Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

PENNSYLVANIA's 3rd DISTRICT

House Passes National Defense, Veterans Bills with Two Kelly Amendments

2016/05/19

Amendments ban funding for UN Arms Trade Treaty, dismantling of US landmines; each passed unanimously

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives passed H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017, which funds the United States Armed Forces and ensures that American troops have the resources required to successfully defend the homeland and achieve their missions abroad, by a bipartisan vote of 277-247 yesterday evening. The legislation included two amendments offered by U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA): the first, to ban funding by the Department of Defense (DoD) for the implementation of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT); the second, to prohibit the use of DoD funds to dismantle the U.S. stockpile of anti-personnel landmines (APLs). The House also passed H.R. 4974, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, today by a bipartisan vote of 295-129.

Statement by Rep. Kelly on passage of NDAA:

“The People’s House has fulfilled its sacred duty to provide our nation’s defenders and warfighters with the resources they need to defeat our enemies and keep Americans safe. Among other features, this NDAA also includes a well-earned 2.1 percent pay raise for our troops and blocks the president’s ability to reduce their pay. Additionally, I am very pleased that my colleagues unanimously approved my commonsense amendments to prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to undermine our sovereignty or the safety of our soldiers on the battlefield. I look forward to the Senate following our lead and sending this critical legislation to the president’s desk to become law.”

Excerpt of Rep. Kelly’s floor statement on ATT amendment:

“This amendment is identical to the amendment I offered last year to the NDAA for fiscal year 2016, and which passed this House unanimously. It updates and strengthens the language of my amendments that were enacted into law in previous NDAAs.

“Specifically, my amendment bans the use of DoD funds for the ATT Secretariat, a body that was created for ‘effectively implementing’ the ATT, according to the treaty's supporters.

“Last August, ATT member nations organized the Conference of States Parties to the ATT – a conference in which we did not have a vote – and decided that American taxpayers are now on the hook to pay 22 percent of the expenses of this annual meeting.

“This taxpayer money would go directly to the ATT Secretariat and become part of its core budget.  My amendment prevents these tax dollars from flowing into the coffers of those who are working to implement the ATT.

“I urge my colleagues to stand with me in support of the Second Amendment and our nation's sovereignty, and vote in support of this amendment to renew the annual ban on the funding of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.”

Excerpt of Rep. Kelly’s floor statement on landmine amendment:

“Our military commanders have spoken clearly regarding the value of and the need for APLs.

“On March 6, 2014, the United States’ highest ranking military officer, Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called anti-personnel landmines (APLs) ‘an important tool in the arsenal of the United States.’

“Furthermore, two major studies – one conducted by the National Research Council and the other by NATO – have concluded that APLs provide crucial tactical advantages on the battlefield.

“The U.S. has taken action on APLs. We give more funding for APL clearance than any other nation in the world.  We are party to Amended Protocol II to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (the CCW), which requires U.S. APLs to be designed to deactivate or self-destruct.

“Our APLs meet those standards.

“U.S. APLs are not killing civilians. Like all weapons, APLs can be used rightly or wrongly. When used responsibly, as U.S. APLs are, they protect our forces, the forces of our allies, and civilians alike.

“In this environment, we need weapons that can protect camps, cities, roads, and bases from insurgent attack. And today, one of those weapons is the APL.

“Unless we have an alternative to APLs that is equal to or better than APLs at keeping our troops safe, we should not and dare not get rid of our stockpile of APLs.

BACKGROUND: Rep. Kelly is a national leader of the movement to stop the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). On March 15, 2013, he introduced H. Con. Res. 23, a bipartisan concurrent resolution expressing opposition to the treaty on behalf of members of Congress. The resolution earned 149 co-sponsors in the House and 36 supporters in the Senate. On May 30, 2013, Rep. Kelly submitted a bipartisan letter with 130 co-signers from Congress to both President Obama and Secretary Kerry urging them to reject the treaty. He sent a similar bipartisan letter to the president following Secretary Kerry’s signing of the treaty on October 15, 2013, which was signed by 181 members of Congress, including multiple committee chairmen. A follow-up letter was sent to the White House on April, 20, 2014.

