WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today regarding this morning’s shooting in Alexandria, Virginia.
“Early this morning, while I was attending mass at St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill, my colleagues in Alexandria came under a targeted attack that has left me saddened, sickened, but also grateful that it was not as gruesome as it could have been. I have known my friend Steve Scalise since first coming to Congress and have spent most of the day praying for his full recovery and that of the other innocent victims. The fact that everyone at that field was practicing for a bipartisan baseball game for charity makes this attack all the more tragic and disturbing. Thanks to the heroism of the security officers on the scene, untold lives were saved and a potential massacre was prevented. I wholeheartedly salute them, and all of the Capitol Police, for their daily professionalism and service to our nation. As we move forward as a Congress and a country, I believe it’s time for all Americans to regain perspective about what our democracy should entail. Fueling our politics with the unadulterated hatred we’ve seen in recent months only serves to dehumanize our leaders, denigrate our First Amendment, and endanger our fellow citizens. It’s time to start seeing the best in each other, not only assuming the worst.”
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: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
TIME: 7:00 – 8:00 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 engaging 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 hugely successful event attracted more than 6,000 participants from all seven counties and covered every topic on their minds — local, national, and international. 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) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today in support of the announcement by President Donald Trump to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, an international accord to which former President Barack Obama unilaterally committed the U.S. in 2016 despite widespread calls for it to be submitted to the U.S. Senate for advice and consent as a treaty (as characterized by the 1992 U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change).
“Today’s announcement is great news for the American people. It is a victory for our economy, our sovereignty, and our Constitution. The Paris Agreement – which should have been considered a treaty from the very beginning – was written with Americans and their elected representatives as an afterthought. It would result in unfair domestic harm for American workers, taxpayers, consumers, manufacturers, and energy producers. We would shoulder most of the cost and gain no measurable reward. There’s a reason President Obama never submitted this accord to the Senate for proper approval: it would have been rejected as a very bad deal for America, and rightly so.
“I have complete confidence in our country’s ability to protect both our economy and our environment at the same time, and I applaud President Trump’s strong commitment to this goal. Moving forward, both the executive and legislative branches must work together to ensure that every international commitment that we follow primarily serves the interests of American citizens above all else. As elected leaders, the laws and policies we craft must reflect the needs of our constituents, not the demands of a global ideological trend. As the president admirably stated, he was ‘elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.’ I thank him for keeping this major promise and putting our country first.”
Excerpt of joint op-ed by Rep. Kelly and Sen. Lee at National Review Online (11/19/15):
For months, White House and State Department officials have insisted that President Obama has the legal authority to unilaterally commit the United States to a new climate agreement and that therefore he will not submit any deal reached in Paris to the Senate for its advice and consent.
Setting aside the dubious legal theories concocted to justify this position (theories that flatly contradict the understanding of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change that has been universally accepted since its ratification in 1992) there’s one problem with President Obama’s gambit: Only Congress, not the executive, has the power to appropriate money.
Imprudent as it may be, the president is free to promise the world as much money as he pleases in the course of international negotiations. But, without the support of Congress, he is powerless to fulfill those promises.
To ensure that the foreign governments attending the climate talks in Paris are not confused about this point, members of both chambers and from both parties ought to assert with one voice that Congress will not send a dime of taxpayer money to the implementation of any agreement to which the Senate has not provided its advice and consent.
That goes for the billions of dollars that President Obama has pledged to send to the “Green Climate Fund.” And it goes for any other funds that the Paris agreement would expect the United States to give to developing countries for clean-energy adaptation.
BACKGROUND: On November 19, 2015, Rep. Kelly and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced a concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 97 and S. Con. Res. 25) in the House and Senate respectively to require that President Obama submit the Paris Agreement to the U.S. Senate for advice and consent, as demanded by the U.S. Constitution, before signing it. The resolution earned a total of 86 co-sponsors in the House and 33 co-sponsors in the Senate.
On December 8, 2015, Rep. Kelly hosted a Special Order on the floor of the House of Representatives to bring attention to the domestic effects of the Paris Agreement and to emphasize the constitutionally-mandated role of the U.S. Senate in approving an international accord of such cost and character.
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 Working Families Relief Act (H.R. 2618) in the House of Representatives. The legislation would increase the maximum amount that employees can set aside for, or employers can provide to, the Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), a flexible spending account which can be used to pay for childcare on a pre-tax basis. It would raise the cap from $5,000 to $10,500 and index it for inflation. It would also provide tax credits to employers who match DCAP contributions in order to encourage them to offer the benefit. The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA) and was previously introduced by both members in May 2016 during the last congress.
