Overland Park, KS – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) will welcome U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao to Overland Park on Monday, October 15 for a bus tour and transportation roundtable discussion with the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce and community leaders. This event is invite-only. Rep. Yoder issued the following statement:
“Secretary Chao has done so much to improve our transportation and infrastructure in this country. I’m excited to take her around the Third District of Kansas and show her some of the critical infrastructure needs in our community. I know our local leaders have a lot to discuss and will look forward to hearing her unique perspective. I look forward to welcoming Secretary Chao to Kansas.”
10:00 AM: Media invited to film B-roll and take stills prior to the bus tour of US-69 (Private bus tour with elected officials to follow)
11:00 AM: Photo/B-roll opportunity
11:15 AM: Media invited to film the roundtable’s opening remarks (Private transportation roundtable discussion to follow)
12:30 PM: Media availability with Congressman Yoder and Chamber leaders
If you plan to participate, please email Haley.Brady@mail.house.gov. Location and arrival instructions will be provided upon RSVP.
Secretary Chao biography:
Secretary Elaine Chao is the 18th U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Previously, she served as U.S. Secretary of Labor, the first Asian American woman in American history to be appointed to the President's cabinet.
Secretary Chao has a distinguished career in the public, private and non-profit sectors, including extensive experience in transportation. She began her executive career in public service working on transportation and trade issues at the White House. She has served as Deputy Maritime Administrator; Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission; and, Deputy Secretary of the U. S. Department of Transportation. In addition, she has served as President and CEO of United Way of America, and Director of the Peace Corps.
Secretary Chao has devoted most of her professional life to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to build better lives for themselves and their families.
Washington, DC – This afternoon, the House of Representatives passed a package of bills referred to as Tax Reform 2.0. These bills lock in the historic reforms of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act to protect middle-class and small business tax cuts, promote family savings, and advance the next generation of entrepreneurs. Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) issued the following statement after voting in favor of these bills:
“In less than a year under our new tax code, Americans have already felt the positive impacts of tax reform through more jobs, higher wages, and lower taxes. This week, I voted to build on that success and set our economy up for long-term growth by making the middle-class and small business tax cuts permanent. Tax Reform 2.0 also focuses on helping families save money to start a family, send their kids to college, or prepare for retirement. Finally, the legislation we passed will spur startups and innovation, which in turn will drive economic growth for years to come. Tax Reform 2.0 is part of our ongoing commitment to ensure that our tax code is helping Americans get ahead, rather than holding them back.”
Tax Reform 2.0 included three separate bills:
Overland Park, KS – Representative Kevin Yoder will host two Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Events to provide help to seniors during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period. These events will be held Wednesday, October 17 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM at Johnson County Central Resource Library and Tuesday, October 23 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Kansas City, KS West Wyandotte Library.
Trained volunteers from the Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) program will be on hand at the event to provide one-on-one assistance to seniors who have questions, or who wish to make changes to their plans.
The Medicare Open Enrollment Period extends from October 15 through December 7. Medicare beneficiaries who wish to make changes or enroll for the first time need to bring their Medicare card, any current prescriptions (including dosage and frequency), and a list of preferred pharmacies. The event is free and open to everyone.
For additional information, please contact Congressman Yoder’s District Office in Overland Park at (913) 621-0832.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17:
WHAT: Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Event
WHEN: Wednesday, October 17
9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
WHERE: Johnson Country Central Resource Library
9875 W. 87th St.
Overland Park, KS 66212
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23:
WHAT: Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Event
WHEN: Tuesday, October 23
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
WHERE: Kansas City, KS West Wyandotte Library
1737 N 82nd Street
Kansas City, KS 66112
Washington, DC — Yesterday, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) joined 27 of his House of Representatives colleagues in introducing a resolution (H.Res. 1066) that states Congress must support protections for those with pre-existing conditions. Rep. Yoder issued the following statement:
“Throughout our ongoing health care debates, I have made a promise: I will protect those with pre-existing conditions and ensure they are not denied the affordable coverage and care they need to survive. During my time in Congress, I've met many people with pre-existing conditions and heard their stories along the way. I carry those stories with me when I go to work in Washington and always look for ways to help fulfill that promise to make sure they have access to care.
"One of those ways is investing in medical research. Diseases know no political party or regional difference, they affect all of us. Funding for research saves lives, but it's also a smart investment and the absolute best way to lower the cost of care for everyone. That's why I've made it a priority to secure a 25 percent funding increase at the NIH over the last two years.
