Davids Focuses on Delivering Relief to Kansans During First 100 Days
This week marked 100 days since Representative Sharice Davids was sworn in as a member of the 117th Congress. In the first 100 days of her second term, Davids has worked tirelessly to provide relief to Kansans during this health and economic crisis, create good-paying jobs and opportunities at home, and ensure that government is working for Kansans.
Here is an overview of Davids’ accomplishments in the past 100 days:
Davids voted to pass the American Rescue Plan, a landmark piece of legislation that is helping to put shots in arms, money in pockets, children in schools, and people in jobs, while also making health care more affordable and accessible.
Here are some of the major ways the American Rescue Plan is making a difference for Kansas:
- Controlling the virus: The law invests $20 billion in a coordinate, nationwide vaccine program, while scaling up testing and contact tracing, addressing shortages of personal protective equipment and other critical supplies, and more.
- Relief for hardworking Kansans: The American Rescue Plan also takes strong steps to save our economy and deliver relief to middle- and working-class families. That includes a new round of direct payments. More than 150 million direct payments have already been made nationwide – up to $1,400 per person – and more are on the way. 89% of Kansas adults are eligible for direct payments under this law.
- Relief for Small Businesses: The law bolsters the Paycheck Protection Program with an additional $7.25 billion in funding to support small businesses and nonprofits that were previously excluded, as well as $15 billion in flexible grants to help the smallest, most severely impacted businesses persevere through the pandemic.
- Affordable health care: Under the American Rescue Plan, no one has to pay more than 8.5% of their income for a silver-rated private health insurance plan in the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace. For a 60-year-old Kansas couple earning $75,000 a year, that’s a savings of $1,550 a month in premiums.
- Helping Kansas Expand Medicaid: The law includes measures Davids secured to help states like Kansas cover the cost of expanding Medicaid. This would mean another 165,000 Kansans getting the health care they need.
Creating Jobs and Opportunity in Kansas
As a member of the House Small Business Committee and as Vice Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Davids has fought to create good-paying jobs in Kansans and ensure that every person is part of our economic recovery.
- Helping Small Businesses: Davids reintroduced her bill the SUPPLIES Act to help small-and medium-sized businesses manufacture lifesaving protective equipment in this pandemic. It also contains strong measures to promote American manufacturing and eliminate price gouging of these essential materials.
- Rebuilding Kansas Infrastructure: Davids was recently selected to serve as Vice Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. In this role, she will work to create good-paying jobs, rebuild our economy, and invest in infrastructure in a smart and sustainable way. Davids also had the chance to join lawmakers in both parties to meet with President Biden and talk about our area’s infrastructure needs, including the need to expand U.S. 69 in Overland Park.
- Saving Kansas Jobs: Davids joined with Republicans and Democrats in Kansas and Missouri to protect jobs at a federal benefits processing center, which were vulnerable to layoffs due to the pandemic. 1,500 of these positions were saved in March thanks to their bipartisan push.
- Cleaning up Washington: Kansans deserve a government that works for them – not special interests. That’s why the first bill Davids’ cosponsored in this term was the For the People Act, which will strengthen our democracy and put power back in the hands of the people. It fights corruption, rolls back the dominance of money in our politics, and protects and expands voting rights for all eligible voters.
- Preventing Gun Violence: No family should ever have to endure the heartbreak and horror of gun violence in their lives. Davids voted for two landmark and bipartisan gun violence prevention bills to ensure universal background checks and help keep our communities safe.
Making Government Work for Kansans
Davids ran for office to bring Kansans’ voices to Washington. Even during the pandemic, she has been accessible to people across the Third District so she can hear their ideas and concerns and bring them to DC.
In the last 100 days, she:
- Helped local taxpayers recover $303,672 through resoling issues such as missing tax refunds, stalled veteran’s benefits, and more. In total, she has helped taxpayers save $2,447,345;
- Assisted 306 constituents with issues related to the federal government. Overall, 1,871 local Kansans have been helped;
- Held 9 Virtual Pop Up Office Hours to reach out to constituents one-on-one;
- Responded to 24,962 Kansans in order to bring their concerns to Washington. Since being elected, she has responded to 122,509 constituents total.