Statement by Rep. Kelly (R-PA):
“Early education and a child’s healthy development go hand in hand. Giving kids the right foundation at a young age means giving them a fair opportunity to succeed in life. Unfortunately, far too many working families struggle to cover costs for quality care. This bipartisan bill will help parents overcome that difficulty by expanding and modernizing DCAP accounts, which currently help more than 1.3 million families pay for early learning programs and childcare every year. As Congress works closer toward achieving pro-growth tax reform to rebuild our economy, this bill is about making sure our tax code is firmly on the side of our nation’s most precious asset – our children – and the hardworking parents who love and support them.”
Statement by Rep. Sánchez (D-CA):
“As a working mom myself, I understand that every working parent wants to be able to do it all. However, we often have to make sacrifices in both our personal lives and our careers just to keep up. I know that even a little help can make a world of difference for a hard working family. The Working Families Relief Act seeks to make childcare a little more affordable for working families. I look forward to working with my friend Rep. Mike Kelly to pass this important legislation on behalf of hardworking Americans.”
Statement by Mark Shriver, President of Save the Children Action Network:
“Many parents know that without high-quality learning programs, their children could fall behind and never catch up. Families want to provide their children with this kind of quality care; however, for many it’s simply unaffordable. Expanding the Dependent Care Assistance Program so more working families can participate will make child care costs more affordable and help parents ensure their children have a strong start in life. I want to thank Representatives Mike Kelly and Linda Sanchez for leading on the Working Families Relief Act in the House.”
Statement by David Kass, President of Council for a Strong America:
“We know from the research that high-quality early learning environments can have a positive impact on our children's educational attainment, behavior, and health. For many working families, high-quality care is out of reach. We commend Representatives Mike Kelly and Linda Sanchez for their bipartisan legislation, the Working Families Relief Act, which provides a much-needed update to the Dependent Care Assistance Program. This legislation is an important step forward in making childcare more affordable for all families.”
In America today, fewer than one in three children have a full-time, stay-at-home parent. Almost one-quarter of children under the age of 5 are in organized child care arrangements. For these families, the average cost of center-based child care is at least $12,000 per year, according to Child Care Aware.
High-quality early learning and care is one of the most effective ways to help kids escape poverty and ensure equal opportunity for all. It leads to higher graduation and employment rates, and it helps build a more prepared workforce. Though we come from opposite sides of the political aisle, we agree that helping families afford child care or early education programs should be a bipartisan goal and is a smart investment in the future of America.
While the federal tax code has some provisions that help families afford early child care, more can be done to assist low-income families with little to no income tax liability, for whom existing tax credits are of little help. Some of these parents are left with a debilitating choice: having to either leave the workforce, or place their children in low-quality child care.
Earlier this year, the Early Childhood Education Action Tank, a diverse coalition of children’s advocacy groups, businesses and financial institutions convened by Save the Children Action Network, released a menu of options for tax reform that would help address the two greatest barriers to early childhood education: cost and lack of access to quality programs.
One of the Action Tank’s recommendations is expanding tax credits and deductions for early childhood education. This includes reforming the Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), an employer-sponsored flexible spending program for up to $2,500 annually ($5,000 for married couples) to employees who pay for dependent care. In this program, employees are allowed to deduct dependent care expenses from their paycheck on a pretax basis, helping parents save money while ensuring their children are able to make the most out of their early years.
This bipartisan legislation [the Working Families Relief Act] would make DCAP stronger by increasing the maximum amount employees can exclude from income to $10,500, allowing a tax credit for small employer DCAP startup costs, and providing a tax credit to employers who match employees’ contributions by up to $1,000. These improvements would make the program more beneficial to families, while also incentivizing more employers to offer access.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – released the following statement today after introducing H.R. 2562, the Making Pharmaceutical Markets More Competitive Act, in the House of Representatives. The legislation requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prioritize the review of generic drug applications within eight months for medications that do not have more than three approved competitors or are on the federal drug shortage list. Such an expedited approval process would allow qualified drugs to get to market quicker and vastly expand competition between prescription medications, thereby lowering prices for patients. The Senate companion to this bill (S. 1115) was introduced by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Al Franken (D-MN) on May 11, 2017.
“Everyone knows that one of the leading drivers of health care costs in America is the sky-rocketing price of prescription drugs. This impacts how hardworking Americans budget their money, care for their families, and plan for their futures. When it comes to caring for the elderly, paying for the cost of medicine is often the greatest challenge. This year alone, prescription drug prices for seniors are expected to rise by nearly 10 percent. Unfortunately, more competition and lower prices are being inhibited by a backlog of thousands of generic drug applications at the FDA. A shorter wait time will bring cheaper alternatives to market quicker.
