WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) presented his quarterly 3rd District Community Champion Award to Elizabeth Lampkins, longtime director of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program at the Shenango Valley Urban League, yesterday afternoon at the organization’s headquarters in Farrell, PA.
Excerpts of Rep. Kelly’s official commendation for Mrs. Lampkins:
Elizabeth has been employed with the Shenango Valley Urban League since 1974 and has served as the director of the Woman, Infants, and Children program (WIC) since 1978. Elizabeth has spent the past 44 years selflessly serving others and building a legacy that is absolutely admirable. Although her successful career is coming to an end as Elizabeth is retiring, her efforts will continue to benefit the community for years to come.
The Shenango Valley Urban League, which is proudly celebrating their 50th anniversary, is an organization that welcomes, empowers, and encourages all citizens and provides vital services to those in need. Elizabeth is the oldest employee at the Shenango Valley Urban League in both age and tenure, and she has proudly served under every Executive Director or President since the inception of the organization. Throughout her career, Elizabeth has worked tirelessly to advance the WIC program and ensure it continues to prosper and provide. In every role, in every effort, Elizabeth has displayed unparalleled integrity, dignity, and strength.
In addition to her loyalty to the WIC program, Elizabeth has actively participated in various civic organizations and advisory boards, making community service an integral part of her life. Elizabeth’s expertise and participation has been beneficial to the following: Prince of Peace Center, Teen Parenting Advisory Board, United Way Budget Panel, Minority Health Advocacy Committee, Pennsylvania WIC Association, Mercer County Children & Youth Services, Mercer County Family Centers, and Mercer County Comprehensive Health Planning Council.
Elizabeth has been a catalyst for improvement throughout the community and her passion and dedication deserves praise. She is a leader in the truest sense of the word and a role model for those who are privileged to know her. Elizabeth has set a standard of excellence and generosity that will inspire others for generations to come and it is my honor to congratulate her on a distinguished career and a well-earned retirement.
Therefore, on behalf of the 3rd Congressional District, the State of Pennsylvania, and this nation, I would like to express sincere gratitude and appreciation to Elizabeth Lampkins – an extraordinary individual, a noble public servant, and a true Community Champion.
BACKGROUND: The 3rd District Community Champion Award is a quarterly citation instituted by the Office of U.S. Representative Mike Kelly in January 2015 to recognize and thank service-minded individuals throughout Pennsylvania's Third Congressional District for selfless and significant contributions to their surrounding communities. Each winner is presented with an official award plaque from Rep. Kelly’s office, a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol building, and a statement of congratulations entered into the official congressional record.
NOTE: More photographs from the award ceremony can be viewed here.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Republican Study Committee – co-authored a guest opinion piece with Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO) published today at RealClearPolitics.com in which the lawmakers describe the origin and benefits of the Generating American Income and Infrastructure Now (GAIIN) Act (H.R. 6104), which they introduced with Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) in the House of Representatives on June 14, 2018. More information about the legislation can be found here and here.
By Rep. Mike Kelly & Rep. Lacy Clay
Even in this moment of historically strong economic growth, 46 million Americans still live in poverty. They are not exclusively from one political party, racial background, or geographic region, but they do share a common experience. From inner-city streets to the rusted husks of ex-manufacturing centers to the hollows of coal country, these Americans live in areas where economic opportunity is scarce, and hope often feels like an unaffordable luxury.
As members of the Democratic and Republican parties, we disagree on most issues, but we share the common belief that more can and must be done to help lift up the most impoverished communities in our country. While many of the problems in these areas cannot be cured by government alone, Washington policymakers can take certain actions to begin directing resources to the places that need them most.
For this purpose, we (along with Rep. Ted Budd of North Carolina) introduced a bipartisan bill (HR 6104) in June known as the Generating American Income and Infrastructure Now (GAIIN) Act to help fund critical infrastructure projects in the poorest areas of the nation. It would do so without any new taxes or spending and would simultaneously help pay down our record-high national debt.
