Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

PENNSYLVANIA's 3rd DISTRICT

Rep. Kelly Hails New Blueprint for Tax Reform

2016/06/24

Pro-growth plan part of House GOP “Better Way” agenda for 2017 and beyond

  

Rep. Kelly with Speaker Ryan, Majority Whip Scalise, Chairman Brady, and other members of the Ways & Means Committee at this morning’s roll-out in the U.S. Capitol

“There is no perfect way to tax, but there is a proven way to promote growth — and this is it”

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today regarding the unveiling of the Tax Reform Blueprint by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX). The blueprint, part of the “A Better Way” program crafted by House Republicans, is a detailed, credible, fiscally responsible plan to create a modern tax code built for economic growth. Rep. Kelly joined Speaker Ryan and Chairman Brady at a press conference this morning in the Rayburn Room in the U.S. Capitol to formally introduce the blueprint. The full plan can be read here.

“Our country is currently being held back by its own broken tax code. The code is too old, too long, too complicated, and, of course, much too costly for everyday American taxpayers. Even worse, it has become a bloated barrier to the kind of economic growth we should already be experiencing. In other words, it represents everything Americans know is wrong with their government. It is time for a better way, and that time is now.

“This plan is an answer to the American people’s greatest frustrations with taxes. It will finally update the tax code for the 21st Century and thoroughly reform it to meet the needs and expectations of today’s hardworking taxpayers. This plan will make taxes lower, fairer, simpler, and easier than ever to understand. In fact, with these reforms, most taxpayers will be able to file them on a form the size of a postcard. Our plan will also restructure the IRS so that it actually exists as a service shop for taxpayers to rely upon for easy, private guidance. Gone will be an agency that intimidates, frightens, and targets innocent taxpayers.

“For too long our tax code has weighed our economy down. This plan will lift the wet blanket off our private sector and allow a wave of new jobs, new investments, and new enterprises to flourish. Lower rates for all will mean more money in everyone’s pockets, from young workers to business owners to families of all sizes. No longer will businesses be forced to go overseas to survive but instead be attracted to stay in America to thrive and put more Americans back to work. There may not be a perfect way to tax, but there is a proven way to promote lasting economic growth and this is it.

“I applaud Speaker Ryan and Chairman Brady for their determined leadership throughout the construction of this plan for all Americans. I look forward to presenting it to the American people in the weeks and months to come and touting all of its features and benefits. The nation will have a crystal clear choice for the future: stick with the hopeless status quo, or embrace a simpler tax code that lets America lead the world again with a dynamic and robust economy.”

NOTE: An abbreviated summary of the Tax Reform Blueprint can be viewed here. The rest of the A Better Way program, including blueprints for five other issue areas, can be viewed here.

Rep. Kelly joined Chairman Brady after this morning’s press conference to discuss the Tax Reform Blueprint with reporters

 

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House Unanimously Passes Kelly Bill to Name Butler VA Health Clinic After Local Hero Abie Abraham

2016/06/22

Rep. Kelly introduced bill to honor Butler County World War II veteran, gave dedication on House floor WATCH HERE

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) delivered remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday evening in support of his bill (H.R. 5317) to designate the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care center in Center Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, as the “Abie Abraham VA Clinic.” After his dedication, the legislation was approved by the House by a unanimous voice vote.

From Rep. Kelly's dedication:

Abie Abraham, of Lyndora, Pennsylvania, – who passed away in Butler in 2012 – was a man who exemplified extraordinary valor and lifelong service to the United States, in both domestic and international assignments.

Abie was stationed during World War II with the 18th Infantry in New York; three years with the 14th Infantry in Panama; 15th Infantry, unassigned in China, while the Panay was sunk; 30th Infantry in Presidio, San Francisco; and the 31st Infantry in Manila, Philippines, for nine years.

During World War II, Abie fought, was captured, endured the Bataan Death March, and, as a prisoner of war for three and a half years, was beaten, stabbed, and shot, and survived malaria and starvation until he was eventually rescued by the 6th Rangers.

