Kevin Yoder

Kevin Yoder

KANSAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Yoder Statement on Passage of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

2017/11/16

Washington, DC – This afternoon, the House of Representatives passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by a vote of 227-205. Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the bill:

“Today, Congress is putting people ahead of politics. We’re passing historic, sweeping reforms that will fix the broken tax code in America for the first time in 30 years.

“The typical family of four making the median household income of $59,000 – the middle class – will see a tax cut of nearly $1,200 under these reforms. On top of that, America will see real economic recovery we’ve been missing for the last ten years. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will boost wages, according to non-partisan estimates, by nearly four and a half percent. As President John F. Kennedy used to say, ‘the rising tide lifts all boats.’

“More money in your pocket, higher wages on your paycheck – it’s a win for middle class, hardworking families all around. Importantly, the bill specifically targets help for families with children with the increased Child Tax Credit, creation of the Family Credit, and preservation of the Adoption Tax Credit. Through the process, I worked hard to preserve the child care tax credits and flex spending accounts for working moms and dads.

“With these reforms, Americans across the country living paycheck to paycheck get relief from their tremendous tax burden. Those suffering from economic anxiety no longer need to navigate complex loopholes to figure out how the government wants to reward their behavior. They’ll have the freedom to choose how to spend their own money. And the lower you get down the economic ladder, the bigger the benefits of this bill get. The Joint Committee on Taxation shows that the biggest percent reduction in taxes paid goes to Americans making between $20,000 and $30,000.

“The time for action is now. Like President Reagan once said, ‘there are no limits to growth and human progress when men and women are free to follow their dreams.’ Today, I’m proud to cast a vote for that freedom, and to deliver on a promise to provide tax relief the American people deserve.”

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REMINDER: Rep. Yoder to Host Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Event Tomorrow

2017/11/08

Washington, DC – Tomorrow, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) will host a Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Event to provide help to seniors during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period. This event will be held from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the 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 15th through December 7th.  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.

The date, time, and location of this event is listed below. For additional information, or if you are unable to attend, please contact Representative Yoder’s District Office in Overland Park at (913) 621-0832.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH:

WHAT:          Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Event 
            
WHEN:          Wednesday, November 8th
                        9:00 AM to 12:00 PM  

WHERE:       West Wyandotte Library - Auditorium
                        1737 N. 82nd Street 
                        Kansas City, KS 66112

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Yoder Statement on Introduction of Tax Reform Legislation

2017/11/02

Washington, DC – This morning, the House Ways and Means Committee introduced its initial draft of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the legislation that will reform our tax code in the most significant way since 1986. Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) issued the following statement in response to bill’s introduction:
 
"I’m excited about today's opening proposal by the Ways and Means Committee,” Representative Yoder said. “Tax reform is a critical part of our economic growth agenda, along with reducing harmful regulations and making targeted investments in things like education and research. We’re going to work through the amendment process, make this an even better final product, and hopefully bring a bill to the President that makes the tax code more simple and fair, helps create jobs and grow paychecks, and helps working families keep more of their hard-earned money.”
 
Over the course of several weeks, Yoder had extensive conversations and meetings with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and other GOP House leadership to advocate for the preservation of the child care tax credit, which would have been eliminated in previous drafts of the bill. Along with Representative Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), he has introduced the Promoting Affordable Childcare for Everyone (PACE) Act, a bipartisan bill to increase the child care tax credit and flex spending accounts, index them to inflation, and make them refundable for low-income families. 
 
“We’ve rescued the child care tax credit from the dead and believe we will get flex spending accounts back as the bill works its way through the House,” Yoder said. “My belief remains that these important tools for working families & working mothers should be enhanced not eliminated.”
 
