Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

PENNSYLVANIA's 3rd DISTRICT

Rep. Kelly’s Bipartisan GAIIN Act Gains Momentum

2018/11/02

Innovative infrastructure bill endorsed by House Majority Leader Attracts co-sponsors from conservative and progressive caucuses

WASHINGTON — Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) known as the Generating American Income and Infrastructure Now (GAIIN) Act (H.R. 6104) has gained impressive traction over the last few months in the U.S. Congress.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) endorses the GAIIN Act

Leader McCarthy: “Rebuilding America’s infrastructure is an intense national priority that persistently lacks a sufficient response. To help solve these stubborn challenges we should debate big, bold ideas. We are in a time of disruption to the old ways of Washington that centered policy debates on old ideas with a new coat of paint. The great promise of the Trump Administration is that we can break through stalemate and stale ideas to build an economy that works for all Americans, especially Americans facing hardship. The GAIIN Act is an example of an alternative solution that deserves consideration to achieve our shared goal for a better American infrastructure in our communities most in need.”

Uncommon lawmakers find common ground

In addition to Rep. Kelly, co-sponsors of the GAIIN Act now include…

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Progressive Caucus: Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL)

Members of the House Freedom Caucus and Financial Services Committee: Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC), Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH), Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV)

Reps. Kelly and Clay co-author bipartisan op-ed for RealClearPolitics.com

Excerpts from “Bipartisan Bill Would Boost Infrastructure, Trim Debt”:

As members of the Democratic and Republican parties, we disagree on most issues, but we share the common belief that more can and must be done to help lift up the most impoverished communities in our country. While many of the problems in these areas cannot be cured by government alone, Washington policymakers can take certain actions to begin directing resources to the places that need them most.

For this purpose, we (along with Rep. Ted Budd of North Carolina) introduced a bipartisan bill (HR 6104) in June known as the Generating American Income and Infrastructure Now (GAIIN) Act to help fund critical infrastructure projects in the poorest areas of the nation. It would do so without any new taxes or spending and would simultaneously help pay down our record-high national debt.

Reviving America’s poorest cities and towns is a moral, fiscal, and economic imperative. It is rare than one piece of legislation can meet this objective on its own, let alone bring together conservative Republicans and progressive Democrats from minority communities. Even rarer is a bill that attracts the co-sponsorship of lawmakers in the House Freedom Caucus, the Black Congressional Caucus, and the Progressive Caucus just a few months before an election. But the GAIIN Act is that kind of bill.

Reps. Kelly and Clay appear on A&E’s “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien”

O’Brien: “Collapsing roads and bridges, unsafe drinking water, and run-down schools are all problems that both parties say we need to fix, but like many problems facing Republicans and Democrats, they usually don’t agree on the solution. Now, conservatives and liberals have reached common ground on an infrastructure bill that would invest in America’s poorest communities. Democratic Congressman Lacy Clay of Missouri and Republican Congressman Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, nice to have you both. Very rarely does a liberal member of Congress and a conservative member of Congress sit down and come up with bills together.”

WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE

BACKGROUND

The GAIIN Act (H.R. 6104) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on June 14, 2018, by Reps. Mike Kelly (R-PA), Lacy Clay (D-MO), and Ted Budd (R-NC).

Federal agencies currently hold more than $2 trillion in debt and lease assets that, if sold, could raise a significant amount of money. The sale of these fixed-rated debt assets at this time would maximize asset value, considering that interest rates are on the rise and the Federal Reserve’s quantitative tightening program is on the horizon. As interest rates rise, the value of the agency assets will decline—perhaps substantially. Importantly, the sales would not alter the terms of the loans. The consumer protection obligations associated with eligible Department of Agriculture loans and guarantees would convey with the sale, thereby minimizing impact on borrowers.

Additionally, borrowers would be given 30‐days’ notice of any sale and offered the opportunity to refinance at the same price of a potential sale. The GAIIN Act’s authors believe that there are sufficient private sector programs available for borrowers to refinance their loans at the discounted value. Any loans that remain outstanding would be eligible for sale to investors, which, under the GAIIN Act, would occur without recourse and create no liability for the U.S. government. Servicing would be provided by private entities with the demonstrated capacity to effectively service such loans.

