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!"
Washington, D.C. - Today, House Republicans unveiled H.R. 19, the Lower Costs, More Cures Act, a bipartisan plan to reduce prescription drug prices. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), an original co-sponsor of the legislation, issued the following statement following its introduction:
Americans are facing a prescription drug affordability crisis. People from all walks of life are struggling to buy the medicines they need to live happy and healthy lives. The Lower Costs, More Cures Act would require more transparency in drug pricing, lower out of pocket costs to patients, and protect and foster medical innovation. If Democrats are serious about lowering the cost of prescription drugs, they will join us to deliver this bipartisan solution our country desperately needs instead of passing partisan government price fixing schemes.
The Lower Costs, More Cures Act is the solution to America's prescription drug affordability crisis. Every provision in the bill is bipartisan. If House Democrats allowed a vote, it would likely become law. If enacted, H.R. 19 would, among other things:
By contrast, the House is expected to vote this week on H.R. 3, Speaker Pelosi's plan to give the federal government unprecedented power over prescription drug pricing. Her price fixing scheme would lead to fewer new cures by destroying the incentive for medical innovation. It would also limit access to existing life-saving medicines.
Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) wrote to President Donald Trump requesting his help addressing the ongoing insulin affordability crisis. Kelly, vice-chair of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus and a diabetic himself, urged the president to declare the nationwide lack of affordable insulin a public health emergency. He also requested the president's support for H.R. 4244, the Market Access for Generic Insulin Competition (MAGIC) Act, legislation Kelly authored to create a clear and permanent approval pathway at the FDA for U.S. manufacturers to produce affordable generic insulin
"Mr. President, you can take decisive, executive action to begin fixing this problem. You can help those suffering from diabetes in America who cannot afford life-saving insulin," wrote Kelly after outlining regulatory barriers to generic insulin. "The March 23, 2020, transition date is a mere four months away, and diabetics need help now. I look forward to working with you and my colleagues in Congress on this matter of critical importance to millions of Americans."
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. Representative Kelly believes that President Trump can act under his existing statutory authority to add insulin to this guidance and provide a clear albeit temporary pathway for generic drug makers to apply for approval for generic insulin.
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. - On Tuesday, Representative Mike Kelly sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi demanding the release of the transcripts of all depositions conducted by the House Intelligence Committee since she announced the impeachment inquiry in September.
"Despite the vote in the House on October 31, House Democrats continue to conduct the partisan effort to impeach the President in secret," wrote Kelly. "Your duty to the Constitution and the American people, as well as fundamental fairness, requires that you immediately release the full transcripts of all depositions taken since you pronounced the beginning of an impeachment inquiry on September 24, 2019."
House Democrats voted last week to pass H.Res. 660, a resolution to formalize the impeachment inquiry that began on September 24, 2019. The resolution established rules for public hearings in the next phase of their partisan investigation. Kelly voted against the resolution and viewed it as an attempt to "legitimize the unfair inquiry already underway" and little more than a"mirage of fairness, transparency, and due process,"
Kelly sees Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff's actions this week as validation of those characterizations. Schiff has continued to selectively release information and conduct behind closed doors hearings despite the vote to make the impeachment probe public.
Washington, D.C. - On Thursday, the House of Representatives considered a resolution to authorize its impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The measure passed the chamber on a mostly party-line vote, with two Democrats joining Republicans in opposition. Representative Mike Kelly, R-Pa., issued the following statement after voting against the resolution:
"After more than a month of Adam Schiff’s secret hearings and selective leaking, the Do-Nothing-Democrats caved to pressure and tried to legitimize the unfair, hyper-partisan inquiry that is already underway. This resolution is a mirage – an attempt to create the perception of fairness, transparency, and due process. In truth, this sham inquiry contains none of those cherished American values."
The Speaker's resolution merely continues the unfair process that is already underway. It authorizes the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Committee on the Judiciary to "continue their ongoing investigations" and establishes the following powers for Democrats:
Washington, D.C. - This evening, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2440, the Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act, legislation to require that money in the fund be used for its intended purpose: dredging and maintenance of America's aging ports and harbors. Representative Mike Kelly, R-Pa., a co-author of the legislation, issued the following statement after passage of the bill:
“Our nation’s ports and harbors, like the Port of Erie, are supposed to receive funding for dredging and other maintenance from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund. Unfortunately, a significant portion of the revenue in the fund is not being used for that purpose. From the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast, our ports are in disrepair. By passing the Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act today, the House took a giant step toward building 21st century ports and harbors for the 21st century economy. This will help America stay competitive on the world stage and create more opportunity for American workers.”
Representative Kelly is a strong advocate of America's ports and harbors. Recognizing the critical significance of the Port of Erie to western Pennsylvania's economy, he has consistently championed federal funding for dredging and investment in long-delayed renovations and repairs. He is committed to policies that will help reduce the backlog of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers harbor maintenance projects.
H.R. 2440 was based on legislation that Kelly wrote and introduced in 2017: H.R.1908, the Investing In America: Unlocking the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act.
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
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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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