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Kevin Yoder's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (KS) - District 3, Republican
Kevin Yoder has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2018.

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)
  • "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)
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

  • "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)
  • "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)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This afternoon, President Barack Obama vetoed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), marking only the fifth time in 53 years an NDAA has received a presidential veto. In a June statement, the White House indicated the President would veto the bill because he "will not fix defense without fixing non-defense spending." Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) issued the following statement in response to President Obama's veto: 'I'm deeply disappointed the President has chosen today to deny the critical support our troops need to ensure America remains secure. For more than 50 years, both parties have set aside political differences to consistently provide those resources. Instead, for the first time in our history, the President has vetoed a must-pass defense bill for issues completely unrelated to its contents.'" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1021108/rep-yoder-responds-to-presidents-ndaa-veto/?search=defense%20spending#.Wz4q8a3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "This afternoon, President Barack Obama vetoed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), marking only the fifth time in 53 years an NDAA has received a presidential veto. In a June statement, the White House indicated the President would veto the bill because he "will not fix defense without fixing non-defense spending." Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) issued the following statement in response to President Obama's veto: 'I'm deeply disappointed the President has chosen today to deny the critical support our troops need to ensure America remains secure. For more than 50 years, both parties have set aside political differences to consistently provide those resources. Instead, for the first time in our history, the President has vetoed a must-pass defense bill for issues completely unrelated to its contents.'" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1021108/rep-yoder-responds-to-presidents-ndaa-veto/?search=defense%20spending#.Wz4q8a3SQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "New regulations will not make our system better. Getting rid of the regulations we have will. If we really want disclosure, we should be advancing proposals that will redirect resources to the candidates and parties. They are fully accountable and fully disclose everything they spend and receive. Getting rid of the limits on parties and candidates would increase transparency and enhance disclosure. If disclosure is the goal, that is the way to achieve it." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/902065/hearing-of-the-senate-rules-and-administration-committee-the-disclose-act-and-the-need-for-expanded-public-disclosure-of-funds-raised-and-spent-to-influence-federal-elections/?search=campaign%20finance#.Wz4rf63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "New regulations will not make our system better. Getting rid of the regulations we have will. If we really want disclosure, we should be advancing proposals that will redirect resources to the candidates and parties. They are fully accountable and fully disclose everything they spend and receive. Getting rid of the limits on parties and candidates would increase transparency and enhance disclosure. If disclosure is the goal, that is the way to achieve it." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/902065/hearing-of-the-senate-rules-and-administration-committee-the-disclose-act-and-the-need-for-expanded-public-disclosure-of-funds-raised-and-spent-to-influence-federal-elections/?search=campaign%20finance#.Wz4rf63SQfI (votesmart.org)
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)
  • "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)
  • "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 corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1206886/yoder-statement-on-introduction-of-tax-reform-legislation#.Wz4so63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1206886/yoder-statement-on-introduction-of-tax-reform-legislation#.Wz4so63SQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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)
  • "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)
  • "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)
  • "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)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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)
  • "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)
  • "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)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Kansas House delegation is concerned that Kansas utilities will have to increase rates on Kansas customers in order to comply with the recently imposed environmental regulations. The penalty for not complying will result in significant fines from the EPA -- which, consequently, would ultimately result in higher rates as well." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/695764/kansas-house-delegation-voices-concerns-with-epa-regulation/?search=environmental%20regulation#.Wz4tfa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The Kansas House delegation is concerned that Kansas utilities will have to increase rates on Kansas customers in order to comply with the recently imposed environmental regulations. The penalty for not complying will result in significant fines from the EPA -- which, consequently, would ultimately result in higher rates as well." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/695764/kansas-house-delegation-voices-concerns-with-epa-regulation/?search=environmental%20regulation#.Wz4tfa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We should build upon the bipartisan bills this Congress & Administration have already passed into law, including fixing the background check system, lifting restrictions on gun violence research at CDC, increasing funding to improve local school security, & banning bump stocks." https://twitter.com/RepKevinYoder/status/997647626639237125 (twitter.com)
  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America. https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/34433/kevin-yoder/37#.W0PKlGBKi1s (votesmart.org)
  • "We should build upon the bipartisan bills this Congress & Administration have already passed into law, including fixing the background check system, lifting restrictions on gun violence research at CDC, increasing funding to improve local school security, & banning bump stocks." https://twitter.com/RepKevinYoder/status/997647626639237125 (twitter.com)
  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America. https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/34433/kevin-yoder/37#.W0PKlGBKi1s (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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)
  • "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)
  • "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)
  • "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)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1249392/chairman-yoder-returns-from-fact-finding-mission-at-us-mexico-border-in-texas/?search=wall#.Wz4u063SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1249392/chairman-yoder-returns-from-fact-finding-mission-at-us-mexico-border-in-texas/?search=wall#.Wz4u063SQfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "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)
  • "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)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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