John Fleming

John Fleming


Fleming Supports SAFE Act To Protect Americans


WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act, which pauses the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees until there’s an appropriate security certification process in place. 


“Despite what the President may say, the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut last week and the homemade bomb that recently took out a civilian Russian airliner reinforce the fact that ISIS is not contained. The reality is that this despicable terrorist organization is willing to go to great lengths, including infiltrating the refugee community, to sabotage any country that disagrees with their radical agenda. 


“Today’s vote signifies the need to distinguish between refugees seeking resettlement and terrorists seeking destruction. By greatly strengthening the refugee vetting process by involving the FBI—currently bypassed, relying largely on U.N. information-- we can ensure genuine support for those truly in need, while also judiciously protecting American lives."

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Fleming: What Will the Events in Paris Teach Us?


WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement in light of recent attacks against Paris and Syrian refugees coming to Louisiana: 


“I join with many others in praying for all affected by the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris. We are heartbroken over the loss of innocent lives. The time for words is past. We must act to defeat and destroy ISIS. 


“While we mourn the loss of life, we must work to ensure a similar tragedy is not repeated here. Even as we desire to show compassion to Syrians who have been displaced by civil war and ISIS, we must not allow terrorists to exploit refugee resettlement programs, especially after the Obama Administration recently announced he would bring in 10,000 refugees by next year. According to latest report from the State Department, 14 refugees have already been brought into Louisiana.


“Until the President can certify the backgrounds of all these refugees, we need to find alternative solutions to their problems.  The federal government must protect its citizens first. I will be seizing every opportunity to keep the people of Louisiana and the United States safe.”

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Fleming Fights Government Land Grab


WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after the House Natural Resources subcommittee on Federal Lands held a hearing on H.R. 3342, to provide for the stability of title to certain lands in Louisiana.


Based on the Original Survey for Northern Louisiana from 1842, 230 acres of land along Lake Bistineau were claimed by the State of Louisiana. These lands were transferred to the Bossier Levee district in 1901, and then to private ownership. In 1967, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) conducted a re-survey in which they estimated the level of Lake Bistineau 155 years earlier, when Louisiana joined the Union. BLM’s conclusion was that the Original Survey had drawn the wrong boundary of the lake for its level in 1812 and therefore federal government owned those 230 acres, which contain over 100 homes. However, they did not notify the affected landowners until September 2013, when some of the landowners attempted to lease their mineral rights.



“In this hearing, the BLM made it clear that they felt entitled to privately owned land and mineral rights because of a purported error in their own surveys. The State of Louisiana and the owners of the land have acted in good faith. They should not be forced to buy their land again when the federal government does not own it, and never notified them.


“What is particularly galling is that this Administration routinely runs roughshod over the law or makes new laws—granting Obamacare exemptions, creating executive amnesty, and negotiating treaties with Iran. But when it comes to something so basic and straightforward like land ownership – the Administration refuses to act and is opposed the simplest of fixes from Congress.”

Click the video below to watch BLM’s refusal to answer straight questions. 

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Fleming Applauds Northrop Grumman LRS-B Contract


WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after the U.S. Air Force chose Northrop Grumman to build the new Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B):


“I applaud the Air Force’s decision to move forward with Northrop Grumman to deliver this important capability that will eventually replace components of our nation’s aging bomber force. Overseeing all of the nation’s bomber fleet, Air Force Global Strike Command headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana will play a key role in fielding this aircraft that is critical to our national security. With the ability to penetrate enemy air defenses and strike targets at greater distances than other aircraft, the new bomber will ensure our Air Force can meet its long-range strike and strategic deterrence missions.


"Northrop Grumman also developed the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, leaving the project in experienced and capable hands. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee and founder and co-chairman of the House Long Range Strike Caucus, I have long advocated for the LRS-B program and look forward to continuing to support it throughout its life-cycle.”

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Fleming: Budget Deal Grants White House Demands to Increase Federal Spending


WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after voting against H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015 that will raise the debt ceiling by $1.5 trillion without a plan to curtail federal government spending:


“House and Senate Leadership finished negotiations this week with the White House on a budget deal that gives the President exactly what he demanded: more federal spending. This Bipartisan Budget Agreement unilaterally lifts the debt ceiling, giving the Administration a blank check until the spring of 2017. If that wasn’t enough, the bill also dramatically increases federal spending, completely ignoring budgetary restraints put in place in 2011. Despite the $80 billion increase over two years, the allocation of resources still falls short on equipping the United States Military. Instead of showing support for our troops, this President is holding them hostage.


“Simply stealing from the Social Security Trust Fund to fabricate a rescue of the Social Security Disability Program is irresponsible and dangerous, and merely accelerates the default date of Social Security itself. This country is in dire need of concrete entitlement reform, an element sorely lacking in today’s closed-door deal. 


“Hardworking individuals and families know how to create and stick to a responsible budget; we cannot blame them for expecting the same from their government. This deal is irresponsible and I could not support it.”


