Overland Park, KS – This afternoon, Representative Kevin Yoder announced that the Department of Transportation has awarded the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas a federal grant for $13.8 million to replace the existing interchange at Interstate 70 and Turner Diagonal with a more efficient diverging diamond interchange. In conjunction with the announcement, Representative Yoder issued the following statement:
“I’m thrilled the Department of Transportation has recognized the need for this project in Wyandotte County. The new interchange will open the door for major economic development in the area for years to come. I’ve been pushing for this grant for years, and personally discussed the need for the new interchange with Secretary Chao in the Third District this year. I want to applaud Mayor David Alvey for his steadfast leadership at the UG and thank the DOT for recognizing this critical need. This is a massive win for KCK, and will continue to build on the already amazing economic development we have seen over the last decade.”
Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao visited the Third District and met with Yoder about this project in October.
Overland Park, KS – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) announced today that he has nominated 24 area students to the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy.
The Third District’s Academy Nomination Board, appointed by Representative Yoder, conducted interviews with the applicants following review of their applications. After receiving their nominations, the applicants must now meet the requirements of each U.S. Service Academy to be considered for appointment. Ultimately, the Academies make the final decision on who receives an appointment of admission.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to announce the nomination of 24 remarkable Kansans from the Third Congressional District to a United States Service Academy,” Rep. Yoder said. “Each man and woman nominated today represents distinguished character, scholarship, leadership, and service. I’m proud that these students are the future leaders of our country, and I wish them the best of luck as they seek an appointment to a U.S. Service Academy. Thank you all for your commitment to serving our nation.”
United States Naval Academy – Annapolis, Maryland
Ryan Ingraham – Overland Park
Thomas Joyce – Prairie Village
Caleb Masters – Shawnee
Jacob Stenslie – Overland Park
Gage St. Pierre – Olathe
Alex Totta – Overland Park
Calvin Tran – Shawnee
Brock Weinstein – Overland Park
United States Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Brock Baker – Lenexa
Makensie Blum – Gardner
Lendel Brown – Overland Park
Chad Buzzell – Overland Park
Connor Chase – Olathe
JP Larson – Overland Park
Joseph Lee – Leawood
Ethan Marshall – Lenexa
Nick Moussa – Shawnee
Eric Olson – Leawood
Camden Schieffer – Leawood
Cooper Schram – Leawood
United States Military Academy – West Point, New York
Matt Ebenstein – Gardner Edgerton
Brooke Thomas – Overland Park
Ryan Williams – Shawnee
James Wilson – Olathe
Overland Park, KS – Homeland Security Appropriations Chairman Kevin Yoder (R-KS) completed a tour this morning of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers with the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The trip highlighted Coast Guard safety operations and Corps of Engineers projects in the Kansas City area. Chairman Yoder was joined by Kansas City, KS Mayor David Alvey, Fairfax Drainage District, and the Kaw Valley Drainage District. After the tour, Chairman Yoder issued the following statement:
“The Kansas and Missouri Rivers are the lifeblood of our region, and I was pleased to see firsthand the impacts that federal investment in these rivers has on the Kansas City metro area. The levees in Kansas City protect billions of dollars in assets and many lives from disastrous floods. Currently, hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding through the Army Corps of Engineers are being invested in raising and improving these levees, providing safety and peace of mind for the residents and businesses of our community. The Missouri River also fills a crucial role in our region’s transportation infrastructure, moving massive amounts of grain from Kansas farmers and helping our producers get their products to market efficiently. I would like to thank the Coast Guard and the Corps of Engineers for the insightful tour, and for the outstanding work they do every day to keep our rivers safe from floods and operational for commerce.”
Overland Park, KS —Sunayana Dumala was named one of five winners of this year’s Consensus Civility Award. This award highlights people who have worked across differences to improve the community. Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) issued the following statement:
“Congratulations to my friend, Sunayana Dumala, for receiving this year’s Consensus Civility Award. I have been honored to get to know Sunayana and have seen her work every day to promote civility, community and a sense of welcome to people around the globe. Unfortunately, I met Sunayana under the most horrific of circumstances when her husband was the fatal victim of a hate crime at a neighborhood restaurant in Olathe. While Sunayana was dealing with her intense grief and loss, she was inspired to establish Forever Welcome, a social media campaign supported by her employer to show that America is still a welcoming and safe place for current and future immigrants.
“Sunayana’s message of unity and acceptance continues to spread across our region and across the world, creating a wave of positive change. I am humbled and honored to have nominated her for this important award. Congratulations again to Sunayana, and to all of the winners of this year’s award.”
2018 award winners:
John Couture, owner, Bier Station;
Damon Daniel, Ad Hoc Group Against Crime;
Sunayana Dumala, Forever Welcome;
Rachel Gonzalez, Young Democrats of Missouri; and
Rosilyn Temple, Mothers in Charge.
To learn more about Consensus and its Civility Project, including the Civility Awards, please visit: http://www.consensuskc.org/civilityproject/.
Overland Park, KS — Homeland Security Appropriations Chairman Kevin Yoder (R-KS) issued the following statement in response to this morning's attempted attacks on prominent Democratic leaders and the news media:
“Violence has no place in American politics, and this attempt to harm prominent Democratic leaders and the news media is terrorism, plain and simple. Republicans and Democrats must come together to prioritize civility and ensure that the divides between us never lead to violence. I hope that the perpetrator of this attack can be swiftly brought to justice, and as Chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, I will work with the Secret Service and other law enforcement to closely monitor the situation.”
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.
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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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