Yet Abie stayed behind at the request of General Douglas MacArthur for two and a half more years disinterring the bodies of his fallen comrades from the Bataan Death March and the prison camps, helping to identify their bodies and see that they were each properly laid to rest.

After his promotion in 1945, Abie came back to the United States where he served as a recruiter, and then also served two years in Germany until his retirement with 30 years of service as a Master Sergeant.

Abie received numerous medals for his service, including the Purple Heart, and was even featured in several documentaries on The Discovery Channel and The History Channel.

Indeed, Abie's service to our country and to our veterans was truly ceaseless. From 1988 to 2011, Abie was a volunteer at VA Butler Healthcare, where he spent 36,851 service hours caring for our veterans.

Abie was also a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Purple Heart Combat/Infantry Organization, the American Ex-POWs, the Disabled American Veterans, and the American Defenders of Bataan.

Abie Abraham is the epitome of the values of our nation, our military, and our veterans, and a great inspiration to all Americans. It is truly fitting that the new health care center in Butler County, Pennsylvania, be named after him.

Read the full text of H.R. 5317 here.

 

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Kelly Bill to Keep .gov & .mil Websites in American Control Featured in Washington Examiner

2016/06/14

Securing America's Internet Domains Act crucial for US cybersecurity

WASHINGTON — Legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA)  to preserve exclusive and permanent U.S. ownership and control of the .gov and .mil Internet domains – the Securing America's Internet Domains Act (SAID) of 2016 (H.R. 5329) – was featured yesterday by the Washington Examiner.

Excerpts from the article:

Foreign spies might take advantage of the current plan to remove the Internet's governing body from American control, unless the Obama administration ensures that military and government website domains are totally secure, according to a House Republican lawmaker.

"Cybersecurity is put at risk if any foreign government or private entities are allowed to use .gov or .mil domains," Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., told the Washington Examiner. "It just opens a Pandora's box that we might never be able to close again."

So Kelly has proposed legislation that would require the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which is the Commerce Department agency that has indirect power over the Internet, to delay the long-awaited transition to international control until after the federal government certified that no entity outside the federal government will be able to use the .gov or .mil websites.

The Securing America's Internet Domains Act of 2016 would require the NTIA and Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to enter into a permanent contract to "formalize" what he called a long-standing "gentleman's agreement" between the U.S. government and ICANN, a nonprofit organization that has long maintained direct oversight of the Internet. Without such a contract in place, the bill would bar the transition.

Kelly worries the informal agreement could lapse, which he suggested would turn the Internet into a "party line" phone system, in an allusion to the old telephone systems that allowed multiple households to use the same line.

It's one of multiple GOP proposals that could delay the transition, which proponents of the new style of Internet governance fear could inspire China and Russia to attempt to take control of the Internet in their countries.

Kelly is unmoved by such fears. "I think it would be hard to sit back and look at China and Russia and think that they're acting in the best interest of the United States," he said.

NOTE: On May 25, 2016, Rep. Kelly introduced the Securing America's Internet Domains (SAID) Act of 2016 (H.R. 5329), which requires the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to certify that the U.S. government has secured sole ownership of the .gov and .mil top-level domains before it can transfer the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions to the global multistakeholder community. Specifically, this certification requires that the U.S. government has entered into a contract with ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) that provides that the U.S. has full, exclusive control and use of such domains in perpetuity.

On May 12, 2015, Rep. Kelly introduced the Defending Internet Freedom Act of 2015 (H.R. 2251), which would prohibit NTIA from relinquishing the critical functions of the Internet to any other entity without enhanced congressional oversight and until every freedom-protecting accountability requirement defined in the bill is completely satisfied.

On June 11, 2014, Rep. Kelly authored a guest opinion piece for Red Alert Politics describing the stakes of surrendering American stewardship of the Internet to a multinational body or any other entity.

