John Fleming

John Fleming

LOUISIANA's 4th DISTRICT

Fleming: EPA Holding Up Cleanup at Minden

2015/05/21

Washington, DC – Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after learning that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asked for additional oversight costs, estimated to be $8 million, to dispose of the roughly 15 million pounds of M6 propellant stored in igloos at Camp Minden.  The demand for additional oversight costs is delaying the process of hiring a contractor so that disposal can begin.

 

“The Dialogue Committee and the community as a whole have been working diligently with the EPA to find an alternative solution to open burn. Until recently we thought a contract would be approved within days. At the last minute, the EPA has asked for millions more in oversight costs, on top of the $1.2 million Louisiana has already paid EPA for oversight costs. It is extortion from an agency whose budget this year is $8.1 billion."  

 

"We cannot afford to wait any longer and risk an explosion that could harm both the community and the environment.  If it weren’t for this outrageous bait and switch tactic by the EPA, we could have contractors on the ground within weeks beginning work on removal of the dangerous materials. I will insist the EPA rescind its request immediately so that the Guard can move forward as planned.  Everyone has acted in good faith these last few months. I won't let the EPA bring it all down now."

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Fleming Votes for Defense Authorization Act

2015/05/15

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after voting in favor H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization (NDAA) Act for Fiscal Year 2016. 

 

"This NDAA provides our men and women in uniform with the resources they need to protect our country, including a pay raise. The bill strengthens Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base and realigns the Air Force's nuclear enterprise. The bill also includes my amendment to require the Department of Defense to justify its harmful reduction of our Army soldiers stationed at Fort Polk.

 

“Today’s vote will ensure our troops have the support and resources they need to carry out their missions and protect our nation at home and abroad. While the defense bill passed the House today, it is unfortunate that Nancy Pelosi chose to lead many Democrats to oppose the bill and threaten a government shutdown because they want more money for their non-defense priorities, like welfare and green energy subsidies. With growing security threats that threaten our freedoms, we need to ensure that the federal government meets its first obligation of fully training and equipping our military.”

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Export-Import Bank shouldn't be renewed by Congress: Rep. John Fleming

2015/05/14

Next month Congress has a choice to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, or let it expire.  Supporters of the bank claim it is necessary to ensure American companies have access to the financing they need to compete with overseas markets. In reality, theEx-Im Bank is a government-created entity that uses taxpayer dollars to provide corporate welfare. That's why in June I support allowing the bank to expire.

President Franklin Roosevelt created the Export-Import Bank in 1934 to promote U.S. sales overseas by providing loans to foreign entities looking to purchase American goods. The goal was and still is to promote U.S. sales and subsequently, the creation of jobs through subsidized exports.  

However, when the government subsidizes an export for one American company, other companies in the same sector don't get the same benefit, likely hurting their sales and most likely, job creation too.

The Ex-Im Bank may help a few American businesses, but only at the expense of hurting others.

In actuality, the bank only serves less than 1 percent of small businesses. More than 60 percent of the bank's finances go to 10 large corporations — companies that do not need taxpayer help. In 2013 one large American company made $90 billion in revenues, yet the Ex-Im Bank helped sell its product to foreign companies by giving them almost $8 billion in financing, all thanks to American taxpayers.

Furthermore, the Ex-Im Bank has come under scrutiny for fraud, waste and abuse. There are currently 31 open fraud investigations against the bank and one indictment.  In recent months the bank also has removed or suspended four officials for either receiving gifts or accepting money from companies hoping to get a share of the Ex-Im funding.   

It's no surprise that more people believe the bank should be allowed to expire in June, including Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Majority Whip Steve Scalise and the chairmen of every House committee with authority over the Ex-Im reauthorization. The Export-Import Bank cannot be "fixed," either.  It must go in its entirety. Congress must take no action to renew its charter or continue its existence.

While foreign countries' purchasing decisions may not favor American businesses, providing low-interest loans to Chinese and Russian state-owned enterprises is not the solution. We must not provide easy opportunities for corruption. Ex-Im picks winners and losers, harming some businesses while helping others.

The best way to truly create a level playing field is through tax reform, increased energy independence and fewer regulations. We should create an environment where everyone has the opportunity to grow, not a select few.

