Washington, D.C. - This evening the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act. U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) voted against the legislation and released this statement:
"At a time when Americans are urging their elected leaders to strengthen ballot integrity and restore trust in our voting systems, Nancy Pelosi is pushing legislation that centralizes control of elections in Washington D.C., allows for California-style ballot harvesting, uses taxpayer money for political campaigns, and undermines the First Amendment. This bill is for politicians, not the people."
Washington, D.C. - This evening the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1280, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021, which is identical to the bill of the same name that passed last June. U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) voted against the measure and released this statement:
"The vast majority of law enforcement officers do a difficult job well and deserve our support, but this legislation does the opposite. Democrats have once again refused to work on bipartisan solutions to address police misconduct, instead choosing to undermine police officers who are working tirelessly to keep our communities safe."
H.R. 1280 is identical to legislation passed during the 116th Congress in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Representative Kelly opposed the bill then and opposes it now because it would, among other things:
Kelly is a co-sponsor of Representative Pete Stauber’s (R-Minn.) JUSTICE Act. That bill, which differs in key ways from the Justice in Policing Act, would offer transparency and accountability for law enforcement officers while enhancing their ability to effectively serve our communities.
Washington, D.C. - Today, Representatives Mike Kelly (PA-16), Fred Keller (PA-12), Dan Meuser (PA-09), Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-15), Scott Perry (PA-10), Lloyd Smucker (PA-11), John Joyce (PA-13), and Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14) issued this statement after the Pennsylvania House of Representatives announced an oversight investigation of the Wolf administration’s handling of nursing homes and long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic:
“The Pennsylvania Republican Congressional Delegation thanks the members of the General Assembly for taking the necessary steps to investigate the Wolf administration’s disastrous policies relating to our state’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Last March, the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued guidance requiring nursing homes to admit COVID-positive patients. Today, more than half of the state's COVID fatalities have occurred in these facilities. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has repeatedly failed to investigate the policies that put Pennsylvania seniors living in long-term care facilities at risk. Pennsylvanians deserve a full and transparent investigation into what went wrong. Our offices remain committed to ensuring all information is brought to light so that the health and safety of our senior citizens are never again jeopardized by the careless actions of a state executive.”
The Pennsylvania Republican Congressional Delegation has taken action to hold the Wolf administration accountable for its negligent nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:
February 16, 2021: Sending a letter to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro asking for a report on guidance issued by the state Department of Health that called for admittance of COVID-19 positive individuals in long-term care facilities.
June 25, 2020: Republicans on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis and eight members of the Pennsylvania Republican Congressional Delegation sent a letter to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro requesting a formal review of the impact of Governor Wolf’s March 18, 2020 guidance for nursing homes to readmit COVID-19 positive residents that would be made public. His administration’s initial response can be found here.
Washington, D.C. - Tonight, the U.S. House of Representatives passed President Biden's American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion bill that Democrats call pandemic relief. U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) voted against the measure and issued this statement:
"No amount of deficit spending will heal an economy that remains locked down. This so-called American Rescue Plan focuses more on progressive pet projects than opening America while only 9% of this bill focuses on COVID testing and vaccine distribution. Congress' top priorities must be to get Americans back to work, our kids back to school, more efficient vaccine distribution, and a return to fiscal sanity so we can get our country back on a path to prosperity."
Washington, D.C. — Today, House Auto Caucus co-chairs Representatives Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) and Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), caucus board members Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Fred Upton (R-Mich.), and 27 other members of Congress asked the Biden Administration in a letter to recognize and take action on the domestic shortage of semiconductor wafer chips.
"As members of the House Auto Caucus and who hail from districts with a significant American auto industry presence, we write to express our deep concerns regarding the ongoing global shortage of automotive-grade semiconductors," wrote the Representatives. "This shortage poses risk to the entire U.S. auto and trucking industry and the over 15 million American jobs the industry supports. We seek your assistance in finding a swift and workable solution to the shortage by working closely with government and industry officials in the U.S. and abroad, where these semiconductor wafers are predominantly produced."
