Rep. Kelly: “This is the right time to do the right thing!”
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 this morning in support of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), which was passed this afternoon by a vote of 227-205. Rep. Kelly’s full statement on the bill’s initial introduction can be read here. His full statement after the bill was marked-up by the Committee can be read here.
Highlights of Rep. Kelly’s floor speech:
“I hear the debate going back and forth and I would just encourage all of our members: you are going to have a choice today to take your voting card, and you’re going to put it in the voting machine, and you can push a green button that says ‘Go,’ putting this nation back on track, making America the greatest economic power in the world; or you can push a red button and say, ‘You know what? It’s just not something I can vote for today because it’s just not exactly what I want.”
“Next week, 50 million Americans will travel because … they want to come home for the holidays, they want to come home for Thanksgiving. This bill is a Thanksgiving bill. It’s a jobs bill, because what we’re telling corporate America is, ‘We want you to come home! Want to make this a more favorable environment for you to live, to work, to succeed.’ … When you tax people at the highest rate in the industrialized world, when you regulate people that puts them at an uncompetitive advantage on the shelf, they can’t exist. And so where do they go? They have to leave home to go overseas to find that answer.”
“Listen to these figures—these are not my figures by the way, this is the Tax Foundation: tax cuts for Americans at every economic level; [our bill] reduces taxes by almost $1,200 for every average-size middle-income American family; reduces taxes by almost $2,000 for every average-size middle-income family in Pennsylvania’s Third District; grows national GDP by 3.5 percent; increases American wages by 2.7 percent; increases after-tax incomes for every taxpayer by 3.8 percent in the long run; increases after-tax incomes for median families in Pennsylvania by over $2,300; and it creates almost 900,000 new American jobs, and it will create in my state of Pennsylvania over 36,000 new jobs.”
“This is a jobs bill. This is a revenue-raiser for us. This is about bringing people back home. This is about more take-home pay for every hardworking American guy and gal who’s out there who gets up every day to do one thing and that is to protect their families and work in the best interest of their country.”
“I’m just asking you today to look at this [voting] card and know that you have within the power of your vote to unleash the greatest economy in the world; to unshackle it from the tax code that makes it impossible to compete globally, that overregulates it, and forces it offshore and then blames [companies] for leaving.”
“So I ask my friends on both sides of the aisle: let’s do what’s right for America. If it’s right for America, then it’s right for Republicans, its right for Democrats, it’s right for independents, it’s right for libertarians. It’s right for America! This is the right time to do the right thing! My friends, we cannot stay where we are. A stand pat hand is not a winning hand. [We have] the ability to move forward, the ability to absolutely not just participate in a global economy but dominate a global economy, and give every single American the faith in the future and restore the faith they need to have in this body that we are doing the best thing in their interest every day single day that we come here.”
ICYMI: A compilation of Rep. Kelly’s recent national TV appearances in support of pro-growth tax reform can be found here.
Rep. Kelly with Speaker Paul Ryan, House Republican Leadership, and fellow members of the Ways & Means Committee after the historic House passage of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today after the conclusion of the full committee’s four-day mark-up hearing to approve the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1, along with the Chairman’s Amendment to H.R. 1) and advance it to consideration by the House of Representatives. Rep. Kelly’s full statement on the bill’s initial introduction can be read here.
“I am very proud that our committee has approved this historic tax relief bill for American families. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will lower taxes, increase take-home pay, and expand the economy for middle- and lower-income Americans all over our country. It will level the playing field for American companies to grow, hire, and be globally competitive. It will boost our GDP by 3.9 percent and create almost 1 million new American jobs, including nearly 40,000 jobs in Pennsylvania. For families in Pennsylvania’s Third District specifically, it will reduce taxes by approximately $2,000 and increase after-tax income by almost $2,700. I look forward to continuing the process of turning these wins into a reality for the American people.
