WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today regarding the announcement of a new strategy by President Donald J. Trump for countering the threat posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
"I strongly support President Trump's new strategy against the Iranian threat and his decision to disavow the failed Iran nuclear deal. Back when this deal was first proposed in 2015, I called it 'a dangerous mistake of potentially historic proportions.' A year later, on its first anniversary, I said there was 'nothing to celebrate—unless you're Iran' and that 'only a new president unafraid to stand down our enemies can undo this deal and reassert America’s position of strength.' I stand by every word of warning I delivered at that time, and today I applaud President Trump for keeping his promise and standing up for our country's security and that of the free world."
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today regarding the announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of two companion interim final rules pertaining to the future of the preventive services mandate (“contraceptive mandate”) under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The rules would provide clear exemptions for employers, religious groups, and, in certain cases, individuals who do not wish to cover contraceptive services or abortifacients based on religious or moral objections.
“Today is a victorious day for religious liberty, common sense, and basic fairness. Five years ago the Obama administration deliberately broke from precedent and needlessly launched a divisive assault on the long-protected conscience rights of Americans. The HHS mandate was a radical and intolerant act that put government’s power over people’s rights. It forced innocent organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor – a group of Catholic nuns devoted to helping the elderly poor – to defend themselves in court. Thanks to today’s announcement by the Trump administration, a promise has been kept, normalcy has been restored, and peace of mind has been returned to millions of Americans who can once again carry out their business in a country where religious freedom is not just settled but celebrated. I look forward to the Little Sisters and others receiving final relief in court as my congressional colleagues and I do everything possible to secure their rights and prevent them from being undermined by any law or policy.”
BACKGROUND: On January 11, 2016, Rep. Kelly joined Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Senator James Lankford (R-OK) in submitting a bipartisan amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court (signed by 207 members of the House and Senate) in support of the religious nonprofits and charities challenging Obamacare’s HHS mandate, including the Little Sisters of the Poor. On May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court unanimously vacated the lower court rulings against the Little Sisters, accepting the federal government’s admission that it could meet the goals of the HHS mandate without involving the Little Sisters or using their plan.
NOTE: Key facts about today’s interim final rules, courtesy of HHS:
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) delivered remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives today in support of H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (also known as “Micah’s Law”), which will ban almost all abortions from being performed beyond the 20th week of a pregnancy, when the unborn child is able to feel pain, with an exception for instances of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at stake. The legislation, of which Rep. Kelly is a co-sponsor, is expected to be passed by the House this evening.
Excerpt of Rep. Kelly’s floor speech:
“I would like you to consider today’s legislation…as we are ‘first responders.’ … There is no other nation in the world like the American people who respond when other people are in trouble, when they are suffering, when they are in pain, when their lives are in danger. And yet we turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to what we are doing to these children. These are little boys and little girls waiting to be born. If we do not stand for them, then who will stand for them? If we are not the first responders, then who will be the first responders? [Let us] go beyond the hypocrisy of a political statement and go about the reason we’re here: it’s the People’s House because we defend those people. Let us be the first responders when it comes to pain and suffering. Let us pass this bill and stop this inhuman activity that we’re doing.”
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 unified framework for “pro-American, fiscally-responsible tax reform” by the Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Trump administration.
“Today is a day to celebrate. With this framework, pro-growth tax reform is no longer just a lofty ambition but a concrete plan that is closer to realization than at any point in over three decades. This is a total win for America in every measurable way. For hardworking families and individuals, this means more take-home pay. For American companies, it means no longer having to pay the world’s highest tax rate but, instead, being able to create new jobs, increase wages, and compete globally on a level playing field. For everyone, it means a much stronger American economy supported by a fairer, simpler, more understandable tax code.
