Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

PENNSYLVANIA's 16th DISTRICT

Kelly Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Election Integrity and Restore Faith in America's Electoral System 

2020/11/16

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) today unveiled H.R. 8753, the Protect Election Integrity Act of 2020. This legislation will update federal election law to re-establish faith in America's electoral system lost during the 2020 election.

"As our nation waits patiently for the official results of the 2020 presidential election, one thing has become abundantly clear: the administration of the election in several states has caused millions of Americans to lose faith in our electoral system," said Kelly. "The Protect Election Integrity Act of 2020 will help restore their trust, which is essential to the health of our republic."

Background

H.R. 8753 is the House companion to Senator Josh Hawley's (R-Mo.) S. 4893. The legislation would amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require states to have certain election procedures in place to be eligible for funding under that law, including:

  • a law that bans the practice of ballot harvesting in state elections;
  • a law that permits observation of polling places and vote counting by at least two appointed representatives of each campaign;
  • a law requiring that mail-in and absentee ballots be counted and recorded immediately upon receipt with results kept secret until the polls have closed on the date of the election;
  • a law requiring that ballot counting begins when the polls close and does not stop until all ballots are counted;
  • a law providing video surveillance of absentee and mail-in ballot drop boxes;
  • a law requiring election officials to be transparent regarding plans for staffing and equipment in advance of election day;
  • and a law requiring that municipal entities responsible for certifying elections conduct audits of their voting systems, the findings of which are to be made public.

The United States Congress has jurisdiction over federal elections, and in addition to the above requirements for states to be eligible for federal funding, this legislation would prohibit the practice of ballot harvesting in elections for federal office.

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Rep. Kelly Statement on Media Declaring Joe Biden President-Elect

2020/11/07

Washington, D.C. - Today, multiple news agencies declared Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election. U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) issued this statement in response:

“In our representative republic, it is not the media who declares the winner of elections. Right now, the Trump Campaign is engaged in several court cases to determine the integrity of the vote in multiple states. None of those states have officially certified their vote counts, and investigations into voting irregularities are ongoing. The winner of the election will be determined by the law, not media projections.”

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Kelly Statement on 33.1% GDP Growth in Third Quarter

2020/10/29

Washington - Today, the United States Department of Commerce announced that during the months of July, August, and September, U.S. GDP grew at a rate of 33.1%. U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) issued this statement on the remarkable economic numbers:

“Americans are the most resilient people on earth, and they have risen up to rebuild an economy that was devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This rapid recovery is evidence that President Trump’s pro-growth policies of low taxes, fewer regulations, and cutting red tape are the best way to get workers back on the job and put our country back on a path to prosperity.”

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Kelly Statement on the Senate Confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett

2020/10/27

Washington, D.C. -  This evening, the United States Senate confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump's nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) released this statement following the vote:

"In Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Americans gain a champion for their God-given rights on our nation's highest court. Thank you to President Trump for keeping his promise to nominate judges who will interpret the law and Constitution as they are written."

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Kelly Announces $1.5 million POWER Grant to Crawford County for Hiking Trail Improvements

2020/10/14

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Mike Kelly announced that Crawford County will receive a $1.5 million POWER Grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. The money will be used to construct new segments of hiking trails in the Erie to Pittsburgh trail system and to improve the Pennsylvania Wilds Loop trail network.

"At a time when Americans are visiting public lands more than ever, I am grateful that Crawford County will receive this much-needed POWER Grant to construct new trails and upgrade existing ones”, said Kelly. "Not only is this good for lovers of the outdoors, but it also serves our region’s mission to diversify the economies of coal country communities. I will continue to support the Appalachian Regional Commission’s investment in western Pennsylvania."

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Ways and Means Democrats Ignore Potentially Criminal Leak of President’s Taxes in Largely Partisan Hearing on “Taxpayer Fairness"

2020/10/14

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight held a hearing focusing on President Trump’s tax filings. In yet another display of blatant partisanship, Democrats on the subcommittee spent their time on wild speculation and baseless accusations while ignoring the fact that the returns were unethically, and likely illegally, leaked to the New York Times. Subcommittee ranking member Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) issued this statement on the hearing:

"Since the day President Trump was elected, Democrats have sought to weaponize the tax code to use his private tax information against him. The hearing yesterday was just more of the same. The New York Times article alleges no illegal conduct and there is no legitimate purpose for discussing the president’s tax returns publicly. This line of attack exposed the partisan hearing for what it was: political theater leading up to a presidential election. The unethical, perhaps illegal, leaking of any American’s tax returns is a stunning breach of public trust. That doesn’t change because it happened to a sitting president. If it can happen to the president, it can happen to any American."