“I once again thank Chairman Brady for agreeing to restore the Adoption Tax Credit to this legislation and, by doing so, ensuring that our committee, our bill, and this Congress stand firmly in support of all children, the families who love them, and a strong culture of life.”
Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX):
“First, among other important improvements, this amendment will preserve the adoption tax credit. Now, I know Americans who adopt are not doing this for the tax benefit – they’re doing it because they want to provide a safe and loving home for a child. I know from personal experience that the adoption process can be expensive and time consuming, and ultimately, so rewarding. And I know the adoption tax credit is important to many Members of our Committee, Republicans and Democrats – and we’ve had very thoughtful discussions about it over the past few days. So, with this amendment, we’re proposing to preserve this credit – a priority led by Ms. Black, Mr. Kelly, and so many others. This will ensure that parents can continue to receive additional tax relief as they open their hearts and their homes to an adopted child.”
National Council For Adoption President Chuck Johnson:
“National Council For Adoption thanks the House of Representatives for preserving the adoption tax credit in the Chairman’s markup of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and we ask Congress to continue to fight for its preservation throughout the tax reform process. We are especially grateful to Congressman Kelly, who has been a true champion for this cause, taking a firm stand for children and families and insisting that the adoption tax credit remain a national priority. With 75,000 children adopted in 2014 by non-relative American parents and thousands more kinship adoptions, we know that the tax credit makes a huge, tangible difference, particularly for children in foster care.”
Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser:
“Over the last week our pro-life allies including Reps. Trent Franks, Diane Black, Mike Kelly, and Chris Smith worked diligently to restore the Adoption Tax Credit to the GOP tax reform bill. We thank them for their efforts and we thank Chairman Brady for making the critical motion to restore it. This important pro-life tax credit costs the government relatively little, but by reducing the steep expenses of adoption, it makes all the difference to tens of thousands of families each year who open their homes and hearts to children in need. The amended bill gives these families the support they deserve in making the courageous, loving decision to adopt.”
March for Life President Jeanne Mancini:
“The adoption tax credit has helped so many families and saved so many lives – and needs to be safeguarded. The March for Life would like to thank Rep. Kevin Brady, Rep. Diane Black, Rep. Mike Kelly, and House Leadership for offering this amendment and working to promote life through the restoration of the adoption tax credit.”
Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission Executive Vice President Phillip Bethancourt:
“Thanks to the @RepKevinBrady's amendment, the Adoption Tax Credit is fully restored! We’re grateful for the leadership of @RepKevinBrady, @RepDianeBlack, @MikeKellyPA, @RepTrentFranks, and our fellow pro-life partner organizations.”
Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), co-chair of the Pro-Life Caucus, the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Caucus, the Congressional Foster Youth Caucus, and the Congressional Caucus on Adoption:
“The Republican Party has been and always will be the party of life. Adoption, not abortion, has long since been one of the most noble mantras of the party of Lincoln. Chairman Kevin Brady and Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rogers, as well as Rep. Diane Black and Rep. Mike Kelly, should be effusively praised for ensuring the Adoption Tax Credit remains in the House Republican Tax Reform bill. … The Adoption Tax Credit has enormous symbolic, practical and humanitarian meaning and purpose, and I am deeply grateful that it’s been preserved in the tax plan and for all of those who acted to preserve it.”
ICYMI: Videos of Rep. Kelly’s remarks at this week’s mark-up hearing regarding the Adoption Tax Credit can be viewed here and here. A compilation of Rep. Kelly’s recent national TV appearances in support of tax reform can be found here.
First tax reform bill in 31 years lowers taxes for middle- & lower-income Americans, levels playing field for American businesses to compete globally & create more jobs
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today regarding the introduction of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) in the House of Representatives by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX). The legislation would reform the federal tax code for the first time since 1986. Rep. Kelly’s full statement on the bill’s initial framework can be read here.
