WASHINGTON — U.S. Representatives Mike Kelly (R-PA), Ron Kind (D-WI), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), and Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) announced today the creation of the new bipartisan Health Care Innovation Caucus. Supported by a diverse group of health care organizations from throughout the nation, the caucus will advance a legislative agenda that encourages innovative policy ideas to improve the quality of care and lower costs for consumers.
With the health care industry rapidly transforming from a volume-driven system to one that rewards value and outcomes, it is vital that we maintain this acceleration by encouraging a marketplace of multiple payment models and using lessons learned to improve care for consumers. The main focus of the Health Care Innovation Caucus will be to explore and advance successful, innovative payment models as well as the technologies needed to support these models. – The Health Care Innovation Caucus Founding Co-Chairs
Rep. Kelly: “With the highest cost of care per person in the world, we as a country need to think critically about how we can control costs while improving quality for Americans. The Health Care Innovation Caucus is a great opportunity for Members of Congress from both parties to come together and advance new ways of paying for and coordinating health care. I look forward to working with my colleagues to encourage new ideas and spur new technology throughout this entire field."
Rep. Kind: “For too long, our health care system rewarded the volume of services, regardless of the outcome. I am proud to launch the bipartisan Healthcare Innovation Caucus and look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to explore models of care that are coordinated, integrated, patient-centered, and produce great results at a much better price.”
Rep. Mullin: “Innovation is the driving force behind the evolution of today’s health care industry. The industry improves almost daily with the introduction of electronic health care records, groundbreaking cures approved by the FDA, and medical devices that create possibilities we never imagined. However, old and outdated payment models stand in the way of innovation and quality care. We need to make sure that the federal government doesn’t stand in the way as medical innovation brings health care into the 21st century. I’m proud to be a part of the Innovation Caucus which will serve as a bridge for the novel developments of the medical field as they navigate the pre-digital age laws of Congress.”
Rep. Bera: “As a doctor, I know that health care is rapidly changing and it’s important Congress understands new innovations and ideas that can improve patients’ lives and lower costs. The Health Care Innovation Caucus will provide a bipartisan space for these important conversations. I am glad to join my colleagues in this effort to accelerate promising strategies to improve the health care system and ensure patients have access to cutting edge innovation.”
Jeff Micklos, Executive Director, The Health Care Transformation Task Force:
“The Health Care Transformation Task Force (HCTTF) welcomes the launch of the Health Care Innovation Caucus. At this critical moment in the healthcare industry, the Caucus will bring much needed leadership on the issues facing the U.S. healthcare system. As the industry continues to transition to value-based care models, the Caucus’s leadership will be paramount in exploring and advancing federal policies promoting successful patient-centered innovative payment models and technologies and outcome measures that support these models. As leading voices on value-based payment and care delivery transformation, HCTTF members recognize all too well the need for a sweeping revolution of the health care system. It’s our hope that the Caucus will be a guiding force in leading that revolution.”
John Rother, President and CEO, National Coalition on Health Care:
“There’s little more important to long-term health care affordability than moving beyond today’s costly, volume-centered paradigm. The leadership we expect from the new Health Care Innovation Caucus could be key to achieving that. Representatives Kelly, Kind, Mullin, and Bera are starting something special today. A long-time champion for bipartisan delivery innovation legislation, including MACRA and the Chronic Care Act, NCHC has urged the Administration to make expansion of Advanced Alternative Payment Models opportunities the top priority for the CMS Innovation Center.”
“With Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar embracing the call for ‘bolder action’ on value-based care, this Caucus can help engage their colleagues and educate Congressional staffs--on both sides of the aisle--at this crucial juncture for our health care system,”
Blair Childs, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Premier Inc.:
“We commend U.S. Representatives Mike Kelly (R-PA), Ron Kind (D-WI), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) for their bipartisan leadership in the creation of the Healthcare Innovation Caucus, which is focused on informing lawmakers and other stakeholders on needed reforms to advance a 21st century healthcare delivery system.
“For more than 15 years, Premier has been a stalwart supporter of the national move away from perverse incentives in today’s fee-for-service system in favor of new, value-based, alternative payment models.
