John Fleming

John Fleming

LOUISIANA's 4th DISTRICT

Fleming Votes to Fix Broken Tax Code, Rein in IRS Abuses

2015/04/16

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Americans rushed to file their taxes this week, the House passed a number of bills to fix the broken tax code and rein in abuse at the agency in charge of overseeing it.

 

Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act:

 

“Often family owned businesses and farms don’t survive from one generation to the next because of the inflated rates of the estate tax, also known as the death tax.  I was pleased to support this repeal bill so that hard working American families are no longer forced to break up or sell family land to pay the IRS."

 

Rep. Fleming also voted in support of H.R. 622, the State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act, to allow the American taxpayer to decide whether to deduct state and local sales taxes, or state and local income taxes when filing federal taxes. 

 

Earlier this week, the House passed several pieces of legislation to rein in abuses at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), especially in light of the unfair targeting against select groups of taxpayers.

    

Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans 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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Minden Press Herald | Fleming: Tax code in need of change

2015/04/15

Together, we spend over 6 million hours and more than $220 billion filing our taxes each year– whether that’s paying an accountant or purchasing tax software. Many have asked why the system is so confusing and expensive in the first place. In government’s endless quest to manipulate our behavior and redistribute wealth, we’ve ended up with a tax system that doesn’t end up working for anyone.

Our tax code is one of the most complicated in the world. Its 70,000 pages are full of regulations and loopholes that hurt our economy and take money from families and small businesses to give to special interests.

Small business owners are often forced to make decisions based on the tax code – such as the employer mandate under Obamacare – rather the ones that would grow their company and create new jobs. If only they could keep more of their own money, they could buy new equipment, hire more workers, or even give raises.

And while our tax code is greatly in need of change, so is the agency that oversees it. The lack of accountability and transparency at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is not only troubling – it is an abuse of power. Last year we found out the IRS targeted conservative-leaning groups. The head of the IRS has also announced that it will do its part in implementing President Obama’s lawless amnesty by making thousands of dollars in payments to illegal aliens.

It’s time to radically alter the tax code and the IRS. We can do both by making the tax code far simpler and fairer. Chairman Paul Ryan of the House Ways and Means committee will soon be putting forth the House Republican proposal. In addition, I have re-introduced my bi-partisan bill, H.R 1397, the Seniors’ Tax Simplification Act, which would make filing for seniors dramatically simpler and quicker.

Lastly, we must repeal Obamacare. When fully implemented, Obamacare will impose a total of around 20 new taxes on families and small businesses. This March I, along with my colleagues in the House helped pass a budget to repeal the law in its entirety, including all regulations, mandates and taxes.

I will continue working hard to reform our broken tax code and make the process easier, cheaper and less confusing for all. We need a tax code that works for everyone.

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Rep Fleming Praises Senate’s Confirmation of Gen. Rand as Head of Air Force Global Strike

2015/03/30

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the below statement following the Senate’s recent confirmation of General Robin Rand as the first four-star general of Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base. General Rand has commanded at all levels of the Air Force and his experience has intersected across all aspects of the nuclear arena. 

 

“I am pleased the Senate confirmed General Robin Rand as Barksdale’s new Commander.  His appointment demonstrates that the Air Force is serious about refocusing its attention on our nation’s nuclear arsenal and bomber fleet, after years of neglect.  I look forward to his strong leadership and working together to ensure  our nation's most critical mission, the nuclear enterprise, remains a top priority through adequate resources and staffing. "

 

Raising the stature of Global Strike to a four-star command will provide Barksdale a stronger voice at the table in advocating for the mission, resources, and the airmen at our base. The additional leverage that a four-star command provides will align more Air Force functions under Global Strike, bringing more Air Force personnel and ultimately more economic growth to the Shreveport-Bossier region.  

 

The Defense Department announced General Robin Rand’s nomination in February.

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Fleming Votes For Bipartisan Medicare Reform Bill

2015/03/26

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, to permanently repeal Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). H.R.2 also provides initial reforms to address the broken Medicare system. 

“After years of temporary patches, I am pleased with the outcome of today’s vote.  This legislation offers stability to physicians and begins the critical process of ensuring that Medicare remains available for tomorrow’s beneficiaries.  Repealing the flawed SGR formula will require an honest assessment as to the actual cost of Medicare. Today’s vote also encourages physicians to continue seeing Medicare patients and inaugurates Medicare reforms, such as means-testing for higher income beneficiaries and changing first dollar coverage in Medigap plans."  

Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans 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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Fleming: GAO Report Confirms Abortion Advocacy Groups Receive Federal Funding

2015/03/25

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the statement below following the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) report showing that six abortion advocacy groups received $481 million in federal funding between 2010 and 2012, and about $1.2 billion in additional shared federal and state funds. Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America received the bulk of this funding. 
 
