WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after the House passed the Conscience Protection Act, legislation he introduced and worked on since 2011.
“Passage of the Conscience Protection Act, H.R. 4828 and S.304, was a victory for pro-life doctors and nurses, and affirms the decisions of hospitals, insurance providers and plans that decline to facilitate or participate in abortion. Even more than that, my bill today provides a strong protection for the medical profession: the federal government must respect your choice not to participate in the destruction of human life. Physicians should never be threatened with the loss of a job or their license for choosing not to dismember, poison, or destroy human life. I am very delighted to see my bill receive bi-partisan support.
“The immediate need for my legislation became more evident under the Obama administration. There is a growing list of health care providers, churches and religious organizations that are being coerced by state governments into covering abortion through their health plans. Without the Conscience Protection Act, there is no reprieve against this discrimination. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the sole federal agency tasked with investigating these instances of abortion coercion, has turned a deaf ear to the ongoing discrimination. The CPA prevents abortion coercion of doctors and nurses, and assures a private right of action - a day in court - so that the medical community isn’t subject to the whims of HHS."
The bill codifies the Weldon Amendment and provides a right of action for any infringement that might occur.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after introducing a resolution to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
“Americans are sick and tired of the lack of accountability after clear malfeasance by government officials. This is part of a string of cover-ups, including Secretary Clinton’s emails and Fast and Furious. In this case the IRS commissioner presided over the erasing of 24,000 of Lois Lerner's emails after they had been subpoenaed by Congress. He deliberately kept Congress and the American people in the dark, making materially false statements under oath. Koskinen needs to be held accountable and in this case that means impeachment. We can no longer wait.”
“I anticipate that H.R. 4828 will come to the floor this week using a Senate bill as its vehicle so that the Senate can give it its quick attention. My bill has 85 co-sponsors and I have introduced the bill every Congress since 2011. Speaker Ryan has shown great leadership in making this a priority for this Congress and I thank him for his commitment on this important issue.
“I was pleased to meet the witnesses following last week’s Energy and Commerce forum on H.R. 4828 and conscience protection. The panel of physicians, nurses, and pastors along with the original amendment author, Congressman Dave Weldon M.D., presented personal testimony on the present day need to preserve the rights of health care providers to practice medicine according to the dictates of their conscience, and for churches to be able purchase health care plans absent abortion. Medical experts, in particular, are facing a real life crisis. The government is pushing harder and harder to replace expert medical opinion, experience, and choice with bureaucratic decisions and coercive abortion practices.
"I’ve been a family physician for over 30 years and can tell you that those in the medical field are some of the most dedicated and caring individuals out there. The government has zero business forcing these men and women to participate – in any way – in an abortion.”
H.R. 4828 codifies the ‘Weldon Amendment’ which has passed every year since 2004. The bill enjoys strong support from groups like the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Catholic Medical Association; American College of Pediatricians; American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Susan B. Anthony List; Family Research Council; The National Association of Catholic Nurses; National Right to Life Committee; and the American Academy of Fertility Care Professionals. Please see this letter of support for additional coalitions.
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after five police officers were killed in a protest in Dallas last night and seven others injured.
“The ambush of police officers in Dallas should direct our attention to what the Dallas Police Chief David Brown said this morning, ‘We don’t feel much support most days. Let’s not make today most days.’
“Too many of our elected officials have had a hand in fostering this sentiment and allowing undercurrents to exist. Seeking justice is always our goal but we see many too willing to circumvent that. Seeking peace is another goal. I introduced H.Res 430, a Congressional resolution calling upon the President to declare a National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement. Unless we see leadership at the highest levels ready to defuse the violent rhetoric and seek peaceful dialogue, this trend will only continue. We owe our law enforcement officers the highest respect. Police work is a dangerous job to begin with, and as the Dallas Police Chief noted, getting more dangerous by the day. While we must condemn any misuse of their authority, let’s not forget that by far police are fulfilling their duty to protect and serve. Please join me in praying for the victim’s families today, and for protection and appreciation for the majority of men and women in law enforcement doing their job.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after Department of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced sweeping changes to military policy, including the payment for gender transition surgery.
“The Pentagon is continuing its radical experimentation with our men and women in uniform, pushing forward a social engineering venture without thought to the real world impact this policy change will have on military readiness. Instead of focusing on strengthening the military and ensuring the defense of our nation against foreign threats and even domestic terrorism, DOD is laser focused on a politically charged agenda.
“This Administration is more concerned with expeditiously modifying DOD transgender policy than with the defense of our nation. It’s time, Mr. President, that we got our priorities in order.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after introducing a bipartisan resolution, H. Res. 798, affirming the United States' vote against a World Health Assembly measure that singled out the State of Israel, ignoring both the mission of the World Health Assembly and dire health needs in the region.
“The World Health Assembly measure – advanced by the Arab Group and the Palestinian delegation – is a direct hit on the Jewish State and fails miserably at its stated goal of increased health access for the Palestinian people. No other resolutions were passed against any other country, and yet the World Health Assembly passed a resolution targeting Israel. Adding to the irony, despite Palestinian terrorist activities against Israel, the people of Israel remain steadfast in their support for treating Palestinian patients and training and equipping Palestinian health care professionals.
“This pattern of anti-Semitism is unacceptable. The World Health Assembly has missed their mark for several years in a row, diverting resources from global health crisis to stoke a deep-seated disdain for Israel. Congress stands united behind Israel and calls on the World Health Assembly to do the same.”
