Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly


Rep. Kelly Calls on President Obama to Enact Bush-era Proposal to Update Nation’s Quarantine Rules


Proposed updates to protect nation from disease scrapped by Obama administration in 2010 after protest by ACLU Rep. Kelly: “An effective war on Ebola cannot be waged or won with policies from three decades ago”

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today, in light of the ongoing Ebola crisis, calling on President Obama to finalize a rule proposed under the Bush administration in 2005 (Vol. 70, No. 229, 71892) to update and revise regulations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to “prevent the introduction, transmission or spread of communicable diseases from foreign countries into the United States from one State or possession into another.” According to the federal register, the code of federal regulations that deals with foreign arrivals has not been updated since 1985. According to the summary of the 2005 rule proposal, “Having updated regulations in place is an important measure to ensure swift response to public health threats.”

Statement by Rep. Kelly:

“It is both frustrating and shocking that there has not been a significant update to our nation’s quarantine laws in nearly 30 years. In that time, there has been a dramatic increase in international travel as well an increased likelihood in the introduction, transmission, and spread of communicable diseases into America. Even though the world has changed, we’re still relying on rules written when the Berlin Wall was still standing. This is totally unacceptable. Just as an army cannot succeed with outdated weapons, an effective war on Ebola cannot be waged or won with policies from three decades ago. I call on President Obama and his administration to get over its concerns for political correctness and finally enact the 2005 proposed updates for the sake of the health and security of all Americans. It’s time to put America first.”

USA Today, 4/1/2010: “The Obama administration has quietly scrapped plans to enact sweeping new federal quarantine regulations that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention touted four years ago as critical to protecting Americans from dangerous diseases spread by travelers. … The American Civil Liberties Union [ACLU] had objected to potential passenger privacy rights violations and the proposal's ‘provisional quarantine’ rule.”

BACKGROUND: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) first proposed these regulatory updates on November 30, 2005, amid fear of the avian flu and as a result of the CDC’s experience during the spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus in 2003, when the agency faced difficulties locating and contacting airline passengers who might have been exposed to SARS during their travels. Upon announcing the proposed regulations, then-CDC Director Julie Gerberding stated that “[t]hese updated regulations are necessary to expedite and improve CDC operations by facilitating contact tracing and prompting immediate medical follow up of potentially infected passengers and their contacts.”

The updated regulations would expand reporting requirements for ill passengers onboard flights and ships arriving from foreign countries. They would require airlines and ocean liners to maintain passenger and crew lists with detailed contact information and to submit these lists electronically to CDC upon request. The lists would be used to notify passengers of their suspected exposure if a sick person were not identified until after the travelers had dispersed from an arriving carrier. Additionally, the rule proposal addresses the due process rights of passengers who might be subjected to quarantine after suspected exposure to disease.

NOTE: On October 7, 2014, Rep. Kelly sent a letter to President Obama urgently requesting information regarding the administration’s handling of the Ebola virus outbreak and details of a comprehensive strategy to stop the virus from affecting Americans. A copy of the letter can be viewed here.

On October 8, 2014, Rep. Kelly co-signed a bipartisan letter to President Obama urging him to take immediate action to prevent an outbreak of the Ebola virus in America by instituting travel restrictions, enhancing airport screenings, and possibly quarantining individuals who have traveled to or from the affected West African countries. The letter can be viewed here.

On October 9, 2014, Rep. Kelly sent a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Sylvia Burwell, and the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tom Frieden, expressing his deep concern about the possibility of the Ebola virus spreading to Pennsylvania. The letter was copied to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, and can be read here.


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ICYMI: Rep. Kelly’s Effort to Protect Americans from Ebola Featured by Pittsburgh News


Rep. Kelly: “Not just America but the world is in grave danger if we don’t get this under control right away”


WASHINGTON — Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) participated in an interview yesterday with reporter Jon Delano of the CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh (KDKA) as part of a feature on his call for a travel ban to Ebola-affected countries in Africa. The report can be read and watched here.