Frankly, these communities have been overlooked by policymakers from both parties for a long time. But with this bipartisan tragedy comes bipartisan opportunity. Based on research by the Brookings Institute, roughly 75 percent of the nation’s poorest congressional districts are represented by members of Congress’ black, Hispanic, and conservative caucuses. It’s no wonder that that’s where support for the GAIIN Act has been growing.
Genuine philosophical differences over the size and scope of government cannot and should not be papered over, but genuine middle ground where conservative and liberal priorities are thoroughly met should not be denied or ignored. We each agree that a booming economy is not truly successful unless its benefits reach all Americans and it visibly addresses our national infrastructure crisis.
A proper infrastructure renaissance throughout America should include the construction of world-class airports, bridges, broadband, highways, railways, and more. But with sky-high debt and deficits, Congress cannot ignore the consequences of the nation’s long-term budget crisis, which hundreds of billions of dollars in new federal spending would only accelerate.
In 1986, President Reagan and the Democratic-controlled Congress faced a similar dilemma when they passed major tax reform legislation. To help cover the budget shortfall, they turned to a bipartisan plan that required federal agencies to monetize their debt by selling it to the private market.
This model is viable today and provides an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to come together and deliver infrastructure-related results for lower- and middle-income Americans of diverse political and racial backgrounds.
Currently, federal agencies hold more than $2 trillion in debt and lease assets. The sale of a portion of these assets, if expedited, could raise a significant amount of money for infrastructure projects. Rather than languishing in Washington, we believe this money could be used for the good of our constituents and fellow citizens throughout our country.
Passage of the GAIIN Act would take the first step toward making optimal use of these assets by directing the Office of Management and Budget to identify all distressed debt currently held by the Department of Agriculture and then directing the Treasury Department to package it for sale to the private market. It would then require that 50 percent of the revenue received be spent on infrastructure projects in communities below the poverty line and the other 50 percent be applied toward reduction of the national debt.
By building new highways, byways, and bridges near factories, farms, and inner cities, we can begin the long, necessary process of ensuring that all Americans have an equal opportunity to succeed. It presents a superb opportunity to put aside our political differences for the forgotten men, women, and children whose communities have been ignored for too long.
Reviving America’s poorest cities and towns is a moral, fiscal, and economic imperative. It is rare than one piece of legislation can meet this objective on its own, let alone bring together conservative Republicans and progressive Democrats from minority communities. Even rarer is a bill that attracts the co-sponsorship of lawmakers in the House Freedom Caucus, the Black Congressional Caucus, and the Progressive Caucus just a few months before an election. But the GAIIN Act is that kind of bill.
Major pillar of Tax Reform 2.0 to preserve tax cuts, help families & workers save money for future
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – participated in today’s full committee mark-up hearing to approve three pieces of legislation collectively known as “Tax Reform 2.0,” including the Family Savings Act of 2018 (H.R. 6757), which Rep. Kelly introduced on Monday. The committee voted to pass Rep. Kelly’s bill as well the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018 (H.R. 6760) and the American Innovation Act of 2018 (H.R. 6756). All three bills will be considered for final passage by the full House of Representatives in the near future.
Statement by Rep. Kelly:
“Today my colleagues and I on the Ways and Means Committee proudly voted to make tax relief permanent for hardworking families and small businesses in our district and all over our country.
"With more than 60 percent of Americans not having enough savings to cover a $1,000 emergency expense, the passage of the Family Savings Act is especially critical. After all, real financial security is not about how much one makes but about how much one saves. With my bill’s provisions, families and workers will have new, much fairer ways to prepare for the future and be able to tackle whatever life may throw their way.
"I look forward to the entirety of Tax Reform 2.0 coming to the floor of the People’s House for final passage. When it comes to protecting the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for everyday Americans, now is the right time to double down on a good thing and make it even better!”
Statement by Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX):
“By advancing Tax Reform 2.0, we are making sure America’s middle-class families and our small businesses keep more of what they earn, helping families and workers save more for their future, and spurring more new business start-ups here in America.
“It’s a sign of the partisan times that Democrats are not just fighting to raise taxes on our local families and businesses. In today’s votes, Democrats also tried to block families from using their savings for college debt and apprenticeship programs and fought letting moms and dads access their savings when welcoming a new child into their home.
