WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after sending a letter to Speaker John Boehner requesting the House consider legislation to defund Planned Parenthood the week of July 27, 2015:
“We can no longer wait to take action against Planned Parenthood. This is not the first time undercover footage has revealed the clandestine practices of America’s largest abortion practice, and it probably won’t be the last. Taxpayers have every right to insist that Congress stop sending their tax money to a group that so depravedly violates the American people's conscience on the sanctity of life. Planned Parenthood performs nearly 40% of this nation’s abortions every year. They deny the very humanity of the unborn child in their clinic and then turn around and sell its remains because of that humanity and value. Congress needs to act, and act now, saying that these values are wrong for our nation and won’t be subsidized by the taxpayer any longer."
Just this afternoon, Senator McConnell announced that he’s fast-tracking legislation to defund Planned Parenthood.
Fifty-five members of Congress signed on to the letter. To read it, click here.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after co-sponsoring H. Con. Res 62, a resolution expressing Congressional support that the American embassy should be relocated to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.
“I fully support this resolution to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s true capital. The fact that the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act has yet to be implemented by a president is unacceptable. U.S diplomatic policy is nearly universal that American embassies are located in a country’s capital, with the exception Israel, our greatest ally in the Middle East. It’s time we moved our embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem and remained consistent in our treatment of embassies."Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after the U.S. agreed to a nuclear agreement with Iran:
“Today the Administration announced a nuclear deal with Iran, one of the most dangerous countries in the world and an exporter of state sponsored terrorism. Supporters of the deal are rejoicing that we will delay Iran’s nuclear ambitions for 10 years. Delaying a nuclear arms race for a mere decade, however, is not a reason to rejoice. I fear that the deal made concessions in every area necessary to prevent Iran from developing and detonating a nuclear weapon.
“I am also deeply concerned that Secretary Kerry agreed to lift ballistic missile restrictions in eight years, and opened the door to removing conventional arms sales within five years or less. Iran and its proxies like Hezbollah will train their new weapons on our ally Israel and eventually us. Secretary Kerry has failed the United States and Israel, and given Iran an incomprehensible win.
“The U.S. was too eager to strike a deal for its own praise. Despite the President’s veto threat, every detail of this agreement will be scrubbed by Congress. It is vitally important that this 100-page deal includes nothing less than the long-term safety of the U.S., Israel and our allies in the Middle East.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after watching undercover footage that showed the Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s (PPFA) senior director of Medical Services discussing the harvesting and selling of baby body parts:
“Today’s revelation that PPFA is complicit in harvesting human body parts—the trafficking of unborn children—shows a deliberate conspiracy involving money for baby parts. This adds to the list of Planned Parenthood’s unfathomable practices of abortion marketing. It is an outrage that taxpayer dollars continue to flow to this organization of death. It’s time Congress finally put a stop to that and passes H.R. 217, the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act."
Background: The undercover video was released by the Center for Medical Progress after an almost 3-year investigation of Planned Parenthood selling aborted baby parts.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after introducing H.R. 3006, the HSA Health Care Choices Act.
“Health Savings Accounts encourage individuals to plan and save for future health care costs and are a key aspect of patient-centered, market-based care. HSAs synthesize friendly tax policy with patient-centered care enabling account holders to make individualized health care decisions. The HSA Health Care Choices Act builds upon over a decade of HSA policy by expanding the versatility of HSAs. My legislation also repeals several Obamacare provisions hampering tax-advantaged health accounts."
“I am proud of this legislation and hope to see it up for a vote soon. It’s time we replaced the failed experiment of Obamacare with common-sense health reforms that will give all Americans access to quality and affordable health care.”
Specifically, the legislation:
· Increases the maximum contribution limit to an HSA and delinks the connection between high deductible health plans and HSAs;
· Allows an HSA to be used to purchase health insurance premiums; over-the-counter medications; and pre-paid physician fees;
· Permits HSAs to be passed on to future generations as a tax-exempt account, and enables a beneficiary to pay for another’s medical expenses using an HSA;
· Repeals Obamacare contribution limitations on Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) as well as the added Obamacare HSA tax.
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after voting against H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act:
“While the 21st Century Cures Act is long overdue – we need to make finding cures a priority – it also comes with some major budgetary concerns. Instead of eliminating wasteful spending, the Cures Act piles on mandatory spending, taking a step backwards from bringing our budget under control.
“My biggest concern is that with the creation of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Cures Innovation fund, this legislation makes annual spending mandatory instead of discretionary, bypassing caps on federal expenditures. Critical sections of our government – including the NIH, Federal Drug Administration (FDA), our nation’s defense and homeland security – are subject to spending cuts under the Budget Control Act. And yet, we are doing nothing to put caps on a new program, which is under an agency with a proven record of wasteful spending. Last year we learned the NIH is spending $3.2 million to get monkeys drunk and study the long-term affects on their body tissue. Surely we could have reallocated resources from this or an equally outrageous program to fund cures for diseases.
