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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Washington, DC — Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee of Appropriations, today wrote Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling on him to suspend the practice of separating children at the border as Congress works toward a legislative fix. Representative Yoder issued the following statement accompanying his letter to the Attorney General:
“As the son of a social worker, I know the human trauma that comes with children being separated from their parents. It takes a lasting, and sometimes even irreversible toll on the child’s well being. That’s why I’m demanding that Attorney General Sessions halt the practice of family separation at the border immediately as Congress works toward legislative solutions.”
The text of the letter follows:
Attorney General Sessions,
Separating children from their families at the border is a policy many of my constituents and the American people in both political parties oppose. As Congress pursues legislation to address this issue this week, an interim solution is needed. I ask that you take immediate action to end the practice of separating children from families at the border.
As we know, there is an appropriate way to come to the United States and seek asylum that does not involve crossing the border illegally. Families who enter the border at a port of entry have their paperwork administered and are allowed to stay together as their case is adjudicated. Yet, many individuals continue to cross our border illegally, and addressing that reality is an important charge for your office.
However, the remedy of immediately removing children from their parents is too harsh a penalty, especially given the dangerous circumstances some of these families are fleeing. In these circumstances, and as long as a unified family would not present any immediate danger to the children, separating families should not occur. It is my understanding the Administration is using this practice to deter further illegal entry.
We can and we should protect our borders, but we must do it in a way that is humane and reasonable. I recently visited the Rio Grande Valley and saw firsthand the need to step up enforcement to protect against the flow of drugs and human trafficking at the border. But separating children from their parents should not be used as a deterrent.
The House of Representatives is poised to act on the most wide-ranging immigration and border security legislation in more than a decade. You need the ability to enforce federal immigration law while keeping families together. We stand ready to make the appropriate and necessary changes to the law - at the President’s own request - to give you that ability. We also stand ready to provide needed resources to shelter these families together as their cases are adjudicated.
I appeal to you, as a Congressman but also as a father of young children, and I offer my partnership in finding solutions. I ask that all families receive just treatment under the law. I would appreciate a response to this letter and any further input your office would provide on a path forward. Thank you for your service to the United States of America.
Washington, DC — Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS), Chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, has concluded his two-day long fact-finding mission at the US-Mexico border. The trip was Representative Yoder’s first to the Southern Border in his new role as Homeland Security Appropriations Chairman.
Upon conclusion of the fact-finding mission, Chairman Yoder issued the following statement:
“My biggest takeaway from the last 48 hours is the Rio Grande Valley region is being heavily targeted by Mexican cartels for human and drug trafficking in between ports of entry, due to the unique challenges in the landscape and lack of adequate investment in border security.
“Tens of thousands of pounds of cocaine, heroin, and other drugs and more than 100,000 humans are being smuggled across just this one 300-mile stretch of the border, resulting in hundreds of millions in revenue to criminals in Mexico. In total, we estimate cartels send $64 billion in drugs to the US through the border each year.
“This dangerous situation has created an influx of crime and violence on both sides of the border, which poses a significant safety risk to the American people in places like Kansas and all across America.
“I visited with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) about their challenges and want to thank them for putting their lives on the line to protect our border. They are apprehending thousands of illegal crossings each week in a sophisticated effort to use cameras and other technological means to bust human and drug traffickers.
“For the CBP to more effectively reduce human and drug smuggling, they will need more border patrol agents as well as additional investments in technology and barriers.
“In this region, 100 miles or more of a border wall plus additional personnel and technology would dramatically reduce the amount of illegal border crossings. These measures alone will not stop the flood of illegal immigration, because of our broken immigration laws. More than a dozen loopholes allow apprehended illegal immigrants to claim amnesty or a host of other protections exploiting a five-year backlog in our court system. These loopholes have caused significant morale problems with border patrol agents who risk their lives to apprehend illegal immigrants crossing the border to only see those taken into custody released into the United States with a promise to attend a court hearing five years later.
“We must invest in personnel, technology, and a physical barrier as well as close loopholes to fix our vulnerabilities in the Rio Grande Valley. I stand ready to tackle these issues as we take up the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill in the coming weeks.
