Washington, D.C. - Earlier, this week, U.S. Representative Mike Kelly began experiencing flu-like symptoms and consulted his doctor, who ordered a test for COVID-19. His test came back positive this afternoon. From his home in Butler, Pennsylvania, Representative Kelly issued this statement:
"When I started experiencing mild flu-like symptoms earlier this week, I consulted my primary care physician. My doctor ordered a test for COVID-19, which I obtained at the drive-through testing site at Butler Memorial Hospital. My test came back positive this afternoon. Thank you to my doctor Bill DiCuccio and the staff at Butler Memorial for their excellent care. My symptoms remain mild, and I will serve the 16th district from home until I fully recover. Additionally, my staff is tele-working and still available to constituents who need assistance."
While awaiting his test results, Kelly was not in Washington for the House vote on the third coronavirus relief package. Had he been present, he would have voted in favor of the CARES Act. His statement on passage of the bill released earlier today is available at the link below.
Washington, D.C. - Following passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act by the House of Representatives, U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) released this statement:
"Today, Congress came together to fight COVID-19 by sending President Trump a third relief package that provides immediate assistance to American workers, small businesses, key industries, and health care heroes on the front lines of this pandemic. As our country rallies together to slow the spread of this virus and ultimately defeat it, we must ensure that this public health emergency does not turn into a long-term economic crisis. The CARES Act is a key step toward that goal."
Washington, D.C. - Responding to numerous requests from western Pennsylvanians, U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) today wrote to U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig urging them to consider extending the 2020 tax filing deadline as Americans confront the challenges associated with the outbreak of COVID-19.
"Under current law, the IRS can extend the tax filing deadline up to six months. The agency has exercised this authority in the recent past when it helped Americans in the wake of devastating hurricanes. Taking this action now would relieve American taxpayers during this unpredictable and stressful period."
"Numerous state and local governments have implemented social distancing requirements, including the closure of certain businesses, to slow the spread of this virus. While necessary, these drastic and unprecedented measures are causing significant financial hardship for all Americans."
The IRS has exercised its authority to extend deadlines for tax filing and payment in the past, most recently to help the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Washington, D.C. - Today, President Donald Trump declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency. U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) issued this statement following the president's announcement:
"President Trump demonstrated strong leadership today by declaring the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency. His bold plan to bring government and the private sector together to confront this public health threat will get COVID-19 tests to those who need them and provide much-needed economic relief to American families."
Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) and Troy Balderson (R-Ohio) wrote to President Trump urging him to expand 232 tariffs to protect the American electrical steel industry from unfair trade practices.
"This week, Lourenco Goncalves, chairman and chief executive officer of Cleveland-Cliffs testified before the Congressional Steel Caucus in Washington, D.C. that unless his company receives Section 232 tariff relief, he will be forced to close the two AK Steel plants in our districts."
"The United States cannot afford to lose the one remaining producer for grain-oriented electrical steel (GOES), for economic or national security reasons."
"We implore the U.S. Trade Representative and the Department of Commerce to address this matter immediately before our communities lose thousands of jobs and our country sees the doors of the last maker of electrical steel shuttered."
U.S. imports of grain-oriented electrical steel (GOES) from China are assessed Section 232 tariffs under the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. A loophole is undermining the success of that policy. A dramatic increase in imported GOES into Canada and Mexico from China and elsewhere are circumventing those tariffs. Laminations, cores, and core assemblies that are slightly altered are entering the U.S. at high rates, reducing AK Steel’s ability to compete.
Washington, D.C. - Today, the House Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on the Phase One China trade agreement negotiated by President Trump and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.
Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), a senior member of the committee, spoke in support of the new deal focusing primarily on the plight of steel companies like western Pennsylvania's Blair Steel and AK Steel as a result of China's unfair trade practices.
Notable excerpt from his remarks: "We will not be able to defend ourselves in the future if we don't have strong steel, and strong farms, and strong manufacturing. It's just a fact of life."
On Monday, February 24, Kelly visited AK Steel to discuss the fact that China is circumventing the Section 232 tariffs that have been imposed by the Trump Administration (photos below). While progress has been made to protect American steel, Kelly remains committed to working with President Trump to protect American workers and enhance America's national security.
Washington, D.C. - Today, the Supreme Court of the United States announced it would consider an appeal of a ruling by the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Sharonell Fulton, et al. v. City of Philadelphia. U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) issued this statement on the SCOTUS decision:
“Faith-based adoption and foster care providers have played an extraordinary role in providing loving homes to vulnerable children throughout American history. Philadelphia’s attempt to force these organizations to choose between operating according to their faith and closing is an assault on the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty and an unnecessary threat to the well-being of our kids. I thank the Supreme Court for agreeing to hear this incredibly important case.”
The city of Philadelphia announced in March 2018 that it would no longer contract with faith-based organizations that only place children in homes with parents of the opposite sex.
Representative Kelly believes this is a threat to religious freedom and children seeking loving homes. Accordingly, in successive Congresses he introduced the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act. If enacted, this legislation would prohibit discrimination against child welfare providers who decline to carry out certain services that conflict with their sincerely held religious beliefs. The Inclusion Act would have no affect the activities of other child welfare service providers. It would simply protect faith-based agencies from being singled out for their religious beliefs.
In 2019, Representative Kelly also joined several of his colleagues in the House of Representatives and the Senate on an Amicus Brief in support of Catholic Social Services, the organization that filed the lawsuit in this case.
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) released this statement after the United States Senate voted to acquit President Trump of impeachment charges passed by the House of Representatives:
"The Senate's acquittal of President Trump means the national nightmare orchestrated by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, and Jerry Nadler is finally over. House Democrats' partisan abuse of Congress' impeachment power is a disgrace, and I call on them to help heal the wounds their reckless behavior has caused by working with the president and Republicans on the priorities of the American people going forward."
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) released this statement following President Donald Trump's State of the Union address:
"President Trump's bold vision for a great American comeback is underway. Three years into his administration, we are strong again and experiencing the best economy in half a century because he puts America first, keeps his promises, and believes in American workers. The State of the Union address tonight was a call for Republicans and Democrats to set aside differences and build on the blue-collar boom that is providing so much opportunity for millions. I look forward to working with the president and my colleagues in Congress on a robust policy agenda to build an even better future for America."
Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday, H.R. 5338, the Global Hope Act of 2019, passed the United States House of Representatives. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), who is a co-sponsor of the bill and supported its passage on the House floor, released the following statement after the vote:
"We have made incredible progress reducing childhood cancer mortality in America. The Global Hope Act will extend that success to developing nations by expanding pediatric medical training, treatments, and technologies to countries that need our help. By leveraging the vast resources of the private sector, we can win the global fight against childhood cancer."
In September 2018, the World Health Organization announced the Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer that aims to reach at least a 60% survival rate for children with cancer by 2030. The Global Hope Act will support this mission and lower the childhood cancer mortality rate in developing countries by:
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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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