During the Reagan administration, the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (P.L. 99‐509) required specified federal agencies to sell certain outstanding loans. For example, the program required the Secretary of Agriculture to sell debt assets held in the Farmers Home Administration Rural Development Insurance Fund over a three‐year period. The proposal outlined within the GAIIN Act is modeled on the earlier program and incorporates its various provisions.  

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Kelly-Backed Opioid Package Signed into Law

2018/10/24

Includes bills sponsored by Rep. Kelly to block synthetic opioid shipments into US, protect at-risk seniors from opioid abuse Kelly attends White House signing ceremony

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today after H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump. The comprehensive legislation included two bills originally sponsored by Rep. Kelly: the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act (H.R. 5788) and the Protecting Seniors from Opioid Abuse Act (H.R. 5684), which was added to H.R. 6 as part of the Preventing Addiction for Susceptible Seniors (PASS) Act (H.R. 5773).

“The opioid crisis is a national crisis. It is devastating families and communities in Western Pennsylvania and all over our country. I have witnessed its awful impact up close and personally. In an era of intense political polarization, I am so grateful that we were able to come together as a unified Congress to deliver such a powerful blow against this deadly epidemic on so many fronts. The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act is the most far-reaching congressional action against a single drug crisis in American history. I’m proud to have contributed specific measures that will protect vulnerable seniors from dangerous addiction and stop synthetic drugs from being trafficked into our communities from overseas. This is about nothing less than saving lives. It was a true honor to be at the White House with President Trump as he enacted this historic law and made every American family safer.”

BACKGROUND

Overview of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6)

Letter of endorsement from 161 patient advocacy organizations

Details on the PASS Act (H.R. 5773) | More

Details on the STOP Act (H.R. 5788) | More

Summary of congressional efforts to address the opioid crisis

NOTE: On June 19, 2018, Rep. Kelly addressed the House of Representatives on his legislation to fight the opioid epidemic. His floor speech can be viewed here.

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Rep. Kelly Hosts Public Forum with U.S. Secret Service on Preventing School Violence

2018/10/19

Over 100 schools represented as security professionals share expert guidance to help prevent on-campus attacks

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) hosted a public forum yesterday morning with U.S. Attorney Scott Brady and personnel from the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) for local school administrators to learn the latest expertly-developed best practices for increasing school safety and implementing targeted violence prevention plans. The event was held at the Passavant Center at Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania, and was attended by administrators from numerous school districts in (and outside of) the Third Congressional District, as well as many local law enforcement officials.

Statement by Rep. Kelly:

“There is nothing more important than the safety of our children. This forum was about making sure we are doing everything in our power – as teachers, police officers, and public officials – to guarantee that students can be completely free from danger when they go to school. I was very proud to host this event and thank every person who attended from both near and very far.”

A summary of the NTAC lesson plan can be viewed here.

The official invitation flyer courtesy of Rep. Kelly’s office can be viewed here.

The official event program can be viewed here.

Rep. Kelly with Jeffrey James, Supervisor of Safety, Seneca Valley High School

Rep. Kelly with Crawford Central School District Superintendent Thomas Washington

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Rep. Kelly Applauds New Trade Deal to Replace NAFTA

2018/10/01

Kelly serves on Ways & Means Trade Subcommittee and President’s Export Council

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today regarding the successful completion of negotiations to replace the North-American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with a new deal known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

“I strongly congratulate President Trump and Ambassador Lighthizer on securing a new and far better trade agreement with our neighbors to the north and south. This is a major win for American workers, jobs, consumers, and small businesses in Western Pennsylvania and all over our country. By effectively beginning the repeal and replacement of NAFTA, this administration has once again made history by defying the expectations of many and doing what others only pledged to do. As my staff and I continue to review the details of the agreement, we will make certain that it supports our industries, such as dairy and manufacturing, and that it meets the rigorous standards set by Trade Promotion Authority. The role of Congress in ratifying trade deals is one that I take very seriously and will perform with the upmost care. It is good news like today’s trade announcement that has already sent our economy skyrocketing and will continue to inspire confidence in the future.”