“This is an economic growth plan. This is a jobs plan. This is a relief plan for hardworking Americans who are tired of forfeiting too much of their hard-earned paycheck to the government. The foundation of this framework is the mandate delivered loudly by the American people last year. They are sick and tired of a government that overtaxes them and an economy that underperforms for them. I hear it everywhere I travel throughout Western Pennsylvania. They want lower taxes, bigger paychecks, and more job opportunities in their communities. This historic tax cut plan is an answer to their rightful demands.
“I strongly commend President Trump for his leadership in this fight. As a fellow private sector businessman, he knows what so many Americans have long sensed: that our economy is falling behind, not because our people are working less hard – far from it – but because Washington is letting others take advantage of us. He knows we simply cannot dominate the global market by taxing our businesses more than anywhere else around the globe. This senseless assault on our own economy, on our own workers and families, will soon come to an end. By cutting and simplifying taxes for both workers and businesses, Americans will finally have more money and time back in their hands.”
Lowers Rates for Individuals and Families The framework shrinks the current seven tax brackets into three – 12%, 25% and 35% – with the potential for an additional top rate for the highest-income taxpayers to ensure that the wealthy do not contribute a lower share of taxes paid than they do today.
Doubles the Standard Deduction and Enhances the Child Tax Credit The framework roughly doubles the standard deduction so that typical middle-class families will keep more of their paycheck. It also significantly increases the Child Tax Credit.
Eliminates Loopholes for the Wealthy, Protects Bedrock Provisions for Middle Class To provide simplicity and fairness the framework eliminates many itemized deductions that are primarily used by the wealthy, but retains tax incentives for home mortgage interest and charitable contributions, as well as tax incentives for work, higher education, and retirement security.
Repeals the Death Tax and Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) The framework repeals the unfair Death Tax and substantially simplifies the tax code by repealing the existing individual AMT, which requires taxpayers to do their taxes twice.
Creates a New Lower Tax Rate and Structure for Small Businesses The framework limits the maximum tax rate for small and family-owned businesses to 25% - significantly lower than the top rate that these businesses pay today.
To Create Jobs and Promote Competitiveness, Lowers the Corporate Tax Rate So that America can compete on level playing field, the framework reduces the corporate tax rate to 20% – below the 22.5% average of the industrialized world.
To Boost the Economy, Allows “Expensing” of Capital Investments The framework allows, for at least five years, businesses to immediately write off (or “expense”) the cost of new investments, giving a much-needed lift to the economy.
Moves to an American Model for Competitiveness The framework ends the perverse incentive to offshore jobs and keep foreign profits overseas. It levels the playing field for American companies and workers.
Brings Profits Back Home The framework brings home profits by imposing a one-time, low tax rate on wealth that has already accumulated overseas so there is no tax incentive to keeping the money offshore.
Rep. Kelly joined other members of the Ways & Means Committee at the White House yesterday to personally discuss the details of the unified framework with President Trump
[Photo courtesy of the White House]
Rep. Kelly with local restaurant owners, including Brewerie owner Chris Sirianni (second from left), and John Longstreet of the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association (far right)
ERIE, PA — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) issued the following statement today after participating in a roundtable meeting with local restaurant owners at The Brewerie at Union Station hosted by the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association and the National Restaurant Association.
Statement by Rep. Kelly:
“I was very pleased to join the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association, the National Restaurant Association, and restaurant owners from throughout our district for a constructive conversation in Erie. I was able to hear directly from constituents about issues affecting their efforts to expand their businesses and create new jobs. The enactment of my Restaurant and Retail Jobs and Growth Act was a victory for these employers and all of their associates. Unsurprisingly, they all agreed that pro-growth tax relief that lowers rates and lets individuals keep more take-home pay will make their businesses even stronger. As the debate over tax reform continues, my focus will remain on doing what’s right for hardworking families and helping our local businesses grow and create opportunities in our community.”
John Longstreet, President & CEO, Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association:
“On behalf of the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association, we thank Congressman Kelly for speaking with local restaurateurs and hospitality business owners. Restaurant roundtables allow for direct dialogue with our congressional representatives on issues impacting our business operations on a daily basis.”
