WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today regarding the executive order signed by President Donald Trump this afternoon to eliminate overreaching federal regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Obama administration which put U.S. job creation and economic growth at risk.
“Today’s action by President Trump is a long-awaited victory for American jobs and livelihoods, and a promising sign for energy independence. The reckless war on coal carried out by the last administration is now over. No longer will a rigid ideology be put ahead of our nation’s workers and prosperity. Just as President Obama kept his promise to hurt coal and those who use it, President Trump is keeping his promise to put our economy first and I commend him for it.
“In Pennsylvania alone, coal is responsible for roughly 40,000 jobs and 40 percent of our electric power. The Associated Press rightly calls it ‘the workhorse of the US power system.’ For too long the federal government has cruelly disregarded the needs of workers, families, and seniors – in Western Pennsylvania and across America – who rely on coal's benefits and have felt the pain of the EPA’s costly overreach. Those days are thankfully over.
“I believe we can ensure clean air and clean water without leaving Americans jobless and our economy weaker. I agree with the White House that the best way to protect our environment is to have robust and dynamic economic growth. A safe environment and a strong economy should not be mutually exclusive. With today’s fresh start, both goals can be achieved.”
BACKGROUND: Over the last two congresses, Rep. Kelly was the original sponsor of the Coal Country Protection Act, which would have halted any new regulation or guidance by the EPA to limit carbon emissions from new or existing power plants until specific criteria were met. (Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was the original sponsor in the U.S. Senate.)
On August 4, 2014, Rep. Kelly authored a guest op-ed for The Wall Street Journal on the economic danger of the EPA's anti-coal regulations under President Obama titled, “Pushing Back Against Obama's War on Coal.”
On July 29, 2014, Rep. Kelly formally invited President Obama to visit a coal mine in Western Pennsylvania. The visit would have been personally arranged by Rep. Kelly and was designed to give the president an opportunity to meet the workers whose jobs were most directly threatened by the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
Rep. Kelly is a member of the Congressional Coal Caucus. On October 29, 2013, he delivered a memorable address at the National Mining Association’s “Rally for American Energy Jobs” on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol which can be viewed here.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today in appreciation of President Donald Trump signing into law H.R. 609, a bipartisan bill introduced by Rep. Kelly to designate the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care center in Center Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, as the “Abie Abraham VA Clinic.” The legislation – co-sponsored by all 18 members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation – was passed by the House of Representatives with unanimous support on February 13, 2017.
Statement by Rep. Kelly:
“Sgt. Abraham was an awe-inspiring American hero whose entire life personified bravery, selflessness, and resilience. His actions during World War II and his lifetime of service to his fellow veterans made him a giant among men and a true role model for every generation to follow. I couldn’t be more grateful to President Trump for signing my bill into law to help our community, and our country, eternally honor the legacy of this humble yet extraordinary patriot.”
Excerpt of H.R. 609:
Abie was stationed during World War II with the 18th Infantry in New York; 3 years with the 14th Infantry in Panama; 15th Infantry, unassigned in China, while the Panay was sunk; 30th Infantry in Presidio, San Francisco; and the 31st Infantry in Manila, Philippines, for 9 years.
During World War II, Abie fought, was captured, endured the Bataan Death March, and, as a prisoner of war for 3 1/2 years, was beaten, stabbed, and shot, and survived malaria and starvation to be rescued by the 6th Rangers.
Abraham stayed behind at the request of General Douglas MacArthur for 2 1/2 more years disinterring the bodies of his fallen comrades from the Bataan Death March and the prison camps, helping to identify their bodies and see that they were properly laid to rest.
After his promotion in 1945, Abie came back to the United States where he served as a recruiter, and then also served 2 years in Germany until his retirement with 30 years of service as a Master Sergeant.
Abie received numerous medals for his service, including the Purple Heart, and had several documentaries on the Discovery Channel and the History Channel.
Abie was also a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Purple Heart Combat/Infantry Organization, the American Ex-POWs, the Disabled American Veterans, and the American Defenders of Bataan.
Abraham was a volunteer at Veterans Affairs Butler Healthcare for 23 years from 1988 to 2011 and had 36,851 service hours caring for our veterans.