“This is only the first step in the legislative process. We will continue to listen to members of the House and work to improve Tax Reform 2.0 at every opportunity as we advance these common-sense measures to the House floor.”
One-page summaries of each pillar of Tax Reform 2.0 can be found at the links below:
BACKGROUND: The Family Savings Act (H.R. 6757) contains numerous provisions of a bipartisan bill previously introduced by Rep. Kelly known as the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act (RESA) of 2018 (H.R. 5282). Rep. Kelly is the founder and co-chairman of the bipartisan House Retirement Security Caucus.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today after introducing the Family Savings Act of 2018 (H.R. 6757), one of the three planks of the Tax Reform 2.0 package unveiled this afternoon and supported by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and every Republican member of the committee. Additionally, Rep. Kelly is an original co-sponsor of the other two pieces of the package: the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018 (H.R. 6760) and the American Innovation Act of 2018 (H.R. 6756).
“The enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act nearly nine months ago was a legislative milestone and a historic victory for the American people. This new law – the first of its kind in 31 years – has met and surpassed expectations by turbo-charging our economy, boosting businesses of all sizes, and giving hardworking taxpayers at every income level more take-home pay. The facts are clear: all in all, tax reform has been an undeniable success story.
“Tax Reform 2.0 is the logical next step for our committee to build on the success that our country has been seeing. Among this commonsense package’s important pieces, I am especially proud to be the lead sponsor of the Family Savings Act to help families of every background prepare for their future. With so many households receiving new bonuses and bigger paychecks thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, now is the perfect time to make the tax cuts permanent and make sure that Americans have the financial security they need to handle anything that life may throw their way. This is about helping every American enjoy a happy retirement and peace of mind in the years when they deserve it most.”
Ways & Means Committee Chairman Brady:
“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed the trajectory of our economy for the better. Now it’s time to change the culture in Washington where we only do tax reform once a generation. This legislation is our commitment to the American worker to ensure our tax code remains the most competitive in the world.
“We are providing certainty. The Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act locks in the tax relief from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – which included a nearly doubled standard deduction, a doubled Child Tax Credit, lower rates across the board, and a historic 20-percent pass-through deduction for Main Street businesses. This will create over 1.5 million new jobs, continue to raise wages, and boost long-run GDP.
“We are creating financial security. The Family Savings Act focuses on helping families save more and earlier for the future by making it easier for businesses to offer retirement savings plans while ensuring workers can easily participate in these plans. This will help give our families the financial stability they need for whatever life throws their way.
“We are helping entrepreneurs grow. The American Innovation Act will increase innovation by helping new entrepreneurs move from the kitchen table to Main Street and beyond. The country that wins the innovation race wins the future, and it’s time for our tax code to help us get there.
“Last year we said goodbye to America’s old, broken tax code. Under our new system, we’re seeing incredible job growth, bigger paychecks, and a tax code that works on behalf of families and American businesses. Now it’s the time to ensure we never let our tax code become so outdated again. We look forward to bringing these bills to the Committee soon.”
BACKGROUND: The Family Savings Act contains numerous provisions of a bipartisan bill previously introduced by Rep. Kelly known as the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act (RESA) of 2018 (H.R. 5282). Rep. Kelly is the founder and co-chairman of the bipartisan House Retirement Security Caucus.
NOTE: A one-page summary of the Family Savings Act can be viewed here.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) delivered remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives this morning to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Black Family Foundation, a non-profit organization operating from Erie, Pennsylvania.
Text of Rep. Kelly’s floor tribute as prepared for delivery:
“This morning I would like to recognize the 25th anniversary of the Black Family Foundation of Erie, Pennsylvania.
“The Foundation was established in 1993 by a very distinguished constituent of mine, Mr. Samuel P. ‘Pat’ Black, III, and his late father, an Erie legend, Mr. Samuel P. Black, Jr., who passed away in 2001 just four months shy of his 100th birthday.
