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Kevin Yoder's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (KS) - District 3, Republican
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Kevin Yoder has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Kevin Yoder is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Madame Speaker, I arise today to welcome the tens of thousands of people traveling to Washington D.C. to show their support for the cause of life and give a voice to those who do not have one." https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10100549572893479 (www.facebook.com)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/34433/kevin-yoder#.VYhItHUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a pledge stating "I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://atr.org/current-list-taxpayer-protection-pledge-signers-a5597 (atr.org)
  • "As your Congressman, I pledge to rein in wasteful spending, fight against tax increases, promote legislation to build jobs, and work to repeal harmful portions of the Obama/Pelosi Healthcare Bill. Send me to Washington and you will see results." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/544841/issue-position-health-care#.VYhLaHUViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "It is time to move beyond recognition of the problem and actually treat opioid addiction as a disease and the national priority it is. We have a higher number of effective treatment interventions available today than ever before, and the trend leading to so many tragic consequences can, and must, be reversed." http://womack.house.gov/uploadedfiles/letter_to_hhs_re_samhsa_9-22-14.pdf (womack.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As your Congressman, I pledge to rein in wasteful spending, fight against tax increases, promote legislation to build jobs, and work to repeal harmful portions of the Obama/Pelosi Healthcare Bill. Send me to Washington and you will see results." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/544841/issue-position-health-care#.VYhLaHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Government must stop spending. Period. Our government is on a dangerous path towards the bankrupting of our country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/552208/issue-position-government-spending#.VY27MHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Small businesses are the engines that drive the American economy. Government is hindering these businesses from operating efficiently and expanding by adding cumbersome layers of bureaucracy, taxes and regulatory burdens . In Congress I will fight to remove these barriers to growth, allow the private sector to flourish and work to build jobs here in Kansas, not in Washington." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/552206/issue-position-jobs#.VYhN6XUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "In Congress, I will be a vocal opponent to wasteful, deficit spending. If we don't turn the spending spree around in Washington, our children's grandchildren will drown in the red ink of today's reckless spending. I have cut more spending than any other Appropriations Chair in Kansas history and was the lead sponsor of a bill to place a debt ceiling on Kansas borrowing – I have led on reducing government debt in Kansas and will do the same in Washington." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/544836/issue-position-spending#.VYhOw3UViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[…] I voted in favor of HR 2117, which repealed regulations from Washington bureaucrats that inefficiently dictated how our local school teachers and districts should teach our children." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/724513/ (votesmart.org)
  • "In Washington I will work to restore control of schools to the local level by repealing burdensome, unfunded mandates such as "No Child Left Behind," and ensure that more of the money we spend on education gets to the classroom." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/552213/issue-position-education/?search=no%20child%20left%20behind#.VgwLQ3UViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VYguonUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "While unemployment remains still much higher than what was promised when the stimulus bill was passed, the Keystone Pipeline project presents an opportunity to add tens of thousands of jobs to our nation’s payrolls, and to do so with the newest and cleanest technology available. I urge the President to reconsider his decision." http://yoder.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-yoder-responds-to-keystone-pipeline-decision (yoder.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Kansas is uniquely situated to become a leader in energy production with our vast wind, solar and land resources. I will work with Kansas delegation, the House Energy Action Team and the Committee on Energy and Commerce to harness this potential." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/674022/issue-position-energy#.VY28inUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In Congress I will push for a comprehensive national energy policy designed to lower the cost of developing energy alternatives and will support investment in our nation's highways, air traffic control system, harbors, broadband network, and rail system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/552214/issue-position-energy#.VY28WnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/34433/kevin-yoder/30#.VYhtu3UViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 799 "Suspends Cross State Air Pollution Rule" http://votesmart.org/bill/13750/36645/34433/suspends-cross-state-air-pollution-rule#.VgwWE3UVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Speaker, complex and burdensome regulations drive up the cost of doing business and, therefore, drive up unemployment. A great example is the EPA's new Cross State Air Pollution Rule. This rule, to be imposed by January 1, will not only cause rolling brownouts in places like Kansas, but will dramatically drive up the cost of energy production, increasing the costs of doing business and, therefore, putting more people out of work. Mr. Speaker, if both parties are serious about job creation in this country, then we must put a stop to the constant attacks on those who create jobs." http://www.votesmart.org/public-statement/658113 (www.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/34433/kevin-yoder/30#.VYhtu3UViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This November we are going to have a ballot issue, we are all aware of on the constitution, to make sure that our Second Amendment rights are protected in the Kansas constitution, and that it's very clear that those Second Amendment rights are individual rights, that it's not a right to create an army, it's an individual right to bear arms." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r3kqCpbRlQ (www.youtube.com)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/34433/kevin-yoder/37#.VYhKO3UViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/candidate/public-statements/542/jerry-moran/61/national-security#.VY2s8HUVhHx (votesmart.org)
  • "Fourth, I will work to repeal portions of the Obama/Pelosi Healthcare Legislation that will drive up costs, increase the deficit, grow bureaucracy and lower the standards of health care that Americans expect." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/544841/issue-position-health-care#.VYhLaHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "After today’s decision, we must first repeal the administration’s health care law, and begin bipartisan efforts to find bold solutions to our health care challenges […]." http://yoder.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-yoders-statement-on-scotus-health-care-ruling (yoder.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • "We have to step up enforcement against those who are illegally in our country. We cannot continue a system in which people reside in the country without any type of stats. We have to […] step up enforcement on them, we have to remove people from the country who are illegally here." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QubpTgw4Vqo (www.youtube.com)
  • "Next, the federal government must work with local governments and businesses to enforce our current laws regarding illegal immigrants already within our borders. The speed and efficiency of the immigration process must be improved to reward those willing to follow the rules." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/674029/#.VYhzv3UViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lawrence Journal-World "In Kansas, marriage has been defined since 1861 as between one man and one woman and I support that law. I believe that this is a state's rights issue and I support the Federal Defense of Marriage Act." http://www2.ljworld.com/chats/2010/oct/19/kevin-yoder/ (www2.ljworld.com)
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/34433/kevin-yoder/76 (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In Congress I will work to explore and implement innovative solutions to restoring the solvency of Social Security without raising the retirement age, raising taxes or cutting benefits." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/552210/issue-position-seniors#.VY2_p3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I do not endorse the privatization of Social Security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/552210/ (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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