Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

PENNSYLVANIA's 3rd DISTRICT

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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Reps. Kelly & Thompson, Sens. Casey & Toomey Stand Up for Presque Isle Beaches

2016/02/09

PA congressional leaders call for prioritization of beach nourishment in Army Corps of Engineers FY2016 budget

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representatives Mike Kelly (R-PA), Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), and U.S. Senators Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) issued the following statements today in regard to a joint bipartisan letter they sent yesterday to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) in which they requested that Presque Isle State Park remain a high priority project in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) budget for fiscal year 2016.

Statement by Rep. Kelly:

“Presque Isle State Park’s beaches are a precious natural resource and a powerful economic driver for our entire region. Stretching along seven miles of Lake Erie’s shoreline, they require proper care and nourishment every single year. I expect the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to once again recognize the importance of maintaining this treasure and provide the necessary replenishment that millions of families and tourists – and the jobs they support – depend upon.” 

Statement by Rep. Thompson:

“People from across the Commonwealth travel to Erie to enjoy Presque Isle State Park’s beaches. This beach nourishment project is essential to fighting the constant erosion of the beaches and preserving them for future generations.  It is my hope that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will continue to support replenishment of this vital resource for the Erie region.”

Statement by Sen. Toomey:

“More than 4 million people visit Presque Isle State Park each year—making it Pennsylvania’s most visited state park,” said Sen. Toomey. “Presque Isle is woven into the social fabric of the region and plays a vital part in Northwestern Pennsylvania’s economy.  With these factors in mind, I hope that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will continue to prioritize beach replenishment at the park, as it has in previous years.”

Statement by Sen. Casey:

“The Presque Isle State Park plays an important role in Erie’s tourism and economy, bringing over four million visitors annually and providing jobs across Northwestern Pennsylvania,” Senator Casey said. “Presque Isle also helps to reduce potential flood damage and is essential to sustaining and protecting a unique ecosystem. I am hopeful that the Administration and the U.S. Army will dedicate the necessary resources to this project.”

Excerpt of bipartisan letter:

The Presque Isle State Park beaches are among the most important natural resources in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We commend the USACE’s judgement in past years to ensure the park’s beaches have been replenished in time for the summer tourism season.

While the ‘Beach Nourishment Project’ is critical to maintaining the park’s shoreline for economic purposes, the sand replenishment also serves vital environmental objectives. The project protects Presque Isle State Park from the lake’s constant erosion and helps sustain the many unique habitats found throughout the park.

We will continue to work with state and local officials to maintain the integrity of the beaches at Presque Isle. In accordance with the federal, state and local agreement, we respectfully request you again prioritize the beach replenishment at Presque Isle State Park as you finalize your FY2016 Civil Works Budget.

A copy of the full letter can be viewed here.

 

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ICYMI: Rep. Kelly’s Constituent Service Operation Featured in Butler Eagle

2016/02/01

“Fully invested is just what Kelly is”

WASHINGTON — The Butler Eagle today published an extended feature on the constituent services operation of U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA), with a particular focus on the congressman’s handling of wide-ranging constituent correspondence.

Excerpts fromResponding to queries big job:

Butler’s U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-3rd, is no stranger to constituent communications. Kelly’s office says it receives more than 1,000 e-mails, calls, letters and faxes each week.

Most of the communication — about 85 percent — comes via e-mail, said Thomas Qualtere, Kelly’s communications director.

The office holds a full staff meeting each week to review all its correspondence, update the congressman and make those decisions.

Many times the responses are handled by staffers, Qualtere or Kelly’s chief of staff Matt Stroia. Sometimes, though, a particular issue or topic catches Kelly’s eye and motivates him to spend personal time getting involved.

Kelly pointed to three cases — two veterans he helped replace or obtain missing service medals in 2014, and a 2011 letter from a grandmother that moved him to help author a bill helping pediatric cancer patients — as examples of that.

“When you get into this job, you start to be able to touch peoples’ lives in different ways than any other (position),” Kelly said.

He said he doesn’t see it as a choice or a trade-off, and doesn’t accept the conventional wisdom that members of Congress have to choose between being authentic and personal, and reaching out to their constituencies en masse.

“I think you’re either authentic or you’re not,” Kelly said. “It’s just an expanded family, and I’m really in a position of ‘my gosh, we can really help some of these folks.’”

