Kevin Yoder

Kevin Yoder

KANSAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Rep. Yoder Announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition

2017/04/12

Washington, D.C. – Representative Kevin Yoder is now accepting entries from all interested Third Congressional District high school students for the 2017 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, I’m amazed by the incredible artwork created by student artists from the Third District,” Representative Yoder said. “I enjoy seeing their talent on display in the United States Capitol hanging with the other Congressional Art competition winners from each district in the country. The quality of art education and programs in the Third District is phenomenal and I’m looking forward to this year’s submissions.” 
 
Artwork must be two-dimensional. Each framed artwork can be no larger than 26” x 26”, including the frame, and up to 4 inches deep. Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows: 
•    Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
•    Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
•    Collages: must be two dimensional.
•    Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints.
•    Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
•    Computer-generated art.
•    Photographs

Students may enter more than one piece of art. Interested students should submit entries to Representative Yoder’s District Office located at 7325 W. 79th Street in Overland Park by 5:00 PM on Friday, May 5th. 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, please call Representative Yoder’s District Office at (913) 621-0832, or visit http://yoder.house.gov/2017-Congressional-Art-Competition.

 

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Yoder Statement on U.S. Missile Strikes in Syria

2017/04/07

Washington, D.C. – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s authorization of missile strikes against a Syrian airbase following the Assad Regime's use of chemical weapons to kill dozens of Syrian civilians earlier this week:

"The President's decisive, surgical response was the right action to take in Syria. The use of chemical weapons are a threat to us all and as we have seen over the past several years, allowing Assad to murder his people and destabilize the region has led to a refugee crisis that endangers our national security by opening up the United States and our allies to attacks by ISIS. As we move forward, it is incumbent upon the President to clearly communicate our policy in Syria to the American people and work with Congress in authorizing force for any broader action."

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Reps. Yoder, Cuellar Announce Formation of Congressional Beef Caucus

2017/03/29

Washington, DC – This morning, Co-Chairs Representatives Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) announced the formation of the Congressional Beef Caucus to highlight the importance of the beef industry as the largest segment of the American agriculture economy. Currently, there are 35 bipartisan members of the Congressional Beef Caucus and counting.

“These ranchers and this economy are critical to all of our districts and to the strength and security of our country,” Representative Yoder said in his remarks. “This is a jobs issue, it’s an economic issue, but it’s also an American values issue. This caucus is about our heritage. But it’s also about our future.

“We want to support beef producers,” Yoder continued. “We want to encourage them. And we want this caucus to remind the American people how important beef production is to the American economy.”

Congressional caucuses are created for the purpose of organizing educational briefings for congressional staff and bringing awareness to policy issues in Congress. Yoder is also the Co-Chair of the Congressional Cancer Caucus and the Congressional Deaf Caucus.

Yoder serves on the Agriculture Subcommittee on House Appropriations.

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Yoder Votes to Protect Consumer Digital Privacy Protections

2017/03/28

Washington, DC – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) issued the following statement after voting against S.J. Res. 34, the Congressional Review Act (CRA) disapproval of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule regarding consumer digital privacy protections passed by the Senate last week:

“In the 21st Century, Americans deeply value their privacy when it comes to digital content. We don’t want the government having access to our information without our consent, and the same goes for private business. These digital privacy protections put in place by the FCC are commonsense measures similar to long-standing rules that apply to phone companies that will simply ensure internet users can continue to have control over their personal information. I don’t believe they should be repealed, and I will continue to fight for Americans’ digital privacy rights.”

Last month, the House of Representatives unanimously passed Yoder’s Email Privacy Act, which would modernize federal law with respect to Americans’ digital privacy rights. The bill would update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to state that all government agencies must get a warrant to search Americans’ online communications, regardless of when the email was crafted.  In 1986, Congress passed ECPA, which contains a loophole that allows the government to search any email older than 180 days stored on a third-party server, such as Google or Yahoo, without a warrant.

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Yoder Statement on Efforts to Repair America’s Broken Health Care System

2017/03/24

Washington, DC – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) issued the following statement on the postponement of today’s scheduled vote on the American Health Care Act:

“There is no doubt our country is split on how to reform our health care system, but Americans across party lines are depending on us to get this right. While the American Health Care Act failed to achieve majority support, I remain committed to finding a solution.

