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."
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.
Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, legislation authored by House Democrats. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) voted against the measure and released this statement:
"In times like these, it is imperative that Republicans and Democrats come together on reforms that unify and prevent future tragedies like the death of George Floyd and many others. Unfortunately, by refusing to work on bipartisan solutions to address police misconduct, Speaker Pelosi is delaying the change we all agree must come. Our goal and obligation must be to improve and fund police training, support good officers, and hold bad officers accountable, but this bill would make our communities less safe by preventing good officers from serving their communities effectively."
Representative Kelly opposed the Justice in Policing Act because it would, among other things:
Kelly is a co-sponsor of Representative Pete Stauber’s (R-Minn.) JUSTICE Act, the House companion legislation of Senator Tim Scott’s bill originally introduced in the Senate. That bill, which differs slightly but 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, a hard job that the vast majority of police officers do well and with integrity.
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) today unveiled the JUSTICE Act, landmark legislation to ensure transparency and accountability in American law enforcement. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) co-sponsored the House companion bill introduced by Representative Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) and released this statement:
"The past few weeks have been a traumatic and eye-opening experience for our nation. The death of George Floyd and others has spurred a necessary conversation about transparency, accountability and race relations within our nation. In my conversations with community leaders and western Pennsylvania police chiefs, it is clear that we all agree on the need for improvement. Among other things, the JUSTICE Act will increase training for law enforcement officers, expand the use of body cameras, and ensure that cops who violate the law are held accountable."
Washington, D.C. - On Thursday, June 11, U.S. Representative Mike Kelly will host a second live telephone town hall on the coronavirus. This one will pay special attention to answering outstanding questions about economic relief programs, including stimulus payments and the paycheck protection program. Kelly invites all residents of Pennsylvania’s 16th congressional district to participate, and local media to cover the event.
"As our economy re-opens and things return to normal, many western Pennsylvanians still have questions about coronavirus economic relief options,” said Kelly. “This event is a great opportunity for workers and small business owners to receive guidance regarding stimulus payments, the Paycheck Protection Program, and other assistance available directly from the federal agencies that administer the programs."
Representatives from the IRS and SBA will be on the line to answer questions and provide guidance on those programs and other topics.
Thursday, June 11 at 4:00 p.m.
Call in number: 855-531-1063
Erie, Pa. - U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) today participated in Erie’s Silent March, a peaceful demonstration to advocate racial equality in America. He issued this statement at the conclusion of the event:
"I was proud to join our friends and neighbors in the Silent March through downtown Erie today with others who envision America as a beacon of hope and a shining city on a hill. Americans of good will from every background have united at various periods in our history to bring us closer to that goal, and recent tragedies reveal that there is much more work to be done. I encourage western Pennsylvanians to talk about our progress in racial equality and what else we can do, to listen to each other, and above all, remember the Golden Rule. If we treat each other as we would like to be treated, we can avoid new wounds, heal old ones, and live up to America’s promise of one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all. Let’s do that together."
Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Mike Kelly announced the winners of Pennsylvania’s 16th District Congressional Art Competition and issued this statement thanking students for submitting artwork:
"Thank you to all students who submitted artwork for the Congressional Art Competition. Every year I am impressed by the artistic talent of western Pennsylvania’s youth, and 2020 was no exception. Our judges always have a tough task in determining winners, so congratulations to Natalie Myers of Hickory High School whose ‘Love Wins’ took home first place honors."
The first place art piece will be displayed in the United States Capitol building. Rep. Kelly will display the second and third place artwork, as well as the honorable mention, in his Washington, D.C. office. All honorees will also receive an official Congressional commendation. Below are the submissions and their titles.
By Natalie Myers of Hickory High School - Hermitage
By Elana Homison of Quigley Catholic High School - Zelionople
"Chapel by the Sea"
By Leia Davliakos of Eden Christian Academy - Valencia
By Maria Benson of Hickory High School - Hermitage
Washington, D.C. - Today, President Donald Trump announced that the United States will sever its relationship with the World Health Organization. U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) issued this statement applauding the president’s decision:
"The World Health Organization’s amplification of the Chinese government’s lies about the coronavirus led to countless preventable deaths across the globe. Whether WHO’s abetting of the communist regime was intentional or unwitting, it raises an important question: should Americans continue to send hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to support it? President Trump rightfully said no. His decision to end our relationship with WHO and re-purpose our funding contribution for other worldwide health initiatives is the right one."
Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Mike Kelly invited U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to visit the Flagship City to get a in-person view of its economic revitalization and to discuss its future improvement plans.
"Like other cities in the Rust Belt, Erie was hit hard by the devastating effects of deindustrialization and the migration of manufacturing jobs overseas. Regionally, there had been little optimism regarding a resurgence of manufacturing or having new businesses established here. These circumstances have dramatically changed in the past few years, however, through the creation of a redevelopment plan, which has helped to encourage outside capital investment into neighborhoods once abandoned."
"The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently applied for a BUILD grant that would help to ensure that the necessary improvements to the Bayfront Parkway become a reality. Currently, more than $600 million in private investment is occurring in the neighborhoods and business district adjacent to this project. For this reason, I have submitted a letter of support to your office for your review. Awarding a BUILD grant to the project “Connecting Erie’s Waterfront” would bring critical infrastructure upgrades to capitalize on the private investment and enhance Erie’s success story."
"It would be an honor for me to personally showcase to you the transformation that is currently taking place and what further federal infrastructure investment in the city would accomplish."
Notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic, Erie is experiencing a dynamic economic resurgence following decades of stagnation because of the decline in the manufacturing sector. Erie’s leadership in using Opportunity Zones, which were established by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, has set an example for the entire nation after breathing life into neighborhoods long-considered unworthy of investment. Representative Kelly is a staunch proponent of Opportunity Zones and an advocate of Erie’s effort to capitalize on available federal funding, including U.S. Department of Transportation grants for infrastructure projects.
Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled plans to lower the cost of insulin and expand coverage for diabetes treatments for seniors with Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage drug plans. U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), a member of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus and a diabetic himself, issued this statement after the announcement:
"The sky-rocketing price of insulin has caused great hardship for millions of Americans with diabetes. I applaud President Trump for fighting to lower seniors’ out-of-pocket costs and look forward to working with him to make this life-saving drug affordable for all Americans who depend on it."
1,750 Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans are moving to reduce insulin co-pays to $35 per month for seniors, signaling significant buy-in to CMS’ new market-based drug payment model. Additionally, these Medicare plans will be able to cover essential services such as transportation to and from doctor’s appointments, diabetes education programs, nutritionist advice, and other treatments that support patients living with diabetes.
CMS estimates that beneficiaries who join one of these plans will save an average of $446 per year on insulin costs.
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Mike Kelly reminds students that June 1 is the submission deadline for the 2020 Congressional Art Competition. Kelly, whose 16th District program is virtual this year, encourages students to enter their art work and display their God-given talent for others to enjoy.
"The Congressional Art Competition is an excellent opportunity for talented high school students to showcase their creativity," said Kelly. “Each year, I am so thrilled by the level of participation and the quality of art submitted by young western Pennsylvanians and I look forward to seeing what comes in this year."
Questions about the program can be answered by reviewing the below documents or calling (814) 454-8190.
1707 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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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