But the job is so big that Kelly employs a full-time staffer, legislative correspondent Brendan Fulmer, in Washington who handles all the office’s incoming correspondence. Fulmer sorts it and assigns a response letter based on the writer’s topic.

The congressman also employs five full-time “caseworkers” who are based throughout the 3rd District and deal first with correspondence that is sent to Kelly’s district offices in Sharon, Butler and Erie.

Kelly said his approach — “build the best customer service team in the country” — comes from his years running car dealerships in Butler County.

Fully invested is just what Kelly is. The congressman says he won’t shy away from the online exchanges, which can often be anonymous and brutal.

“I would be a fool to say ‘I only want to hear good news.’ That’s a Pollyanna attitude and that is not reality,” Kelly said. “The one thing I really appreciate is when it’s a civil remark.”

Qualtere said the congressman has more than 15,000 “friends” on Facebook and more than 5,000 followers on Twitter — numbers he says put Kelly among the most engaged federal officials on social media.

Stroia and Brad Moore, Kelly’s district director, say the office’s plan to grow Kelly’s online presence has been simple.

“It’s simply the congressman being the congressman,” Stroia said.

 

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ICYMI: Rep. Kelly Awards Medals to World War II Veteran from Hermitage

2016/01/21

92 year-old former POW receives Bronze Star, other honors

WATCH NEWS REPORTS: WKBN | WYTV

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) hosted a ceremony yesterday at his district office in Sharon, PA, at which he awarded the Bronze Star and other distinguished medals to Mr. Chester “Chet” Burger of Hermitage, PA, for his service in World War II.

WKBN First News:

It has been more than 70 years since Chet Burger left the service, but on Wednesday, the 92-year-old from Hermitage finally received some long-overdue recognition.

On Wednesday, Valley Congressman Mike Kelly, R-Pa., presented Burger with eight service medals and pins, including the Bronze Star Medal, for his service.

Burger said he spent Christmas Eve of 1943 on a ship going to Africa, where he was trained. At 19, he was captured in Italy and spent 12 months in a German P.O.W. camp.

Last fall, Burger’s daughter Darlene learned from the local Veterans Affairs director that her dad was eligible for the medals.

“He said contact Congressman Kelly’s office, and he said he’s a man that will work as a liaison,” Darlene Taylor explained.

After much paperwork and months of waiting, the awards finally arrived. Burger said he will split them among his three children — the Bronze Star will go to his son, Chet Burger, Jr.

“Words don’t explain it. It’s like, they didn’t give out a whole lot of Bronze Stars,” Chet Burger, Jr. said.

The Sharon Herald:

Chester M. Burger’s family finally got the World War II Army veteran to apply for the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, Prisoner of War and several other medals he earned during his service in North Africa and Italy.

The Hermitage man, surrounded by his children, a grandson and several cousins, received the medals Wednesday during a ceremony in Sharon. When he was discharged from the Army, he received two Purple Heart medals and a Rifleman badge.

Darlene Taylor, Burger’s daughter, learned about his eligibility for eight other medals through the Veterans Administration. She got information from her dad and applied with the help of staffers in the office of U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly. Kelly presented the medals Wednesday at his Sharon office.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Chet Burger weighed 205 pounds when he was taken prisoner by the Germans in 1944.

His body had dwindled to 123 pounds when the Allies liberated his camp a year later.

On Wednesday, he will receive a Bronze Star, a Combat Infantry Badge and other medals of distinction — 70 years after the war ended. U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly will host the pinning ceremony at his district office in Sharon.

There is a lot of paperwork involved in applying for a medal, Kelly's spokesman, Tom Qualtere said. …

Someone contacted Kelly's office and told the congressman's aides about Burger's time as a prisoner of war, Qualtere said.

Kelly's staff called Burger a few months ago and told him he would receive several medals.

“I'm lucky I didn't die before they gave them to me,” Burger joked.

 

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Rep. Kelly Announces Nominees to U.S. Military Academies

2016/01/14

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) today announced the names of his nominees to the United States Military Academies for the class of 2020. These candidates have completed an extensive application process and were interviewed by Rep. Kelly’s independent Military Academy Advisory Board, whose members include prestigious veterans and academy alumni from the Third Congressional District of Pennsylvania.

Statement by Rep. Kelly:

“I am very proud to award this year’s nominations to 20 distinguished candidates for the United States Military Academies. It is an honor and privilege to nominate these individuals from throughout our District to these elite schools and I am confident that they will each go on to become exceptional American leaders. I sincerely congratulate these fine young men and women and applaud their determination to serve our great nation.”

