Yoder Recommended for Chairmanship of Homeland Security Subcommittee on Appropriations
Washington, DC — This evening, the House Republican Steering Committee recommended Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) for the position of Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Appropriations. The move follows the retirement and resignation of Chairman Representative Charles Dent (R-PA) of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee.
The Steering Committee recommended current Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman Representative John Carter (R-TX) to fill Representative Dent’s vacated seat on Mil-Con VA, clearing Representative Yoder’s path to assume control of the Homeland Security gavel.
Yoder issued the following statement in response to the announcement:
“I’m humbled and honored my colleagues have placed their faith in me to do this job – and I’m ready to get to work. Securing our border and protecting our homeland from the ongoing threat of terrorism are two of the primary roles of our federal government and keeping our nation safe is our most sacred priority. The Department of Homeland Security was created to carry out that mission in the wake of the attacks on September 11, 2001 and I will ensure they are provided with the resources to do so.
“In my years in Congress, I’ve traveled to our Southern border and have seen the work that must be done. We must keep drugs and criminals out of our country to ensure that every family in every corner of America feels safe when they lay their head down to sleep at night. That means physical structures at the border. It also means better technology, improved defense systems in the air and in the water, and more manpower to execute the mission. No ideas should be discarded.
“But my time in Congress has also given me the privilege of getting to know someone like Sunayana Dumala, an immigrant who has been brought to the United States from India by a local company for her skills and ability to contribute to our American economy. She continues to chase her American Dream even in the face of the incredible hardship she has experienced. We need to be improving upon the merit-based immigration policies that paved the way for her to come here and that will hopefully allow her to stay. In my role as chairman, I will welcome the inclusion of bipartisan policies like my Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act that will get us there.
“Finding common ground solutions to our nation’s problems might seem harder and harder these days, but I’m up to the challenge. I look forward to working with both my Republican and Democratic colleagues on the subcommittee to craft policies that work for everyone.”
In his new role, Yoder will be responsible for authoring legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its related agencies, which include Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Coast Guard, and Secret Service.
The legislation sets the priorities of the United States government with regard to border security, immigration enforcement, counterterrorism, drug and human trafficking, cyberterrorism, natural disaster response, aviation security, and customs activities.
Sunayana Dumala is the widow of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, the man who was shot and killed in a hate crime at Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe last February. Dumala lost her immigration status with the death of her husband, and Yoder fought to secure her a new H1-B visa so she could remain in America with legal status.