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Mike Kelly


Rep. Kelly Congratulates Cathedral Prep for Winning State High School Football Championship


Ramblers bring home historic second straight PA Class 4A title


WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) formally congratulated Cathedral Preparatory School of Erie, Pennsylvania, on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday morning for winning the 2017 PIAA Class 4A Football Championship last Thursday, the team’s second consecutive title win and fourth overall. He also recognized the football teams of Wilmington High School and Pine-Richland High School for their respective seasons and for their added contributions to Western Pennsylvania’s high school football legacy.

Text of Rep. Kelly’s floor statement as prepared for delivery:

“Today I’d like to congratulate the Cathedral Prep Ramblers in Erie County on winning their second straight Pennsylvania Class 4A State Championship by beating Imhotep Charter last week by 38-28. This year’s championship makes the Ramblers back-to-back state champs, and it is their fourth state football title overall. Led by Coach Mike Mischler, the Ramblers have now gone 42-2, appearing in the finals each year, and racking up 28 consecutive wins over the last three seasons!

“Achieving back-to-back state titles sets these Ramblers apart even in the storied history of Western Pennsylvania high school football. They deserve every bit of adulation that they’ve received and are a great source of pride for our entire commonwealth.

“It is also worth mentioning the Wilmington High School Greyhounds in Lawrence County, who gave it their all in last week’s PIAA Class 2A state title game at Hershey Park stadium.

“This was the Greyhounds’ third trip to the title game under legendary coach Terry Verrelli, who announced his retirement after 40 years on the job right after the game. In those 40 years, Coach Verrelli amassed 314 wins, making him only the 15th high school football coach in Pennsylvania’s esteemed history to reach the 300-win plateau. More valuable than any of his victories on the field are the countless victories he helped his young players achieve in their lives off the field.

“No other place has the high school football history that Western Pennsylvania does. With all due respect to my friends in the Texas delegation, the Friday Night Lights shined in the Keystone State first! The 2017 teams at Cathedral Prep and Wilmington High in Pennsylvania’s 3rd District, along with the championship-winning Pine-Richland High School just outside of our district, add yet another chapter to this history. More importantly, they add to the local lore and pride that strengthen communities like Erie and New Wilmington.

“The hard work, perseverance, and hometown pride that allowed each of these teams to reach the championship level are a reflection of the communities that these teams came from. So again, I say ‘Congratulations!’ to Cathedral Prep, to Wilmington High, and to Pine-Richland on outstanding, history-making seasons.

“Although I’m a Golden Tornado from Butler, I’m proud to say ‘Go Ramblers!’ and ‘Go Greyhounds!’”


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Rep. Kelly Salutes New Castle Veteran on House Floor


USMC Major Eric Burkett lost leg during service in Morocco


WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) paid tribute to a local disabled veteran – U.S. Marine Corps Major Eric Burkett of New Castle – on the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday morning. After detailing Major Burkett’s service, the congressman recited a poem written by Albert Carey Caswell in his honor and submitted it into the congressional record. An official copy of the floor statement and poem is scheduled to be delivered to Major Burkett.

Text of Rep. Kelly’s floor statement:

“I rise today in honor of one of my constituents, United States Marine Major Eric Burkett from New Castle, Pennsylvania. He was deployed as a member of the 24th Expeditionary Force in Morocco as an Osprey pilot.

“On April 11th, 2012, he was nearly killed in a plane crash, which took the lives of two of his brothers-in-arms. After coming home to Walter Reed, he lost one of his legs and continues to recover from his numerous injuries to this day.

“His wife Melissa, who also is a former Marine, has been by his side from Day One, along with their loving six children.

“Major Burkett may never fly again, but already with his recovery he soars high above most of us. It was his spirit of service and patriotism that led him to start a program at Fort Belvoir for adaptive archery for his fellow wounded warriors.

“I proudly submit for the record this poem penned by Albert Carey Caswell in his honor, and in celebration of his new adapted home built thanks to the Gary Sinise Foundation.