“Policy changes and payment model improvements are critical to strengthen and expand this movement, which is already generating significant returns in cost and quality. As members of the Healthcare Innovation Caucus advance their legislative agenda, it is our hope that they will prioritize the development of meaningful, transparent measures of provider performance; access to timely, accurate and complete claims data to better facilitate care management; the creation of additional payment models that support high-value services at a reduced cost; deregulation of the fee-for-service legal and regulatory requirements that increase costs and impede collaboration and innovation; and ensure alignment between private and public sector programs, which is critical to a sustainable value-based payment marketplace.”
Kelly continues to stand up for Lake Erie in Congress
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and a former chairman of the Great Lakes Task Force – delivered remarks this morning at the annual Great Lakes Congressional Breakfast Reception to celebrate Great Lakes Day 2018 and promote congressional action taken to support Lake Erie.
Rep. Kelly: “The Great Lakes are an environmental treasure and an undeniable economic engine for our entire district, region, and country. I will never hesitate to take proactive action to protect them, especially Lake Erie, and strongly encourage all my colleagues to do the same.”
Since taking office in 2011, Rep. Kelly has worked with lawmakers in both parties and both houses of Congress to ensure the maintenance, protection, and economic success of Lake Erie’s beaches and port in Pennsylvania’s Third Congressional District.
FIGHTING FOR SAND REPLENISHMENT AT PRESQUE ISLE
This afternoon, Rep. Kelly sent an official letter to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) to formally request that beach nourishment at Presque Isle State Park remain a high priority project in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) budget for fiscal year 2019.
Excerpt from Rep. Kelly’s letter:
Presque Isle is an essential economic and natural resource for Northwestern Pennsylvania and this region of our country. According to a study by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, it supports more than 1,000 jobs and attracts roughly four million visitors who bring more than $60 million into the local economy each year. Needless to say, it is critical for the region that the beach remains a popular attraction and that the shoreline’s integrity is fully maintained.
SUPPORTING THE GREAT LAKES RESTORATION INITIATIVE
Rep. Kelly has co-signed a joint letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies to formally request that the committee provide $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) for fiscal year 2019. This bipartisan letter will be sent in the week to come.
Excerpt from letter:
The federal government commits significant resources each year to address the challenges the Great Lakes face. In particular, GLRI resources have supplemented agency budgets to fund coordinated efforts to protect and restore the Great Lakes ecosystem, and we must ensure that this important work continues. Halting this commitment would reverse years of progress, dramatically reduce the GLRI’s impact, and jeopardize the environmental and economic health of the region.
To that end, we urge you to continue this vital investment in the economic and environmental health of the Great Lakes by including $300 million for the GLRI in the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.
WORKING TO COMBAT TOXIC ALGAL BLOOMS
Rep. Kelly has also co-signed a soon-to-be released joint letter to the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee requesting the preservation of FY2017 funding levels to combat harmful algal blooms at the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Excerpt from letter:
As the occurrence and severity of harmful algal blooms (HABs) increases throughout our country, more communities are facing threats to their drinking water, waterways, and economies. Our understanding of HABs, their toxicity, location, and increasing frequency, is not keeping pace with the rate at which they occur. As you develop the fiscal year 2018 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, we write to urge strong appropriations for the research programs on HABs within the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
In order to effectively combat HABs and address the threats they pose to public health and our economy, we respectfully ask that you prioritize research on HABs and maintain fiscal year 2017 funding levels for the Toxic Substances Hydrology Account within the USGS.
Earlier this year, Rep. Kelly introduced the Investing in America: Unlocking the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act (H.R. 1908), a bipartisan bill to guarantee that the Port of Erie and other national ports, harbors, and channels are dredged, maintained, and kept fully operational
A video of Rep. Kelly’s initial floor speech in strong support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2014 (of which he is an original co-sponsor) can be viewed here.
What others have said about Rep. Kelly’s efforts:
“U.S. Reps. Glenn Thompson, R-5th Dist., and Mike Kelly, R-3rd Dist., joined with Erie Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey and other Great Lakes lawmakers in bipartisan fashion to ensure Great Lakes funding remained intact after Trump first sought to slash it in 2017. We expect they will restore the funding again. We credit them for their advocacy.”
