John Fleming

John Fleming

LOUISIANA's 4th DISTRICT

Fleming Votes For Bipartisan Medicare Reform Bill

2015/03/26

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, to permanently repeal Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). H.R.2 also provides initial reforms to address the broken Medicare system. 

“After years of temporary patches, I am pleased with the outcome of today’s vote.  This legislation offers stability to physicians and begins the critical process of ensuring that Medicare remains available for tomorrow’s beneficiaries.  Repealing the flawed SGR formula will require an honest assessment as to the actual cost of Medicare. Today’s vote also encourages physicians to continue seeing Medicare patients and inaugurates Medicare reforms, such as means-testing for higher income beneficiaries and changing first dollar coverage in Medigap plans."  

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 and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana.

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Fleming: GAO Report Confirms Abortion Advocacy Groups Receive Federal Funding

2015/03/25

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the statement below following the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) report showing that six abortion advocacy groups received $481 million in federal funding between 2010 and 2012, and about $1.2 billion in additional shared federal and state funds. Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America received the bulk of this funding. 
 
“Planned Parenthood performs almost 900 abortions each day, making up 94 percent of the three pregnancy services they claim to provide. Meanwhile, prenatal care and adoption referrals only account for around 6 percent. These groups are not here to support women; they are here to provide abortions and the public deserves to know this. Abortion has and always will be the taking of an innocent human life and no one should be forced to pay for abortion services through their tax dollars.
 
Background:
 
·       Congressman Fleming and 72 members of Congress requested the GAO provide a report on the amount of federal funding abortion advocacy groups receive each year.

·       The six groups that received funding include: the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), the Population Council, International Planned Parenthood Federation of America (IPPFA), Guttmacher Institute, Advocates for Youth, and Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States.

·       Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) received a majority of this funding, $1.5 billion or around $500 million each year.

·       In January 2015 Congressman Fleming voted for the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act to ensure that people who purchased Obamacare health insurance plans were fully informed whether their premiums would fund abortion services.
 
  
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 and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana. Read More

Fleming Votes for House GOP Budget to Balance Budget and Fund Military

2015/03/25

Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after voting in favor of the House GOP Budget today to establish the budget for fiscal year 2016:
 
“This budget provides a fiscally sound path forward for our country; my vote today supports this new direction. I voted for the House GOP budget because it’s a strong plan that will balance the budget in less than 10 years, cut $5.5 trillion in spending and repeal Obamacare – including all taxes, regulations and mandates.  Additionally, the budget will fully support the military, providing up to $619 billion (includes Overseas Contingencies Operations funds) to pay for troop training, equipment and compensation.
 
“I was pleased that the GOP budget included my request to repeal Obamacare through budget reconciliation, as stated in a letter I sent earlier this year to House Leadership.”
  
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 and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana.
 
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Fleming and Graham Introduce the Bipartisan Seniors' Tax Simplification

2015/03/18

Congressmen John Fleming, M.D., (R-LA) and Gwen Graham (D-FL) introduced H.R. 1397, the Seniors' Tax Simplification Act to allow for a new simplified tax form for seniors.
 
“The Seniors' Tax Simplification Act is a common-sense, bipartisan and long overdue piece of legislation. I’m delighted to re-introduce it and look forward to its passage,” said Congressman Fleming after its introduction.
 
Under current law, seniors who collect Social Security aren’t able to file a 1040EZ and are forced to file more complicated tax forms – even though their finances are often simple. The Seniors' Tax Simplification Act would create one simple form, the 1040SR, for seniors who may receive the majority of their income through social security benefits. The bill would also lower the cost of compliance.
 
“No one looks forward to tax season, and it’s time we make the process a little simpler – especially for our nation’s seniors,” added Congressman Fleming.
 
“Government should be in the business of helping people, not making their lives harder,” Rep. Graham said. “I’m proud to be the lead cosponsor on this bipartisan legislation that will make it easier for seniors across the country to file their taxes.”
 
This legislation has been endorsed by the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC), the 60 Plus Association and the National Taxpayers Union (NTU).
  