BACKGROUND: Rep. Kelly introduced the Restaurant and Retail Jobs and Growth Act (H.R. 765) on February 5, 2015. He authored a guest opinion piece for Roll Call on May 20, 2015, detailing the bipartisan bill’s benefits. The legislation was signed into law as part of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act (H.R. 2029) on December 17, 2015.
NOTE: Pennsylvania’s Third Congressional District is home to more than 1,200 eating and drinking establishments, employing 20,207 people throughout the District.
Rep. Kelly talks to local restaurant owners about federal policies that impact their businesses
“Get it done, get together, and get to the finish line for the American people”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – appeared on America’s News HQ on Fox News Channel yesterday afternoon to discuss the latest developments between the White House and Congress regarding major tax reform.
Rep. Kelly: “There is no better time than right now for the American people to watch both Republicans and Democrats work with our president to get to tax reform – pro-growth tax reform – that gives every single American more take-home pay so they can spend their money, their hard-earned money, the way they see fit, not the way a government sees fit.”
Additional interview highlights:
“Why tax reform now? Because we are losing in the global marketplace. We are watching our people have less take-home pay. And you say, ‘Well what we are going to do about it?’ Well we have to do it through tax reform but mainly pro-growth tax reform.”
“I think the president was largely elected by Americans, not [just] by Republicans as the main driving force. So I think the president…says, ‘I want to get something done and if I can’t get it done purely in the House and the Senate with Republicans, then I’ll reach across the aisle to get the other folks on board to get the votes we need.’”
“Today there will be a lot of NFL teams playing each other, and this whole week they were watching game films of each other to see who was strong, who was weak, where you were strong, where you were weak. Our president is the head coach who looks at the world and says, ‘This is a global challenge; let’s look at where we are falling short, let’s see where others are taking advantage of us, and let’s shore that up and let’s make sure that we make American great again.”
“We have to find a way to reform taxes to have more take home pay for individuals and let our corporations compete globally. … Let’s do something that enables our corporations to be able to stay in the United States and compete globally. And then on the other side, for individuals and small businesses, why don’t we take care of those people that provide 90 percent of the revenue that our country runs on.”
“Look at the game films, look where we are losing, look where we have opportunity to gain, and get there, and we can get there with both parties and with a president that knows how to lead. It’s going to come out of the White House. He’s the strongest guy that has been there in such a long time. He is a private sector guy who understands that talk is cheap. Get it done, get together, and get to the finish line for the American people.”
“The greatest country in the world right now is struggling to figure out how we come up with enough tax revenue to run this wonderful machine. Working together, we get there.”
Includes Kelly amendment to help increase infant adoption
WASHINGTON — Today the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2018, and H.R. 3697, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act. H.R. 3354 includes an amendment introduced by U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) to re-start the Infant Adoption Awareness Training Program. The amendment was adopted by the House yesterday morning by unanimous vote.
Statement by Rep. Kelly on passage of H.R. 3354:
“I am very pleased that the People’s House has responsibly acted to fund the government and guarantee that proven and effective federal programs can continue serving the American people. I am especially proud this package includes commonsense measures to cut wasteful spending, roll back job-killing regulations, enforce pro-life policies, protect Second Amendment rights, and combat crime and illegal immigration, along with other conservative priorities.”
On inclusion of adoption amendment:
“By re-starting the Infant Adoption Awareness Training Program, my amendment will ensure that expectant mothers across America can receive access to the best available information about adoption as an option. While there are approximately two million couples currently waiting to adopt, in 2014 only 18,329 domestic infant adoptions occurred. With this crucial training program back in place, as adoption education expands and improves, more couples seeking children will be able to start families and more infants will be welcomed into loving homes.”
