WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement in response to the passing of Shimon Peres, the former President and Prime Minister of Israel.
“It was with great sadness that I learned Shimon Peres passed away this week. During his nearly 60 years in public service, Mr. Peres held almost every position in Israel from Prime Minister to President. He was one of Israel’s founding fathers, and well respected across the globe. So respected that he even won the Novel Peace Prize in 1994 for his peace negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians. While we mourn his loss we will also remain grateful for the lasting contributions he made to Israel and the Middle East.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after the Judiciary Committee held a hearing today on the sanctuary city policy of New Orleans, LA.
“Louisiana AG Jeff Landry testified powerfully and effectively on behalf of our state. He advocated for the rule of law and against the Holder Justice Department conspiring with Mayor Landrieu to subvert our immigration laws and let illegal immigrants run free. Today’s hearing made it clear that President Obama and New Orleans mayor have a pro-illegal immigration agreement. The Mayor’s own representative at the hearing said, ‘our officers under this policy do not inquire about a person’s immigration status.’
“Louisiana is no stranger to tragedy resulting from illegal immigration. St. John the Baptist Parish Fire Chief Spencer Chauvin lost his life when he was struck by an illegal immigrant driving a bus for which he was not licensed from New Orleans to Baton Rouge.”
Congressman Fleming is a cosponsor of H.R. 3002, the Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Act, which would block all federal funding to cities that are out of compliance with reporting requirements to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
In addition, Congressman Fleming voted for:
· The King (R-IA) Amendment to H.R. 2578 to block State and Local Law Enforcement assistance to cities that are not in compliance with ICE reporting requirements, which passed the House on June 3, 2015 by a vote of 227-198.
· H.R. 3009, the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, which passed the House of Representatives on July 23, 2015 by a vote of 241-179.
· The Gosar (R-AZ) Amendment to H.R. 5485, to prohibit federal financial assistance to sanctuary cities, which passed the House on July 7, 2016 by a vote of 236-182.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after the House passed S. 2754 to name the U.S. Federal Court House in Shreveport after Tom Stagg, for his distinguished career as a federal judge for the Western District of Louisiana.
After high school, Judge Stagg valiantly served in WWII where he rose to the rank of Captain and earned the Combat Infantry Badge, a Bronze Star for Valor, a second Bronze star for meritorious service, and the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster. Following his service, Tom Stagg started his career as a jurist and then was nominated to serve as a federal judge for the Western District of Louisiana in 1974. He held the position of Chief Judge from 1984 to 1991, at which point he maintained a full caseload until his passing in 2015.
“A pillar within his occupation and the salt within his community, Judge Stagg’s life was an example to us all. He commanded respect whenever he entered a room and was well-known for his knowledge, efficiency, and attention to detail in each and every case before him. He was widely admired by his colleagues and it is more than fitting to honor Judge Stagg’s service by naming this court house—a court house which he helped design—after him.”
Rep. Fleming introduced companion legislation, H.R. 5011, in the House.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after the Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen where Commissioner Koskinen testified under oath.
“I’m glad that Commissioner Koskinen finally agreed to testify before the Judiciary Committee under oath, even though he continued to deny any conscious wrongdoing. While he admitted his previous statements under oath to Congress were incorrect, he claims he made them solely based on incorrect information provided by his subordinates.”
“As Chairman Jim Jordan pointed out, if any American being audited by the IRS lost their documents and destroyed the back-ups, they would never get away with it. However, Koskinen, Lerner and Clinton continue to get away with it. Yet again we see one set of rules for Americans and another set for high-level government officials. We also learned that during Koskinen’s tenure there were no consequences for any IRS employee in relation to the destruction of evidence under subpoena or misleading Congress with false statements while under oath.”
The hearing confirmed the following facts:
· There had been failures by the IRS under Koskinen’s watch with respect to retention and preservation of documents involving a crucial IRS misconduct;
· There were failures by the IRS to testify accurately under oath including the Commissioner himself;
· That it wasn’t accurate when Koskinen stated under oath that the IRS had “preserved every email.”
“I think Congress and the American people received confirmation that their instincts were correct. Koskinen should do the right thing and resign his office.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after the White House announced a 10-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Israel.
“Securing a U.S.-Israel MOU is a priority for both our countries. The United States is committed to our friend and ally, the State of Israel, and has vocally advocated for Israel maintaining its qualitative military advantage, and ensuring that Israel is able to defend herself against looming threats in the region. In fact, on Tuesday I voted in favor of a bipartisan resolution to expedite the MOU, knowing how critical this funding is for Israel and the stability of the region.
“Even so, it concerns me that the President has asked Israel to forgo funding that Congress may appropriate beyond the terms of this Memorandum. The MOU signals long-standing and ongoing cooperation between two democracies and should be the starting place Congress uses when assessing Israel’s defense needs and allocating federal dollars. Considering the President’s failed international policies and blatant concessions and side agreements in the Iranian nuclear deal fail, the President shouldn’t attempt to tie the hands of our strongest ally before Congress has completed its work."Read More
If this election cycle has taught us anything, it’s that the American people are sick and tired of what they see as a double standard: one set of rules for the powerful and politically connected, and another for ordinary Americans.
For years, the IRS abused its power to target groups based on their political views—a fundamental violation of American citizens’ First Amendment rights. To this date, no one has been held accountable.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was brought on to head the powerful agency in the wake of the Tea Party targeting scandal. President Obama said he was appointed to “restore the public trust.” In reality, he continued the pattern of stonewalling and obstruction.
