Washington, D.C. – This morning, the White House released President Barack Obama’s Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2017, his final budget proposal before leaving office. The $4.1 trillion plan again marks the largest budget proposal in American history, grows annual deficits, and is projected to increase the National Debt to $27.4 trillion over the next decade. Additionally, it features $2.5 trillion in increased spending and $3.4 trillion in tax increases over the next decade. Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) issued the following statement on the proposal:
“I’m disappointed, although not surprised, that President Obama’s final budget proposal continues his Administration’s policy of record-high taxes, spending, and growth of government. Rather than offering ideas that Congress and the American people could come around to, this budget doubles as a partisan political platform chock full of progressive wish list items.
“Americans want a government in Washington that gets out of the way and removes the hurdles to success they struggle with every day. They want a government that balances its budgets like families across the country have to every month. Above all, they want to feel safe and secure in their daily lives and optimistic about their children’s future. The House will continue to put forward that kind of positive vision for the future of our nation.”
Washington, D.C. – Representative Kevin Yoder is now accepting entries from all interested Third District high school students for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. Since 1982, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition every spring to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the nation. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.
“Each year, we receive numerous impressive art submissions displaying the incredible artistic talent of students across the Third District, and I’m confident this year will be no different." Representative Yoder said. “I love the competition because it highlights the students’ artwork, but also the quality of the art programs in our local schools, and presents an opportunity to put their talent and hard work on display in the United States Capitol for guests from around our country and around the world to see.”
Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches high by 28 inches long, including the frame, and up to 4 inches deep. Interested students should submit entries to Yoder’s Overland Park District Office located at 7325 W. 79th Street by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 8th. An Arts Advisory Committee made up of artists from around the district will then select the winning entry to be put on display at the U.S. Capitol.
For more information or to review Congressional Art Competition guidelines, please call Yoder’s District Office at (913) 621-0832, or visit http://yoder.house.gov/2016-Congressional-Art-Competition
Congress Starts to Get Serious About Online Privacy
By New York Times Editorial Board
February 7, 2016 | To view online, click here.
Congress could soon vote on a bill that would require law enforcement agencies to get a search warrant from a judge to obtain emails, photographs and other documents Americans have stored online. This important legislation would update the law to reflect how people use the Internet today.
Under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, government agents need a warrant if they want access to email stored on the servers of companies like Google and Yahoo, but only if the messages are less than 180 days old. For older messages and other digital files, law enforcement officials can issue subpoenas to technology companies without going to a judge.
A bill introduced in the House by Kevin Yoder, Republican of Kansas, would require a warrant for all information stored online, regardless of how old it is and what kind of file it is. The legislation includes a sensible exception that would allow civil enforcement agencies like the Securities and Exchange Commission to subpoena messages sent by employees on a corporate computer system.
The bill has more than 300 co-sponsors, a good sign that it would pass easily in the House. The chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Bob Goodlatte, Republican of Virginia, said last week that his committee would consider the bill in March. In the Senate, Mike Lee, Republican of Utah, and Patrick Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, have introduced a similar bill that has bipartisan support from 24 other senators.
The 1986 law may have made sense when it was passed. At that time, few Americans had a computer at home. Even those who used early services like AOL and CompuServe usually downloaded email to their computers, which means law enforcement officials would have needed a warrant to see those messages. By contrast, Internet users today store incredible amounts of private information online so they can have access to it from any connected device. That data should be just as protected as the photos, letters and other documents people keep at home.
Requiring search warrants will not impose a big burden on law enforcement agencies. Investigators routinely get such warrants by showing judges there is probable cause that the information they are looking for contains evidence of wrongdoing. Legal experts say it is very rare for judges to deny a warrant.
As November’s election approaches, expectations for congressional accomplishment will further diminish, especially when accomplishment would involve a show of bipartisanship. That is all the more reason for lawmakers to move fast and pass this worthy bill now.
Overland Park, KS – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) is hosting a New Year Open House in the lobby of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, on February 18th.
Representative Yoder and his staff look forward to visiting with constituents over coffee about the top issues facing Congress in 2016. Those planning to attend should feel free to come and go as their schedule permits. The event is open to the public.
WHO: Representative Kevin Yoder
WHAT: New Year Open House
WHEN: Thursday, February 18, 2016
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
WHERE: Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas
701 N. 7th Street
Kansas City, KS 66101
Note: This event was originally scheduled for January 19, but due to weather advisories from the Kansas Department of Transportation, it was rescheduled.
Washington, D.C. – This afternoon, the House Judiciary Committee announced plans to markup H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act, digital privacy reform legislation introduced and championed by Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS). The bill, which is the most cosponsored bill in the 114th Congress, updates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to improve privacy protections for electronic communications stored or maintained by a third-party service provider. After the announcement of a hearing in March, Representative Yoder issued the following statement:
“I want to thank Chairman Goodlatte for making the Email Privacy Act a priority as we begin this legislative year. Today’s announcement means we are one step closer to bringing our digital privacy rights into the 21st Century and ensuring Americans’ private online communications receive the same basic fundamental protections our paper documents receive. With 308 of my colleagues – a majority of both Republicans and Democrats – and a majority of the Judiciary Committee in support of the bill, the markup should be brief and the bill should swiftly move to the House floor for passage.”