“Planned Parenthood performs almost 900 abortions each day, making up 94 percent of the three pregnancy services they claim to provide. Meanwhile, prenatal care and adoption referrals only account for around 6 percent. These groups are not here to support women; they are here to provide abortions and the public deserves to know this. Abortion has and always will be the taking of an innocent human life and no one should be forced to pay for abortion services through their tax dollars.
 
Background:
 
·       Congressman Fleming and 72 members of Congress requested the GAO provide a report on the amount of federal funding abortion advocacy groups receive each year.

·       The six groups that received funding include: the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), the Population Council, International Planned Parenthood Federation of America (IPPFA), Guttmacher Institute, Advocates for Youth, and Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States.

·       Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) received a majority of this funding, $1.5 billion or around $500 million each year.

·       In January 2015 Congressman Fleming voted for the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act to ensure that people who purchased Obamacare health insurance plans were fully informed whether their premiums would fund abortion services.
 
  
Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans 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 for House GOP Budget to Balance Budget and Fund Military

2015/03/25

Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after voting in favor of the House GOP Budget today to establish the budget for fiscal year 2016:
 
“This budget provides a fiscally sound path forward for our country; my vote today supports this new direction. I voted for the House GOP budget because it’s a strong plan that will balance the budget in less than 10 years, cut $5.5 trillion in spending and repeal Obamacare – including all taxes, regulations and mandates.  Additionally, the budget will fully support the military, providing up to $619 billion (includes Overseas Contingencies Operations funds) to pay for troop training, equipment and compensation.
 
“I was pleased that the GOP budget included my request to repeal Obamacare through budget reconciliation, as stated in a letter I sent earlier this year to House Leadership.”
  
Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans 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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Fleming and Graham Introduce the Bipartisan Seniors' Tax Simplification

2015/03/18

Congressmen John Fleming, M.D., (R-LA) and Gwen Graham (D-FL) introduced H.R. 1397, the Seniors' Tax Simplification Act to allow for a new simplified tax form for seniors.
 
“The Seniors' Tax Simplification Act is a common-sense, bipartisan and long overdue piece of legislation. I’m delighted to re-introduce it and look forward to its passage,” said Congressman Fleming after its introduction.
 
Under current law, seniors who collect Social Security aren’t able to file a 1040EZ and are forced to file more complicated tax forms – even though their finances are often simple. The Seniors' Tax Simplification Act would create one simple form, the 1040SR, for seniors who may receive the majority of their income through social security benefits. The bill would also lower the cost of compliance.
 
“No one looks forward to tax season, and it’s time we make the process a little simpler – especially for our nation’s seniors,” added Congressman Fleming.
 
“Government should be in the business of helping people, not making their lives harder,” Rep. Graham said. “I’m proud to be the lead cosponsor on this bipartisan legislation that will make it easier for seniors across the country to file their taxes.”
 
This legislation has been endorsed by the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC), the 60 Plus Association and the National Taxpayers Union (NTU).
  
Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans 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 “No” on Bill to Fund President’s Amnesty

2015/03/03

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., issued the following statement after voting against the Senate amendment to H.R. 240, a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through September 30, 2015:

"Today we voted on a bill that fully funds the President’s Executive Memos granting work permits and Social Security cards to illegal immigrants. I strongly opposed this bill because it condones unlawful, unconstitutional behavior by President Obama and sends the message that our borders and social welfare programs are open to all comers.

I will continue to oppose amnesty. The people of Louisiana have made it clear they want executive amnesty defunded. Congress must defend the Constitution. We cannot wait for the courts on such a crucial issue.”

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 to Repeal Obamacare

2015/02/02

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., issued the following statement after voting for H.R. 596, a bill To Repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
 
“I am working to make today’s vote the first step toward restoring real choice to people’s health care. The president’s signature law has cost people their policies and physicians, has driven up health insurance premiums and deductibles, and has even forced some businesses to cut hours for some of their employees. Today the House voted to stand with the American people, who overwhelmingly disapprove of Obamacare, and next month the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge that could lead to the demise of Obamacare. In addition, I’m gathering signatures for a letter to Speaker Boehner calling on him to use a process that would prevent Senate Democrats from blocking a repeal vote. These are all important steps in getting us to a place where we can finally end Obamacare, address health care costs, and restore patient-centered health care.”
 
Note: The Obamacare repeal bill passed the House today by a vote of 239-186.
 
Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans, 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 for Efficient Approvals of LNG Export Facilities

2015/01/28

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., issued the following statement after voting for H.R. 351, the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act:
 
“It’s time to cut the federal red tape that’s holding back our exportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG). There’s a backlog of LNG export project applications that are stalled by Department of Energy (DOE) bureaucrats. Today the House voted to force DOE to do its job and make decisions. An estimated 45,000 jobs hang in the balance with the construction of new projects that are awaiting approval. For the good of our economy and our energy independence, the Senate and President Obama need to move this common sense bill into law quickly.”
 
Note: The bill, which would expedite the approval of LNG export projects, passed the House with bipartisan support, by a vote of 277-133.
 
Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans, 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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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.


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