“Thank you to US Coast Guard Commandant Karl Schultz and Commissioner Kevin McAleenan and their teams for their service and briefings on the border challenges.”
Currently, 654 miles of barriers are already in place along the Southwest Border, 354 miles of barriers that are only capable of stopping pedestrian entry and 300 miles of barriers that can stop vehicle entry. Portions of the existing pedestrian barrier are failing and subject to breaches, and portions of vehicle barrier are proposed to be replaced with pedestrian barrier.
In his role, Chairman Yoder is responsible for authoring legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its related agencies, which include Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Coast Guard, and Secret Service.
The legislation sets the priorities of the United States government with regard to border security, immigration enforcement, counterterrorism, drug and human trafficking, cyberterrorism, natural disaster response, aviation security, and customs activities.
Washington, DC — This evening, the House Republican Steering Committee recommended Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) for the position of Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Appropriations. The move follows the retirement and resignation of Chairman Representative Charles Dent (R-PA) of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee.
The Steering Committee recommended current Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman Representative John Carter (R-TX) to fill Representative Dent’s vacated seat on Mil-Con VA, clearing Representative Yoder’s path to assume control of the Homeland Security gavel.
Yoder issued the following statement in response to the announcement:
“I’m humbled and honored my colleagues have placed their faith in me to do this job – and I’m ready to get to work. Securing our border and protecting our homeland from the ongoing threat of terrorism are two of the primary roles of our federal government and keeping our nation safe is our most sacred priority. The Department of Homeland Security was created to carry out that mission in the wake of the attacks on September 11, 2001 and I will ensure they are provided with the resources to do so.
“In my years in Congress, I’ve traveled to our Southern border and have seen the work that must be done. We must keep drugs and criminals out of our country to ensure that every family in every corner of America feels safe when they lay their head down to sleep at night. That means physical structures at the border. It also means better technology, improved defense systems in the air and in the water, and more manpower to execute the mission. No ideas should be discarded.
“But my time in Congress has also given me the privilege of getting to know someone like Sunayana Dumala, an immigrant who has been brought to the United States from India by a local company for her skills and ability to contribute to our American economy. She continues to chase her American Dream even in the face of the incredible hardship she has experienced. We need to be improving upon the merit-based immigration policies that paved the way for her to come here and that will hopefully allow her to stay. In my role as chairman, I will welcome the inclusion of bipartisan policies like my Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act that will get us there.
“Finding common ground solutions to our nation’s problems might seem harder and harder these days, but I’m up to the challenge. I look forward to working with both my Republican and Democratic colleagues on the subcommittee to craft policies that work for everyone.”
In his new role, Yoder will be responsible for authoring legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its related agencies, which include Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Coast Guard, and Secret Service.
The legislation sets the priorities of the United States government with regard to border security, immigration enforcement, counterterrorism, drug and human trafficking, cyberterrorism, natural disaster response, aviation security, and customs activities.
Sunayana Dumala is the widow of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, the man who was shot and killed in a hate crime at Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe last February. Dumala lost her immigration status with the death of her husband, and Yoder fought to secure her a new H1-B visa so she could remain in America with legal status.
Washington, DC – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) announced today that Allison Park, a junior at Blue Valley Northwest High School, has won the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for the Third District. Her entry, titled “Water, Sun, and Fire” uses the medium of acrylic paint.
“Congratulations Allison for winning this year’s Congressional Art Competition,” Representative Yoder said. “Allison’s entry stood out among a number of outstanding submissions this year from some of the most talented young artists across the District. She told me that she wanted to depict three elements crucial to life: water replenishing our thirst, sun offering light, and the warmth of fire. I look forward to walking past it every time I go to vote on the House floor in the U.S. Capitol.”
“It was a privilege to partner with the InterUrban ArtHouse for this year’s show. Thank you to Nicole Emanuel, Founder and Artistic Director, for the hospitality during the Downtown Overland Park Third Friday’s event in April.”
Additionally, the Third District Art Advisory Board awarded four Honorable Mentions to “Travis Scott” by Piper High School junior Ronin Richardson, “Maya Angelou” by Shawnee Mission South senior Alexandra Ledbetter, “Corpus Mundi IX” by Blue Valley North High School senior Cormac Palmer, and “Harlem Renaissance” by Shawnee Mission South sophomore Jackson Kelly.