On September 5, 2014, Rep. Kelly submitted a letter to President Obama voicing opposition to the planned First Conference of State Parties (CSP) to the ATT – a UN-backed gathering to shape the treaty’s future – due to its exclusion of any organizations critical of the treaty.

On March 2, 2015, Rep. Kelly sent a letter to President Obama co-signed by 34 new members of Congress elected in 2014 to express unified opposition to the ATT and a firm commitment to deny any federal funding for the treaty’s implementation.

On May 15, 2015, the House passed H.R. 1735, the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2016, which included Rep. Kelly’s amendment to continue the annual ban on funding by the Department of Defense for the implementation of the ATT. The amendment was the strongest version to date, updating the language of Rep. Kelly’s previous amendments that were enacted into law in previous NDAAs. President Obama singed this bill into law on November 25, 2015.

 

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Rep. Kelly Congratulates 3rd District’s 2016 National Art Competition Winners

2016/05/06

Rep. Kelly with student competition winners and Kevin Withers (left) of Southwest Airlines

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) issued the following statement today congratulating the winners of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition from Pennsylvania’s Third District. The annual “Artistic Discovery” Art Competition is a nationwide event, sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives, enabling high school students throughout the United States to showcase their artistic abilities and earn recognition for their efforts.

“I had a wonderful time at Slippery Rock University this past weekend once again celebrating the visual arts and honoring the abilities of each student who participated in this esteemed competition. I congratulate all of the young artists who deserve enormous credit for putting their talents on display. In particular, I congratulate Priya Melonio for winning the First Place prize and look forward to honoring her in our nation’s capital. As I view all the winning artwork in my office and on my way to vote, I’ll be happily reminded of the constituents I am so proud to serve.”

This year’s winners are as follows:

First Place: Priya Melonio of Sewickley Academy for "Autumn Serenity"

Second Place: Jess Cameron of Mercer Area High School for "City Block"

Third Place: Christopher Hauk of Fairview High School for "Lantern"

Honorable Mention: Natalie Stanton of Hickory High School for "Circle of Life"

Facebook Fan Favorite: Madison Hall from Hickory High School for "Chaos in My Heart"

NOTE: This year’s contest participants were honored during the annual awards ceremony on May 14, 2016, hosted by Slippery Rock University, which Rep. Kelly personally attended. The First Place winner was offered two round-trip plane tickets provided by Southwest Airlines to Washington, D.C., in order to attend the National Art Competition Ceremony, as well as the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Building where her artwork will be showcased for one full year. Kevin Withers, Customer Service Supervisor for Southwest Airlines, was in attendance to present the prize. The artwork of the second and third place awardees, as well as that of the honorable mention, will be displayed in Rep. Kelly’s Washington, D.C. office.

More photos from last weekend’s awards ceremony can be viewed here and here.

 

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Reps. Kelly & Sánchez Introduce Bipartisan Tax Relief Bill for Working Families

2016/05/04

Legislation modernizes tax code to help working parents afford quality childcare, balance careers Senate companion introduced by Sens. Ayotte & Capito

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representatives Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Linda Sánchez (D-CA) – members of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statements today regarding their introduction of the Working Families Relief Act (H.R. 4867) in the House of Representatives. The legislation would increase the maximum amount that employees can set aside 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. H.R. 4867 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 the DCAP contributions in order to encourage them to offer this benefit. The Senate companion to this bicameral bill was introduced by Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).

Statement by Rep. Kelly (R-PA):

“Early education is critical for a child’s healthy development and for giving him or her a fair opportunity to succeed in life. Unfortunately, working families often struggle to cover costs for quality care in today’s economy, which have reached more than $10,000 a year. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation will help parents overcome that difficulty by expanding and modernizing DCAP accounts, which currently help more than 1.3 million families pay for child and dependent care annually. Just in time for Mother’s Day, this bill is pro-family and pro-common sense.”

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. We often have to make sacrifices in both our personal lives and our careers just to keep up. But a little help can make a world of difference for a hard working family. The Working Families Relief Act seeks to make it easier for working families to afford childcare. I look forward to working with Rep. Mike Kelly and Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Shelley Moore Capito to support working families across the country.”