With two congressional subpoenas and three preservation orders in place—under IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s watch—422 back-up tapes containing as many as 24,000 emails related to the investigation were erased by IRS employees in Martinsburg, West Virginia.
Further, in February 2014 the Commissioner’s counsel Kate Duval identified that there was a gap in Lois Lerner’s emails that she later found was a result of a hard drive “crash.” Mr. Koskinen was made aware of these missing emails that were pertinent to the investigation, yet rather than inform Congress, Koskinen withheld the information from Congress for several months.
Making matters worse, a Government Accountability (GAO) report confirmed in January of 2016, two years after John Koskinen assumed the role of Commissioner, that no protocols had been put in place to ensure the IRS no longer targets Americans. In fact, just last month a federal court ruling confirmed that the IRS is still engaging in unlawful political targeting.
The primary—perhaps the only—argument against the forcible firing of the IRS Commissioner is that it hasn’t been done before. To date, no agency head has been impeached by Congress. Despite the lack of precedent, it is clear Congress should be doing more to hold agencies accountable, not less.
In Federalist No. 65, Alexander Hamilton wrote that the power to impeach a civil servant exists to protect the public against “the abuse or violation of some public trust.” It is clear that at every turn, Koskinen chose to breach the public’s trust.
Like Eric Holder, Lois Lerner, and Hillary Clinton before him, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has thus far faced zero consequences for obstructing justice, lying to Congress while under oath, allowing evidence under subpoena to be destroyed, and failing to comply with multiple subpoenas and preservation orders.
What’s it going to take to get some accountability? It’s time for Congress to do our part to hold the IRS Commissioner to account.
To read the original article, click HERE.
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after the Judiciary Committee announced it would hold a formal impeachment hearing next Wednesday with IRS Commissioner John Koskinen under oath.
“I am glad to see that the resolution I filed has led to a formal impeachment hearing of John Koskinen. He needs to be put under oath and this never would have happened without our efforts to bring this issue to the forefront. We’ve pressured Leadership to move forward with regular order on this issue. However, if regular order is not followed through with we still reserve the right to bring up a privileged resolution again in November and go directly to a vote.
“The American people and those that were wrongly targeted by the IRS deserve answers and accountability. Hopefully we will get them through these hearings.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after calling up a privileged resolution to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
“For years the IRS has abused its power to target people based on their political views. Commissioner John Koskinen not only did nothing about it, but continued the trend of deception by deliberately keeping Congress and the American people in the dark. To date no one has been held accountable and no one will unless we move forward with a resolution to require a vote on his impeachment. Congress will vote in two days. Any motion to table or refer to a committee is meant to kill the impeachment and should be viewed as a vote against impeachment by that member. The Department of Justice won’t do its job so it’s essential Congress step in. It’s time for us to do our part to hold the IRS Commissioner accountable.”
To read current editorials supporting impeachment, click HERE.
Note: The impeachment process involves two steps: 1) the House passes articles of impeachment, and 2) the Senate conducts a trial to convict and possibly remove from office. The House Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing on the allegations on May 24, 2016, which Commissioner Koskinen declined to attend.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after sending a letter to the Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Thomas Perez requesting a delay in the DOL’s looming overtime rule for Louisiana businesses recovering from catastrophic flooding in 2016.
“Louisiana has been hit hard by two historic floods this year. These extreme floods have damaged more than 84,000 homes across the state, causing harm within a majority of parishes. The August floods affected at least one-fifth of the State’s businesses, disrupting a significant portion of Louisiana’s workforce. And, the numbers are still coming in. The Department of Labor’s overtime rule will double down on small businesses during this critical recovery phase.
“While I think that Secretary Perez must go back to the drawing board on the overtime rule and am fully supportive of stopping the overtime rule from being implemented at all, my letter specifically requests a one-year delay for all Louisiana parishes declared disaster areas in 2016.”
Senator Vitter, Senator Cassidy, Congressman Scalise, and Congressman Abraham joined Rep. Fleming in signing the letter. To read the full letter sent to Secretary Perez, click here.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on American soil, September 11, 2001.
“It’s been 15 years since we watched with horror as two planes crashed into the World Trade Center, a third into the Pentagon, and a fourth into a field in Pennsylvania. 9/11 is day none of us will ever forget, and it serves as a constant reminder that we must be unceasingly vigilant in the fight against terrorism, on our shores and around the world.
“We honor the memory of those who perished on 9/11 and remain alert to ensure that this tragic chapter in American history never happens again."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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Congrats to Caroline Fisher from Shreveport who was chosen as Caregiver of the Year by the @KidneyFund. Thank you for your service + heart!
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It was with great sadness that I learned Shimon Peres passed. He was one of Israel’s founding fathers, and well respected across the globe.
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House Passes Fleming Bill Honoring Shreveport Judge: https://t.co/0iHEq2D7pg
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"There's 1 set of rules for We the People & a different set if your name is Koskinen, Lerner, or Clinton." https://t.co/MuyrAYnuNd
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The American people demand accountability. It's time to remove the #IRS Commissioner for obstruction & breach of public trust.
It was with great sadness that I learned Shimon Peres passed away this week. During his nearly 60 years in public service, Mr. Peres held almost
The Judiciary Committee performed a valuable investigation into collusion in the Crescent City today. http://fleming.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394932
Liberal former Congressman, Barney Frank, admits to the substantial impact of the conservative Tea Party movement. Occupy Wall Street? Not really.
This week the House passed passed S. 2754 to name the U.S. Federal Court House in Shreveport after Tom Stagg, for his distinguished career as
Head of the IRS admits to his failings. http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/irs-impeachment-regret-hearing/2016/09/21/id/749418/