Statement by National Council For Adoption:
Thank you to Representative Mike Kelly and the U.S. House of Representatives for unanimously passing an amendment to re-start the Infant Adoption Awareness Training Program (IAATP). Women facing unplanned pregnancies deserve to have access to accurate, unbiased information about adoption in order to make their own fully informed decisions. The IAATP, which originally ran from 2000 to 2010, awards grants to train healthcare workers in how to better provide expectant women with information about adoption. As a previous grant recipient, National Council For Adoption (NCFA) educated more than 20,000 healthcare participants.
“From the very beginning, IAATP was an enormous success. We are glad to see that this vital program will be re-started,” says NCFA president and CEO Chuck Johnson, who is a former adoption agency director and IAATP Master Trainer. Mr. Johnson became the director of NCFA’s IAATP grant initiative in 2006. “We’ve seen firsthand the tremendous positive impact this program has had on the lives of adopted children, birth parents, and adoptive parents. Education strengthens the entire adoption community and provides for more successful outcomes for children. Thank you to Rep. Kelly and the House of Representatives for your continued commitment to America’s children and families.”
BACKGROUND: The Infant Adoption Awareness Training Program was first authorized by the U.S. Congress in 2000 to award grants to adoption organizations to help train designated staff to provide timely and accurate adoption information and referrals to pregnant women on an equal basis with all other courses of action. The program annually delivered training to an estimated 10,000 health care workers nationwide, but was ended in 2010. Rep. Kelly’s amendment to H.R. 3354 designates $5 million to re-activate the program (of the total $39.1 million already provided by the bill to “Adoption Awareness Programs”).
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today regarding the announcement by the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program first ordered by President Obama in 2012.
“I share President Trump’s sentiment that children should not be punished for the actions of their parents and that ‘we are a nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.’ I also applaud Speaker Ryan’s commitment to upholding Congress’s role as the law-writing body within our government and his readiness to craft legislation that deals with the complex legal, security, and humanitarian aspects of immigration. Unfortunately, we are at this point because our previous president grew impatient with constitutional limits and attempted to unilaterally create new law. That fact remains: despite its best intentions, President Obama’s DACA executive order is unconstitutional. President Trump has now given Congress six months to decide on a policy that will allow the DACA order to come to a responsible end. Going forward, I will be examining all options before determining what Congress should specifically do. As I have stated many times before, the Constitution is not a suggestion. If President Obama had sincerely wanted to create a new immigration law during his tenure, then he should have worked with the legislative branch to do so. Instead, very regrettably, he overstepped his executive authority and created the policy crisis at hand by not following the rule of law.”
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: Tuesday, September 5, 2017
TIME: 7:15 – 8:15 PM
CALL-IN INFORMATION: To participate, dial 877-228-2184 and enter event ID 19013 at the time of the event.
Statement by Rep. Kelly:
“I look forward to once again connecting 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 successful event covered a wide range of topics and attracted more than 3,300 participants from all seven counties. 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.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today regarding the announcement of a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan by President Donald J. Trump yesterday evening.
“As President Trump made clear last night, the consequences of leaving Afghanistan defenseless against the terrorists are far too dire and deadly to ignore. We experienced what happens when radical Islamists are free to rule their own country on the morning of 9/11. We saw what happens when we leave vulnerable allies to fend for themselves after we hastily pulled out of Iraq. Abdicating leadership comes with a cost. In order to protect Americans from deadly terrorism and avoid having to go back to war later on, we must finish the fight at hand.
“Frustration, while understandable, is no excuse for failure. Surrender in the face of this evil enemy, whether in Afghanistan or elsewhere, is not an acceptable option. As long as they crave and plot our destruction, we must stay committed to ensuring theirs. With a more focused goal and smarter strategy now in place, I believe that a lasting victory is more achievable than ever. Our troops are trained to fight and win wars, and that's what our government must help them do.
“As we forge ahead, I pray for every single American warrior on the battlefield and wish them success in their noble mission — in the president's own words: ‘attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing Al Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan and stopping mass terror attacks against America before they emerge.’ The peace of our country and safety of future generations is on the line. After nearly 16 years of a war we never sought, let's show the world we have the will to get the job done!”
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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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