Representative Kevin W. Yoder's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Kevin W. Yoder
Current Office: U.S. House - District 3, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 3
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary Aug. 5, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Brooke; 1 Child: Caroline
Birth Date: 01/08/1976
Birth Place: Hutchinson, KS
Home City: Overland Park, KS
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Issue Positions

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  • Kevin Yoder. Video: Kansas 3rd District Debate: Limiting Abortions. 21 March 2010. "Well, I have opposed abortion in the legislature. I supported parental consent and opposed late term abortion. I've supported Lexie's Law. In fact, I was endorsed by Kansas for Life in my last election. I have a pro-life voting record. And if I am elected to Congressman, I will vote pro-life and stand up for you on this issue." (www.youtube.com)
  • Kevin Yoder. Video: Jan 23, 2012 12:11pm. 23 January 2012. "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. Since the ruling of Woe v. Wade 39 years ago, tragically over 50 million abortions have occurred in this country. There are over 3500 abortions a day, 146 an hour, and sadly, one pregnancy is aborted every 25 seconds. Each year the March for Life gives Americans who are heartbroken by these tragedies a time to come together and pray for these lost souls and the families and women hurt by the abortion epidemic in this country. As we renew our efforts to support legislation that will restore the sanctity of life, I thank all of these impassioned Americans who, today, chose to come together in support of life." (www.facebook.com)
  • Kevin Yoder. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Kevin Yoder voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Kevin Yoder voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. Video: Kevin Yoder, Kansas 3rd District Congressional Candidate. 5 July 2010. "I am proud to be pro-life." (www.youtube.com)

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  • Kevin Yoder. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Kevin Yoder voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. Representative Yoder Welcomes Home Gardner Troops from Afghanistan. 23 March 2012. "A little more than a year ago, my wife Brooke and I attended the deployment ceremony as the unit prepared for duty in Afghanistan. The troops departed, leaving behind their friends and family. While deployed, the brave soldiers of the 158th Aviation Brigade were regularly called upon to support mission-critical combat operations, exhibiting professionalism and technical expertise of the highest caliber, often completing the missions under extremely difficult circumstances [¦] As a Member of Congress, I recognize the significance of decisions that place our service members in harm's way. I consider it my greatest duty to ensure that we do everything in our power to honor their service, their sacrifice, and the sacrifices of their families--especially during the difficult times when our nation is dependent on the brave members of our armed forces to ensure our safety. For their willingness to serve, their dedication to duty, their desire to forward our traditions of liberty and freedom and for the sacrifices of all, we as a nation owe a debt of gratitude to our service members that simply cannot be repaid." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. Recognizing the Service and Sacrifice of America's Veterans and Military Servicemembers. 26 October 2011. "This month, we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Afghanistan war. Ten years later, our Nation is safer as a direct result of the voluntary service of men and women who are willing to place themselves in harm's way, often under circumstances many Americans cannot fathom." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. War in Afghanistan. 8 May 2012. "Last week, President Obama visited Afghanistan on the 1 year anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden. There are approximately 88,000 troops currently in Afghanistan which will be drawn down to around 65,000 by the end of the summer. The President said the rest will be removed after this summer at a 'steady pace,' through 2014. In addition to the tremendous human sacrifice, it is expected next year's operations in Afghanistan will cost US taxpayers $100 billion." (yoder.congressnewsletter.net)

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  • Kevin Yoder. Statement on the Super Committee. 21 November 2011. "'Like many Americans I am disappointed the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction was unable to come to agreement on how to reduce our staggering national debt. I opposed the legislation that created the "Super Committee," because I believed its formation deferred the hard work facing congress. Although our challenges are steep, failure is not an option and I remain committed to working with members of both parties to find solutions to tackle the looming debt crisis facing our nation.' The Budget Control Act of 2011, which created the Super Committee this past August, contains a provision that requires the Congress to indentify $1.2 trillion in cuts over 10 years. If the Congress fails to enact legislation by January 15, 2012, automatic spending cuts in the amount of $1.2 trillion will go into effect. These cuts would be evenly divided between defense spending and across the board cuts to non-defense mandatory and discretionary spending." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Kevin Yoder voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Kevin Yoder voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. Protecting America. 29 August 2012. "The most fundamental duty of the federal government is to ensure the security of our nation. Today we are confronted with the most daunting set of security challenges we have faced since the cold war. We must do everything we can to support the men and women who are protecting us at home and overseas. When the brave men and women serving our country return home they should receive a hero's welcome." (yoderforcongress.com)

