WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after voting against H.R. 5055, the Energy and Water Appropriations Act because of bloated spending and the attack on religious liberties.
“America’s debt is crippling our future. Instead of cutting up our credit cards, today’s atrocious Energy and Water bill raises spending by 23% compared to FY2014 and affirms the past Boehner budget. You know Congress isn’t serious about addressing our over-spending problem when we can’t even pass a modest amendment to trim 1% from the $37.4 billion mega bill. It is astounding that 80 Republicans joined nearly all the Democrats in voting against this common-sense amendment. As a result, the amendment failed.
"Today’s bill also incorporated an amendment codifying the Obama Administration’s transgenderism agenda. The Maloney (D-NY) amendment demands that faith-based organizations, if they want to continue partnering with the federal government, abandon their missions and their cherished beliefs and adopt the government’s viewpoint on social issues. This is antithetical to religious freedom. Americans—not the feds in Washington—possess the intrinsic right decide on matters of faith and deeply-held beliefs. The First Amendment enshrined this right in the highest law of the land, and decades of civil rights statues reinforce non-discrimination protections for faith-based organizations.
"Religious ministries providing services to vulnerable women, children, veterans, the homeless, refugees and prisoners, should remain free to hire employees who identify with the core mission and deeply-held beliefs of their ministry.
“The bill’s bloated spending combined with its attack on faith-based organizations made this one of the worst bills this Congress has put forward."Read More
Last week the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fully fund our military. The passage of this bill in the House, fittingly, coincides with National Appreciation Month, the Month Congress set aside in 1999 to collectively thank those who have served our nation. Under the Constitution, one of the fundamental functions of the federal government is to provide sufficient funding for the common defense. The men and women that continue to serve on the battlefields need to know that their needs will be met.
While the President continues trying to reduce our troop numbers, I was proud to yet again vote for an NDAA that fully supports our military and its mission to defend our country. Unfortunately, while our military’s resources have been declining, threats against us have increased. Our military needs to be prepared to not only face these threats to protect the American people.
Additionally, I was pleased that the legislation reverses troop cuts by increasing active-duty Army by 5,000 soldiers. Louisiana’s 4th Congressional district enjoys a long history of supporting our nation’s Armed Forces, and is also home to Barksdale Air Force Base, Fort Polk/Joint Readiness Training Center and Camp Minden National Guard Training Site. As a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have been proud to prevent some of the major reductions other military installations around the country have suffered and will continue to fight for high troop levels and expanded mission sets.
Equally as important as funding our military to show our appreciation is ensuring that the thousands of military families here at home are receiving the very best support and benefits. We can only begin to repay our service members and their loves ones for their contributions, which is why this year’s NDAA also included a pay raise for our troops, a move the President has denied the last three years. Having served six years as a physician in the United States Navy, I have a strong personal appreciation for the sacrifices of our nation’s military and veterans who chose to answer the call to serve.
There is no one we owe a greater debt of gratitude to than the men and women who bravely fought for our freedom.Read More
Although our nation’s military men and women deserve to be thanked every day, in 1999, Congress set aside May as the National Military Appreciation Month to collectively thank those that have served our nation - past and present.
Having served six years as a physician in the United States Navy, I have a strong personal appreciation for the sacrifices of our nation’s military and veterans who chose to answer the call to serve. There is no one we owe a greater debt of gratitude to than the men and women who bravely fought for our freedom.
One of the tangible ways we can show appreciation for our troops is by providing sufficient funding for the common defense, one of the few fundamental functions of the federal government under the Constitution. The men and women that continue to serve on the battlefields need to know that their needs will be met. Equally as important is ensuring that the thousands of military families here at home are receiving the very best support and benefits. We can only begin to repay our service members and their loves ones for their contributions.
Louisiana’s 4th Congressional district enjoys a long history of supporting our nation’s Armed Forces, and is also home to Barksdale Air Force Base, Fort Polk/Joint Readiness Training Center and Camp Minden National Guard Training Site.
As a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have been proud to prevent some of the major reductions other military installations around the country have suffered and will continue to fight for high troop levels and expanded mission sets.
Over the years the President has made devastating cuts to our military, cutting nearly 100,000 Army active-duty soldiers within the last three years. This year’s National Defense Authorization Act reverses the President’s harmful cuts by raising the level of active-duty soldiers 5,000 above last year’s level. Over the years, I have been proud to support rebuilding our Army, despite resistance from House Republican leadership. The size of our Army is directly tied to how ready our troops are to go into battle. With growing national security threats, we need to ensure the federal government meets its obligations of fully training and equipping our soldiers.
It is also critical that we keep our word to our nation’s veterans about caring for them when they return from the battlefield. In 2010, I offered an amendment that would allow veterans to get paid early when the first of the month fell on a weekend. This would make sure veterans are able to pay their rent on time or make sure checks clear. The amendment became law in 2011. Another way we can care for our veterans is by holding the VA accountable, particularly in light of the scandals in recent years. Taxpayers should not have to pay for any more scandals, and veterans should not be denied quality care because of poor management.
So this month, please join me in thanking and honoring our nation’s military men and women. May God continue to bless them, their families, and the United States of America.
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, small business owner, and co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus. He represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana.
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after his amendment passed during consideration of H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to prohibit defense dollars from being used to fund two of President Obama’s Executive Orders on climate change and green energy.
