In First 100 days in Office, Rep. Davids Delivers on Promises to the Third District

April 16, 2019
Press Release

April 12 marks 100 days since Rep. Sharice Davids was sworn in as a member of the 116th Congress. In her first 100 days in officeDavids has worked hard to deliver on her promises to the people of Kansas’ Third District to be accessible, protect our healthcare, make sure government is serving the people, invest wisely in infrastructure, and improve economic opportunity for all.  

 

Davids ran for office to bring Kansans voices to Washington. In her first three months, she has been present and accessible to people across the Third District so she can hear their ideas and concerns and bring them to DC. She:  

  • Opened fully functional district office locations in both Johnson County and in Wyandotte County. In Wyandotte, there had not been a Congressional office in nearly a decade.  
  • Held her first town hall to directly answer constituent questions.  
  • Hosted a mayors roundtable and met with representatives of the Wyandotte County Unified Government and the Johnson County Commissions.  
  • Established a reoccurring monthly Popup Office in Spring Hill 
  • Attended or hosted events in 12 cities across all three counties.  

Too many families struggle with the cost of healthcare, and that’s why Davids has fought to bring down the cost of healthcare, including prescription drugs and premiums, and protect people with pre-existing conditions. She: 

  • Urged Democratic leadership to focus on strengthening and improving the Affordable Care Act. 
  • Co-sponsored the Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Healthcare More Affordable Act. 
  • Met with local constituents and healthcare providers to discuss solutions including Kansas Hospital Association, AdventHealth Shawnee Mission, St. Luke’s, Children’s Mercy, KU Med, Vibrant Health, Southwest Boulevard Family Health Clinic and New Birth Company.  
  • Voted for a bill to protect people with pre-existing conditions and brought Prairie Village resident Laura Robeson as her guest to the State of the Union to highlight need to protect pre-existing conditions.  
  • Began work on lowering the cost of care through her role on the New Democrat Coalition’s healthcare taskforce. 

Davids has remained committed to making sure government is working for Kansans and that our elected officials are actually serving the public. She:  

  • Co-sponsored The For the People Act (H.R. 1) to tackle money in politics, fight corruption, and strengthen and protect voting rights. This was the first bill she supported in office 
  • Introduced a voting rights bill that passed as part of H.R. 1 to give people the right to petition the Department of Justice to investigate voting complaints, ensuring every vote is counted.  
  • Co-sponsored the Voting Rights Advancement Act, and the Native American Voting Rights Act, to ensure every eligible voter has access to the electoral process.  

Given Kansas City’s key location as a transportation hub for the entire countryDavids has advocated for wise investments in transportation and infrastructure to grow our economy and keep our communities safe. She: 

  • Became the first Kansas Representative in decades to serve on the Transportation and Infrastructure committeeShe was also assigned to the subcommittees of Highways and Transit, Economic Development, and Aviation, where she serves as Vice-Chair. 
  • Highlighted Kansas' Third District in committee hearings on infrastructure and small business challenges.  
  • Requested greater federal resources for the US Army Corps of Engineers and the National Levee Safety Program through the appropriations process to help protect our region from future flooding. 
  • Met with multiple local transportation groups to get input on their priorities including KDOT Secretary Julie Lorenz, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and Thales Air Traffic Management.  

Davids has worked to expand economic equality and opportunities for all, including working families and small businesses. She:  

  • Was named to the Small Business Committee where she has advocated for pipelines and access to capital 
  • Worked with representatives from local Chambers of Commerce including Overland Park, Kansas City Kansas, Greater Kansas City, Shawnee, Spring Hill, Gardner, Olathe, Leawood, and Northeast Johnson County. 
  • Hosted a roundtable with federal employees in the district impacted by the government shutdown and worked to get back pay for them.  
  • Co-sponsored a bill to address the student loan debt problem by encouraging employers to offer student loan assistance as a tax-exempt benefit for employees.  
  • Participated in four Sharice’s Shifts, an outreach program to connect directly with local workers, businesses, and residents of the Third District. 

Throughout her work on the campaign and in Congress, Davids has maintained her working relationship with people from both parties. She is committed to working with anyone who shares the priorities of the people of the Third District. She: 

  • Met with every member of the Kansas Congressional Delegation, and worked with them on  legislation including the Quindaro Townsite and Kelsey Smith Acts. 
  • Co-sponsored 40 bills, more than half of which are bipartisan.