Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

PENNSYLVANIA's 3rd DISTRICT

Rep. Kelly Condemns President Obama’s Unilateral Action on Immigration

2014/11/21

Rep. Kelly: “President Obama has no right to act like a king just because democracy doesn’t go his way”

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today in response to President Obama’s unilateral action on immigration.

“Last night’s announcement by the president was 100 percent about politics, not about the best interests of the nation he’s supposed to serve. Unilaterally granting amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants is not just a slap in the face to the millions of people waiting in line to come here legally, but also to our constitutional system. It sets a dangerous precedent that reduces Congress to a merely ceremonial institution. If this action was truly so urgent, then President Obama would have pushed it through the lawful legislative process when his party controlled both chambers of Congress. Instead, he did nothing because he knew the American people simply do not want this. In fact, on at least 22 previous occasions the president himself denounced the sort of executive overreach that he is now committing.

“President Obama’s repeated justification that ‘Congress won’t act’ is not just pathetic and erroneous, but also chilling. It’s the sort of excuse one hears from a power-grabbing autocrat, not an American president. In our system of government, Congress makes the laws and the president enforces them—period. Having once been a constitutional law professor, it’s stunning that President Obama refuses to understand this. Even when the House and Senate act – or don’t act – in a way that the president disagrees with, it doesn’t change the fact that the legislative branch – not the executive branch – is where our laws are created. President Obama has no right to act like a king just because democracy doesn’t always go his way.”

“I stand with my colleagues in the House of Representatives in complete objection to this radical overreach and am ready to support whatever action must be taken in order to restore integrity to our nation’s laws and Constitution.”

NOTE: On August 1, 2014, Rep. Kelly voted for H.R. 5272, which would ban the use of taxpayer funds for the expansion of President Obama’s deferred action for illegal aliens. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 216-192 with bipartisan support.

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Rep. Kelly & Sen. Rubio Introduce the Keeping American Safe from Ebola Act

2014/11/20

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Legislation crafted after conversation with Dr. Peter Piot, disease expert & discoverer of Ebola virus

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 after introducing H.R. 5746, the Keeping America Safe from Ebola Act. The bill would prohibit an alien who is a national of a country with a widespread Ebola virus outbreak from obtaining a visa to enter the United States. The Senate companion of this legislation was also introduced today by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).

Highlights of floor speech by Rep. Kelly:

“Dr. [Peter] Piot said to me, ‘You know what, Mr. Kelly? I’m glad you called me, because let me tell you a little bit more about Ebola, and let me tell you right now what the world is looking at: Not just your country, but the world, is looking at a dress rehearsal for the next great virus.’”

“Because of who we are today and the technology that we have today, we can be sitting in this wonderful House this afternoon and we can be in Rome tonight. We can be halfway around the world in a very short period of time. It’s not like the old days when these diseases, these viruses, were carried and it took months for them to get from shore to shore, from country to country. It now can travel very quickly. And it mutates very quickly.”

“What else should we do? Number 1: Isolate. Number 2: Quarantine. …You must isolate, you must quarantine. Why? You don’t infect the general population. It is so basic, and yet we’re trying to struggle today to find out how we contain this disease, this lethal disease. What can we possibly do? The answers, my friend, are so obvious.”

“My friends, there is truly no time to lose. The vaccine, I’m told, is…available to us. But it’s not just Ebola I’m worried about, and it’s not just this country I’m worried about, and it’s not just Ebola that the world should worry about. It is what is coming. Believe me—we have not seen the end of infectious disease. We have not seen the end of lethal viruses that will cripple us as a nation and could become the weapon for bioterrorists that would use it at any cost, without any regard to human life.”

“We have the ability, right now, within our hands, within our grasp, to develop a vaccine in order to defeat this horrible virus. All that I would ask is that we come together in this House, the American people’s House – not a Republican House, not a Democrat House, but the American people’s House – to once again conquer a disease that could infect not only our own American citizens but citizens of the world.”

