* * * The following statement was originally posted by Rep. Kelly on Twitter on Saturday, August 12th, shortly after the fatal attack in Charlottesville, Virginia. * * *“The bigotry and violence on display in Charlottesville was a disgrace and insult to every American value. I pray for all the victims of the terrifying attacks that took place. I strongly condemn the perpetrators and their cause. Americans of goodwill from every background can and must unite to stamp out the senseless, despicable scourge of white supremacy forever. May all patriotic citizens join together in eradicating such vile hatred from our society.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today to announce that the Pennsylvania State University has been awarded a $50,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant by the Great Lakes Commission. The Pennsylvania State University’s project will stabilize a section of streambank and allow water flows to return to the center of the channel.
Statement by Rep. Kelly:
“I congratulate the Pennsylvania State University on this significant recognition of their important work to protect the health of our waterways and communities. This grant also highlights the need to continue funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in order to continue protecting the Great Lakes, which are a vital economic engine for our entire district, region, and country.”
Statement by Tim Eder, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Commission:
“I’d like to congratulate the Pennsylvania State University for being awarded this grant in support of their work protecting the health and sustainability of our Great Lakes. This project demonstrates the power of the GLRI to generate critical economic and environmental improvements for communities throughout the region. Thank you to Rep. Kelly for his continued support of this important initiative.”
Every year, tons of polluting phosphorus and sediments enter the Great Lakes Basin, causing massive economic and environmental losses and damages and contributing to the formation of Harmful Algal Blooms and dead zones. The Great Lakes Commission manages the Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program which strategically addresses this problem with a unique, targeted grassroots approach which awards grants to nonfederal agencies and nonprofit organizations in priority watersheds throughout the region.
This year, 18 projects totaling more than $1.6 million were funded by the Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program to install on-the-land practices to reduce phosphorus runoff and sedimentation into the Great Lakes.
Funding for this program is provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative under a cooperative agreement between the Great Lakes Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) participated in a “Made in America” roundtable discussion yesterday afternoon in in the East Room of the White House that featured representatives from 20 different companies that manufacture their products in the United States, including Channellock, Inc. from Meadville, Pennsylvania. The meeting was hosted by President Donald Trump and was also attended by Vice President Mike Pence, Department of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, Director of the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro, and U.S. Representatives Frank Lucas (R-OK), Erik Paulsen (R-MN), and Claudia Tenney (R-NY). While addressing President Trump, Rep. Kelly handed him a copy of his recent legislation, the Invent and Manufacture in America Act (H.R. 3068), to boost domestic manufacturing and create jobs. During remarks by Jon DeArment, president of Channellock, Inc., President Trump personally evaluated a set of pliers produced by the company.
President Trump, Jon DeArment, Rep. Kelly
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) delivered remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday evening in support of his bill (H.R. 2210) to designate the community living center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Butler Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, as the "Sergeant Joseph George Kusick VA Community Living Center". The legislation – co-sponsored by all 18 members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation – was passed by the House with unanimous support (401-0) following Rep. Kelly’s address.
Excerpt of Rep. Kelly's floor dedication (as prepared for delivery):
Joseph George Kusick of Bruin, Pennsylvania, was assigned to the U.S. Army’s Command and Control Detachment of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) during the Vietnam War. On November 8th, 1967, Sergeant Kusick distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving as the radio operator of a Special Forces reconnaissance team on a combat mission deep in hostile territory. Sergeant Kusick, although seriously wounded during an enemy ambush, refused aid and radioed the forward air controller to advise him of the critical situation. While the team leader led a withdrawal to a landing zone, Sergeant Kusick maintained contact with the controller and requested emergency extraction for the reconnaissance team.
Sergeant Kusick realized the importance of having a radio operator on the ground to direct landings, and so he refused evacuation by the first helicopter. After the second helicopter was shot down, he continued to maintain radio contact in the midst of enemy fire and called for a hoist extraction of the men still remaining on the ground. Sergeant Kusick finally boarded the last helicopter, which was shot down by intense Viet Cong fire and crashed in flames, resulting in the death of this great American hero.