Statement by Sens. Ayotte (R-NH) and Capito (R-WV):

“As working mothers ourselves, we know firsthand the importance of giving families flexibility and options to balance their careers and personal lives. The Working Families Relief Act will make it easier for small businesses to offer childcare to their employees on a pre-tax basis. This bill already has bipartisan support in the House, and we’ll push for its swift passage so we can better support working women and families all across the country.”

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.”

 

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Rep. Kelly Responds to Obama Administration’s Final Fiduciary Rule

2016/04/06

Previously introduced bill to protect Americans’ retirement options from rule’s unfair consequences

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security – issued the following statement today in response to the final release of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) long-anticipated rule on fiduciary standards. Rep. Kelly is the Republican chairman of the House Retirement Security Caucus.

“Washington bureaucrats seem to think they know what’s best for American families when it comes to planning for retirement. This administration’s misguided attempt to regulate Main Street financial advisers will backfire, leaving more hardworking families without access to quality, affordable retirement advice. With increased compliance costs and regulations, these smaller advisers will be unable to provide workers and seniors with a full range of options to help save for a secure retirement. As I have done in the past, I look forward to working with my colleagues to avert unnecessary hardship for Americans caused by this unfair rule.”

BACKGROUND: As founder and co-chairman of the House Retirement Security Caucus, Rep. Kelly has long warned of the negative consequences of the DOL’s fiduciary rule.

On October 6, 2015, Rep. Kelly co-authored a joint letter with Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) to DOL Secretary Thomas Perez to express concerns that the fiduciary rule would “severely disrupt the availability of affordable financial education and investment advice while also restricting product choice and retirement security for many American families” and to urge the secretary to implement “substantial changes” to fix the rule’s shortcomings. The letter was co-signed by 103 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

On November 4, 2015, Rep. Kelly introduced H.R. 3922, the Retirement Choice Protection Act of 2015, with Chairman Johnson. The legislation will provide a workable “best interest” standard to DOL’s rule.

 

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Rep. Kelly Seeks to Renew Funding Ban for UN Arms Trade Treaty in FY 2017 Appropriations Bills

2016/03/17

100+ Members of Congress co-sign letters in support of Kelly amendments to prohibit ATT funding

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today regarding four letters he authored and submitted to the bipartisan leaders of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, the Subcommittee on Homeland Security, the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. Each letter requested updated language prohibiting federal funding of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in each of the subcommittees’ respective appropriation bills for fiscal year 2017.

The letters can be viewed here, here, here, and here.

Statement by Rep. Kelly:

“The power of the purse is a critical weapon in our fight to stop the ATT from ever being implemented. The sovereignty of our country and the rights of our people are far too precious to be left vulnerable to this dangerous treaty. Especially with this president’s appetite for unilateral, unconstitutional action overwhelmingly apparent, our vigilance matters more than ever.

“The ATT is an outrageous agreement that would force the United States – the world’s most important defender of peace and democracy – onto equal footing with the world’s worst dictatorships and terror-sponsors. It can be easily politicized by bad actors to try to stop America from providing arms to our friends and allies, including Israel. Ominously, the treaty excludes any specific protection for the fundamental right of individuals to keep and bear arms, which opens the door to domestic gun control impositions.”

NOTE: Signatories of Rep. Kelly’s letters include 6 committee chairmen: Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL), as well as Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX).

BACKGROUND:  Rep. Kelly is a national leader of the movement to stop the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). On March 15, 2013, he introduced H. Con. Res. 23, a bipartisan concurrent resolution expressing opposition to the treaty on behalf of members of Congress. The resolution earned 149 co-sponsors in the House and 36 supporters in the Senate. On May 30, 2013, Rep. Kelly submitted a bipartisan letter with 130 co-signers from Congress to both President Obama and Secretary Kerry urging them to reject the treaty. He sent a similar bipartisan letter to the president following Secretary Kerry’s signing of the treaty on October 15, 2013, which was signed by 181 members of Congress, including multiple committee chairmen. A follow-up letter was sent to the White House on April, 20, 2014.