IMPORTANT: Since last year, in meetings and letters, Rep. Kelly has personally advocated for a provision in the USMCA to permit home shopping programming services to distribute into Canada to allow access of Pennsylvania companies to the Canadian retail consumer market. This provision was successfully included in the text of USMCA released this morning (chapter 15, page, 21). It will directly benefit every small business in Pennsylvania that sells its products via QVC (a PA-based company) and similar shopping platforms. A copy of the Kelly-led letter to the Ambassador of Canada from November 2017 can be viewed here.

NOTE: The full text of the USMCA can be viewed here.

The following guidance documents are courtesy of the White House:

USMCA Highlights

Agriculture: Market Access and Dairy Outcomes of the USMC Agreement

Rebalancing Trade to Support Manufacturing

Strengthening North American Trade in Agriculture

Modernizing NAFTA into a 21st Century Trade Agreement

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House Passes Tax Reform 2.0 w/Kelly Bill to Promote Family Savings

2018/09/28

WATCH HERE

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed a legislative package over the last two days known as “Tax Reform 2.0” including the Family Savings Act of 2018 (H.R. 6757), which U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – introduced earlier this month. The House-passed package also includes the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018 (H.R. 6760) and the American Innovation Act of 2018 (H.R. 6756), each of which Rep. Kelly is an original co-sponsor.

Statement by Rep. Kelly on final passage of Tax Reform 2.0:

“I am thrilled to see the People’s House pass all three pillars of Tax Reform 2.0 with bipartisan support. After the undeniable success of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for every American, passing a sequel to make its best parts permanent is just plain common sense. When my colleagues and I crafted and enacted tax reform last year, our goal was clear: lower taxes for middle-income families and workers, more jobs, and a stronger economy. With millions of households now enjoying more take-home pay and a skyrocketing economy producing more job openings than ever before, our goal wasn’t just met—it was surpassed.

“With Tax Reform 2.0, Americans don’t just get to keep more of their hard-earned money—they’ll have all-new ways to save it for the future. Real financial security is measured not by how much one makes but how much one saves, and currently, we’re a nation of spenders and not savers. My Family Savings Act contains numerous provisions to change that trend and help Americans better prepare for retirement and whatever life may throw their way. Simply put: just as tax reform was about putting more money in every hardworking taxpayer’s pocket, Tax Reform 2.0 is about helping them save that money earlier and easier.”

Excerpt of Rep. Kelly’s floor speech on the Family Savings Act (H.R. 6757):

“I rise in support of H.R. 6757, the Family Savings Act, which will make it easier for families and individuals to save for their future, whether it’s retirement, education, or healthcare, helping them to make sure they’re keeping more of their hard-earned money and planning for the future. This bill will also help local businesses provide retirement plans to their workers and help workers participate more in those plans.

“One of the things I remember so clearly from growing up is my parents saying to me and my siblings, ‘We never want to be a burden to you kids.’ And I thought as a young person that I could never think of my parents as a burden to me – not for everything they did for me. But just think about that for a minute. That generation – the ‘Greatest Generation’ – was telling us they never wanted to be a burden to the next generation.  And what we’re talking about today is relieving the burden on the next generation by making it easier for people to go into retirement feeling that they have enough income to enjoy their golden years.”

Statement by Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) on H.R. 6760:

“Middle-class families and our small businesses deserve to keep more of what they earn each and every year. This is an important step forward to keep the economic momentum of America rolling. It’s encouraging to receive 44 Democratic votes in support of elements of Tax Reform 2.0.  I’m confident that working with the Senate we can advance these bipartisan bills to the President’s desk.”

Chairman Brady on H.R. 6756 and 6757:

“House Republicans showed the American people today that we’re committed to changing the culture in Washington where we used to do tax reform only once a generation. These two bills ensure American families have the resources they need to save more and earlier and give future entrepreneurs the tools to move from the kitchen table to Main Street and beyond. Tax Policy Chairman Vern Buchanan and Rep. Mike Kelly led the charge on these efforts, and this legislation is going to make a real difference for families, new businesses, and communities across the country.”