Background Summary:
 
For individuals and families:
  • Lowers individual tax rates for low- and middle-income Americans to zero, 12 percent, 25 percent, and 35 percent, while maintaining a 39.6 percent rate for high-income Americans.
  • Makes the first $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for married couples tax-free by doubling the standard deduction utilized by 105 million Americans – meaning a guaranteed cut for nearly 70 percent of tax filers.
  • Eliminates special-interest loopholes so about 90 percent of Americans can file their taxes on a form as simple as a postcard.
  • Retains popular middle-class deductions for retirement savings options such as 401(k)s and Individual Retirement Accounts, mortgage interest, charitable contributions, and state and local property taxes.
  • Establishes a new Family Credit that expands the Child Tax Credit utilized by 22 million Americans from $1,000 to $1,600 to help parents with the cost of raising children, and provides a credit of $300 for each parent and non-child dependent to help all families with their everyday expenses.
  • Preserves the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to help families provide their children with valuable early-childhood education and care.
  • Repeals the Alternative Minimum Tax originally designed to tax the super-rich, but that now hits 5 million Americans in the upper-middle class, forcing them to calculate their taxes twice and pay a higher amount.
  • Provides immediate relief to family-owned farms and businesses by doubling the Death Tax exemption and repealing it altogether after six years. 
For job creators:
  • Brings America’s corporate tax structure in line with our global competitors by lowering the business rate from 35 percent to 20 percent – restoring America as the most competitive place to do business in the world. 
  • Reduces the small business tax rate to no more than 25 percent – the lowest tax rate on small business income since World War II.
    • ***Unlike the Kansas Tax Experiment, the plan establishes strong safeguards to distinguish between individual wage income and “pass-through” business income to prevent tax avoidance and abuse. 
  • Allows businesses to immediately write off the full cost of new equipment to improve operations and enhance the skills of their workers – which economists have argued will generate even more economic growth than cutting the corporate tax rate.
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Yoder Urges Inclusion of PACE Act in Tax Reform in Response to White House’s Comments on Child Care Tax Credit

2017/10/31

Washington, DC – This afternoon, when asked about priorities on tax reform in today’s daily briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated President Trump believes the child care tax credit should be included in the final package Congress sends to his desk. 

Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) has introduced the Promoting Affordable Childcare for Everyone (PACE) Act, a bipartisan bill to increase the child care tax credit and flex spending accounts, index them to inflation, and make them refundable for low-income families. On Friday, he penned a letter to House Ways and Means Committee leadership urging them to include the bill in the tax reform legislation set to be released tomorrow. 

Representative Yoder issued the following statement in response to today’s comments by the White House:

“I’ve been encouraged by the bipartisan support the PACE Act has received so far in the House and I’m certainly glad to hear the President agrees the child care tax credit must be a priority in tax reform,” Yoder said. “The PACE Act would achieve one of the most important goals set forth by both Republicans and Democrats in providing targeted, specific tax relief to working families and working mothers across America and it should be a part of our overall efforts.”  

Yoder met at the White House with Adviser to the President Ivanka Trump last week to discuss the PACE Act and other efforts to support families with young children. His bill has been endorsed by numerous outside organizations that advocate for families and a stronger U.S. economy, such as:

Save the Children Action Network (SCAN)
First Five Years Fund (FFYF)
Child Care Aware of America
First Focus Campaign for Children
Early Care and Education Consortium
National Association for the Education of Young Children
KinderCare Education
Council for a Strong America
Moms Rising

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Yoder, Murphy Call for Enhanced Child Care Tax Credits in Tax Reform

2017/10/30

Washington, DC – Representatives Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) have written a bipartisan letter to the leadership of the House Ways and Means Committee urging for the inclusion of their Promoting Affordable Childcare for Everyone (PACE) Act in the tax reform legislation set to be released next week. They issued the following statements with the letter:
 
“This is what tax reform is all about – working families, working mothers, helping them afford the ability to get back into the workforce, to start that small business they’ve always wanted to, and ultimately to climb the economic ladder and achieve the American dream,” Representative Yoder said. “The costs of child care have risen nearly 170 percent over the last 25 years, but the tax code hasn’t reflected that increase. Adding our ideas to tax reform will go a long way to delivering more relief to those who need it the most.”
 
“Raising a family is a blessing, but the rising cost of child care is cutting into the budgets of hard-working families in Florida and communities across the country,” said Representative Murphy. “The PACE Act gives families much-needed tax relief so they can afford to care for their children and loved ones if they choose to join the workforce. Access to high-quality child care doesn’t only benefit families, it’s also key to strengthening the economy for all Americans.”
 