Statement by Sen. Rubio:

“Imposing travel restrictions is a common sense approach to protecting Americans from Ebola. Over the past few months, we’ve seen Ebola’s deadly reach, and air travel has proven to be its gateway to the United States. A temporary visa ban aims to limit the spread of Ebola by placing strict limitations on travel to the U.S. from Ebola-affected countries and protect Americans from any potential threats of an outbreak, but it does not mean that our efforts to combat the virus will stop there. America must remain committed to this international challenge by addressing it at its source and increasing our assistance to countries that continue struggling to contain this deadly outbreak. America will not be completely safe from Ebola until the virus is contained at its source.”

NOTE: The Keeping America Safe from Ebola Act of 2014 accomplishes the following:

  • Suspends new visas and revokes current visas of an individual who is:
    • A permanent resident or national of a country that the CDC has certified is a country for “widespread transmission of Ebola”, and
    • Whose last habitual residence was a country that the CDC has certified is a country for “widespread transmission of Ebola”
  • Exceptions include:
    • Aid workers who need to travel the U.S. and are approved by USAID
    • Foreign military who need to travel to the U.S. and are approved by Department of Defense
  • Requires the President to report to Congress every 30 days on the Ebola outbreak:
    • Status of Ebola outbreak in each designated country and the progress made since last reporting period
    • A description of the U.S. assistance to each designated country
    • Reasons that a complete travel ban is not in the interest of U.S. national security
  • Termination of Act: 60 days after the date the Director of the CDC certified that there is no longer an Ebola outbreak

BACKGROUND: On October 7, 2014, Rep. Kelly sent a letter to President Obama urgently requesting information regarding the administration’s handling of the Ebola virus outbreak and details of a comprehensive strategy to stop the virus from affecting Americans. A copy of the letter can be viewed here.

On October 8, 2014, Rep. Kelly co-signed a bipartisan letter to President Obama urging him to take immediate action to prevent an outbreak of the Ebola virus in America by instituting travel restrictions, enhancing airport screenings, and possibly quarantining individuals who have traveled to or from the affected West African countries. The letter can be viewed here.

On October 9, 2014, Rep. Kelly sent a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Sylvia Burwell, and the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tom Frieden, expressing his deep concern about the possibility of the Ebola virus spreading to Pennsylvania. The letter was copied to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, and can be read here.

On October 20, 2014, Rep. Kelly called on President Obama to finalize a rule proposed under the Bush administration in 2005 to update and revise regulations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to “prevent the introduction, transmission or spread of communicable diseases from foreign countries into the United States from one State or possession into another.” According to the federal register, the code of federal regulations that deals with foreign arrivals has not been updated since 1985. According to USA Today, the Obama administration scrapped the proposal in 2010 after objections by the American Civil Liberties Union over “potential passenger privacy rights violations and the proposal's ‘provisional quarantine’ rule.”

On October 21, 2014, Rep. Kelly held a phone conversation with Dr. Peter Piot, who first discovered the Ebola virus in 1976 in the Republic of Congo, about necessary action to stop the virus and protect American citizens. The Keeping America Safe from Ebola Act was crafted as a result of their discussion.

 

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Rep. Kelly Introduces Defending Internet Freedom Act of 2014

2014/11/19

Bill would protect Internet from foreign government control

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today after introducing H.R. 5737, the Defending Internet Freedom Act of 2014. The legislation would prevent the Obama administration, or that of any future president, from relinquishing the critical functions of the Internet – currently stewarded by the United States – to any other entity without enhanced congressional oversight and until explicit, freedom-protecting requirements are met. It is being co-sponsored by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), who also serves as chairman and co-founder of the Congressional High Tech Caucus.

Statement by Rep. Kelly:

“Preserving Internet freedom is an American duty. The requirements within this bill will guarantee that the Internet remains unchained and out of the grasp of bad actors and hostile powers that actively limit freedom.

“It is no coincidence that the Internet has been able to safely flourish beyond anyone’s imagination under the stewardship of a nation devoted to democratic principles. These principles – American principles – are indispensable to the free flow of information online, which benefits billions of citizens worldwide. Therefore, our stewardship must never be surrendered to an entity that does not venerate liberty and openness as we do. Whether the Obama administration understands it or not, America has strong interests in ensuring that freedom of speech and commerce remain maximally protected on the Internet for people everywhere, now and into the future.”