Following today’s passage of the third and final piece of Tax Reform 2.0, Rep. Kelly joined Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady in the Capitol to discuss the legislation with press

One-page summaries of each pillar of Tax Reform 2.0 can be found at the links below:

  1. Promoting financial security by helping families save more money for retirement & more (Rep. Kelly’s bill)
  1. Protecting tax cuts for individuals, families, & small businesses by making them permanent
  1. Supporting innovation by helping entrepreneurs turn their ideas into enterprises

NOTE: The Family Savings Act (H.R. 6757) is supported by numerous major organizations, including AARP, the American Securities Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, the American Council of Life Insurers, Americans for Tax Reform, the Heritage Foundation, the National Electrical Contractors Association, and many others. A larger list of supporters of Tax Reform 2.0 can be viewed here and here. A letter from the Family Research Council specifically praising the bill’s pro-life provision recognizing “unborn children” can be read here.

BACKGROUND: The Family Savings Act contains many provisions of a bipartisan bill previously introduced by Rep. Kelly known as the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act (RESA) of 2018 (H.R. 5282). Rep. Kelly is the founder and co-chairman of the bipartisan House Retirement Security Caucus.

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Rep. Kelly’s Bipartisan Leadership on Key Issues Highlighted by Magazine

2018/09/20

Spotlight on Kelly-sponsored bills to support health care affordability, infrastructure improvement, debt reduction

WASHINGTON — Legislative action taken by U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – was recently featured in a profile published by The Ripon Advance, “a daily publication that provides news, information and updates on and about our elected leaders, their work within government, and their ideas and initiatives on public policy.”

U.S. Rep. Kelly leads bipartisanship in health care, infrastructure improvement, debt reduction

By Ripon Advance News Service

—Excerpted—

A master communicator, U.S. Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA), who has represented Pennsylvania’s 3rd congressional district since 2011, oftentimes manages to compare his bipartisanship efforts on Capitol Hill to those at the family-owned car dealership he took over from his father in the mid-1990s.

​“Bipartisanship just makes sense. It’s about building personal relationships and getting to know people. We all have so many issues in common, we just have different ideas on how to resolve them,” the 70-year-old lawmaker told The Ripon Advance in a Sept. 6 interview.

“It’s like working out a problem back home at the dealership,” said Kelly, referring to Kelly Chevrolet-Cadillac Inc. in Butler, Pa. “When I worked with people and we both could agree there was a problem, we would put our heads together and ask, how do we fix it?”

“It’s not any different than running a business,” he said. Bipartisanship is about “building trust between people and agreeing mutually to fix and move forward on a problem.”

In Washington, D.C., for instance, Rep. Kelly wants to convince the full House to support the Employer Relief Act of 2018, H.R. 4616, which he co-sponsored last December. The bill would amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, to provide a temporary moratorium on its high-cost plan tax, popularly known as the Cadillac tax.

The Cadillac tax is a 40 percent excise tax on employer-provided health insurance plans exceeding $10,200 in premiums per year for individuals and $27,500 for families that is scheduled to take effect in 2020.

“Its name comes from the delusion that only those with the most luxurious ‘Cadillac’ plans will be taxed,” Rep. Kelly explained in an opinion piece published on April 24 in The Hill. “Trust me: this Cadillac tax has nothing to do with fancy cars or extravagant health plans — it has everything to do with punishing hard-working Americans and their families.”

Rep. Kelly said the Cadillac tax unfairly forces employers to reduce health benefits for their employees, who end up paying higher out-of-pocket costs. “It’s a double whammy,” he told The Ripon Advance.

And in his home state, where 55 percent of the Pennsylvania workforce (more than 6.6 million residents) are covered by employer-sponsored health insurance, the pinch is already being felt from the forthcoming tax “as their employers are painfully forced to narrow networks and slash other benefits to avoid being smothered by a 40 percent tax,” Kelly wrote.