Background

Protection of taxpayer privacy is a core responsibility of the Ways and Means Committee. While Democrats appear unconcerned with the public trust in our voluntary tax system, Republicans are determined to preserve it. Reps. Kelly and full committee ranking member Kevin Brady (R-Texas) sent letters to the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service demanding that both agencies open investigations into the leak to determine if federal criminal laws were broken. 

The letter to Attorney General Barr can be found HERE.

The letter to Commissioner Rettig can be found HERE.

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Ways and Means Republicans Call On IRS, DOJ To Launch Immediate Investigation Into Potentially Criminal Leak of President’s Tax Info

2020/09/29

WASHINGTON – The top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady (R-TX) and the top Republican on the Oversight Subcommittee Mike Kelly (R-PA) sent letters to the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice asking them to launch investigations into the unauthorized disclosure of the President’s private tax information.

“This leak of the President’s private tax information…should be a serious concern for all Americans who do not wish to have their personal tax information weaponized against them – especially for political purposes,” the lawmakers wrote. “It is imperative that we determine whether the individual or individuals that disclosed the information committed a federal crime in doing so.”

The full letter to Attorney General Barr can be found HERE and pasted below.

The full letter to Commissioner Rettig can be found HERE and pasted below.

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Dear Attorney General Barr,

We write to express serious concern regarding the publication of President Trump’s private tax information in the pages of the New York Times on September 27, 2020. As you know, 26 U.S.C. § 6103 is designed to protect all American taxpayers from having their confidential tax information disclosed without their consent. This leak of the President’s private tax information weakens the integrity of § 6103 and should be a serious concern for all Americans who do not wish to have their personal tax information weaponized against them – especially for political purposes. To ensure the effectiveness of § 6103, Congress imposes criminal liability for such unauthorized disclosures as detailed in 26 U.S.C. § 7213 and 26 U.S.C § 7216.

The New York Times story at issue details extensive tax information and claims that the information came from an individual or individuals with “legal access” to the documents. The story makes no claim regarding the legality of the disclosure. Given the public statements from the President and his representatives, it is clear that the President did not authorize this disclosure. Only a small number of individuals are likely to have had “legal access” to the information at issue. For most of the individuals with access to the information, an unauthorized disclosure would constitute a federal crime.

Officers and employees of the United States, including Internal Revenue Service employees, are subject to criminal liability for an unauthorized disclosure of a tax return or tax return information. The same liability attaches to a state employee making an unauthorized disclosure. The criminal penalties for individuals described above are as follows:

Any violation of this paragraph shall be a felony punishable upon conviction by a fine in any amount not exceeding $5,000, or imprisonment of not more than 5 years, or both, together with the costs of prosecution, and if such offense is committed by any officer or employee of the United States, he shall, in addition to any other punishment, be dismissed from office or discharged from employment upon conviction for such offense.

Criminal liability also attaches to any person engaged in the business of preparing, or providing services related to, tax returns when such a person makes an unauthorized disclosure of any tax return or tax return information.

A person guilty of an unauthorized disclosure in this scenario

shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $1,000 ($100,000 in the case of a disclosure or use to which section 6713(b) applies), or imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both, together with the costs of prosecution.

Given the seriousness of the unauthorized disclosure of the President’s tax returns and tax return information and the threat it poses to the integrity of our tax system, it is imperative that we determine whether the individual or individuals that disclosed the information committed a federal crime in doing so.

We therefore ask the Department of Justice to open an investigation into the potential criminal disclosure of confidential tax information to the New York Times. Please note that we have also asked the Internal Revenue Service to open an investigation into this matter focused on whether any employees at the agency are responsible for the unauthorized disclosure.

We also ask that this investigation be opened and conducted quickly due to the seriousness of the situation. Understanding the sensitivities of criminal investigations, we ask that you keep our staff updated on any investigation plans and progress that you are able to share. Molly Fromm, Rachel Kaldahl, and Sean Clerget on the Ways and Means Committee staff will serve as points of contact.

Sincerely,

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Dear Commissioner Rettig,

We write to express serious concern regarding the publication of President Trump’s private tax information in the pages of the New York Times on September 27, 2020. Given the importance of 26 U.S.C. § 6103 and the criminal penalties that attach to an improper, unauthorized disclosure of tax return information, we are sure that you share these concerns. This leak of the President’s private tax information weakens the integrity of § 6103 and should be a serious concern for all Americans who do not wish to have their personal tax information weaponized against them – especially for political purposes. That is why we are asking both the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice to conduct an investigation to determine if there is any criminal liability associated with the unauthorized disclosure.