"Another way is to ensure that protections for pre-existing conditions remained intact in any health care plan. When we crafted our health care plan last year, my focus was on ensuring these protections remained in place. My focus remains on working together with Republicans and Democrats to protect and improve our American health care system."
Rep. Yoder recently also cosponsored H.R. 1121, the Pre-existing Conditions Protection Act. This important legislation, which would take effect if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed, would fully preserve current pre-existing condition protections. Insurance companies would still be required to cover pre-existing conditions, insurers would still be required to accept any patient who applies for coverage, and insurers would still be banned from discriminating against people based on their health status. H.R. 1121 is a crucial safeguard to ensure that much-needed reforms to our broken healthcare system do not put those with pre-existing conditions at risk.
Washington, DC – Last week, Representative Kevin Yoder (KS-03) traveled to Mexico City, Mexico in his role as Chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. There, he received briefings from the State Department on security and trade issues, and participated in a roundtable discussion with the Border Trade Alliance (BTA) during the “Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border” Annual Conference on what needs to be done to ensure the efficient flow of commerce across the Mexican border. Chairman Yoder was joined by Representatives Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Filemón Vela (D-TX), and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan for a roundtable discussion with the U.S.-Mexico cross-border trade community on opportunities to make ports of entry more efficient, cross-border infrastructure improvements, and security challenges.
During the trip, Chairman Yoder emphasized the economic importance of trade between the U.S. and Mexico, as well as the vital role the Department of Homeland Security plays in facilitating safe and efficient exchange between the two countries. After meeting with American and Mexican government officials in Mexico City, he issued the following statement:
“A healthy trade relationship between the United States and Mexico is crucial for our respective economies, as well as for the economy of my home state of Kansas. As Chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, I understand the role that agencies under the Department of Homeland Security play in ensuring that this trade can move safely and efficiently. My briefings from the State Department and my conversations at the BTA roundtable helped me get a better picture of the benefits and challenges that currently surround our trade and border security situation.
“A key component in keeping our trade routes secure is the work done by the men and women of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Every day, they ensure that goods traveling into our country from Mexico are safe, while also working efficiently to ensure that trade can flow quickly to its destinations. In my FY 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations bill, I included funding to hire over 500 new officers and over $300 million for non-intrusive inspection equipment and enhancements to the automated commercial environment to speed up the inspection process at our border. While CBP has struggled in the past few years to retain and hire new officers, I believe they are making improvements, and I stand ready to help them with any barriers that remain to retain and hire officers and agents. These additional CBP agents will also reduce opioid drug smuggling across our border and continue in our efforts to stop the opioid crisis and to save lives.
“Additionally, I was encouraged to see that recent trade talks between our countries include an agreement on the cargo pre-inspection program. Unified Cargo Processing is currently at seven ports of entry, but this will expand under the new agreement to more than a dozen locations During the BTA roundtable, I discussed these developments, and how they will promote further cooperation and information sharing to enable our countries to handle legitimate and safe shipments quickly while addressing those that pose risk. It is my hope that our two nations can continue to build on these agreements and further facilitate efficient trade.”
In 2017, Mexico was Kansas’s second largest export market, with Kansas exporting $1.88 billion in goods to Mexico. These exports included soybeans, wheat, corn, civilian aircraft, engines, beef, pork, basic chemicals, grain and oilseed milling products. Just a few days before Rep. Yoder’s trip, President Trump and President Peña Nieto announced that the United States and Mexico had reached an agreement in principle to update NAFTA. The United States remains committed to supporting Mexico’s efforts to strengthen the rule of law and address the challenge of public corruption.
Washington, DC – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) announced today that he will be holding his tenth Third District Job Fair on Monday, September 24th in cooperation with Workforce Partnership at Johnson County Community College. As in past years, the Job Fair will help facilitate face-to-face meetings between those seeking employment and local employers currently hiring. This Job Fair will focus on jobs available in manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, information technology and industrial technology. Workforce Partnership and Kansas Department of Commerce staff will be available to discuss opportunities for training with certifications, paid on-the-job training, and registered apprenticeship. Resume workshops will also be available.
The Job Fair will be held from 2 PM to 6 PM. Job-seekers should dress for success and bring several copies of their resume. The Job Fair is free and no registration is required.
All interested manufacturing and technology employers, please email email@example.com for registration details. There is no cost for employers.
WHEN: Monday, September 24th
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM (First hour: special attention for veterans)
WHERE: Johnson County Community College (JCCC)
Regnier Center - Capitol Federal Conference Room
12345 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66210
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 — This evening, the House of Representatives is expected to pass H.R. 5613, the Quindaro Townsite National Commemorative Site Act, by a unanimous vote.