On December 22nd of the same year, Sergeant Kusick was posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action. The citation to accompany the award of the Silver Star Medal stated that his “gallantry in action, at the cost of his life, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.”
Passing this bill and renaming the VA community living center after Sergeant Kusick will allow us to honor his sacrifice as well as that of his fellow soldiers who survived the war and continue to live among us as our family, friends, and neighbors.
I am grateful to the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars for supporting this bill. I also thank my colleagues in the Pennsylvania delegation for their unanimous support, and I ask all of my House colleagues to join me today in passing H.R. 2210. This bill signifies our gratitude to Sergeant Kusick and to all those who have given so much, including their very lives, in defense of the United States.
Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee:
“Sergeant Joseph George Kusick’s bravery and selflessness in battle helped saved the lives of his fellow soldiers during the Vietnam War. It is only fitting and appropriate that we honor Sergeant Kusick’s service and sacrifice by naming the Butler County VA community living center after him. I am grateful to Rep. Kelly for introducing this bill and for allowing us to honor and forever remember this American hero.”
WASHINGTON — The Washington Examiner has published a special profile on legislation recently introduced by U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA). The bill, the Invent and Manufacture in America Act (H.R. 3068), was featured in the “Good Bill Hunting” section of this week’s issue. President Donald Trump has declared this week to be “Made in America Week.”
Highlights from the article:
A bipartisan and bicameral group of lawmakers is proposing a bill that would incentivize and boost American manufacturing, in addition to research and development, as the Trump administration looks to keep a promise from the presidential campaign.
Reps. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., and Ron Kind, D-Wis., with Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Pat Roberts, R-Kan., have introduced the Invent and Manufacture in America Act, a bill that would give a tax credit to companies that not only conduct research and development, but also manufacture products resulting from that R&D as well.
Kelly argues that incentivizing work is one of the main drivers of entrepreneurial success and would be a boon to a U.S. manufacturing sector that has struggled to keep up in recent years. Since 2001, the U.S. has lost more than five million manufacturing jobs while only 1 in 10 Americans work in manufacturing, down from 1 in 4 during the 1960s, when U.S. manufacturing hit its peak.
"I'm from the private sector," Kelly said. "What we've found that works best: If you want to do something, you usually incentivize any good behavior. So, we're looking at the loss of jobs we've had — manufacturing jobs, the number of manufacturing plants have closed, and when you ask them why is it that you've closed ... why did you choose to actually assemble it someplace else, it's usually because of a more favorable tax situation.
"Most of the stuff since I've been in office I've looked at when we've talked to people as to why they're leaving, it's because they feel that the policies that have come forward make it harder for them to be profitable and harder to exist," he said.
Kelly said that Erie, which he represents as part of the Pennsylvania's 3rd Congressional District, has lost roughly 1/3 of its manufacturing jobs in recent years, most of which have left the country altogether.
"I think it's going to build as more people see it," Kelly said. "Between Ron Kind and myself — we both sit on Ways and Means [Committee]. We both come from very similar districts. ... Our main objective for both of us is to get our constituents back to work. I really don't know how they're registered, or how they vote, but know they're very disappointed in the fact that they've been left out in this recovery."
The Erie Republican says he expects the legislation to move quickly through the House and, ultimately, through the Senate. At the latest, he expects the bill to pass the House by the end of September and plans to speak more with the administration in the coming weeks.
WASHINGTON — This morning the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018, which funds the United States Armed Forces and ensures that American troops have the resources required to successfully defend the homeland and achieve their missions abroad, by a bipartisan vote of 344-81. The legislation included the annual amendment offered by U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) to ban funding by the Department of Defense (DoD) for the implementation of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The amendment was adopted yesterday by unanimous vote. During his speech on the House floor, Rep. Kelly urged the Trump administration to formally withdraw the U.S. from the treaty, which was signed by the Obama administration in 2013 but never ratified.