Excerpts from the feature:

“I think we are playing with something that is so contagious and so deadly that I’m not sure that the stance we are taking is aggressive enough,” U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, a Butler Republican, told KDKA political editor Jon Delano on Tuesday.

The outbreak of Ebola in the United States has caused some local Members of Congress to take a very strong stance, questioning whether the U.S. government is really doing all that it should.

Kelly has joined other Members of Congress in urging a travel ban on Americans to Ebola-affected African countries, except those engaged in fighting the disease, and a restriction on visas to Africans wanting to enter the United States.

“This disease is so communicable and can be transferred around the world in a matter of hours, I think not just America but the world is in grave danger if we don’t get this under control right away,” added Kelly.

NOTE: On October 7, 2014, Rep. Kelly sent a letter to President Obama urgently requesting information regarding the administration’s handling of the Ebola virus outbreak and details of a comprehensive strategy to stop the virus from affecting Americans. A copy of the letter can be viewed here.

On October 8, 2014, Rep. Kelly co-signed a bipartisan letter to President Obama urging him to take immediate action to prevent an outbreak of the Ebola virus in America by instituting travel restrictions, enhancing airport screenings, and possibly quarantining individuals who have traveled to or from the affected West African countries. The letter can be viewed here.

On October 9, 2014, Rep. Kelly sent a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Sylvia Burwell, and the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tom Frieden, expressing his deep concern about the possibility of the Ebola virus spreading to Pennsylvania. The letter was copied to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, and can be read here.


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Rep. Kelly Demands Action & Answers from President Obama to Stop Ebola Virus


Sends letter to White House seeking explanation of serious and proactive strategy” to protect nation from disease

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today after sending a letter to President Obama urgently requesting information regarding the administration’s handling of the recent Ebola virus outbreak and details of a comprehensive strategy to stop the virus from affecting Americans. A copy of the letter can be viewed here.

Statement by Rep. Kelly:

“This is a Paul Revere moment for the American people. Every citizen from coast to coast should be alert, informed, and totally engaged in our nation’s fight to thwart this disease. The potentially catastrophic threat posed by Ebola cannot be underestimated. Americans have every reason to be alarmed and should not hesitate to hold our federal government accountable for the actions it takes — and neglects to take. It is the government’s first and most fundamental Constitutional duty to protect its citizens from harm. The time for the president to take strong, competent, and decisive action is now. When a house is burning, the sooner the water starts pouring, the better. The same goes for this virus. This is not a Republican issue or a Democrat issue — it is a challenge to all Americans that must be matched before it’s too late.”

Excerpts of Rep. Kelly’s letter to President Obama:

I write today to express my deep concern regarding the spread of the Ebola virus and its entry into the United States.  Just this past week, it was reported that Thomas Eric Duncan, who entered the United States from Liberia, tested positive for Ebola.  In spite of his exposure, his travel was not stopped and he arrived in Dallas, Texas, by plane.  On behalf of my constituents and the American people, I request a detailed explanation for the lack of action by your administration to prevent the spread of Ebola to our nation.  I also request a thorough explanation of your administration’s strategy going forward to combat the Ebola virus from becoming a global pandemic.

Just weeks ago, you stated that it was “unlikely” that an individual infected with Ebola would come to the U.S.  Regrettably, that unlikely scenario has become a reality and our nation is in need of a serious solution.  Your appraisal of the situation was likely based on the history of previous outbreaks.  However, Peter Piot, who was a member of the team that discovered the Ebola virus in 1976, has stated that it has been clear to him since this past June that there is something fundamentally different about this outbreak.

The case of Mr. Duncan, coupled with the fatal nature and spread of this disease, demonstrates the need for a proactive and comprehensive response from the United States.  For this reason, I am requesting an answer to the following questions: 

1. A rule proposed in 2005 by President George W. Bush’s administration would have empowered the federal government to detain sick airline passengers and passengers exposed to certain diseases.  The rule was abandoned by your administration in 2009.  Can you elucidate the rationale driving the decision to abandon the rule and address whether, in light of the case of Mr. Duncan, the 2009 decision should be reevaluated? 