— Editorial, Erie Times-News, 2/27/2018
“A local supporter of protecting the GLRI is Rep. Mike Kelly (R-3rd Dist). As a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force, a bipartisan working group, he has signed two letters to President Trump supporting the continuance of the $300 million GLRI in the 2018 budget.
“He also signed on to two letters to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior. The first, dated March 30, requested continued full funding of GLRI; the second, more pointed letter says that the task force members are “united in carefully monitoring programs that are integral to the Great Lakes environment and waterborne commerce.” It goes on to detail how losses in each program of the EPA could affect the Great Lakes.
“A spokesperson in Kelly’s office also stated that Kelly does not support House Bill 861, which proposes terminating the EPA entirely, and that he is not in favor of using $50 million of the 2017 GLRI budget to fund a border wall.”
— Mary Birdsong, “Sailing on Choppy Waters,” The Erie Reader, 4/12/17
“On behalf of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition and our over 145 member organizations, thank you for signing onto the Great Lakes Restoration Fiscal Year 2018 letter. Your support is critical for our region to continue the momentum that is building in the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes.”
— Todd Ambs, Coalition Director, Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, 3/30/17
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 H.R. 5138, the Bipartisan HSA Improvement Act, in the House of Representatives. The legislation would improve Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for millions of Americans by expanding access and increasing benefit flexibility, thereby making health care more affordable. It was co-authored by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and is being co-sponsored by Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Ron Kind (D-WI), Terri Sewell (D-AL), and Brain Fitzpatrick (R-PA).
“More than 20 million Americans are enrolled in HSA-qualified plans. These plans put people in the driver’s seat of their health care, helping them save money and stay healthy. With so many people increasingly choosing HSA plans, it is important that federal rules allow employers to provide the best benefits possible for their employees. By modernizing HSA policy, this bipartisan bill will promote flexibility, encourage innovation, and expand access to these cost-saving plans for many more Americans.”
“By expanding access to affordable care, promoting wellness, and strengthening innovation, this legislation will help Americans stay healthy while saving money.”
The Bipartisan HSA Improvement Act includes the following reforms:
· Allows HSA plans to offer pre-deductible coverage of health services at onsite employee clinics and retail health clinics.
· Allowing HSA plans to offer pre-deductible coverage for services and medication that manage chronic conditions.
· Permitting the use of HSA dollars toward wellness benefits, including exercise and other expenses associated with physical activity.
· Clarifying that employers can offer “excepted benefits”, like telehealth and second opinion services to employees with an HSA plan.
· Technical changes to correct the definition of “dependents”, streamline FSA conversion, and fix the prohibition on a spouse using an HSA.
The legislation is supported by numerous organizations:
James A. Klein, President, American Benefits Council:
"Health savings accounts are popular and effective tools for employers striving to provide affordable coverage to working families. On behalf of these employers, the American Benefits Council strongly supports legislation that would allow for continued HSA innovation and we look forward to working with Representatives Kelly and Blumenauer on this promising new bill."
Annette Guarisco Fildes, President and CEO, ERISA Industry Committee:
“ERIC strongly endorses the Bipartisan HSA Improvement Act of 2018. Representatives Kelly Blumenauer have produced a significant and much-needed bill that would expand and modernize HSA policies, improving health care options for more than 20 million Americans.”
Mary R. Grealy, President, Healthcare Leadership Council:
“Rising incidence rates of multiple chronic diseases represent the greatest challenge our healthcare system is facing. We applaud and support this bipartisan effort to not only strengthen access to health savings accounts, but to expand the flexibility of these consumer-directed plans to cover wellness and disease prevention services.”
Neil Trautwein, Vice President for Health Care Policy, National Retail Federation:
“We share the goal of improving HSAs to meet the needs of working families, a goal deserving of the bipartisan support it enjoys. Meeting the day-to-day needs of those with chronic health care conditions and bringing care closer to home in retail clinics are important, consumer-friendly reforms.”
