Congressman Kevin Yoder has been appointed to serve a second term as a member of the House Appropriations Committee during the 113th Congress. The Appropriations Committee is responsible for allocating federal dollars to fund the various federal programs and departments. In 2010, Congressman Yoder was one of only three House freshmen to be placed on the Appropriations Committee.
"It's an honor to return to the House Appropriations Committee for the 113th Congress. As a Kansan, I understand agriculture's importance to our great state -- I'm especially glad Kansans will have a seat and a voice at the Agriculture Appropriations table in reviewing important agriculture policy and programs. Over the past two years, I've been proud to work with my colleagues of both parties on the Committee to allocate federal tax dollars responsibly, and in an open and transparentmanner," stated Congressman Yoder. "We have an obligation to our future generations to spend their tax dollars wisely; cutting down on wasteful spending and making sure programs are appropriately funded.
"I'm anxious to continue this important work on behalf of Kansans in the 3rd District, the state of Kansas, andthe American people. We must make certain the nation's finances are on the right track by eliminating unnecessary government spending, while at the same time investing in programs that will have a positive impact on our nation both now and in the years to come."
As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Congressman Yoder will serve on three House Appropriations subcommittees:
· House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, with jurisdiction over the Department of State, Agency for International Development, Peace Corps, and foreign aid programs.
· House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, with jurisdiction over the Department of Agriculture, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and Food and Drug Administration.
· House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, with jurisdiction over the Department of Treasury, the Judiciary, Executive Office of the President and Independent Agencies.