2. Does your administration have the authority, under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, to halt travel to nations on account of public health concerns?  If so, does your administration think such an action would be prudent now or at some future juncture? 

The U.S. must lead in arresting its spread while taking proactive measures to protect our nation and its people from the potential of devastating impact.  For this reason, it is my position that you should utilize your authority halt all commercial flights from the affected nations until the outbreak is contained.  You should also use your position of leadership to encourage other nations to do the same. It should be clear to all knowledgeable parties that containment of Ebola will not be possible as long as there is a constant flow of individuals arriving and leaving the nations that have the highest incidence.

NOTE: On October 9, 2014, Rep. Kelly sent a separate letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Sylvia Burwell, and the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tom Frieden. The letter expresses Rep. Kelly's deep concern about the possibility of the Ebola virus spreading to Pennsylvania, and poses the following four questions:

  1. What communication and training has occurred between the CDC and Pennsylvania’s health care community including hospitals, local health care clinics, urgent care centers, and physicians?
  1. Is there a statewide call number for health care professionals and the public to contact if there are Ebola preparedness concerns?   
  1. If there is an Ebola outbreak in Pennsylvania, what is the CDC’s contingency operation plans and what information have you disseminated to the above-mentioned health care groups?  
  1. Do you believe there is health care facility in the Commonwealth that is capable of handling several infected individuals at once or would they need to be transported to another facility?

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett was copied on the letter, a copy of which can be viewed here.



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Rep. Kelly Statement on Resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder


WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today in response to the announcement of Eric Holder’s impending resignation as U.S. Attorney General.

“Today’s announcement is a welcome yet long overdue relief for every American who believes in the integrity of our nation’s laws. From obstructing the truth behind the Fast and Furious operation to supporting President Obama’s circumvention of Congress to change laws, and so much more in between, Mr. Holder has repeatedly demonstrated his failure to properly do his job. Time and again, his crass neglect for transparency and enforcement of law amounted to a dereliction of duty. Looking ahead, I sincerely hope that Mr. Holder’s successor will bring fresh air and renewed discipline to the Justice Department and a firm respect for the Constitution as expected of the highest lawyer in our land. The American people deserve nothing less.”

NOTE: On June 29, 2012, Rep. Kelly – as a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) – joined a majority of the House of Representatives in voting to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress for his failure to comply with investigations into the Justice Department’s failed “Fast and Furious” operation. Rep. Kelly questioned AG Holder about the operation several months prior at an OGR hearing, which can be viewed here.

On February 12, 2014, Rep. Kelly authored and submitted a letter to AG Holder requesting an explanation of the Constitutional authority under which the Obama administration is carrying out the president’s pledge to use his “pen” and “phone” to “take executive actions and administrative actions” affecting existing laws without congressional involvement. The letter, which can be viewed here, was co-signed by 20 Members of Congress. The Justice Department has still not responded to Rep. Kelly’s request.


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Rep. Kelly to Appear as Special Guest at Higher Education Financial Aid Seminar


WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) will be welcomed as a special guest at an upcoming seminar in New Castle, PA to help students apply for and receive financial aid to attend colleges, universities, community colleges, trade schools, and business schools, as well as hospital school of nursing programs. The event will feature a presentation by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) in cooperation with the Lawrence County Community Action Partnership (LCCAP).

WHO: Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03)            Wendy Dunlap – Higher Education Access Partner, PHEAA

WHAT: PHEAA Financial Aid Education Night, a free seminar for students interested in                            applying for financial aid for post-secondary education. Rep. Kelly will deliver                            opening remarks.