Murphy and Yoder met at the White House with Adviser to the President Ivanka Trump last week to discuss PACE Act and other efforts to support families with young children. Their bill has also been endorsed by numerous outside organizations that advocate for families and a stronger U.S. economy, like the First Five Years Fund and the Council for a Strong America.
 
The text of the letter is reproduced below.
 
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October 27, 2017
 
The Honorable Kevin Brady
Chairman, Committee on Ways and Means
1102 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
 
The Honorable Richard Neal
Ranking Member, Committee on Ways and Means
1139E Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
 
Dear Chairman Brady and Ranking Member Neal:
 
We write today to bring a crucial issue to your attention as the Ways and Means Committee works on reforming our nation’s tax system. The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) is a current tax provision aimed at helping families bear the burden of expensive childcare. As you endeavor to make the tax code work better for all Americans, we request that the final tax reform package include an expansion of the CDCTC. Please consider using our bipartisan bill, H.R. 3632 the PACE Act, as model legislation for potential improvements that could be made to the CDCTC through the tax reform process.
 
We introduced H.R. 3632, the Promoting Affordable Childcare for Everyone (PACE) Act, in an attempt to combat the exploding costs of childcare. Around the country, countless families are struggling to keep up with the cost of quality care for their children, which has risen by 168% over the last 25 years. Today, childcare for an infant is, on average, more expensive than in-state tuition at a public university. This burden acts as a barrier to employment for some parents. If we want to increase participation in the labor force and give more families the opportunity for economic mobility, then we must address the obstacle that expensive childcare is for working parents.
 
The tax code has two essential childcare-related provisions, the CDCTC and Dependent Care Assistance Programs (DCAPs), which allow families to utilize tax-free childcare Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). However, these benefits have not been updated in years and their effectiveness has been severely eroded by inflation. The PACE Act updates and reforms these two programs to restore their ability to help the American people afford quality childcare. Specifically, our bill would:
  • Make the CDCTC fully refundable, benefiting more low-income working parents with zero or minimal tax liabilities who do not benefit from the current non-refundable credit;
  • Increase the value of the credit for all families; 
  • Increase the amount of pre-tax dollars families can invest into DCAPs from $5,000 to $7,500; 
  • Index both the CDCTC and DCAPs to inflation for the first time, ensuring that these important benefits keep pace with the rising cost of child care.
The PACE Act has 37 cosponsors, including 23 Republicans and 14 Democrats. The bipartisan support behind this bill reflects the broad consensus that the benefits of tax reform need to be focused on working families. Additionally, the PACE Act delivers a high impact for a relatively low cost, at $37 billion over ten years. We wholeheartedly believe that the principles in the PACE Act, if included in comprehensive tax reform, would help bring significant tax relief to families across America. As you craft legislation to overhaul our tax code, we ask that you take steps to help families afford childcare, and please preserve and expand the CDCTC and DCAPs.
Sincerely,
 
 
Congressman Kevin Yoder
Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy
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REMINDER: Rep. Yoder to Host Third District Job Fair Tomorrow

2017/10/18

Washington, DC – Tomorrow, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) will be holding his ninth Third District Job Fair at the New Century Field House near Gardner, Kansas. As in past years, the Job Fair will help facilitate face-to-face meetings between those seeking employment and local employers currently hiring. The Job Fair will include a special morning hour exclusively for veterans.
 
The Job Fair will last from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, with the 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM hour exclusively open to veterans. Job-seekers should dress for success and bring several copies of their resume. There is no registration or fee required to attend.   
 
WHEN:          Thursday, October 19
                       9:00 AM to 10:00 AM: Exclusive to Veterans
                       10:00 AM to 1:00 PM: Open to All Job Seekers 

WHERE:        New Century Field House
                       551 New Century Parkway
                       New Century, KS 66031

Only exhibitors need to register by clicking here
 
For more information, visit www.Yoder.house.gov, or please contact Susan Metsker in Representative Yoder’s District Office at (913) 621-0832.

