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
“Get it done, get together, and get to the finish line for the American people”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – appeared on America’s News HQ on Fox News Channel yesterday afternoon to discuss the latest developments between the White House and Congress regarding major tax reform.
Rep. Kelly: “There is no better time than right now for the American people to watch both Republicans and Democrats work with our president to get to tax reform – pro-growth tax reform – that gives every single American more take-home pay so they can spend their money, their hard-earned money, the way they see fit, not the way a government sees fit.”
Additional interview highlights:
“Why tax reform now? Because we are losing in the global marketplace. We are watching our people have less take-home pay. And you say, ‘Well what we are going to do about it?’ Well we have to do it through tax reform but mainly pro-growth tax reform.”
“I think the president was largely elected by Americans, not [just] by Republicans as the main driving force. So I think the president…says, ‘I want to get something done and if I can’t get it done purely in the House and the Senate with Republicans, then I’ll reach across the aisle to get the other folks on board to get the votes we need.’”
“Today there will be a lot of NFL teams playing each other, and this whole week they were watching game films of each other to see who was strong, who was weak, where you were strong, where you were weak. Our president is the head coach who looks at the world and says, ‘This is a global challenge; let’s look at where we are falling short, let’s see where others are taking advantage of us, and let’s shore that up and let’s make sure that we make American great again.”
“We have to find a way to reform taxes to have more take home pay for individuals and let our corporations compete globally. … Let’s do something that enables our corporations to be able to stay in the United States and compete globally. And then on the other side, for individuals and small businesses, why don’t we take care of those people that provide 90 percent of the revenue that our country runs on.”
“Look at the game films, look where we are losing, look where we have opportunity to gain, and get there, and we can get there with both parties and with a president that knows how to lead. It’s going to come out of the White House. He’s the strongest guy that has been there in such a long time. He is a private sector guy who understands that talk is cheap. Get it done, get together, and get to the finish line for the American people.”
“The greatest country in the world right now is struggling to figure out how we come up with enough tax revenue to run this wonderful machine. Working together, we get there.”
Includes Kelly amendment to help increase infant adoption
WASHINGTON — Today the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2018, and H.R. 3697, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act. H.R. 3354 includes an amendment introduced by U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) to re-start the Infant Adoption Awareness Training Program. The amendment was adopted by the House yesterday morning by unanimous vote.
Statement by Rep. Kelly on passage of H.R. 3354:
“I am very pleased that the People’s House has responsibly acted to fund the government and guarantee that proven and effective federal programs can continue serving the American people. I am especially proud this package includes commonsense measures to cut wasteful spending, roll back job-killing regulations, enforce pro-life policies, protect Second Amendment rights, and combat crime and illegal immigration, along with other conservative priorities.”
On inclusion of adoption amendment:
“By re-starting the Infant Adoption Awareness Training Program, my amendment will ensure that expectant mothers across America can receive access to the best available information about adoption as an option. While there are approximately two million couples currently waiting to adopt, in 2014 only 18,329 domestic infant adoptions occurred. With this crucial training program back in place, as adoption education expands and improves, more couples seeking children will be able to start families and more infants will be welcomed into loving homes.”
Statement by National Council For Adoption:
Thank you to Representative Mike Kelly and the U.S. House of Representatives for unanimously passing an amendment to re-start the Infant Adoption Awareness Training Program (IAATP). Women facing unplanned pregnancies deserve to have access to accurate, unbiased information about adoption in order to make their own fully informed decisions. The IAATP, which originally ran from 2000 to 2010, awards grants to train healthcare workers in how to better provide expectant women with information about adoption. As a previous grant recipient, National Council For Adoption (NCFA) educated more than 20,000 healthcare participants.
“From the very beginning, IAATP was an enormous success. We are glad to see that this vital program will be re-started,” says NCFA president and CEO Chuck Johnson, who is a former adoption agency director and IAATP Master Trainer. Mr. Johnson became the director of NCFA’s IAATP grant initiative in 2006. “We’ve seen firsthand the tremendous positive impact this program has had on the lives of adopted children, birth parents, and adoptive parents. Education strengthens the entire adoption community and provides for more successful outcomes for children. Thank you to Rep. Kelly and the House of Representatives for your continued commitment to America’s children and families.”
