Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Kelly is pleased to announce the 16th Congressional District's 2019 School Safety Seminar. The event, hosted by Kelly in partnership with U.S. Attorney Scott Brady, the U.S. Secret Service and the FBI, will provide attendees with available resources to help ensure a safe learning environment for the children of western Pennsylvania.
"As a father of four and a grandfather of ten, I know the safety of our children is critically important to all of us," said Kelly. "This event will connect those on the front lines protecting our kids with federal agencies that have guidance and resources to support their mission. I highly encourage local officials, law enforcement, school administrators, and faculty to attend."
The event is open to all responsible for school safety, including administrators, guidance counselors, law enforcement, safety professionals, and more. From preventive and protective measures to response and recovery tactics, the seminar will cover a comprehensive list of topics relevant to the challenges our schools face.
WHAT: A School Safety Seminar hosted by Representative Mike Kelly
WHO: All responsible for ensuring school safety, including:
WHEN: Friday, October 25, 2019 at 9 a.m. ET
WHERE: Thiel College Passavant Center, 38 Packard Avenue, Greenville, PA 16125 REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: Please Email Stephanie Stevenson (Stephanie.Stevenson@mail.house.gov) and include your name, title and school/organization.
Washington, D.C. - In response to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement that House Democrats will open an impeachment inquiry against President Trump, U.S. Representative Mike Kelly, R-Pa., released the following statement:
"Socialist Democrats have never been able to accept that the American people chose President Trump to lead them in November 2016. It's no surprise, therefore, that Speaker Pelosi hastily announced an impeachment inquiry without evidence to support the allegations surrounding his call with the Ukrainian president. Now that the transcript of their conversation has been released, it's clear this was another crying wolf moment for impeachment-crazed Democrats. Americans deserve better than this from their elected representatives."
Washington, D.C. - On Thursday, September 26, U.S. Representative Mike Kelly will host a live telephone town hall for his constituents. Kelly invites all residents of Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District to participate. In doing so, they will have the opportunity to ask questions, receive answers, and engage in a wide-ranging discussion with their Representative about policy, services his offices can provide, and other federal matters of their choosing.
Telephone town halls are a wonderful opportunity to engage with me on what matters most to you, said Kelly. I hope you'll join me for this event, where thousands of western Pennsylvanians will join together for a discussion on policies coming out of our nation's capital that affect us.
Live Telephone Town Hall with U.S. Representative Mike Kelly
Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Call-in number: 855-531-1063
Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday, October 1, Representative Mike Kelly will host a workshop in Greenville for constituents that will focus on how to protect your identity, your money, and your family from fraud. Representative Kelly invites local media to attend and cover the event.
Experts from the United States Federal Trade Commission, the United States Postal Service, representatives from the office of Pennsylvania State Attorney General Josh Shapiro, and others, will be on-hand to provide information and answer questions about this crucial topic. Additional details and the event flyer are below.Read More
Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Kelly, R-Pa., vice-chair of the Diabetes Caucus and a diabetic himself, unveiled H.R. 4244, the Market Access for Generic Insulin Competition (MAGIC) Act of 2019. If enacted, this bill would pave the way for the approval and production of true, affordable generic insulin (and its analogues) for American diabetics.
“The average annual cost of insulin for a type 1 diabetic has increased 600% over the last two decades,” said Kelly. “Millions of Americans are struggling to afford a drug they depend on to live, and many are dangerously resorting to rationing their prescriptions. The MAGIC Act will ensure that federal law and regulatory barriers at the FDA no longer stand in the way of a competitive market for insulin. Historically, generic options are substantially cheaper and force down drug prices across the board. The same can and should be true of insulin.”
The MAGIC Act will establish a clear and permanent approval pathway at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for generic insulin production via the abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) process. Doing so will remedy a consequence of current law that permanently closes the door on generic insulin production after March 2020. Further details on this are below.
Insulin was discovered in 1921. After nearly a century, there are only three companies that manufacture the drug while the number of people who need it has increased exponentially. U.S.-based generic drug makers indicate that contemporary technological advancements have made it possible to use chemical synthesis to produce exact copies of insulin. In simple terms, a true, lower-priced generic insulin option is closer to realization than ever before. However, among other obstacles, FDA regulatory uncertainties have been a roadblock to new companies entering the market with this technology to improve the lives of American diabetics.
In 2017, the FDA released a list of synthetic peptide drug products eligible for generic approval through the ANDA process. Insulin, a complex peptide, was not included in this list for reasons unknown. Because insulin appears to meet the FDA’s qualifications for a peptide drug, Rep. Kelly wrote to FDA Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless on July 16, 2019, requesting detailed information as to why it was omitted. The FDA has not yet responded to the congressman’s letter despite repeated follow-up by staff.
