I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year with your family and friends. This season we had the opportunity to reflect on many things, including that even in the midst of a time of division and turmoil, we live free in the greatest country on earth because a precious few were willing to fight to secure and defend our liberty.
Thank you for trusting me to serve you in the People's House. Taking western Pennsylvania's voice to our nation's capital has been the honor of my life and I take that responsibility seriously. This report seeks to highlight how I have worked for you this year and offer an update on the state of our politics and policy in Washington.
Unfortunately, impeachment of President Trump has overshadowed a well-spring of great news that we should all be celebrating. Let's get our impeachment discussion out the way.
On Impeachment, I voted 'NO'
In December, the House of Representatives, led by Democratic leadership, impeached President Trump, charging him with an "abuse of power" and "obstruction of Congress." The facts don't support these allegations, and I believe the effort to remove the president from office is a cynical attempt to damage him ahead of the 2020 election, not allegiance to the Constitution or to an oath of office as proponents of impeachment claim. I voted against both articles of impeachment on the House floor and look forward to America continuing to win under his leadership.
The Best Economy in Half a Century
While the left obsessed over removing the president from office this year, the American economy continued to perform at the best levels in half a century. The president's policy of ending burdensome regulations coupled with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act have led to historically low unemployment and higher wages for American workers. Here are a few statistics to illustrate just how good things are:
Here at home we're seeing a resurgence. Like the rest of the country, western Pennsylvania is feeling the affects of this booming economy. Manufacturing jobs are on the rise, opportunity zones are helping revitalize our cities, and we are seeing hope for a better future. What more could we ask for? In 2020, I will fight for policies that continue this trend.
Promises Made, Promises Kept
President Trump committed to defend American workers and put our country first in trade negotiations, and he and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer have delivered.
2019 Legislative Achievements
President Trump signs the Taxpayer First Act on July 1, 2019
Goals for 2020
Prescription drug prices, including insulin, are on the rise. I am working to address that problem, as well as advocating policies to help rebuild our country's aging infrastructure. Here are a few of my top policy goals for 2020:
Pennsylvania's 16th District Wins
Secretary of the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson presents a grant award to the city of Erie
Former Navy Secretary Spencer and I meeting before ELLWOOD Group plant tour. ELLWOOD builds propulsion shafts for ships.
How My Staff and I Directly Served You in 2019
My staff and I take pride in the services we offer to the residents of Pennsylvania's 16th district. We are proud of the fact that for the second year in a row, we were a finalist for the Democracy Award in Constituent Service. Here is a snapshot of the work we did for you this year.
I look forward to working with you and President Trump in 2020 to build an even more prosperous country. God bless you, and God bless America.Read More
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) issued the following statement after President Trump addressed the nation regarding the January 7 Iranian missile strikes:
"After years of Iranian aggression and the last administration's appeasement policy, America is leading again under President Trump. He has shown the resolve and restraint necessary to confront the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism. It was the right decision to eliminate Iran's top terrorist, Qassam Soleimani, something previous presidents failed to do. Attacks on Americans will no longer be tolerated. I stand behind this president as he pursues peace through strength."
Washington, D.C. - Representative Mike Kelly announced today that Elyse Chess and Brooke Lassinger are the winners of Pennsylvania's 16th District 2019 Congressional App Challenge (CAC). The app they created called "Let's Get Down to Buzzness," is an educational game app that allows players to engage in a business venture. Second place winners Noah Bernarding and Janice Comstock created "Lifesaver," an app through which users can easily report emergencies to police. Third place winner Mackenzie McGraw's "Homework Reminder" helps students record homework assignments and set reminders for when it's due. These winners were selected by an independent board of judges who evaluated each app across three criteria including concept, design, and skill.
"Congratulations to Elyse and Brooke for winning this year's Congressional App Challenge, and thank you to all the participants in the program," said Kelly. Each of you are exceptional students with God-given creative talent. By participating in this challenge you developed computer coding skills that are crucial to America's economic future, and your work tells us that future is bright!"
Congress created the CAC to foster and highlight STEM and computer-based skills in America, which faces a shortage of programmers. The program encourages students to learn the skills necessary to fill these well-paying, in-demand jobs, an investment that seeks to maintain U.S. competitiveness. The CAC encourages students to pursue those skills and recognize them for their efforts.
For further information about the Congressional App Challenge, please visit www.CongressionalAppChallenge.us and review the 2019 rules. If you have any questions regarding the CAC for PA16 specifically, Congressman Kelly's Butler District Office staff is available to assist you.