Endorsements & praise for the Defending Internet Freedom Act of 2014:

Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel, American Center for Law and Justice: “Nowhere have the power of free speech and the importance of our First Amendment been more evident than in the revolutionary growth of the Internet. Preserving the free and open nature of this exchange is absolutely critical. Congressman Mike Kelly is to be commended for his thoughtful legislation that would ensure the continued freedom and success of the world’s most powerful information technology.”

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., President & CEO, Center for Security Policy: “The Obama administration's abdication of long-standing, exclusive U.S. oversight over ICANN constitutes a threat both to American foreign policy interests and to American First Amendment freedoms.  Although it is our view that such a transfer must not take place – and that a requirement for explicit authorization from Congress is the most effective check on such a move – the Defending Internet Freedom Act imposes at least some measure of congressional oversight over this reckless decision by requiring President Obama to certify to the people's elected representatives in Congress, based on several criteria, that any proposed alternative arrangement regarding Internet governance does not jeopardize American sovereignty or security.”

Eagle Forum: “The Internet has flourished as a forum for open discourse and commerce thanks to American oversight. Surrendering control would only benefit those who think the Internet is too free and too open. Rep. Kelly’s bill ensures that the Obama administration won’t be able to forfeit America’s crucial role as guardian of Internet freedom.”

The Heritage Foundation: “In short, the Internet is too important for the announced transition to occur in a manner that threatens the freedom or vitality of the Internet. Thankfully, there are some Members of Congress who are paying attention to this critical issue. The most recent contribution is the Defending Internet Freedom Act of 2014 introduced by Representative Mike Kelly (R–PA).”

BACKGROUND: On March 14, 2014, the Obama administration announced that it will not renew the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), thereby turning over stewardship of the Internet’s crucial functions to “the global multistakeholder community.”

According to media expert Gordon Crovitz, writing in The Wall Street Journal, “Russia, China and other authoritarian governments have already been working to redesign the Internet more to their liking, and now they will no doubt leap to fill the power vacuum caused by America's unilateral retreat.”

On June 11, 2014, Rep. Kelly authored a guest op-ed for Red Alert Politics describing the stakes of surrendering American stewardship of the Internet to a multinational body or any other entity. The op-ed can be read here.

On July 15, 2014, Rep. Kelly hosted a policy briefing on Capitol Hill on the future of Internet governance in light of the Obama administration’s announcement. The hearing was attended by dozens of Congressional staffers and featured professional analysis by three field experts. Read more about the briefing here.

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Rep. Kelly Hails National Park Service Support for Washington’s Trail – 1753

2014/11/18

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) issued the following statement today in praise of the National Park Service’s (NPS) decision to provide assistance to Washington’s Trail – 1753 through the NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program. Washington’s Trail – 1753 runs through six congressional districts in Pennsylvania, including the Third District.

“I am very pleased with NPS’s announcement and glad to see Washington’s Trail 1753 receive the support it so much deserves. The trail is a revered historic route that connects Western Pennsylvanians to our country's fascinating 18th century heritage and commemorates young George Washington’s first military and diplomatic venture, marking the eventual beginning of the French and Indian War. These types of projects can take years to finalize, so securing this new assistance will help the Washington's Trail Committee move forward in the planning stages of connecting Washington's route from Williamsburg, Virginia to Fort LeBoeuf in Pennsylvania.”

NOTE: On July 30, 2014, Rep. Kelly sent a letter to the National Park Service in support of the grant application submitted by Washington’s Trail – 1753 for Community Assistance through the RTCA program. The letter, along with three other letters in support of the project (including one to the Honorable Martin O’Brien, Chairman of Washington’s Trail – 1753), can be viewed here.

According to NPS.gov, “The National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program extends and expands the benefits of the National Park Service throughout the nation. Through this program, the NPS helps connect all Americans to their parks, trails, rivers, and other special places.”

For more information about Washington’s Trail – 1753, click here.