Washington, D.C. – This morning, the Kansas Senate Transportation Committee passed SB 99, which extended truck length limitations for hauling custom harvesting equipment to bring them in line with laws in bordering states. The bill now moves to the full Senate for passage.
In December, a narrowly-tailored exemption authored by Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) that allowed the Kansas Legislature to make this specific modification became law. Yoder, who worked to ensure the language was included in the Omnibus through his role as THUD Appropriations Subcommittee Vice Chairman, issued the following statement after the passage of the bill in Topeka:
“I want to applaud the Senate Transportation Committee for moving in a swift and effective manner to pass this bill. The sooner the full legislature takes it up, the sooner farmers in Kansas will be able to transport their custom harvesting equipment across the state more efficiently without having to sacrifice on safety. With all of the barriers to success coming from Washington in the form of stifling rules and regulations, I’m proud my amendment will be able to help the legislature relieve some of that pressure.”
Washington, D.C. – This evening, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) voted to override President Obama’s veto of H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, which passed the House of Representatives in January. Although a commanding majority of the House voted in favor, the vote failed to reach the constitutionally-required two-thirds threshold to successfully override a presidential veto. After voting in favor, Representative Yoder issued the following statement:
“Hardworking Americans are fed up with this lame duck Administration and its stubborn support for this unpopular law. A few weeks ago, Congress showed we are focused on a better future of health care for every American by sending this repeal bill to President Obama’s desk. Today, we reaffirmed that commitment by voting to override his veto.
“As Americans begin to choose a new president, I look forward to turning the page and passing new legislation that will put patients back in control of their health care decisions and provide actual affordable options for care – not just in name only.”
Overland Park, KS – Representatives Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Andy Barr (R-KY) will appear on 810 Sports Radio’s Between the Lines with Kevin Kietzman this afternoon at 3:00 PM CT/4:00 PM ET to discuss tomorrow’s matchup between the Kansas Jayhawks and Kentucky Wildcats, as well as various public policy issues in sports.
WHO: Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS)
Representative Andy Barr (R-KY)
WHAT: Between the Lines with Kevin Kietzman
810 Sports Radio (810 AM)
WHEN: 3:00 PM CT/4:00 PM ET
To listen to the show, click here.
Overland Park, KS – Yesterday, Representatives Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Andy Barr (R-KY) joined the Capital Games podcast hosted by ESPN’s Andy Katz and ABC News’ Rick Klein to discuss various public policy issues in sports, as well as this weekend’s matchup between the Kansas Jayhawks and the Kentucky Wildcats at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. Rep. Yoder will be hosting Rep. Barr as his guest at the game on Saturday at 6:00 PM CST. Below is an excerpt of Rep. Yoder from the conversation, which you can listen to by clicking here.
“I think we have a lot of mutual respect for Kentucky fans. I have a lot of respect for Kentucky fans because my wife is a Kentucky grad, so I’ve got a divided house on that issue. I think in general there is mutual respect. I don’t think there’s ill will. You know, Kansas had such a rivalry with Missouri for so many years that unfortunately no longer occurs, but there was a lot of ill will on those and a lot of dislike between those teams. I think there’s a lot of mutual respect between Kansas fans and Kentucky fans. I think we both respect that you’ve got the two thoroughbred programs in American basketball that don’t get to play each other very often, so I think that’s what makes this really special for me. You know, you look at the last time Kentucky came to Allen Fieldhouse, and we’re hoping that that is what occurs again.”
In 1989, the Kansas Jayhawks beat the Kentucky Wildcats at Allen Fieldhouse 150-95. The game still features single-game Jayhawk records for the most points in a game (150), most points in the first half (80), most field goals made (52), and most assists in a game (36).
Overland Park, KS – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) met today with Eden and Cambria Lord, her Children’s Mercy doctors, and researchers from the University of Kansas School of Medicine at Children’s Mercy Hospital to discuss the importance of research for rare diseases at the National Institutes of Health.
“When our daughter Cambria was diagnosed with panhypopituitarism and secondary adrenal insufficiency in 2009, we were surprised by the rarity and severity of her condition,” Cambria’s mother Eden said. “NIH has been an invaluable resource for our family since 2010, when Cambria was first seen by the team in Bethesda. Not only does NIH closely follow her case and address issues when they arise, but they make a strong effort to work in tandem with her team here at Children’s Mercy. We couldn’t ask for better care and we are grateful for lawmakers who recognize just how important the NIH is for families like ours.”
“There is still so much work to be done, but I am proud to be able to say to Cambria and Eden that we have answered their call and more resources are on the way,” Representative Yoder said. “This is the kind of meeting that reenergizes me. The hope and positivity that the Lords have in the face of such a challenge is why I keep fighting every day for them, and others in their position, so maybe one day we can finally say we’ve found a cure.”
Cambria is one of many patients across the country that stands to benefit from the largest infusion of federal funding to research at NIH since 2003. Last fall, Representative Yoder led an effort of more than 100 of his House Republican colleagues in a letter requesting House Leadership and the Appropriations Committee secure the funding in the year-end spending bill.
For the full text of Rep. Yoder’s letter, click here.
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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.
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