Fleming Outlines Necessary Requirements for Iran Nuclear Deal
“Any deal the United States agrees to must ensure minimum requirements concerning the safety of Israel, our allies in the Middle East, and the U.S. are met.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement before the Iran nuclear deal deadline on June 30:
“Although the Administration is eager to strike a deal with Iran, the U.S. must continue to ensure that Iran does not acquire nuclear weapons capability under any circumstance. If we want assurances of Iran’s inability to even consider building a weapon, any negotiated agreement must require that Iran fully dismantle all nuclear infrastructures, including its uranium and plutonium stockpiles. A good deal must grant international inspectors full access to all sites at anytime, including military facilities, to ensure the Iranian government is forthcoming on its nuclear programs. It is also critical that the United States insist on maintaining sanctions until Iran has met all its commitments included in the deal. Any sanctions relief must be gradual with clearly outlined consequences for Iranian disregard or non-compliance.
“While Iran insists its nuclear goals are peaceful, it refuses to 'come clean,' about its ambitions - as Prime Minister Netanyahu told a joint session of Congress in March - and has also been caught twice operating secret facilities. Iran’s Supreme Leader also appears unwilling to comply fully with requirements laid out in a framework deal announced in April between international negotiators.
“Iran must also recognize Israel’s right to exist and any deal U.S. negotiators agree to must ensure that minimum requirements concerning the safety of Israel, our allies in the Middle East, and the U.S. are met now and for future generations."Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to overturn state laws that define marriage as between a man and a woman:
“I am greatly disappointed and disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage today. It’s been proven statistically that children are most successful in life when they are raised in a family with both a mom and a dad. While this is not always possible, I remain a strong defender of traditional marriage knowing it provides the best outcome for families and society.
“Today’s decision endangers the free exercise of religion enshrined in the First Amendment. And because we know the courts can’t always be trusted to carry out the will of the people or the Constitution, we must now work harder to protect businesses, institutions, and organizations that uphold traditional marriage from discrimination or from being forced to violate their conscience. I remain committed to defending these Americans and their institutions from the infringement of their fundamental First Amendment rights of free speech and free exercise of religion."Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled that all Americans are eligible for Obamacare subsidies whether they signed up through a state or federal exchange:
“Today’s King v. Burwell ruling will now become as much of a SCOTUS legacy as President Obama’s, as we witnessed today’s blatant reinterpretation of the words and intent of Obamacare. When the words, “established by the State” can be construed to mean “established by the State or Federal government,” I agree with Justice Scalia that “Words no longer have meaning…."
“President Obama’s health care law was written with the singular intent of forcing all 50 states and the District of Columbia to set up health care exchanges using federal subsidies as the monetary reward. When only 13 states and D.C. followed through, the President had to rework his strategy using his pen and phone to force Americans onto Obamacare health care exchanges.
“It is now up to Congress to get rid of Obamacare, and provide relief to the millions of Americans living under a bad law that has wreaked havoc on our health care system, placing financial burdens on hard working families and small businesses alike. I will continue to vote for the repeal of Obamacare and work with my colleagues on common-sense health care reform that will give all Americans, not just a few, access to quality and affordable health care.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after attending a briefing on Monday, June 8 at the Caddo EOC to receive an update on the Red River flooding:
“While the National Weather Service initially predicted a crest of around 34 feet, it has now been revised to about 37 feet and will continue to remain high throughout the week. It could also take until the end of the summer for the Red River to return to normal levels. So far at least 80 homes have been damaged.
“This is a difficult time for many but I praise the community’s quick response in addressing it. My office will continue to monitor the EOC briefings every day this week and work with the FEMA officials as they arrive to provide assistance.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after USA Today named Natchitoches the best southern town in the country according to readers’ choice.
“We’ve Louisianans have always known Natchitoches was a great small town, but to be named the best small town in the country is lagniappe. From bed and breakfasts full of southern charm, music festivals and of course, it’s famous meat pies, Natchitoches consistently draws people from around the country. Established in 1714, it is also the oldest town in the state and blends Native American, Creole and Louisiana culture with the best of them. I’m proud of the great work local officials have done to make Natchitoches a nationally known ‘best southern town' and am honored to work with them."Read More
Washington, DC – Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after learning that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asked for additional oversight costs, estimated to be $8 million, to dispose of the roughly 15 million pounds of M6 propellant stored in igloos at Camp Minden. The demand for additional oversight costs is delaying the process of hiring a contractor so that disposal can begin.
“The Dialogue Committee and the community as a whole have been working diligently with the EPA to find an alternative solution to open burn. Until recently we thought a contract would be approved within days. At the last minute, the EPA has asked for millions more in oversight costs, on top of the $1.2 million Louisiana has already paid EPA for oversight costs. It is extortion from an agency whose budget this year is $8.1 billion."
"We cannot afford to wait any longer and risk an explosion that could harm both the community and the environment. If it weren’t for this outrageous bait and switch tactic by the EPA, we could have contractors on the ground within weeks beginning work on removal of the dangerous materials. I will insist the EPA rescind its request immediately so that the Guard can move forward as planned. Everyone has acted in good faith these last few months. I won't let the EPA bring it all down now."Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after voting in favor H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization (NDAA) Act for Fiscal Year 2016.
"This NDAA provides our men and women in uniform with the resources they need to protect our country, including a pay raise. The bill strengthens Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base and realigns the Air Force's nuclear enterprise. The bill also includes my amendment to require the Department of Defense to justify its harmful reduction of our Army soldiers stationed at Fort Polk.
