Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1957, the Taxpayer First Act, the first IRS reform legislation since 1998, which would recast IRS as a service-first agency to better serve American taxpayers. The bill, which passed unanimously, is now headed to the Senate for consideration.
Representatives Mike Kelly, R-Pa. and John Lewis, D-Ga. co-authored the legislation. Kelly, the top Republican on the Oversight Subcommittee, lauded the bipartisan cooperation by members of the Ways and Means Committee over the years to put this legislation together.
Today, Republicans and Democrats set aside their differences and passed legislation together that will greatly benefit U.S. taxpayers. The IRS is one of few federal agencies that Americans, whether they like it or not, will have a constant relationship with throughout their lives. The bill we passed today will make sure that relationship is built on trust rather than fear, and that taxpayers’ rights are safeguarded when they interact with the agency. To protect the integrity of our voluntary tax compliance system, the IRS should be a resource for Americans, not their adversary, said Kelly.
The Taxpayer First Act, if enacted, will require the IRS to alter several of its current practices to focus on service in addition to making it more accountable to Congress and the public.
Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, the House Ways and Means Committee held a Markup on two pieces of legislation co-authored by Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA). Both bills were reported to the whole House of Representative on a unanimous vote.
The Taxpayer First Act, a landmark IRS reform bill was written by Kelly and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman John Lewis (D-GA). The SECURE Act, a culmination of Kelly’s Family Savings Act and the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act, was co-authored by Kelly, Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Representative Ron Kind (D-WI).
On committee passage of the bills, Kelly issued this statement: The bipartisan support these bills have received is a notable win for all Americans and a proud moment for this committee. Today was a giant step toward two long-standing goals of mine: to reform the tax code to help and incentivize Americans to prepare for retirement, and to reform the IRS for the first time in decades to reorient its mission as a service-first agency. I am grateful to my colleagues, particularly Chairman Neal, Ranking Member Brady, Chairman Lewis, and Representative Kind for their dedication to achieving these goals for our constituents and the nation. This is what we were sent to Washington to do, and I am proud of what the committee has done today.
The Taxpayer First Act and the SECURE Act are now headed to the House floor. The bipartisan support signals they will be considered soon and are likely to pass the chamber.
Washington, D.C. – On Friday, Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA) introduced the Secure Act, a bipartisan bill to enhance the ability of Americans to save for their retirement. The bill was co-authored by Kelly, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX), and Representative Ron Kind (D-WI).
Separately, Kelly and Kind introduced the Providing Retirement Security to Workers in Small Businesses, Cooperatives, and Service Organizations Act of 2019. This bill would allow multiple employer pension plans, which would help small business owners offer retirement plans to their employees, and would provide premium relief for rural co-ops and charities to dedicate more of their scare resources to their core missions.
I am proud to be a co-author of these bills that will help Americans achieve financial security in retirement, said Kelly. I am grateful to Chairman Neal, Ranking Member Brady, and Representative Kind for working with me to offer Americans more options to build wealth. Allowing workers to keep more of their hard-earned money and encouraging them to invest in their futures is a win-win for retirees and their families. As we plan to mark up the Secure Act next week in the Ways and Means Committee, I also urge Chairman Neal to consider marking up our multiple employer pensions legislation. Together, these measures will greatly enhance the ability of U.S. workers to financially plan for their golden years.
The Ways and Means Committee plans to mark up the Secure Act next week, clearing the way for its consideration by the whole House of Representatives. Kelly and Kind are encouraging the committee to also consider the second bill. This is a proud moment for Kelly, who authored many of these provisions during the 115th Congress as part of the Family Savings Act and the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act. Retirement security has and will continue to be among his top policy priorities.
Washington, D.C. – Today, House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight Chairman John Lewis (D-GA) and Ranking Member Mike Kelly (R-PA) introduced the Taxpayer First Act, a bill to reform the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
The IRS, which was last altered in 1998, is in desperate need of a refocused mission. This legislation aims to create a “service-first” agency and repair the trust it has lost from the American people.
The IRS is one of the few federal agencies that has a constant relationship with Americans throughout their lives, said Kelly. Unfortunately, over the years that relationship has become one of fear and distrust. We can restore Americans’ faith and trust in the IRS by ensuring that the agency is acting as an advocate and meeting the needs of taxpayers.
Upon the release of the bill, Kelly and Lewis issued a joint statement with full committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX):
The House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee have carefully and thoughtfully developed this legislation over several years, after numerous hearings and roundtables, in a bipartisan, bicameral manner. The goal of the legislation is to modernize the IRS, putting taxpayers first. The commonsense provisions in this bill will protect low-income taxpayers, provide sensible enforcement reforms, and ensure the IRS provides taxpayers and small businesses the assistance they deserve.
The Taxpayer First Act would fundamentally change the taxpayer’s experience by bringing the IRS into the 21st century. Among other reforms, it would completely restructure the agency to improve efficiency, bolster cyber security, and require it to develop a customer service plan based on private sector best practices. It would also establish an independent appeals board to ensure that taxpayers receive a fair hearing during disputes.
The bipartisan, bicameral support for the bill suggests a significant likelihood that it will be enacted.
Washington, D.C. — Regarding U.S. Attorney General William Barr’s summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and alleged collusion by President Trump and his campaign associates, U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) released the following statement:
It is now clear that President Trump’s criticism of the so-called collusion investigation as a “witch hunt” rings true. The special counsel’s report details no evidence of wrongdoing by the President, nor does it suggest that any member of his campaign coordinated with Russians to aid his election to the presidency. The fact that Democrats have spent more than two years perpetuating those baseless allegations to negate the results of the 2016 election and help themselves in 2020 are shameful. It is, however, consistent with their focus on politics over policy during President Trump’s term. Equally tragic was the conduct of high-level Justice Department and FBI officials that led to the appointment of the special counsel in the first place. Their actions are a blot on those agencies that otherwise have a stellar record of service to the American people.