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Rep. Kelly Statement in Support of Rally to Keep Erie Postal Facility Open

2014/11/14

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) issued the following statement today in support of a rally to be held later today in Erie, PA, to halt the scheduled closure of the U.S. Postal Service distribution center on East 38th Street in Erie.

“I want to thank those who put together today’s rally for continuing to raise awareness on this issue. While certainly there need to be reforms made to the postal service, we need to make sure reforms are done in a strategically smart manner.  Also, we must ensure that seniors and rural communities in particular continue to receive the service reliability that they depend on. That is why I have joined a bipartisan group of my colleagues in asking for a one-year moratorium on the closure of the Erie distribution center so that Congress can continue to work on a postal reform package that will accomplish these goals.”

NOTE: On September 3, 2014, Rep. Kelly co-signed a bipartisan letter to the leaders of the House Committee on Appropriations to include language in the Fiscal Year 2015 Continuing Resolution to impose a one-year moratorium on the slated closure of the Erie postal facility along with 81 other U.S. Postal Service mail processing facilities across the nation.

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Rep. Kelly Calls for Keystone Pipeline Construction, Scolds Opposition on House Floor

2014/11/14

Rep. Kelly: “The Senate now is entertaining this because of one job … one Senator who has the possibility of losing her seat”

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – delivered a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday in support of H.R. 5682, a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, which was introduced by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) on November 12, 2014. The House is expected to pass the bill today.

Highlights from Rep. Kelly’s speech:

“This is a jobs bill. It’s a jobs bill, not only in the House of Representatives, but it is a job bill in the Senate.”

“In the House of Representatives, Dr. Cassidy’s bill is about creating tens of thousands of jobs for hardworking Americans. It’s about an eight billion dollar private investment that will not cost the American taxpayer one cent. It’s about energy independence. It is about America taking the lead in energy.”

“For six years this House has passed pieces of legislation that would’ve created the Keystone Pipeline. Every one of those pieces of legislation died in the Senate. Now, miraculously … the Senate now is entertaining this because of one job. The tens of thousands of jobs of all these Americans who you turned a deaf ear and a blind eye to are now being answered by the Senate, because of one job, one Senate, one Senator who has the possibility of losing her seat because of the Keystone Pipeline not being able to go through the Senate.”

“It is truly a jobs bill. It is an American bill. It is a bill that is going to create billions of dollars in revenue. And I would just ask my friends on the other side, please look no further than last Tuesday. Last Tuesday’s vote was a referendum on incompetency, not on incumbency. I would like you to please open your eyes to the American people and let them rise. Let us create jobs, let us reach the energy independence that we need to succeed in the global economy.”

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Rep. Kelly Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

2014/11/07

“The silver anniversary of a golden moment for freedom”

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Berlin Wall, which occurred on November 9, 1989.

“This Sunday marks the silver anniversary of a golden moment for freedom. For an entire generation, the Berlin Wall stood as a deadly barrier between not just West Berlin and East Berlin, but between capitalism and communism, democracy and dictatorship, liberty and tyranny. For decades, it was thought that not only would the wall stay standing forever, but so too would the Soviet Union and the evil system it fostered and forced upon so many. Yet in November of 1989, the unthinkable occurred as the front door to the Iron Curtain finally swung open and the long patience, protests, and prayers of millions were finally answered. The immediate months and years that followed were indeed great ones for freedom and for all mankind, from the reunification of Germany, to the fall of the Soviet Empire, to the liberation of a half-billion people from Marxist chains, to the emergence of the United States as the world’s singular superpower. I join all Americans in honor and commemoration of this wondrous historical occasion.

"While the Cold War now rests in history's rear view mirror, we must remember that nothing about the West's victory in that struggle was inevitable. After World War II, freedom's fight against communism was far from easy, but the constant source of strength against the Soviets was unmistakable: confident American leadership. From Truman to Kennedy to Reagan, our finest moments came when our leaders were unafraid to defend our values, stand by our allies, and declare our cause's righteousness in the clearest of terms. Whether the world was hearing ‘Ich bin ein Berliner!' or ‘Tear down this wall!', when America spoke and acted with strength, our friends were encouraged and our foes were on notice. Ronald Reagan had it exactly right when he defined the only acceptable outcome against Communist Russia as, 'We win, they lose.' His prediction that 'the West won’t contain communism, it will transcend communism' was made true thanks to the courage behind his conviction.

