WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) issued the following statement upon the passage of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, historic legislation to reform the American tax code:
“Today the House of Representatives passed long overdue and sorely need tax reform legislation which will lead to families in Tennessee keeping more of their hard earned paychecks,” said Fleischmann. “For example, a typical middle-income family in Tennessee will receive up to a $1,951 increase in income. Second, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act establishes a new Family Credit that includes increasing the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $1,600. As a father of three, I know that raising a family can be expensive, and it is time we have a tax code that works with, not against, families.
Tennessee is home to over 500,000 small businesses as well as international employers like Volkswagen, all of which will benefit from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Currently, our corporate tax rate is 35%, the highest in the industrialized world. The plan prosed today will reduce the corporate rate to 20% and the small business rate to 25%. The result of this business-centered tax reform will create thousands of jobs and make America more competitive on a global scale. That means more Tennesseans at work and a more prosperous Volunteer State.”
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed the House with a vote of 227 to 205.
*Data provided by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.Read More
Living in the United States, we have many things to be proud of, but first and foremost are the freedoms we enjoy daily. The foundational liberties laid out in the Constitution and Bill of Rights are what makes our country so great. Today, we honor the men and women who donned our country’s uniform and risked their lives to defend those freedoms, to protect our communities, and safeguard the promise of a brighter tomorrow. Today I am especially proud to represent a state with such a rich history of respect for and service to our country.
Beginning with the War of 1812, thousands of Tennessee soldiers volunteered to defend our country and fight for freedom. During the Mexican-American War, Tennesseans once again showed their dedication to our nation far surpassing then-Governor Aaron Brown’s request for 2,600 volunteers as 30,000 Tennesseans responded to the call of duty. Throughout history, such repeated actions earned Tennessee the slogan: ‘the Volunteer State’. To every Volunteer past and present, who inspire the volunteers of the future, thank you for your service to our great nation, and Happy Veterans Day.
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) released the following statement upon the release of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:
“House Republicans have advocated for a fairer, simpler tax code, and today’s release of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act marks a major milestone in delivering on that promise. This plan greatly simplifies our tax code and will ensure hardworking Tennesseans keep more money in their pockets. Additionally, this plan finally addresses the burdensome taxes on our businesses that have stifled growth and led to more and more of our jobs being shipped overseas. This plan will dramatically decrease both the corporate and small business tax rates, allowing for more competition, economic growth, and job creation. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act presents a tax plan that works for, not against, American families and businesses.”
If you would like to read the plan and learn more about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, please click here.
Washington, D.C.— Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) released the following statement on passage of H.R. 1698, the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act:
“It is clear Iran is a belligerent actor in global politics seeking to destabilize the region for their own power and advance their perverse ideology. They are the world’s leading supporter of terrorism and their rhetoric toward their neighbor, Israel, and the United States remains hostile. Iran continues to conduct ballistic missile tests with no regard to binding resolutions from the United Nations Security Council. These tests and their unwavering support of fundamentalist militias show they have no interest in being a productive member of the international community.
I stand with the people of Israel, and was proud to support non-nuclear sanctions, stop the funding of terrorist activities, and condemn Iran.”
H.R. 1698 will implement non-nuclear proliferation sanctions and broaden efforts to penalize any foreign entity that seeks to provide financial or material assistance to Iran’s ballistic missile program. The President will report to Congress to determine if the party in question is providing support to Iran’s ballistic missile program. According to the 2016 Worldwide Threat Assessment, Tehran would use ballistic missiles as its preferred method of delivering nuclear weapons. Congressman Fleischmann was a cosponsor of the legislation.
Washington, D.C.— Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s declaration of opioid abuse as a public health emergency:
“Today, President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, bringing badly needed additional federal resources to combat a crisis that has had a dire effect on Tennessee. In 2016 alone, over 1,186 Tennesseans lost their lives to opioid overdose. To put that in perspective, that is 18 out of every 100,000 people.
The announcement of this public health emergency will authorize the Department of Health and Human Services to direct public health funds to address opioid abuse, provide increased training for federally employed prescribers, and provide regulatory flexibility to responding agencies. Additionally, President Trump announced support for an initiative I have long been championing in Congress, efforts by the National Institute of Health to find non-addictive pain treatment alternatives.
I support the President’s call to action on this issue and want to thank him for his commitment in the long and arduous fight to end this horrible epidemic.”
By: Mrs. Brenda Fleischmann
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
Myth and Fact Check
My husband and I recently had the privilege of participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I listened as my husband told the audience about how his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was nine and how she died from the disease when he was fourteen. As a child, my husband didn’t understand what breast cancer was. Unfortunately, he did understand what it was like to lose his mother.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a great time to refresh your knowledge of the disease. As more research is done and advancements are made, it can be difficult to determine the latest and most trusted information on breast cancer. Please take the time to learn some common myths and facts about the disease, and share these with your mother, your daughters, your friends, and the other women in your life.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women: Fact.
In the United States, an estimated 252,710 women (and 2,470 men) are expected to be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2017. In the state of Tennessee alone, an estimated 5,510 women will be diagnosed and 920 will die of the disease. The positive news is that if breast cancer is diagnosed and treated early, the five-year survival rate is nearly 99 percent.
If your mother did not have breast cancer, you are not at risk: Myth.