 

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POLITICO Spotlights Kelly Bill to Help Repair America’s Public Schools

2016/06/10

Public Buildings Renewal Act uses “private investment and innovation to rebuild our nation’s dilapidated and dangerous schools”

WASHINGTON — Legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – to help repair the nation’s public schools was featured today in a new piece for POLITICO titled, “How to fix our crumbling schools.” The bipartisan bill – the Public Buildings Renewal Act (H.R. 5361, also known as “the Renewal Act”) – would permit state and local governments to access private activity bonds (PABs) for the financing of critical construction and infrastructure projects for qualified public buildings such as schools, hospitals, court houses, universities, police stations, and prisons.

Excerpts from the article:

As another school year ends, we are reminded that where we teach children is just as important as what we teach them. The US Green Building Council recently reported that over $45 billion in additional funding is needed annually to upgrade and maintain our schools to ensure for health and safety. Thousands of U.S. children are attending deteriorating public schools where asbestos, moldy walls, falling ceiling tiles, lead paint, broken toilets, pesticides, leaking roofs, and poor ventilation have become the norm.

It’s clear big upgrades are needed. But there’s a problem: one of the most helpful new approaches to updating public infrastructure isn’t available to schools.

This approach is called a public private partnership and the idea is to take the burden off cash-strapped governments by harnessing private sector innovation. Faced with funding shortfalls, many state and local governments have increasingly turned to public-private partnerships to complete projects and produce long-term accountability.

Public private partnerships can also improve academic performance. A KPMG study of the United Kingdom’s public private partnership school program reported the rate of improvement in educational achievement was 44 percent faster in schools rebuilt using a partnership than those that used conventional delivery.

The good news is that last week Reps. Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)—a conservative Republican and a liberal Democrat—introduced a bill with significant bipartisan support that would change the tax code to create a new category of Private Activity Bonds for schools. The bill creates $5 billion in such bonds for schools and other government owned facilities with minimal direct cost to the federal government. More importantly, the bill would enable school districts to enjoy lower financing costs while employing the ingenuity of the private sector and transferring considerable financial risk away from taxpayers.

Public private partnerships are not a panacea, but they can fast track the massive school construction needed and stretch tax dollars to do more for less. Congress should pass the Kelly-Blumenauer bill and empower school districts—as they have transportation agencies—with essential federal financing tools that catalyze the use of private investment and innovation to rebuild our nation’s dilapidated and dangerous schools.

NOTE: This piece was authored by Bill Archer, a former U.S. Representative from Texas (1971-2001), was Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee from 1995 to 2001. Samara Barend leads the US Performance Based Building Coalition, a national non-profit organization focused on catalyzing the use of private investment in public building infrastructure.

 

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Rep. Kelly Responds to Obama Administration’s Assessment of Internet Transition Plan

2016/06/09

Lead sponsor of Securing America's Internet Domains Act

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today in response to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) completion of its assessment of the proposal to transition stewardship of the critical functions of the Internet, known as the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions – currently stewarded by the United States – to “the global multistakeholder community.”

“Ensuring the sole, exclusive, and permanent American ownership of .gov/.mil is necessary to preserve our nation’s cybersecurity and must be fully resolved before any transition in our stewardship over Internet domain name functions can happen. By relying on a non-binding exchange of letters to keep existing policies in place, NTIA is putting its trust in ICANN’s mere promise not to take any action adverse to our nation’s interests, without a legally enforceable contract that gives our government the right to hold ICANN to its promises. As a small businessman, I can say that I may exchange letters with my wife, but I write contracts with my business partners. This is why I introduced the Securing America's Internet Domains Act, which requires NTIA to certify that it has secured .gov/.mil through a contract, and firmly oppose any Internet transition until this crucial matter is resolved.”

NOTE: On May 25, 2016, Rep. Kelly introduced the Securing America's Internet Domains Act (SAID) of 2016 (H.R. 5329), which requires NTIA to extend the IANA functions contract unless it certifies that the U.S. government has secured sole ownership of the .gov and .mil top-level domains. Specifically, this certification requires that the U.S. government has entered into a contract with ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) that provides that the U.S. has exclusive control and use of such domains in perpetuity.