"As we celebrate this upcoming anniversary, let us remind ourselves that people yearning to breathe free throughout the world still depend on America to lead with resolve, and that standing firm against those who oppress and terrorize is simply never optional."

NOTE: Rep. Kelly is the co-chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Korea, which serves to strengthen and uphold U.S.–Republic of Korea (South Korea) relations especially in the face of increasingly menacing behavior by the communist dictatorship of North Korea. It recognizes South Korea as an international model for democracy and free enterprise and one of the greatest U.S. foreign policy success stories in the post-World War II era.

 

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Rep. Kelly Defends Digital Trade Freedom to Strengthen American Economy

2014/10/31

Sends bipartisan letter to US Trade Ambassador seeking protection of open markets for digital trade in upcoming negotiations

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman today to ensure that “binding obligations” are included in negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal to ensure that global markets remain open to digital products, services, and cross-border data flows that are key areas of U.S. competitiveness. The letter was co-authored by Rep. Kelly and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and includes a total of 55 bipartisan signatories from Congress, including Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI). The letter can be viewed here.

Statement by Rep. Kelly:

“The free flow of information and open markets to new products and services throughout the world are constant, essential components to America’s economic strength. In the 21st century global economy, digital trade is a rapidly growing engine for innovation, business growth, and job creation here at home. It must be protected and permitted to flourish. The United States must champion such protections for free data flow in the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and insist that they are included in any final agreement.”

Excerpts of letter to Ambassador Froman:

We urge you to include strong, binding obligations in this agreement [the Trans-Pacific Partnership] to ensure that markets are open to digital products and services and cross-border data flows.

In order to achieve modern, 21st century trade agreements, digital trade issues must be sufficiently addressed. … Any agreement presented to Congress will need to include provisions that specifically keep borders open to the free flow of data, prohibit countries from requiring the use of local data servers or other computing infrastructure as a condition for providing digital services, and ensure non-discriminatory treatment of digital products and services.

With close to 3 billion people now using the Internet, digital trade is an increasingly important driver of the U.S. and global economies. … [T]he US International Trade Commission has reported that US exports of digitally enabled services totaled more than $356 billion in 2011 — a 26 percent increase from 2007 — generating a trade surplus in the sector each year. This underscores why it is so important for industries across the economy — especially those with global operations — to be able to transfer data across borders.

All TPP countries will benefit from the free flow of data, a view shared by industries throughout the region.  Businesses of all types and sizes are capitalizing on digital technologies to boost their productivity, streamline operations, and facilitate creativity and problem solving. For example, with infinitely scalable processing power and unimaginably vast data storage at their disposal, banks can analyze patterns to detect fraud; doctors can more efficiently assess the most effective treatments for diseases; and farmers can track soil, weather and plant data to maximize yields. … We need trade policies to encourage this kind of innovation and growth, not inhibit it.

Praise from trade associations:

“CSI is pleased to see a strong, bipartisan group of 55 Members of Congress stress the importance of digital trade in TPP. This letter shows that it is absolutely essential that TPP has strong enforceable commitments ensuring the free flow of data.” Peter Allgeier, President Coalition of Services Industries (CSI)

“The increasingly broad support for strong data-flow provisions underscores the central importance of this issue to making the TPP a 21st century trade agreement. Preserving and encouraging the free flow of information across the world should be a top priority for trade ministers when they gather in Beijing for the next round of talks. We applaud today’s bipartisan House support and commend Representatives Kelly and Kind for their leadership on this issue.” Victoria Espinel, President and CEO, BSA | The Software Alliance

“The overwhelming attention given to this bipartisan letter addressed to USTR Michael Froman, led by Rep. Kelly (R-PA) and Rep. Kind (D-PA), is a clear indication that a growing number of Members of Congress understand the importance of cross-border data flows to users, businesses, and future entrepreneurs who look to access content and reach consumers across the globe. As representatives of the technology industry in the United States, we appreciate the leadership these Members have taken on this issue and look forward to working with Congress to ensure the unrestricted movement of data within the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other ongoing free trade negotiations.” Burak Guvensoylar, Director of Government Relations, TechAmerica

