Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

PENNSYLVANIA's 3rd DISTRICT

Rep. Kelly Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Future of Marriage

2015/06/26

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today in response to this morning’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges.

“The high court had a responsibility to follow the Constitution but instead chose to follow the wishes of a political movement. The natural, traditional definition of marriage that I and millions of others believe in worldwide remains a cornerstone of human civilization. To redefine this institution, especially on a national scale, carries uncertain consequences and deserves serious scrutiny. Today’s ruling rips this critical debate from the democratic process by redefining marriage for all 50 states. Going forward, defenders of our Constitution have a renewed duty to protect every single citizen’s First Amendment rights and guarantee that no person or organization’s religious freedom is in any way undermined by today’s controversial decision.”

 

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Rep. Kelly Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on Obamacare

2015/06/25

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today in response to the King v. Burwell ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The Affordable Care Act has proved to be unaffordable for millions of Americans, including thousands in Western Pennsylvania. It is forcing premiums and deductibles to rise and quality of medical care and innovation to drop. It is hurting our economy and stifling job creation. Without willful deception by the executive branch, this law would likely have never been passed in the first place. No court ruling can change this reality. Obamacare should still be fully repealed and replaced with a patient-centered alternative that helps the most vulnerable among us without disrupting anyone’s coverage. Unlike Obamacare, real health care reform must be carefully crafted with honesty, transparency, and a firm focus on helping people, not growing government.”

NOTE: Rep. Kelly is a supporter of the American Health Care Reform Act (H.R. 2653), a commonsense, patient-centered alternative to Obamacare introduced on behalf of the Republican Study Committee, of which Rep. Kelly is a steering committee member.

 

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Rep. Kelly Praises House Passage of Trade Promotion Authority

2015/06/18

Hails conservative victory as “win for America”

WATCH FLOOR SPEECHES HERE & HERE

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today in support of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (an amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 2146), which was passed by the House of Representatives this afternoon with bipartisan support. The legislation will enact Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for Congress and the Executive Branch and is similar to H.R. 1890, which was approved by the Ways and Means Committee on April 23, 2015. Today’s bill differs from H.R. 1890 in that it includes additional trade negotiation objectives regarding foreign currency manipulation, religious freedom, and human trafficking.

Statement by Rep. Kelly on passage of TPA:

“Today is a victorious day for those of us who want to strengthen our country, grow our economy, and create new jobs for Americans. With TPA, Congress will have unprecedented oversight power to guarantee the strongest possible trade deals for America. With TPA, Congress — not the president — will always be in the driver’s seat and writing the rules of the negotiating road. With TPA, the United States — not China — will continue to write the rules of the global economy. That is why the passage of today’s bill is a win for accountability, a win for oversight, a win for transparency, a win for Congress, and a win for America.”

Excerpt of Rep. Kelly’s floor speech on TPA (6/12/2015):

“If you want really strong trade agreements, then you have to be in a position to negotiate those. … If we’re not at the table, we’re on the menu. … Trade Promotion Authority is the only thing that gives [Congress] the ability to drive strong trade agreements to make sure that every single American is taken care of. … For those of us who don’t trust the president’s judgment, then TPA is absolutely necessary. It’s not an option. … TPA gives us the ability to grow the American economy, grow American jobs, and make America more safe and secure, and it gives our partners around the world the certainty that America has not walked away from the table.”

Excerpt of Rep. Kelly’s op-ed on TPA for TIME:

“Considering all of the ironclad boxes that a president would have to check in order to turn his or her desired trade deal into reality, there is really nothing ‘fast’ about TPA at all. In truth, a more accurate nickname for it would be ‘safe track’ or even ‘smart track.’ With TPA enacted, caution and wisdom in the name of American interests will accompany a trade deal’s creation from start to finish.”

NOTE: Expert analysis demonstrating how trade economically benefits Pennsylvania’s 3rd District as well as the state and nation at large can be found here, here, here, here, and here.

