John Fleming

John Fleming

LOUISIANA's 4th DISTRICT

Fleming Joins as Original Co-sponsor to Bill Reversing President's Dangerous Troop Cuts

2016/02/12

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after joining as an original co-sponsor of a bill introduced by Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) and Mike Turner (R-OH) to end troop cuts for the Army and Marine Corps:

 

“Over the years, President Obama has managed to make devastating cuts to our military, including a reduction of nearly 100,000 Army Active-duty soldiers. Just a few days ago, the President proposed cutting the Army even further and funding our military at $15-23 billion less than what is should be. With ISIS  conducting terrorist attacks against the U.S. homeland and Russia, China, Iran and North Korea all threatening our allies, the President's dismantling of our Army creates an unacceptable risk to our national security. 

 

"Since downsizing began, I have been proud to successfully stand with Fort Polk in preventing some of the major reductions that other Army bases have suffered. Last year, I included legislation in the National Defense Authorization Act to require the Department of Defense to justify these harmful reductions being made at Fort Polk and across the country. I join my colleagues in co-sponsoring this bill that will finally put an end to the President's cuts to our military that threaten Fort Polk and jeopardize the security of the American people. The President has failed to keep our nation safe and it is now up to Congress to ensure we have the military needed to challenge our adversaries."

 

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Fleming: Obama Flunks His Last Budget

2016/02/10

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. made the following statement after the President released his Fiscal year (FY) 2017 Budget:  

 

“Not surprisingly, the President’s $4 trillion budget proposal focuses on expanding the federal government, while forcing hard-working Americans to pay for it. His plan includes vast resources for a Global Climate Change Initiative while underfunding our military. The President has made it clear he cares more about “green energy” than natural security. And instead of cutting back on government overspending, the President proposed increasing the gas tax by $10 per barrel. That’s nearly 25 cents per gallon of gas. Yes, the President expects American families to pay higher prices at the pump to fund his political agenda. 

 

"This was the President’s last chance to offer a common-sense budget that would put America on the right track financially. Instead, we have a multi-trillion dollar budget that adds to our skyrocketing $19 trillion debt. This is not the way to run a county, Mr. President."

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Fleming: Administration Prioritizing Climate Change Above National Security

2016/02/10

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after learning that the Pentagon has ordered combatant commanders to focus on the President's green agenda instead of how best to plan and fight the nation's wars. 

 

“Despite increasing threats around the world, the President has made it clear that he believes climate change – not ISIS, Russia, Iran or North Korea – is our biggest threat to national security. The President is more interested in creating a bureaucracy of climate change boards, councils and working groups within the Department of Defense to micromanage the impacts of military training and weapons buying on the climate. This is not only a waste of time and taxpayer money, but it also puts our country at more risk as the President would rather focus on “going green” than on real, credible threats. I plan to introduce an amendment in the NDAA to address this issue."

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Fleming Supports Israel Through Co-Sponsorships

2016/02/08

 WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after co-sponsoring several pieces of legislation to support Israel and its sovereignty. These new co-sponsorships build upon previous co-sponsorships to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to Israel, and ensure its safety in the Middle East.

 

“I have a growing concern that the Iranian nuclear agreement does not ensure the safety of Israel, our allies in the Middle East, or the United states.  In response, I recently I co-sponsored legislation that protects Israel against attacks from Iran or Palestine, including H. Res 500, pledging support that Israel has the right to defend itself against Iranian hostility, and H. Con Res 96, condemning Palestinian violence against Israel while encouraging cooperation between the two nations.

 

“It is critical to our national interests to continue to foster and strengthen our relationship with Israel. Since it’s founding in 1948, Israel has been one of America’s closest and most important allies. I am honored to have the opportunity to champion policies that advance and strengthen that friendship.”

 

These co-sponsorships build upon several other pieces of pro-Israel legislation including H. Con Res 62, a resolution expressing Congressional support that the American embassy should be relocated to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, and H.R. 2297, the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act, which became law on December 12, 2015.

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Fleming Reacts to North Korean Missile Launch

2016/02/08

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after learning that North Korea launched a missile into space:

 

“This launch is just the latest reminder of growing threats around the world to our security, which unfortunately the President continues to turn a blind eye to.  We need to show North Korea, as well as ISIS, Russia and Iran, that we will not cower when threatened. Last week the House passed stronger sanctions against North Korea, specifically targeting companies that contribute to North Korea’s nuclear program and missile development. However, we also need to ensure our military has the resources needed to deter and challenge aggressor and rogue nations."

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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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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.


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