Insulin’s omission from the 2017 guidance and the FDA’s bureaucratic inertia have real-world consequences as they are hindering a potentially major solution to the insulin rationing crisis. Soon, the opportunity to obtain approval for generic insulin production will permanently close if current law is not changed. The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 stipulates that on March 23, 2020, insulin will be removed from the FDA’s list of approved drug products (Orange Book) and reclassified as a biological product (Purple Book). Manufacturers will then be barred by law from applying for approval to make a generic insulin product, instead having to apply to produce “biosimilars.” As the name suggests, biosimilars are not identical copies (while chemically synthesized insulin is identical to the brand insulin currently being sold commercially). Therefore, new insulin manufacturers will be forced to undergo a new, expensive, years-long, and generally uncertain application process for a different product that will further delay critically needed competition in the insulin market. With the technology to safely and effectively replicate insulin ready today, such a delay is unnecessary and harmful.
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Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3877, the Bipartisan Budget Act, a two-year budget agreement brokered by the White House and Congressional leaders. Concerned by House Democrats’ rejection of modest proposals to offset higher spending by cutting wasteful and excessive spending elsewhere, Representative Mike Kelly, R-Pa., voted against the measure.
America is driving toward a fiscal cliff and this deal puts more pressure on the gas pedal, said Kelly. While the deal makes necessary investments in America’s military and the VA, Democrats refused to even consider modest reductions in spending elsewhere to offset those costs. As our national debt rapidly approaches $23 trillion without a hint of slowing down, we must acknowledge that this cannot continue forever.
The White House offered $574 billion in potential offsets, most of which Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats refused to consider. Instead, during negotiations they held hostage necessary funding to rebuild America’s military and care for veterans to secure domestic spending increases and raise the federal debt limit.
Washington, D.C. – On July 23, Representatives Mike Kelly (PA-16), Glenn Thompson (PA-15), and Conor Lamb (PA-17) wrote a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Elaine Chao in support of Butler County’s application for funding through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Discretionary Grant Program. The funds would be used by the county and PennDOT to complete the final four segments of the Gateway 228 project.
Completing the Gateway 228 project means more jobs and better economic connectivity for Butler, Beaver, and northern Allegheny Counties, said Kelly. It will also improve safety, traffic congestion, and environmental issues while making western Pennsylvania’s infrastructure more suitable for 21st century economy. I proud to support the county’s application and thank my colleagues Representatives Thompson and Lamb for joining me in this effort.
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 397, the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, a bill that attempts to address the ongoing private-sector union pension solvency crisis. Representative Mike Kelly, R-Pa., voted against the bill and issued the following statement explaining his vote:
Let’s be clear: the American workers who are the victims of the union pension solvency crisis did absolutely nothing wrong. These men and women negotiated and were promised life-long benefits in exchange for decades of their hard work.
Sadly, the pension funds were poorly managed by their trustees. I am firmly committed to addressing the problem, but the bill we voted on today doesn’t fix it. It offers no accountability for the risky and unsustainable decisions those trustees have made in the past, does not put pension funds on a path to long-term solvency, and puts millions of non-union taxpayers on the hook for the cost. That is bad policy.
Washington, D.C. – Today, House Democrats passed H.R. 582, the Raise the Wage Act, legislation that would more than double the federal minimum wage for hourly workers over a five-year period. Representative Mike Kelly, R-Pa., voted against the bill and released the following statement after the vote:
Nobody comes to America comes for the minimum wage. They come to America for maximum opportunity! Like so many things, raising the minimum wage might sound good, but in practice will produce unintended consequences. It will lead to fewer jobs available and more Americans sitting at home rather than working to provide for themselves and their families. Two years ago, Republicans passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act without the support of a single Democrat. Since then, millions of jobs have been created and wages have risen significantly. The best economic policies for our country are those that let Americans keep their hard-earned money.
The independent Congressional Budget Office analyzed the potential effects of raising the minimum wage, and determined that it would result in 1.3 million fewer employed Americans and an $8.7 billion reduction in family incomes by 2025.
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 748, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019 on a bipartisan vote of 419-6. If enacted, the bill would repeal the excise tax on high cost employer-sponsored health insurance plans, more commonly known as the “Cadillac Tax.” Representative Mike Kelly, R-Pa., who authored the legislation with Representative Joe Courtney, D-Conn., issued the following statement after the vote:
Today, we acted to fully repeal the Cadillac Tax, a provision of Obamacare that never made sense for the American people. This tax has nothing to do with fancy cars or extravagant health plans — it has everything to do with punishing hardworking Americans and their families. What we did today is a crucial step toward protecting employer-sponsored health insurance for all Americans.
The Cadillac tax, enacted as part of Obamacare, is a 40 percent excise tax on employer-provided health insurance plans exceeding $10,200 in premiums per year for individuals and $27,500 for families that was originally scheduled to take effect in 2018. Since then, Congress has voted to delay its implementation multiple times, and it is currently scheduled to take effect in 2022. Approximately 42% of American employers and their employees will be negatively affected if this tax is not repealed.
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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’ Hannity, The Kelly File, Tucker Carlson Tonight, Fox & Friends, and many others. Opinion features written by Mike have been published by The Wall Street Journal, TIME, USA TODAY,The Washington Times, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Erie Times-News, RealClearPolitics, National Review Online, The Huffington Post, CNN.com, FoxNews.com, and many other newspapers and websites.