John Fleming

John Fleming

LOUISIANA's 4th DISTRICT

Fleming on Obama’s Latest Claim

2014/04/02

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the following statement about the Obamacare enrollment figures:

“We’ve now seen the Obamacare formula for success: Cancel the policies of millions of Americans and force them into Obamacare exchanges, dramatically expand Medicaid and its costs, spend millions of tax dollars on subsidies to pay for costly Obamacare insurance, and give new signups three months to pay for their health insurance or decide to not pay anything at all; then claim that they turned the supposed 46 million uninsured President Obama spoke of in 2009 into 7.1 million new Obamacare enrollees, and call it all a victory. That is the supposed success President Obama is touting. That’s more made up than a bestselling fiction novel.

“Mr. President, you’re the only guy canceling people’s health insurance; not one Republican has taken away anyone’s health care. Instead, you’ve used the coercion of the IRS and the federal government to force people into Obamacare and then say it’s a success, and that the ‘debate is over.’ It is far from over, Mr. President. America is waking up to your falsehoods and the hubris of 7 million new people in Obamacare is just another verse from your ‘You can keep your doctor’ tune."

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 on Obama’s Latest Military Cuts

2014/02/24

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the following statement following the announcement of proposed cuts in defense spending by the Secretary of Defense:

“Louisianians frequently ask me: ‘Why does it seem like the military is almost always the first to get hit with spending cuts?’ With all of the waste in federal spending, with the desperate need for reform in entitlement spending, and with Obamacare now projected to cost $2 trillion over ten years, why is it that President Obama and Washington Democrats see the Defense Department as their go-to agency for spending cuts? Our men and women in uniform and the security of the American people seem to take the hardest hits whenever this president talks about reductions in spending.

“The Obama Administration has been shameless in slashing our national defense. This new proposal would leave us with the smallest Army since just before the buildup for World War II, and dangerously close to a level that military generals have warned is too low. Those who remain in the military would see lower housing allowances and higher health care costs. The Obama plan would also cut an Air Force fleet and an aircraft carrier, and his leadership at the Pentagon is urging Congress to institute another round of BRAC because of the cuts.

“The primary Constitutional responsibility of the President of the United States and the U.S. Congress is to protect our nation. This president may not take that job seriously, but I do, and I will continue to fight against his slashing of our forces and their capabilities, and work to protect our men and women in uniform and their families.”

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 Applauds New Technology Center and New Jobs to Bossier City

2014/02/18

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the following statement after speaking at a press conference today in Bossier City, where it was announced that the company CSC would establish a new technology center at the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City:

“When a global firm like CSC settles on Bossier City, after considering 134 sites across the country for its new technology center, it’s clear that we are doing something right in northwest Louisiana. CSC has 80,000 IT professionals serving clients in more than 70 countries, and now some of their newest employees will call our area home.

“I am proud of the work of the Cyber Innovation Center. The CIC has established top-notch facilities and has developed programs to equip area high school and college students for STEM careers that will benefit generations to come.

“Today’s announcement is an example of a public-private partnership that will produce dividends for Bossier Parish and the surrounding area. At a time when government agencies are rightfully criticized for throwing money at programs with little, if any, tangible returns, this joint effort by the state of Louisiana, Bossier Parish, and a successful private firm offers a lesson in how government can actually stimulate the creation of good-paying jobs.”

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 on Obama’s Economic Failures

2014/02/18

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the following statement following the 5-year anniversary of President Obama signing his stimulus bill into law:

“It certainly didn’t take five years to find out that the Obama stimulus plan of 2009 was a failure, at a cost of nearly a trillion dollars. In January of 2009, when I voted against it, I said the Obama stimulus would fail at meaningful job creation and would increase the debt. We now know that it increased budget deficits by a staggering $830 billion, and that the real unemployment has remained in double digits. Remember those White House promises that the stimulus would boost the economy, stimulate the creation of millions of jobs, and lift millions of people out of poverty? Instead, poverty has worsened, the economic recovery has dragged, and the unemployment rate is nearly 11%, accounting for all of the discouraged people who’ve dropped out of the workforce and the millions who can’t find full-time work.

“We should not be content with this ‘new normal’ under President Obama. If the president wants to improve his abysmal record on jobs, he could start by approving the Keystone pipeline project. Getting serious about tax reform, cutting back on the unending creation of new federal regulations, and reducing the size of government would all be positive steps that would unleash the private sector and restore economic growth.”

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 Against Debt Ceiling Increase

2014/02/11

Congressman John Fleming, M.D. (LA-4) issued the following statement after voting today against a bill that would raise the debt ceiling on federal spending, allowing the national debt to rise until March 2015:

“Every debt ceiling vote is a reminder that President Obama and Washington liberals steadfastly refuse to negotiate the entitlement reform and spending cuts that my constituents want to see. The president’s policies have stifled economic recovery, cost jobs, and increased our national debt by more than $6 trillion, and while he claims that our deficits are down, the truth is that CBO projects annual deficits for the next two years will be larger than any previous administration. Raising the debt ceiling only assures an added burden to future generations. It’s time for Washington Democrats to finally cooperate and work toward a solution, not simply vote to make the problem worse.”