Abie Abraham, July 31, 1913 – March 22, 2012
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – participated in an exclusive interview with CBS News last week as an accompaniment to the recent CBSN Originals documentary, “America: Manufacturing Hope.”
Highlights from Rep. Kelly:
“I’m from the private sector, and while I spend part of my week in Washington, DC, I spend most of my week back in the district I represent. Donald Trump represented those types of Americans—it was just that simple. Not a political insider by any means, but a guy who appealed to especially working women and men, and I just could see it coming.”
“It all started off on [President Trump’s] first day in office. After his inauguration, he cut that parade short by half because he wanted to get to work, and he’s been working that way ever since that first day. A little past the first 30 days into his presidency, he’s already done things with regulations—dialing them back—that make it easier for especially people in manufacturing, people in the private sector, to look at the future and say, ‘Boy am I optimistic! This guy gets it, he knows what’s going on.’ And he said correctly, we’re going to do it quickly and we’re moving very quickly. He is America’s newest action figure. I guarantee you: nobody can match this guy for speed.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today regarding the conclusion of the full committee’s 18-hour mark-up hearing to approve the Ways and Means component of the American Health Care Act.
“After 18 straight hours of open deliberation, the Ways and Means Committee answered the American people’s call and that of President Trump and officially put the American Health Care Act on the path to becoming law. The end of Obamacare and the start of a better health care system began this morning and will continue until cost-lowering, patient-centered health care for every American is fully achieved. This is news of enormous relief for American workers, families, seniors, those who are sick and vulnerable, and those who give them medical care.
“This historic bill represents Phase One of the overall repeal and replace process; Phase Two will be the action that Secretary Price takes at the Health and Human Services Department, and Phase Three will come in the form of future patient-centered legislation that could not be included in the reconciliation process. With the leadership of President Trump, as well as the support of conservative policy champions like Vice President Pence and Secretary Price, my colleagues and I in Congress will fulfill our promise to relieve the nation of Obamacare while avoiding the mistakes of its disastrous creation. Through it all, we will guarantee that this delicate process remains honest, open, and transparent for the American people.”
NOTE: Read the full text of the American Health Care Act here.
The Ways and Means component of the bill accomplishes the following:
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement tonight in response to President Donald J. Trump’s address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress.
“Tonight we heard a proclamation of strength, confidence, and ambition in pursuit of a greater country and better future for every single American. It was one of the most positive and unifying addresses I have ever heard delivered at that podium, and I thank President Trump for coming to the People’s House to deliver it. His forward-looking message reaffirmed my belief that he has exactly the right vision at the right time to guide America in the right direction.
“The president’s words were effective precisely because they were underlined by a refreshingly honest assessment of the very real challenges we face and a clear-eyed view of the problems in our society that, frankly, have gone unanswered for too long. As the president said, ‘The time for small thinking is over.’ We as a government have major mountains to climb and great victories to achieve on behalf of the American people, and tonight, our president made clear that failure is not an option. We have an economy to grow, a military to rebuild, communities to make safe, enemies to eliminate, and an American Dream to rejuvenate. I look forward to all of the work ahead."
“I want to win and I want America to win again”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – appeared on Fox & Friends on Fox News Channel this morning to discuss the future of pro-growth tax reform, a top priority of the Trump administration and the Republican-led Congress.
Highlights from Rep. Kelly:
“We’re working on [tax reform]; Ways and Means has been working on it; Speaker Ryan has been working on it for quite some time; so we have a tax proposal out there, but like in 1986, when President Reagan led tax reform, the same thing’s going to happen now: it’s going to come from the White House. It’s going to be a combination of what Ways & Means can put together, what Congress can put together, and what the president wants to do to drive an America that not only participates but an America that dominates globally. There's no reason for America, with our assets, to be sitting here wondering, 'How are we going to get people back to work?’”
“I’m from an area where you’ve got to be able to walk and chew gum, or you shouldn’t be in leadership. This is a president who is very uncomfortable with failure and says, ‘I’m not going to tolerate that. I’m a private sector guy.’ So I want to win and I want America to win again. We can work on that and we’ll work very closely with the White House. We’re going to do things and work with our colleagues across the aisle because they’ve got to go home and face their voters the same as we do.”
