Representative Kevin Yoder's Political Positions

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.

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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • "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)

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  • "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)
  • 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)

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  • 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)

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  • "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)

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  • "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)
  • "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)

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  • "[…] 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)

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  • "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)
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VYguonUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "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)

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  • Rated 0% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/34433/kevin-yoder/30#.VYhtu3UViko (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)
  • 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)

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  • "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)

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  • 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)
  • "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)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (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)
  • "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)

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  • 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)

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

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  • "I do not endorse the privatization of Social Security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/552210/ (votesmart.org)
  • "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)

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