“According to its mission statement, the Foundation exists to ‘fund systemic change.’ It proudly focuses on strategic non-profit investments throughout Erie County that leverage ‘the fewest resources for the greatest gains in social progress.’
“Its vision is profound and ambitious: ‘To promote continuous improvements in the quality of life around the globe by investing in projects that offer a high probability of transformational and sustainable change.’
“Over the course of its respected history, the Foundation has funded non-profit programs and organizations in the areas of Health & Welfare; Entrepreneurial Education; Homelessness; Environmental Sustainability; Economic Initiatives; and Technology Initiatives.
“Specifically, the organization has supported such initiatives as the creation of the Elizabeth Lee Black School at the Barber National Institute—an approved private school that offers a state-of-the-art educational program to children ages 3–21 with autism and intellectual and physical disabilities.
“Over the last 15 years, Mr. Black and the Black Family Foundation have also supported hundreds of students through scholarships at Penn State’s Behrend College and at Mercyhurst University.
“In the last decade alone, the Foundation has donated more than $13 million throughout the Erie community and to worthy organizations around the world.
“To Mr. Black and his family, I say: Happy anniversary, and may God bless you for all that you do to help bless others!”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – was given the Defender of Small Business Award by the Job Creators Network (JCN) yesterday afternoon during the latest stop of its national “Tax Cuts Work” bus tour at Waldameer Park and Water World in Erie, PA. The award was presented in appreciation of Rep. Kelly’s personal role in helping to craft and pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which JCN calls “the largest tax cut in history” and “the most important pro-growth legislation in decades.”
Statement by Rep. Kelly:
“Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a typical family of four in our district will enjoy nearly $2,500 per year in more take-home pay. For most Pennsylvanians, that’s an extra mortgage, or a down-payment for a new car, or a family vacation. It certainly isn’t crumbs. On top of that savings, millions of workers are also getting pay raises and new bonuses from their employers because of the lower tax rate on small businesses. In fact, since tax reform was signed into law, businesses throughout our country have created more than 1.5 million new jobs and counting. And thanks to the law’s new Opportunity Zones program, private investors have a new incentive to make long-term investments in those of our communities that have faced economic hardships. This means many more job opportunities are coming home!”
Alfredo Ortiz, JCN President and CEO:
“Mike Kelly is a small business owner. He knows how important it was for Washington to make the tax code more competitive. He’s been one of the strongest leaders in Congress on this issue, and he’s a true defender of small business.”
Paul Nelson, Waldameer Park Owner and CEO:
“Waldameer is a park with a record-breaking year. We have families with smiles. Why? They have jobs and, yes, they have bigger paychecks. Yes, Mike Kelly had a lot to do with this. … As an example of what the new tax law has done for Erie, Waldameer is now setting up a new 10-year plan. What we have previously done every year is eschew a 10-year plan—when we work down to the end, we start all over again. … This is what I have come up with: in the next 10 years, we will invest $60 million more in the park. We’ll borrow the money from PNC Bank, and then pay them with the tax refunds. This will permit us to create over 100 new jobs for the summer also. What we do is we reinvest our money. We don’t put it in our pockets.”
NOTE: More information about the new Opportunity Zones program – established by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – can be found here, here, and here. In Pennsylvania’s 3rd Congressional District, approved Opportunity Zones so far are located in Butler County (1), Clarion County (2), Mercer County (2), Lawrence County (4), and Erie County (8).
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and co-chairman of the bipartisan Health Care Innovation Caucus – issued the following statement today in regard to becoming the main Republican sponsor of H.R. 4006, the Community-Based Independence for Seniors Act. The legislation creates a new Community-Based Institutional Special Needs Plan in Medicare Advantage to target home and community-based services for low-income Medicare beneficiaries who require help with activities of daily living.
“In order to strengthen Medicare for all who rely on it, we must find more innovative ways to improve care and reduce costs. Studies show that enhanced coordinated care for low-income Medicare beneficiaries results in fewer hospital stays and readmissions. Keeping low-income seniors healthy and out of the hospital, which also saves taxpayer money, is a win for everyone. I am happy and proud to support this smart, bipartisan bill as its prime Republican sponsor.”