DATE: Tuesday, October 7, 2014

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

LOCATION: Ben Franklin Early Learning Center                      815 Cunningham Ave.                      New Castle, PA 16101

Statement by Rep. Kelly:

“I believe that every young adult should have an opportunity to pursue a higher education, regardless of his or her economic background. In so many cases, a college degree can make a major difference in a student’s career potential that better enables that student to achieve his or her dreams. I encourage all senior students in the area to attend this free seminar and learn how to make obtaining financial aid for college or trade school as easy and effective as possible.”


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Rep. Kelly Co-Authors Bipartisan Letter to South Korean President Expressing Support for “Reunified Korea Free of Tyranny”


Bipartisan letter to President Park follows historic visit to Republic of Korea by Pope Francis

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – co-chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Korea – issued the following statement today after sending a bipartisan letter to President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) which he co-authored with fellow Korea caucus co-chairman Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA). The letter offers congratulations to President Park for hosting a successful visit by Pope Francis to South Korea last month, as well as expresses support for President Park’s recently-launched “Presidential Committee on Reunification” and “the trust-building process on the Korean Peninsula.” A copy of the letter – signed by 14 Members of Congress – can be viewed here.

Text of Rep. Kelly & Rep. Connolly’s letter:

“We are writing to congratulate you on the successful visit by‎ His Holiness Pope Francis to Korea last month. The visit not only highlighted but confirmed the important leadership role that Korea is actively playing in the Asia-Pacific region. Korea is a key U.S. ally, indispensable partner and friend, and our shared values have served as a cornerstone to freedom and prosperity.

“We applaud your strong leadership and conviction especially in light of the continued acts of destabilization by North Korea throughout the past year. We support your efforts to maintain a firm and consistent posture against any threats and provocations by North Korea, while also seeking avenues for peaceful dialogue with the North for the eventual reunification of the Korean Peninsula.

“To this end, we affirm the Pope's conveyance of his ‘appreciation for the efforts being made in favor of reconciliation and stability on the Korean Peninsula, and to encourage those efforts, for they are the only sure path to lasting peace.’ We further wish to express our support for the goals and vision that you eloquently articulated in your Dresden Address on reunification on March 28th. In particular, we wish to commend your initiatives aimed at increased family reunions, targeted humanitarian assistance and promotion of educational and cultural exchange programs.

“We are also aware that a Presidential Committee on Reunification has been established with the intent to be both ‘concrete and operational.’ We congratulate you on the creation of this important committee. And as you stated in your Joint Meeting of the Congress address to us last year, the trust-building process on the Korean Peninsula is an important policy priority, firmly rooted in the U.S.-Korea alliance, and we further applaud your efforts to create an international Peace Park at the DMZ.

“Madam President, we reiterate our support for your initiative for peace and cooperation in Northeast Asia as well as your goals and vision outlined in your Dresden Address. May we one day see a reunified Korea free of tyranny, oppression and suffering and we look forward to partnering with you in the United States Congress to realize this important and shared objective.”


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Rep. Kelly Champions Package of Jobs Bills on House Floor


House considers major legislation to boost job creation & increase American energy production


Rep. Kelly: “The greatest emerging economy the world has ever seen is sitting right here within our borders”

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – delivered a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives today in support of H.R. 4, the Jobs for America Act, a package of 15 House-passed bills that will make various changes to federal law to improve the conditions necessary for economic growth and job creation. The speech took place ahead of the House’s consideration of H.R. 4 and H.R. 2, the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act, a compilation of 14 bills to improve America’s energy infrastructure passed by the House during the 113th Congress. Rep. Kelly will vote for both packages this evening.

Highlights from Rep. Kelly’s speech:

“The world is looking for the next great emerging economy, and you know where it is? It’s right here. It’s us. It sits here in this country. And we talk about the American people. What are they tired of? They’re tired of political talk and not policy change that will get them back to work. This morning, Mr. Speaker, 92 million Americans woke up—you know what they decided? That they weren’t even going to go look for a job today, because there is no hope in finding a job today.”