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  • Kevin Yoder. House Passes Budget Control Act. 29 July 2011. "At this critical time, the Budget Control Act of 2011 takes a significant step in the right direction. It incorporates ideas from both sides while adhering to the core principles of fiscal responsibility we have been fighting to accomplish since day one. It will reduce spending more than the increase to the debt limit; it imposes no new taxes on anyone; and it guarantees House and Senate passage of a balanced budget amendment before any additional debt limit increase." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. Issue Position: Taxes. 24 January 2012. "Second, we must fight tax increases being pushed by the current Administration and Congress. I fundamentally understand that the money spent in Washington is not the Government's money, but your money, and the best way to return people to work and get our country's finances back in order is to grow our economy. You grow the economy by allowing individuals, entrepreneurs and small businesses to keep and reinvest more of their hard earned profits. Further, one specific example where I would cut taxes is the estate or "death tax". Currently the death tax has expired but will make its appearance again in 2011. If Congress doesn't amend this legislation, your estate will be taxed at a 55% rate. This incredible tax increase is not acceptable. If elected to Congress, I will push for the permanent elimination of the "death" tax. We are taxed enough during our lives -- death should not be yet another taxable event." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. Time to Get Our Fiscal House in Order. 7 July 2011. "the American people know that the policies of tax, borrow, and spend will not lead us to prosperity as a Nation. Taking more money from hardworking Americans and sending it to Washington is not the answer. Rather, it's time for Washington to roll up its sleeves, get to work, and live within its means, just like families and small businesses have to do all across this country. It's time to enact significant spending cuts, put in place caps on future spending, and pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. Video: Rep. Kevin Yoder: 12-9-11 Appearance on Out Front with Erin Burnett. 11 December 2011. "Well, I don't think Americans want a tax increase on anybody right now. [¦] Raising taxes right now doesn't make sense. This is a jobs creation package. Raising taxes doesn't create jobs." (www.youtube.com)