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: President Jeopardizing National Security


WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after President Obama vetoed the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fund our nation’s military:


“Despite passing with large, bipartisan majorities in both the Senate and the House and giving the President every dollar he requested for our military, the President vetoed the NDAA because of budget issues outside the contents of the bill: he wants more money to fund politically motivated priorities such as Obamacare, executive amnesty, Planned Parenthood, and green energy subsidies.


“This is unconscionable. The NDAA would ensure our soldiers are equipped to meet increasing national security threats that have resulted from the President's failed foreign policy, like ISIS and Russia. It also strengthens the Air Force’s nuclear enterprise and Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base and helps the Army avoid harmful troop reductions affecting Fort Polk.


“The next step is to override his veto. The Senate has the votes and we are only a handful shy in the House. Now is the time to tell this President that National Defense is a priority.”

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Shreveport Times: Faith-based organizations deliver good deeds


Men and women of faith toil tirelessly behind the scenes to better our community across Louisiana and the country. These generous individuals are the unsung heroes of our time, motivated by love rather than public praise.

Two organizations in Louisiana’s fourth district engaging in such selfless and steadfast work are the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission and the Heart of Hope Ministries. Faith motivates their employees and volunteers alike to help others, advocate for change, and care for those that need it most. These faith-inspired groups are transforming our community, one person at a time.

The Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission has been serving our neighborhoods since 1955. Last year alone it provided more than 136,000 meals, more than 72,000 nights of lodging, and 900 free medical and dental services to more than a thousand homeless men, women and children. The Rescue Mission embodies its core principles, pursuing “the passion of Jesus Christ to lift up the homeless, the hungry, the addicted, and abused.” These religious truths guide the operations at the Mission and are reflected in the words of Executive Director Rev. R. Henry Martin, “We believe God is in the business to provide all of our needs.”

Each person who enters the Mission’s doors is welcomed with physical sustenance: food, clothing and a warm bed. The Mission also offers health care services that may have been long neglected. Once these fundamentals are met, individuals have the opportunity to enter into a Discipleship Training Program where they receive a multitude of classes including financial help, addiction recovery, or spiritual growth.

As the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, it continues to celebrate changed lives. The Mission delights in spiritual and physical rejuvenation. Mission guests find faith and independent living. Everything the Mission does is based on faith.

Similarly, the Shreveport-based Heart of Hope fulfills anther religious calling by providing sanctuary, education, and support to expectant young women and girls.

Executive Director Jodi Burns summed up the Heart of Hope’s lifework: “We wanted these young girls to know they have the support they need to choose the gift of life for their child, even for those that ultimately choose adoption. Parents experience a plethora of feelings ranging from shock to rage because of their teenager’s unplanned pregnancy. Our role is to support the whole family while giving the young women a place to rejoice in giving new life.”

Heart of Hope empowers the women and girls who come to them for help by providing onsite professional counseling, life skills training, and the ability to continue their education with the assistance of a licensed educator and onsite computer classroom.

Neither the Shreveport-Bossier Mission nor Heart of Hope solicit funding from the state or federal government, leaving them truly dependent on faith and good will to accomplish their missions.

It is important to tell these stories of faith. That’s why I am joining with Members of Congress across the country to tell these inspiring stories of how people of faith are making a positive impact on their communities. We’re calling the initiative “Faith it Forward,” and hope it will help unite the nation around celebrating the hope and inspiration that comes from helping others.

To read this at the Shreveport Times, click here. 

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Fleming Votes To Fund Military


WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after voting for H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016.  


“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. The NDAA also strengthens the Air Force’s nuclear enterprise and Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base. I’m proud that it includes my amendment to require the Department of Defense to justify its harmful reduction of our Army soldiers stationed at Fork Polk.


“Despite this bill fully funding our military at the levels requested by the President, it is disappointing that he has vowed to veto the bill because he wants more money for non-defense priorities, like funding Obamacare, executive amnesty and Planned Parenthood. With growing national security threats, we need to ensure the federal government meets its first obligation of fully training and equipping the soldiers who defend our nation.”

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Fleming Votes Against Funding Planned Parenthood


WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after raising fiscal concerns with and voting against a $1 trillion stop-gap measure to temporarily fund the government through December 11. The measure passed with a Democrat majority. 


“Today’s spending bill kicks the can down the road and fails to stop the flow of  taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood, a controversial abortion provider that harvests and sells infant remains; funds the President’s illegal executive amnesty actions; and reduces defense spending below previously agreed to limits. The stop-gap measure also raises non-defense related spending while whittling away support necessary for our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines. We need to stop blindly funding the President’s policies while ensuring that no more taxpayer dollars go toward Planned Parenthood and its grotesque practices. We can and must do better.”



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 Comments on Pope Francis’ Congressional Address


WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after attending Pope Francis’ address to a Joint Session of Congress:   


“I commend Pope Francis’ admonition to protect life and promote the family, and I appreciate his heartfelt compassion for those most vulnerable throughout American society. These are core principles that should unite our country and be reflected in federal policy. The Pope’s plea to address violence and poverty, and to be good stewards of our natural resources is a call to strengthen our resolve to diplomatically approach the political questions of our time.


“The Catholic Church has been a stalwart defender of the rights of the unborn and for religious freedom across the world. It is my hope that we can continue this ongoing dialogue.”

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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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