Statement by Rep. Kelly on passage of NDAA:
“This bill provides our nation’s defenders and warfighters with the resources they need to defeat our enemies and keep Americans safe. Among other features, this NDAA also includes a well-earned 2.4 percent pay raise for our troops—the largest in eight years. Additionally, I am very pleased that my colleagues once again unanimously approved my amendment to prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to undermine our sovereignty or the safety of our allies. I look forward to the Senate following our lead and sending this critical legislation to the president’s desk to become law.”
Rep. Kelly’s floor statement on ATT amendment:
“Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of my amendment to H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, to prohibit federal funds from being used to implement the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty unless the Senate first ratifies the treaty.
“This language is identical to the version of my amendment that was enacted into law in last year’s NDAA and reflects the consistent will of the American people and the unified position of Congress in opposition to this misguided and dangerous treaty.
“The U.N. ATT is a deeply flawed agreement signed by the Obama administration in 2013. It would undermine our national sovereignty, harm our most vulnerable allies, and threaten the Second Amendment rights of every single American people. Turning over our arms trade policy to the United Nations is just wrong-headed.
“The ATT would force the United States – the world’s most important defender of liberty and democracy – onto equal footing with the world’s worst dictatorships and terror-sponsors. It would be readily politicized by bad actors around the world to try to stop America from providing arms to our friends and allies, including Israel, South Korea, and others.
“In short, just like gun control, it would stop the good from doing good without stopping the bad from doing bad.
“Congress has stood strong for the past six years on this issue. Together we were successful at stopping the Obama administration from ever implementing this treaty or using hardworking American taxpayer dollars to promote it.
“Nevertheless, our work is not over. One of former President Obama’s parting shots as he left office was to submit the ATT to our colleagues in the Senate for ratification — even though he knew it was dead on arrival.
“Regardless of who is seated in the Oval Office, renewing this ban is important because no presidency is permanent. A future administration may well try even harder to put this treaty into effect.
“Fortunately, in Donald Trump, we now have a president who believes in protecting our sovereignty in every possible way. America should never cede its sovereignty to the United Nations to determine its arms trade policies.
“Therefore, in addition to supporting this amendment, I strongly urge President Trump and Secretary Tillerson to take the final step and officially withdraw the United States from the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty once and for all. It’s time to tear it up!
“I urge my colleagues to stand with me in support of the Second Amendment and our nation’s sovereignty, and vote in support of my amendment to renew the annual ban on funding the ATT.”
BACKGROUND: Since 2013, Rep. Kelly has been 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.
On December 2, 2016, the House passed S. 2943, the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2017, which included Rep. Kelly’s annual amendment to continue the ban on funding by the Department of Defense for the implementation of the ATT. The amendment was the strongest version to date, updating the language of Rep. Kelly’s previous amendments that were enacted into law in previous NDAAs. President Obama singed this bill into law on December 23, 2016.
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 Invent and Manufacture in America Act (H.R. 3068) in the House of Representatives. This legislation would provide a tax credit for companies that not only conduct research & development (R&D) in the United States but domestically manufacture products resulting from said R&D as well. The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI). The Senate version was introduced earlier this month by Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Pat Roberts (R-KS).
Statement by Rep. Kelly (R-PA):
“The 21st century has seen the loss of more than 70,000 manufacturing plants and more than 5 million manufacturing jobs in America. It is long past time for a turnaround plan. This bill is a bipartisan solution to this unacceptable trend. Scientific research and technological innovation are massive economic drivers that need to be supported. Manufacturers not only strengthen our economy and provide good jobs but also help create separate jobs in supporting industries. It just makes sense to encourage both R&D and manufacturing to take place domestically. By making it easier for companies to carry out the entire production process here in America, from conception to creation, we can rejuvenate our entire manufacturing sector and help new jobs be created for Americans. I call on my colleagues in both parties and both houses to support this commonsense bill.”