Quindaro is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the Third District of Kansas, and National Commemorative Site status will help elevate and preserve this townsite in a way that is consistent with its historical and cultural importance.
Representative Yoder issued the following statement before the passage of the bill:
“Today, the House of Representatives has an opportunity to grant long overdue recognition to a historic site in Kansas City, Kansas that has its roots in our nation’s struggle for freedom and equality. The Quindaro Townsite National Commemorative Site Act is my bill to confer an important new designation to a piece of history that has unfortunately been overlooked on the federal level for far too long.
“Many local stakeholders have worked hard for decades to preserve Quindaro. Now, we have an opportunity to bring meaningful federal support to those who have dedicated their lives to this effort.
“National Commemorative Site designation will be a crucial step toward spreading the story of Quindaro beyond the city limits of Kansas City to people around the nation. Quindaro’s legacy – of people who were willing to lay down their lives in the name of freedom – is the legacy of America. By preserving what remains of this town, we take a small but meaningful step toward preserving every good and noble thing that our great nation stands for.”
The town of Quindaro was founded in 1857 as a safe haven for anti-slavery activists and an important stop on the Underground Railroad. Representative Yoder’s bill, H.R. 5613 the Quindaro Townsite National Commemorative Site Act, would make Quindaro a National Commemorative Site, bringing new opportunities for investment and preservation of the site. The bill has five bipartisan cosponsors, including the lead Democratic cosponsor, Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO).
Once passed by the House, H.R. 5613 will be considered by the Senate, where Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) is sponsoring a companion bill.
Washington, D.C. – The House Appropriations Committee today released its proposed fiscal year 2019 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill, which will be considered tomorrow by the subcommittee. The bill targets critical programs such as aviation security, border and immigration enforcement, customs activities, protection against cyberterrorism, natural disaster response, and efforts to stop the smuggling of drugs and people into the U.S.
In total, the legislation directs $51.4 billion in discretionary funding for DHS, an increase of $3.7 billion above the fiscal year 2018 enacted level. In addition, the bill includes $6.7 billion – the same as the President’s request – for major disaster relief and emergency response activities through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The legislation also includes $5 billion for physical barriers and associated technology along the U.S. southern border. This amount provides for over 200 miles of new physical barrier construction. Additionally, the bill includes $223 million for 140 new Customs and Border Protection (CBP) canine teams to initiate a five-year strategy towards achieving 100 percent scanning on the southern border.
“The Committee takes its role in safeguarding our homeland and protecting our citizens seriously. Globalization, cybersecurity, and terrorism are changing our way of life and we need to change with it. This bill fully supports our men and women on the frontline who work tirelessly to keep us safe. The bill also provides the necessary funding for critical technology and physical barriers to secure our borders. It is a balanced approach that enhances our capabilities and preparedness,” Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said.
Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Yoder also commented on the bill:
“Cartels are trafficking $64 billion a year in drugs and people across our border - and much of it comes through one small stretch at the Rio Grande Valley,” Chairman Yoder said. “This bill takes the largest steps in years toward finally fulfilling our promise to the American people to secure the border. We add funding for more than 200 miles of physical barrier, hundreds of new immigration and customs enforcement agents, and state of the art technology that will give our law enforcement agencies the tools they need to keep us safe. We take concrete steps to keep families together at the border, enforcing our immigration laws humanely and responsibly. This is all in addition to emergency and natural disaster relief grants, critical resources to protect our cyber networks, and tools to defend against terror threats.”
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – The bill contains $17.8 billion in discretionary appropriations for CBP – an increase of $3.8 billion above the fiscal year 2018 enacted level. These resources ensure our borders are protected by putting boots on the ground, improving infrastructure and technology, and helping to stem the flow of illegal goods both into and out of the country. Within this total, the legislation includes:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – The bill provides $7.4 billion for ICE – $328 million above the fiscal year 2018 enacted level. Within this total, the legislation includes:
Coast Guard – The bill contains $9.3 billion for the U.S. Coast Guard. The bill provides for a 2.6 percent military pay increase, and targets resources to improve readiness. Specifically, the bill includes:
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) – The bill includes $7.3 billion for TSA, which fully funds Transportation Security Officers ($3.3 billion) and privatized screening operations at airports. The bill includes $20 million above the budget request for the purchase and installation of approximately 240 new carry-on baggage screening systems to improve detection capabilities at airport checkpoints. The bill also includes funding above the request to hire, train, and deploy 50 new canine teams to further enhance security and expedite processing time.