“This is a great day for America. After more than 40 public hearings under three different chairmen over nearly seven years, the Ways and Means Committee has produced the most monumental tax cut bill in a generation. This historic legislation means more take-home pay for every single hardworking American so that he and she can keep more of their hard-earned money to spend as they choose instead of shipping it off to the federal government. It also means that American companies will no longer have to pay the highest taxes in the industrialized world. By sensibly lowering the corporate tax rate, our nation’s businesses can create more jobs, bring old jobs back, keep more jobs here, and fairly compete in the global marketplace. The process of turning this far-reaching bill into law is just beginning—there is still much work ahead. At the end of the day, our goal will be the same: more money in every taxpayers’ pocket, a stronger economy, and a tax code that makes sense again.”
For individuals and families, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:
For job creators of all sizes, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) will be hosting a toll-free telephone town hall meeting this Thursday evening for constituents of the Third District to ask questions and receive answers about the Medicare Open Enrollment Period for 2018. The call will feature expert guidance from special guests at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Social Security Administration (SSA), and APPRISE.
WHAT: A free tele-town hall hosted by Rep. Kelly to discuss Medicare enrollment issues
WHO: Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03)
With special guests:
- Sharon Graham – Congressional Liaison, CMS
- Monique Scott – External Affairs, CMS
- Phuong Tong – External Affairs, CMS
- Kathy Fetterolf – Manager, Customer Relations, CMS
- John Johnston – Public Affairs Specialist, SSA
- Darlene Sampson – APPRISE
- Jessica Lippert – APPRISE
- Lynne Tierney – Medicare A/B
WHEN: Thursday, November 2, 2017
TIME: 7:10 PM – 8:10 PM
CALL-IN INFORMATION: To participate, dial 877-228-2184 and enter event ID 19013 at the time of the event.
WASHINGTON — A new study released today by the Beacon Hill Institute for Public Policy Research determined that bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – the Public Buildings Renewal Act (H.R. 960) – would create 32,400 jobs in America and increase real GDP by $8.06 billion.
According to the Beacon Hill Institute, “The economic and fiscal benefits of the proposed Public Buildings Renewal Act (PBRA) could save taxpayers billions while adding billions more to the economy if Congress decides to unlock the proven benefits of Private Activity Bonds for government buildings. That’s the bottom line of a new study released today from The Beacon Hill Institute (BHI) for Public Policy, which conducted an exhaustive economic analysis of the short- and long-term benefits of P3s for addressing an increasingly challenging public policy issue facing state and local governments.”
Statement by Rep. Kelly:
“This new study confirms what so many have been saying all along: the Public Buildings Renewal Act is a win-win-win for American infrastructure, jobs, and taxpayers. I expect many more members of Congress to see this report and join the bipartisan effort to unleash the power of Private Activity Bonds to help solve our nation’s public infrastructure crisis. We have a real chance to repair countless schools, hospitals, courthouses, and more, while reviving our local economies. We can’t afford to let this opportunity slip away.”
David Tuerck, PhD., President of BHI and Professor of Economics at Suffolk University:
“Private Activity Bonds for buildings are a triple win for governments, taxpayers, and the economy. Our findings show that, in the short run, every dollar of new infrastructure investment made possible by the PBRA will add $2.80 to the U.S. economy. At the same time, taxpayers save nearly 25 percent over the life of these projects compared to traditional building methods, while these projects are delivered on time with guaranteed long-term performance.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today regarding the announcement of a new strategy by President Donald J. Trump for countering the threat posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
"I strongly support President Trump's new strategy against the Iranian threat and his decision to disavow the failed Iran nuclear deal. Back when this deal was first proposed in 2015, I called it 'a dangerous mistake of potentially historic proportions.' A year later, on its first anniversary, I said there was 'nothing to celebrate—unless you're Iran' and that 'only a new president unafraid to stand down our enemies can undo this deal and reassert America’s position of strength.' I stand by every word of warning I delivered at that time, and today I applaud President Trump for keeping his promise and standing up for our country's security and that of the free world."