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  • Kevin Yoder. Record Unemployment and Job Loss Marks Two Year Anniversary of Failed Stimulus. 17 February 2011. "Today marks the two year anniversary of the enactment of the spending monstrosity known as the 'Stimulus.' The Stimulus was passed on President Obama's promises that the $1 trillion worth of government spending would ensure our nation's unemployment rate would not exceed 8 percent and that we would save and/or create 3.5 million jobs. Two years later we have entered our 21st straight month of unemployment over 9 percent and 2.5 million jobs have been lost. With a record $14 trillion worth of unsustainable debt, our nation is in a spending-driven debt crisis. While we can't dig ourselves out of this hole overnight, House Republicans have made significant strides in righting our nation's fiscal ship. This week, we proposed $100 billion worth of spending cuts to the President's FY2011 funding requests. This is a positive step toward getting our economy back on track, opening the door for job creation and economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. Congressman Kevin Yoder Reacts to President Obama's Joint Session Jobs Address. 9 September 2011. "I was disappointed that the president decided to double down on more stimulus spending and greater government growth. Americans know that we aren't going to rebuild this country by borrowing and spending more money in Washington D.C. If we could spend our way to a strong economy and job creation, our economy would be booming. Two years ago our government borrowed and spent a trillion dollars to stimulate our economy, and for two years now unemployment has remained at levels not seen since the Great Depression." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. Congressman Yoder Takes Office-Starts Keeping Promises. 27 January 2011. "The American people spoke loud and clear in November. They are fed up with unfettered spending and government growth. Today we echoed that voice on the House floor as representatives of the people who sent us here. By first cutting our own budgets, we have set the tone of this Congress-we are serious about making the spending cuts necessary to get our fiscal house in order. (www.votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. GOP Freshmen Hour. 3 November 2011. "Now, Americans are frustrated with what they see going on in Congress, with what they see going on in Washington, D.C., and there's a reason, because they see the policies that have failed in this town over the past few years and they don't believe that Washington can function and they can do things to help the economy recover. That's because we've been doing all the wrong things. Whether it was the bailout, stimulus bills, Cash for Clunkers, the health care takeover, cap-and-trade, Card Check, you couldn't think of a more anti-business set of legislation that this Congress passed over the last few years than those bills. And what they did is they've held down the recovery and they've stopped small business owners, they've stopped entrepreneurs from growing and creating jobs." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. Issue Position: Spending. 24 January 2012. "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." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. We Need a Long Term Solution. 25 July 2011. "Today unemployment hovers at 9.2%, 14 million Americans are out of work, and families and small businesses are struggling to pay the bills and live within their means, yet Congress can't come together and do our jobs to balance our books.In Kansas and all across America, we know that spending more than we have is dangerous and irresponsible. It is time for Washington's values to reflect America's values." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. Issue Position: Jobs. 24 January 2012. "The best way to turn around the economy and build private sector jobs is to get Washington off the backs of small businesses that create 7 out of every 10 new jobs in the United States. You do this by cutting taxes and spending across the board and by encouraging investment with targeted economic development initiatives. A local example of these targeted investments includes supporting the National Cancer Institute designation for the KU Medical Center and University of Kansas Hospital Authority." (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Kevin Yoder. Video: Rep. Kevin Yoder: 12-9-11 Appearance on Out Front with Erin Burnett. 11 December 2011. "This is an entire jobs creation package. It's not just the tax relief, it's not just the pipeline, it's regulatory reform, it's getting all of these barriers out of the way that are affecting job creation in the private sector. [¦] Raising taxes doesn't create jobs." (www.youtube.com)
  • Kevin Yoder. House Republican Jobs Plan. 2 November 2011. "In our free enterprise system, access to private capital and investment is the lifeblood of our economy. With the threat of higher taxes on investment income and new financial regulations on community banks, it's no wonder that these small business owners aren't expanding or creating jobs. H.R. 2930 and H.R. 2940 are two bills that remove government barriers to economic growth by helping American businesses gain access to the vital investment capital they need to create jobs and grow the economy." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. Issue Position: Jobs. 24 January 2012. "The best way to turn around the economy and build private sector jobs is to get Washington off the backs of small businesses that create 7 out of every 10 new jobs in the United States. You do this by cutting taxes and spending across the board and by encouraging investment with targeted economic development initiatives. A local example of these targeted investments includes supporting the National Cancer Institute designation for the KU Medical Center and University of Kansas Hospital Authority." (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for federal funding?
  • Kevin Yoder. Issue Position: Teaching the Next Generation. 1 January 2012. "As a product of public education, I understand both the benefits of a public education and the importance of providing teachers with the resources they need to prepare the next generation. When I was elected, I promised to work to restore control of schools to the local level by repealing burdensome, unfunded mandates from the Department of Education and ensure that more of the money we spend on education gets to the classroom. That is why 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. Issue Position: Education. 29 August 2012. "Teaching the Next Generation. As a product of public education, I understand both the benefits of a public education and the importance of providing teachers with the resources they need to prepare the next generation. 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." (votesmart.org)

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  • Kevin Yoder. Video: Kansas Representative Kevin Yoder Interview. 20 April 2011. "We have a tremendous amount of natural resources right here in the United States. We should absolutely be drilling for domestic sources of oil in every area that we have the ability to do so in this country. [¦] As we have put off in this country drilling for domestic sources of energ,y we are doing a couple things one, we are driving up the cost of energy, and two, we are becoming reliant on, continuing to be reliant on foreign sources of oil, which is, I think, a real strategic disadvantage for us." (www.youtube.com)
  • Kevin Yoder. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Kevin Yoder voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 18 February 2011. "In light of this week's announcement that Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) has completed the initial well containment system, we again request an end to the de facto moratorium and a return to the timely and responsible issuance of offshore drilling permits." (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Kevin Yoder. Help Our Economy Grow. 1 December 2011. "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." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Kevin Yoder voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. GOP Freshmen Hour. 3 November 2011. "That's because we've been doing all the wrong things. Whether it was the bailout, stimulus bills, Cash for Clunkers, the health care takeover, cap-and-trade, Card Check, you couldn't think of a more anti-business set of legislation that this Congress passed over the last few years than those bills. And what they did is they've held down the recovery and they've stopped small business owners, they've stopped entrepreneurs from growing and creating jobs." (votesmart.org)