Tom Cove, President & CEO, Sports & Fitness Industry Association:
“HSA’s are a major component of our healthcare system, and making them more consumer friendly will give Americans more options to use these accounts to suit their individual needs. These HSA improvements will promote prevention and wellness and encourage all Americans to make good decisions about their health.”
Sally S. Johnson, Executive Director, National Council of Youth Sports:
“Youth sports is the foundation for a healthy life and modifying HSAs to help families with activity costs will lead to more active children. Culture change starts with young people and we need to do all we can to give them a platform for lifelong fitness.”
NOTE: HSAs were established by the Medicare Modernization Act in 2003. Currently more than 20 million Americans are covered by HSAs, which has more than doubled in the past five years.
BACKGROUND: In May 2017, Rep. Kelly 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 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. According to U.S. News & World Report, “the one-sentence Kelly bill would allow millions of people of faith to save tax-free for their medical expenses. … 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.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 “Democracy Award” for Constituent Service by the non-partisan Congressional Management Foundation (CMF). The Democracy Awards program was created by CMF to “recognize non-legislative achievement and performance in congressional offices and by Members of Congress.” The Constituent Service category honors offices for “their outstanding practices or achievements acting as ombudsmen with the federal government or responding to constituent requests and inquiries.” The finalists for all four categories – overall including 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans – were officially announced on February 23, 2018.
Rep. Mike Kelly:
“Our entire team is incredibly proud and excited to be selected as a finalist for CMF’s Democracy Award for excellence in Constituent Service. We are honored to serve Western Pennsylvania each and every day in the People’s House and are truly grateful to receive such wonderful recognition for our efforts. Providing the very best constituent service for our district has been our top priority since Day One, and that is what it will remain.”
CMF President and CEO Bradford Fitch:
“As a finalist in Constituent Service for a Democracy Award, Rep. Kelly’s office is clearly one of the best in Congress. This designation demonstrates that Rep. Kelly has made a significant commitment to being the best public servant for his constituents in Pennsylvania. Rep. Kelly and his staff are to be congratulated for not only being a model for colleagues in Congress, but for helping to restore trust and faith that our democratic institutions can work.”
In announcing Rep. Kelly as a finalist, CMF explained why his office was selected:
“Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA-03) and his staff not only value service in themselves, but in others. They recognize a ‘Third District Community Champion’ four times a year to honor a constituent for community service. They use regular telephone town hall meetings and a comprehensive annual report to educate constituents on the assistance they can provide. Additionally they bring federal agency officials into their town halls to answer constituent questions on topics ranging from Medicare Open Enrollment to tax filing. The Chief of Staff and District Director regularly switch duty stations to increase collaboration and understanding between the Washington and Pennsylvania offices.”
The CMF Democracy Awards program was initiated with the following stated goals:
The distinct categories include:
A full list of the finalists in each category can be viewed here.
Criteria for the Constituent Service award, courtesy of CMF:
This award focuses on how an office interacts with and serves constituents, especially how it utilizes and leverages specific, methodical and consistent processes for achieving measurable results in constituent service. This is independent of legislative work, and emphasis is on effectiveness not efficiency (e.g. use of, and adherence to, metrics and outcomes rather than simply measuring the time it takes to resolve a constituent case request or respond to an e-mail). We would expect to see that an office demonstrates excellence in constituent service through specific practices which are thoroughly integrated into the office's work. For example:
More information about each Constituent Service award finalist – including three Democrats and three Republicans – can be viewed here.
NOTE: A committee comprised primarily of former Members of Congress and former congressional staffers will select the two winners (one Democrat and one Republican) for each of the categories. Winners will be announced in mid-May. An awards ceremony to honor finalists and winners will be held on July 12, 2018.
BACKGROUND: The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan, non-profit organization established with the mission to build trust and effectiveness in Congress. Since 1977, CMF has worked internally with Member, committee, leadership, and institutional offices in the U.S. House and Senate to identify and disseminate best practices for management, workplace environment, communications, and constituent services. CMF also is the leading researcher and trainer on citizen engagement, educating thousands of individuals and facilitating better relationships with Congress. More information can be found at www.CongressFoundation.org.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today in tribute to the late Rev. Billy Graham, who died this morning at the age of 99.