“With prescription drug prices rising the way they are, the best solution is more competition, not less. It’s widely understood that pricing controls lead to harmful shortages, stifle life-saving research, and simply don’t work. Instead, this commonsense bill will foster a more competitive pharmaceutical industry where doctors and patients have access to more affordable alternatives. By creating an expedited review process for certain generic drugs where there is little existing competition, such a reform can be powerfully effective in reducing health care costs and directly benefit millions of Americans of all ages.”
NOTE: H.R. 2562 represents the third piece of bipartisan legislation introduced by Rep. Kelly this year as a part of Phase Three of the process to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and lower the cost of health care. The first was H.R. 173, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2017, introduced with Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) on January 3, 2017. The second was H.R. 2310, the Faith in Health Savings Accounts Act, introduced with Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) on May 3, 2017.
Rep. Kelly with 2017 student competition winners
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) issued the following statement today to officially announce the winners of the 36th annual Congressional Art Competition from Pennsylvania’s Third District. The annual contest, “An Artistic Discovery,” is a nationwide event sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives enabling high school students throughout America to showcase their artistic abilities and earn recognition for their efforts.
Statement by Rep. Kelly:
“I congratulate all of the students who entered this year’s fantastic contest. Each young artist deserves enormous credit for putting their talents on display for all to see. In particular, I congratulate Max Schaller for winning the First Place prize and look forward to honoring him in our nation’s capital next month. I also thank MJ and Dennis McCurdy for devoting so much of their time and energy to making the ceremony in Harmony such a wonderful success. As co-chairman of this year's competition, I couldn't be prouder of everyone involved!”
This year’s winners are as follows:
FIRST PLACE: “Celestial Owl” by Max Schaller from Hickory High School
SECOND PLACE: "Gold Finch” by Jayme McKay from Hickory High School
THIRD PLACE: “Citrus Still Life” by Shane Krizmanich from West Shamokin High School
HONORABLE MENTION: “Kindred” by Priya Melonio from Sewickley Academy
About the contest:
More photos from the Third District awards ceremony can be viewed here.
Kelly: “We have to stay focused”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – delivered remarks at last week’s full committee hearing on tax reform and then appeared on Cavuto: Coast to Coast on Fox Business Network to discuss the hearing.
Rep. Kelly at hearing on “How Tax Reform Will Grow Our Economy and Create Jobs”:
“All of you that actually come from the private world—when I look at what’s going on … all we’re talking about today, ‘Is there a need for pro-growth tax reform?’ And without a doubt everyone says, ‘Yes, there is.’ It’s unquestionable. Then the next thing is, ‘So what’s fair? And how do we address fairness? And how do we define fairness? And is it really best for everybody?’ ... So as we look at all these things when it comes to pro-growth, it better be pro-growth. I am just really concerned that a country that is going to have record revenue still coming in and cannot come close to paying its spending. You couldn’t do it in your business and none of us can do it at all.”
“Thank you all for being here. And this is the first step [to tax reform] in you being here before us. You are the revenue producers, we are the spenders. You are the producers. Thank God we are finally getting the private sector in front of us right now, letting everybody in the world know how we improve our country.”
Rep. Kelly on Cavuto: Coast to Coast:
“It’s going to be robust and dynamic and we’re going to get people back to work and they’re going to have higher wages, and more importantly than anything else, we’re going to be able to compete globally because that’s where the market is now. We have to do that globally. And when you have the highest tax rates and more regulations than you can possibly shake a stick at, you’d better take a look at what’s holding you back.”
“My commitment is to listen, quite frankly, to the people of Pennsylvania’s Third Congressional District. There’s 705,687 of them. If I can’t work for them, if I can’t do things the right way for them, then they shouldn’t send me back here. I would just caution all my colleagues: let’s do what we were sent to do, and that’s get this economy back on track, and let’s see people’s wages rise again. That’s what fixes everything.”
“My commitment is to every single person in Pennsylvania’s Third District and the people around our country. It is up to this Congress right now to work with people on both sides of the aisle to fix a broken tax code for all of them, not just corporate people, by the way, but individuals, and that is our mission, and we have to stay focused on that.”
“We know where we’re going. We know the route to get there. It’s tax reform. It’s regulation reform. And it’s getting us – our people – back to work again and being able to let their incomes rise.”
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representatives Peter J. Roskam (R-IL), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Mike Kelly (R-PA), and Ami Bera (D-CA) — the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Korea — released the following statement on the election of Moon Jae-in as President of the Republic of Korea:
“We extend our sincere congratulations to President-Elect Moon Jae-in and wish him and his administration well in the months and years ahead as they prepare to lead the Republic of Korea – a key and indispensable U.S. ally – through the many challenges facing the Korean Peninsula.