“At this time, I would like to read an excerpt of this poem:

As his two brothers,

angels now up to Heaven would rise...

Coming back home with only his family upon which to rely...

So all by his side...

His fine wife Melissa and children giving him the strength to try...

As he knew it was time...

Time to rebuild his life...

Armed with his heart of the strength and iron will...

Giving him the power and courage to nourish him to instill...

The strength to rebuild...

Who against all odds our wounded warriors into that dark night move onward


“Mr. Speaker, it is people, it is people like Major Burkett who we celebrate. People who put themselves in danger, in harm’s way, in order to protect the rest of us. I am so proud and so humbled to be able today to submit this poem in honor of Major Burkett.”

USMSC Major Eric Burkett

[Photo courtesy of the Gary Sinise Foundation]


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Rep. Kelly Supports Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act


WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today in support of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would allow law-abiding citizens with a state-issued concealed carry license or permit to carry a handgun in any other state that also has concealed carry laws as long as the individual follows the laws of that state. The legislation was passed this afternoon by a bipartisan vote of 231-198.

“If law-abiding Americans have already earned a permit to carry their concealed firearms in their own home state, then there is no good reason why reciprocity shouldn’t be granted to them in another state. It’s what we do with driver’s licenses and, as a matter of personal rights and safety, it just makes good sense to do it with gun licensing as well. This bill will prevent the burden of bureaucracy from getting in the way of gun-owning citizens freely and responsibly exercising their rights as Americans.

“The Second Amendment is not an abstraction or an exception. The Bill of Rights means what it says as much today as when it was written. The right to bear arms is a fundamental part of our identity as a free people and an indispensable pillar of our free society. I am proud to support the passage of this bill to reinforce our Second Amendment rights and tear down the lingering obstacles that prevent the American people from fully realizing them.”

NOTE: This bill categorically excludes from its protections anyone who is “prohibited by Federal law from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm.” This includes anyone who:

  • Has been “convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year” (this category includes misdemeanors punishable by more than two years in prison – e.g., second degree assault in Maryland – as well as felonies – e.g., armed robbery – and applies even if the individual never served any prison time at all)
  • Is “a fugitive from justice”
  • Is “an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance”
  • Has been “adjudicated as a mental defective” or “committed to a mental institution”
  • Is an alien who is “illegally or unlawfully in the United States” or who was “admitted to the United States under a non-immigrant visa”
  • Has been “discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions”
  • Has “renounced his [United States] citizenship”
  • Is subject to certain restraining orders concerning an intimate partner or child of such intimate partner (e.g., restraining orders issued after a hearing alleging spousal or child abuse)
  • Has been “convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence”
  • Is possessing the firearm in the course of employment for any of the preceding categories of persons
  • Is under indictment for a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year
  • Is under age 18 in the case of a handgun

H.R. 38 is supported by the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.


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Rep. Kelly Celebrates Local Schools on House Floor


Commends schools in Greenville and New Castle for winning 2017 National Blue Ribbon School awards


WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) delivered remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday evening to formally congratulate two public schools in the Third District of Pennsylvania – Greenville Junior-Senior High School in Greenville and Laurel Junior-Senior High School in New Castle – for each being designated 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. Rep. Kelly’s statement was subsequently entered into the congressional record; an official copy of the statement is scheduled to be delivered to each school.

Text of Rep. Kelly’s floor statement:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today in recognition of Greenville Junior-Senior High School in Greenville, Pennsylvania, and Laurel Junior-Senior High School in New Castle, Pennsylvania, which were recently honored by the Department of Education as 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

“This award — given to only 342 schools in America this year — is based on a school’s overall academic performance as well as its progress in closing achievement gaps among its students.

“In her message of congratulations, Secretary DeVos commended the ‘visionaries, innovators and leaders’ who are ‘preparing every child for a bright future.’

“I am proud to join her in congratulating the teachers and administrators of Greenville and Laurel, as well as the families of these students for the love and support they provide. Most of all, I congratulate the students themselves for a job well done. They are truly a credit to Pennsylvania’s Third District, and to our country. It is an honor to represent them in the People’s House.”


