WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fleming released the following statement after the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) awarded him an “A” in their 2015 Congressional rating for supporting responsible tax and spending policies, limited government and economic freedom.
“I was honored to not only receive the Taxpayers’ Friend Award, but also to receive the only 'A' in the House Louisiana delegation. With so many businesses and families struggling, doing my part to relieve them of high taxes and helping create an economy where everyone wins will remain a top priority.”
Pete Sepp, President of NTU commented, “Winning the Taxpayers’ Friend Award is no easy feat. It takes a daily commitment to cast principled votes that put the Americans who pay government’s bills first. Rep. Fleming has proven he has what it takes to help make Washington work for taxpayers again.”
“Rep. Fleming’s pro- taxpayer ‘A’ score was one of the best on all of Capitol Hill. Through his consistent voting record, Congressman Fleming showed his colleagues the way to lower deficits, less burdensome taxes, and a stronger economy. If every Member of Congress had voted as conscientiously as he did last year, taxpayers could have looked forward to a much more prosperous future,” Sepp concluded.
NTU has recognized Representatives and Senators since 1979 who annually earn high voting scores to qualify them for the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award.” Only two Members of the Louisiana delegation, Rep. Fleming and Senator Vitter, received an ‘A’ score. The 2015 NTU scorecard can be viewed here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fleming released the following statement after the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld California’s “Reproductive FACT Act” forcing pro-life pregnancy resource centers in California to advertise abortions in their clinics.
“More and more we are seeing First Amendment rights absolutely stomped on within the courts. This recent federal court decision to uphold a California law forces dedicated centers of life to contradict their very existence and actively promote abortions. This is a blatant violation of core constitutional principles. It is sickening that California would enact a law designed to specifically target clinics that care for the welfare of both mother and baby, and it is beyond the pale that the federal court would evade the First Amendment to make these pro-life clinics the mouthpieces for Planned Parenthood.
“Now more than ever our country is in need of legislation I’ve been working on since 2011, the Conscience Protection Act, to ensure no one is forced to participate in an abortion in anyway and for any reason – including offering information on where to get one done. The House passed my bill in July; it’s time we put the Conscience Protection Act on the President’s desk.”Read More
We’ve heard it called “the craziest thing in the world.” That’s not a compliment, that’s a straight-up, honest opinion on Obamacare freely uttered by former Democrat President Bill Clinton. Obamacare, once heralded as our nation’s signature health care law, has rapidly self-destructed and left many Americans worse off than before.
As a family practice physician with a health care clinic in Minden, the delivery of quality medicine and timely care has been at the forefront of my career. In fact, reforming the American health system was a key factor in running for Congress in 2008. Patients deserve care; families deserve choice; and the government should respect our moral conscience, the very fiber of our existence.
Obamacare respected none of these core elements, and six and half years into the so-called Affordable Care Act, even the most loyal of supporters are beginning to acknowledge the warning signs.
It’s time to start over.
The ACA in its entirety has to go. Although we’ve been down this path before, even placing a repeal bill on the President’s desk, the very first action must be to pull up Obamacare by its roots. A successive secondary step will be to replace Obamacare with patient-centric, free-market principled guidelines that support the role of medical professionals, insurance companies, hospitals, and clinics.
Any health care overhaul will need the following components to truly work for all Americans.
First, it needs to put patients back in charge of their own care.
Throughout the health care debate over the past several years, I’ve fought against expanding the federal government’s control over people’s health care decisions. The best health care plan is the one that puts patients in charge of their own health by letting them make their own decisions about what they want and how they are going to pay for it.
I also introduced H.R. 3006, the HSA Health Care Choices Act to encourage Americans to plan and save for health care costs. Health savings accounts are a key aspect of patient-centered and market-based care.
Specifically, my legislation would increase the maximum contribution limit and allows an HSA to be used to purchase health insurance premiums, over the counter medications, and pre-paid physician fees. It also permits HSAs to be passed on to future generations as a tax-exempt account, and allows a beneficiary to pay for another’s medical expenses using an HSA. The HSA Health Care Choices Act also repeals several Obamacare provisions hampering tax-advantaged health accounts. I’m proud of this legislation and hope to see it up for a vote soon.