“This is a president who’s going to get things done, and he’ll use whatever means within his power as the chief executive to do that. Is he going to have to push some people? Absolutely.”
“The biggest driver of our economy comes from the private sector. … We have people in the White House, we have people in all these chairmanships that are [working on tax reform]. We’ve got a great Congress now—we’re ready to work with this president and make America great again.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) will be hosting a toll-free telephone town hall meeting tonight for constituents of the Third District to ask questions and receive answers regarding current events and issues of general concern.
WHAT: A free tele-town hall hosted by Rep. Kelly to discuss general issues
WHO: Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03)
Residents of Pennsylvania’s Third Congressional District
WHEN: Monday, February 27, 2017
TIME: 7:15 – 8:15 PM
CALL-IN INFORMATION: To participate, dial 877-228-2184 and enter event ID 19013 at the time of the event.
Statement by Rep. Kelly:
“I look forward to engaging with the Third District during this interactive event and hearing their concerns about the important issues affecting our country. This completely free and accessible format will allow thousands of constituents to share their views and get answers without having to travel anywhere. By enabling callers to participate from their own home, we can ensure that the greatest number of constituents can easily join the discussion, especially busy parents and seniors. We will make sure every topic is covered and voices from each county are heard. We believe this format provides the most convenient overall service to constituents who wish to engage in a constructive community discussion with their representative, and we’re happy to host it on their behalf.”
The Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act encourages building reuse and redevelopment in small, midsize, and rural communities
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and Congressmen Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) have introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation (S. 425/H.R. 1158) that would encourage infrastructure development and job growth across the country by making common-sense changes and enhancements to the federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC). Projects that receive credits under the Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act help revitalize communities, encourage private investment, and create safer, more secure neighborhoods. The bill is cosponsored by Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in the Senate.
“We can create jobs by preserving the abundant history in Maryland and across America. Improving the Historic Tax Credit will save many historically significant buildings and homes nationwide while creating quality jobs, stimulating long-term economic growth and bringing life to forgotten neighborhoods,” said Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance Committee. “The Historic Tax Credit has created over 2 million jobs nationwide since 1978. By updating the program and expanding it to reach additional projects, especially in small and rural communities, we can create thousands of jobs renovating historic properties and working in many of the restored, modernized buildings. This is an infrastructure and jobs program that has a true multiplier effect, with creating positive benefits that ripple through local communities.”
“The Historic Tax Credit incentivizes the restoration and preservation of historic buildings. It is a proven tool for revitalizing communities and catalyzing economic development in Maine and across the nation. Since 2008, the Historic Tax Credit has leveraged approximately $350 million in private investment in Maine alone,” said Senator Collins. “Our bipartisan legislation will make the Historic Tax Credit easier to use, expanding its economic benefit and creating good-paying jobs for hardworking Americans.”
“From the Presque Isle Lighthouse in Erie to Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is blessed with an abundance of historic properties and places. Unfortunately, many of these properties are at risk due to severe neglect,” Congressman Kelly said. “This bipartisan bill will make important changes to the tax code to better facilitate the reuse of historic buildings. This is about preserving the Keystone State’s history and heritage as well as fostering the growth of local jobs, economic development, and private investment in Pennsylvania neighborhoods. It’s a win-win for Pennsylvania’s past, present, and future.”
“We’re witnessing a growing trend of urbanization around the country. The Historic Tax Credit is an important tool to guide this interest and investment, celebrating and preserving our cultural resources while creating jobs and adding value,” said Congressman Blumenauer. “Strengthening the Historic Tax Credit will expand opportunities to build livable and equitable communities.”
Congress created historic preservation tax benefits in 1976 to encourage voluntary, private-sector investment in preserving historic buildings. The program is jointly managed by the National Park Service (NPS) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in partnership with State Historic Preservation Offices. Since its creation, the HTC program has generated $78 billion in historic preservation activity to rehabilitate more than 41,250 historic properties, including the creation of over 525,000 housing units, of which approximately 150,000 are low and moderate-income units. Historic preservation programs have created more than 2.36 million jobs nationwide since 1978 (85,058 new jobs in FY 2015, the latest year for which data are available). A recent study by the National Trust for Historic Preservation estimates that every $1 of credits generates a minimum of $4 of private sector investment.