“Today I join millions of fellow Christians and people of all faiths worldwide in mourning the passing of the Rev. Billy Graham, yet also in celebrating his joyous entry into the kingdom of Heaven. Through his decades of ministry in service to the Gospel, minds were opened, souls were saved, and hearts were transformed. The good news of his impassioned crusades crossed oceans and transcended continents, while intimately affecting each person who heard them. Whether preaching to stadiums, counseling world leaders, or reaching the faithful through his books and TV and radio sermons, through Rev. Graham, God's message of love, hope, and redemption was powerfully spread in a way that made His world better. May we all be grateful for Rev. Graham's lifetime of leadership and service and let his example inspire us always.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today regarding the newly released memo by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) detailing controversial use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) within the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the previous administration. The memo can be read here.
“The content of this memo is extremely disturbing. Americans are right to be alarmed. I believe that every citizen deserves to see this information and I encourage it to be read. In order to draw informed conclusions about this entire troubling situation, and to fully understand its potential ramifications, the American public must have access to all of the facts. An informed citizenry is indispensable to our democratic system. Today’s release is a victory for government transparency and the values that make our country great. I thank Chairman Nunes for his diligence in producing this memo, and commend President Trump for properly declassifying it.”
BACKGROUND: On January 19, 2018, Rep. Kelly joined more than 60 Members of Congress in sending a letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) requesting the immediate release of the classified memo. On January 29, 2018, he co-sponsored the introduction of a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 717) calling for the memo's public disclosure.
Toll-free call will feature tax experts from the IRS
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) will be hosting a toll-free telephone town hall meeting next Tuesday evening for constituents of the Third District to ask questions and receive answers about filing their individual income taxes. The call will feature expert guidance from special guests at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
WHAT: A free tele-town hall hosted by Rep. Kelly to help constituents during tax-filing season
WHO: Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03)
With special guests:
WHEN: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
TIME: 6:05 PM – 7:05 PM
CALL-IN INFORMATION: To participate, dial 877-228-2184 and enter event ID 19013 at the time of the event.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement tonight in response to President Donald J. Trump’s 2018 State of the Union Address, the first of his presidency.
“Tonight’s address was a celebration of the state of our union, and rightly so. As President Trump made clear, by every measurement, the United States is racing full force in the right direction again. Our economy is roaring and American confidence is soaring. The stock market has reached an all-time high and unemployment is at a 17-year low. Thanks to the historic enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, hundreds of billions of dollars are being brought back to our country and more than three million American workers are already receiving four-figure bonuses, pay raises, benefit increases, and more. Overseas, thanks to a bold new foreign policy and military strategy, the Islamic State’s deadly caliphate has been obliterated. Once far-fetched goals are now a reality. The state of our union is truly as strong as Pittsburgh steel.
“President Trump’s vision for the year to come, and beyond, is ambitious, essential, and fully achievable. His words tonight were a challenge to every member of Congress to put the strength, safety, and economic security of our country and its citizens before petty political differences. It’s a challenge I intend to meet head-on. I particularly look forward to playing a pivotal role in devising and delivering, in the president’s words, ‘the safe, fast, reliable, and modern infrastructure our economy needs and our people deserve.’ If the past year’s examples of shattered records and surpassed expectations are any indication, the stronger, prouder, and more prosperous America that our president envisions will be realized.”
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Rep. Kelly delivered remarks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives this morning to commemorate President Trump’s first year in office and to promote this evening’s State of the Union address. He highlighted the new policies enacted over the past year and the historic results being realized because of them. WATCH HERE
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Ami Bera (D-CA) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) – co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Korea – introduced a resolution recognizing and supporting the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
“The 2018 Winter Olympics will serve as an international symbol of sportsmanship and fair play, and we hope will provide a real contribution to peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula, in Northeast Asia, and beyond,” said the chairmen. “As co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Korea, we are proud to offer the support of the U.S. House of Representatives to the people and government of the Republic of Korea as they prepare for a successful Olympic Games in PyeongChang.”
The full text of the resolution can be found here.
Recognizing the importance of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, and for other purposes.