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Reps. Kelly & Courtney Lead Bipartisan Coalition in Urging Repeal of Cadillac Tax


Washington, DC -- Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT-2) and Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA-3) released a letter signed by 140 bipartisan members of the House of Representatives urging repeal of the 40% excise tax on high cost health plans, also known as the “Cadillac Tax.”

“While Congress has already delayed implementation of this excise tax until 2020, the policy is already having an impact. Large employers and labor unions are currently negotiating benefits packages that stretch into 2020, with many employers reporting that they are considering reducing the value of their health benefits to avoid this excise tax. We cannot wait to repeal it,” states the bipartisan letter.

“The 40 percent excise tax has been widely opposed by both Democrats and Republicans along with a wide coalition of business, health, and labor organizations. More than 200 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have cosponsored legislation to repeal this burdensome tax. We, therefore, urge you to address the Cadillac Tax in any health or tax-related legislation that comes before Congress for a vote this year,” the letter concludes.

"Relief is needed now on the health benefits tax,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Working people are paying more and more for their health care because this tax drives up deductibles and copays. Repeal of this tax is overdue."

“We are thankful for all the members of Congress working to address the ‘Cadillac Tax’ before the end of the year,” said James A. Klein, president American Benefits Council, for the Alliance to Fight the 40. “The clock is ticking and the ‘Cadillac Tax’ is already driving up costs for the 178 million Americans who receive their health care coverage through their employer. Working families cannot wait any longer for relief— let’s work together to send the ‘Cadillac Tax’ to the junkyard.”

Courtney and Kelly are the bipartisan leaders of the House effort to repeal the tax. They have introduced H.R. 173, Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2017, which currently has 208 cosponsors in the House.

Click here to see the final letter, or see the text and list of signers below.

Dear Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi:

As Members committed to ensuring high-quality health care benefits for working Americans, we write to request immediate action on the excise tax on certain employer-sponsored health plans included as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is our understanding that legislation being crafted to address many outstanding health care issues before the end of the year includes a number of provisions to address health-related tax policy. We strongly believe that action to repeal or delay the so-called “Cadillac Tax” should be included in this and any related package given the very real consequences of the tax already being experienced today by U.S. workers.

While Congress has already delayed implementation of this excise tax until 2020, the policy is already having an impact. Large employers and labor unions are currently negotiating benefits packages that stretch into 2020, with many employers reporting that they are considering reducing the value of their health benefits to avoid this excise tax. We cannot wait to repeal it.

While some claim that this tax was intended to hit only the most generous “Cadillac” plans, that notion is mistaken since millions of hardworking Americans and their families face a significant reduction of their benefits with an increase in their cost-sharing should as a result of this tax. In reality, the tax unfairly and disproportionately affects middle-income Americans, women, and their families. Moreover, older workers and small businesses would also be heavily impacted.

A survey by the American Health Policy Institute found that 31 percent of large employers would have a health care plan subject to the tax by the first year of implementation, and 42 percent would have a plan subject to the tax by the second year. If this tax is not repealed, the out-of-pocket costs for Americans with employer-sponsored health insurance will rise at their expense.

The 40 percent excise tax has been widely opposed by both Democrats and Republicans along with a wide coalition of business, health, and labor organizations. More than 200 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have cosponsored legislation to repeal this burdensome tax. We, therefore, urge you to address the Cadillac Tax in any health or tax-related legislation that comes before Congress for a vote this year.