“The president of Ukraine came to the United States today to ask for help. He didn’t go anywhere else in the world. He came here. Why did he come to the United States? Why did he come to America? Why for centuries have people come to America? For opportunity, for jobs, to make their life better.”

“We have to sit and debate a jobs package? And we want to talk about politics. We don’t want to talk about the policy of it? We don’t want to talk about the opportunity that this country has always presented. Are you kidding me?”

“If there is dysfunction—there is, down in the Senate, where 360 pieces of legislation are on a table because one man – one man – stands in the way of this legislation, and it is the leader of the Senate [Harry Reid]. … Please, get away from the politics. We are sick of it as a people.”

“The opportunity is off the charts. A new day is dawning and the only thing holding it back right now is the cloud cover that comes from Washington, DC, where we refuse to create opportunity and instead create anger. And we create dissatisfaction. We create confusion, and the American people sit back and say, ‘Why me? Why Now? Why here?’ And that is the great question: ‘Why?’

“After six years of waiting to see this great country emerge again with all the assets we have been given – and they are gifts from God, but we haven’t capitalized on them – the American people want something done. This is a package of jobs bills, my friends. This gets America back to work, my friends. This makes America great again. This makes us who we are. This is the very fabric of who this country has always been: the greatest nation in the world, always a defender of personal freedoms and liberties. But we can only do it if we have a dynamic and robust economy.”

“It’s time to stop talking politics and start talking policy. It’s time to get America back to work. A new day is dawning. A new opportunity is waiting for us. And the greatest economy – the greatest emerging economy the world has ever seen – is sitting right here within our borders and the only thing it’s looking for right now is dynamic leadership and direction.”

NOTE: The American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act (H.R. 2) includes the following 14 bills:

· H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, authored by Representative Lee Terry, which allows construction of the Keystone XL pipeline;

· H.R. 1963, the Bureau of Reclamation Conduit Hydropower Development Equity and Jobs Act, authored by Representative Steve Daines, which streamlines the development of hydropower on federal lands;

· H.R. 2640, the Central Oregon Jobs and Water Security Act, authored by Representative Greg Walden, which allows for construction of a hydropower facility at the Bowman Dam;

· H.R. 2728, the Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act, authored by Representative Bill Flores, which protects American energy production by recognizing states’ authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing;

· H.R. 4801, Requiring the Secretary of Energy to prepare a thermal insulation report, authored by Representative Adam Kinzinger, which studies the impact and cost effectiveness of thermal insulation in federal buildings;

· H.R. 3301, the North American Energy Infrastructure Act, authored by Chairman Fred Upton, which strengthens our partnerships with Canada and Mexico in order to build a more secure and efficient North American energy market;

· H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, authored by Representative Cory Gardner, which expedites the export of U.S. liquefied natural gas to our allies;

· H.R. 1582, the Energy Consumers Relief Act, authored by Representative Bill Cassidy, which ensures Congressional oversight of energy-related rules costing more than $1 billion;

· H.R. 1900, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act, authored by Representative Mike Pompeo, which modernizes the review process for natural gas pipeline permit applications;

· H.R. 2641, the Responsible And Professionally Invigorating Development Act, authored by Representative Tom Marino, which establishes a more streamlined and transparent federal permitting process for construction projects;

· H.R. 3826, the Electricity Security & Affordability Act, authored by Representative Ed Whitfield, which protects reliable and affordable electricity sources; 

· H.R. 2824, the Preventing Government Waste & Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America Act, authored by Representative Bill Johnson, which prevents the Administration from developing new, job-killing coal regulations; and

· H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gas Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act, authored by Chairman Doc Hastings, Representative Doug Lamborn, Representative Scott Tipton, and Representative Bill Johnson, which removes federal government barriers that block production of U.S. energy sources offshore and expands onshore American energy production by streamlining government red-tape and regulations.