“As Co-Chairs of the Korea Caucus, we remain steadfastly committed to defending and strengthening the U.S.-Korea alliance. Our relationship was forged on the battlefield nearly seven decades ago and now forms a lynchpin of U.S. foreign policy in the Asia Pacific region. Through our shared values of democracy, free markets, and the rule of law, we will continue to ensure peace and prosperity in the region and stand resolutely against North Korean aggression.
“We look forward to working together with President-Elect Moon Jae-in and his administration during this critical time for the alliance. We also wish to recognize the nearly two million Korean Americans throughout the United States who play a vital role in maintaining our strong bilateral relationship.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today regarding the passage by the House of Representatives of the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), which will repeal and begin replacing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) with a more affordable, patient-centered system. Rep. Kelly also supported and co-sponsored corrective legislation (H.R. 2192) passed this afternoon to ensure that the American Health Care Act and its amendments apply equally to members of Congress and their staff.
“I have joined the People’s House in fulfilling a promise more than seven years in the making by voting to advance the American Health Care Act to the U.S. Senate. Repealing and replacing Obamacare has been our unmistakable mandate since it was first passed with blatant lies and deception, only to betray millions of Americans with higher costs, fewer choices, and lost coverage. Today marks the beginning of the end of this failed law’s broken promises and damage.
“The American Health Care Act represents the beginning of a better health care system that is patient-centered, choice-filled, and cost-lowering. With this bill, and future action taken by Congress and the Trump administration, American families and workers will be guaranteed access to affordable, high-quality health insurance in a competitive market based on freedom and flexibility. Taxes will be cut, premium-increasing regulations will be eliminated, and power will be rightly restored to individual states, patients, and their doctors. No more one-size-fits-all federal system.
“After exhaustive review, I have made sure that this bill fully protects patients with pre-existing conditions by strengthening current law and establishing new requirements for states to follow as they redesign their markets to meet their populations’ needs. I would not support this bill or any other bill if such strict protections were not included. Earlier this afternoon I also voted for a bill to guarantee that no member of Congress or our staff is exempted from the law or treated differently. As this process moves forward, my focus will continue to be on making sure health care policy defends the most vulnerable and promotes fairness for American consumers.”
NOTE: Read the full text of the American Health Care Act here.
The AHCA represents Phase One of the overall repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Phase Two includes administrative action taken by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to adjust the marketplace to reduce health care costs. Phase Three includes other bills to increase the affordability and accessibility of health care insurance, including legislation recently introduced by Rep. Kelly.
The AHCA achieves the following:
· Dismantles the Obamacare taxes that have hurt consumers and employers, increased premium costs, and limited options for patients and health care providers—including taxes on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, health-insurance premiums, and medical devices;
· Eliminates the individual and employer mandate penalties, which forced millions of workers, families, and businesses into expensive Obamacare plans that they do not want and cannot afford;
· Helps young adults access health insurance and stabilize the marketplace by allowing dependents to continue staying on their parents’ plan until they are 26;
· Establishes a Patient and State Stability Fund and Federal Invisible Risk Sharing Program, which provides states with $130 billion to design programs that meet the unique needs of their patient populations, help low-income Americans afford health care, and provide a backstop safety net for Americans with pre-existing conditions. This includes $15 billion specifically toward mental health and substance abuse and newborn care;
· Modernizes and strengthens Medicaid by transitioning to a “per capita allotment” so states can better serve their patients most in need. The Medicaid reform represents the largest entitlement reform in a generation and puts the program on a sustainable fiscal path;
· Protects current Medicaid beneficiaries receiving health care under the expansion by honoring the enhanced state match they have been receiving, while working to redirect able-bodied adults to private health care so Medicaid can be refocused on helping the most vulnerable;
· Empowers individuals and families to spend their health care dollars the way they want and need by enhancing and expanding Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)—nearly doubling the amount of money people can contribute and broadening how people can use it;
· Helps Americans access affordable, quality health care by providing a monthly tax credit — between $2,000 and $14,000 a year — for low- and middle-income individuals and families who don’t receive insurance through work or a government program. Americans can use this tax credit to purchase private, quality coverage of their choice.
Details on Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) explicitly protects individuals with pre-existing conditions. It upholds the current law which fully guarantees issuance of coverage, guarantees renewability of coverage, and prohibits insurance companies from denying patients coverage based on their condition.