H.R. 4616 would delay the Cadillac tax until 2023, providing temporary relief to American workers, as well as the employers offering them coverage. It’s an issue that unites both Republicans and Democrats, Kelly said, and H.R. 4616 “is good progress.”

But what the congressman really wants is a full repeal of the Cadillac tax, which he said continues to hang over the heads of the 175 million Americans who receive health insurance through their jobs.

The bipartisan Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2017, H.R. 173, which Kelly introduced on Jan. 3, 2017, would do just that on a permanent basis. And the bill has 302 cosponsors.

In July, Rep. Kelly also introduced bipartisan legislation to expand consumer-directed health care and lower insurance premiums for Americans.

The Bipartisan HSA Improvement Act of 2018, H.R. 6305, would amend federal law to improve health care access through modernized health savings accounts (HSAs). The measure, which is cosponsored by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), was marked up and approved, 26-13, on July 11 by Kelly and his colleagues on the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, which sent the bill to the full House for a vote.

“Americans should be able to afford these types of programs and there should be less government intervention in people’s lives,” he said.

“HSAs are very important to people and give them options for spending their money. And they may not be aware of wellness programs, which are incredibly important to the overall health of the population,” the congressman added. “The key to not getting sick is putting yourself in a healthy lifestyle.”

The nation’s infrastructure also needs to be kept in tip top shape.

In another bipartisan bill Kelly introduced on June 14, the Generating American Income and Infrastructure Now (GAIIN) Act, H.R. 6104, Rep. Kelly proposes that the U.S. Agriculture Secretary be required to sell distressed notes and other obligations held by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

If enacted, H.R. 6104 would authorize the U.S. Treasury Secretary to establish the terms for such sales. Fifty percent of the proceeds from these sales would be deposited in an account designated for infrastructure projects in low-income communities, according to the text of the bill in the congressional record.

The Treasury Department could use the other 50 percent of the proceeds to reduce the nation’s deficit under H.R. 6104.

“USDA has more than $2 trillion in nonperforming assets. It’s absolutely ridiculous,” Kelly said. “We will never get our money back.”

But a window of opportunity exists to take these troubled assets and put them up for sale on the open market and let people buy them at reduced prices, he said. Then the federal government could take that money and put into hard hit communities for infrastructure improvements.

Jobs to make repairs and improvements would subsequently get created and the leftover monies would go back into the Treasury to lower debt, Kelly explained.

U.S. Reps. Ted Budd (R-NC) and William Lacy Clay (D-MO) are original cosponsors of H.R. 6104.

“You know it doesn’t really matter that Lacy’s in the Black Caucus, and I’m in the Republican Study Committee, or that Ted Budd is part of the Freedom Caucus,” Kelly said during a June 24 joint television interview on the Matter of Fact program.

“What does matter is when Americans can look at their government and say, You know what? This is working because we have the right people, at the right place, and on the right issues, and they’re working for us,” he said.

H.R. 6104 also would require that a portion of the workforce for each of the infrastructure projects come from the communities being improved, in turn making employment opportunities available for impoverished communities around the nation.

 

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Rep. Kelly Presents 3rd District Community Champion Award to Mercer County Leader

2018/09/19

Elizabeth Lampkins has led the Women, Infants, & Children program at Shenango Valley Urban League since 1978

WATCH: Award ceremony coverage by WFMJ 

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) presented his quarterly 3rd District Community Champion Award to Elizabeth Lampkins, longtime director of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program at the Shenango Valley Urban League, yesterday afternoon at the organization’s headquarters in Farrell, PA.

Excerpts of Rep. Kelly’s official commendation for Mrs. Lampkins:

Elizabeth has been employed with the Shenango Valley Urban League since 1974 and has served as the director of the Woman, Infants, and Children program (WIC) since 1978. Elizabeth has spent the past 44 years selflessly serving others and building a legacy that is absolutely admirable. Although her successful career is coming to an end as Elizabeth is retiring, her efforts will continue to benefit the community for years to come.