On May 12, 2015, Rep. Kelly introduced the Defending Internet Freedom Act of 2015 (H.R. 2251), which would prohibit NTIA from relinquishing the critical functions of the Internet to any other entity without enhanced congressional oversight and until every freedom-protecting accountability requirement defined in the bill is completely satisfied.

On June 11, 2014, Rep. Kelly authored a guest op-ed for Red Alert Politics describing the stakes of surrendering American stewardship of the Internet to a multinational body or any other entity.

 

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Rep. Kelly Tours Erie School District, Introduces Bill to Address Infrastructure Crisis

2016/06/02

Public Buildings Renewal Act is “win-win-win”

WATCH NEWS REPORTS: WICU | WJET

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – visited three public schools in the City of Erie, Pennsylvania, yesterday to evaluate the schools’ ongoing infrastructure crisis and to discuss how his new legislation – the Public Buildings Renewal Act (H.R. 5361, also known as “the Renewal Act”) – can help resolve the situation. The bill would permit state and local governments to access private activity bonds (PABs) for the financing of critical construction and infrastructure projects for qualified public buildings such as schools, hospitals, court houses, universities, police stations, and prisons.

Jet 24 Action News:

U.S. Congressman Mike Kelly toured three Erie Public Schools Wednesday, as part of his work on the Public Buildings Renewal Act.

Kelly made stops at Central Tech, Collegiate Academy and Lincoln Elementary School.

Kelly, who was escorted by a student guide at each stop, toured those schools because they are among the most in need of extensive maintenance and repair in the district.

Kelly introduced the Renewal Act this year, which could benefit the Erie School District – providing new ways to finance school building construction.

Kelly calls the bill, which he said has bipartisan support in Washington, a “win win win” situation.

“I mean win-win-win...for the private sector, win for the public sector and more than anything else it's a win for our kids," said Kelly. "[We are] encouraging the private sector and the public sector to come together to do the right thing for America's kids - that is not a political statement. That is a policy statement based on people! To any of my colleagues who put politics ahead of people - they need to get out of politics. We are going to show a way for private investors to team up with public assets and say 'we are going to make it better, we won't put a heavy burden at all on our taxpayers'.”

The bipartisan legislation is said to give state and local governments access to another stream of potential financing for critical construction and infrastructure projects, such as public schools, state colleges, post offices, libraries and courthouses.

Erie News Now:

It was a busy day for Congressman Mike Kelly as he traveled to three Erie county schools.

Kelly visited Central Tech, Collegiate Academy and Lincoln elementary to get a better look at the conditions of some Pennsylvania's schools.

Kelly has introduced Bill H.R. 5361, a bill that would amend the tax code to provide for tax-exempt financing of qualified government-owned buildings.

Under the bill, places such as schools, court houses, universities and other public buildings could receive funding to finance construction and infrastructure projects in ways that would create jobs and save taxpayer money.

Kelly said it would be a positive step for all.

Erie Times-News:

The answer to crumbling school infrastructure is public-private partnerships that would help fund critical construction and infrastructure projects, U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly said.

Kelly met with school and district leaders at Central Career and Technical School, Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy, Lincoln Elementary School and Wayne School and spoke about the necessity of the Public Buildings Renewal Act of 2016.

The bill, introduced by Kelly, would amend the tax code to provide for the tax-exempt financing for qualified government-owned buildings through private activity bonds, or PABs. PABs leverage private financing to fund public projects through the creation of public-private partnerships.

PABs already are used for transportation projects; Kelly's bill would expand eligibility beyond transportation projects to include qualified government-owned buildings, including schools.

"There's a lot of work to be done," Kelly said after a tour of Lincoln Elementary School that included a stop in a deteriorating auditorium with a stage that is also used as a gym and a cafeteria.

The bill, H.R. 5361, would create $5 billion in PABs for eligible public buildings for states to access through the U.S. Treasury Department.

Erie schools Superintendent Jay Badams said he supports the bill.