The resolution was introduced last week by Reps. Fleming (R-LA); Eliot Engel (D-NY), Co-Chair of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus; Brendan Boyle (D-PA); and Lee Zeldin (R-NY).Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas state statutes designed to protect women by requiring that abortion facilities meet certain health and safety standards.
“Once again this court has re-written a law to its own liking, creating one of most absurd conclusions ever ruled. In dissent, Justice Alito pointed out that in striking down the whole law to save the left’s abortion agenda, he points out basic common-sense being obliterated: ‘Provisions that are indisputably constitutional—for example, provisions that require facilities performing abortions to follow basic fire safety measures—are stricken from the books. There is no possible justification for this collateral damage.’ Such irrational thinking by the court’s left wing signals continued, possibly irreparable, erosion of our cultural norms.
“We’ve already seen what happens when these facilities are not held to the same health safety standards as any other health clinic – negligence, unsanitary conditions, and within the walls of Kermit Gosnell’s clinic – even murdering women along with their children. The abortion industry is out to make money, not protect women’s health. Like Dred, these type of decisions must be revisited.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after the UK voted in a referendum to leave the European Union.
“The British people sent a clear message that they are ready for a new start and ready to have more of a voice in how their nation is governed and economy run. I respect their decision and look forward to a strengthened relationship with our long-time ally. America should be among the first to to strike a trade deal with the United Kingdom. We should support our ally and renew the special relationship our countries have historically pursued.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after the Club for Growth presented him with the “Defender of Economic Freedom” Award for his voting record on economic freedom and limited government in 2015.
“I am honored to receive this award again, and this year, am the only one in the Louisiana delegation to do so. I’m proud to work for lower taxes and less government and promise to continue pushing back on an intrusive government because that’s when our economy thrives.
“Congratulations to Congressman Fleming for his consistent defense of economic freedom and pro-growth policies in Washington,” said Club for Growth President David McIntosh. “We need more people like Congressman Fleming standing up for liberty and opportunity in Washington. People deserve to know whether the voting records of their representatives in Washington match their rhetoric back home. Congressman Fleming has truly walked the talk and is fighting for Louisianan taxpayers.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after the Supreme Court upheld a Texas Court’s decision stating that the President’s executive action on illegal immigration is unlawful.
“The Supreme Court’s decision is one line that upholds the very well thought out and argued decision by US District Court Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, TX. What President Obama was trying to accomplish by granting illegal immigrants amnesty was flat-out illegal, and the nation’s highest court confirmed that today. I’ve been proud to support the House amicus briefs and the House of Representatives joining the suit against the Obama Administration. Again, it is Congress, not the President, that gets to decide our nation’s immigration policy. This is a win for the Constitution, Congress and the American people.
“Today’s tie vote is also a reminder that the next Supreme Court pick is going to be even more important. We must hold off on the President’s selection to ensure the Constitution continues to be protected.”Read More
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John Fleming grew up in a working class family in Mississippi. After his father suddenly died, John, as a teenager, took on added responsibility for his disabled mother and his younger siblings. He worked his way through college and attended medical school on a Navy scholarship. John served six years in the Navy as a Medical Officer
After his time in the U.S. Navy, John and his wife of 34 years, Cindy, settled in Minden, Louisiana. With a young family and no money in the bank, he started a medical practice that continues to serve the community today. He also began to build from scratch a group of non-medical small businesses that today provide hundreds of jobs in the region.
John was first elected to Congress in 2008, to represent Louisiana’s Fourth Congressional District. The district covers most of western Louisiana, stretching from Caddo and Bossier parishes east to Union, and south to Beauregard, and then east again to include parts of St. Landry parish. The district has abundant assets, including the agriculture, defense, and energy industries.
Fleming serves on two House committees – Armed Services – from which he focuses on the missions of Barksdale Air Force Base and Fort Polk’s Joint Readiness Training Center, and Natural Resources – from which he seeks to support the maximization of the Haynesville and Tuscaloosa Marine Shales, two sources of energy which have created tens of thousands of jobs for 4th District families.
John is focused on preserving the same freedoms that gave him the opportunity, as a young man from a working class family, to work for the American dream. He believes that the people he represents are best served when they are able to create their own success in an environment that embraces individual liberty and is not hampered by high taxes or unnecessary regulations. When government is efficient and accountable, the economy can grow and good jobs will be created.
Dr. Fleming was the Louisiana Family Doctor of the Year in 2007. He has worked in Congress for sensible health care reforms, and authored legislation urging all Members of Congress to participate in the same health care system that they create for the American people. He serves as Vice-Chairman of the GOP Doctors Caucus, a group that includes 14 physicians who work to develop patient-centered health care reforms. Dr. Fleming has also championed conscience protections for medical personnel who choose to not participate in abortion practices.
John Fleming’s primary goals are to uphold the U.S. Constitution and to be a servant leader to the people he represents. He’s been named a “Defender of Liberty” by the American Conservative Union, a “Congressional Sentinel” by Heritage Action for America, and a “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Business.
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Statement on resolution to impeach IRS Commissioner: https://t.co/ejSIbd4kSP
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My prayers are with family and friends who lost a loved one today in the targeted and cowardly killing of three police officers. The divisiveness
The 16th (out of 23) ObamaCare CO-OP has collapsed resulting in many more Americans LOSING their insurance. http://www.atr.org/illinois-obamacare-co-op-becomes-16th-collapse
Congressman Fleming and other conservatives go it alone. http://dailysignal.com/2016/07/16/house-conservatives-explain-latest-irs-chief-impeachment-push-leadership-has-been-too-timid-to-go-after-corruption/
Congressman Fleming takes the lead on the historic impeachment of the IRS Commissioner. http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/13/politics/john-koskinen-irs-impeach/