Cybersecurity and Protection of Communications – To combat increasingly dangerous and numerous cyber-attacks, the bill includes a total of $1.9 billion for the National Protection and Programs Directorate. Within this amount, $1.1 billion is provided to help secure civilian (.gov) networks and to detect and prevent cyber-attacks and foreign espionage. Funds are also included to enhance and modernize emergency communications capabilities and to continue the modernization of the biometric identity management.
Secret Service – The bill provides $2.2 billion for the U.S. Secret Service – an increase of $160.7 million above the fiscal year 2018 enacted level – to increase staffing levels and to ramp up for the 2020 campaign cycle. The bill continues support for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and increases funding above the request for cyber-crime investigations.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – The bill funds FEMA disaster response and recovery efforts at $7.2 billion. The legislation also includes $3.1 billion for FEMA grant programs, including:
E-Verify – The legislation contains $132 million, the same as the President’s request, for E-Verify to help companies ensure their employees may legally work in the United States.
Science and Technology (S&T) – The bill provides $802 million for Science and Technology – an increase of $218.9 million above the requested level. The legislation rejects the proposed closure of the Chemical Security Analysis Center and the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory, restores proposed cuts to University Programs, and increases research and development funding by $186 million above the requested level.
Other Provisions – The bill includes several provisions to save taxpayer dollars and increase accountability at DHS. The legislation:
For the complete text of the FY 2019 Subcommittee Draft Homeland Security Appropriations bill, please visit: https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP15/20180719/108583/BILLS-115-SC-AP-FY2019-HSecurity-HomelandBill.pdf
Washington, DC — Today, Chairman Kevin Yoder of the DHS Appropriations Subcommittee announced today that he has signed on as a cosponsor to the Family Reunification Act, which directs the federal government to immediately reunite families who have been separated at the southern border.
Yoder has been a leading Republican voice in resolving this issue, calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to suspend the practice in a letter on Monday and making a personal plea to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in a private one-on-one meeting on Tuesday. Following their meeting, Secretary Nielsen drafted an executive order to halt the practice, which President Trump signed into effect.
Yoder issued the following statement along with the announcement:
“I’m glad the Administration has heeded my calls to stop separating families and has already worked to get about 500 families back together. We must still finalize long-term solutions to fix this problem permanently and reunite the remaining families. Congress should take up this bill immediately, and if not I will work to see the language is included in my must-pass DHS funding bill.”
Washington, DC — Today, the Federal Lands Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on Representative Kevin Yoder’s (R-KS) legislation, H.R. 5613 the Quindaro Townsite National Historic Landmark Act. Quindaro is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the Third District of Kansas, and National Historic Landmark status will help elevate and preserve this townsite in a way that is consistent with its historical and cultural importance. Representative Yoder invited Mr. Marvin S. Robinson, II, a native of the Quindaro area and a leader in the effort to preserve the townsite, to testify before the committee. Representative Yoder issued the following statement after the hearing:
“The Third District is home to one of the most significant, yet under-appreciated, historic sites in the state: the ruins of the town of Quindaro. Quindaro holds a unique three-fold significance as a Bleeding Kansas site, a stop on the Underground Railroad, and the site of an enduring African American community founded by freed slaves. Very few places in the country can lay claim to such a combination. In spite of the years of neglect, it is not too late to elevate Quindaro to the status and attention it deserves. That is why I have introduced H.R. 5613, the Quindaro Townsite National Historic Landmark Act.
Although Quindaro has lacked the official recognition and investment it deserves, it has remained intact thanks to the efforts of a small group of dedicated individuals from the community. One of those key individuals is Marvin Robinson, who has spent the last 31 years as a leader in the efforts to preserve Quindaro. His years of dedication and study of Quindaro made him the perfect person to come to Congress and tell the nation why this site is worthy of National Historic Landmark designation. I want to thank Marvin for all of his hard work to preserve Quindaro and for coming to Washington, DC to share his testimony with the committee today.”
The town of Quindaro was founded in 1857 as a safe haven for anti-slavery activists and an important stop on the Underground Railroad. Representative Yoder’s bill, H.R. 5613 the Quindaro Townsite National Historic Landmark Act, would make Quindaro a National Historic Landmark, bringing new opportunities for investment and preservation of the site. The bill has five bipartisan cosponsors, including the lead Democratic cosponsor, Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO).
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