The letter was also signed by Representatives Andy Barr (R-Ky.), Julia Brownley (D-Calif), Andre Carson (D-Ind.), Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), Sharice Davids (D-Kan.), Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.), Bill Foster (D-Ill.), Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio), Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), Bill Huzienga (R-Mich.), Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.), Ralph Norman (R-S.C.), Scott Perry (R-Pa.), Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), Terri Sewell (D-Ala.), Adam Smith (D-Wash.) Haley Stevens (D-Mich.) Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), Van Taylor (R-Texas), William Timmons (R- S.C.), Dina Titus (D-Nev.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Juan Vargas (D-Calif.), Tim Walberg (R-Mich.).
The COVID-19 pandemic caused a dramatic increase in demand for semiconductors for production in consumer electronics such as home computers, which strained the supply chain for automobile manufacturers. That led to a reduction in vehicle production, which has already resulted in temporary layoffs and shift reductions for American workers.
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R. 5, the Equality Act, legislation that would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) voted against the bill and issued this statement:
"All people should be treated with respect and no one should face discrimination in their daily lives, but this extreme bill would erode our nation's progress toward women's equality and threaten religious liberty enshrined in the First Amendment. If enacted, it will have real world consequences such as biological men participating in women's athletics. It is shocking that Democrats think this is good for society and a political priority."
Washington, D.C. - Today, the United States Supreme Court announced that it will not hear arguments in the case of Kelly v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) issued this statement following the announcement:
"It is astounding that our nation's highest court was unwilling to hear arguments in a case that called on the Court to require states to follow their own constitutions in the conduct of federal elections. Act 77 expressly violates the Pennsylvania Constitution and the only court to consider the merits acknowledged the strength of our argument and said we were likely to succeed. I call on the governor and the General Assembly to do the right thing by repealing the no-excuse mail-in voting system, starting the constitutional amendment process, and letting Pennsylvania voters decide the issue."
Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-16) and several House colleagues sent a letter to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro asking if the Commonwealth plans to study and report on nursing home-related deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic. New York recently issued a report which revealed that deaths in long-term care facilities were underreported by roughly 50%.
"One of the primary causes of the large number of nursing home fatalities in New York was the state government’s order that nursing homes admit COVID-19 positive individuals," wrote the congressmen. "The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued a similar guidance on March 18, 2020, requiring that nursing homes allow new admissions and re-admissions, including individuals that had been diagnosed with COVID-19."
Public reporting suggests that more than half of COVID-19 deaths in Pennsylvania are attributable to residency at a nursing home or a long-term care facility. That raises questions about the Commonwealth's handling of the nursing home population in the early stages of the pandemic. The PA Department of Health's March 18, 2020 Interim Guidance for Nursing Facilities During COVID-19 includes the mandate referenced in the letter:
"Nursing care facilities must continue to accept new admissions and receive readmissions for current residents who have been discharged from the hospital who are stable to alleviate the increasing burden in the acute care settings. This may include stable patients who have had the COVID-19 virus."
Washington, D.C. - This week U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) introduced H.R. 705, the Heartbeat Protection Act. This legislation would prohibit abortions when an unborn child's heartbeat is detected.
"All people have a right to life including unborn babies who are the most vulnerable and voiceless among us," said Kelly. "A beating heart is the clearest sign of life. Tens of millions of human beings have been lost to abortion since Roe v. Wade but we can and must act to prevent that fate for future generations."
The Heartbeat Protection Act requires doctors to check for a fetal heartbeat before performing an abortion. Any physician who performs an abortion without checking for a heartbeat or aborts a child with a detected heartbeat would be subject to criminal penalties. This restriction would not apply to abortions that are necessary to save the life of the mother. Women who obtain an abortion that violates this law would not be subject to prosecution.
This legislation is cosponsored by 41 members of the House of Representatives and is endorsed by National Right to Life, the Susan B. Anthony List, and the Family Research Council.
Washington, D.C. - Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.Con.Res.11, the FY21 Budget Reconciliation Resolution. This resolution directs the committees of the House to produce legislation to implement President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package. U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) issued this statement after voting against the resolution:
"What Americans need is for states to deliver COVID vaccines, utilize the one trillion dollars still available from December's relief package, and to open their economies. Congressional Democrats and President Biden are instead using the budget process to spend two trillion more dollars while cutting Republicans and those they represent out of the negotiations entirely. So much for unity."
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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.
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