“I’ve met with individuals and groups across the political spectrum. Conservatives have told me they want to get the federal government out of health care, allow states to innovate, and put patients back in control. Progressives have told me they want to retain prohibitions on insurance providers denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions or placing lifetime caps on medical care. As we’ve seen, finding a compromise will be difficult. But I believe it is possible.

“The bottom line is our reform agenda must focus on lowering the cost of care, getting government out of the way, putting patients back in control, and offering more options to let you choose the plan that’s best for you and your family. It must repair the damage done by Obamacare without pulling the rug out from underneath anyone. It must put America on a better, more sustainable path for our health care.”

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Yoder to Fight NIH Cuts in Administration Budget Proposal

2017/03/16

Washington, D.C. – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s budget proposal that includes a $5.8 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health (NIH):

“More than 300 members voted to boost medical research by billions in November, we cannot turn around a few short months later and slash its budget. Funding to research cures to the 10,000 known diseases in this world, like cancer, Alzheimer’s, or Parkinson's is a priority for every family in America, regardless of political party. I will fight to ensure that these proposed cuts to medical research funding never make it into law."

In November, Yoder championed the 21st Century Cures Act, which passed the House 392-26. The bill increased biomedical research funding at NIH by $4.8 billion over the next decade and streamlined drug approval process at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to bring treatments to patients more quickly. In 2015, more than 100 House Republicans signed onto Yoder’s letter to House leadership pushing for a $3 billion NIH funding increase that eventually led to the largest funding increase for research in 12 years.

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Yoder Calls on President Trump to Condemn Olathe Shooting in Joint Address to Congress

2017/02/28

Washington, D.C. – This afternoon, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) contacted the White House and urged President Donald Trump to condemn hateful acts like the shooting that took place in Olathe last week. Representative Yoder issued the following statement:

“As the world prepares to watch President Trump tonight at the joint session of Congress, I’ve been in contact with the White House regarding the senseless tragedy last week in Olathe that claimed the life of Srinivas Kuchibhotla and injured Alok Madasani and Ian Grillot. I’ve been clear that the President must use this amazing platform to condemn this hateful act in no uncertain terms and send a powerful message that no American should be fearful in their own community. Diverse political and religious views are what make our country great, and I look forward to him utilizing this opportunity tonight.”

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Yoder Leads Letter to White House Urging Against Cuts to Funding to Protect Women from Domestic Violence

2017/02/21

Washington, D.C. – This afternoon, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) wrote a bipartisan letter to President Donald Trump in support of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grants at the Department of Justice and reports the Administration might have plans to eliminate the grants in the upcoming budget debate. Representative Yoder issued the following statement:

“Each and every day, thousands of women take refuge in domestic abuse shelters and countless lives are saved thanks to the Violence Against Women Act. Cutting VAWA grants would mean we are failing to protect some of the most vulnerable women, children, and families in our country. We feel strongly that Congress and the Trump Administration must ensure the policies and procedures in place at the federal level must remain intact so we can meet their needs.”

In 2013, Yoder voted for the most recent reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which was originally signed into law in 1994. He also voted for reauthorization legislation in 2012 that stalled in the Senate. Today’s letter was signed by Representatives Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), and Jackie Walorski (R-IN).

The text of the letter is reproduced below and can be viewed online here.

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February 21, 2017

 

President Donald J. Trump

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20500

 

President Trump,

We write this letter to express our deep concern about reports which indicate that your administration may be preparing to eliminate Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grants at the Department of Justice. This essential program was created after decades of growing unease over the rising violent crime rate against women and has served to protect some of the most vulnerable women and families in our country. Unfortunately, domestic and sexual violence continues to occur at an alarming rate and we feel strongly that Congress must protect the policies and procedures we have put in place at the federal level to respond to the needs of victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and sex trafficking.

As you know, VAWA was last authorized during the 113th Congress in a convincingly bipartisan manner. Countless lives have been saved by this law which was first authorized in 1994and improved in the years since. Present day programs defend victims of human trafficking and domestic violence who may not have any other alternative resources. In addition, Congress imposed new accountability provisions including audit requirements on all grantees and comprehensive reporting requirements to ensure we are focusing on areas of greatest need.

According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence’s most recent national census, on a single average day as many as 71,828 victims are served with 40,302 finding refuge in our nation’s domestic refuge shelters.  Further, thousands of requests for service are unfulfilled each day as a result of lack of government funding and staffing reductions.

