John Fleming

John Fleming

LOUISIANA's 4th DISTRICT

Fleming-Led Letter Demands No Transfer of Illegal Immigrants to Louisiana

2014/07/18

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the following statement about a letter he sent to the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, that was also signed by Congressman Charles Boustany, M.D., Congressman Bill Cassidy, M.D., and Congressman Vance McAllister:

“What’s happening at our southern border was ignited by President Obama’s directive and worsened by his ongoing amnesty rhetoric. Now that we face a new crisis of illegal immigration, the president is refusing to lead and is trying instead to push the problem onto Congress and the states. Louisiana should not allow itself to be a pawn in President Obama’s reckless political game.

“My letter calls on the Obama Administration to report if any Unaccompanied Alien Children have been transferred into Louisiana this year, and, if so, has the federal government notified any elected officials. It also stresses that no such transfers should take place without the direct approval of the Governor of Louisiana.

“Without any further delay, the president should be taking every action possible to secure our border and to expeditiously remove illegal crossers.”

Note: The Fleming-Boustany-Cassidy-McAllister letter is attached below.

Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a physician and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana. Read More

Fleming Blasts More Obama Administration Arrogance Toward Israel

2014/07/10

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the following statement in response to remarks delivered in Israel by Philip Gordon, an advisor to President Obama on Middle East issues:

“The Obama Administration remains naïve and arrogant when it comes to Israel’s security. Mr. Gordon accused Israel of not wanting to pursue peace, as he spoke at a conference in Tel Aviv that was interrupted by warning sirens due to incoming rocket fire from Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Rockets have been raining down on Israel in recent weeks, fired by Hamas, a terror group that upholds the Palestinian government. How exactly does the Obama Administration believe that legitimizing the Palestinian government will assure peace for Israel? Obama’s policies have been a failure throughout the Middle East, yet now his staff is lecturing the government of Israel on issues of security. President Obama is no friend of Israel, and his promises there are as empty as the ones he makes here at home. The people of Israel would do well to ignore him and his advisors, like Philip Gordon.”

Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a physician and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana. Read More

Hold line on preserving our freedoms.

2014/07/02

Today, we celebrate independence. Today, we revel in our freedom. Today, we give thanks that the United States of America is a nation founded on liberty.

Our country was established on the unalterable belief that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” And on this, the 238th celebration of the birth of our nation, we pause to reflect on the greatness of our liberty. But, I am more concerned than ever about assaults on that liberty.

The federal government has defied the civil liberties of innocent Americans by collecting private data. The Internal Revenue Service is accused of identifying and targeting groups who opposed President Obama. The Environmental Protection Agency has consumed nearly 25,000 pages of the Federal Register with new regulations that could destroy businesses from the coal industry to family farms. And, it took the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the Obama Administration from imposing destructive fines on family-owned businesses that simply wish to stand on their beliefs and not be forced to pay for potentially life-ending drugs and services.

Running parallel to these actions is a president who is bragging about his use of unilateral executive actions to bypass the will of the people as exercised through Congress.

In 1788, during the debate over ratification of the U.S. Constitution, James Madison was responding to concerns about the separation of powers. Madison was clear that the issue was one of the most crucial for the new country. He wrote this warning, “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”

More than 226 years since he penned those words, as we pause to celebrate a nation’s birth in liberty, it is necessary that we reaffirm Madison’s warning as loudly and clearly as possible. The U.S. Supreme Court has done so in recent weeks. The Justices struck down the president’s unconstitutional use of recess appointments, upheld free speech against those who would try to silence the voice of pro-lifers, and stopped a mandate that forced people of good conscience to violate their own religious beliefs.

The U.S. Congress must hold the line as well, continuing to do everything in its power to block and counteract the overreach of the Executive Branch. Our land of liberty must not compromise on this principle. The government, whose first charge is to protect its people’s liberty, must not permit even the threat of tyranny.

May God bless you on this Independence Day, and may he bless and guide all those who serve under our flag to protect our freedoms.

U.S. Congressman John Fleming, M.D., serves Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District. Read More

Fleming: Supreme Court Got It Right

2014/06/30

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the religious liberty rights of family-owned businesses like Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties:

“Finally, a firewall has been put up to stop some of the Obama Administration’s attacks on religious freedom. This decision reinforces the protections guaranteed in the First Amendment: family business owners are free to live out their religious beliefs, and the government cannot force them to pay for potentially life-ending drugs and devices.
 
“The High Court’s recent decisions that protected the free speech right of pro-lifers outside abortion clinics, that struck down the president’s unconstitutional use of recess appointments, and that blocked unions from compelling health care workers to pay dues, all represent significant blows to President Obama and his cronies. But today’s Hobby Lobby decision outweighs all of them by actively denying the stunning and unconstitutional overreach of this Administration.”
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Fleming Amendment to Stop Federal Funding for License Plate Tracking Passes House

2014/06/10

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the following statement after his amendment passed on the House floor today by a bipartisan vote of 254-172:

“Federal, state, and local governments should not be in the business of tracking and storing data about the activities of innocent Americans. This amendment gets the federal government out of the business of buying cameras to collect and store images of license plates. State and local governments may still decide to buy and use cameras for that purpose, but my amendment would keep your federal tax dollars from paying for them.

"There’s been a proliferation of license plate readers that take pictures of every plate that passes by. While there are legitimate law enforcement uses for public safety cameras, photographing every passing plate and storing those images inevitably leads to the tracking of people’s movements. Such readers allow government agencies to indefinitely store data on an individual's church attendance, mental health counseling, or legitimate government protest activities. This indiscriminate and bulk collection and storage of license plate data, especially when no crime has been committed, raises serious privacy questions, and I’m glad the House of Representatives has joined me in taking a step toward defunding the practice.”

