Making Government Work for Kansans
Kansans deserve a government that works for them. When I was elected to Congress, I made a commitment to help clean up Washington and make sure our government actually serves the people. That’s why my priority is to be accessible to every person and every corner of our district.
- Bringing Kansas Voices to Washington: We’ve opened offices in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties and regularly hold public events to listen and connect people with help. And as of December 2020, we’ve replied to more than 100,000 constituents who have contacted us on everything from health care to education.
- Cleaning Up Washington: The first bill I supported was the For the People Act, a sweeping package of reforms that will put the American people back in charge of our democracy by ending the dominance of big money in politics, expanding and protecting the right to vote, and strengthening ethics laws for members of Congress.
- Protecting and Expanding the Right to Vote: I introduced legislation that would allow people to petition the Department of Justice to investigate voting complaints, helping to ensure that eligible voters are able to seek justice if they have been denied from the ballot box.
- Working for Kansas, not party: Kansans are pragmatic and expect their leaders to work together whenever possible to deliver results. That's why as of November 2020, more than 70% of the bills I’ve supported are bipartisan.
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Kansas Republicans won a super-majority in the state legislature and have begun planning to remove the state's single Democratic congressional district through redistricting. Rep Sharice Davids (D-KS) joins Ayman.
This week, Rep. Davids introduced the Resilient Repairs Act, which would require the U.S. Department of Transportation to rebuild damaged highways, roads, and trails with resiliency in mind—reducing the likelihood of recurring future repairs. Kansas is one of the top five states rated most susceptible to the effects of climate change, particularly flooding.
Families could benefit from the expansion of the Child Tax Credit. As Davids pointed out, there's a $3,600 credit for each child under 6 and $3,000 credit for children aged 6 to 17. To begin receiving the monthly payments, eligible families must file their taxes by the May 17 deadline.
Davids, whose district includes the Kansas City metropolitan area, is the only Democratic member of Kansas’ congressional delegation. The Kansas Republican Party and the National Republican Congressional Committee desperately want to change that.
Shortly after the congresswoman was sworn in for her second term, the NRCC announced Davids was among the 47 House Democrats the GOP campaign arm was targeting as it plots a Republican takeover of the lower chamber for the 2022 midterms. (Earlier this month, the NRCC added 10 additional Democrats to their target list).
Rep. Sharice Davids offered the following statement on the Senate Rules Committee markup of S.1., the For the People Act:
“The House passed the For the People Act months ago. In the time since, several states—including Kansas—have passed bills that restrict access to the ballot box, particularly for communities of color. Dark money has continued to flow into our system unrestricted and unchecked. As these reforms sit in the Senate, the urgent need to pass them has grown significantly.
It’s been a little more than 100 days since the five Indigenous members were sworn into the 117th Congress. A lot has happened since then.
In January, millions watched as a mob violently charged the U.S. Capitol during the insurrection. Two weeks later, President Joe Biden became the nation’s 46th president. He began a series of presidential actions hours after his inauguration to honor the nation’s relationship to tribal nations. Then in February members of Congress voted to impeach former President Donald Trump a second time.
Local lawmakers are raising awareness about eligibility for the new child tax credit and encouraging taxpayers to file on time so they can receive their payments.
The American Rescue Plan, which lawmakers passed in March, boosted the maximum child tax credit, expanded eligibility and implemented advance monthly payments for qualifying families.
Right before Crystal Henry and her husband were about to have their second child last year, both of their cars died and a tree fell on their garage. Their pandemic relief checks became a safety net amid the unexpected expenses.
This year, the Merriam couple expects more than $7,000 from another aid program — the Child Tax Credit — that will soon help keep them afloat as childcare costs consume more than a fifth of their income.
“It was hard for me to believe that it was really happening,” Henry said of discovering the credit.
Today, Representative Sharice Davids released a new report detailing the impact of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) expansion on hardworking families in the Third District of Kansas and the state as a whole. The American Rescue Plan boosted the maximum CTC, expanded eligibility, and implemented advance monthly payments for qualifying families. Key findings from the report include:
Federal funds are available to help restaurants rebuild and recover from losses experienced in the pandemic.
The funds are through the U.S. Small Business Administration. They are part of the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress.
About $28.6 billion has been appropriated nationally for restaurants that qualify to receive the SBA award funds, according to Michael Barrera, SBA district director for the Kansas City area. He discussed the program during a Facebook video presentation with U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, D-3rd Dist.