We look forward to your FY 2018 budget request and stand ready to assist your administration in prioritizing federal spending decisions that impact investments in communities across the nation. As the budget process continues, we intend to support essential programs that are working to change public attitudes about domestic violence and make a difference in the lives of women, children and families in every state.

Thanks for your attention.

Sincerely,



Congressman Kevin Yoder (KS-3)
Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (MO-5)
Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-2)
Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster (NH-2)

Cc: Mick Mulvaney

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During National Cancer Prevention Month House Cancer Caucus Leaders Pledge Collaboration on the Fight Against Cancer

2017/02/16

The co-chairs of the House of Representatives Cancer Caucus, Congressmen Kevin Yoder (R-KS-3), Brian Higgins (D-NY-26), Charlie Dent (R-PA-15), and Derek Kilmer (D-WA-6) are teaming up for a bipartisan push to make the fight against cancer a national priority. 

Congressman Kevin Yoder serves on the House Committee on Appropriations as a leading voice in support of increased federal investment in biomedical research through the National Institutes of Health and in 2015 led a successful effort to convince more than 100 of his fiscally conservative colleagues to support the largest NIH funding increase in more than a decade. He’s also authored a resolution recognizing the critical role of researchers, and has been a long-time supporter of the University of Kansas Cancer Center receiving its National Cancer Institute designation in 2012 and applying for its comprehensive designation this year.

“Providing the necessary resources to help researchers around the country find cures for diseases like cancer has been a top priority of mine in Congress,” said Rep. Yoder.  “As co-chair of the Cancer Caucus, I will do my part to eradicate this terrible disease by working toward my goal of doubling the National Institutes of Health (NIH)'s budget within the next ten years. I call upon my colleagues to share in that goal. It is a moral, fiscal, and national security imperative.”

Congressman Brian Higgins is a member of the House Budget Committee and the Committee on Ways and Means.  His district includes Roswell Park Cancer Institute, one of just 45 National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country.  Higgins is a champion for a substantial increase in the nation’s commitment to biomedical research and founded the National Institutes of Health Caucus.

“The only failure in cancer research is when you quit or are forced to quit due to lack of funding,” said Rep. Higgins.  “By working together, Congress can help give researchers the tools to reach breakthrough treatments that lead to better outcomes for those touched by cancer.”

Congressman Charlie Dent, also a member of the House Appropriations Committee, is a staunch advocate of medical research through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and has dedicated his efforts to the prevention of melanoma and colorectal cancer.   Rep. Dent led a resolution encouraging efforts to promote childhood skin protection toward the goal of reducing skin cancer and recently introduced the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act. 

Rep. Dent said, “Like many people, I have friends and loved ones who have been diagnosed with cancer. I’ve seen the toll cancer takes on both those who have been diagnosed and their caregivers. As co-chair of the House Cancer Caucus, I am committed to using my platform to encourage early detection and preventative measures, as well as funding for research that could lead to new, more effective treatments.”

Congressman Derek Kilmer is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and a strong advocate for the inclusion of cancer prevention measures as a component of healthcare delivery.  Rep. Kilmer’s district includes Peninsula Cancer Center.

“Each year millions of Americans are confronted with a cancer diagnosis,” said Kilmer. “These struggles impact the lives of their family, friends, and communities. This Congress needs to step up and help folks grappling with this illness. That’s why I’ve joined the push to ensure that we double down on cutting-edge research investments that can help America’s top scientists figure out how to better stop the spread of cancer.”

Other members of the Cancer Caucus include Congressmembers Lou Barletta (R-PA), Robert Brady (D-PA), Michael Capuano (D-MA), Andre Carson (D-IN), John Carter (R-TX), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), James Clyburn (R-OK), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Michael Conaway (R-TX), Jim Cooper (D-TN), Jim Costa (D-CA), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Gene Green (D-TX), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Walter Jones (R-NC), Peter King (R-NY), John Lewis (D-GA), Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Tom Marino (R-PA), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Richard Neal (D-MA), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Bill Posey (R-FL), David Price (D-NC), Tim Ryan (D-OH), Bobby Scott (D-VA), Pete Sessions (R-TX), John Shimkus (R-IL), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Adam Smith (D-WA), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Michael Turner (R-OH), Marc Veasey (D-TX), Greg Walden (R-OR) and Joe Wilson(R-SC).