The AHCA’s MacArthur amendment allows states to seek limited waivers to avoid some of the most expensive regulations in current law. This will give individual states more flexibility to innovate and redesign their own health care markets to reduce costs and give patients more choices. In order to be granted such a waiver, states must prove to the federal government that they are protecting individuals with pre-existing conditions by establishing a high-risk pool (funded by the AHCA’s Patient and State Stability Fund) or participating in the Federal Invisible Risk Sharing Program. If approved, a state can then operate the waiver for up to 10 years. At any point during an approved waiver, the waiver becomes void if a state ends its risk-sharing program.
In waiver-granted states, health insurers can only increase premiums for those with pre-existing conditions who buy their insurance on the individual market and then discontinue their coverage and do not obtain new insurance within 63 days. The risk-sharing program requirement is designed to stabilize premium costs for these specific individuals. (The 93 percent of Americans with employer-provided coverage or government coverage — including Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, VA benefits, etc. — are in no way affected whatsoever.)
The AHCA’s Upton-Long amendment strengthens its protections for pre-existing condition patients by establishing a further relief mechanism for those described above. The amendment supplies waiver-granted states with an additional $8 billion (on top of the $130 billion available to states through the Patient and State Stability Fund) to reduce premiums or other out-of-pocket costs for this specific group of individuals.
Again, under the AHCA, even in waiver-granted states, insurance companies would be prohibited from denying coverage to individuals on the basis of a pre-existing condition, prohibited from rescinding coverage based on a pre-existing condition, and prohibited from raising premiums on individuals with pre-existing conditions who maintain continuous coverage. Each of these protections are current law and will remain the law.
Additional useful information
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – has introduced the Faith in Health Savings Accounts Act (H.R. 2310, also known as the Faith in HSAs Act), which would allow members of Health Care Sharing Ministries (HCSMs) to use Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) to save money on medical expenses without having to purchase a high deductible health insurance plan. The legislation is co-sponsored by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), and was previously introduced by Rep. Kelly in April 2015.
Statement by Rep. Kelly:
“As its name suggests, this commonsense bill is based on widespread faith in HSAs as a powerfully effective tool to make health care more affordable, along with our belief that Americans who pay into HCSMs deserve access to them. This is about guaranteeing fairness, financial savings, and greater peace of mind to countless faith-based households currently being neglected by our nation’s outdated tax code. The Faith in HSAs Act sets things right.”
Statement by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN):
“Health Care Sharing Ministries support the financial and medical needs of millions of Americans throughout the country. This bi-partisan legislation to allow their members to establish Health Savings Accounts will provide much-needed flexibility and choice to combat rising costs of care.”
Statement by Dr. Dave Weldon, President, the Alliance for Health Care Sharing Ministries:
“I’m delighted to see the re-introduction of H.R. 2310. This bill will allow Heath Sharing members to access and utilize an HSA. This will help the more than one million Americans who currently choose health care sharing to better meet their medical needs and expenses. I applaud the leadership and friendship Rep. Kelly and Rep. Peterson have extended to our community and the parity this bill offers.”
Dean Clancy, “Health Care Heaven,” U.S. News & World Report:
“In plain English, the one-sentence Kelly bill would allow millions of people of faith to save tax-free for their medical expenses. It would do this by opening up the popular Health Savings Accounts program to hundreds of thousands of Americans who have been inadvertently shut out of it because of their religious practice. Specifically, the bill would amend the tax code to treat membership in a health care sharing ministry as equivalent to owning a high-deductible health plan, for purposes of having an HSA.”
“An HSA is a tax-favored savings vehicle first created in 2003 and today enjoyed by more than 15 million Americans. With one, you owe less in taxes, because contributions to the account reduce your taxable income. … But there's a problem, and this is the reason for Kelly's bill: To qualify for an HSA, you have to have a high-deductible health plan, which by definition is insurance. Millions of Americans decline to carry insurance for religious or ethical reasons. These Americans can never qualify for an HSA. It's not that they're insurance slackers or free riders; they just choose to provide for their medical expenses in a different way. Kelly's bill would fix this problem by allowing those who participate in a recognized health care sharing ministry to have an HSA.”
“Health Savings Accounts and health care sharing are naturally complementary – a match made in heaven … In uniting the two concepts, Kelly has done something astonishing. He has come up with a non-partisan, non-ideological, non-controversial health care reform that would actually make the world better.”
NOTE: Health Care Sharing Ministries are religious non-profit associations whose members choose to share medical expenses based on their mutual religious convictions. Under current law, HCSMs are recognized as valid insurance alternatives, however, they cannot utilize HSAs, which are only available to taxpayers who purchase high-deductible health plans. The Faith in HSAs Act would change the law to end this prohibition.
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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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