Whereas from February 9–25, 2018, the 23rd Winter Olympic Games will be held in PyeongChang, located in the Gangwon Province of the Republic of Korea (South Korea);
Whereas the Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018 represent South Korea’s second Olympic Games in 30 years since Seoul hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1988;
Whereas the Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018 will feature 102 events across 15 sport disciplines with the qualified participation of 89 National Olympic Committee Teams;
Whereas the United States team at the Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018 is expected to consist of up to 240 athletes from all across America competing in all 15 sport disciplines;
Whereas PyeongChang will also host the 12th Paralympic Games from March 9–18, 2018, which will feature 80 events in 6 sports with approximately 42 nations competing;
Whereas the theme of the Winter Olympic Games is ‘‘Passion. Connected.’’ and refers to South Korea’s vision of a world in which everyone is connected through a shared passion for winter sports;
Whereas on November 13, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution ‘‘Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal’’ by consensus;
Whereas the United Nations General Assembly resolution expresses ‘‘its expectation that PyeongChang 2018 will be a meaningful opportunity to foster an atmosphere of peace, development, tolerance, and understanding on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia’’;
Whereas on January 3, 2018, South Korea and North Korea reopened a telephone hotline ‘‘to normalize the Panmunjom communications channel’’ at the Joint Security Area (JSA) located within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ);
Whereas on January 4, 2018, President Donald Trump and President Moon Jae-In of the Republic of Korea held a call to discuss recent developments on the Korean Peninsula and agreed that ‘‘The United States and the Republic of Korea are committed to a safe and successful 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang’’;
Whereas President Trump conveyed to President Moon that ‘‘the United States will send a high-level delegation to the Olympics’’;
Whereas the two leaders further agreed to ‘‘de-conflict the Olympics and our military exercises so that United States and Republic of Korea forces can focus on ensuring the security of the Games’’;
Whereas on January 9, 2018, South Korean and North Korean representatives held their first official talks in more than two years with the aim of discussing cooperation during the Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018 and improving their overall relations; and
Whereas on January 10, 2018, it was announced that Vice President Michael Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence would lead the United States delegation to PyeongChang and that ‘‘in addition to showing support for our U.S. athletes, the Vice President will show his confidence in and appreciation for our U.S. military stationed in the region’’: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives—
(1) reaffirms the strong and unwavering commitment of the United States to its ally—the Republic of Korea—to support, participate in, and help ensure the safety and security of the Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018;
(2) recognizes the importance of the Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018 as a leading international sporting event of genuine sportsmanship and fair play that can contribute to peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula, in Northeast Asia, and beyond; and
(3) wishes the Government and people of the Republic of Korea as well as the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games (POCOG) every success in their preparation for and execution in hosting the Winter Games.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing lapse in fiscal appropriations for the federal government.
“As every honest observer knows, this is a shutdown that Senate Democrats chose to make happen. They’re in a truly indefensible position. The House passed a bipartisan funding bill with nothing controversial in it. President Trump is ready to sign it. But because it doesn't contain an unrelated far-left demand, Democrats like Chuck Schumer and Bob Casey are abusing Senate rules to block it. By recklessly insisting that a short-term funding bill include a separate measure to give legal status to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, Senate Democrats are showing their true colors as a party on the fringe. They are literally putting the interests of non-citizens before the needs of millions of American children and troops. This kind of obstruction may please their liberal base, but it is wrong, radical, and dangerous. Senator Schumer was right back in 2013 when he said that ‘shutting down the government’ over immigration reform ‘would be governmental chaos.’ Five years later, he should reverse his stunning hypocrisy and lead his party to do the right thing for America. The future of the DACA program – created only by an unconstitutional executive order – deserves to be thoroughly debated in open hearings and careful discussion considering its dramatic size, scope, and ramifications. Rushing it through the process to jam it into a CR is just plain irresponsible. For now, it’s time to end the Schumer Shutdown.”
BACKGROUND: Rep. Kelly’s latest official statement on DACA can be viewed here.
NOTE: Rep. Kelly has formally requested that his pay be fully withheld for the duration of the shutdown. His official letter to CAO can be viewed here.
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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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