John Fleming

John Fleming

LOUISIANA's 4th DISTRICT

Fleming Supports Bill to Rein in Iran’s Terror Supporters

2016/02/02

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after voting in support of H.R. 3662, the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act, to prevent the President from offering sanctions relief to any entity unless it’s proven that they are not linked to Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear bomb, or human rights abuses.  Congress will also be given quarterly reports documenting who is seeking or being offered sanctions relief.

 

“While our Administration continues to push forward with a bad nuclear deal, I’m proud to support legislation that will at least prevent the President from offering sanctions relief to any individual, company, or bank with ties to Iran’s terror pursuits, or human rights abuses.

 

“It is frightening that the U.S. has begun lifting sanctions against Iran even as it continues to provoke the United States and promises to erase Israel from a map. Iran must be held accountable for its nuclear and terror ambitions.  This is just one step, but an important step, in ensuring the safety of the United States, Israel and our allies in the Middle East.”

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Fleming Votes to Override President’s Veto

2016/02/02

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after voting to override the President’s veto of H.R. 3762, the Restoring American’s Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act.  The bill will eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, repeal the individual and employer mandates, repeal the medical device and “Cadillac” tax, and reduce the deficit by over $500 billion.

 

“We presented the President with the critical first step in addressing American’s overburdened healthcare system, and yet he chose to reject it.  Today’s vote signifies that that we are not here to play politics though; we are here to work for the American people. It’s time to repeal and replace Obamacare with market based reforms that will give all American access to quality, affordable health care.”

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Fleming: President Obama Misled Congress, Public On Debt Limit Crisis

2016/02/01

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after learning from a Financial Services Committee report that the Obama Administration and Treasury Department conducted exercises during the financial crises of 2011 and 2013 proving that the government could function during a shutdown by prioritizing specific government obligations over others. The Obama Administration hid these findings from Congress and the public. 

 

“The House report says Obama used ‘debt ceiling subterfuge’ to 'maximize pressure on Congress.' In other words, he deliberately lied to create a false crisis. By hiding the fact that the Administration was prioritizing essential government spending programs - such as Social Security, veterans’ benefits, and payments on our debt – and instead saying we're, 'not paying all of our bills on time’ - he knew he was making a false statement.

 

“Time and time again the President has proven he will put his own political interests ahead of the American people. However, his own Administration’s simulations reveal what we’ve known all along: we can make good on our promises without spending away our future to do it."

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Fleming Honors Martin Luther King, Jr.

2016/01/18

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 

"Martin Luther King Jr once famously said, 'Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.' There are few men that have stood up for what mattered, and what was right, more than King. Not only did he believe all men were created equal - and was willing to fight to ensure everyone enjoyed the same rights endowed by our Creator - but he was willing to do so even at a personal cost to himself. King was a man of character, a man of courage, and a man of great faith. I hope you join me in honoring Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy."

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Fleming Sends Letter to Navy Secretary Wanting Details of U.S. Sailors Hostage Situation

2016/01/15

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after sending a letter to Secretary Mabus of the Navy with questions concerning the capture of ten U.S. sailors by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on January 12, 2016.

 

“Photos and video released by the IRGC showing these Navy personnel blindfolded or kneeling on decks with their hands behind their heads, and of a U.S. sailor apologizing to the IRGC, raise serious questions regarding the potential compromise of our national security. The IRGC likely interrogated our servicemen and inspected our military technology on the boat for intelligence. 

 

“While the Administration is still claiming a diplomatic win in the situation, it is a major security blunder and sends the wrong message to Iran. Once again, this President is more interested in protecting Islam than protecting Americans.  In my letter I asked Secretary Mabus to explain the full story, including: Who authorized the decision to surrender the ships to Iranian authorities? Have Navy operations and protocol in the Persian Gulf changed since the nuclear agreement with Iran was finalized? 

 

“The security DNA that most Americans have is distinctly absent in this President."

 

To read the full letter to Secretary Mabus, click here.

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Fleming: Sailor Hostage Situation Latest Obama Coverup?

2016/01/13

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after learning that Iran captured and released 10 U.S. sailors and two U.S. Navy vessels.

 

“The recent incident with our U.S. Navy and IRGC is fraught with unanswered questions. It’s clear the President's desire for a deal with Iran is so absolute that he would do anything to ensure that the deal is completed. The Obama Administration actually believes that the surrender of U.S. sailors is a victory and a sign that the Iran deal is working. Conveniently, he didn’t mention this ‘accomplishment’  in his State of the Union address. Instead, the White House has been downplaying the incident, claiming that there was no hostile intent and that the Americans were treated well, until Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps posted photos of the sailors with blindfolds on, and kneeling on decks with their hands behind their head.  

 

“During the hostage detainment, the IRGC likely interrogated our servicemen and inspected our military technology on the boat for intelligence. 

 

“I plan to send a letter to the Secretary of Navy asking for the full story, including how the Iran nuclear deal has changed our military’s engagement with Iran. The President should be apologizing to the American people, not Iranians, for what happened in the Persian Gulf this week.”