The World Health Organization reports 1 in 6 deaths worldwide are due to cancer, with 14 million new cancer cases reported in 2012 and that number expected to increase by 70% over the next two decades.  In the U.S. the National Cancer Institute estimates there were more than 1.685 million new cancer cases and over 595,000 deaths due to cancer last year alone.  The cost of cancer care in the United States totaled nearly $125 billion in 2010 and could reach $156 billion by 2020.

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VIDEO: Rep. Yoder’s Remarks on House Passage of Email Privacy Act

2017/02/06

Washington, D.C. This evening, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives urging his colleagues to vote in favor of his legislation modernizing federal law with respect to Americans’ digital privacy rights. Shortly after his remarks concluded, the House unanimously passed H.R. 387 – the Email Privacy Act – by voice vote.

You can view a video of Rep. Yoder's remarks by clicking here. Also included are Rep. Yoder’s remarks, as prepared for delivery:

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Thank you for this opportunity for an important debate on legislation that has been a long time in the coming.

“I’d like to thank the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Mr. Goodlatte, and the Ranking Member, Mr. Conyers, for their hard work and leadership in helping shepherd this critical piece of legislation to the floor.

“I rise today to support these long-overdue ideas in this bipartisan legislation that will bring our digital privacy laws into the 21st Century –the Email Privacy Act.

“Mr. Speaker, the year was 1986. I was ten years old, hoping to get a new Nintendo game console for Christmas so I could play Super Mario Brothers.

“You could buy a ticket to see Top Gun for $2.75.

“In the tech world, 1986 marked the debut of the first laptop computer. It was 12 pounds!

“A mobile phone was the size of a small pet.

“Mr. Speaker, it was also the year in which the Congress passed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

“At the time, there were only 10 million e-mail users worldwide.

“Now, 232 million Americans send an email once per month.

“The first text message wouldn’t be sent for another six years – now Americans send more than one billion texts each year.

“Mr. Speaker, the times and technology have changed but the laws have not kept pace.

“Federal laws regarding how we treat and protect the privacy of digital communication have been unchanged since 1986, and because of it, our digital content is not afforded the same Fourth Amendment protections as paper documents on our desks at home.

“Now, the Fourth Amendment protects the ‘right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.’

“Yet, when it comes to what’s on American’s cell phones, or home computers, our laws allows federal agencies like the IRS or SEC or the law enforcement, to kick down the virtual doors and search innocent American’s private communication and data storage without a warrant, without probable cause or any type of due process.

“Many Americans take great precaution to store their emails, on services like Dropbox or in the ‘Cloud,’ yet our federal law perversely treats that data storage as if its abandoned by its owner, and therefore loses constitutional protection.

“Well, in 1986, lawmakers believed within reason that individuals and families wouldn’t store data online. They wouldn’t leave their email stored online. They believed that they might have their own servers.

“Therefore, if an individual was leaving an email on a third-party server it was akin to that person leaving their paper mail in a garbage can at the end of their driveway.

“Thus, that individual had no reasonable expectation of privacy in regards to that email under the Fourth Amendment.

“But as we all know, virtually everyone now stores millions of emails and other data on third party servers like Gmail.

“Those emails contain pictures and videos of our kids, our business transactions – our most sensitive information that the government shouldn’t have access to without a warrant, without due process as required by the Constitution.

“Establishing these privacy protections are critical for both ensuring that Americans’ rights are protected, but also ensuring that all cloud computing providers are covered by the same warrant for content requirements.

“In addition to updating our constitutional rights, these privacy protections create business certainty. They ensure consumers will remain happy to continue to using cloud storage services.

“Mr. Speaker, fundamentally, these changes in my bill codify the Sixth Circuit’s decision in U.S. v. Warshak, which held that email content is protected by the Fourth Amendment. A decision which, while important, needs to be enshrined in law as it only currently applies in the sixth circuit. It must be applied nationwide.

“Mr. Speaker, today we can cast a unifying vote in these divided times. We can work to dispel the myth that Congress doesn't work together. We can send a strong message to the American people that their privacy matters.

“I urge passage and I yield back.”

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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.

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Roger Marshall

KANSAS' 1st DISTRICT

Lynn Jenkins

KANSAS' 2nd DISTRICT

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