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today regarding the announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of two companion interim final rules pertaining to the future of the preventive services mandate (“contraceptive mandate”) under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The rules would provide clear exemptions for employers, religious groups, and, in certain cases, individuals who do not wish to cover contraceptive services or abortifacients based on religious or moral objections.
“Today is a victorious day for religious liberty, common sense, and basic fairness. Five years ago the Obama administration deliberately broke from precedent and needlessly launched a divisive assault on the long-protected conscience rights of Americans. The HHS mandate was a radical and intolerant act that put government’s power over people’s rights. It forced innocent organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor – a group of Catholic nuns devoted to helping the elderly poor – to defend themselves in court. Thanks to today’s announcement by the Trump administration, a promise has been kept, normalcy has been restored, and peace of mind has been returned to millions of Americans who can once again carry out their business in a country where religious freedom is not just settled but celebrated. I look forward to the Little Sisters and others receiving final relief in court as my congressional colleagues and I do everything possible to secure their rights and prevent them from being undermined by any law or policy.”
BACKGROUND: On January 11, 2016, Rep. Kelly joined Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Senator James Lankford (R-OK) in submitting a bipartisan amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court (signed by 207 members of the House and Senate) in support of the religious nonprofits and charities challenging Obamacare’s HHS mandate, including the Little Sisters of the Poor. On May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court unanimously vacated the lower court rulings against the Little Sisters, accepting the federal government’s admission that it could meet the goals of the HHS mandate without involving the Little Sisters or using their plan.
NOTE: Key facts about today’s interim final rules, courtesy of HHS:
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) delivered remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives today in support of H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (also known as “Micah’s Law”), which will ban almost all abortions from being performed beyond the 20th week of a pregnancy, when the unborn child is able to feel pain, with an exception for instances of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at stake. The legislation, of which Rep. Kelly is a co-sponsor, is expected to be passed by the House this evening.
Excerpt of Rep. Kelly’s floor speech:
“I would like you to consider today’s legislation…as we are ‘first responders.’ … There is no other nation in the world like the American people who respond when other people are in trouble, when they are suffering, when they are in pain, when their lives are in danger. And yet we turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to what we are doing to these children. These are little boys and little girls waiting to be born. If we do not stand for them, then who will stand for them? If we are not the first responders, then who will be the first responders? [Let us] go beyond the hypocrisy of a political statement and go about the reason we’re here: it’s the People’s House because we defend those people. Let us be the first responders when it comes to pain and suffering. Let us pass this bill and stop this inhuman activity that we’re doing.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today regarding the unveiling of the unified framework for “pro-American, fiscally-responsible tax reform” by the Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Trump administration.
“Today is a day to celebrate. With this framework, pro-growth tax reform is no longer just a lofty ambition but a concrete plan that is closer to realization than at any point in over three decades. This is a total win for America in every measurable way. For hardworking families and individuals, this means more take-home pay. For American companies, it means no longer having to pay the world’s highest tax rate but, instead, being able to create new jobs, increase wages, and compete globally on a level playing field. For everyone, it means a much stronger American economy supported by a fairer, simpler, more understandable tax code.
“This is an economic growth plan. This is a jobs plan. This is a relief plan for hardworking Americans who are tired of forfeiting too much of their hard-earned paycheck to the government. The foundation of this framework is the mandate delivered loudly by the American people last year. They are sick and tired of a government that overtaxes them and an economy that underperforms for them. I hear it everywhere I travel throughout Western Pennsylvania. They want lower taxes, bigger paychecks, and more job opportunities in their communities. This historic tax cut plan is an answer to their rightful demands.
“I strongly commend President Trump for his leadership in this fight. As a fellow private sector businessman, he knows what so many Americans have long sensed: that our economy is falling behind, not because our people are working less hard – far from it – but because Washington is letting others take advantage of us. He knows we simply cannot dominate the global market by taxing our businesses more than anywhere else around the globe. This senseless assault on our own economy, on our own workers and families, will soon come to an end. By cutting and simplifying taxes for both workers and businesses, Americans will finally have more money and time back in their hands.”