“While our military is in desperate need of more funds to complete its mission, the President would rather funnel the already scarce dollars to his green agenda. The President's Executive Orders require EPA bureaucrats and other political appointees to direct our military commanders on how to run their installations and to purchase inefficient and expensive "green" technologies. This is despite readily available and often less expensive conventional fuels. Purchasing heavily subsidized Chevy Volts and prohibitive solar panels to satisfy the President's climate change agenda represents the choice not to provide our soldiers with needed training and equipment.
“These kinds of choices hurt our Military’s readiness and I’m proud that my amendment will ensure that every dollar will go to the lethality of the U.S. Military, not the President’s political agenda.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after his amendment passed, during consideration of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, that would prohibit funds from being used to to house illegal aliens at military bases.
“Recently, Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense made an agreement to provide housing to individuals of an illegal status. By providing housing for illegal immigrants on military installations, we are wasting scarce defense dollars that should be used to train and equip our soldiers to fight our nation’s wars.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after learning that Pfc. Victor J. Stanfill, an infantryman with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team died accidentally during a live-fire training exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk Tuesday:
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the 101st Airborne Division and the family and friends of the soldier that died this week during a live-fire training exercise. Fort Polk is Army's premier training installation and this soldier was participating in an exercise critical for preparing our troops to defend our nation."
*This release will be updated as more information becomes available.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after a federal judge ruled that the Administration had been unlawfully funding the Obamacare subsidy program without permission from Congress:
“My colleagues and I never approved spending for Obamacare’s entitlement program, yet the President moved forward with it anyway. He broke the law and sidestepped Congress – yet again – to push through his political agenda. Today's decision reaffirms Congress’s power of the purse, and sheds light on what lengths the President will go to in salvaging his failing health care law.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after the House Armed Services Committee considered an ill-conceived amendment to include women in the selective service for the purposes of a military draft. The amendment passed by a vote of 32-30, with just five Republicans.
“The selective service was created as a last resort for combat troops in a time of war. This amendment, however, shoves women to the front lines to satisfy a political agenda without regard to military necessity. This is the first step in demanding that women fight in combat and it’s political correctness that is deadly. Americans are tired of liberals playing with our military as a cultural experiment they learned in some college class, and it won't stop until we say 'no more.'
"Women have faithfully and honorably served in the U.S. Military voluntarily, and I fully support our young women volunteering for positions for which they are qualified. I do not, however, intend to force our daughters to register, allowing them to be drafted into combat one day.
“I will be working with my colleagues to make sure that this provision does not make it into law.”
This week I will be offering an amendment to this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prevent scarce defense dollars from being squandered on President Obama’s executive orders regarding climate change.
These executive orders require the Department of Defense (DOD) to incorporate a host of climate change bureaucracies into its acquisition programs, logistics planning, and military plans and operations. The military is also required to help state and local governments “go green.”These activities are simply not the mission of the U.S. military. They harm readiness rather than contribute to the lethality of our armed forces. The military’s mission is to train for and fight our nation’s wars, not assist state and local governments with their carbon emissions levels.
For the past two years, the House Armed Services Committee has undertaken acquisition reform to eliminate paperwork and cut through the bureaucracy that inhibits our military’s ability to quickly obtain effective capabilities at a reasonable cost. Acquiring weapons systems is slow and burdensome enough; these non-defense mandates only undermine ongoing reform efforts.
Regarding the Department of Defense’s energy policy—decisions by installation commanders and DOD personnel need to be driven by requirements for actual cost-effectiveness and readiness, not arbitrary and inflexible green energy quotas and CO2 benchmarks.
There were at least 680 of such wasteful green energy projects as of 2013, most of which have not met the efficiencies or cost-effectiveness promised. Additionally, engineers and resources committed to green energy are diverting focus from deficiencies in our military’s critical infrastructure.
Under these mandates, the Army and Navy have been required to install solar arrays at various facilities. At Naval Station Norfolk, the Navy spent $21 million dollars to install a 10-acre solar array—which will supply a grand total of two percent of the base’s electricity. According to the Inspector General’s office, this project will save enough money to pay for itself in just 447 years. Solar panels, however, only last about 25 years.
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after the Military Personnel Subcommittee, under the House Armed Services Committee, rejected the President’s proposed military cuts, and even reversed some of the cuts approved last year by increasing active-duty Army soldiers by 5,000.
“Every year for the past three years, the President has made cuts to our Army, for a total troop reduction of 570,000 to 475,000 soldiers. I have led the House Louisiana delegation in coordinating efforts to make sure these cuts would not hurt Fort Polk by writing to the Army, meeting with senior Army leadership and adding several amendments to the Defense Authorization Act. These amendments included putting a hold on Army efforts to downsize Bayne Jones Hospital at Fort Polk, and a requirement that the Secretary of Defense justify these harmful reductions to our military.
“Last year I offered an amendment to the Defense Authorization Act that would have prevented the President from cutting any more active-duty Army soldiers, but it was not included in the final bill, and the cuts were approved. This year's bill reverses course by increasing active-duty Army by 5,000 soldiers. I am pleased to see that House Armed Services Committee leadership has since recognized that the size of our Army is directly tied to how ready our troops are to go to into battle and that the President's cuts simply cannot be justified given the threats around the globe."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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