Joe Courtney

Mike Kelly

Vincente Gonzales

Tom O'Halleran

Eric Swalwell

John Yarmuth

Salud O. Carbajal

Michelle Lujan Grisham

Elizabeth H. Esty

Kathleen M. Rice

David Scott

Barbara Comstock

Val Demings

Pramila Jayapal

Peter T. King

Jacky Rosen

Colleen Hanabusa

Jamie Raskin

James P. McGovern

Julia Brownley

Matt Cartwright

Joe Crowley

Lois Frankel

Dwight Evans

Rod Blum

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

David Joyce

Tim Ryan

Brendan F. Boyle

Ruben Gallego

Paul Cook

Pete Aguilar

Bill Foster

Luke Messer

Grace Meng

Seth Moulton

Ed Perlmutter

Mark  Pocan

Brad Schneider

Frederica Wilson

John B. Larson

Mark Takano

Tony Cárdenas

Raúl Grijalva

Carol Shea-Porter

Donald Norcross

Bonnie Watson Coleman

Juan Vargas

John Katko

Adriano Espaillat

Randy Weber

Norma Torres

Kyrsten Sinema

Robert A. Brady

Lou Barletta

Lucille Roybal-Allard

Jerrold Nadler

Peter A. DeFazio

Marcy Kaptur

John J. Duncan Jr.

Betty McCollum

Keith Ellison

Stephen F. Lynch

Scott DesJarlais

Nydia M. Velázquez

Peter J. Visclosky

Linda Sánchez

Walter Jones

Albio Sires

Marcia L. Fudge

Daniel W. Lipinski

Al Green

Nita Lowey

Richard M. Nolan

Jan Schakowsky

Bill Pascrell Jr.

C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Steve Pearce

John Garamendi

Todd Rokita

Suzan K. DelBene

Bob Gibbs

Ted Deutch

Brian Higgins

Eliot L. Engel

Dina Titus

Gene Green

Suzanne Bonamici

Debbie Dingell

Rick Larsen

Cheri Bustos

Judy Chu

Derek Kilmer

Dave Loebsack

Rosa DeLauro

Scott Peters

David N. Cicilline

José E. Serrano

Grace F. Napolitano

French Hill

Daniel T. Kildee

Hank Johnson

Bennie G. Thompson

Chellie Pingree

Don Young

Marc Veasey

Paul D. Tonko

Eleanor Holmes Norton

Dan Donovan

Ben Ray Luján

Earl L. “Buddy” Carter

Kevin Cramer

Doug Lamborn

Marcy Kaptur

David B. McKinley P.E.

Steve Cohen

Mia Love

Paul Cook

Tulsi Gabbard

Gregory W. Meeks

Tim Walz

Ann McLane Kuster

Leonard Lance

Collin C. Peterson

Carolyn B. Maloney

Alan Lowenthal

Lee Zeldin

Trent Kelly

Lou Correa

Ruben J. Kuhuen

Maxine Waters

Robin L. Kelly

Adam B. Schiff

Josh Gottheimer

Charlie Crist

William R. Keating

Zoe Lofgren

Jackie Speier

John J. Faso

Rodney Davis



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Rep. Kelly to Host Interactive Town Hall for 3rd District Constituents


 Fourth tele-town hall of the year to enable thousands of constituents to get answers and make voices heard

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) will host a toll-free telephone town hall meeting for constituents of Pennsylvania’s 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, November 28, 2017

TIME: 7:10 – 8:10 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’m excited to once again connect with all my constituents during this interactive event and hear 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 leave their home. Last quarter’s successful event attracted more than 3,500 participants from all seven counties of the Third District, including at least one constituent traveling overseas! Enabling constituents to participate from virtually anywhere will once again help the greatest number of people easily join the conversation, especially busy parents and seniors. This proven format is all about providing the most convenient service to every Third District resident who wishes to engage in a constructive community discussion without any unnecessary distractions or disruptions.”




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Rep. Kelly Joins House in Passing Pro-Growth Tax Reform


  Tax Cuts & Jobs Act is first of its kind to pass since 1986; will increase take-home pay for every American taxpayer

Rep. Kelly: “This is the right time to do the right thing!”


WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – delivered remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives this morning in support of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), which was passed this afternoon by a vote of 227-205. Rep. Kelly’s full statement on the bill’s initial introduction can be read here. His full statement after the bill was marked-up by the Committee can be read here.

Highlights of Rep. Kelly’s floor speech:

“I hear the debate going back and forth and I would just encourage all of our members: you are going to have a choice today to take your voting card, and you’re going to put it in the voting machine, and you can push a green button that says ‘Go,’ putting this nation back on track, making America the greatest economic power in the world; or you can push a red button and say, ‘You know what? It’s just not something I can vote for today because it’s just not exactly what I want.”