 

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House Unanimously Passes Kelly Bill to Improve Medicare Advantage Transparency

2015/06/18

WATCH HERE

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – delivered remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives this evening in support of H.R. 2505, the Medicare Advantage Coverage Transparency Act,  which he introduced on May 21, 2015, and which was subsequently passed with unanimous support. The legislation will improve Medicare Advantage transparency by requiring the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide an annual report on the program's enrollment data to Congress, and is co-sponsored by Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL). The bill was considered as part of a series of legislation to strengthen Medicare Advantage and make commonsense reforms to the nation’s health care system. Tomorrow the House will consider The Protect Medical Innovation Act (H.R. 160) and The Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act (H.R. 1190), among others, which Rep. Kelly strongly supports.

Excerpt of Rep. Kelly’s floor speech in support of H.R. 2505:

“Congress and the Obama administration ought to be fostering a culture of openness and transparency when legislating and making decisions here in Washington. That is what this legislation is all about: providing more transparency to the American people about their health care, specifically Medicare Advantage coverage. … With the passage of H.R. 2505, the [Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services] will be required to provide additional information on Medicare Advantage enrollment based on zip code, congressional district, and state. … The purpose of this additional data is to provide greater information to the public, to policymakers, and to the healthcare community so they may have the benefit of more and better information when making decisions.”

Statement by Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI):

“As we work to increase transparency and efficiency in programs like Medicare Advantage we need the most up-to-date information on enrollment. This legislation increases transparency and ensures Congress is provided the most accurate and comprehensive information to guide their decision making. Thank you to Rep. Kelly for his dedication to making this program more transparent and efficient.”

Statement by Rep. Kelly in support of H.R. 160 (to repeal Obamacare’s medical device tax) and H.R. 1190 (to repeal Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board), which will be considered by the House tomorrow (6/18/15):

“The medical device tax is a severely unfair, unwise, and unpopular attack on American manufacturers and importers of life-saving products. This senseless provision in Obamacare is killing jobs, hurting workers’ paychecks, and putting American patients at risk. It should be stopped in its tracks and permanently repealed. H.R. 160 will finally do this.

“One of the most ominous components of Obamacare has always been the creation of a new government control panel known as the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Obamacare’s creators seem to think that 15 unelected and unaccountable Washington bureaucrats deserve the power to decide personal medical choices for seniors. I believe that no government acronym, bureaucrat, or board can ever substitute for the good judgment of a chosen family doctor. H.R. 1190 will put a stop to this reckless government intrusion.”

 

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Rep. Kelly Applauds House Passage of Defense Appropriations Bill

2015/06/11

Includes language requested by Kelly to continue ban on funding for UN Arms Trade Treaty Defense Department to fund research on pediatric brain tumors following letter co-signed by Kelly

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today after the House of Representatives passed the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2016 by a bipartisan vote of 278-149. The bill includes language requested by Rep. Kelly to prohibit any funding by the Department of Defense (DoD) for the implementation of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) unless the treaty receives the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate. The legislation also directs the “Peer-Reviewed Cancer Research Program” (part of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs administered by DoD) to fund research on pediatric brain tumors, a result of a bipartisan letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense co-signed by Rep. Kelly.

“I am very pleased that the House has passed today’s bill to fund our national defense, provide support for our military’s missions abroad, and give our troops and their families a well-deserved pay raise. I am particularly glad that this legislation contains two provisions that my office fought to secure: first, the bill continues the ban on federal funding for the UN ATT, which will help keep our sovereignty secure and our Constitutional rights protected from this dangerous treaty. Second, the bill ensures that the Pentagon will once again fund critical research on pediatric brain tumors in order to one day eradicate this horrendous, heart-breaking disease for good.”

BACKGROUND:  Rep. Kelly is a national leader of the movement to stop the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). On March 15, 2013, he introduced H. Con. Res. 23, a bipartisan concurrent resolution expressing opposition to the treaty on behalf of members of Congress. The resolution earned 149 co-sponsors in the House and 36 supporters in the Senate.