A number of Internal Revenue Service employees are among the small number of individuals with potential access to the documents provided to the New York Times. If an IRS employee is responsible for this unauthorized disclosure of return information, the criminal penalties are significant:

Any violation of this paragraph shall be a felony punishable upon conviction by a fine in any amount not exceeding $5,000, or imprisonment of not more than 5 years, or both, together with the costs of prosecution, and if such offense is committed by any officer or employee of the United States, he shall, in addition to any other punishment, be dismissed from office or discharged from employment upon conviction for such offense.

Given the seriousness of this unauthorized disclosure and the threat it poses to the integrity of section 6103, it is imperative that we determine whether a federal government employee is responsible.

While we understand that you have reviewed IRS processes and procedures for protecting taxpayers’ return information, we ask that you launch an immediate investigation to ensure the unauthorized disclosure was not made by an IRS employee. We ask that this investigation be conducted quickly given the seriousness of this situation. As mentioned, we are also asking the Department of Justice to investigate any criminal liability for nonfederal employees, such as accountants, who may be responsible for this unauthorized disclosure.

Please provide updates to our staff on your investigation, plan, and progress. Molly Fromm, Rachel Kaldahl, and Sean Clerget on the Ways and Means Committee staff will serve as points of contact.

Sincerely,

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Kelly Statement on the Nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

2020/09/26

Washington, D.C. - Today, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court of the United States. U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) issued this statement following the president’s announcement:

"Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a brilliant legal mind, an outstanding person, and the right choice for the Supreme Court. President Trump has once again kept his promise to the American people by selecting an eminently qualified and conservative judge who will interpret the Constitution and the law with an originalist philosophy. I encourage the Senate to act swiftly to confirm Judge Barrett’s nomination."

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US Dept. of Transportation Awards $46 Million in Major Infrastructure Grants to Butler and Erie Counties, Projects are backed by Toomey and Kelly

2020/09/10

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and U.S. Congressman Mike Kelly (R-Pa. 16th) announced today that the United States Department of Transportation will award two BUILD Grants for projects in western Pennsylvania.  

Butler County will receive $25 million to fund several improvements to State Route 228. These improvements include widening lanes, adding turning lanes, converting intersections to roundabouts or jug handles, installing ADA ramps, adding multi-use paths, and upgrading signals and pavement markings. Improvements will be made on segments from Lovi Road to Powell Road, Powell Road to Haine School Road, and at the intersection with Three Degree Road.

Erie County will receive $21 million to fund improvements to better connect Erie’s central business district to its waterfront including reconstructing three major intersections, removing existing railroad tracks including two at-grade crossing, closing gaps in a multi-use trail network, and constructing a multimodal bridge.

Senator Toomey and Congressman Kelly both supported the applications filed by Butler County and Erie County officials.

“I am pleased that the Department of Transportation is funding these major infrastructure improvement projects in Butler County and Erie County,” said Senator Toomey. “These projects will boost local economies, support shovel ready jobs for workers, and ultimately reduce traffic congestion, and make our roads safer. Congressman Kelly has been a steadfast advocate for these projects for years and it was great working with him and Secretary Chao to get this across the goal line."

“Once again the Trump Administration has kept its promise to invest in western Pennsylvania," said Representative Kelly. "These BUILD grants will allow Erie and Butler to upgrade the Bayfront Parkway and State Route 228 respectively, bringing jobs and economic growth to our region. Thank you to Secretary Chao and President Trump for helping us rebuild our infrastructure for the 21st century economy.”

“This Administration is making significant investments in infrastructure, and this $1 billion in BUILD grants will repair, rebuild, and revitalize transportation systems across America,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

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Kelly Introduces Essential Workforce Parity Act to Support Health Care Heroes During Coronavirus Pandemic

2020/07/10

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) yesterday introduced H.R. 7538, the Essential Workforce Parity Act. If enacted, this legislation would extend paid leave required by the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) to health care workers and offer liability protections to hospitals and other medical providers from certain lawsuits during the COVID-19 emergency declaration.

"Our doctors and nurses are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic risking their own health to treat the worst cases of COVID-19,” said Kelly. “The Essential Workforce Parity Act will guarantee that our health care heroes are treated fairly if they get sick while also ensuring their primary focus can be on helping patients, not fighting lawsuits."

The legislation has received support in whole or in part from two key organizations, including the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) and the Health Coalition on Liability Access (HCLA).

Andy Carter, President and CEO of HAP, said this about the bill: “Pennsylvania hospitals’ first priority is the safety of health care workers and the patients they treat. This is especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic. During these difficult times—where the situation and guidance is constantly changing—we must allow health care workers and facilities to focus on caring for every patient who needs care rather than worrying about the threat of meritless lawsuits. HAP commends Rep. Kelly for including these important liability protections in the Essential Worker Parity Act, and appreciates his longstanding commitment to supporting health care workers on the front lines of this crisis as evidenced by provisions in this legislation which would ensure benefits to workers personally impacted by COVID-19."