With this behind us, I look forward to continuing to work with President Trump on the priorities of the American people. I hope House Democrats will join us and resist calls for impeachment and never-ending investigations. Americans want us to work together to focus on problems like the crisis on our southern border. Partisan fishing expeditions distract us from the work we were sent to Washington to do.”
In his thorough investigation, Mueller employed 19 lawyers, 40 FBI agents, analysts, and forensic accountants, issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed over 500 search warrants, and conducted nearly 500 witness interviews.
On March 14, Kelly voted in favor of making public the report. That resolution passed the House of Representatives 420-0. He continues to support publication of those portions eligible for release under U.S. law.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa. 16) are working to provide a western Pennsylvania steel company relief from Section 232 tariffs. In a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, the lawmakers urged the department to decide on NLMK’s petition, which was filed nearly one year ago:
We write today to urge you to promptly consider and issue decisions on the Section 232 exclusion petitions filed by NLMK USA. NLMK has waited nearly a year for decision on its petitions, a period that is well beyond your agency’s estimates. This continued delay has cost the company $160.7 million in tariffs since March 2018.
NLMK was instrumental in putting steelworkers in Sharon, Pennsylvania back to work after the Sharon Steel mill closed. The plant now employs a combined 1,169 people in the Keystone State and Indiana. The company requested relief from tariffs on its feedstock on March 23, 2018 but has not received a decision.
WASHINGTON – During a hearing of the House Committee on Ways and Means last Thursday, Congressman Mike Kelly highlighted the successful use of Opportunity Zones to revitalize downtown Erie. He also invited U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, to visit the city to experience first-hand the example it has set for drawing investment into economically-distressed areas using this provision of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. A copy of the follow-up letter sent to the Secretary on March 20 is attached.
KEY QUOTES FROM HEARING
Kelly: The City of Erie has done exceptionally well with Opportunity Zones. We have eight Opportunity Zones in Erie.
Kelly: We are looking again at growth, growth, growth, and more growth, and investment in places that nobody would have invested in before, but because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, it is bringing vitality and a dynamic economy back to these areas.
Kelly: If you ever have the chance, would you please come to Erie, Pennsylvania and walk with me through the opportunity zones to see what it’s like to put life back into a community because of tax policy that was done right here in his room?
Mnuchin: Mr. Kelly, I would be happy to find a time to go with you to Erie. I would look forward to that. I think the opportunity zones are important and I want to visit the specific areas.
Localities qualify as an Opportunity Zone if nominated by a state and certified by the U.S. Treasury. Projects in the zones can be eligible for preferential tax treatment, which creates incentives to invest in areas that are otherwise high risk to investors. This provision was one of the cornerstones of tax reform and has the potential to lift up America’s communities of need.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA) invites high school students from Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District to participate in the 2019 Congressional Art Competition. Artwork may be submitted to Rep. Kelly’s office beginning today and until the deadline at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2019.
The Congressional Art Competition is a great platform for students to showcase their artistic abilities and express themselves through their creativity, said Kelly. Each year, I am so impressed by the outstanding talent in our area and I encourage students to take advantage of this unique opportunity to share their artwork and compete for a place in a NATIONAL exhibit.
All artwork submitted will be placed on display at the beautiful Sans MOCO Gallery located on Main Street in Greenville. All participants and their families will be honored during a district ceremony at the gallery. Four winning entries will be selected by a panel of art professionals. The 1st place winner will receive two free round-trip airfare tickets to Washington, D.C., to attend an official reception honoring the winners from all congressional districts around the country. The winner’s artwork will be showcased in the U.S. Capitol for one year and the top three runners-up will have their submissions displayed in Rep. Kelly’s Washington, D.C. office.
For additional information and details regarding the 2019 Congressional Art Competition, please visit Kelly.House.Gov - Art Competition or call (724) 282-2557.
WASHINGTON – On Friday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the so-called For the People Act, a massive bill put forth by Democrats that would fundamentally change U.S. federal elections. Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA) voted ‘NO’ on the legislation.
While it is a worthwhile goal to improve our political process, H.R. 1 does the opposite, said Kelly. It ignores the Constitution by infringing on the right of states to administer elections, chills political speech, and infuses more money into politics by spending hard-earned taxpayer dollars on political campaigns. Encouraging participation in elections does not require centralizing control over the process in Washington. Neither is that goal achieved by Congress requiring taxpayers to fund the campaigns of politicians they do not support. Furthermore, for those of us committed to solutions that would reduce and hopefully eliminate voter fraud, the so-called “For the People Act” is cause for grave concern.
H.R. 1 would require states to enact several provisions that would make the election system more susceptible to fraud, including mandatory voter registration, same day registration, more expansive early voting protocols, and qualifying convicted felons to vote, among others. It would also establish a taxpayer funded 6:1 match of small dollar donations to political campaigns and alter the Federal Elections Commission, a bipartisan campaign watchdog, by reducing its equally shared six-member board to a partisan five members.
Kelly continued: The fact that this was the first bill introduced in the 116th Congress and the primary legislative goal for the House majority is telling. This is the Tale of Two Congresses. During the last Congress, H.R. 1 was the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which has led to unprecedented economic, job, and wage growth. That was our primary goal, and we are proud of it. Democrats have signaled to America that their primary goal is to give Washington more power and to stack the election process in their favor.
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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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