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Fleming Votes Against Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act

2015/05/14

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after voting against the Senate-passed Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act:  

 

“With or without the passage of this legislation, Congress retains the prerogative to review any executive agreement, and to pass legislation tightening sanctions on Iran. Today’s vote elevates an international executive agreement to a level higher than that of a treaty—the agreement automatically goes into effect unless two-thirds of both Chambers are unhappy and proactively disapprove of the final nuclear deal. While I appreciate the legislation’s sentiment for a more transparent process, I would respectfully submit that Congress should demand nothing less. The American people deserve to know the full details of the Joint Plan of Action as well as to understand the full impact of any forthcoming nuclear accord. 

 

I remain committed to working with President Obama on stopping Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. I would, however, remind my colleagues of Israeli Prime Minster Netanyahu’s words when he addressed a Joint Session of Congress in March, stating that a ‘deal won’t change Iran for the better, it will only change the Middle East for the worse.’ Any deal that doesn’t end Iran’s nuclear program completely—to protect Israel, our allies in the Middle East and the U.S.—is not a deal I can support.”

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Fleming Applauds Passage of Pain Capable Bill

2015/05/13

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, to protect unborn children from the excruciating pain and certain death of an abortion. The passage of H.R. 36 coincides with the two-year anniversary of the conviction of abortionist Kermit Gosnell known for his grisly practice of delivering live babies and moments later snipping their spines.

 

“As a family practice physician, it’s been my privilege to welcome many new lives into this world. Every child, born and unborn, is a gift to be celebrated. Today’s legislation builds on what we know about life inside the womb and the pain an unborn child feels at 20 weeks post-fertilization. H.R. 36 protects the lives of pre-born babies in the fifth month of development, babies that we know feel and respond to painful stimuli. I am pleased to be a cosponsor of this legislation which includes much needed protections for both the mother and her baby.”

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Fleming Supports First Amendment Rights for Residents of the District of Columbia

2015/05/01

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after voting to pass H. J. Res. 43 to disapprove the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA). The District of Columbia bill would prevent pro-life advocacy groups, faith-based employers, and religiously affiliated or political organizations in D.C. from making personnel and hiring decisions consistent with each institution's mission. RHNDA could also force these entities to pay for abortion coverage. 

 

“RHNDA blatantly violates the First Amendment rights for residents in the District of Columbia. The underlying D.C. Council measure discriminates against mission driven organizations located in the Nation’s Capitol, impinging on the freedoms of speech, association, and religion for advocacy groups—particularly religious and pro-life affiliates—our neighbors right here in the District of Columbia."

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Background: The U.S. Constitution grants Congress oversight for the seat of government, and the Home Rule Act of 1973 provides for a Congressional review period and the ability to disapprove of any legislative matter passed by the D.C. Council, signed by the Mayor and presented to Congress. 

 

Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a physician and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana.

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Fleming, Pitts and Hartzler Release Statement on SCOTUS Oral Arguments

2015/04/28

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. (LA-4), Congressman Joe Pitts (PA-16) and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) released the following statements after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments today on whether to affirm marriage and preserve the rights of Americans in each state to debate and decide on marriage law and policy:

 

Congressman Fleming: “The U.S. Supreme Court does not have the right to redefine marriage for all states, but instead should affirm their ability to decide marriage policy. This is a Constitutional right reserved for each state. Marriage unites two unique individuals, ideally providing children with a mom and a dad, both of who are irreplaceable in a child’s life. Keeping this historical, societal building block is crucial for the good of our families and for the future of our country.”

 

Congressman Pitts: “Marriage is based on the reality that children do best with a Mom and a Dad.  As the Constitution remains silent on the issue, the people of Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and Kentucky and many other states have voted to maintain this definition. I hope that the government and nine unelected justices of the Supreme Court will respect the democratic process, and not actively overrule the voices of millions of Americans.”

 

Congresswoman Hartzler: “I won’t try to predict how the Supreme Court will rule in this case, but I am hopeful that the Supreme Court will recognize that this is an issue to be decided by the states.  Missourians have overwhelmingly voted to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman; and I support their right to define this issue.  No matter the outcome, I will continue champion marriage as the union of one man and one woman so every child has the opportunity to have a mom and a dad.”

 

 

Background: The Supreme Court heard oral arguments today on the marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges, which combines separate cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee and will decide whether the Court can overturn state laws that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

 

All three members signed an amicus brief urging the Court to affirm the decision of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the rights of states to maintain their traditional marriage laws.

 

Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a physician and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana.

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Fleming Votes Against Cybersecurity Bills For Not Protecting Personal Freedoms

2015/04/23

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after voting against H.R. 1560, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act and H.R. 1731, the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act:

 

“While I believe we need to do more to combat cyber attacks, it can’t be at the expense of our privacy and civil liberties.  These bills allow companies to share individual’s private information with the government in the hopes of identifying or preventing a cyber attack. However, if the scandals at the NSA and IRS have taught us anything – it’s that the government already has too much access to our personal information.