On September 5, 2014, Rep. Kelly submitted a letter to President Obama voicing opposition to the planned First Conference of State Parties (CSP) to the ATT – a UN-backed gathering to shape the treaty’s future – due to its exclusion of any organizations critical of the treaty.

On December 16, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2015, which includes a ban on federal funding for the ATT’s implementation. The president signed the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015 (H.R. 3979) on December 19, 2014, which included a similar ban.

On March 2, 2015, Rep. Kelly sent a letter to President Obama co-signed by 34 new members of Congress elected in 2014 to express unified opposition to the ATT and a firm commitment to deny any federal funding for the treaty’s implementation.

On May 15, 2015, the House passed H.R. 1735, NDAA for Fiscal Year 2016, which once again included an amendment introduced by Rep. Kelly to continue the annual ban on funding by the Department of Defense for the implementation of the ATT. The amendment is the strongest version to date, updating the language of Rep. Kelly’s previous amendments that were enacted into law in previous NDAAs.

 

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ICYMI: Rep. Kelly Defends Free Speech on US College Campuses at Ways & Means Hearing

2016/03/02

Oversight subcommittee hearing held amidst increasing violations of students’ First Amendment rights

“It is absolutely chilling that we have to have this kind of a hearing to expose what’s going on” WATCH HERE

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – participated in this morning’s hearing by the Subcommittee on Oversight on “Protecting the Free Exchange of Ideas on College Campuses” to determine whether tax-exempt colleges and universities are using the tax code to avoid upholding their commitment to create an open marketplace of ideas on campus. The hearing followed nationwide reports of increasingly widespread assaults on free speech rights in academia by radical student activists. 

Highlights of Rep. Kelly’s remarks:

“I want to read something because I think this goes to the very essence of what the meeting is about today. It goes to a speech that was given in 1944 by Judge Learned Hand … This is what the judge said:

‘What do we mean when we say that first of all we seek liberty? I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws, and upon courts. These are false hopes; believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it. While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it.’”

“Isn’t it stunning that you have to come, Mr. Zuckerman and Mr. Atkins, to Congress? Your right to free speech — whether I agree with what you say or whether I don’t agree with what you say — that is the beauty of who we are as Americans. That goes to the very fabric of what this country was founded on, and especially in our universities.”

“You should never ever feel that you don’t have the ability to do this and to speak out, especially on a university campus, especially in the United States of America.”

“I think it is absolutely chilling that we have to have this kind of a hearing to expose what’s going on. And I think, when I look back on my college days, that if we ever were suppressed or not able to express the way we felt, you would have to go to the very depths of who it is we are as a people.”

“These are great things about America. We know that enshrined in the very Bill of Rights, the very First Amendment to the Bill of Rights allows us to have free speech. But what you had to go through is absolutely ridiculous. And I don’t care what college it is, private or public; all these folks are influenced in some way or another by the tax code. So I don’t want anybody to ever be confused about why we would hold this today. If not, ask who? Who would hear you? Who would stand up for you? Who would defend you in the public place?”

“When [liberty] dies in who we are, when it dies in the fabric of who America is, then we’re no longer America. So you can forget the red, the white, and the blue and all the things that we talk about all the time. If we can’t defend who we are, if we can’t protect the freedom of speech, then we have no business serving in this House.”

A full list of witnesses can be viewed here.

 

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Rep. Kelly Signs Amicus Brief Urging Court to Stop President Obama’s War on Coal

2016/02/24

Effort to declare EPA’s controversial “Clean Power Plan” unlawful includes 34 Senators, 171 Representatives

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) joined 170 other Members of Congress and 34 U.S. Senators in submitting an amicus brief to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday in support of the plaintiffs in the case of State of West Virginia, et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency, et al. The brief supports petitions filed by 27 states seeking to overturn the regulatory plan devised by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce carbon emissions, also known as the “Clean Power Plan.” Reports indicate that the plan will have a catastrophic impact on the nation’s coal industry and cause harm to the economy.

Statement by Rep. Kelly:

“The Obama administration’s war on coal is a war on American jobs, families, and communities. In Pennsylvania alone, coal is responsible for 40,000 jobs and 40 percent of our electric power. The Associated Press rightly calls it ‘the workhorse of the US power system.’ The EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan is a cruel attack on the needs of so many people – especially in Western Pennsylvania – who depend on coal's benefits every day. Whether it’s lost livelihoods for families or higher energy bills for senior citizens, the pain of this president’s radical plan will be felt long after he leaves office. We must use every tool at our disposal to fight it and stop it.”