On May 30, 2013, Rep. Kelly submitted a bipartisan letter with 130 co-signers from Congress to both President Obama and Secretary Kerry urging them to reject the treaty. He sent a similar bipartisan letter to the president following Secretary Kerry’s signing of the treaty on October 15, 2013, which was signed by 181 members of Congress, including multiple committee chairmen. A follow-up letter was sent to the White House on April, 20, 2014.

On September 5, 2014, Rep. Kelly submitted a letter to President Obama voicing opposition to the planned First Conference of State Parties (CSP) to the ATT – a UN-backed gathering to shape the treaty’s future – due to its exclusion of any organizations critical of the treaty.

On December 16, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2015, which includes a ban on federal funding for the ATT’s implementation. The president signed the final version of the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2015 (H.R. 3979) on December 19, 2014, which included a similar ban.

On March 2, 2015, Rep. Kelly sent a letter to President Obama co-signed by 34 new members of Congress elected in 2014 to express unified opposition to the ATT and a firm commitment to deny any federal funding for the treaty’s implementation.

On March 25, 2015, Rep. Kelly authored and submitted four separate letters to the bipartisan leaders of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, the Subcommittee on Homeland Security, the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies requesting updated language prohibiting federal funding for the ATT in each of the subcommittees’ respective appropriation bills. Each letter was co-signed by 90 members of Congress.

On May 15, 2015, the House passed H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016, which once again included an amendment introduced by Rep. Kelly to continue the annual ban on funding by the Department of Defense for the implementation of the ATT. The amendment is the strongest version to date, updating the language of Rep. Kelly’s previous amendments that were enacted into law in previous NDAAs.

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Rep. Kelly Re-Introduces Coal Country Protection Act

2015/06/08

Legislation aimed to save thousands of American jobs by stopping EPA’s radical “Clean Power Plan”

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today announcing the introduction of H.R. 2637, the Coal Country Protection Act. The legislation requires that specific criteria be met before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can impose any new regulations on the nation’s power plants, including the controversial “Clean Power Plan” announced by the Obama administration last year and submitted for final review last week. Rep. Kelly previously introduced the House version of this bill last June in the 113th Congress with U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who sponsored the corresponding Senate version.

“The EPA’s Clean Power Plan directly targets our nation's coal-fired power plants and represents the fiercest blow to date in the Obama administration's war on coal which, as many know, is actually a one-way war on American jobs and livelihoods. We must fight back.

“In Pennsylvania alone, coal is responsible for 40,000 jobs and 40 percent of our electric power. The Associated Press rightly calls it ‘the workhorse of the US power system.’ The decision to move forward with this plan cruelly disregards the needs of workers, families, and seniors – in Western Pennsylvania and across America – who rely on coal's benefits and will feel very real pain if these regulations go through.

“For these reasons, I have proudly re-introduced the Coal Country Protection Act, a commonsense bill that will stop any new EPA regulations from affecting America's power plants until four specific outcomes are guaranteed: no job losses, no drop in GDP, no higher electricity rates, and no interruption in energy delivery. This legislation will defend hardworking Americans from the EPA's extreme overreach by stopping unfair, job-killing regulations in their tracks.

“As we've witnessed over the past six years, the Obama administration will implement its radical environmental agenda at any cost. This crucial fight is about protecting not just coal country but our whole country.”

NOTE: H.R. 2346 halts any new regulation or guidance by the EPA to limit carbon emissions from new or existing power plants until the following criteria are met:

  • The Secretary of Labor certifies to the EPA Administrator that the regulation will not generate loss of employment;
  • The Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) certifies to the EPA Administrator that the regulation will not result in any loss in U.S. gross domestic product;
  • The Administrator of the Energy Information Administration certifies to the EPA Administrator that the regulation will not increase electricity rates;
  • The Chairperson of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the President of the North American Electric Reliability Corp. certify to the Administrator that electricity delivery will remain reliable.