The Shenango Valley Urban League, which is proudly celebrating their 50th anniversary, is an organization that welcomes, empowers, and encourages all citizens and provides vital services to those in need. Elizabeth is the oldest employee at the Shenango Valley Urban League in both age and tenure, and she has proudly served under every Executive Director or President since the inception of the organization. Throughout her career, Elizabeth has worked tirelessly to advance the WIC program and ensure it continues to prosper and provide. In every role, in every effort, Elizabeth has displayed unparalleled integrity, dignity, and strength.

In addition to her loyalty to the WIC program, Elizabeth has actively participated in various civic organizations and advisory boards, making community service an integral part of her life. Elizabeth’s expertise and participation has been beneficial to the following: Prince of Peace Center, Teen Parenting Advisory Board, United Way Budget Panel, Minority Health Advocacy Committee, Pennsylvania WIC Association, Mercer County Children & Youth Services, Mercer County Family Centers, and Mercer County Comprehensive Health Planning Council.

Elizabeth has been a catalyst for improvement throughout the community and her passion and dedication deserves praise. She is a leader in the truest sense of the word and a role model for those who are privileged to know her. Elizabeth has set a standard of excellence and generosity that will inspire others for generations to come and it is my honor to congratulate her on a distinguished career and a well-earned retirement.

Therefore, on behalf of the 3rd Congressional District, the State of Pennsylvania, and this nation, I would like to express sincere gratitude and appreciation to Elizabeth Lampkins – an extraordinary individual, a noble public servant, and a true Community Champion.

Click here for a local report by The Sharon Herald on yesterday’s award ceremony.

BACKGROUND: The 3rd District Community Champion Award is a quarterly citation instituted by the Office of U.S. Representative Mike Kelly in January 2015 to recognize and thank service-minded individuals throughout Pennsylvania's Third Congressional District for selfless and significant contributions to their surrounding communities. Each winner is presented with an official award plaque from Rep. Kelly’s office, a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol building, and a statement of congratulations entered into the official congressional record.

NOTE: More photographs from the award ceremony can be viewed here.

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Rep. Kelly Co-Authors RealClearPolitics Op-Ed Touting Benefits of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

2018/09/18

“Reviving America’s poorest cities and towns is a moral, fiscal, and economic imperative. It is rare than one piece of legislation can meet this objective on its own, let alone bring together conservative Republicans and progressive Democrats from minority communities. … But the GAIIN Act is that kind of bill.”

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Republican Study Committee – co-authored a guest opinion piece with Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO) published today at RealClearPolitics.com in which the lawmakers describe the origin and benefits of the Generating American Income and Infrastructure Now (GAIIN) Act (H.R. 6104), which they introduced with Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) in the House of Representatives on June 14, 2018. More information about the legislation can be found here and here.

Bipartisan Bill Would Boost Infrastructure, Trim Debt

By Rep. Mike Kelly & Rep. Lacy Clay

Even in this moment of historically strong economic growth, 46 million Americans still live in poverty. They are not exclusively from one political party, racial background, or geographic region, but they do share a common experience. From inner-city streets to the rusted husks of ex-manufacturing centers to the hollows of coal country, these Americans live in areas where economic opportunity is scarce, and hope often feels like an unaffordable luxury.

As members of the Democratic and Republican parties, we disagree on most issues, but we share the common belief that more can and must be done to help lift up the most impoverished communities in our country. While many of the problems in these areas cannot be cured by government alone, Washington policymakers can take certain actions to begin directing resources to the places that need them most.

For this purpose, we (along with Rep. Ted Budd of North Carolina) introduced a bipartisan bill (HR 6104) in June known as the Generating American Income and Infrastructure Now (GAIIN) Act to help fund critical infrastructure projects in the poorest areas of the nation. It would do so without any new taxes or spending and would simultaneously help pay down our record-high national debt.

Frankly, these communities have been overlooked by policymakers from both parties for a long time. But with this bipartisan tragedy comes bipartisan opportunity. Based on research by the Brookings Institute, roughly 75 percent of the nation’s poorest congressional districts are represented by members of Congress’ black, Hispanic, and conservative caucuses. It’s no wonder that that’s where support for the GAIIN Act has been growing.