The following candidates have been nominated to at least one U.S. Military Academy:

Daniel Anthony, Cathedral Preparatory School

Grace Bitticker, Fairview High School

Donald Blank, Woodstock School-India

Noah Bower, Freeport Area High School

Morgan Camerlo, Saint Joseph High School

Max Campoli, Northwestern Preparatory School / Seneca Valley High School

Melissa Carter, Seneca Valley High School

Alexis Dunn, Girad High School

Alexander Huston, Cochranton High School

Joseph Kelly, Cathedral Preparatory School

Anchor Losch, Butler Area High School

Alex Madonna, New Mexico Military Institute / Seneca Valley High School

Stephen Marn, McDowell High School

Laura Na, Neshannock High School

Matthew Natale, Neshannock High School

Cameron Rossi, Seneca Valley High School

Justin Rossi, Seneca Valley High School

Loghan Sankey, Jamestown Area High School

Mitchell Slubowski, Cathedral Preparatory School

Norman Stark, Gannon University

NOTE: In recognition of their efforts, Rep. Kelly will honor all 20 military academy nominees and their families during a ceremony this spring. Any constituent interested in seeking a congressional nomination in the future (or more information regarding the application process) is encouraged to visit www.kelly.house.gov or contact Rep. Kelly’s Academy Coordinator, Stephanie Stevenson, via phone at 724-282-2557 or via email at Stephanie.Stevenson@mail.house.gov.

 

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Rep. Kelly Responds to State of the Union Address

2016/01/13

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement tonight in response to President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address.

“Tonight President Obama described the state of our union as he wishes it were, not as it actually is. He portrayed our economy as acceptably strong when growth is in fact nowhere near as robust as it could and should be. He spoke of national security, but completely ignored the international instability that his policies are leaving behind and has made us less safe. He proposed an expensive and utterly unrealistic list of new programs for taxpayers to fund but did not mention our near-$19 trillion national debt even once. Furthermore, while admitting the worsening division among Americans and their government, he failed to take any responsibility for deliberately pitting different groups of citizens against each other and pushing the boundaries of his power beyond the Constitution’s limits. The sad truth of the matter is that after seven years of trying to drag an inherently center-right country in an aggressive left-wing direction, President Obama has left the state of our great union weaker, more divided, more anxious, more insecure, and much less hopeful than when he first took office. The nation needs a new president to restore unity, prosperity, strength, and confidence to our republic more than ever.”

 

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Rep. Kelly Leads Bipartisan Letter to Obama Administration on Inadequate Data Flow Rules in US-Pacific Rim Trade Deal

2016/01/12

Recipients include US Treasury Secretary, Trade Ambassador,and White House Economic Council Director

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade – sent a bipartisan letter today to U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, and Jeffrey Zients, Director of the White House’s National Economic Council, to express concern with the data flow provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The letter was co-signed by a total of 63 Members of Congress, including Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA).

Full text of joint bipartisan letter:

We write to express concern with the exclusion of financial services from the Electronic Commerce chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), including its provisions on cross border data flows and data localization.

As the Administration has rightly noted, the ability to transfer data across borders, as well as decide where and how to structure information technology infrastructure, is crucial for U.S. companies operating in a global environment across a range of sectors. U.S. digital services companies are global leaders in information technologies, including cloud computing, and depend on the free flow of data to operate and innovate.  In addition, U.S. manufacturers, service providers, and farmers, among others, rely on the free flow of data to identify market opportunities, innovate and develop new products, maintain supply chains, serve customers, and manage their workforces on a global basis.

Given the importance of digital trade to the U.S. economy and U.S. companies, the data rules in the Financial Services chapter in our view are inadequate to address the data-related barriers facing U.S. financial institutions. Congress has provided the Administration clear guidance for U.S. negotiators to pursue provisions that protect against restricting cross-border data flows and that prohibit localization requirements for all sectors, including financial services.  

Financial services companies are a critical piece of the economic infrastructure, providing banking, insurance, electronic payment systems, and securities services in the United States and other markets.  As in every other sector, U.S. financial services companies depend on the free flow of data to run operations on a global basis.  Increasingly, however, foreign countries are requiring U.S. companies to “localize” data infrastructure, including storing data within a country and establishing costly in-country servers and data centers.  These types of requirements not only impair the competitiveness of U.S. companies but also reduce overall data security and create inefficiencies.