H.R. 4006 is supported by numerous organizations:
John Lovelace, President, UPMC For You:
“With his prime sponsorship of the ‘Help Seniors Remain Independent Act,’ Congressman Kelly continues to be a leader in providing options and support for seniors in need. Pennsylvania has the fifth-highest Medicare Advantage enrollment levels in the country, so Congressman Kelly’s bill will be especially valuable to Pennsylvania’s chronically ill Medicare Advantage enrollees who are not eligible for home- and community-based waivers but who want to stay at home or in another setting of their choice.”
Katie Smith Sloan, President and CEO, LeadingAge:
“Assistance with daily activities, from aid with medications to transportation help, is crucial to improving older adults’ health and quality of life while also increasing their ability to age in place. LeadingAge urges Congress to enact the Community-Based Institutional Special Needs Plan (CBI-SNP) demonstration program as outlined in H.R. 4006. The need for supports focused on activities of daily living is significant; addressing the need has potential of a significant positive impact on older adults at a relatively small cost.”
Plus: The Healthcare Leadership Council, the National Coalition on Health Care, SCAN Health Plan, and others.
The Community Based Independence for Seniors Act establishes a pilot that targets home and community-based care to eligible seniors who need help with two or more activities of daily living. Seniors would receive services specific to their needs, such as home delivered meals, transportation services, adult day care services, and homemaker services. By targeting services to at-risk seniors, the Community Based Independence for Seniors Act helps seniors stay in their homes and communities, rather than moving to a nursing home, which can be very expensive and is often not the older adult’s preferred care setting. This bill also helps keep federal and state governments’ costs down as seniors under this program would not need to deplete their resources to be eligible for Medicaid in order to receive home and community-based services.
NOTE: H.R. 4006 was introduced on October 12, 2017, by U.S. Reps. Linda Sánchez (D-CA) and Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA). Its Senate companion (S. 309) was introduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) on February 6, 2017. Rep. Kelly has since replaced Rep. Meehan as the lead GOP sponsor.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) announced today that he will host a toll-free telephone town hall meeting next week for constituents of Pennsylvania’s Third District to ask questions and receive answers regarding current events and issues of general concern.
WHAT: A free tele-town hall hosted by Rep. Kelly to discuss general issues
WHO: Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03)
Residents of Pennsylvania’s Third Congressional District
WHEN: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
TIME: 7:15 – 8:15 PM
CALL-IN INFORMATION: To participate, dial 877-228-2184 and enter event ID 19013 at the time of the event.
Statement by Rep. Kelly:
“I am excited to once again connect with all my constituents during this interactive event and listen to their concerns about the important issues facing our country. This completely free and fully accessible format will allow thousands of individuals to share their views and get answers without having to leave their home. Our most recent tele-town hall attracted more than 11,000 participants from all seven counties of the Third District. Last year, we even had participation from a constituent overseas!
“As I continue meeting with constituents face-to-face in both Pennsylvania and Washington every week, events like these allow me to reach everyone at the same time. Enabling callers to participate from virtually anywhere will once again help the greatest number of people easily join the conversation, especially busy parents and seniors. This proven format is all about providing the most convenient service to every Third District resident who wishes to engage in a constructive community discussion without any unnecessary distractions or disruptions.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) delivered remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, to formally recognize the 80th anniversary of Hunter Truck, which is currently headquartered in Butler, Pennsylvania.
Text of Rep. Kelly’s floor tribute as prepared for delivery:
“I rise today to recognize the 80th anniversary of a reputable business that is headquartered in my hometown of Butler, Pennsylvania: Hunter Truck Sales.
“Hunter Truck is a family-owned authorized dealer of Peterbilt and International vehicles and is one of the largest heavy commercial truck providers in the Northeast. Hunter Truck is a staple in the community and their success over the last 80 years confirms that the American Dream is alive and thriving in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States.
