Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Overland Park, knew that Washington, D.C., was polarized before he was elected to Congress in 2010. Still, the freshman lawmaker was surprised by the toxic climate on the House floor, where members of one political party regularly trash the other. Yoder, who is one of only six GOP House members who haven’t signed a pledge not to raise taxes, tries to focus on long-term, workable solutions, he told The Eagle editorial board. He sees possible common ground on tax-code changes, regulatory relief and energy development. He also thinks that comprehensive immigration reform is needed.
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