Although a family history of the disease does increase your risk, anyone can develop breast cancer. In fact, some women who are diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease. Regardless, it is important to know your family history and talk to a health care professional about your risk to determine when and how often you should get screened.
Obesity can increase your likelihood of developing breast cancer: Fact.
Studies show that obesity increases the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer, possibly due to high estrogen levels found in fat tissue. Exercising regularly and eating a nutritious diet can help you maintain a healthy weight.
Antiperspirants and deodorants cause breast cancer: Myth.
No clear scientific evidence has been found to support this claim.
The more you know about breast cancer, the more you can do to reduce your risk of the disease. To learn more about risk factors, symptoms, and screening for breast cancer, visit www.preventcancer.org/breastcancer.
Brenda Fleischmann is a member of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program, and the spouse of U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann. Statistics are provided by the American Cancer Society.Read More
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) issued the following statement in response to the House passage of H.Res. 569, to provide additional funding for disaster relief and recovery efforts:
“In recent months, wildfires and hurricanes have wreaked havoc on America. Today, the House passed an additional $36.5 billion in emergency supplemental funding to combat the wildfires plaguing California, aid the residents of Puerto Rico, and help families continue to recover from the damage and destruction of hurricane-related flooding.
Americans are continuing to rebuild their lives, and they still need our help. Today marked another step toward recovery,” Fleischmann said. “I stand with every family that has felt ramifications from the disasters in recent months, and I promise to continue to work with my colleagues in the House to provide the necessary funding.”
The funding includes:
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) introduced the bipartisan Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act (H.R. 378). The bill, co-sponsored by fellow Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-05), will enhance the existing program for federal employees who identify frivolous spending of taxpayer dollars by doubling the previous maximum bonus.
“Good deeds deserve to be rewarded, and that is the purpose of my bill. Federal agencies exhibit a common trend of wasteful spending as the end of a fiscal year approaches. This bill is designed to stop this trend and benefit deserving employees. This legislation is structured after the private sector model where employees receive a reward for identifying unnecessary spending, therefore saving the organization, and in this case the federal government, money.”
“Most importantly, my bill gives people the power to act as administrative agents of their own taxpayer dollars,” said Fleischmann. “This ensures taxpayer dollars are spent wisely while simultaneously motivating employee attention toward spending abuse and fraud.”
“I hate government waste, and all it takes is commonsense ideas like this to help root it out,” Rep. Cooper said. “I have always believed in pay for performance. If federal employees step up and help us save money, why not reward them for their good work?”
H.R. 378 passed the House with a voice vote.
Oak Ridge, TN— This morning, Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03), member of the House Appropriations Committee, welcomed Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Mac Thornberry (TX-13), to Oak Ridge, Tennessee to visit Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
“I am thrilled Chairman Thornberry was able to join me this morning,” Fleischmann said. “I have always been incredibly proud of the work done by both Y-12 and Oak Ridge and their contributions to our nation. Y-12’s dedication to the fulfillment of our national security mission is unique and produces extraordinary results. The cutting-edge technology pioneered at Oak Ridge allows our nation to continue to lead the world in scientific developments. Chairman Thornberry is extremely knowledgeable and I appreciate his insight and willingness to continue our work together.”
Congressman Fleischmann and Chairman Thornberry toured Y-12 to view the initial construction of the new Uranium Processing Facility (UPF), which will offer a more modern, efficient replacement to a previously used facility.
Shortly after, they visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory where the Congressman and Chairman had a firsthand opportunity to view the laboratory’s work leading the nation in supercomputing technology.
“I appreciate Congressman Fleischmann’s invitation to visit the Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory,” said Chairman Thornberry. “Chuck has been a strong advocate for the innovative technology and science that has been produced in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Scientific development, like what I have seen here, is extremely important to our national security. The cooperative efforts of the facilities we toured, and the rest of the nuclear enterprise, provide invaluable contributions to our national defense missions.”
“Today, the House passed a conservative budget that will open the door to massive relief for families in Tennessee struggling with the broken tax code while also addressing the status quo of wasteful deficit spending. We can no longer accept that over 60 percent of federal spending is being funneled into mandatory spending programs. This budget is balanced, fair, and benefits East Tennessee, and I was proud to give it my support.”
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Congressman Chuck Fleischmann is a conservative Republican who represents the 3rd District of Tennessee. The District is made-up of 11 counties: Anderson, Bradley, Campbell, Hamilton, McMinn, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Roane, Scott and Union.
Chuck received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Illinois. He received both Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude honors. He then went to the University of Tennessee law school where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence.
For 24 years Chuck and his wife ran a small business together in Chattanooga after they both graduated from law school at the University of Tennessee.
Chuck has served on the board of the National Craniofacial Association and on the board of the Cherokee Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. He served as the president of the Chattanooga Bar Association and chairman of the Chattanooga Lawyers Pro Bono Committee.
During his first two years in Congress, Chuck voted to repeal Obamacare, cut $1.6 trillion from the federal budget and has a 100% pro-life and 2nd amendment voting record.
Chuck serves on the Appropriations Committee which is vitally important to the residents of the 3rd District.
Chuck and his wife, Brenda, live in Ooltewah, Tennessee with their 3 boys: Chuckie, Jamie and Jeffrey.
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