BACKGROUND: The Infant Adoption Awareness Training Program was first authorized by the U.S. Congress in 2000 to award grants to adoption organizations to help train designated staff to provide timely and accurate adoption information and referrals to pregnant women on an equal basis with all other courses of action. The program annually delivered training to an estimated 10,000 health care workers nationwide, but was ended in 2010. Rep. Kelly’s amendment to H.R. 3354 designates $5 million to re-activate the program (of the total $39.1 million already provided by the bill to “Adoption Awareness Programs”).
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today regarding the announcement by the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program first ordered by President Obama in 2012.
“I share President Trump’s sentiment that children should not be punished for the actions of their parents and that ‘we are a nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.’ I also applaud Speaker Ryan’s commitment to upholding Congress’s role as the law-writing body within our government and his readiness to craft legislation that deals with the complex legal, security, and humanitarian aspects of immigration. Unfortunately, we are at this point because our previous president grew impatient with constitutional limits and attempted to unilaterally create new law. That fact remains: despite its best intentions, President Obama’s DACA executive order is unconstitutional. President Trump has now given Congress six months to decide on a policy that will allow the DACA order to come to a responsible end. Going forward, I will be examining all options before determining what Congress should specifically do. As I have stated many times before, the Constitution is not a suggestion. If President Obama had sincerely wanted to create a new immigration law during his tenure, then he should have worked with the legislative branch to do so. Instead, very regrettably, he overstepped his executive authority and created the policy crisis at hand by not following the rule of law.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) announced today that he will host a toll-free telephone town hall meeting next week 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: Tuesday, September 5, 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 once again connecting with my constituents during this interactive event and hearing their concerns about the important issues facing our country. This completely free and fully accessible format will allow thousands of individuals to share their views and get answers without having to travel anywhere. Last quarter’s successful event covered a wide range of topics and attracted more than 3,300 participants from all seven counties. Enabling constituents to participate from their own homes will once again help the greatest number of people easily join the conversation, especially busy parents and seniors. This proven format is all about providing the most convenient service to every Third District resident who wishes to engage in a constructive community discussion without any unnecessary distractions or disruptions.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today regarding the announcement of a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan by President Donald J. Trump yesterday evening.
“As President Trump made clear last night, the consequences of leaving Afghanistan defenseless against the terrorists are far too dire and deadly to ignore. We experienced what happens when radical Islamists are free to rule their own country on the morning of 9/11. We saw what happens when we leave vulnerable allies to fend for themselves after we hastily pulled out of Iraq. Abdicating leadership comes with a cost. In order to protect Americans from deadly terrorism and avoid having to go back to war later on, we must finish the fight at hand.
“Frustration, while understandable, is no excuse for failure. Surrender in the face of this evil enemy, whether in Afghanistan or elsewhere, is not an acceptable option. As long as they crave and plot our destruction, we must stay committed to ensuring theirs. With a more focused goal and smarter strategy now in place, I believe that a lasting victory is more achievable than ever. Our troops are trained to fight and win wars, and that's what our government must help them do.
“As we forge ahead, I pray for every single American warrior on the battlefield and wish them success in their noble mission — in the president's own words: ‘attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing Al Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan and stopping mass terror attacks against America before they emerge.’ The peace of our country and safety of future generations is on the line. After nearly 16 years of a war we never sought, let's show the world we have the will to get the job done!”
* * * The following statement was originally posted by Rep. Kelly on Twitter on Saturday, August 12th, shortly after the fatal attack in Charlottesville, Virginia. * * *“The bigotry and violence on display in Charlottesville was a disgrace and insult to every American value. I pray for all the victims of the terrifying attacks that took place. I strongly condemn the perpetrators and their cause. Americans of goodwill from every background can and must unite to stamp out the senseless, despicable scourge of white supremacy forever. May all patriotic citizens join together in eradicating such vile hatred from our society.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today to announce that the Pennsylvania State University has been awarded a $50,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant by the Great Lakes Commission. The Pennsylvania State University’s project will stabilize a section of streambank and allow water flows to return to the center of the channel.
Statement by Rep. Kelly:
“I congratulate the Pennsylvania State University on this significant recognition of their important work to protect the health of our waterways and communities. This grant also highlights the need to continue funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in order to continue protecting the Great Lakes, which are a vital economic engine for our entire district, region, and country.”