Omission of these disciplines in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a missed opportunity to ensure that all U.S. companies benefit from strong rules prohibiting localization requirements.  We note that such disciplines can be included in trade agreements while maintaining the ability of U.S. regulators to protect consumers through prudential regulation.

Therefore, we request that your agencies use all available measures to address the existing gaps in the TPP. In addition, going forward, we request that there be a single approach that prohibits localization requirements in future trade and investment agreements, including the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the U.S. China Bilateral Investment Treaty, and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). We look forward to your immediate engagement to address these issues.

A copy of the letter can be viewed here.

 

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Kelly, Black, Hatch, and Lankford Announce Amicus Brief in Support of Nonprofits’ Challenge to HHS Mandate

2016/01/11

More than 200 Members of Congress stand with Little Sisters of the Poor in religious liberty dispute

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA-03), Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Senator James Lankford (R-OK) announced the submission of a bipartisan amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court and signed by 207 members of the House and Senate in support of the religious nonprofits and charities challenging Obamacare’s Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate, including Little Sisters of the Poor. The nonprofits’ challenge will be heard this year in the case of Zubik vs. Burwell.

The amicus brief argues that religious freedom is a fundamental guarantee of the United States Constitution and, more recently, of the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, noting that “Despite RFRA’s command that the religious beliefs of all individuals and organizations be accorded the same deference, HHS has given the religious liberties of religious non-profits second-tier status.”

Kelly, Black, Hatch, and Lankford released the following statements:

“The HHS mandate remains a hideous component of a disastrous law that puts government’s power over people’s rights. It puts this administration on the wrong side of our nation’s long and cherished history of religious liberty and tolerance—and deserves to be defeated. With this amicus brief, my colleagues and I stand side by side with the Little Sisters of the Poor and all those whose First Amendment rights have been trampled under this president’s agenda. I expect the Supreme Court to ultimately free these heroic nuns from the mandate’s oppressive penalties and allow them to continue serving a country where religious freedom is not just settled but celebrated. No government program or politician must ever be permitted to punish American citizens for peacefully following their faith—period,” said Congressman Mike Kelly.

“It is hard to imagine what could possibly be more pure or worthwhile than the ministry of Little Sisters of the Poor and the other religious nonprofits represented in this case. We should be praising their work, not punishing it. Sadly, that is exactly what Obamacare’s coercive HHS mandate will do. The law sets up an impossible choice for these organizations: deny their deeply held beliefs and provide coverage for drugs they deem to be morally objectionable, or face crippling financial penalties from the federal government. This is a pivotal moment for religious freedom and I am honored to lend my voice and my prayers to the growing chorus calling on the Supreme Court to rectify this crisis and protect these time-honored rights from government attack when this case is heard later this year,” said Congressman Diane Black.

“Religious freedom is a fundamental right that government must respect and accommodate,” said Senator Orrin Hatch, a coauthor of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. “Threatening draconian fines if religious organizations are unwilling to violate their faith clearly violates federal law.”

“This bipartisan amicus brief articulates the great concern that many Americans have about our First Amendment right of the free exercise of religion. The case exposes the Obama administration’s focus on freedom of worship as our primary religious right, instead of our freedom of religion, which includes our everyday lives. Colleges, universities and nonprofits should never be placed in a position where they have to violate their faith to please the government. The question before the Supreme Court should never have reached this level, but it is important for the future of our liberty that the Court now rule in favor of religious freedom,” said Senator James Lankford.

NOTE: The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, cited in this amicus brief, was passed unanimously in the House of Representatives, passed by a vote of 97 – 3 in the Senate, and was signed into law on November 16, 1993 by President Bill Clinton.

 

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Rep. Mike Kelly Confronts Treasury Secretary Over Pres. Obama's New Budget

2016-02-12 03:41:40


Rep. Mike Kelly Calls for Passage of Debt Accountability Bill on House Floor

2016-02-10 19:49:27


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

2016-01-21 20:13:01


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


Rep. Mike Kelly Condemns Iran Deal on 14th Anniversary of 9/11

2015-09-11 15:52:05


Rep. Mike Kelly Condemns Pres. Obama's Iran Deal on House Floor

2015-09-10 17:51:54


Rep. Mike Kelly Condemns Obama's Iran Deal at Capitol Hill Rally

2015-09-09 20:35:14


WH claims IRS has nothing to do with tax-exempt Planned Parenthood!

2015-07-29 18:43:09


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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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