“Next week, 50 million Americans will travel because … they want to come home for the holidays, they want to come home for Thanksgiving. This bill is a Thanksgiving bill. It’s a jobs bill, because what we’re telling corporate America is, ‘We want you to come home! Want to make this a more favorable environment for you to live, to work, to succeed.’ … When you tax people at the highest rate in the industrialized world, when you regulate people that puts them at an uncompetitive advantage on the shelf, they can’t exist. And so where do they go? They have to leave home to go overseas to find that answer.”

“Listen to these figures—these are not my figures by the way, this is the Tax Foundation: tax cuts for Americans at every economic level; [our bill] reduces taxes by almost $1,200 for every average-size middle-income American family; reduces taxes by almost $2,000 for every average-size middle-income family in Pennsylvania’s Third District; grows national GDP by 3.5 percent; increases American wages by 2.7 percent; increases after-tax incomes for every taxpayer by 3.8 percent in the long run; increases after-tax incomes for median families in Pennsylvania by over $2,300; and it creates almost 900,000 new American jobs, and it will create in my state of Pennsylvania over 36,000 new jobs.”

“This is a jobs bill. This is a revenue-raiser for us. This is about bringing people back home. This is about more take-home pay for every hardworking American guy and gal who’s out there who gets up every day to do one thing and that is to protect their families and work in the best interest of their country.”

“I’m just asking you today to look at this [voting] card and know that you have within the power of your vote to unleash the greatest economy in the world; to unshackle it from the tax code that makes it impossible to compete globally, that overregulates it, and forces it offshore and then blames [companies] for leaving.”

“So I ask my friends on both sides of the aisle: let’s do what’s right for America. If it’s right for America, then it’s right for Republicans, its right for Democrats, it’s right for independents, it’s right for libertarians. It’s right for America! This is the right time to do the right thing! My friends, we cannot stay where we are. A stand pat hand is not a winning hand. [We have] the ability to move forward, the ability to absolutely not just participate in a global economy but dominate a global economy, and give every single American the faith in the future and restore the faith they need to have in this body that we are doing the best thing in their interest every day single day that we come here.”

NOTE: The full text of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act can be read here. The final text of the Chairman’s Amendment, approved by the Ways and Means Committee, can be read here.

ICYMI: A compilation of Rep. Kelly’s recent national TV appearances in support of pro-growth tax reform can be found here.

Rep. Kelly with Speaker Paul Ryan, House Republican Leadership, and fellow members of the Ways & Means Committee after the historic House passage of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act


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Rep. Kelly Applauds Ways & Means Committee Approval of Tax Cuts & Jobs Act


Leads successful effort to preserve Adoption Tax Credit


WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today after the conclusion of the full committee’s four-day mark-up hearing to approve the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1, along with the Chairman’s Amendment to H.R. 1) and advance it to consideration by the House of Representatives. Rep. Kelly’s full statement on the bill’s initial introduction can be read here.

“I am very proud that our committee has approved this historic tax relief bill for American families. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will lower taxes, increase take-home pay, and expand the economy for middle- and lower-income Americans all over our country. It will level the playing field for American companies to grow, hire, and be globally competitive. It will boost our GDP by 3.9 percent and create almost 1 million new American jobs, including nearly 40,000 jobs in Pennsylvania. For families in Pennsylvania’s Third District specifically, it will reduce taxes by approximately $2,000 and increase after-tax income by almost $2,700. I look forward to continuing the process of turning these wins into a reality for the American people.

“I once again thank Chairman Brady for agreeing to restore the Adoption Tax Credit to this legislation and, by doing so, ensuring that our committee, our bill, and this Congress stand firmly in support of all children, the families who love them, and a strong culture of life.”

Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX):

“First, among other important improvements, this amendment will preserve the adoption tax credit. Now, I know Americans who adopt are not doing this for the tax benefit – they’re doing it because they want to provide a safe and loving home for a child. I know from personal experience that the adoption process can be expensive and time consuming, and ultimately, so rewarding. And I know the adoption tax credit is important to many Members of our Committee, Republicans and Democrats – and we’ve had very thoughtful discussions about it over the past few days. So, with this amendment, we’re proposing to preserve this credit – a priority led by Ms. Black, Mr. Kelly, and so many others. This will ensure that parents can continue to receive additional tax relief as they open their hearts and their homes to an adopted child.”

National Council For Adoption President Chuck Johnson:

“National Council For Adoption thanks the House of Representatives for preserving the adoption tax credit in the Chairman’s markup of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and we ask Congress to continue to fight for its preservation throughout the tax reform process. We are especially grateful to Congressman Kelly, who has been a true champion for this cause, taking a firm stand for children and families and insisting that the adoption tax credit remain a national priority. With 75,000 children adopted in 2014 by non-relative American parents and thousands more kinship adoptions, we know that the tax credit makes a huge, tangible difference, particularly for children in foster care.”

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser:

“Over the last week our pro-life allies including Reps. Trent Franks, Diane Black, Mike Kelly, and Chris Smith worked diligently to restore the Adoption Tax Credit to the GOP tax reform bill. We thank them for their efforts and we thank Chairman Brady for making the critical motion to restore it. This important pro-life tax credit costs the government relatively little, but by reducing the steep expenses of adoption, it makes all the difference to tens of thousands of families each year who open their homes and hearts to children in need. The amended bill gives these families the support they deserve in making the courageous, loving decision to adopt.”

March for Life President Jeanne Mancini:

“The adoption tax credit has helped so many families and saved so many lives – and needs to be safeguarded. The March for Life would like to thank Rep. Kevin Brady, Rep. Diane Black, Rep. Mike Kelly, and House Leadership for offering this amendment and working to promote life through the restoration of the adoption tax credit.”

Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission Executive Vice President Phillip Bethancourt:

“Thanks to the @RepKevinBrady's amendment, the Adoption Tax Credit is fully restored! We’re grateful for the leadership of @RepKevinBrady, @RepDianeBlack, @MikeKellyPA, @RepTrentFranks, and our fellow pro-life partner organizations.”

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), co-chair of the Pro-Life Caucus, the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Caucus, the Congressional Foster Youth Caucus, and the Congressional Caucus on Adoption:

“The Republican Party has been and always will be the party of life. Adoption, not abortion, has long since been one of the most noble mantras of the party of Lincoln. Chairman Kevin Brady and Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rogers, as well as Rep. Diane Black and Rep. Mike Kelly, should be effusively praised for ensuring the Adoption Tax Credit remains in the House Republican Tax Reform bill. … The Adoption Tax Credit has enormous symbolic, practical and humanitarian meaning and purpose, and I am deeply grateful that it’s been preserved in the tax plan and for all of those who acted to preserve it.”

NOTE: The full text of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act can be read here. The final text of the Chairman’s Amendment can be read here.

ICYMI: Videos of Rep. Kelly’s remarks at this week’s mark-up hearing regarding the Adoption Tax Credit can be viewed here and here. A compilation of Rep. Kelly’s recent national TV appearances in support of tax reform can be found here.


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Rep. Kelly Celebrates Introduction of Historic Tax Cut Bill



First tax reform bill in 31 years lowers taxes for middle- & lower-income Americans, levels playing field for American businesses to compete globally & create more jobs

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today regarding the introduction of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) in the House of Representatives by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX). The legislation would reform the federal tax code for the first time since 1986. Rep. Kelly’s full statement on the bill’s initial framework can be read here.

“This is a great day for America. After more than 40 public hearings under three different chairmen over nearly seven years, the Ways and Means Committee has produced the most monumental tax cut bill in a generation. This historic legislation means more take-home pay for every single hardworking American so that he and she can keep more of their hard-earned money to spend as they choose instead of shipping it off to the federal government. It also means that American companies will no longer have to pay the highest taxes in the industrialized world. By sensibly lowering the corporate tax rate, our nation’s businesses can create more jobs, bring old jobs back, keep more jobs here, and fairly compete in the global marketplace. The process of turning this far-reaching bill into law is just beginning—there is still much work ahead. At the end of the day, our goal will be the same: more money in every taxpayers’ pocket, a stronger economy, and a tax code that makes sense again.”