Section 3 of H.R. 7538 received the endorsement of the HCLA in this letter to Representative Kelly, which reads in part: “The limited and targeted protection from liability provided by Section 3 will help ensure that healthcare professionals and facilities on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic can focus on helping patients without fear of getting drawn into unwarranted lawsuits." 

Background

FFCRA exempted hospitals and other health care facilities from the requirement to offer paid leave to health care workers because the extent to which the pandemic would affect the health system was not yet known and the country needed its health care heroes at work. Representative Kelly recognizes this exemption is an added sacrifice and unfair for doctors and nurses. His legislation  would provide leave to health care workers who contract COVID-19, the cost for which is eligible for reimbursement by the federal government under FFCRA.

In addition to extending paid leave to doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, the Essential Workers Parity Act would also offer specific targeted legal protections to health care providers while they grapple with the complexity of treating COVID-19 patients. 

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Mike Kelly was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Butler, Pennsylvania, where he has lived for more than 50 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 and expanded its operations to include Hyundai and KIA franchises.

As The Washington Post put it:

Kelly first got the itch to run for Congress in 2009, after the federal government took over General Motors. Kelly Motors has been in his family since his father started the business in 1953. In spring 2009, Kelly said, GM managers reviewed his Chevrolet-and-Cadillac dealership and concluded it was “perfect.”

“Then they went to Washington and they got fired,” Kelly said.

Under the government restructuring, he could sell Chevrolets but not Cadillacs.

“Wait, wait, wait!” Kelly said he told a GM representative. “This is America. You can’t come in and take my business away from me. . . . Every penny we have is wrapped up in here. I’ve got 110 people that rely on me every two weeks to be paid. . . . And you call me up and in five minutes try to wipe out 56 years of a business?”

“‘This is a new General Motors,'” Kelly recalled the man telling him. “‘That’s just the way it is.'”

Kelly went to arbitration and eventually won.

Fueled by his victory, Mike successfully ran for Congress the following year to take the fight to Washington and the rest, as the saying goes, is history.

Back in Butler, Mike’s auto dealerships currently employ more than 100 people from the region, and are leaders 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 sat on the boards of the Chevrolet Dealers Advertising Association of Pittsburgh and the Cadillac Consultants of Western Pennsylvania. Additionally, Mike is a former Secretary and Treasurer of the Hyundai “Hope on Wheels” initiative, which has donated more than $145 million to childhood cancer research institutions nationwide. He continues to work with the organization as a lawmaker.

Prior to entering Congress, Mike served on the Butler City Council and 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 awarded him its Mary DeMucci Award. 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, each of 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 has helped collect hundreds of winter coats for students in need in the Butler community.

Mike and Victoria have four children and are the proud grandparents of ten wonderful grandchildren. Mike’s family and friends were with him on January 5, 2011, when he was sworn into office as the U.S. Representative of the Third Congressional District of Pennsylvania. Since January 3, 2019, Rep. Kelly has proudly represented Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District.

Mike is constantly honored and humbled to represent the values, interests, and concerns of the 16th District, especially as they relate to his work on the House Ways and Means Committee and his role as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight. He is proud to be considered a leader among his colleagues as he serves as the Republican chairman of the Congressional Korea Caucus, the House Automotive Caucus, the Childhood Cancer Caucus, the House Retirement Security Caucus, the Health Care Innovation Caucus, and the House Small Brewers Caucus. He is also an appointed member on the President’s Export Council.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review refers to Mike as a “no-nonsense, straight-talking Republican” and “a true man of the people.” According to CQ Roll Call, “Any encounter with Kelly has the potential to erupt into a pep rally” thanks to his “gift for enthusiastic – and rapid-fire – communication.” The popular website Breitbart.com calls Mike “a fierce defender of conservatism on Capitol Hill.” Fox News Channel’s Neil Cavuto calls him “a key player” and “a mover and shaker” in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mike’s rousing speeches on the floor of the House and at Ways and Means committee hearings have together earned more than 3 million views on YouTube. When he delivered the weekly Republican address to the nation right before Christmas 2014 (in which he offered President Obama a lump of coal for Christmas), it quickly became the most watched GOP weekly address of all time.

During his time in the House, Mike has appeared on numerous national television programs, including ABC’s This Week, CBS’s Face the Nation, CNN’s The Situation Room, and Fox News’ HannityThe Kelly FileTucker Carlson TonightFox & Friends, and many others. Opinion features written by Mike have been published by The Wall Street JournalTIMEUSA TODAY,The Washington Times, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pittsburgh Post-GazetteErie Times-NewsRealClearPolitics, National Review Online, The Huffington Post, CNN.com, FoxNews.com, and many other newspapers and websites.


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