As a business owner I see how HSA’s could save on health care costs by encouraging individual patients to invest as consumers, which is the second need of any common-sense health care bill: affordability and choice. We want to bring consumer choice back into health care, and we want this to be a patient-centered plan where health care providers compete on price and quality and consumers can make valuable choices. In turn, this will bring health care costs down.
Additionally, we can make insurance premiums more affordable for everyone by allowing consumers to purchase insurance across state lines and encouraging – but not requiring – young healthy individuals to purchase health insurance.
This choice extends to Medicare programs such as Medicare Advantage. Seniors should be able to choose the benefits packages that best suit their needs too.
And lastly, for our next health care system to truly work for everyone, it must include conscience protections so that no one is forced to pay for abortions. Abortion takes innocent life, and those who believe it is morally wrong should not be coerced into supporting it by their government. This is also why the Senate needs to pass H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion law to ensure federal dollars are never being used to pay for abortions.
I worked as a part of the Republican Study Committee Health Task Force to introduce a bill, the American Health Care Reform Act, that includes many of the same critical factors I’ve outlined above. It will create no new taxes or mandates, instead encouraging competitive markets to personalize and lower the cost of insurance coverage. It also encourages free market innovation and research to find cures to today’s more prevalent diseases.
The time has come to repeal Obamacare and replace it with common-sense health care that gives all Americans quality care they can afford.
This article originally appeared in the Minden Press Herald HERE.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fleming released the following statement following the recent explosion at Camp Minden.
“I encourage concerned citizens to attend the latest public town hall meeting on October 13, 2016 hosted by the Louisiana National Guard to get more information regarding the progress and planned activities at Camp Minden. The recent explosion at Camp Minden will be discussed by the National Guard, and their plans for some immediate actions that will be taken later this month. My office staff will be at these meetings and I suggest residents in the area attend to learn what has taken place thus far and what the Guard will be doing next.”
Event: Town Hall, Camp Minden Update
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Camp Minden, Building # A120, Louisiana Blvd., Minden, La., 71055Read More
Shimon Peres was laid to rest in Jerusalem recently as dozens of world leaders, international dignitaries, and national figures, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, paid respect to the former Israeli Prime Minister and life-long statesman. Modern day Israel has lost a founding father, a defender of Israel’s homeland, and a moderator of peace. Yet, Israel remains a steadfast oasis of democracy in a politically charged and volatile region.
The historic bond between our two nations is indispensable, and our united goals should be indistinguishable. A strong Israel is reflective of a strong America.
On a recent trip to New York, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reminded our outgoing President that the enemy of Israel is the collective enemy of every nation. Terrorism is knocking at everyone’s front door. Ironically, Israel’s near neighbor, Iran, happens to be an exporter of terrorism, and is refinancing thanks to the generous gifts of the Obama Administration. Flush with ransom dollars, the dictatorial ayatollahs seem intent on finalizing their nuclear program which the JCPOA failed to halt, and taking the first pass at Israel. Let’s not forget that this is the same country that etched the words ‘Israel must be wiped out’ on its ballistic missiles before test-firing the weaponry.
The not-so-hidden agenda of Israel’s enemies should be front and center in U.S. foreign policy, and reflected in America’s support for Israel’s self-determination and national security.
In the middle of September, the U.S. and Israeli governments signed a second 10-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) securing America’s pledge of support for military assistance and multi-year sustained financing. This MOU followed closely on the heels of congressionally passed legislation urging an expedited agreement. In typical fashion, the Obama Administration negotiators squeezed our ally a little too hard on this one, asking Israel to refrain from petitioning Congress for resources beyond those outlined in the MOU. Despite this shortcoming, the MOU serves a crucial role in assuring the people of Israel of the United States’ uncompromising support.
The intertwined union of the Israeli-American camaraderie has deep roots in the past and is linked to the future success of each nation. Future American Presidents and elected officials would be wise to remember that.