BACKGROUND: On August 4, 2014, The Wall Street Journal published a guest op-ed written by Rep. Kelly on the economic danger of the EPA's anti-coal regulations proposed under President Obama titled, “Pushing Back Against Obama's War on Coal.”

On July 29, 2014, Rep. Kelly formally invited President Obama to visit a coal mine in Western Pennsylvania. The visit would be personally arranged by Rep. Kelly and is designed to give the president an opportunity to meet the workers whose jobs are most directly threatened by the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The invitation, since re-iterated, has thus far been declined by the White House.

Rep. Kelly is a member of the Congressional Coal Caucus. On October 29, 2013, he delivered a memorable address at the National Mining Association’s “Rally for American Energy Jobs” on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol which can be viewed here.

 

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Rep. Kelly Argues Conservative Case for Trade Promotion Authority in Op-Ed for TIME

2015/06/03

“Distrust toward President Obama should make TPA more desirable, not less”

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) authored a new guest opinion piece published yesterday evening at TIME.com to describe why enacting Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) actually empowers Congress to supervise the Obama administration and that of future presidents for the sake of securing the strongest pro-growth trade agreements possible for America. The piece is featured by TIME Ideas, which “hosts the world’s leading voices, providing commentary and expertise on the most compelling events in news, society, and culture.”

Why Republicans Should Support ‘Fast-Track’ Authority for Obama — and Congress

By Rep. Mike Kelly

The debate over whether or not to enact the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 is entering the final stretch, and, as common in Washington, fiction is overtaking fact. As a result, should-be supporters are unnecessarily torn.

The legislation, approved by the Senate and on its way to the House floor, will establish a key policy partnership between the legislative and executive branches known as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Most observers call it “fast track” since it allows for easier congressional consideration of worthy trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Despite its nickname, TPA is carefully designed to give Congress a prolonged and unprecedented oversight role in the crafting of any trade agreement that a president may seek to negotiate. It is a critical watchdog mechanism for guaranteeing strong, job-creating agreements like TPP that will benefit American workers and ensure that our country is both shaping and dominating the global economy.

Most Democrats in Congress dislike both TPA and TPP for predictable ideological reasons. Many Republicans, however, seem to grasp the vast importance of the latter but are having trouble signing on to the former. They support the destination—pro-growth trade deals—but not the route for getting there.

This resistance stems mainly from a reluctance to grant President Barack Obama anything resembling more authority, along with the mythical notion that TPA would do such a thing. Yet an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service has fully confirmed that “TPA grants no new authority to the President.”

Nevertheless, many conservatives are still wary of approving TPA because of Obama’s well-known appetite for unilateral action and apparent flagrant distaste for the Constitution’s separation of powers. They believe his failure to uphold the “take care” clause and enforce laws he doesn’t like to be equally foreboding.

As a vocal critic of the president, I strongly sympathize with these concerns.

When it comes to respecting the boundaries of his authority, Obama has indeed proved to be untrustworthy. I believe his executive overreaches on health care, immigration, environmental protection, and other issues have been outrageous and thus wholeheartedly concur that there is no good reason to grant him new power or to cede him any power currently possessed by Congress. Fortunately, TPA does neither of these things.

Again, as conservative legal expert John Yoo has written, “Under fast track, the president does not exercise any new authority that he lacked before.” In the words of conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, “There is no congressional forfeiture of power.”

If anything, distrust toward President Obama should make TPA more desirable, not less.

From the onset, TPA includes nearly 150 objectives determined by Congress that an administration must pursue while at the negotiating table. These include rules for intellectual property rights, protections for cross-border data flows, currency manipulation restrictions, and even human rights provisions, among many others.