The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of the high school students in their districts. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition. Allison Park’s art “Water, Sun, and Fire” will hang in the U.S. Capitol with the winning art selected from all Congressional Districts across the country from June 2018 through June 2019.
Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018 by a vote of 393-13. This legislation reauthorizes the programs of the FAA by bolstering aviation infrastructure, making necessary reforms to improve American competitiveness and safety in aviation, strengthening disaster relief, and responsibly integrating unmanned aircraft systems. Importantly, this legislation omits a contentious proposal to privatize our nation’s air traffic control system. Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the bill:
“More than 2.5 million Americans rely on air travel every day to get them where they’re going safely and efficiently. Unlike the many short-term reauthorizations we've considered in Congress, this bill provides certainty for the next five years, along with needed infrastructure upgrades and a consistent framework for passengers and aviators.
“Importantly, with the passage of this bill we've successfully prevented the privatization of our nation’s air traffic control system. This contentious proposal would have been a mistake because it would have left the general aviation community, which employs thousands of Kansans, without a meaningful seat at the table. I’m proud to have been a leader in preventing this proposal from becoming law.”
THE FAA REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2018 IS A FIVE-YEAR REAUTHORIZATION OF THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) THAT:
• Keeps America the world leader in aviation by putting American jobs, American innovation, and the traveling public first.
• Cuts Washington red tape so that our manufacturers can get products to market on time, stay competitive globally, and continue to employ millions of Americans.
• Encourages American innovation in aviation technologies to promote a stronger American workforce.
• Ensures that our airport infrastructure connects our businesses and the increasing number of air travelers to the world.
• Gives the American traveling public a better fight experience.
• Ensures our system remains the safest in the world for air travelers and addresses factors related to recent incidents.
THE FAA REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2018 INCLUDES THE DISASTER RECOVERY REFORM ACT (DRRA):
The bipartisan FEMA reforms in DRRA will help communities lessen the impacts of future disasters of all types:
• Focuses on building smarter and building better before disaster strikes.
• $1 invested in pre-disaster mitigation saves $4 to $8 in avoided recovery costs.
• Recognizes the benefits of taking action before a catastrophe occurs, and reforms FEMA and the Stafford Act by ensuring that a percentage of assistance provided in the wake of disasters is invested in predisaster hazard mitigation so that states, tribal, and local governments can pre-empt the damage and distress that results from disasters.
• Clarifies what may be eligible for mitigation funding, making sure investments are cost effective and reduce risk.
• Speeds recovery by creating efficiencies in FEMA’s programs such as getting structures inspected faster.
Washington, DC —This week, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) introduced the Quindaro Townsite National Historic Landmark Act. Representative Emanuel Cleaver II (D-MO) joins Congressman Yoder as an original co-sponsor of this legislation. 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 issued the following statement with the announcement:
“The town of Quindaro played a crucial role in the establishment of Kansas as a free state, and during the Bleeding Kansas conflict it served as a prominent example of how people from many different backgrounds can come together to make a difference. Unfortunately, the historic site of this town has never received the attention and preservation that it deserves. However, a small group of local stakeholders have worked hard to protect Quindaro and keep its stories alive. I am proud to join them in their efforts by introducing federal legislation to designate the Quindaro Townsite as a National Historic Landmark. This designation will be a huge step forward for the site and for the community around it. I am confident that the city, our state, and the country as a whole can learn from the stories of Quindaro, and National Historic Landmark status will help make that possible.”
The town of Quindaro was founded in 1857 as a safe haven for anti-slavery activists and an important stop on the Underground Railroad. Today, the site of the town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. National Historic Landmark status is a much rarer and more prestigious designation, and it would foster more investment in and preservation of the Quindaro Townsite. Representative Yoder’s bill, H.R. 5613 the Quindaro Townsite National Historic Landmark Act, would make Quindaro the third National Historic Landmark in the Third District, in addition to the Shawnee Methodist Mission in Fairway and the Wyandotte National Burying Ground in Kansas City, KS.
Last Friday, Congressman Yoder unveiled the bipartisan legislation at the Quindaro Symposium in Kansas City, KS. H.R. 5613 has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources for consideration.
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