Excerpt of amicus brief:

The Final Rule goes well beyond the clear statutory directive by, among other things, requiring States to submit, for approval, state or regional energy plans to meet EPA’s predetermined CO2 mandates for their electricity sector. In reality, if Congress desired to give EPA sweeping authority to transform the nation’s electricity sector, Congress would have provided for that unprecedented power in detailed legislation. Indeed, when an agency seeks to make “decisions of vast ‘economic and political significance’” under a “long-extant statute,” it must point to a “clear” statement from Congress. … EPA can point to no statement of congressional authorization for the Final Rule’s central features, precisely because there is none.

Nor has Congress authorized EPA to make the policy choices that are reflected in the Final Rule—a rule that imposes enormous costs on States and the public without achieving meaningful climate benefits. Because of the Final Rule, States will face unprecedented new regulatory burdens, electricity ratepayers will be subject to billions of dollars in compliance costs, and American workers and their families will experience the hardship of job losses due to power plant shutdowns, higher electricity prices, and overall diminishment of the nation’s global economic competitiveness. Choices of this nature are inherently Congressional decisions. …  Congress has not authorized EPA to make the central policy choices in the Final Rule and, in many respects, has affirmatively rejected those policies, as it certainly did with respect to cap-and-trade programs for CO2 emissions from power plants.

Accordingly, the Final Rule that has been properly stayed by the Supreme Court should now be vacated by this Court.

NOTE: Thirty-nine lawsuits seeking review of the Clean Power Plan (the Final Rule) have been consolidated in the D.C. Circuit. The Final Rule was stayed by the Supreme Court on February 9, 2016. The D.C. Circuit is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the consolidated cases on June 2, 2016. An amicus brief, or “friend of the court” brief, can be filed in order to address concerns and advise the Court on a matter of law that directly affects the case at hand. 

BACKGROUND: On June 8, 2016, Rep. Kelly re-introduced the Coal Country Protection Act (H.R. 2637) in the House of Representatives. The legislation would halt any new regulation or guidance by the EPA to limit carbon emissions from new or existing power plants until specific, economy-protecting criteria are met.

On August 4, 2014, The Wall Street Journal published a guest op-ed written by Rep. Kelly on the economic danger of the EPA's anti-coal regulations proposed under President Obama titled, “Pushing Back Against Obama's War on Coal.”

On July 29, 2014, Rep. Kelly formally invited President Obama to visit a coal mine in Western Pennsylvania. The visit would be personally arranged by Rep. Kelly and is designed to give the president an opportunity to meet the workers whose jobs are most directly threatened by the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The invitation, since re-iterated, has thus far been declined by the White House.

 

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ICYMI: Rep. Kelly Confronts Treasury Secretary Over President’s New Budget

2016/02/12

“The American people have lost confidence in the way we run this country” WATCH HERE

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – addressed U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew at yesterday’s full committee hearing on President Obama’s budget proposals for the Department of Treasury for fiscal year 2017.

Excerpts of Rep. Kelly’s remarks to Secretary Lew:

“I think sometimes we become confused as to who it is we work for. I don’t really view you as working for the administration; I view you as working for the American people.”

“I know people at home, where I’m coming from, if they were watching this they would have fallen into this coma because of the Washingtonese where nobody understands what’s actually being said. … But the mission statement for [Treasury Department is]: ‘Maintain a strong economy and create economic and job opportunities by promoting the conditions that enable economic growth and stability at home and abroad, strengthen national security by combating threats and protecting the integrity of the financial system, and manage the U.S. Government’s finances and resources effectively.’”

“A budget is … exactly where you need to be going. It’s a road map. Now, we may call it visionary of where we’d like things to go, but where I’m from, in Western Pennsylvania, it’s more kitchen table economics where a husband and a wife sit down to figure out what do they have to work with revenue-wise, and that dictates what they can spend. In Washington, we dictate what we’re going to spend, and don’t come anywhere close to being able to pay for that.”