During the course of negotiations, TPA empowers any member of Congress to review a trade deal’s text as it is being decided and to receive detailed consultation from the U.S. Trade Representative at any time. Before a completed agreement can be signed by the president, the text must be made public for 60 days. Any legislation to implement the agreement must then sit in the public’s view for 30 more days before the president can ask Congress to consider it.

In other words, TPA makes it virtually impossible for Obama or any future president to keep the American people or their elected representatives in the dark.

Only if an administration follows every Congress-written negotiation objective and satisfies every Congress-centered consultation requirement can a trade agreement then receive a final vote in Congress. If an administration fails to fulfill its duties, then Congress can effectively turn TPA off—killing the trade deal in question altogether. And even once an agreement does get its day on the floor, there is still no guarantee that it will pass.

Considering all of the ironclad boxes that a president would have to check in order to turn his or her desired trade deal into reality, there is really nothing “fast” about TPA at all. In truth, a more accurate nickname for it would be “safe track” or even “smart track.” With TPA enacted, caution and wisdom in the name of American interests will accompany a trade deal’s creation from start to finish.

With 96% of the world’s customers living beyond our borders, opening new markets to American products and services is not just vital for competing on the world stage—it’s indispensable. Under TPA, Congress will always be in the driver’s seat and writing the rules of the negotiating road while the United States—not China—continues to write the rules of the global economy.

As the saying goes, even a broken clock is right twice a day. When it comes to TPA and the trade agreements to follow, the current administration is the broken clock. Conservatives in Congress should recognize the opportunity at hand and grant a crucial victory to the principles of American dominance, domestic prosperity, and government accountability that we hold so dear.

NOTE: Rep. Kelly is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and an appointee on the President’s Export Council.

 

* * * The full text of the bipartisan legislation to enact TPA can be viewed HERE. * * *

 

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Ways & Means Committee Approves Kelly Bill to Improve Medicare Advantage Transparency

2015/06/03

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – delivered the following remarks at today’s full committee mark-up hearing for H.R. 2505, the Medicare Advantage Coverage Transparency Act of 2015, which he introduced in the House of Representatives on May 21, 2015. The legislation will improve access to enrollment data in Medicare Advantage health plans by implementing an annual reporting requirement. The hearing featured the mark-up of ten health care-related bills.

“H.R. 2505, the Medicare Advantage Coverage Transparency Act, is a bill to make Medicare Advantage coverage more transparent for our seniors. With the passage of H.R. 2505, the [Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services] will be required to provide additional information on Medicare Advantage enrollment based on zip code, congressional district, and state. … The purpose of this additional data is to provide greater information to the public, to policymakers, and to others in the health care community, so that they may have the benefit of more and better information when making these decisions.

“In 2014, the majority of the 54 million people on Medicare were in the traditional Medicare program, with 30 percent enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans. Since 2004, the number of beneficiaries enrolled in private plans has tripled from 5.3 million to 15.7 million in 2014. In my home state of Pennsylvania, 18 percent of the total population of the commonwealth is enrolled in some sort of Medicare. Of that 18 percent, 39 percent of Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans. That means that about 7 percent of Pennsylvanians are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan.

“This legislation will give all of us, including me, the ability to know more information about how changes in Medicare Advantage plans in Washington will impact our constituents and our districts back home.”

Video of today’s full hearing can be viewed here.

NOTE: Rep. Kelly is a recipient of the 2015 Medicare Part D Patient Access Champion Award from the Alliance for Patient Access (AfPA) and the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP). The award is given to “commend leadership on behalf of Medicare Part D, in addition to a Member of Congress’ commitment to protecting the doctor/patient relationship and preserving the options and choices that are important to older Americans.” He has also been declared a 2015 Medicare Advantage Champion by the Coalition for Medicare Choices.

 

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Rep. Kelly Receives 2015 Medicare Part D Patient Access Champion Award

2015/06/01

Award presented for outstanding leadership on behalf of seniors

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) issued the following statement today in regard to receiving the 2015 Medicare Part D Patient Access Champion Award from the Alliance for Patient Access (AfPA) and the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP). The award is given to “commend leadership on behalf of Medicare Part D, in addition to a Member of Congress’ commitment to protecting the doctor/patient relationship and preserving the options and choices that are important to older Americans.”