The Jobs for America Act (H.R. 4) includes the following 15 bills:

· H.R. 2575, the Save American Workers Act, authored by Representative Todd Young, which repeals Obamacare’s 30-hour definition of full-time employment;

· H.R. 899, the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act, authored by Representative Virginia Foxx, which equips Congress and the public with tools to determine the true costs of regulations;

· H.R. 2804, the Achieving Less Excess in Regulation and Requiring Transparency (ALERRT) Act, authored by Representative George Holding, Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Representative Doug Collins, and Representative Spencer Bachus, which promotes jobs, better wages, and economic growth through regulatory reform;

· H.R. 367, Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, authored by Representative Todd Young, which ensures that Congress votes on all new major rules before they can be enforced;

· H.R. 1105, the Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act, authored by Representative Robert Hurt, which prevents Dodd-Frank Act regulations from diverting capital from small- and medium-sized businesses;

· H.R. 2274, the Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, and Brokerage Simplification Act, authored by Representative Bill Huizenga, which streamlines regulatory requirements to help facilitate capital formation to grow small- and medium-sized businesses;

· H.R. 3474, the Hire More Heroes Act, authored by Representative Rodney Davis, which incentivizes businesses to hire veterans by excluding them from Obamacare’s employer mandate threshold; 

· H.R. 1526, Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, authored by Chairman Doc Hastings, which will put Americans back to work by promoting responsible timber production;

· H.R. 761, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act, authored by Representative Mark Amodei, which allows the U.S. to develop resources that are critical to our economic competiveness;

· H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, authored by Chairman Bob Goodlatte, which protects internet access for all Americans and fosters growth in the digital economy;

· H.R. 4438, the American Research and Competitiveness Act, authored by Representative Kevin Brady, which makes the R&D Tax Credit permanent, paving the way for increased innovation and investment in the U.S.;

· H.R. 4457, the America's Small Business Tax Relief Act, authored by Representative Pat Tiberi, which makes section 179 expensing permanent ensuring that our small businesses have the certainty they need to grow their businesses and create jobs;

· H.R. 4453, the S Corporation Permanent Tax Relief Act, authored by Representative  Dave Reichert, which provides the necessary flexibility for S corporations to access capital and make new investments; and

· H.R. 4718, Amending the Internal Revenue code of 1986, authored by Representative Pat Tiberi, making bonus depreciation permanent in order to lower the cost of capital for businesses.

ICYMI: Rep. Kelly is the lead sponsor of H.R. 4808, the Coal Country Protection Act, a bill he introduced in the House of Representatives on June 5, 2014, to protect jobs threatened by overreaching EPA regulations. On Monday, August 4, 2014, The Wall Street Journal published a guest op-ed written by Rep. Kelly on the economic danger of the EPA's coal regulations proposed under President Obama titled, “Pushing Back Against Obama's War on Coal.”


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Rep. Kelly Honored with ‘Guardian of Small Business’ Award


WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) issued following statement today after receiving the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) for his strong voting record in support of small business in the 113th Congress.

“I am proud and honored to receive this award, just as I am always proud to stand up for small businesses in Western Pennsylvania and across our great country. As a small business owner myself, I know full well how much these enterprises contribute to their surrounding communities in terms of widespread employment and economic activity.  It is incredibly important for elected leaders to recognize the unparalleled economic power provided by small businesses and ensure that they are able to prosper and create opportunity without the burden of overbearing taxation and regulation. We have a responsibility to help small businesses thrive in order to grow our economy and create new family-sustaining jobs for our constituents.”



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House Passes 3 Bills Co-Sponsored by Rep. Kelly to Stop Future IRS Abuse


Rep. Kelly: “As the lessons of this shameful saga are learned, remedies for the IRS’s corruption must be carried out”

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight – issued the following statement today after the House of Representatives passed three pieces of legislation authored by Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany, M.D. (R-LA) to limit the power of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the wake of ongoing investigations into the agency’s unlawful targeting of conservative organizations. Rep. Kelly is the sole original co-sponsor of each bill.