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 and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana. Read More

Fleming Votes “No” on Bill to Fund President’s Amnesty

2015/03/03

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., issued the following statement after voting against the Senate amendment to H.R. 240, a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through September 30, 2015:

"Today we voted on a bill that fully funds the President’s Executive Memos granting work permits and Social Security cards to illegal immigrants. I strongly opposed this bill because it condones unlawful, unconstitutional behavior by President Obama and sends the message that our borders and social welfare programs are open to all comers.

I will continue to oppose amnesty. The people of Louisiana have made it clear they want executive amnesty defunded. Congress must defend the Constitution. We cannot wait for the courts on such a crucial issue.”

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 to Repeal Obamacare

2015/02/02

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., issued the following statement after voting for H.R. 596, a bill To Repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
 
“I am working to make today’s vote the first step toward restoring real choice to people’s health care. The president’s signature law has cost people their policies and physicians, has driven up health insurance premiums and deductibles, and has even forced some businesses to cut hours for some of their employees. Today the House voted to stand with the American people, who overwhelmingly disapprove of Obamacare, and next month the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge that could lead to the demise of Obamacare. In addition, I’m gathering signatures for a letter to Speaker Boehner calling on him to use a process that would prevent Senate Democrats from blocking a repeal vote. These are all important steps in getting us to a place where we can finally end Obamacare, address health care costs, and restore patient-centered health care.”
 
Note: The Obamacare repeal bill passed the House today by a vote of 239-186.
 
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 and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana. Read More

Fleming Votes for Efficient Approvals of LNG Export Facilities

2015/01/28

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., issued the following statement after voting for H.R. 351, the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act:
 
“It’s time to cut the federal red tape that’s holding back our exportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG). There’s a backlog of LNG export project applications that are stalled by Department of Energy (DOE) bureaucrats. Today the House voted to force DOE to do its job and make decisions. An estimated 45,000 jobs hang in the balance with the construction of new projects that are awaiting approval. For the good of our economy and our energy independence, the Senate and President Obama need to move this common sense bill into law quickly.”
 
Note: The bill, which would expedite the approval of LNG export projects, passed the House with bipartisan support, by a vote of 277-133.
 
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 and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana. Read More

House Republicans Form House Freedom Caucus

2015/01/26

Members of the House Republican Conference have formed the House Freedom Caucus (HFC) to advance an agenda of limited, constitutional government in Congress. The HFC has adopted the following mission statement:
 

The House Freedom Caucus gives a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them. We support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law, and policies that promote the liberty, safety and prosperity of all Americans.
 
The HFC's founding members are Rep. Scott Garrett, Rep. Jim Jordan, Rep. John Fleming, Rep. Matt Salmon, Rep. Justin Amash, Rep. Raúl Labrador, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Rep. Ron DeSantis and Rep. Mark Meadows.
 
 
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 and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana.


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Fleming Votes to Prohibit Taxpayer Funding of Abortion

2015/01/22

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., issued the following statement after voting for H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act:
 
“Abortion is the taking of an innocent human life, and those who believe it is morally wrong should not be coerced into supporting it by their government. On this 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade, I continue to fight abortion and stand for the unborn. The bill I voted for today is necessary to protect Americans from being forced to pay for abortions. It violates the consciences and constitutional protections of pro-lifers to require that they pay for abortions, either through their tax dollars or their health insurance premiums. That’s why this measure also requires full disclosure of abortion coverage in all health plans.”
 
Note: H.R. 7 passed the House by a vote of 242-179.
 
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 and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana. Read More

Fleming Votes to Move Forward on Natural Gas Pipeline Permits

2015/01/21

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., issued the following statement after voting for H.R. 161, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act:
 
“Washington bureaucrats should not be allowed to stall and obstruct natural gas pipeline projects. These pipelines can create jobs and move natural gas to consumers, especially in Louisiana, where supplies are abundant and where construction continues on one of the nation’s first LNG export facilities. But this administration has made an art form of slow-walking energy project permit applications, and the president’s veto threat of this bill, sadly, comes as no surprise.”
 
Note: The bill, which would allow for the approval of projects if federal agencies fail to act within required timeframes, passed the House with bipartisan support, by a vote of 253-169.
 
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 and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana. 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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