Genuine philosophical differences over the size and scope of government cannot and should not be papered over, but genuine middle ground where conservative and liberal priorities are thoroughly met should not be denied or ignored. We each agree that a booming economy is not truly successful unless its benefits reach all Americans and it visibly addresses our national infrastructure crisis.

A proper infrastructure renaissance throughout America should include the construction of world-class airports, bridges, broadband, highways, railways, and more. But with sky-high debt and deficits, Congress cannot ignore the consequences of the nation’s long-term budget crisis, which hundreds of billions of dollars in new federal spending would only accelerate.

In 1986, President Reagan and the Democratic-controlled Congress faced a similar dilemma when they passed major tax reform legislation. To help cover the budget shortfall, they turned to a bipartisan plan that required federal agencies to monetize their debt by selling it to the private market.

This model is viable today and provides an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to come together and deliver infrastructure-related results for lower- and middle-income Americans of diverse political and racial backgrounds.

Currently, federal agencies hold more than $2 trillion in debt and lease assets. The sale of a portion of these assets, if expedited, could raise a significant amount of money for infrastructure projects. Rather than languishing in Washington, we believe this money could be used for the good of our constituents and fellow citizens throughout our country.

Passage of the GAIIN Act would take the first step toward making optimal use of these assets by directing the Office of Management and Budget to identify all distressed debt currently held by the Department of Agriculture and then directing the Treasury Department to package it for sale to the private market. It would then require that 50 percent of the revenue received be spent on infrastructure projects in communities below the poverty line and the other 50 percent be applied toward reduction of the national debt.

By building new highways, byways, and bridges near factories, farms, and inner cities, we can begin the long, necessary process of ensuring that all Americans have an equal opportunity to succeed. It presents a superb opportunity to put aside our political differences for the forgotten men, women, and children whose communities have been ignored for too long.

Reviving America’s poorest cities and towns is a moral, fiscal, and economic imperative. It is rare than one piece of legislation can meet this objective on its own, let alone bring together conservative Republicans and progressive Democrats from minority communities. Even rarer is a bill that attracts the co-sponsorship of lawmakers in the House Freedom Caucus, the Black Congressional Caucus, and the Progressive Caucus just a few months before an election. But the GAIIN Act is that kind of bill.

WATCH: Rep. Kelly and Rep. Clay discuss the GAIIN Act in a joint interview with host Soledad O’Brien on A&E’s “Matter of Fact”!

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Rep. Kelly’s Family Savings Act Approved by Ways & Means Committee

2018/09/13

Major pillar of Tax Reform 2.0 to preserve tax cuts, help families & workers save money for future 

WATCH: Kelly defends bill at committee mark-up hearing

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – participated in today’s full committee mark-up hearing to approve three pieces of legislation collectively known as “Tax Reform 2.0,” including the Family Savings Act of 2018 (H.R. 6757), which Rep. Kelly introduced on Monday. The committee voted to pass Rep. Kelly’s bill as well the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018 (H.R. 6760) and the American Innovation Act of 2018 (H.R. 6756). All three bills will be considered for final passage by the full House of Representatives in the near future.

Statement by Rep. Kelly:

“Today my colleagues and I on the Ways and Means Committee proudly voted to make tax relief permanent for hardworking families and small businesses in our district and all over our country. 

"With more than 60 percent of Americans not having enough savings to cover a $1,000 emergency expense, the passage of the Family Savings Act is especially critical. After all, real financial security is not about how much one makes but about how much one saves. With my bill’s provisions, families and workers will have new, much fairer ways to prepare for the future and be able to tackle whatever life may throw their way. 

"I look forward to the entirety of Tax Reform 2.0 coming to the floor of the People’s House for final passage. When it comes to protecting the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for everyday Americans, now is the right time to double down on a good thing and make it even better!”

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

“By advancing Tax Reform 2.0, we are making sure America’s middle-class families and our small businesses keep more of what they earn, helping families and workers save more for their future, and spurring more new business start-ups here in America.

