Federal agencies can access your email or other information stored online, U.S. Representative Kevin Yoder told a Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce breakfast this morning, and he has introduced a bill to change that.
Yoder said his proposal will give email the same protection as written correspondence. It has wide support in Congress, Yoder said, and is backed by both the Heritage Foundation and the ACLU. Yoder spoke about a number of other issues facing Congress right now:
- The student loan crisis – “I still have student loans,” Yoder said, calling for a way to resolve the high debt (now averaging $30,000) that students face on graduation.
- The Veterans Administration problems – “I don’t want a federal health care system because I am afraid it will look too much like the VA.”
- Early childhood education – “Head Start is a real passion of mine,” he said in advocating for a way to get students a good educational foundation.
- The defeat of majority leader Eric Cantor – “There is a lot of palace intrigue right now.” The majority leader sets the calendar so who holds the position is important, he said.
- Debt and Medicare – “Medicare as it sits right now is headed for bankruptcy.” People are living longer and we need to take care of our seniors, Yoder said, but also solve the problem of revenue.
Yoder also said he favors keeping six-day mail delivery because its elimination does not save enough money. He suggested the U.S. corporate income tax rate is too high and encourages companies to keep money overseas.
Other speakers included northeast Johnson County representatives Barbara Bollier, Melissa Rooker and Stephanie Clayton.
Bollier, a retired physician, said the lack of Medicaid expansion in Kansas is a business issue and economic issue. “People deserve health care. We need to figure out how to make that happen in the state.” Bollier said she looks to local people and businesses for input on issues. “It offends me to be labeled a non-business friendly legislator by certain organizations,” she said.
Rooker, who sits on the education committee, said she was part of a team that drafted a bipartisan solution to school funding this year which was discarded by the conference committee. She did not support the final bill that came to the floor.
Johnson County’s problems are misunderstood by the rest of the state, Clayton said, and the county is “much maligned” in many ways. Her focus, she said, is on business and economic development issues. Pointing to education opportunity, she said, “this is an issue of business development and job development.” Clayton also said gun legislation this year that eliminated local ordinances constituted the “imposition of non-Johnson County values on Johnson County.”