“The federal historic tax credit is the driving force behind rehabilitation projects that have given new life to historic buildings, created millions of jobs and attracted billions in private investment,” Stephanie K. Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, said. “We commend Sens. Collins and Cardin and Reps. Kelly and Blumenauer for their leadership in proposing sound improvements to the federal historic tax credit. Now, more libraries, theaters, town halls and other buildings can be restored to serve their communities in new ways. Tax reform aimed at growing the economy should enhance the historic tax credit.”
In Maryland, the federal HTC has supported hundreds of projects that have spurred economic growth in communities around the state, ranging from the development of a multicultural service center to affordable housing units for teachers and office space for non-profit educational organizations. In Maine, the federal HTC has supported numerous projects, from the renovation of the former Eastland hotel in Portland, to the redevelopment of the Moosehead Manufacturing Mill in Dover-Foxcroft.
The Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act makes changes to the HTC to further encourage building reuse and redevelopment in small, midsize, and rural communities. It also makes the rehabilitation of community projects like theaters, libraries, and schools easier while maximizing the impact of state historic tax credits. Finally, the bill would make more historic properties eligible to use the credit by updating program requirements to reflect current industry practices. These reforms would be the first major changes to the HTC since the Tax Reform Act of 1986.
Text of the bill can be found here. A section-by-section summary can be found below.
The Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act makes changes to the Historic Tax Credit to further encourage building reuse and redevelopment in small, midsize, and rural communities. It also makes the rehabilitation of community projects like theaters, libraries, and schools easier. Finally, the bill would make more historic properties eligible to use the credit by updating program requirements to reflect current industry practices. These reforms would be the first major changes to the Historic Tax Credit (HTC) since the Tax Reform Act of 1986.
SEC. 1 SHORT TITLE “HISTORIC TAX CREDIT IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2017”
SEC. 2 INCREASING THE REHABILITATION CREDIT FOR CERTAIN SMALL PROJECTS
Creates a 30% credit for smaller deals to make sure the rural west and non-urban areas have the same ability to take advantage of the credit. This small deal credit would be capped at qualified rehabilitation expenses of $2.5 million, changing the maximum small project credit allowed from $500,000 to $750,000 on the largest projects.
SEC. 3 ALLOWANCE FOR THE TRANSFER OF CREDITS FOR CERTAIN SMALL PROJECTS
Allows the HTC, for small transactions, to be transferred as a tax certificate, making these deals easier for small project owners.
SEC. 4 INCREASING THE TYPE OF BUILDINGS ELIGIBLE FOR REHABILITATION
Changes the definition of substantial rehabilitation. This provision would change the threshold to qualify for the credit of 50% of adjusted basis instead of 100% of adjusted basis as the program currently requires.
SEC. 5 REDUCING BASIS ADJUSTMENT
Changes the amount of the depreciable basis adjustment from 100 percent to 50 percent of the amount of the HTC. This would place the HTC in line with renewable energy and new market tax credits. The Low-income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) has no depreciable basis adjustment.
SEC. 6. MODIFICATIONS REGARDING CERTAIN TAX-EXEMPT USE PROPERTY.
Modifies the disqualified lease rules to limit the definition of a “disqualified lease” to those leases that are part of a sale leaseback arrangement involving a nonprofit that has used the property before certification as a historic rehabilitation. The other types of disqualified leases that inhibit the rehabilitation of these buildings: those with purchase options, leases in excess of 20 years, and leases in buildings that use tax-exempt financing, would be eliminated.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – co-authored a joint op-ed with Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA) and Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) published on February 19, 2017, in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to describe their case for repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and replacing it with a patient-centered alternative that prioritizes choice, flexibility, and affordability for American consumers.
Excerpts from “Relief from Obamacare: a better system ahead”:
The Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, was forced through Congress in 2010 without a single Republican vote. It was sold to the American people with multiple false promises, like President Barack Obama’s infamous, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” Supporters of the law said it would reduce premiums for families by an average of $2,500 per year. It did not. One by one, Obamacare’s promises were broken. Now, premiums and deductibles continue to skyrocket with no mechanism in the law to bring prices down.