“Hunter Truck is a name that has been synonymous with reliability since its founding in 1938. The business was started by the Hunter grandfather, Homer Hunter. Homer opened a small service station in the rural town of Eau Claire and quickly developed a reputation for his unparalleled commitment to trucking solutions, personalized service, parts, and sales. With hard work and unwavering dedication, the company continuously grew and was eventually awarded a new truck franchise from International Harvester, followed by earning a Peterbilt franchise.
“Homer, along with his brothers, created a customer-centric business model that focused on teamwork, trust, accountability and integrity. These very values led the company to its many achievements and they remain at the core of Hunter Truck today – Which is now owned and operated by third generation family members Jeffrey Hunter, David Hunter, William Hunter, and Nancy Hunter-Mycka.
“Hunter Truck currently operates 20 locations in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, and New Jersey, and proudly employees nearly 1,000 people. It is families like the Hunters who help local economies flourish by establishing successful business practices that can be sustained for multiple generations. While the services provided have evolved and the scope of the business has expanded, Hunter Truck remains fully committed to both their customers and the communities they call home.
“As a leader in the truck industry, Hunter Truck has invested in its workforce and in unique technologies that align with their mission: ‘to build long-term relationships that reflect value, integrity and teamwork by providing our customers excelled products and services.’
“In sum: It is truly my honor to recognize the Hunter family and Hunter Truck for their pioneering spirit and demonstration of core American values, and I encourage them to reflect on what they’ve built with absolute pride. Small businesses are the backbone of this country and Hunter Truck is truly an inspiration to entrepreneurs everywhere.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – participated in this week’s full committee mark-up hearings to approve a series of legislation to expand consumer-directed health care and lower insurance premiums for American workers and families. Among the bills passed were the Bipartisan HSA Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R. 6305), which expands access to and enhances the utility of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), and the Employer Relief Act of 2018 (H.R. 4616), which provides three years of retroactive relief and one year of prospective relief from the employer mandate provision within the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), paired with a one-year extended delay of the law’s “Cadillac Tax” on high-value health care plans. Rep. Kelly is an original sponsor of each of these bills.
Statement by Rep. Kelly on H.R. 6305:
“H.R. 6305 gives employers more flexibility to offer quality health care in the setting best for them, like on-site or retail clinics. Employers around our country are offering innovative ways to deliver health care to their associates, and this provision makes sure that individuals with HSAs can utilize these same services.
“Second, it fixes the HSA spouse penalty by allowing individuals to make HSA contributions if a spouse has a Flexible Spending Account, while preventing double-dipping in tax benefits. Third, it makes it easier for people to save for their health care by streamlining the conversion of other tax-preferred accounts to HSAs.
“Ultimately, this bill modernizes health care delivery and gives employers the freedom to innovate and improve their employees’ health insurance.
“We are trying to improve health care for all Americans. This means giving consumers a choice in their health care. This means incentivizing wellness and exercise, not sickness. This means giving employers the freedom to design insurance products that work best for their associates.
“I also want to thank my friend Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) for working on this together. This issue is extremely important for the 175 million people who get their health insurance from their employer, and therefore I hope we can get this commonsense legislation signed into law very soon.”
Statement on H.R. 4616:
“Mr. Nunes and I introduced this bill to give relief to Americans and employers struggling under Obamacare.
“H.R. 4616 delays the Cadillac Tax for one additional year, until 2023. We have discussed the Cadillac Tax at length in this committee and how it is a misguided policy in Obamacare. In fact, this is an issue that unites both Republicans and Democrats. My bill to permanently repeal the entire Cadillac Tax (H.R. 173) is close to 300 co-sponsors and already has a veto-proof majority of Republicans and Democrats.
“This bill (H.R. 4616) is good progress but we cannot lose sight of the goal: the full repeal of the Cadillac Tax. This tax continues to hang over the head of the 175 million Americans who receive health insurance through their employer.
“I am also pleased that we are giving relief to employers crushed under the employer mandate. Another misguided policy in Obamacare that the Obama administration never enforced, the employer mandate costs small businesses with just over 50 employees millions of dollars in unnecessary administrative compliance and reporting.