Israel’s ability to birth genius has provided generations of intellectuals, extraordinary advances in science and medicine, and brilliance in accelerating the technological landscape. The modernly young start-up nation pulsates venture capitalism, bolstering the U.S. economy. Our two countries have also closely collaborated on leading medical emergency response trainings to skillfully mend and rehabilitate terror victims. This training was critical for the Boston Bombing victims. From blooming deserts to militarily defensive shields, the Israeli accomplishments provide creative and innovative responses to natural and man-made catastrophes. The universe of Israeli success is inevitably shared, financed, and partnered with U.S. cooperatives, entrepreneurs, and the U.S. Military.
Israel brings unparalleled stability to the Middle East. As our friend and ally, I for one intend to work alongside my colleagues in Congress to ensure that the United States stands strong in its support of Israel, its security and its future.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Hyde amendment, long-standing federal policy that prohibits taxpayer dollars from funding abortions.
“The forethought of Rep. Henry Hyde’s amendment has been instrumental in saving the lives of approximately 2 million innocent children. First enacted on September 30, 1976, babies given the chance at life under this critical federal policy are now mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters and sons. Once thought inconvenient, 40 years later these men and women are the voice of generations of Americans.
“A majority of Americans agree that the government should not be funding abortions, a procedure that destroys developing human life—lives full of potential. This is why I support sending the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion bill to the President’s desk, enshrining the life-affirming Hyde amendment into permanent law.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement in response to the passing of Shimon Peres, the former President and Prime Minister of Israel.
“It was with great sadness that I learned Shimon Peres passed away this week. During his nearly 60 years in public service, Mr. Peres held almost every position in Israel from Prime Minister to President. He was one of Israel’s founding fathers, and well respected across the globe. So respected that he even won the Novel Peace Prize in 1994 for his peace negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians. While we mourn his loss we will also remain grateful for the lasting contributions he made to Israel and the Middle East.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after the Judiciary Committee held a hearing today on the sanctuary city policy of New Orleans, LA.
“Louisiana AG Jeff Landry testified powerfully and effectively on behalf of our state. He advocated for the rule of law and against the Holder Justice Department conspiring with Mayor Landrieu to subvert our immigration laws and let illegal immigrants run free. Today’s hearing made it clear that President Obama and New Orleans mayor have a pro-illegal immigration agreement. The Mayor’s own representative at the hearing said, ‘our officers under this policy do not inquire about a person’s immigration status.’
“Louisiana is no stranger to tragedy resulting from illegal immigration. St. John the Baptist Parish Fire Chief Spencer Chauvin lost his life when he was struck by an illegal immigrant driving a bus for which he was not licensed from New Orleans to Baton Rouge.”
Congressman Fleming is a cosponsor of H.R. 3002, the Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Act, which would block all federal funding to cities that are out of compliance with reporting requirements to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
In addition, Congressman Fleming voted for:
· The King (R-IA) Amendment to H.R. 2578 to block State and Local Law Enforcement assistance to cities that are not in compliance with ICE reporting requirements, which passed the House on June 3, 2015 by a vote of 227-198.
· H.R. 3009, the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, which passed the House of Representatives on July 23, 2015 by a vote of 241-179.
· The Gosar (R-AZ) Amendment to H.R. 5485, to prohibit federal financial assistance to sanctuary cities, which passed the House on July 7, 2016 by a vote of 236-182.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after the House passed S. 2754 to name the U.S. Federal Court House in Shreveport after Tom Stagg, for his distinguished career as a federal judge for the Western District of Louisiana.
After high school, Judge Stagg valiantly served in WWII where he rose to the rank of Captain and earned the Combat Infantry Badge, a Bronze Star for Valor, a second Bronze star for meritorious service, and the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster. Following his service, Tom Stagg started his career as a jurist and then was nominated to serve as a federal judge for the Western District of Louisiana in 1974. He held the position of Chief Judge from 1984 to 1991, at which point he maintained a full caseload until his passing in 2015.
