Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

PENNSYLVANIA's 3rd DISTRICT

Rep. Kelly Applauds House Passage of Congressional Balanced Budget Resolution

2015/05/01

House-Senate agreement will balance budget within 10 years

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today in support of the final bicameral budget agreement for fiscal year 2016, also known as the Conference Report to S. Con. Res. 11. The legislation was passed by the House of Representatives yesterday evening by 226-197.

“For the first time in more than a decade, the People’s House has passed a plan produced by both chambers of Congress that will balance the federal budget in less than 10 years and put our country on a sustainable path to real economic growth. This is a monumental achievement by America’s new Congress, which is fulfilling its promise to put commonsense priorities first and get things done for the American people.

“This bicameral plan will finally reverse our nation’s record high debt without raising any taxes—a far cry from all seven of President Obama’s proposed budgets, including his latest proposal, which includes more than $2 trillion in tax increases and never even comes close to balancing. As the world’s dangers continue to grow, our budget will properly increase funding for our men and women in uniform to help them do their jobs and keep us safe. It will also fully preserve Medicare and begin the important process of repealing and replacing Obamacare.

“Families in Western Pennsylvania and Americans from coast to coast are expected to live by a responsible budget every single year. With this historic budget agreement, Washington is finally doing the same.”

NOTE: More information about the budget resolution can be found here. A list of 10 specific ways that this budget agreement will help hardworking taxpayers and families (courtesy of the Office of the Speaker) can be viewed here.

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Rep. Kelly Applauds Ways & Means Committee Approval of Trade Promotion Authority

2015/04/24

TPA is “good for American workers, good for Congress, good for nation’s economic future”

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement after today’s full committee mark-up hearing at which the committee approved H.R. 1890, the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, which will establish a trade policy partnership between presidential administrations and Congress known as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).

“This responsible legislation will equip Congress with the power to secure the most successful trade agreements possible for America. It is critical for guaranteeing strong, job-creating trade deals that will help American workers and ensure that the United States is leading, shaping, and dominating the global economy. Through TPA, Congress will lay out specific negotiating objectives that must be pursued by every administration – Democrat or Republican – as well as serious consultation and transparency requirements for each president to follow. In other words, Congress will always be in the driver's seat and writing the rules of the road. This will ensure that the hardworking men and women at countless manufacturers throughout the Third District will always have an advocate at the table.

“It is a matter of modern economic fact that 96 percent of the world's customers now live outside the United States. If we want to grow our economy and create more high-paying jobs here at home, then we need to sell more American-made products and services overseas. It's that simple. According to the most recent studies, more than 8,000 jobs in the Third District are directly tied to trade. More than $4 billion of manufactured goods and services are exported from our District annually. TPA will pave the way for new trade agreements which are expected to create more than 66,000 new jobs throughout Pennsylvania and more than 1.4 million new jobs nationwide. Overall, TPA is good for American workers, good for Congress, and good for our nation's economic future.”

NOTE: Expert analysis demonstrating how trade economically benefits Pennsylvania’s Third District as well as the state and nation at large can be found here, here, here, and here.

According to General James L. Jones, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps: “[T]rade runs right to the heart of international security in the 21st century. Maintaining global stability, essential to America's peace and prosperity, is no longer a function solely of our ability to deploy and defeat, but rather of our capacity to engage and endow—and ultimately to turn promise and opportunity into jobs and a higher quality of life. By leading on trade, the United States tightens our bonds with allies around the globe, strengthens our influence in would-be hotspots, and fosters greater global stability through expanding economic cooperation.”

Nearly every presidential administration since that of Franklin Roosevelt has been given a TPA-like mechanism to help expand trade. (Richard Nixon pursued it until his resignation, after which his vice president and successor Gerald Ford was granted it.)

 

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Rep. Kelly Pays Tribute to Erie Newspaper Icon Ed Mead on House Floor

2015/04/23

Mead was Chairman Emeritus of Times Publishing Company, Publisher Emeritus of Erie Times-News

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike (PA-03) delivered remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday in commemoration of the late Ed Mead, the former president, co-publisher, editor, and columnist at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pennsylvania. Mr. Mead passed away last month.

Text of Rep. Kelly’s floor speech:

“Last month, our world bid farewell to Ed Mead — a former president, co-publisher, editor, columnist, and all around legend of the Erie Times‐News in Erie, Pennsylvania, a paper founded by his grandfather in 1888.

“Mr. Mead leaves behind an extraordinary legacy in the newspaper business and in the community of Erie — the city where he was born and spent much of his life devoted to connecting with people.

“Mr. Mead was often referred to as ‘the voice of Erie,’ leading a long and distinguished career that included more than 14,000 features for his ‘Odds and Ends’ column — one that appealed to so many people throughout the region.