Lowers Rates for Individuals and Families The framework shrinks the current seven tax brackets into three – 12%, 25% and 35% – with the potential for an additional top rate for the highest-income taxpayers to ensure that the wealthy do not contribute a lower share of taxes paid than they do today.
Doubles the Standard Deduction and Enhances the Child Tax Credit The framework roughly doubles the standard deduction so that typical middle-class families will keep more of their paycheck. It also significantly increases the Child Tax Credit.
Eliminates Loopholes for the Wealthy, Protects Bedrock Provisions for Middle Class To provide simplicity and fairness the framework eliminates many itemized deductions that are primarily used by the wealthy, but retains tax incentives for home mortgage interest and charitable contributions, as well as tax incentives for work, higher education, and retirement security.
Repeals the Death Tax and Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) The framework repeals the unfair Death Tax and substantially simplifies the tax code by repealing the existing individual AMT, which requires taxpayers to do their taxes twice.
Creates a New Lower Tax Rate and Structure for Small Businesses The framework limits the maximum tax rate for small and family-owned businesses to 25% - significantly lower than the top rate that these businesses pay today.
To Create Jobs and Promote Competitiveness, Lowers the Corporate Tax Rate So that America can compete on level playing field, the framework reduces the corporate tax rate to 20% – below the 22.5% average of the industrialized world.
To Boost the Economy, Allows “Expensing” of Capital Investments The framework allows, for at least five years, businesses to immediately write off (or “expense”) the cost of new investments, giving a much-needed lift to the economy.
Moves to an American Model for Competitiveness The framework ends the perverse incentive to offshore jobs and keep foreign profits overseas. It levels the playing field for American companies and workers.
Brings Profits Back Home The framework brings home profits by imposing a one-time, low tax rate on wealth that has already accumulated overseas so there is no tax incentive to keeping the money offshore.
Rep. Kelly joined other members of the Ways & Means Committee at the White House yesterday to personally discuss the details of the unified framework with President Trump
[Photo courtesy of the White House]
Rep. Kelly with local restaurant owners, including Brewerie owner Chris Sirianni (second from left), and John Longstreet of the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association (far right)
ERIE, PA — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) issued the following statement today after participating in a roundtable meeting with local restaurant owners at The Brewerie at Union Station hosted by the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association and the National Restaurant Association.
Statement by Rep. Kelly:
“I was very pleased to join the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association, the National Restaurant Association, and restaurant owners from throughout our district for a constructive conversation in Erie. I was able to hear directly from constituents about issues affecting their efforts to expand their businesses and create new jobs. The enactment of my Restaurant and Retail Jobs and Growth Act was a victory for these employers and all of their associates. Unsurprisingly, they all agreed that pro-growth tax relief that lowers rates and lets individuals keep more take-home pay will make their businesses even stronger. As the debate over tax reform continues, my focus will remain on doing what’s right for hardworking families and helping our local businesses grow and create opportunities in our community.”
John Longstreet, President & CEO, Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association:
“On behalf of the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association, we thank Congressman Kelly for speaking with local restaurateurs and hospitality business owners. Restaurant roundtables allow for direct dialogue with our congressional representatives on issues impacting our business operations on a daily basis.”
BACKGROUND: Rep. Kelly introduced the Restaurant and Retail Jobs and Growth Act (H.R. 765) on February 5, 2015. He authored a guest opinion piece for Roll Call on May 20, 2015, detailing the bipartisan bill’s benefits. The legislation was signed into law as part of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act (H.R. 2029) on December 17, 2015.
NOTE: Pennsylvania’s Third Congressional District is home to more than 1,200 eating and drinking establishments, employing 20,207 people throughout the District.
Rep. Kelly talks to local restaurant owners about federal policies that impact their businesses
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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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