“A pillar within his occupation and the salt within his community, Judge Stagg’s life was an example to us all. He commanded respect whenever he entered a room and was well-known for his knowledge, efficiency, and attention to detail in each and every case before him. He was widely admired by his colleagues and it is more than fitting to honor Judge Stagg’s service by naming this court house—a court house which he helped design—after him.”
Rep. Fleming introduced companion legislation, H.R. 5011, in the House.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after the Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen where Commissioner Koskinen testified under oath.
“I’m glad that Commissioner Koskinen finally agreed to testify before the Judiciary Committee under oath, even though he continued to deny any conscious wrongdoing. While he admitted his previous statements under oath to Congress were incorrect, he claims he made them solely based on incorrect information provided by his subordinates.”
“As Chairman Jim Jordan pointed out, if any American being audited by the IRS lost their documents and destroyed the back-ups, they would never get away with it. However, Koskinen, Lerner and Clinton continue to get away with it. Yet again we see one set of rules for Americans and another set for high-level government officials. We also learned that during Koskinen’s tenure there were no consequences for any IRS employee in relation to the destruction of evidence under subpoena or misleading Congress with false statements while under oath.”
The hearing confirmed the following facts:
· There had been failures by the IRS under Koskinen’s watch with respect to retention and preservation of documents involving a crucial IRS misconduct;
· There were failures by the IRS to testify accurately under oath including the Commissioner himself;
· That it wasn’t accurate when Koskinen stated under oath that the IRS had “preserved every email.”
“I think Congress and the American people received confirmation that their instincts were correct. Koskinen should do the right thing and resign his office.”Read More
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John Fleming grew up in a working class family in Mississippi. After his father suddenly died, John, as a teenager, took on added responsibility for his disabled mother and his younger siblings. He worked his way through college and attended medical school on a Navy scholarship. John served six years in the Navy as a Medical Officer
After his time in the U.S. Navy, John and his wife of 34 years, Cindy, settled in Minden, Louisiana. With a young family and no money in the bank, he started a medical practice that continues to serve the community today. He also began to build from scratch a group of non-medical small businesses that today provide hundreds of jobs in the region.
John was first elected to Congress in 2008, to represent Louisiana’s Fourth Congressional District. The district covers most of western Louisiana, stretching from Caddo and Bossier parishes east to Union, and south to Beauregard, and then east again to include parts of St. Landry parish. The district has abundant assets, including the agriculture, defense, and energy industries.
Fleming serves on two House committees – Armed Services – from which he focuses on the missions of Barksdale Air Force Base and Fort Polk’s Joint Readiness Training Center, and Natural Resources – from which he seeks to support the maximization of the Haynesville and Tuscaloosa Marine Shales, two sources of energy which have created tens of thousands of jobs for 4th District families.
John is focused on preserving the same freedoms that gave him the opportunity, as a young man from a working class family, to work for the American dream. He believes that the people he represents are best served when they are able to create their own success in an environment that embraces individual liberty and is not hampered by high taxes or unnecessary regulations. When government is efficient and accountable, the economy can grow and good jobs will be created.
Dr. Fleming was the Louisiana Family Doctor of the Year in 2007. He has worked in Congress for sensible health care reforms, and authored legislation urging all Members of Congress to participate in the same health care system that they create for the American people. He serves as Vice-Chairman of the GOP Doctors Caucus, a group that includes 14 physicians who work to develop patient-centered health care reforms. Dr. Fleming has also championed conscience protections for medical personnel who choose to not participate in abortion practices.
John Fleming’s primary goals are to uphold the U.S. Constitution and to be a servant leader to the people he represents. He’s been named a “Defender of Liberty” by the American Conservative Union, a “Congressional Sentinel” by Heritage Action for America, and a “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Business.
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I was honored to not only receive the Taxpayers’ Friend Award, but also to receive the only 'A' in the House Louisiana delegation. With so
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I encourage concerned citizens to attend the latest public town hall meeting on October 13, 2016 hosted by the Louisiana National Guard to get
Israel has been our country's long-standing ally in the Middle East. Here is my latest column in the Jerusalem Post on our historic bond. http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Our-historic-bond-469785