Rep. Kelly with students at Lincoln Elementary School

(Photo courtesy of Erica Erwin, Erie Times-News)

 

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Rep. Kelly Blasts IRS Commissioner for “Extortion” of Small Businesses

2016/05/26

Oversight subcommittee hearing features testimony by IRS Commissioner Koskinen, victims of IRS abuse

“I’m coming after you because this is absolutely insane” WATCH HERE & HERE

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – participated in yesterday’s hearing by the Subcommittee on Oversight on protecting small businesses from abuse by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), where members examined how the agency wrongly used its authority to seize taxpayer dollars and harm small businesses, including its current use of civil asset forfeiture policies and its past practice of seizing legally-earned funds from Americans. The first panel featured small business owners who testified about their experiences with the IRS’s abuse. The second panel featured IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, among others. Read more about the findings of the hearing here.

Rep. Kelly to Commissioner Koskinen and other IRS officials:

“This isn’t grilling you for the sake of grilling you—this is the fact that Americans’ rights have been taken from them by an agency that somehow equates a guy who gets up at 12:30 in the morning to milk cows as the same as the guy who structures some type of a scheme in order to be a terrorist.”

“It’s wrong. It’s wrong. Just because it’s the law doesn’t make it right. It’s wrong, and you know it’s wrong, and the people you work with know it’s wrong. So I would suggest that you do the same type of a look-inside that Congress does of, ‘What is it that we’re doing that actually is hurting people, how are we keeping people from reaching the American dream, and shouldn’t we maybe turn around and fix it?’”

“I’m not coming after you because I don’t like you. I’m coming after you because this is absolutely insane that we have to have a committee meeting to talk about people who are being wronged—their assets are being seized! You keep their money—in some cases they get some of it back; in some cases they get none of it back.”

“The issue that we are talking about today should be a national outrage … it is stunning to me the arrogance of the IRS.”

“I would hope that each member of the IRS understands that we’re not painting you all as bad people, but you are having a dramatic effect and a negative effect on the American people.”

“This is not coming after the IRS because we don’t like you. This is coming after the IRS because you have hurt our people. … I am so sick and tired of hearing about that it’s legal. There’s a hell of difference between what’s legal and what’s right. You all know that. I know it. I’ve suffered it in my personal business life. And that’s why we’re here. This is America’s House.”

Rep. Kelly to small business owners/victims of IRS abuse:

“I don’t give a damn if [the IRS] said they were sorry or not. They knew exactly what they were doing to you and exactly where it was leading. … This is your day to tell your story to America of what’s happening right now on our shores. This is not Germany with the gestapo coming in or Russia with the KGB coming in. This is right here in America—right here with our own government.”

 

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House Passes National Defense, Veterans Bills with Two Kelly Amendments

2016/05/19

Amendments ban funding for UN Arms Trade Treaty, dismantling of US landmines; each passed unanimously

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives passed H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017, 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 277-247 yesterday evening. The legislation included two amendments offered by U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA): the first, to ban funding by the Department of Defense (DoD) for the implementation of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT); the second, to prohibit the use of DoD funds to dismantle the U.S. stockpile of anti-personnel landmines (APLs). The House also passed H.R. 4974, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, today by a bipartisan vote of 295-129.

Statement by Rep. Kelly on passage of NDAA:

“The People’s House has fulfilled its sacred duty to provide 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 2.1 percent pay raise for our troops and blocks the president’s ability to reduce their pay. Additionally, I am very pleased that my colleagues unanimously approved my commonsense amendments to prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to undermine our sovereignty or the safety of our soldiers on the battlefield. I look forward to the Senate following our lead and sending this critical legislation to the president’s desk to become law.”

Excerpt of Rep. Kelly’s floor statement on ATT amendment:

“This amendment is identical to the amendment I offered last year to the NDAA for fiscal year 2016, and which passed this House unanimously. It updates and strengthens the language of my amendments that were enacted into law in previous NDAAs.

“Specifically, my amendment bans the use of DoD funds for the ATT Secretariat, a body that was created for ‘effectively implementing’ the ATT, according to the treaty's supporters.

“Last August, ATT member nations organized the Conference of States Parties to the ATT – a conference in which we did not have a vote – and decided that American taxpayers are now on the hook to pay 22 percent of the expenses of this annual meeting.

