Davids, Cleaver Push to Save Thousands of Kansas City Area Jobs at Federal Agency Amid Potential Layoffs

June 11, 2020
Press Release

Representatives Sharice Davids (KS-03) and Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-5) are pushing to save Kansas City area jobs after news broke of potential layoffs for 1,000 workers at the National Benefits Center due to coronavirus-related revenue shortfalls. It would be among the largest mass layoffs in the Kansas City area.


Davids and Cleaver are working with congressional leadership and the committees of jurisdiction to advocate for emergency funding for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which oversees the National Benefits Center, in order to protect jobs at the agency. In a letter sent to the USCIS today, Davids and Cleaver called on the agency to immediately put forward a plan to save these jobs should funding be secured.


“At a time when so many Kansans have lost their job security and are facing enormous financial strain, Congress must do everything we can to prevent what would be massive and devastating layoffs at a major employer in the Kansas City area. I’m committed to working with Congressman Cleaver, as well as congressional leaders and the committees of jurisdiction, to protect these vital jobs and the livelihoods of families across the region,” said Davids.


“44 million Americans have filed jobless claims in the last 3 months, and the Greater Kansas City Area has not been spared of the financial pain growing throughout the country,” said Congressman Cleaver. “We cannot allow thousands of Kansas Citians to unnecessarily lose good-paying jobs amongst this economic backdrop.  As Congresswoman Davids and I continue working within Congress to find funding and keep these workers employed, it’s important that the USCIS put forward a plan that shows unequivocally their intention to maintain these jobs for the foreseeable future. With a satisfactory plan in place, I’m hopeful we can convince Congress to supply the funding these workers desperately need. 


The National Benefits Center has offices in Lee’s Summit and Overland Park.


To view the letter, click here