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REMINDER: Rep. Yoder to Host Medicare & Jobs Events This Week

2017/10/16

Washington, DC – Tomorrow, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) will host a Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Event to provide help to seniors during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period. This event will be held from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Olathe Community Center. If seniors are unable to attend tomorrow’s event, there will be a second Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Event on Wednesday, November 8th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the West Wyandotte Library. 

On Thursday, Rep. Yoder is also holding his ninth Third District Job Fair at the New Century Field House near Gardner, Kansas. This event will be held from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, with the 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM hour exclusively open to veterans. As in past years, the Job Fair will help facilitate face-to-face meetings between those seeking employment and local employers currently hiring. Job-seekers should dress for success and bring several copies of their resume. There is no registration or fee required to attend.

The time, date, and locations of the events are listed below. For additional information, or if you are unable to attend, please contact Congressman Yoder’s District Office in Overland Park at (913) 621-0832.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17:

WHAT:           Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Event 
            
WHEN:           Tuesday, October 17
                         9:00 AM to 1:00 PM  

WHERE:        Olathe Community Center
                         1205 E. Kansas City Road 
                         Olathe, KS 66061

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19:

WHAT:          Third District Job Fair

WHEN:          Thursday, October 19
                        9:00 AM to 10:00 AM: Exclusive to Veterans
                        10:00 AM to 1:00 PM: Open to All Job Seekers 

WHERE:        New Century Field House
                        551 New Century Parkway
                        New Century, KS  66031

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8:

WHAT:           Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Event 
            
WHEN:
           Wednesday, November 8
                        9:00 AM to 12:00 PM  

WHERE:        West Wyandotte Library - Auditorium
                        1737 N. 82nd Street 
                        Kansas City, KS 66112

 

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Yoder Statement on EPA Clean Power Plan Announcement

2017/10/10

Washington, DC  – This afternoon, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of a new rule overriding the Obama Administration’s so-called Clean Power Plan, the most expensive federal regulation in American history:

“The Obama Administration’s so-called Clean Power Plan was the single most expensive regulation in history, set to cost our economy $480 billion and increase Kansans’ electric bills by 20 percent. Worst of all, the spike in the cost of electricity would have hit low-income Americans struggling to get ahead the most. All the while, the Obama EPA admitted it would only affect global temperatures by a negligible one one-hundredth of a degree over the next century. Today's decision to repeal it is a victory for ratepayers, small businesses, and working families alike. 
 
“The best approach is one that promotes innovation and competition in renewable energy to keep electricity rates down for Americans while developing clean power sources. President Obama's approach was the opposite – more regulations, higher electric bills for all, and virtually no impact on global temperatures. It was a misguided attempt that failed to weigh the high cost to the consumers, many low-income, who would have footed the bill.”

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Yoder Votes in Favor of FY18 House Budget Resolution

2017/10/06

Washington, DC  – This afternoon, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) issued the following statement after voting for the FY 2018 House Budget Resolution establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027: 

“The American people want fewer taxes, smarter spending in Washington, and a balanced budget. The House Republican budget that I supported today achieves all of those things, and takes the first step towards the most significant tax reform for working families across the country in 30 years. This budget paves the way for reforms that make the tax code simpler and fairer for middle-class Americans, lowering their rates and preserving important protections for those families while eliminating the loopholes only taken advantage of by the wealthy. We’re following the successful bipartisan model put forth by Presidents Kennedy and Reagan, whose reforms saw incredible, sustained economic growth and prosperity in our country. I look forward to working with Republicans and Democrats to again come together and give the American people the relief they deserve.”

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Yoder Statement on Regulating Bump Stock Devices

2017/10/05

Washington, DC  – This morning, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) issued the following statement regarding proposed regulation of bump stock devices: 

“As the details of the shooting in Las Vegas have become clearer, it's evident that action must be taken with regard to devices that modify semi-automatic weapons like bump stocks. Right now we have strict regulations on automatic weapons, but these devices allow an individual to easily convert legal firearms into an automatic weapon. That should not be the case, and that's why I will support measures to regulate or ban these types of devices.”

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215 Cannon HOB
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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