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  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Kevin Yoder in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. Video: 09-22-2010 NRA-KSRA-Yoder-Hodgdon-Bullet Hole. 23 September 2010. "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. And what that does is it protects us that no matter what the United States Supreme Court says about the U.S. Constitution, how that interpreted, and we all know that it's very plain in what it means: we have an individual right to bear arms. But there's always attempts to interpret and change those rules in Washington. We know that regardless of what they do we are going to protect our rights right here in Kansas, and this is always going to be a safe haven for gun owners, and hunters, and people who respect liberty and the Constitution right here in Kansas, and we are going to lead the charge in the fall and get it done on November 2. (www.youtube.com)
  • Kevin Yoder. Video: Kevin Yoder, Kansas 3rd District Congressional Candidate. 5 July 2010. "I am proud to have an "A" rating with the NRA." (www.youtube.com)

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  • Kevin Yoder. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Kevin Yoder voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. GOP Freshmen Hour. 3 November 2011. "That's because we've been doing all the wrong things. Whether it was the bailout, stimulus bills, Cash for Clunkers, the health care takeover, cap-and-trade, Card Check, you couldn't think of a more anti-business set of legislation that this Congress passed over the last few years than those bills. And what they did is they've held down the recovery and they've stopped small business owners, they've stopped entrepreneurs from growing and creating jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. Issue Position: Health Care. 24 January 2012. "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. I support making healthcare more affordable for all Americans. But what I can't support are pieces of legislation rammed through Congress that will raise our taxes, increase insurance premiums, and promise to make drastic cuts in Medicare. Americans deserve better than this bill. I will work to re-write this act and build true health care reform that focuses on free market competition, patient choice and high quality of care." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. Video: Kansas 3rd District Debate: Repealing Obamacare. 6 June 2010. "Well, I would certainly work everyday to repeal the Obama-Pelosi health care plan." (www.youtube.com)

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  • Kevin Yoder. Issue Position: Border Security and Immigration. 24 January 2012. "Securing our borders is a fundamental job of our Federal Government. In Washington I will fight to secure our borders. Controlling the flow of immigrants into our country's borders is both a national security and economic issue. We must eliminate incentives to illegal immigrants by building greater cooperation with businesses to ensure illegals are not employed, restricting illegals' access to public services, and by strengthening the legal immigration process by supporting measures to increase the speed and efficiency of immigration system and increasing the number of H-1b visas." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. Video: Kansas 3rd District Debate: Illegal Immigration. 2 June 2010. "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 , we have to step up enforcement on them, we have to remove people from the country who are illegally here. That is a system that cannot work. And finally, what we have to do is we have to stop incentivizing behavior." (www.youtube.com)
  • Kevin Yoder. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2012. "I support a comprehensive, common sense reform of our immigration process. Controlling the flow of immigrants into our country's borders is both a national security and economic issue. Immigration reform must begin by securing our borders. 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. We must eliminate incentives to enter the U.S. illegally by building greater cooperation with businesses to ensure illegals are not employed, restricting illegals' access to public services and by strengthening the legal immigration process." (votesmart.org)

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  • Kevin Yoder. Congressman Yoder's Response to the Death of Osama Bin Laden. 4 May 2011. "I applaud the strength and diligence of our intelligence and military communities. They have brought justice to the victims and families of 9/11 and to our grateful country. I also commend the leadership of our President as Commander in Chief in this effort. [¦] While our world today is a safer place with the death of Bin Laden, we will never forget the events of September 11th and will remain resolute in our mission to combat those who seek America harm." (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Kevin Yoder. Issue Position: Seniors. 24 January 2012. "Because of the Democrat's big spending and job killing agenda, Social Security faces bankruptcy within decades. We must keep our promises to the citizens who have paid into this system through years of hard work. 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. I do not endorse the privatization of Social Security." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Yoder. Video: Kansas 3rd District Debate: Entitlement Benefits. 1 June 2010. "Part of our first obligation in government is to take care of those individuals who can't take care of themselves. And so when we find out that the federal government is trying to expand into areas where people can take of themselves and should be taking care of themselves, that's where we short change our responsibility to things like Medicare and things like Social Security." (www.youtube.com)

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