Rep. Davids says bipartisan bill to bring $3.8 billion to Kansas to create jobs, tackle climate change and boost economic recovery

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, D-3rd, said in a statement today that the infrastructure bill that passed the House will bring $3.8 billion to Kansas to create jobs, tackle climate change and boost economic recovery.

“For months, I have been working hard to deliver an infrastructure bill that creates jobs, tackles climate change and boosts our economic recovery here in the Kansas Third District. Today, I voted to send a bipartisan bill to the President’s desk that will bring $3.8 billion to Kansas to meet those priorities—without raising taxes on the middle class.

“This bipartisan infrastructure bill is not absolutely perfect, but it is absolutely necessary. It will not only bring needed federal funding to immediate infrastructure needs in our community, from US 69 to KCATA buses to high-speed internet access, but it will also make significant progress towards longer-term goals, boosting our clean energy economy and ensuring critical materials are made here at home.”

Rep. Davids helped deliver a win for Kansans by passing President Biden and House Democrats’ infrastructure package, according to a DCCC spokesman.

The legislation makes game-changing investments in clean infrastructure, significantly expands broadband access, strengthens climate resilience, and provides millions of Americans with good-paying union jobs.

Thanks to Rep. Davids, workers and families across Kansas can expect a once-in-a-generation investment to fix their crumbling roads and bridges and rebuild their communities to be even stronger.

While some House Republicans overwhelmingly voted “no” on this legislation that a majority of the American people support, Davids and House Democrats worked to ensure Congress passed this legislation that will invest not only in our roads, but in the American people, creating thousands of good-paying union jobs in their backyard and growing the economy in a way that works better for everyone.

“Yesterday, Rep. Sharice Davids proved once again that she would keep her promise to deliver meaningful wins for Kansans,” Johanna Warshaw, DCCC spokesperson, said. “From jobs, to broadband, to clean water, and better roads, workers and families across Kansas will feel the effects of this historic investment for years to come, and voters can be proud of the historic work Rep. Davids accomplished to improve the lives of Kansans.”

Rep. Davids diagnosed with COVID

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, D-3rd Dist.

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, D-3rd Dist., was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday, according to an announcement from her office.

Rep. Davids will isolate at home, according to a statement.

Rep. Davids’ statement:

“Earlier today, I received a positive COVID-19 PCR test result. My symptoms are mild, and per CDC and House Attending Physician Guidance I am continuing to isolate at home, where I have been since an unrelated outpatient parathyroid surgery. I have followed CDC recommended precautions throughout this pandemic, including masking indoors in areas of high or substantial transmission.

I’m incredibly grateful for the vaccine and the protection that it offers. I know things could have been much worse for me without it. As the Delta variant spreads in our state, I encourage everyone to protect themselves and others and get their shot. We need everyone to get vaccinated in order to put the worst of this virus behind us. If you have questions about the COVID vaccine and where you can get yours, go to”

Rep. Davids introduces bill to give parents choice over child’s health care

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, D-3rd Dist., on Thursday introduced a bill aimed at helping expecting parents make the choice over which parent’s insurance will cover their newborn’s health care.

The bill will cut red tape, avoid surprise bills and let parents, not an insurance company, make the decision on insurance, according to Rep. Davids.

The bill addresses something called the “birthday rule,” which is used by insurance companies to determine which policy will cover the newborn. Currently, insurance companies choose the insurance policy of the parent whose birthday is first to cover the infant, even if parents want the other policy to cover the baby.

Parents often don’t know about this policy, which can result in surprise medical bills for families.

For example, one family in Olathe, Kansas, faced a $270,951 bill after the birth of their daughter, even though they had planned to be covered by the mother’s insurance policy.

The Empowering Parents’ Healthcare Choices Act would give parents 60 days after the birth of their child to choose which insurance policy will cover their new baby. It would also give the administration authority to instruct insurers on how and when to notify parents of their rights, helping more families avoid frustrating red tape, surprise bills and insurance policy mazes.

“Welcoming a child into your family should be a joyful event, free from undue stress and financial burden at the hands of insurance companies,” Rep. Davids said. “This is a simple fix that gives parents the power over their baby’s health care coverage, so they can make an informed choice about their family’s future. For the [] family and countless others, I am proud to introduce the Empowering Parents’ Healthcare Choices Act.”

Rep. Davids’ legislation to help prevent surprise medical billing became law last Congress, and she recently joined her colleagues to urge House leadership to allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, lowering costs for patients significantly. Rep. Davids also held a roundtable discussion earlier this year with Gov. Laura Kelly focused on expanding Medicaid to 165,000 Kansans.