“I am very grateful to receive this award and appreciate the important work being done by both of these distinguished organizations. Standing up for seniors in the Third District and throughout America is a key priority of mine in Washington. I will always be enthusiastically ready to work with any leader on either side of the aisle to defend our nation’s elderly and keep Medicare fully protected for all those who depend on it.”

BACKGROUND: Last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the cancellation of controversial changes to Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D following a bipartisan letter authored by Rep. Kelly to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner expressing concern and opposition to the proposed cuts to the Medicare programs.

Tomorrow, the House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing to mark-up Rep. Kelly’s latest legislation, the Medicare Advantage Coverage Transparency Act of 2015, which will improve access to enrollment data in Medicare Advantage health plans by implementing an annual reporting requirement.

NOTE: According to AfPA and NANASP, the Medicare Part D Patient Access Champion Award is given to Members of Congress who are:

  • Providing leadership in Congress to protect Medicare Part D on behalf of millions of American seniors and their families.
  • Preserving a vast selection of health coverage options for seniors so that they may choose the best plan for their health needs.
  • Ensuring access to affordable prescription drug coverage for seniors through the Medicare Part D program and opposing any efforts that would lead to increases in costs for seniors.
  • Demonstrating a continued commitment to protect the doctor/patient relationship for seniors and opposing any efforts that might weaken it in any way.
  • Opposing across the board cuts made by unelected boards.
  • Representing senior constituents with individual issues before government agencies so that they receive the benefits and services they have earned.
  • Supporting government services and necessary funding for senior programs in the Representative’s district.

 

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Rep. Kelly Presents 3rd District Community Champion Award to Yvonne Clark of New Castle

2015/05/28

Rep. Kelly with Yvonne Clark, Director of Walker’s Neighborhood House in Lawrence County

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) presented the 3rd District Community Champion Award for the second quarter of 2015 to Yvonne Clark, Director of Walker’s Neighborhood House in Lawrence County, yesterday morning at St. John United Holy Church in New Castle, PA.

Excerpts of Rep. Kelly’s official commendation for Mrs. Clark:

“Yvonne, the Director of Walker’s Neighborhood House in Lawrence County, has served both her family and community with excellence, leaving a legacy of compassion and integrity behind her that has impacted many.

“In 1979, Yvonne enrolled in the Pittsburgh Beauty Academy in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and graduated with honors shortly thereafter. Under the mentorship of a respected and accomplished local salon-owner, Yvonne learned the skills of the trade and eventually opened her own salon in 1984. When health issues demanded a change of course, Yvonne worked as a family service worker and then a job coach before returning to school at Midwestern Baptist School of Ministry. Again, she graduated with honors and received her Associate’s Degree in Women’s Ministry in 2006. Additionally, valuing her role as mother and grandmother, Yvonne became the primary caregiver for her three grandchildren when her daughter was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

“It was around this time that Walker’s Neighborhood House, a division of the Gussie M. Walker Community Outreach Organization, was established. The mission of this after-school program is to empower youth and families to be the best they can be by obtaining a better education, while also learning that through God all things are possible. By providing both tutoring and structured recreational opportunities for local youth in an area where 85% of the population is considered low-income, Walker’s Neighborhood House is breathing life back into a community and empowering our next generation of leaders. Under Yvonne’s devoted and impassioned leadership, over 2,500 students have walked through its doors and left changed for the better.

“Whether serving her family or her community, Yvonne has shown herself to be a leader in the truest sense of the word and a role model for the many that are privileged to know her. Furthermore, her dedication to directing the St. John United Holy Church Choir for thirty-five years and being a member of the praise team for fifteen gives evidence to the core Christian values that have informed her experiences and given strength when strength was needed along her journey. On behalf of many, I would like to express sincere gratitude and appreciation to Mrs. Yvonne Clark, a true Community Champion.”