NOTE: The full text of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act can be read here. The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to mark up the legislation on Monday, November 6, 2017.

For individuals and families, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

  • Lowers individual tax rates for low- and middle-income Americans to Zero, 12%, 25%, and 35% so people can keep more of the money they earn throughout their lives, and continues to maintain 39.6% for high-income Americans.
  • Significantly increases the standard deduction to protect roughly double the amount of what you earn each year from taxes – from $6,350 to $12,000 for individuals and $12,700 to $24,000 for married couples.
  • Eliminates special-interest deductions that increase rates and complicate Americans’ taxes – so an individual or family can file their taxes on a form as simple as a postcard.
  • Takes action to support more American families by:
    • Establishing a new Family Credit – which includes expanding the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $1,600 to help parents with the cost of raising children, and providing a credit of $300 for each parent and non-child dependent to help all families with their everyday expenses.
    • Preserving the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to help families care for their children and older dependents such as a disabled grandparent who may need additional support.
  • Preserves the Earned Income Tax Credit to provide important tax relief for low-income Americans working to build better lives for themselves.
  • Streamlines higher education benefits to help families save for and better afford college tuition and other education expenses.
  • Continues the deduction for charitable contributions so people can continue to donate to their local church, charity, or community organization.
  • Preserves the home mortgage interest deduction for existing mortgages and maintains the home mortgage interest deduction for newly purchased homes up to $500,000 – providing tax relief to current and aspiring homeowners.
  • Continues to allow people to write off the cost of state and local property taxes up to $10,000.
  • Retains popular retirement savings options such as 401(k)s and Individual Retirement Accounts so Americans can continue to save for their future.
  • Repeals the Alternative Minimum Tax so millions of individuals and families will no longer have to worry about calculating their taxes twice each year and pay the higher amount.
  • Provides immediate relief from the Death Tax by doubling the exemption and repealing the Death Tax after six years. Family-owned farms and businesses will no longer have to worry about double or triple taxation from Washington when they pass down their life’s work to the next generation.

 For job creators of all sizes, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

  • Lowers the corporate tax rate to 20% – down from 35%, which today is the highest in the industrialized world – the largest reduction in the U.S. corporate tax rate in our nation’s history.
  • Reduces the tax rate on the hard-earned business income of Main Street job creators to no more than 25%– the lowest tax rate on small business income since World War II.
  • Establishes strong safeguards to distinguish between individual wage income and “pass-through” business income so Main Street tax relief goes to the local job creators it was designed to help most.
  • Allows businesses to immediately write off the full cost of new equipment to improve operations and enhance the skills of their workers – unleashing the growth of jobs, productivity, and paychecks.
  • Protects the ability of small businesses to write off the interest on loans that help these Main Street entrepreneurs start or expand a business, hire workers, and increase paychecks.
  • Retains the low-income housing tax credit that encourages businesses to invest in affordable housing so families, individuals, and seniors can find a safe and comfortable place to call home.
  • Preserves the Research & Development Tax Credit – encouraging our businesses and workers to develop cutting-edge “Made in America” products and services.
  • Strengthens accountability rules for tax-exempt organizations to ensure the churches, charities, foundations, and other organizations receiving tax-exempt status are focused on helping people and communities in need.
  • Modernizes our international tax system so America’s global businesses will no longer be held back by an outdated “worldwide” tax system that results in double taxation for many of our nation’s job creators.
  • Makes it easier and far less costly for American businesses to bring home foreign earnings to invest in growing jobs and paychecks in our local communities.
  • Prevents American jobs, headquarters, and research from moving overseas by eliminating incentives that now reward companies for shifting jobs, profits, and manufacturing plants abroad.