“It’s a sign of the partisan times that Democrats are not just fighting to raise taxes on our local families and businesses. In today’s votes, Democrats also tried to block families from using their savings for college debt and apprenticeship programs and fought letting moms and dads access their savings when welcoming a new child into their home.

“This is only the first step in the legislative process. We will continue to listen to members of the House and work to improve Tax Reform 2.0 at every opportunity as we advance these common-sense measures to the House floor.”

One-page summaries of each pillar of Tax Reform 2.0 can be found at the links below:

  1. Promoting financial security by helping families save more money for retirement & more (Rep. Kelly’s bill)
  1. Protecting tax cuts for individuals, families, & small businesses by making them permanent
  1. Supporting innovation by helping entrepreneurs turn their ideas into enterprises

BACKGROUND: The Family Savings Act (H.R. 6757) contains numerous provisions of a bipartisan bill previously introduced by Rep. Kelly known as the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act (RESA) of 2018 (H.R. 5282). Rep. Kelly is the founder and co-chairman of the bipartisan House Retirement Security Caucus.

  

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Rep. Kelly Introduces Major Tax Reform 2.0 Bill to Help Families Save Money for Future

2018/09/10

Kelly-sponsored “Family Savings Act” is one of three bills in new tax reform package aimed at delivering permanent relief for families, workers, & small businesses

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today after introducing the Family Savings Act of 2018 (H.R. 6757), one of the three planks of the Tax Reform 2.0 package unveiled this afternoon and supported by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and every Republican member of the committee. Additionally, Rep. Kelly is an original co-sponsor of the other two pieces of the package: the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018 (H.R. 6760) and the American Innovation Act of 2018 (H.R. 6756).

Rep. Kelly:

“The enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act nearly nine months ago was a legislative milestone and a historic victory for the American people. This new law – the first of its kind in 31 years – has met and surpassed expectations by turbo-charging our economy, boosting businesses of all sizes, and giving hardworking taxpayers at every income level more take-home pay. The facts are clear: all in all, tax reform has been an undeniable success story.

“Tax Reform 2.0 is the logical next step for our committee to build on the success that our country has been seeing. Among this commonsense package’s important pieces, I am especially proud to be the lead sponsor of the Family Savings Act to help families of every background prepare for their future. With so many households receiving new bonuses and bigger paychecks thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, now is the perfect time to make the tax cuts permanent and make sure that Americans have the financial security they need to handle anything that life may throw their way. This is about helping every American enjoy a happy retirement and peace of mind in the years when they deserve it most.”

Ways & Means Committee Chairman Brady:

“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed the trajectory of our economy for the better. Now it’s time to change the culture in Washington where we only do tax reform once a generation. This legislation is our commitment to the American worker to ensure our tax code remains the most competitive in the world. 

“We are providing certainty. The Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act locks in the tax relief from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – which included a nearly doubled standard deduction, a doubled Child Tax Credit, lower rates across the board, and a historic 20-percent pass-through deduction for Main Street businesses. This will create over 1.5 million new jobs, continue to raise wages, and boost long-run GDP. 

We are creating financial security. The Family Savings Act focuses on helping families save more and earlier for the future by making it easier for businesses to offer retirement savings plans while ensuring workers can easily participate in these plans. This will help give our families the financial stability they need for whatever life throws their way. 

“We are helping entrepreneurs grow. The American Innovation Act will increase innovation by helping new entrepreneurs move from the kitchen table to Main Street and beyond. The country that wins the innovation race wins the future, and it’s time for our tax code to help us get there. 

“Last year we said goodbye to America’s old, broken tax code. Under our new system, we’re seeing incredible job growth, bigger paychecks, and a tax code that works on behalf of families and American businesses. Now it’s the time to ensure we never let our tax code become so outdated again. We look forward to bringing these bills to the Committee soon.”

BACKGROUND: The Family Savings Act contains numerous provisions of a bipartisan bill previously introduced by Rep. Kelly known as the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act (RESA) of 2018 (H.R. 5282). Rep. Kelly is the founder and co-chairman of the bipartisan House Retirement Security Caucus.

NOTE: A one-page summary of the Family Savings Act can be viewed here.

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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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