“I voted for Rep. Brat’s amendment that would have reverted the NIH Innovation Fund back to discretionary spending as it was originally intended. Unfortunately, this amendment failed. As a physician for over 40 years, I understand how vitally important it is to find cures for today’s diseases. However, I believe we need to pursue that worthy goal without adding to the deficit or creating a new stream of taxpayer dollars.”Read More
On June 25, the Supreme Court ruled the IRS has the authority under the president’s health care law to financially support individuals purchasing health insurance through federally operated exchanges. The text of the Affordable Care Act, however, clearly states that subsidies were singularly intended for people who received insurance through a state owned and operated exchange. The court’s ruling is a familiar SCOTUS maneuver to yet again salvage Obamacare by rewriting the law.
As physicians who have collectively spent more than 70 years caring for patients, we know firsthand that the Affordable Care Act has changed health care in America — and not for the better. President Barack Obama’s oft-stated goals were to lower costs and expand access to care, but mounting evidence shows the law falls markedly short in both regards.
While the Supreme Court’s King v. Burwell ruling is a political victory for the president, it is an unparalleled defeat for the rule of law, and another devastating blow for struggling families. Obamacare is still broken beyond repair — despite the high court’s reprieve. As premiums continue to rise and out-of-pocket costs limit families’ access to care, the only thing bipartisan about this law is its growing opposition.
In June, the Obama administration released health insurance premium rate requests for 2016. Neither of us were surprised to see many insurers have proposed double digit rate hikes, with a 36 percent increase in premiums expected in Tennessee and a median increase of 18 percent expected in Louisiana, with some plans increasing by as much as 55 percent. Most insurers pointed fingers at the rising cost of health care, prescription drugs and technology as culprits for these escalating costs.
Rather than drive the cost of health care down, Obamacare’s essential benefits package and insurance rating rules are driving the cost up. Despite the president’s promise to lower individual expenditures for care in this country, his signature law has only made a bad problem worse.
There is no shortage of Republican ideas to expand access to health insurance and lower the cost of health care. As co-chairmen of the GOP Doctors Caucus, we regularly meet with Republican colleagues, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in Congress to discuss legislative approaches to advancing real health care reform in this country. Sadly, when the president and Democrats in Congress pushed through the Affordable Care Act in 2010, none of us were even asked about our experiences in the health care industry — despite our efforts to offer amendments and move toward bipartisan health care reform.
As families and employers struggle under the unsustainable burdens of Obamacare, Republicans must take their vision and ideas for health care reform to the American people. The president’s health care law is not the only option for health care reform. Both of us came to Congress, in part, to address a growing disease within the American health care system. Yet, neither of us were welcomed into the diagnostic or recovery phase.
We’ve seen how hard, bipartisan work can change health care for the better. Just this year, Republicans and Democrats united to change the way Medicare pays physicians, preserving access to Medicare for seniors. The same should happen with health care reform. A one-sided approach will only lead to another disaster like Obamacare, and the American people deserve better.
This piece originally appeared in Roll Call.
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. responds to the U.S. Army’s announcement that it will cut 388 troops from Fort Polk as part of its plan to trim its ranks by 40,000 over the next two years due to the President’s sequestration and military drawdown:
“Today’s announcement could have been much worse, in light of the President’s plan to reduce our military and strength by 40,000 troops. Retaining the 3/10 Brigade at Fort Polk is a win for Louisiana in the midst of devastating cuts by President Obama. While Fort Polk will be losing almost 400 soldiers, the cuts could have been in the thousands, mirroring the impact to other bases around the country. The support from Louisiana's local communities along with state and federal officials no doubt played a significant role convincing Army leaders of the value of Fort Polk.
“However, the President's plan to cut the military is far from finished. I, along with many of my Congressional colleagues, have been working to prevent these cuts. Unfortunately, even though both Senator Vitter and I offered amendments to preserve the current Army troop strength during consideration of this year's National Defense Authorization Act, we only could garner one Democrat vote.
"The Middle East is falling apart due to the President's premature withdrawal from Iraq and Russian aggression is on the rise even as we are reducing our Army forces in Europe. I will continue to advocate not just for growing Fort Polk, but also for strengthening our entire Army. Our national security depends on it.”Read More
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
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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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Praying for the victims and families involved in the #LafayetteShooting.
Dem comes out strongly against Iran deal. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/08/03/brad-sherman-california-democrat-iran-deal-is-terrorism-without-impunity/
Americans are 2:1 against the Iran deal. The problem is that it will take a 2/3rds vote by Congress to defeat it. http://thehill.com/policy/international/250049-poll-americans-oppose-iran-deal-2-1
Will Sen. Schumer protect Israel or the Democratic party? http://www.politico.com/story/2015/08/schumer-nuclear-iran-deal-new-york-democrat-120912.html?hp=t1_r
Needham: most conservatives are sick of the GOP. http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/250027-heritage-action-ceo-conservatives-sick-of-the-gop
Remember Obama's deferred action on illegal children, a supposed "kind-hearted" action for children? Here is an example of that effort. http://www.breitbart.com/california/2015/08/01/the-changes-you-made-will-be-lost-if-you-navigate-away-from-this-page-are-you-sure-you-want-to-leave-this-page/