“This taxpayer money would go directly to the ATT Secretariat and become part of its core budget.  My amendment prevents these tax dollars from flowing into the coffers of those who are working to implement the ATT.

“I urge my colleagues to stand with me in support of the Second Amendment and our nation's sovereignty, and vote in support of this amendment to renew the annual ban on the funding of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.”

Excerpt of Rep. Kelly’s floor statement on landmine amendment:

“Our military commanders have spoken clearly regarding the value of and the need for APLs.

“On March 6, 2014, the United States’ highest ranking military officer, Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called anti-personnel landmines (APLs) ‘an important tool in the arsenal of the United States.’

“Furthermore, two major studies – one conducted by the National Research Council and the other by NATO – have concluded that APLs provide crucial tactical advantages on the battlefield.

“The U.S. has taken action on APLs. We give more funding for APL clearance than any other nation in the world.  We are party to Amended Protocol II to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (the CCW), which requires U.S. APLs to be designed to deactivate or self-destruct.

“Our APLs meet those standards.

“U.S. APLs are not killing civilians. Like all weapons, APLs can be used rightly or wrongly. When used responsibly, as U.S. APLs are, they protect our forces, the forces of our allies, and civilians alike.

“In this environment, we need weapons that can protect camps, cities, roads, and bases from insurgent attack. And today, one of those weapons is the APL.

“Unless we have an alternative to APLs that is equal to or better than APLs at keeping our troops safe, we should not and dare not get rid of our stockpile of APLs.

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 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 May 15, 2015, the House passed H.R. 1735, the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2016, which included Rep. Kelly’s amendment to continue the annual 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 November 25, 2015.

 

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Rep. Kelly Congratulates 3rd District’s 2016 National Art Competition Winners

2016/05/06

Rep. Kelly with student competition winners and Kevin Withers (left) of Southwest Airlines

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) issued the following statement today congratulating the winners of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition from Pennsylvania’s Third District. The annual “Artistic Discovery” Art Competition is a nationwide event, sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives, enabling high school students throughout the United States to showcase their artistic abilities and earn recognition for their efforts.

“I had a wonderful time at Slippery Rock University this past weekend once again celebrating the visual arts and honoring the abilities of each student who participated in this esteemed competition. I congratulate all of the young artists who deserve enormous credit for putting their talents on display. In particular, I congratulate Priya Melonio for winning the First Place prize and look forward to honoring her in our nation’s capital. As I view all the winning artwork in my office and on my way to vote, I’ll be happily reminded of the constituents I am so proud to serve.”

This year’s winners are as follows:

First Place: Priya Melonio of Sewickley Academy for "Autumn Serenity"

Second Place: Jess Cameron of Mercer Area High School for "City Block"

Third Place: Christopher Hauk of Fairview High School for "Lantern"

Honorable Mention: Natalie Stanton of Hickory High School for "Circle of Life"

Facebook Fan Favorite: Madison Hall from Hickory High School for "Chaos in My Heart"

NOTE: This year’s contest participants were honored during the annual awards ceremony on May 14, 2016, hosted by Slippery Rock University, which Rep. Kelly personally attended. The First Place winner was offered two round-trip plane tickets provided by Southwest Airlines to Washington, D.C., in order to attend the National Art Competition Ceremony, as well as the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Building where her artwork will be showcased for one full year. Kevin Withers, Customer Service Supervisor for Southwest Airlines, was in attendance to present the prize. The artwork of the second and third place awardees, as well as that of the honorable mention, will be displayed in Rep. Kelly’s Washington, D.C. office.

More photos from last weekend’s awards ceremony can be viewed here and here.