 

The Constitutional freedoms of Americans must be protected at all times, even during cybersecurity breaches. I will continue to oppose legislation that doesn’t protect these personal freedoms.”

  

Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a physician and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana.

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Fleming Supports Air Force Decision to Realign B-1 and LRS-B Under Air Force Global Strike Command

2015/04/21

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after the Air Force decided to realign ownership of the B-1 bomber fleets and the Long Range Strike-Bomber (LRS-B) programs from Air Combat Command to Air Force Global Strike Command:

 

“I welcome the Air Force's announcement to transfer ownership of the B-1 and Long Range Strike Bomber programs to Air Force Global Strike Command, headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base.  I have long advocated that the Air Force prioritize the global strike and strategic deterrence missions. Integrating these assets under a single command will help ensure the proper control and resourcing of the bomber fleet, and ultimately give our Global Strike Commander at Barksdale the voice needed to fully support the long-range strike mission.”

 

The Air Force is still finalizing this decision that will become effective Oct. 1, 2015.  

  

Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a physician and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana.

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Fleming Votes to Fix Broken Tax Code, Rein in IRS Abuses

2015/04/16

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Americans rushed to file their taxes this week, the House passed a number of bills to fix the broken tax code and rein in abuse at the agency in charge of overseeing it.

 

Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act:

 

“Often family owned businesses and farms don’t survive from one generation to the next because of the inflated rates of the estate tax, also known as the death tax.  I was pleased to support this repeal bill so that hard working American families are no longer forced to break up or sell family land to pay the IRS."

 

Rep. Fleming also voted in support of H.R. 622, the State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act, to allow the American taxpayer to decide whether to deduct state and local sales taxes, or state and local income taxes when filing federal taxes. 

 

Earlier this week, the House passed several pieces of legislation to rein in abuses at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), especially in light of the unfair targeting against select groups of taxpayers.

    

Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a physician and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana.

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Committee Assignments

Armed Services

Natural Resources

John Fleming grew up in a working class family in Mississippi. After his father suddenly died, John, as a teenager, took on added responsibility for his disabled mother and his younger siblings. He worked his way through college and attended medical school on a Navy scholarship. John served six years in the Navy as a Medical Officer

After his time in the U.S. Navy, John and his wife of 34 years, Cindy, settled in Minden, Louisiana. With a young family and no money in the bank, he started a medical practice that continues to serve the community today. He also began to build from scratch a group of non-medical small businesses that today provide hundreds of jobs in the region.

John was first elected to Congress in 2008, to represent Louisiana’s Fourth Congressional District. The district covers most of western Louisiana, stretching from Caddo and Bossier parishes east to Union, and south to Beauregard, and then east again to include parts of St. Landry parish. The district has abundant assets, including the agriculture, defense, and energy industries.

Fleming serves on two House committees – Armed Services – from which he focuses on the missions of Barksdale Air Force Base and Fort Polk’s Joint Readiness Training Center, and Natural Resources – from which he seeks to support the maximization of the Haynesville and Tuscaloosa Marine Shales, two sources of energy which have created tens of thousands of jobs for 4th District families.

John is focused on preserving the same freedoms that gave him the opportunity, as a young man from a working class family, to work for the American dream. He believes that the people he represents are best served when they are able to create their own success in an environment that embraces individual liberty and is not hampered by high taxes or unnecessary regulations. When government is efficient and accountable, the economy can grow and good jobs will be created.

Dr. Fleming was the Louisiana Family Doctor of the Year in 2007. He has worked in Congress for sensible health care reforms, and authored legislation urging all Members of Congress to participate in the same health care system that they create for the American people. He serves as Vice-Chairman of the GOP Doctors Caucus, a group that includes 14 physicians who work to develop patient-centered health care reforms. Dr. Fleming has also championed conscience protections for medical personnel who choose to not participate in abortion practices.

John Fleming’s primary goals are to uphold the U.S. Constitution and to be a servant leader to the people he represents. He’s been named a “Defender of Liberty” by the American Conservative Union, a “Congressional Sentinel” by Heritage Action for America, and a “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Business.


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Steve Scalise

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Charles Boustany

LOUISIANA's 3rd DISTRICT

Ralph Abraham

LOUISIANA's 5th DISTRICT

Garret Graves

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