Statement by Tim Eder, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Commission:
“I’d like to congratulate the Pennsylvania State University for being awarded this grant in support of their work protecting the health and sustainability of our Great Lakes. This project demonstrates the power of the GLRI to generate critical economic and environmental improvements for communities throughout the region. Thank you to Rep. Kelly for his continued support of this important initiative.”
Every year, tons of polluting phosphorus and sediments enter the Great Lakes Basin, causing massive economic and environmental losses and damages and contributing to the formation of Harmful Algal Blooms and dead zones. The Great Lakes Commission manages the Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program which strategically addresses this problem with a unique, targeted grassroots approach which awards grants to nonfederal agencies and nonprofit organizations in priority watersheds throughout the region.
This year, 18 projects totaling more than $1.6 million were funded by the Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program to install on-the-land practices to reduce phosphorus runoff and sedimentation into the Great Lakes.
Funding for this program is provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative under a cooperative agreement between the Great Lakes Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) participated in a “Made in America” roundtable discussion yesterday afternoon in in the East Room of the White House that featured representatives from 20 different companies that manufacture their products in the United States, including Channellock, Inc. from Meadville, Pennsylvania. The meeting was hosted by President Donald Trump and was also attended by Vice President Mike Pence, Department of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, Director of the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro, and U.S. Representatives Frank Lucas (R-OK), Erik Paulsen (R-MN), and Claudia Tenney (R-NY). While addressing President Trump, Rep. Kelly handed him a copy of his recent legislation, the Invent and Manufacture in America Act (H.R. 3068), to boost domestic manufacturing and create jobs. During remarks by Jon DeArment, president of Channellock, Inc., President Trump personally evaluated a set of pliers produced by the company.
President Trump, Jon DeArment, Rep. Kelly
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) delivered remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday evening in support of his bill (H.R. 2210) to designate the community living center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Butler Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, as the "Sergeant Joseph George Kusick VA Community Living Center". The legislation – co-sponsored by all 18 members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation – was passed by the House with unanimous support (401-0) following Rep. Kelly’s address.
Excerpt of Rep. Kelly's floor dedication (as prepared for delivery):
Joseph George Kusick of Bruin, Pennsylvania, was assigned to the U.S. Army’s Command and Control Detachment of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) during the Vietnam War. On November 8th, 1967, Sergeant Kusick distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving as the radio operator of a Special Forces reconnaissance team on a combat mission deep in hostile territory. Sergeant Kusick, although seriously wounded during an enemy ambush, refused aid and radioed the forward air controller to advise him of the critical situation. While the team leader led a withdrawal to a landing zone, Sergeant Kusick maintained contact with the controller and requested emergency extraction for the reconnaissance team.
Sergeant Kusick realized the importance of having a radio operator on the ground to direct landings, and so he refused evacuation by the first helicopter. After the second helicopter was shot down, he continued to maintain radio contact in the midst of enemy fire and called for a hoist extraction of the men still remaining on the ground. Sergeant Kusick finally boarded the last helicopter, which was shot down by intense Viet Cong fire and crashed in flames, resulting in the death of this great American hero.
On December 22nd of the same year, Sergeant Kusick was posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action. The citation to accompany the award of the Silver Star Medal stated that his “gallantry in action, at the cost of his life, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.”
Passing this bill and renaming the VA community living center after Sergeant Kusick will allow us to honor his sacrifice as well as that of his fellow soldiers who survived the war and continue to live among us as our family, friends, and neighbors.
I am grateful to the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars for supporting this bill. I also thank my colleagues in the Pennsylvania delegation for their unanimous support, and I ask all of my House colleagues to join me today in passing H.R. 2210. This bill signifies our gratitude to Sergeant Kusick and to all those who have given so much, including their very lives, in defense of the United States.
Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee:
“Sergeant Joseph George Kusick’s bravery and selflessness in battle helped saved the lives of his fellow soldiers during the Vietnam War. It is only fitting and appropriate that we honor Sergeant Kusick’s service and sacrifice by naming the Butler County VA community living center after him. I am grateful to Rep. Kelly for introducing this bill and for allowing us to honor and forever remember this American hero.”
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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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