Photos from yesterday’s award ceremony can be viewed here.

BACKGROUND: The 3rd District Community Champion Award is a quarterly citation created 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 given 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.

Last quarter’s award was presented to Sally Kohler of Erie County. Read more about it here and here.

 

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Rep. Mike Kelly Blasts Obamacare for Causing Higher Premiums

2015-06-24 16:16:55


Rep. Mike Kelly Defends Trade Promotion Authority on House Floor

2015-06-18 15:02:25


Rep. Mike Kelly Supports Medicare Advantage Coverage Transparency Act on House Floor

2015-06-17 22:48:06


Rep. Mike Kelly Congratulates Two PA Baseball Teams on Historic Championship Wins

2015-06-16 01:11:37


Rep. Mike Kelly Makes the Case for Trade Promotion Authority on House Floor

2015-06-11 20:47:46


Rep. Mike Kelly Blasts Obama Admin's Unlawful Implementation of Obamacare at W&M Hearing

2015-05-20 16:41:49


Rep. Kelly Calls for Renewal of Funding Ban for UN Arms Trade Treaty in NDAA

2015-05-15 14:18:29


Rep. Mike Kelly Calls for Passage of Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on House Floor

2015-05-13 17:34:42


Rep. Mike Kelly Pays Tribute to Erie Newspaper Icon Ed Mead on House Floor

2015-04-22 23:40:33


Rep. Mike Kelly Confronts IRS Commissioner About Funds Being Diverted From Customer Service

2015-04-22 21:35:26


Rep. Mike Kelly Calls for Repeal of Federal Death Tax on House Floor

2015-04-16 14:01:28


Rep. Mike Kelly Champions Taxpayer Knowledge of IRS Investigations Act on House Floor

2015-04-15 23:45:00


Rep. Mike Kelly Supports Taxpayer Knowledge of IRS Investigations Act on House Floor - Part II

2015-04-15 20:12:42


Rep. Mike Kelly Supports Taxpayer Knowledge of IRS Investigations Act on House Floor

2015-04-15 19:53:22


WICU TV in Erie Highlights House Small Brewers Caucus

2015-04-10 23:02:30


Rep. Mike Kelly Discusses Obama Admin's Dealings w/Iran, Treatment of Israel on Fox & Friends

2015-04-02 15:36:31


Rep. MIke Kelly Praises "Senior Fix" to Strengthen Medicare on House Floor

2015-03-26 16:07:13


Rep. Mike Kelly Pays Tribute to Father Hesburgh of Notre Dame on House Floor

2015-03-05 00:05:50


Rep. Mike Kelly Sends Message to 2015 Notre Dame Club of Erie Annual Awards Dinner

2015-02-27 17:56:57


Rep. Mike Kelly Calls for Passage of Conservation Easement Incentive Act

2015-02-12 20:45:07


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Ways and Means

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.


Serving With

Scott Perry

PENNSYLVANIA's 4th DISTRICT

Glenn Thompson

PENNSYLVANIA's 5th DISTRICT

Ryan Costello

PENNSYLVANIA's 6th DISTRICT

Patrick Meehan

PENNSYLVANIA's 7th DISTRICT

Mike Fitzpatrick

PENNSYLVANIA's 8th DISTRICT

Bill Shuster

PENNSYLVANIA's 9th DISTRICT

Tom Marino

PENNSYLVANIA's 10th DISTRICT

Louis Barletta

PENNSYLVANIA's 11th DISTRICT

Keith Rothfus

PENNSYLVANIA's 12th DISTRICT

Charlie Dent

PENNSYLVANIA's 15th DISTRICT

Joe Pitts

PENNSYLVANIA's 16th DISTRICT

Tim Murphy

PENNSYLVANIA's 18th DISTRICT

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