 

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Reps. Kelly & Sánchez Introduce Bipartisan Tax Relief Bill for Working Families

2016/05/04

Legislation modernizes tax code to help working parents afford quality childcare, balance careers Senate companion introduced by Sens. Ayotte & Capito

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representatives Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Linda Sánchez (D-CA) – members of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statements today regarding their introduction of the Working Families Relief Act (H.R. 4867) in the House of Representatives. The legislation would increase the maximum amount that employees can set aside or employers can provide to the Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), a flexible spending account which can be used to pay for childcare on a pre-tax basis. H.R. 4867 would raise the cap from $5,000 to $10,500 and index it for inflation. It would also provide tax credits to employers who match the DCAP contributions in order to encourage them to offer this benefit. The Senate companion to this bicameral bill was introduced by Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).

Statement by Rep. Kelly (R-PA):

“Early education is critical for a child’s healthy development and for giving him or her a fair opportunity to succeed in life. Unfortunately, working families often struggle to cover costs for quality care in today’s economy, which have reached more than $10,000 a year. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation will help parents overcome that difficulty by expanding and modernizing DCAP accounts, which currently help more than 1.3 million families pay for child and dependent care annually. Just in time for Mother’s Day, this bill is pro-family and pro-common sense.”

Statement by Rep. Sánchez (D-CA):

“As a working mom myself, I understand that every working parent wants to be able to do it all. We often have to make sacrifices in both our personal lives and our careers just to keep up. But a little help can make a world of difference for a hard working family. The Working Families Relief Act seeks to make it easier for working families to afford childcare. I look forward to working with Rep. Mike Kelly and Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Shelley Moore Capito to support working families across the country.”

Statement by Sens. Ayotte (R-NH) and Capito (R-WV):

“As working mothers ourselves, we know firsthand the importance of giving families flexibility and options to balance their careers and personal lives. The Working Families Relief Act will make it easier for small businesses to offer childcare to their employees on a pre-tax basis. This bill already has bipartisan support in the House, and we’ll push for its swift passage so we can better support working women and families all across the country.”

Statement by Mark Shriver, president of Save the Children Action Network:

“Many parents know that without high-quality learning programs, their children could fall behind and never catch up. Families want to provide their children with this kind of quality care; however, for many it’s simply unaffordable. Expanding the Dependent Care Assistance Program so more working families can participate will make child care costs more affordable and help parents ensure their children have a strong start in life. I want to thank Representatives Mike Kelly and Linda Sanchez for leading on the Working Families Relief Act in the House.”

 

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Rep. Mike Kelly Defends Small Business Owners Abused by the IRS

2016-05-25 20:38:51


Rep. Mike Kelly Praises Speaker Ryan and Donald Trump

2016-05-11 20:55:25


Rep. Mike Kelly Condemns Labor Department's Fiduciary Rule on House Floor

2016-04-29 17:43:07


Rep. Mike Kelly Supports 'Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act' on House Floor

2016-04-21 17:55:16


Rep. Mike Kelly Defends Free Speech in Academia at Oversight Subcommittee Hearing

2016-03-02 17:54:32


Rep. Mike Kelly Confronts Treasury Secretary Over Pres. Obama's New Budget

2016-02-12 03:41:40


Rep. Mike Kelly Calls for Passage of Debt Accountability Bill on House Floor

2016-02-10 19:49:27


Rep. Mike Kelly Awards Medals to WWII Veteran in Hermitage (WYTV)

2016-01-21 20:13:01


Rep. Mike Kelly Awards Medals to WWII Veteran in Hermitage (WKBN)

2016-01-21 20:11:34


Rep. Mike Kelly Supports STREAM Act on House Floor

2016-01-12 21:13:05


Rep. Mike Kelly Welcomes Attendees to Washington Auto Show 2016

2016-01-08 17:04:18


A Christmas Message from Rep. Mike Kelly - 2015

2015-12-18 19:40:40


101 Year-Old WWII Veteran in Erie Recieves Prestigious Award [Erie News Now]

2015-12-17 18:38:39


Rep. Mike Kelly Hosts Special Order on Congressional Oversight of Paris Climate Treaty (Full)

2015-12-09 19:14:55


Rep. Mike Kelly Hosts Special Order on Congressional Oversight of Paris Climate Treaty

2015-12-09 00:46:07


Contact Information

1519 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-5406
Fax 202-225-3103
kelly.house.gov

Committee Assignments

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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