Rep. Kind (D-WI):
“With an increasing number of manufacturers choosing to move production overseas it is critical that we take action to curb this trend by incentivizing them to expand and create more jobs here at home. Wisconsin manufacturers are economic drivers in our local communities. Working on policies, like the Invent and Manufacture in America Act, that level the playing field here at home is critical to helping businesses innovate and create jobs.”
Sen. Roberts (R-KS):
“Research and development in new technologies and new products is an important source of economic growth. The new technologies, products, and lower prices generated by investments in R&D create new jobs, raise wages, and create new demand for goods and services. Our legislation would increase cash flow for small businesses and start-ups involved in R&D intensive activities by reducing past, current and future tax liabilities leading to permanent tax savings.”
Sen. Coons (D-DE):
“To remain the world’s leading economy in the 21st century, we must continue to expand investments in research and development, which is the lifeblood of economic growth. But it’s not simply enough to invent products in the United States. Those products should also be manufactured here. A strong, growing manufacturing sector will create jobs and drive more foreign direct investment and reshoring to the United States. That’s why I’m proud to partner with Senator Roberts to introduce bipartisan legislation that will help companies invent and make their products in America.”
Keith Roe, President, American Society of Mechanical Engineers:
“The Invent and Manufacture in America Act amplifies the success of the R&D tax credit by expanding its benefits to more fully serve the American worker. When American innovations are manufactured abroad, we surrender our competitive advantage. This bill will strengthen innovation at home and make the United States more competitive globally by encouraging more domestic R&D and manufacturing. When goods and technologies are manufactured where they are invented, it promotes further advances and allows the entire innovation pipeline to reinvigorate itself more quickly.”
NOTE: The Invent and Manufacture in America Act has been endorsed by: the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the American Small Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC), and the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM).
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today regarding the unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate most of President Trump’s travel ban, first introduced via executive order in January and revised in March.
“Like President Trump and many in our national security community, I applaud the Supreme Court for allowing the federal government to carry out its constitutional duty to protect the American people. The reality of today’s war is that the enemy is committed to using every possible means to murder our citizens on our soil, including infiltration and exploitation of our country’s extraordinary spirit of compassion and acceptance, as in Europe. I believe the president’s order, and today’s decision permitting most of its implementation, will help take a strategic weapon out of our enemies’ hands and give us an important advantage over their ambitions. I remain confident that the Trump administration can meet the task of upholding our country’s values while fulfilling its number one job: keeping us safe in a dangerous world.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today regarding this morning’s shooting in Alexandria, Virginia.
“Early this morning, while I was attending mass at St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill, my colleagues in Alexandria came under a targeted attack that has left me saddened, sickened, but also grateful that it was not as gruesome as it could have been. I have known my friend Steve Scalise since first coming to Congress and have spent most of the day praying for his full recovery and that of the other innocent victims. The fact that everyone at that field was practicing for a bipartisan baseball game for charity makes this attack all the more tragic and disturbing. Thanks to the heroism of the security officers on the scene, untold lives were saved and a potential massacre was prevented. I wholeheartedly salute them, and all of the Capitol Police, for their daily professionalism and service to our nation. As we move forward as a Congress and a country, I believe it’s time for all Americans to regain perspective about what our democracy should entail. Fueling our politics with the unadulterated hatred we’ve seen in recent months only serves to dehumanize our leaders, denigrate our First Amendment, and endanger our fellow citizens. It’s time to start seeing the best in each other, not only assuming the worst.”
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 the 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: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
TIME: 7:00 – 8:00 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 look forward to once again engaging with my constituents during this interactive event and hearing 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 travel anywhere. Last quarter’s hugely successful event attracted more than 6,000 participants from all seven counties and covered every topic on their minds — local, national, and international. Enabling constituents to participate from their own homes 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.”
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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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