituents, our neighbors, even some of our close friends and family. Cancer alone will kill 600,000 Americans next year. In spite of our budget debates, these diseases march on, costing us millions of lives and trillions of dollars. Estimates peg the annual American cost of Alzheimer's in 2050 at over $1 trillion.
Funding for federal research is critical to save American lives and to bend the cost curve of our federal health care expenditures. While our conference was and is torn over the breaking of the sequester budget caps, if we are going to increase domestic spending, we believe funding research to cure and prevent the diseases Americans face is a critical priority that should be at or near the top of our list.
With passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act, Congress has been authorized to increase non-defense discretionary spending by $40 billion. Of those increases, we respectfully urge you to support the House's position and fund a minimum of $3 billion in new NIH spending in FY 2016, bringing total NIH spending to $33.084 billion. This is consistent with the vote of a large majority of our Conference on the Cures Act earlier this year, and consistent with our Republican values.
This is a wonderful opportunity for House Republicans to provide bold leadership by giving hope to Americans struggling with diseases. All of us have met with constituents who are waiting for NIH breakthroughs to save lives or cure the suffering of their loved ones. Let's take this opportunity to do something we can all be proud of, to make a bold stroke, and to make a true difference in the lives of our constituents for generations to come.
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For video of the speech, click here.
Washington, DC – On Friday evening, attackers linked to ISIS conducted coordinated attacks in six locations across Paris, France. More than 130 people were killed, and another 352 are hospitalized with injuries. French officials have indicated at least one of the Paris attackers was admitted into Europe as a refugee from Syria. Nevertheless, the Obama Administration has made it clear it will continue to seek to bring up to 10,000 Syrian refugees to America in the coming year.
In response, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) wrote a letter to President Obama yesterday and gave a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives this morning demanding he reject refugees from Syria or any other nation with ties to ISIS from entering the United States. Citing the safety concerns, Representative Yoder said in the letter and speech:
“This proposal places the interest of other nations ahead of the safety and security of the American people. In light of these attacks now is not the time to open our borders to refugees from countries who wish to do our citizens harm.”
For the full text of the letter, click here.
Overland Park, KS – Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a 2-1 ruling denying the Obama Administration’s appeal in a suit against its controversial executive action on immigration. The lawsuit, brought by 26 states including Kansas, aims to block the controversial executive action halting deportation of and granting work permits to about five million illegal immigrants. Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) issued the following statement in response to the ruling:
“The Fifth Circuit affirmed today what almost every serious constitutional scholar agrees, that the Administration’s unilateral action granting amnesty to more than five million illegal immigrants goes beyond the scope of presidential powers. With this court ruling, it’s time for the Administration to drop its attempts to circumvent the Constitution, enforce all of our immigration laws, and ensure our borders are completely secure.”
Overland Park, KS – Representative Kevin Yoder will attend the Johnson County 2015 Veterans Day Observance in Lenexa tomorrow as America recognizes those who have dedicated their lives to serving our country in the defense of our freedoms. The event is open to the public and members of the media are invited to attend.
WHO: Representative Kevin Yoder
WHAT: Johnson County 2015 Veterans Day Observance
WHEN: November 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM
WHERE: Lenexa National Guard Armory
18200 West 87th Street Parkway
Overland Park, KS – Today, the Obama Administration announced its formal rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which Congress voted to authorize in a bipartisan, bicameral fashion in February. Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) issued the following statement in response to the announcement:
“I’m disappointed the Obama Administration has yet again placed partisan political ideology over thousands of new American jobs and another step towards American energy independence. Congress has spoken clearly in a united fashion on this issue and even President Obama’s own State Department concluded almost two years ago the pipeline wouldn’t alter global greenhouse gas emissions. There’s no viable reason for today’s decision. It’s time to build.”
Merriam, KS – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and his wife Brooke are proud to announce that Monday morning they welcomed to the world their newest addition, Eloise Jane, whose name is inspired by two of her great-grandmothers. Baby Eloise arrived at 11:00 am on Monday, November 2nd at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. She measured 21 and 1/4 inches long and weighed in at 7 pounds and 13 ounces. Both mom and baby are healthy and resting at home in Overland Park. On Wednesday, Representative Yoder issued the following statement:
"Brooke and I could not be happier to announce the addition of Eloise Jane to our family and Caroline is thrilled to be a big sister. We want to thank all of the great health care providers at Shawnee Mission Medical Center who helped deliver her in good health. Our own little slugger is truly a blessing and we were thrilled she was brought into a world where the Royals are World Champions.”
Congressman Yoder and Brooke now have two daughters, Caroline Lucille and Eloise Jane.
Washington, DC – Today, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) voted against the two-year budget agreement negotiated by Congressional leadership and the White House, which passed 266-167. The agreement increases federal spending by $112 billion over the next two years and raises the debt limit through March of 2017. After voting against the deal, Representative Yoder issued the following statement:
“This deal is a nonstarter. I’ve consistently maintained that any proposal to raise the debt ceiling must be coupled with matching spending cuts or with critical reforms that put us on a path to pay down our debt. Instead, the agreement we considered today not only raises the debt limit to almost $20 trillion dollars, but it actually increases federal spending over the next two years.
“To pay for this increase in spending, the deal cuts $3 billion from the crop insurance program that provides a critical protection for Kansas farmers and ranchers already engaged in a high-risk industry. The crop insurance program as we know it will be significantly undermined, dealing another blow to the already struggling agriculture industry. As a member of the Agriculture Appropriations Committee, I will strongly oppose its implementation.
“This provision and the agreement as a whole perfectly illustrates why we have to stop governing based on backroom deals negotiated in the eleventh hour. This is not how Congress is supposed to operate. We must write these important bills in the light of day through the committee process, and I look forward to the House returning to a process where all voices can be heard.”
Washington, DC – Today, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) voted for H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 240-189. Earlier this year, Congress passed the first ten-year balanced budget agreement since 2001. The budget resolution initiated a process called reconciliation, which allows Congress to pass legislation in an expedited fashion by surpassing the Senate filibuster.
After voting in favor of H.R. 3762, Representative Yoder issued the following statement:
“Over the past five years, Americans have seen their health care costs continue to skyrocket while their wages have stagnated. Premiums have risen almost three times as fast as wages, at an average of more than $3,000 per plan. Deductibles are even worse, having risen almost seven times as fast. The results are the exact opposite of the promises made by this Administration leading up to the passage of Obamacare.
“Today, the House is taking important steps toward bringing an end to this disastrous law. Through the reconciliation process, we are repealing the individual and employer mandates that coerce Americans into paying for expensive health insurance plans they do not want or need. We are promoting innovation through repealing the medical device tax. We are encouraging competition by repealing the Cadillac tax.
“This legislation dismantles Obamacare and paves the way for patient-centered, free-market driven health care reforms. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass these reforms Americans want and deserve.”
The last time the reconciliation process was utilized was 2010, when the 111th Congress passed H.R. 4872, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act. The bill allowed the Democrat-led Congress to enact the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law without Republican support after losing its filibuster-proof majority in the Senate following the election of Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) in 2009.
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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.
From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! We are so thankful for our own two little turkeys, Caroline & Eloise. https://t.co/Rsjq2ZQeBt
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