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Fleming Responds to President’s Last SOTU

2016/01/12

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement in response to the President’s final State of the Union address:  

 

“Over the course of the last seven years, we’ve heard the President offer many proposals for the ills that plague us and yet, seven years later we’re still waiting for results. His only “accomplishments” include sidestepping Congress to enact policies to delay Obamacare, grant executive amnesty, take away work requirements for welfare, and undermine the 2nd Amendment.  Instead of uniting America he has divided us with his partisan agenda. And instead of making America feel safer in light of increased terrorist threats, people feel increasingly less safe.

 

“Sadly, according to the President’s own speech, the last 11 months of his time in office will be more of the same, with the addition of an attempt to close Guantanamo Bay and reopen diplomatic communication with Cuba.  For the sake of our country I hope that the President does not make good on his word and instead listens to the American people and work with Congress on solutions. Instead of more partisanship, we need to reform the broken health care system, allow Americans to freely exercise their Constitutional rights, and join the fight against ISIS and radical Islamic terrorism to make our country feel safe again.”

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Fleming Votes To Repeal Obamacare Through Reconciliation

2016/01/06

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after voting for the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, which eliminates federal funding for Planned Parenthood, repeals the individual and employer mandates, repeals the medical device and “Cadillac” tax, and reduces the deficit by over $500 billion.

 

“Since its implementation, Obamacare has been bad medicine for our country, causing rising premiums and restricting access to care.  In addition, it is unacceptable that taxpayers continue to fund the abortion giant, Planned Parenthood, which was caught red-handed harvesting baby parts to increase its revenue stream.

 

“Today’s vote is monumental. Congress has done its part to repeal Obamacare through the budget reconciliation process. The reconciliation bill unravels major portions of Obamacare, and for the first time in history, a bill to repeal it will land on the President desk. Repealing this law is the first step in getting America’s healthcare back on the right track. 

 

“While we can predict what the President will do, today’s vote will require him to squarely face his failed policies and explain to the American people whether he will continue to replace personalized care with an expensive, disruptive, government-run system, or whether he will do the right thing and sign the bill into law. This should be a clear and easy choice, Mr. President."

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Fleming Responds to President’s Plan to Restrict Gun Ownership

2016/01/05

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after President Obama announced plans to further tighten gun control:

 

“The President’s proposed plan on gun control will reach further into our private lives and restrict our Second Amendment rights. The vague nature of the new ATF guidance means that the President could try to arbitrarily classify private gun owners as dealers subject to a high degree of regulation and criminal penalties. 

 

“His plan will also expand on the VA’s misguided ‘guilty-until-proven-innocent’ criteria to restrict gun ownership for Social Security recipients who rely on someone else to handle their finances. I’m proud to cosponsor my colleague Ralph Abraham's (R-LA-5) legislation that protects seniors’ gun rights and ensures that only people who have been adjudicated as mentally defective may be added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

 

"Our hearts are all affected by tragedies such as Sandy Hook or the recent shooting in California. But studies have shown restricting gun rights do not prevent violence – stronger law enforcement does. If we truly want to do the right thing, we must put more criminals behind bars, not waste time infringing upon our Second Amendment rights.”

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Minden-Press Herald | Fleming: Faith It Forward

2015/12/22

Each and every day men and women of faith positively impact our community. These individuals are paying it forward, or more appropriately, are collaborating with a larger network of doers to “Faith it Forward.” The Minden Teen Challenge is one such faith-based organization.

Located in my hometown, Minden Teen Challenge offers hope to teens, pregnant women, and women with young children whose lives are spiraling downward from drug and alcohol addiction and abuse. Director Reverend Andy Jenkins follows the tenants of his Christian faith, believing that the Bible instructs the center to “help the helpless, give hope to the hopeless and rest to the weary, restoration to the broken and Salvation to the lost.” Substance abuse affects every community, and Minden Teen Challenge has responded to the call for help, aiding individuals struggling with addiction and showing them a better life.

While Minden Teen Challenge welcomes teenagers into their programs, they also assist adults and families too. The center’s holistic approach to family invites young mothers and their children into the program. In fact, the current facility can house up to 38 students plus an additional 33 children.

Drug and alcohol addictions continue to be the most common reason for individuals seeking help from the center, although Minden Teen Challenge also provides assistance for other harmful and risky behaviors such as eating disorders, self-inflicted wounds, and sexual promiscuity. The facility offers Teen Challenge students with a safe and controlled environment, separate from the habits and lifestyles of the past. Students also participate in work programs designed to teach a healthy work ethic, responsibility, and self-respect for a job well done. Most important to the center, however, are the religious and faith growth classes where students are taught about spiritual rest, hope, and a renewed life.

The Minden Teen Challenge is unique to Minden and yet part of a web of Teen Challenge Centers throughout Louisiana, around the nation, and even worldwide. I am grateful for the life changing impact the Center is having on each and every student, and commend the center’s faith-founded mission to “Faith it Forward.”

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2777
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fleming.house.gov

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

Ralph Abraham

LOUISIANA's 5th DISTRICT

Garret Graves

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