Note: Although Rep. Fleming voted “No,” the debt ceiling measure passed the House by a vote of 221 to 201.

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.
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Fleming Votes for Ban on Taxpayer-Funding of Abortion

2014/01/28

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the following statement after voting for the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, which passed the House of Representatives today on a bipartisan vote of 227 to 188:

“This issue is clear; no American should be forced to pay for abortion services. Abortion is the taking of an innocent human life, and the government should not be funding it with your tax dollars. That has been the long-standing policy of the federal government, but everything changed with Obamacare and the accounting gimmicks it used to pave the way for public funding of abortion. The measure we sent to the Senate today would prevent taxpayer funding for abortion and ensure that purchasers of Obamacare health insurance plans will be fully informed about whether their premiums will fund abortion services.”

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 Responds to State of the Union

2014/01/28

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the following statement in response to tonight’s State of the Union speech:

“At the start of his presidency, this president had control of the White House and Congress, and what did he give us? Obamacare and historic deficits. Obamacare has produced a string of broken promises, canceled insurance policies, and skyrocketing health care costs. Our national debt is now $17.2 trillion, that’s $6.5 trillion higher than when he took office. And now the president, lacking control of the House of Representatives, is vowing to skirt congressional authority and enact more bad policies unilaterally.

“Mr. President, put down your pen and tell Senate Democrats to pass some of the dozens of bills that House Republicans have sent over that would spur the economy by cutting job-crushing regulations. Stop playing politics with the Keystone pipeline and finally approve this project that will create thousands of jobs. While you’re at it, let’s have an adult conversation about real entitlement reform so we can finally stop adding to the debt burden on future generations. And as for immigration reform, it’s a non-starter as long as you continue to give us no reason to trust that you would actually enforce even common sense bills aimed at securing our borders.

“Instead of plotting ways to make end runs around Congress, it ought to be time for the President to listen to some of our ideas and work with us on a path forward that will restore people’s hope in the American dream.”

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 and Pitts on Obama Administration Decision on Utah Marriages

2014/01/10

Congressman John Fleming, M.D. (LA-04), and Congressman Joe Pitts (PA-16), co-chairs of the House Values Action Team, released the following statements in response to the announcement today that the U.S. Justice Department will ignore Utah’s marriage law and recognize same-sex marriages performed prior to the U.S. Supreme Court stay:

Congressman Fleming:
“This is another example of the Obama Administration’s disrespect for the rule of the law. Attorney General Eric Holder has sided with an Obama-nominated federal judge to overrule the will of the people of Utah and force the recognition of same-sex marriage. “States must be permitted to not recognize same-sex marriage, if they so choose, without being trampled on by federal courts and the Obama Administration. I will continue to work for passage of legislation to ensure that states are protected against the overreach of the federal government in this crucial area.”

Congressman Pitts:
“I am shocked that the Justice Department would act so quickly to undermine Utah’s constitutional amendment that recognizes marriage as the union of one man and one woman. This is just the type of legal chaos that Justice Scalia warned about in his dissent in Windsor vs. U.S. “While I disagreed with the majority decision, it still clearly set limits on the government’s power to use a federal definition of marriage to meddle in state decisions on marriage. The administration should have allowed the court to rule before making this decision.”

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 on Obama Making More Changes to Obamacare

2013/12/20

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the following statement after the Obama Administration announced the latest changes to Obamacare:

“Republicans warned of severe impending problems for Obamacare, but President Obama responded, ‘It is settled, and it is here to stay.’ Clearly, he meant to say it’s only settled for opponents of Obamacare, because the Obama Administration itself continues to change the law unilaterally, in whatever way best suits its own interests. This week the administration delayed sign-up and payment deadlines, and put off the individual mandate for the millions who’ve had their policies canceled. These changes were necessitated by the law’s inherent flaws, which many of us had predicted throughout the last three years. But, instead of being honest about his signature law, President Obama stubbornly shut down the government and pushed forward with it, forcing policy cancellations and dramatically higher rates for consumers. Now the American people are paying the price, while the Obama Administration continues vainly trying to postpone the disastrous effects of Obamacare on our economy and our health care system.”

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 on New Pick to Oversee Healthcare.Gov

2013/12/18

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the following statement after the White House announced the appointment of a former Microsoft executive to oversee the healthcare.gov website:

“When you're in way over your head, it's OK to ask for help. That's what the Obama Administration has done by bringing in a former Microsoft executive. It's an admission that government bureaucrats were incapable of standing up and running the Obamacare website. That should be a lesson. If they couldn't handle the website, is there really any chance that Obamacare itself will be successful?

“The ‘management advice' that Kurt DelBene should give President Obama is to scrap all of Obamacare. Putting health care under government control, and then calling in the private sector to try to fix the mess that results, is not the way to go. Millions of Americans no longer care about the functionality of the website when they’ve lost health care coverage they liked, or are getting sticker shock from Obamacare’s soaring premiums, higher deductibles and increased out-of-pocket expenses. It’s time to address the real and serious problems of Obamacare.”

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

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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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