Washington, D.C. - Today, the United States House of Representatives passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a landmark trade deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). U.S. Representative Mike Kelly voted in favor of passing USMCA and issued the following statement:
"Western Pennsylvanians know that NAFTA was a raw deal for our region, so I was proud to vote in favor of USMCA, President Trump's new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico that puts our workers and farmers first. USMCA is a major victory for Americans, and now it will finally move forward and help build on the best economy our country has experienced in half a century."
Rep. Kelly's Speech on the House Floor in Support of USMCA
Washington, D.C. - This evening, the United States House of Representatives passed two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) released the following statement after voting 'NO' on both articles:
"I was proud to stand with President Trump against this charade by voting against both articles of impeachment. It's ironic that House Democrats accuse President Trump of abusing his power as they blatantly abuse theirs by pursuing a purely partisan impeachment of a duly-elected president. We know this was never about protecting the Constitution, upholding oaths of office, or any of the other self-righteous reasons Democrats are using to justify it, because they committed to this the day the president was elected. The effort to remove him from office has always been about political vengeance and damaging his 2020 re-election campaign."
Washington, D.C. - Today, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer unveiled the Phase One trade agreement between the United States and China. U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) issued the following statement after the announcement:
"Another promise made, another promise kept despite the Do-Nothing-Democrats' impeachment charade. President Trump and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer continue to deliver results for American workers, farmers, and businesses. This trade agreement will put long-overdue enforcement mechanisms in place to re-balance the U.S.-China trade relationship and prevent future cheating by the Chinese regime. I am particularly encouraged that the administration secured a commitment from China to purchase more U.S. agricultural goods, a welcome development for western Pennsylvania farmers. This deal is another win for the America."
Washington, D.C. - Today, the House Committee on the Judiciary passed two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, formally accusing him of an "abuse of power" and "obstruction of Congress." The articles will now be considered by the whole House of Representatives. Following the vote, Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) released this statement:
"Democrats have made it crystal clear all along that this impeachment inquiry isn't about protecting the Constitution or upholding their oath of office. This is about political vengeance and damaging the president ahead of the 2020 election. I have opposed this effort since it began and will vote against both articles of impeachment on the House floor."
Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3, the so-called Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) voted against the bill and issued the following statement:
"Congressional action to address the prescription drug affordability crisis should be about people, not politics. While Democrats may have scored a few cheap political points with their socialist base by passing H.R. 3, they did nothing to help Americans who increasingly struggle to afford their medications. This government price-fixing scheme would lead to the development of fewer new cures and reduce access to existing life-saving drugs. We should focus our efforts on policy that will work and can pass such as H.R. 19, a bipartisan alternative to H.R. 3 that won't threaten medical innovation."
Representative Kelly also spoke against H.R. 3 on the floor of the House during debate on the evening of December 11. Video below.
If enacted, H.R. 3 would give the federal government unprecedented power to dictate the price of prescription drugs, which opponents of the legislation argue would destroy the incentive to invest in the discovery of new cures and limit access to existing life-saving medications.
H.R. 3 is a Democrat messaging bill, not a serious effort to bring relief to Americans.
Representative Kelly believes Americans deserve better than political games, particularly on issues as important as lowering prescription drug prices. He is an original co-sponsor of H.R. 19, the Lower Costs, More Cures Act, a bipartisan package of proposals that has a realistic chance of becoming law with the support of House Democrats.
Washington, D.C. - On Wednesday, the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) issued an Administrative declaration of disaster for Erie, Crawford, and Warren Counties.
The declaration is in response to the devastating storms that hit western Pennsylvania on October 31 and November 1. Local businesses, homeowners, and others who incurred property damage that is not covered by insurance are now eligible to apply for low-interest loans to fill gaps in financing. Representative Kelly issued the following statement to thank SBA and offer his help navigating the application process:
"Thank you to SBA and the Trump Administration for responding to our region's request for aid following the devastating Halloween storms. For those looking for help recovering from these storms, the SBA loans are a great option. If you need assistance figuring out how to take advantage of this offer, give our Erie office a call at 814-454-8190. My staff and I are ready and willing to help."
Washington, D.C. - Today, President Trump and Congressional leaders reached an agreement to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Following the announcement, U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) released this statement:
"Promises made, promises kept. USMCA is a big win and will further boost America's strongest economy in half a century. Congress should unlock the benefits of this great trade deal by passing it immediately. Thank you to President Trump for negotiating a replacement for NAFTA that puts American workers, farmers, manufacturers and businesses first!"
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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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