It’s time for change. We have no choice but to scrap this failed program and replace it with a system that gives Pennsylvanians access to the care they need, at a price they can afford and from a doctor they choose.
Our alternative will expand the options for individuals and families to access affordable insurance coverage. It will provide for a transition period where those currently on Obamacare will have ample time to choose a new plan that works best for them and their families. We will make sure that no one struggling with complex medical needs or pre-existing conditions is denied access to affordable health care options.
Our replacement will allow insurers to provide more options for consumers and allow individuals, small businesses and associations to pool together to get the same purchasing power as large entities. We will expand Health Savings Accounts; provide tax credits to help those who do not have employer-based coverage to buy their own insurance in an expanded private market; and ensure health care decisions are made between a patient and his or her doctor, not by bureaucrats in Washington. In short, our plan is to move away from Washington mandates and move toward flexibility and choice.
While Obamacare has failed in an undeniable fashion, the goal of ensuring the American people can access quality, affordable health care remains. Our Democratic counterparts in Congress have spent the last eight years championing President Obama’s signature legislation — even as working families continued to lose the plans and doctors they like, and their health care costs continued to skyrocket.
Republicans have an urgent mandate to deliver relief to every family struggling under Obamacare. We must repeal this failed law and move ahead with putting a better plan in place for the American people.
Kelly: President Trump is “right man, right time, right now”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – appeared on Fox & Friends on Fox News Channel and Cavuto: Coast to Coast on Fox Business Network on Friday, February 17, 2017, to discuss his meeting with President Trump on the preceding day at the White House, as well as top agenda items of Congress and the Trump administration including regulatory reform, tax reform, and the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
Rep. Kelly on Fox & Friends:
“I love coming from the private sector and sitting down with the president, who is from the private sector and knows how to get things done. He doesn’t lecture; he goes ahead and gets it done.”
“I have so many friends who are in the coal business. When you see what the previous administration did to the coal business, and did to the people who were their backbone—we’re talking about coalminers and telling those people, ‘You don’t have a job anymore, and you know what? We’ll find something else for you to do’. Well you know what they said? ‘I think we’ll look for another person, another boss, that knows what to do and get it done, get us back in the mine, get American back on track again, and make America great again.’ That’s exactly what this president is doing. It’s exactly what the country needs: right man, right time, right now.”
“Back home [in Western Pennsylvania] the president is stronger today than he was on November the 8th. He’s gaining momentum. And who’s he gaining momentum with? Not the media because they’re never going to believe this is a guy who should’ve been elected. That’s just not who they are. They don’t know how to handle him, and when he talks with them, he’s toying with them. And they can’t take that. They want people to kind of fall in line. This is a president that knows where he’s going, knows how to get there, and why? Because he’s actually done it on his own dime and on his own time.”
Rep. Kelly on Cavuto: Coast to Coast:
“This is a president who’s an action figure—he’s not comfortable with things going slowly. And I think we have to do things quickly but we don’t have to be in a hurry. We have to make sure it’s right. Look what happened the first time [health care reform] got done.”
“I’m from the private sector, and for the private sector, if you wait too long, the only thing that comes to you is cold pizza. You better make sure you get it there early, and get it there hot and get it there with something the people can digest. We have everything in place but we have to move.”
“I’m going to suggest this: the Affordable Care Act was something that got rushed through. Big pieces of legislation take a little bit more time. And, again, I’m going to go back to this: we know what we have to do to get the economy started. … When it comes to tax reform—is it pro-growth tax reform? And does it actually move the country forward? This is a president who’s expecting big things from the people [in Congress]. We’re going to be working very hard to get to that end.”
“For me, tax reform, then health care reform—both of them are very important. They both are at the highest priorities. I don’t think we should have a problem with walking and chewing gum.
NOTE: Rep. Kelly was included last month in a list compiled by the Washington Examiner of President Donald Trump’s eight “favorite House members” and “earliest allies and point-people on Capitol Hill.”
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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.