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Sizzling Summer, Hot Issues: Congressmen Cleaver & Yoder

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The weather isn’t the only think that’s still got some heat behind it. Although Congress is in recess, hot-button topics such as immigration and sequestration cuts are still in the news.


In the first part of Thursday's Up to Date, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D, MO-5) and Rep. Kevin Yoder (R, KS-3) join us to talk about these issues and shed some light on where Congress might be headed when it goes back into session in September.


  • Emanuel Cleaver II is a United Methodist pastor and is serving his fifth term as U.S. representative for Missouri's 5th congressional district. He is a member of the Democratic Party, and in January 2010 became chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Having served for twelve years on the city council of Missouri’s largest municipality, Kansas City, Cleaver was elected as the city’s first African American mayor in 1991.
  • Kevin Yoder is the U.S. Representative for Kansas' 3rd Congressional District. He serves on House subcommittees for Financial Services and General Government, Military Constructions and Veterans Affairs, and Commerce, Justice and Science. He is a member of the Republican Party, and was the Kansas state representative for the 20th District from 2002 until 2011. Yoder is a graduate of the University of Kansas where he received political science, English and law degrees.
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.