“And the other conversation on inversions—this is terrible. I mean honestly, we need to put that poster up that says, ‘The beatings will continue until morale improves.’ We keep accusing these people [business owners]: ‘Tax cheats.’ ‘These people are terrible.’ … When we talk about these people going overseas, they don’t go overseas because they hate America; they’re going overseas because we’re making it impossible for them to be profitable here.”

“You can’t borrow your way out of debt. And we’re continuing to build this debt and it’s going to capsize this entire country. There is no difference between kitchen table [economics] and what we are talking about. The only difference here is we can raise taxes, or can print our own money. You can’t do that at home. And that’s where the big separation is. I must tell you, the American people have lost confidence in the way we run this country.”

 

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Rep. Kelly Calls for Passage of Debt Accountability Bill to Restore Fiscal Responsibility

2016/02/10

Champions bill day after president’s final budget proposal WATCH HERE Kelly: “Responsibility is not a political issue. It is a moral issue.”

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – delivered remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives today in support of the Debt Management and Fiscal Responsibility Act (H.R. 3442), of which he is a co-sponsor. The legislation establishes a new debt limit framework that enhances accountability, reduces disruptive risk, and ensures integrated debt reduction solutions. It requires the Secretary of the Treasury to appear before Congress prior to each potential debt limit increase and provide testimony and detailed reports on: the national debt and its key drivers; explicit short, medium, and long-term debt reduction proposals; and progress on debt reduction. The House is expected to consider the bill tomorrow.

Highlights of Rep. Kelly’s remarks:

“Responsibility is not a political issue. It is a moral issue. Irresponsibility is the problem that we have, and I wish we could go away from making political talking points and into making solid policy positions.”

“Once you have authority and once you have responsibility, you’ve got to be accountable. Not just to that person in the mirror, but in my case, to 705,687 people that I represent in Western Pennsylvania. They’re not all Republicans; they’re not all Democrats; they’re not all libertarians; they’re not all independents. But they are all hardworking American taxpayers.”

“I don’t care who’s in the White House. I care about sound, fundamental fiscal policy that protects this country going forward. Not only those that are with us right now but those who came before us and those who are going to come after us. We are putting ourselves in a position that is totally going to be unrecoverable.”

“Debt will eliminate you. I don’t care if it’s a person. I don’t care if it’s a business. I don’t care if it’s a state or a country. We are quickly approaching the point of no return, and to sit here and try to make it a political battle instead of survival for the United States of America is totally irresponsible and, more importantly, it is immoral.”

“This is not a political battle. This is a fight for the future of our country. This is a fight for sustainability in the greatest country the world has ever known, and I do not think that any of us should ever turn our back on our responsibility because it just wasn’t politically right for them.”

NOTE: If enacted, H.R. 3442 will require the Treasury Secretary to appear before the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee not more than 60 days and not less than 21 days prior to any date on which the Treasury Secretary anticipates that the nation will reach the debt limit (not the expiration of extraordinary measures). Before the Committees, the Treasury Secretary shall present the following:

1.    Debt Report to Congress on: (i) the state of the national debt; (ii) the historical levels of the debt, current amount and composition of the debt, and future debt projections; and (iii) the Administration’s plans to meet debt obligations in the event that Congress agrees to raise the debt limit.

2.    Statement of Intent on: (i) how the Administration proposes to reduce the debt in the short-term (the current and following fiscal years), medium-term (three to five years) and long-term (ten years and beyond), and proposals to adjust the debt-to-GDP ratio; (ii) the impact that an increased debt limit would have on future government spending, debt service, and position of the U.S. dollar as the international reserve currency; and (iii) projections of fiscal health and sustainability to major direct spending entitlement programs (including Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid).

3.    Progress Report on the implementation of the Statement of Intent proposals by the Administration to reduce U.S. debt levels. A Progress Report is not required upon the Administration’s initial debt limit increase request.

The Department of Treasury shall also place on its website the Debt Report, Statement of Intent, and Progress Report to serve as a repository of information made available to the public in understanding U.S. government debt.