Video of Rep. Fleming’s floor remarks in support of the amendment can be seen here.

Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a physician and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana. Read More

Fleming to Question Defense Secretary

2014/06/05

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement ahead of next week’s hearing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on the release of Taliban prisoners:

 “By law, it is Secretary Hagel’s duty to ensure that any release from Guantanamo is in the best interests of our national security. It is also his duty to notify Congress at least 30 days before a release, and to explain the details of how that release will be handled. I want to hear Secretary Hagel explain why he disregarded those legal responsibilities, and I want him to explain how he believes it will impact our national security to release five dangerous, high-ranking Taliban leaders. Also, what new dangers does it pose to our service members if our enemies believe they can win back more terrorists by kidnapping members of our military? And, I want to know if Secretary Hagel was under orders from the Commander-in Chief when he broke the law by circumventing Congress."

Note: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is scheduled to appear before the House Armed Services Committee on June 11.

Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a physician and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana. Read More

VA Secretary Must Go

2014/05/23

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the following statement about Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki:

“The end of the Obama Administration would be the best thing for our veterans; but, right now, Eric Shinseki should be fired from his post as VA Secretary.

“The death of even one veteran left waiting for medical care is one too many, but sadly we now know that dozens of veterans may have died waiting for an appointment. My office has also been contacted by nursing homes that are being forced to move veterans out of their good care because of new and unnecessary requirements by the Obama Administration. I introduced an amendment to this past week’s National Defense Authorization Act, seeking to stop this removal of veterans from their nursing homes, but that amendment was not ruled in order.

“Earlier this week I voted for the VA Accountability Act, a measure that passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats have not yet allowed a vote on this bill that would at least offer the chance to hold accountable those at the heart of this scandal.

“My immediate concern for the VA scandal is that we get the proper care for our veterans, and I believe we need a new VA Secretary for that to happen. On a more long-term basis, my fear is that we are witnessing a microcosm of where Obamacare is taking our nation’s health care. Expanding government control of your health care decisions, and when you may receive care, is a pathway to the kind of bureaucratic nightmares, long waiting lists, and delayed care that have already cost lives under the VA.”

Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a physician and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana. Read More

Fleming Votes Against USA Freedom Act

2014/05/22

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the following statement after voting against the USA Freedom bill:

“Good intentions are not enough when it comes to protecting the American people from unconstitutional surveillance by their own government. The original version of this legislation, which I cosponsored, contained strong reforms to end the NSA’s indiscriminate collection of Americans’ calling records and internet transactions. But some of those provisions in the initial bill were eliminated at the last minute and new loopholes were created in back-room deals with the White House, and it no longer does enough to stop the large-scale and arbitrary collection of Americans’ records. Under the bill I voted against today, the NSA retains broad latitude to continue domestic spying, without probable cause.

“Meaningful reform of NSA data collection was not accomplished today. The federal government is charged with protecting the American people, and it must do so without yielding such broad authority to the NSA that our constitutional protections are placed in jeopardy.”

Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a physician and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana.
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Louisiana Obamacare Enrollment Numbers Produce More Questions and Serious Concerns

2014/05/01

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the following statement in response to reports on Obamacare enrollments in Louisiana:

“The Obama Administration hopes we won’t look too carefully at its Obamacare enrollment news. That’s because the ‘good news’ the president likes to claim really isn’t all that good. Of the people who enrolled in Louisiana, only 59% paid their first month’s premium, even though the vast number of those enrollees received some form of federal subsidy. Going forward, we don’t know how many are continuing to pay in their second month of coverage. We also don’t know how many of those enrollees had health insurance last year but were kicked off by Obamacare.

“The bottom line is that the net gain of newly insured people is much smaller than the numbers the administration wants you to hear, and there is still a lower number of enrollees who are young. In Louisiana, only 14% of enrollees whose first month was paid are under age 26. Obamacare remains a formula for failure. If many of the newly insured are older and more prone to sickness, as the numbers indicate, they will utilize health care at a high rate, driving up costs for a system that is filled with Obama’s expensive essential benefits and no caps. That doesn’t bode well at all for the cost of health insurance next year.”

Note: A breakdown of Louisianians paying for coverage can be found here.

Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a physician and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana. Read More

Fleming on Louisiana Medicaid Expansion Vote

2014/04/23

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the following statement after the Health and Welfare Committee of the Louisiana State Senate voted against an effort to expand Medicaid in Louisiana:

“Today's vote marks a victory for the hard-working taxpayers of Louisiana. Expanding Medicaid would have cost the state almost $2 billion over ten years, and would have pushed more Louisianians into a broken and inefficient program. Medicaid expansion would demand higher taxes and cuts in other health care programs, much as Obamacare took funds from Medicare to pay for a costly new entitlement. It’s been estimated that expansion would also move 100,000 Louisianians from private health insurance to Medicaid, adding pressure to the health care system, leaving many of those individuals with little more than a card and inadequate access to quality medical care, and ultimately hurting the very people it's supposed to help. Louisiana has wisely pushed back against the Obamacare disaster, and today’s vote proves that we will continue to fight the expansion of a costly government monstrosity that still needs to be repealed.”

Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a physician and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana. Read More

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Washington, DC 20515
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Committee Assignments

Armed Services

Natural Resources

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.


Serving With

Steve Scalise

LOUISIANA's 1st DISTRICT

Charles Boustany

LOUISIANA's 3rd DISTRICT

Vance McAllister

LOUISIANA's 5th DISTRICT

Bill Cassidy

LOUISIANA's 6th DISTRICT

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