“I strongly commend my colleagues in the House for passing today’s commonsense bills to protect all Americans from future overreach by the IRS. Our committee’s ongoing investigation into the agency’s scandalous abuses has simultaneously revealed meaningful ways to prevent such abuse from ever being repeated. Today’s legislation makes it clear that as the lessons of this shameful saga are learned, remedies for the IRS’s corruption can and must be carried out. Never again should the most feared federal entity be permitted to target, punish, or harass innocent American citizens for simply excising their lawfully protected right to free speech. The Senate now has a duty to follow our lead and defend the rights of the American people by supporting these bills, along with other measures already passed by the People’s House.”

NOTE: Today’s three House-passed bills to prevent future abuse by the IRS include:

· H.R. 5418: To prohibit officers and employees of the Internal Revenue Service from using personal email accounts to conduct official business.

· H.R. 5419: To provide tax-exempt groups the right to an administrative appeal relating to adverse determinations of tax-exempt status.

· H.R. 5420: To permit the release of certain information to victims regarding the status of investigations into leaks of their personal taxpayer information.

BACKGROUND: Rep. Kelly has been a prominent vocal leader in the ongoing pursuit for answers since news of the IRS scandal first broke. He is the original sponsor of the Government Employee Accountability Act, which would grant all federal agencies the power to fire reckless Senior Executive Service (SES) employees (such as Lois Lerner) on the spot, or place them on “investigative leave” without pay. The legislation was passed by the House of Representatives on August 1, 2013, as part of H.R. 2879, the Stop Government Abuse Act, by a bipartisan vote of 239-176.


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Rep. Kelly Introduces Enhanced Security Clearance Act of 2014


Bill would prevent high-risk figures like Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, Nidal Hasan, and Aaron Alexis from gaining security clearance Introduced on first anniversary of DC Navy Yard shooting

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today after introducing H.R. 5482, the Enhanced Security Clearance Act of 2014, in the House of Representatives. The legislation will enhance the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) background check system for the granting, denial, or revocation of security clearances or access to classified information of employees and contractors of the federal government. In particular, the bill will update government background checks to include an applicants’ publicly available electronic data including social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter. Similar bipartisan legislation has been approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee and is being sponsored by Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND).

Rep. Kelly:

“It is long past time for our government’s hiring office to catch up with the present in order to catch and prevent future threats to our nation’s wellbeing. Because of OPM’s outdated practices, nefarious characters with security clearances have been able to obtain and maintain employment within our government, which has ultimately resulted in tragedy and treason. This bill will help stop the Snowdens, Mannings, Hasans, and Alexis’s of the world from holding any federal job that could be abused at the expense of our national defense. Especially in light of today’s anniversary of the Navy Yard shooting, it is critical that we remember the grave costs of security-related oversights and do not hesitate to take obvious and overdue action to save American lives.”

Associated Press on Aaron Alexis, the Navy Yard shooter, September 24, 2013:

“The gaps in his record eventually allowed him to work in the secure Navy building where he gunned down 12 workers … underscoring weaknesses with the clearance process.”

Geoffrey Andrews, Chief Operating Officer, Social Intelligence:

“Social media and publicly available electronic information provide unique perspective and deep insight into an individual’s character and judgment, complimenting traditional data sources; this kind of information should be central to any security clearance screening. The opportunities for improving our existing security clearance processes are well documented, and the Enhanced Security Clearance Act of 2014 is a concrete step toward taking advantage of new technologies, analytics and data sources to improve national security. This bill will not only advance security clearance processes, but facilitate the creation of new technology centered jobs focused on implementing these enhancements. Our office and team in Grove City, Pennsylvania will be at the forefront of innovation as we strive to support this critical mission.”


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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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Scott Perry


Glenn Thompson


Jim Gerlach


Patrick Meehan


Mike Fitzpatrick


Bill Shuster


Tom Marino


Louis Barletta


Keith Rothfus


Charlie Dent


Joe Pitts


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