“I thank Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) for working with me on this legislation, but Mr. Chairman, let’s not lose sight of repealing all of Obamacare’s misguided taxes on hardworking Americans.”
Rep. Kelly has been a longtime leader in promoting legislation to enhance HSAs and to protect American workers’ health care benefits from Obamacare’s harmful Cadillac Tax.
On May 3, 2017, Rep. Kelly introduced the Faith in Health Savings Accounts Act (H.R. 2310, also known as the Faith in HSAs Act), which would allow members of Health Care Sharing Ministries (HCSMs) to use HSAs to save money on medical expenses without having to purchase a high deductible health insurance plan. The legislation is co-sponsored by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), and was previously introduced by Rep. Kelly in April 2015.
On March 1, 2018, Rep. Kelly introduced the Bipartisan HSA Improvement Act (H.R. 5138), an earlier version of H.R. 6305 which would improve HSAs for millions of Americans by expanding access and increasing benefit flexibility, thereby making health care more affordable. It was co-authored by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and co-sponsored by Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Ron Kind (D-WI), Terri Sewell (D-AL), and Brain Fitzpatrick (R-PA).
On July 11, 2018, nearly 30 conservative leaders submitted an open letter to Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) in support of the Committee’s legislative efforts to expand HSAs, including Rep. Kelly’s bill. The full letter can be viewed here.
On January 3, 2017, Rep. Kelly introduced the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2017 (H.R. 173), which would fully repeal the Cadillac Tax provision in Obamacare. The controversial provision would impose a 40 percent excise tax on all employer-provided health insurance plans valued at more than $10,200 for individual coverage and $27,500 for families. H.R. 173 is co-sponsored by Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT).
On April 24, 2018, The Hill published a guest opinion piece authored by Rep. Kelly in which he described the damage being caused by the Cadillac Tax and argued for Congress to permanently repeal it. The full piece can be viewed here.
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Mike Kelly was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Butler, PA, where he has lived for the past 53 years. After graduating from Butler High School in 1966, Mike attended the University of Notre Dame on a football and academic scholarship. After college, Mike moved back to Butler to work at Kelly Chevrolet-Cadillac, Inc., a company founded by his father in the early 1950s. Mike took ownership of the dealership in the mid-1990s, expanding its operations to include Hyundai and KIA franchises.
Mike currently employs over 100 people from the region, and is a leader in the local and national automotive industry. Mike has served as Chairman of the Hyundai Eastern Region Dealer Council, Vice Chairman of the Hyundai National Dealer Council, and has served on the boards of the Chevrolet Dealers Advertising Association of Pittsburgh and the Cadillac Consultants of Western Pennsylvania. In addition, Mike was Secretary and Treasurer of the Hyundai initiative “Hope on Wheels,” which has donated over $58 million to childhood cancer research institutions nationwide.
Mike was a Butler City councilman, and has sat on the boards of several local and civic organizations, including the Housing Authority of Butler County, the Redevelopment Authority of Butler County, and the Moraine Trails Council of Boys Scouts of America. In recognition of Mike’s extensive volunteer and charitable work, Catholic Charities gave Mike the Mary DeMucci Award and the Mayor of Butler designated October 26, 2001 as “Mike Kelly Day” for his commitment to his hometown.
Dedicated to improving education, Mike founded the Butler Quarterback Club and The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, which provides unique and innovative educational programs for students in the Butler Area School District. Mike and his wife, Victoria, a former elementary school teacher, also established the Mary McTighe Kelly Creative Teaching Grant for elementary educators and the Lighthouse Foundation’s One Warm Coat Program, which helped collect over 500 winter coats for students in need in the Butler community.
Mike and Victoria have four children: George III, Brendan, Charlotte and Colin; and are the proud grandparents to George IV, Vivian, Elizabeth, Helena, Elaina, Maeve and Victoria. Mike’s family and friends were with him on January 5, 2011, when Mike was sworn into office as the U.S. Representative of the 3rd Congressional District of Pennsylvania. Mike looks forward to representing the interests and voicing the concerns of the 3rd District, especially as they relate to Mike’s work on the House Committee on Ways and Means.
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