“Today’s vote will ensure our troops have the support and resources they need to carry out their missions and protect our nation at home and abroad. While the defense bill passed the House today, it is unfortunate that Nancy Pelosi chose to lead many Democrats to oppose the bill and threaten a government shutdown because they want more money for their non-defense priorities, like welfare and green energy subsidies. With growing security threats that threaten our freedoms, we need to ensure that the federal government meets its first obligation of fully training and equipping our military.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after voting against the Senate-passed Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act:
“With or without the passage of this legislation, Congress retains the prerogative to review any executive agreement, and to pass legislation tightening sanctions on Iran. Today’s vote elevates an international executive agreement to a level higher than that of a treaty—the agreement automatically goes into effect unless two-thirds of both Chambers are unhappy and proactively disapprove of the final nuclear deal. While I appreciate the legislation’s sentiment for a more transparent process, I would respectfully submit that Congress should demand nothing less. The American people deserve to know the full details of the Joint Plan of Action as well as to understand the full impact of any forthcoming nuclear accord.
I remain committed to working with President Obama on stopping Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. I would, however, remind my colleagues of Israeli Prime Minster Netanyahu’s words when he addressed a Joint Session of Congress in March, stating that a ‘deal won’t change Iran for the better, it will only change the Middle East for the worse.’ Any deal that doesn’t end Iran’s nuclear program completely—to protect Israel, our allies in the Middle East and the U.S.—is not a deal I can support.”Read More
Next month Congress has a choice to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, or let it expire. Supporters of the bank claim it is necessary to ensure American companies have access to the financing they need to compete with overseas markets. In reality, theEx-Im Bank is a government-created entity that uses taxpayer dollars to provide corporate welfare. That's why in June I support allowing the bank to expire.
President Franklin Roosevelt created the Export-Import Bank in 1934 to promote U.S. sales overseas by providing loans to foreign entities looking to purchase American goods. The goal was and still is to promote U.S. sales and subsequently, the creation of jobs through subsidized exports.
However, when the government subsidizes an export for one American company, other companies in the same sector don't get the same benefit, likely hurting their sales and most likely, job creation too.
The Ex-Im Bank may help a few American businesses, but only at the expense of hurting others.
In actuality, the bank only serves less than 1 percent of small businesses. More than 60 percent of the bank's finances go to 10 large corporations — companies that do not need taxpayer help. In 2013 one large American company made $90 billion in revenues, yet the Ex-Im Bank helped sell its product to foreign companies by giving them almost $8 billion in financing, all thanks to American taxpayers.
Furthermore, the Ex-Im Bank has come under scrutiny for fraud, waste and abuse. There are currently 31 open fraud investigations against the bank and one indictment. In recent months the bank also has removed or suspended four officials for either receiving gifts or accepting money from companies hoping to get a share of the Ex-Im funding.
It's no surprise that more people believe the bank should be allowed to expire in June, including Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Majority Whip Steve Scalise and the chairmen of every House committee with authority over the Ex-Im reauthorization. The Export-Import Bank cannot be "fixed," either. It must go in its entirety. Congress must take no action to renew its charter or continue its existence.
While foreign countries' purchasing decisions may not favor American businesses, providing low-interest loans to Chinese and Russian state-owned enterprises is not the solution. We must not provide easy opportunities for corruption. Ex-Im picks winners and losers, harming some businesses while helping others.
The best way to truly create a level playing field is through tax reform, increased energy independence and fewer regulations. We should create an environment where everyone has the opportunity to grow, not a select few.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, to protect unborn children from the excruciating pain and certain death of an abortion. The passage of H.R. 36 coincides with the two-year anniversary of the conviction of abortionist Kermit Gosnell known for his grisly practice of delivering live babies and moments later snipping their spines.
“As a family practice physician, it’s been my privilege to welcome many new lives into this world. Every child, born and unborn, is a gift to be celebrated. Today’s legislation builds on what we know about life inside the womb and the pain an unborn child feels at 20 weeks post-fertilization. H.R. 36 protects the lives of pre-born babies in the fifth month of development, babies that we know feel and respond to painful stimuli. I am pleased to be a cosponsor of this legislation which includes much needed protections for both the mother and her baby.”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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What an honor to recognize 2 WWI vets! https://t.co/CW8fhcP5Cg
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More on how ObamaCare has created crony capitalism giving you fewer choices, less coverage and more cost. http://t.co/fVtLmSapxY
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Any Iran deal the US agrees to must ensure minimum requirements are met. http://t.co/q9gLdoUpOG
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SCOTUS finally makes a logical ruling. http://t.co/7IJKoee1fT
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Reaction to today's SCOTUS decision: https://t.co/Em9CmqSvCc
I recently had the great honor of presenting two World War II veterans, brothers Clifford and Ernest Bradley, with flags flown over the Capitol
More on how ObamaCare has created crony capitalism giving you fewer choices, less coverage and more cost. http://www.wsj.com/article_email/how-the-affordable-care-act-is-reducing-competition-1436136236-lMyQjAxMTA1MTA4NjEwMTY1Wj
Greece decides not to agree to austerity to stay in the EU, another step towards bankruptcy. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_GREECE_BAILOUT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-07-05-16-04-15
New York Times: ObamaCare rate increases huge around the country. Says not enough healthy people are signing up and sick are sicker than expected.
Happy Independence Day to all Americans. Enjoy your barbecue and fireworks but never forgot the sacrifice made by men and women since the days