 

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Rep. Kelly Responds to President Obama’s Final Budget Proposal

2016/02/09

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today in response to President Obama’s federal budget proposal for fiscal year 2017.

“President Obama’s latest and final budget confirms that he is no longer interested in governing in reality and has left serious leadership to other people. For the eighth time in a row, his budget proposal sinks our nation further in debt, threatens our economy with higher taxes, and never even comes close to balancing—ever. By the end of this presidency, our national debt burden will be doubled and millions of American families will be left badly bruised from a disappointing economy that was constantly kept from growing to its full potential. Considering all of the challenges that lay before us, only in a left-wing fantasy world does $2.5 trillion in new spending and $3.4 trillion in tax increases – including a costly new oil tax – make any sense.

“Western Pennsylvanians and hardworking Americans all across our country see budgets like this for the scams they are. They know that a budget that permanently spends more than it takes in is utterly unsustainable. They know an unbalanced checkbook only puts a family or any individual’s financial well-being in severe jeopardy. They know that in the private sector, a budget approach like this president’s would only lead to lost jobs, widespread bankruptcies, and blocks full of ‘out of business’ signs.

“The American people deserve so much better than a president who writes the nation’s budget with his ideological pen. Yet again, where President Obama failed, Congress will lead. My colleagues and I will soon present a responsible budget that reduces our debt, grows our economy, protects our country, and paves the way for a much stronger future.”

NOTE: This week Rep. Kelly will be participating in two separate hearings hosted by the Ways and Means Committee to assess President Obama’s FY 2017 budget featuring testimony by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, respectively.

 

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Rep. Mike Kelly Awards Medals to WWII Veteran in Hermitage (WKBN)

2016-01-21 20:11:34


Rep. Mike Kelly Supports STREAM Act on House Floor

2016-01-12 21:13:05


Rep. Mike Kelly Welcomes Attendees to Washington Auto Show 2016

2016-01-08 17:04:18


A Christmas Message from Rep. Mike Kelly - 2015

2015-12-18 19:40:40


101 Year-Old WWII Veteran in Erie Recieves Prestigious Award [Erie News Now]

2015-12-17 18:38:39


Rep. Mike Kelly Hosts Special Order on Congressional Oversight of Paris Climate Treaty (Full)

2015-12-09 19:14:55


Rep. Mike Kelly Hosts Special Order on Congressional Oversight of Paris Climate Treaty

2015-12-09 00:46:07


JET TV Report on Rep. Mike Kelly's Visit to Mercyhurst University - Presidential Campaign Class

2015-12-04 23:01:21


Rep. Mike Kelly Criticizes Obama Admin's Anti-Energy Agenda on House Floor

2015-12-01 02:16:30


Rep. Mike Kelly Tears Apart Iran Deal at Ways & Means Hearing

2015-11-04 17:02:05


Rep. Mike Kelly Champions School Choice for Disadvantaged Kids

2015-10-21 21:22:43


Rep. Mike Kelly Calls for Investigative Panel on Illicit Abortion Practices

2015-10-07 21:38:23


Rep. Mike Kelly Discusses Rising Costs of Higher Education at W&M Oversight Subcommittee Hearing

2015-10-07 17:09:14


Contact Information

1519 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-5406
Fax 202-225-3103
kelly.house.gov

Committee Assignments

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.


Serving With

Scott Perry

PENNSYLVANIA's 4th DISTRICT

Glenn Thompson

PENNSYLVANIA's 5th DISTRICT

Ryan Costello

PENNSYLVANIA's 6th DISTRICT

Patrick Meehan

PENNSYLVANIA's 7th DISTRICT

Mike Fitzpatrick

PENNSYLVANIA's 8th DISTRICT

Bill Shuster

PENNSYLVANIA's 9th DISTRICT

Tom Marino

PENNSYLVANIA's 10th DISTRICT

Louis Barletta

PENNSYLVANIA's 11th DISTRICT

Keith Rothfus

PENNSYLVANIA's 12th DISTRICT

Charlie Dent

PENNSYLVANIA's 15th DISTRICT

Joe Pitts

PENNSYLVANIA's 16th DISTRICT

Tim Murphy

PENNSYLVANIA's 18th DISTRICT

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