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Rep. Kelly to Host Live Tele-Town Hall for Constituents on Medicare Open Enrollment


WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) will be hosting a toll-free telephone town hall meeting this Thursday evening for constituents of the Third District to ask questions and receive answers about the Medicare Open Enrollment Period for 2018. The call will feature expert guidance from special guests at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Social Security Administration (SSA), and APPRISE.

WHAT: A free tele-town hall hosted by Rep. Kelly to discuss Medicare enrollment issues

WHO: Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03)

With special guests:

-       Sharon Graham – Congressional Liaison, CMS

-       Monique Scott – External Affairs, CMS

-       Phuong Tong – External Affairs, CMS

-       Kathy Fetterolf – Manager, Customer Relations, CMS

-       John Johnston – Public Affairs Specialist, SSA

-       Darlene Sampson – APPRISE

-       Jessica Lippert – APPRISE

-       Lynne Tierney – Medicare A/B

WHEN: Thursday, November 2, 2017

TIME: 7:10 PM – 8:10 PM

CALL-IN INFORMATION: To participate, dial 877-228-2184 and enter event ID 19013 at the time of the event.


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2017-11-08 00:09:08

Rep. Mike Kelly Delivers Message to Ways & Means Committee - Nov. 6, 2017

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Rep. Mike Kelly Previews Mark-up of Tax Cuts & Jobs Act on Fox News

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Rep. Mike Kelly Touts Tax Cuts & Jobs Act w/Melissa Francis on Fox Business

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2017-11-02 21:04:47

Rep. Mike Kelly Previews Historic Tax Cut Bill on Fox's Outnumbered Overtime

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Rep. Mike Kelly Previews "Greatest Tax Cuts in American History" on Fox Business

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Rep. Mike Kelly Discusses Tax Reform Progress on Fox News

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Ways and Means

Mike Kelly was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Butler, PA, where he has lived for the past 53 years. After graduating from Butler High School in 1966, Mike attended the University of Notre Dame on a football and academic scholarship. After college, Mike moved back to Butler to work at Kelly Chevrolet-Cadillac, Inc., a company founded by his father in the early 1950s. Mike took ownership of the dealership in the mid-1990s, expanding its operations to include Hyundai and KIA franchises.

Mike currently employs over 100 people from the region, and is a leader in the local and national automotive industry. Mike has served as Chairman of the Hyundai Eastern Region Dealer Council, Vice Chairman of the Hyundai National Dealer Council, and has served on the boards of the Chevrolet Dealers Advertising Association of Pittsburgh and the Cadillac Consultants of Western Pennsylvania. In addition, Mike was Secretary and Treasurer of the Hyundai initiative “Hope on Wheels,” which has donated over $58 million to childhood cancer research institutions nationwide.

Mike was a Butler City councilman, and has sat on the boards of several local and civic organizations, including the Housing Authority of Butler County, the Redevelopment Authority of Butler County, and the Moraine Trails Council of Boys Scouts of America. In recognition of Mike’s extensive volunteer and charitable work, Catholic Charities gave Mike the Mary DeMucci Award and the Mayor of Butler designated October 26, 2001 as “Mike Kelly Day” for his commitment to his hometown.

Dedicated to improving education, Mike founded the Butler Quarterback Club and The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, which provides unique and innovative educational programs for students in the Butler Area School District. Mike and his wife, Victoria, a former elementary school teacher, also established the Mary McTighe Kelly Creative Teaching Grant for elementary educators and the Lighthouse Foundation’s One Warm Coat Program, which helped collect over 500 winter coats for students in need in the Butler community.

Mike and Victoria have four children: George III, Brendan, Charlotte and Colin; and are the proud grandparents to George IV, Vivian, Elizabeth, Helena, Elaina, Maeve and Victoria. Mike’s family and friends were with him on January 5, 2011, when Mike was sworn into office as the U.S. Representative of the 3rd Congressional District of Pennsylvania. Mike looks forward to representing the interests and voicing the concerns of the 3rd District, especially as they relate to Mike’s work on the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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