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Rep. Kelly Statement on Phone Conversation with New Director of Erie VA Medical Center

2014/10/30

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) issued the following statement today after speaking with the new Director of the Erie Veterans Affairs Medical Center, David Cord, who was recently promoted to the post by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

“Earlier this afternoon, I had a polite but professional phone conversation with Mr. Cord about the expectations of his imminent new role as Director of the Erie VA Medical Center. We discussed the serious need for transparency with veterans and the community at-large and the importance of keeping an open and consistent line of communication between our offices. We plan to meet face-to-face soon after Mr. Cord officially takes over the position.

“Pennsylvania’s Third District has been home to two of the best performing VA Medical Centers in the nation. It is my expectation that this distinction will remain intact beyond any change in leadership. Moving forward, my office will continue to provide our constitutionally obligated oversight of these operations and work as an advocate for our veterans community.”

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Rep. Kelly Discusses Obama Administration’s Handling of Ebola Crisis with Neil Cavuto on Fox News

2014/10/22

 

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – appeared on Your World with Neil Cavuto on Fox News Channel yesterday afternoon to discuss the Obama administration’s handling of the ongoing Ebola crisis.

Highlights of Rep. Kelly’s comments:                            

“I think you need to be very worried. Consistent with this administration: they worry more about the message than the mission.”

“When I first heard Dr. [Tom] Frieden … I said, ‘You know what? Sounds pretty good.’ Then I looked into his background: he’s the ‘Soda Pop Doc,’ the New York doc [who worked with Mayor Bloomberg] who’s more concerned about sugary drinks. So they appoint Mr. Ron Klain, and I think, ‘Well, maybe that’s a step in the right direction.’ Then I find out he’s not really a doctor—he’s a spin doctor [for Democrats].”

“We have to have somebody at the head pulling people together with a strategy that’s actually going to work. [Cavuto: “Who is that?”] It’s supposed to be the president. Through his ability, through his office, the executive offices, [he should be] able to direct the country in a way that we have trust and faith and confidence. And I think what we see, time after time, is that it’s a false confidence. We find out it’s not a true message, and then it’s damage control, not disease control. And I think that’s where the American people are losing faith.”

“I’d rather overreact right now. I’d rather err on the caution side and then later on say, ‘Listen, blame me for overreacting, but I wanted to protect the American people.’”

“We [the U.S. government] knew about this outbreak in March and we’ve been sitting on it—not making decisions that would protect the American people. That’s not leadership. That’s not taking the country in a direction where they’re supposed to have faith and confidence. That’s what we’re supposed to do.”

NOTE: On October 7, 2014, Rep. Kelly sent a letter to President Obama urgently requesting information regarding the administration’s handling of the Ebola virus outbreak and details of a comprehensive strategy to stop the virus from affecting Americans. A copy of the letter can be viewed here.

On October 8, 2014, Rep. Kelly co-signed a bipartisan letter to President Obama urging him to take immediate action to prevent an outbreak of the Ebola virus in America by instituting travel restrictions, enhancing airport screenings, and possibly quarantining individuals who have traveled to or from the affected West African countries. The letter can be viewed here.

On October 9, 2014, Rep. Kelly sent a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Sylvia Burwell, and the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tom Frieden, expressing his deep concern about the possibility of the Ebola virus spreading to Pennsylvania. The letter was copied to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, and can be read here.

On October 20, 2014, Rep. Kelly called on President Obama to finalize a rule proposed under the Bush administration in 2005 (Vol. 70, No. 229, 71892) to update and revise regulations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to “prevent the introduction, transmission or spread of communicable diseases from foreign countries into the United States from one State or possession into another.” According to the federal register, the code of federal regulations that deals with foreign arrivals has not been updated since 1985. According to USA Today, the Obama administration scrapped the proposal in 2010 after objections by the American Civil over “potential passenger privacy rights violations and the proposal's ‘provisional quarantine’ rule.”

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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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