“Mr. Mead was so committed to serving his family’s newspaper that, after graduating from Princeton University in 1949, he turned down a contract offer from the National Football League’s Detroit Lions to instead work at the Erie Times for the next 63 years.

“Although Mr. Mead’s passing will long be felt at the Erie Times Publishing Company and in the entire Erie community, we know he rests now in Heaven.

“As is true of all legends, Ed Mead may be gone but will surely never be forgotten.”

Read more about Ed Mead’s life and career here.

 

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Rep. Kelly Confronts IRS Commissioner over Agency’s Diversion of Funds from Customer Service

2015/04/22

New Ways & Means committee report reveals misspent funds by IRS, debunking agency’s claim of insufficient funding

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – participated in this morning’s hearing by the Subcommittee on Oversight on the 2015 tax filing season and general operations at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) which featured testimony by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. The hearing coincided with the release of a new report by the committee’s Majority Staff titled, “Doing Less with Less: IRS’s Spending Decisions Harm Taxpayers,” which details a severe misuse of funds by the agency.

Highlights of Rep. Kelly’s remarks:

“I don’t think that, if you were in the private sector, you would ever go before a company that was in bad shape or failing and say, ‘Hey, here’s the problem: Things are looking pretty bad for us, we don’t have quite the resources that we’d like to have … and so what we’re going to do is do less with less.”

“My big question is: Why would we cut customer service and redeploy those dollars elsewhere? You’re the head of the agency. What was it in your game plan, what was it in your thinking that said … ‘I think what we’ll do is cut customer service, and that way, we’ll have a better relationship with the taxpaying public if we make them wait longer on the phone, if we make them wait longer for mail, if we close down different offices and not be able to do the advocacy that we like to do… I think that’s really going to be able to help our position!’?”

“You can’t run around town telling everybody that you’re out of money and that’s the reason you can’t do your job.”

“If it’s about improving morale, you can’t tell people how bad it is, and how much worse it’s going to get, and expect better results.”

“I would just suggest to you that there's hardly a person in America today that isn't doing more with less, that hasn't tightened their belt and learned how to work with less.”

Summaries of the Way and Means Committee’s report can be found here and here.

NOTE: Since news of the IRS targeting scandal first broke in May 2013, Rep. Kelly has been a prominent vocal leader in the ongoing pursuit for answers and accountability. After earning a standing ovation for his fierce scolding of then-IRS Commissioner Steven Miller at the Ways and Means Committee’s first-ever hearing on the scandal, The Washington Post’s Right Turn blog named Rep. Kelly its “Distinguished Pol of the Week.” The New York Post declared that Rep. Kelly’s words “ought to be emblazoned across the entryway of every IRS office in America.”

In response to the scandal, Rep. Kelly introduced the Government Employee Accountability Act, which would grant all federal agencies the power to fire reckless Senior Executive Service employees (such as ex-IRS official Lois Lerner) on the spot, or place them on “investigative leave” without pay. The legislation was passed by the House of Representatives on August 1, 2013, as part of the Stop Government Abuse Act (H.R. 2879) by a bipartisan vote of 239-176. Rep. Kelly re-introduced the bill on February 4, 2015.

On February 26, Rep. Kelly introduced the Taxpayer Knowledge of IRS Investigations Act (H.R. 1026), which was unanimously passed by the House on April 15, 2015.

 

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Rep. Kelly Proudly Receives Guardian of Seniors’ Rights Award

2015/04/22

Rep. Kelly with 60 Plus Chairman Jim Martin and 60 Plus President Amy Frederick

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) issued the following statement today after receiving the 2015 Guardian of Seniors’ Rights Award from the 60 Plus Association by Chairman Jim Martin and President Amy Frederick. The organization has stated that, “Tax reform is a critical link in the chain for the financial stability of seniors,” and presented this year’s award to Members of Congress “for committing to reform the tax code in a way that is simpler and fairer for everyone.”

“I am very honored to receive this award and thank Chairman Martin for the outstanding work his organization does on behalf of all of our nation’s seniors. I wholeheartedly share 60 Plus’ strong commitment to reforming our nation’s outdated tax code so that it is fairer and simpler for all Americans, both young and old, and can allow our economy to flourish again. I am especially proud to have supported the repeal of the unfair federal death tax last week in the House, a cause which 60 Plus has long championed, and rightly so, for the sake of the preserving the American Dream for future generations.”

NOTE: Read more about the 60 Plus Association at 60Plus.org.

 

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Rep. Kelly Supports Repeal of Federal Death Tax

2015/04/16

House passes ‘Death Tax Repeal Act’ co-sponsored by Kelly

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – delivered remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives this morning in support of H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, of which he is a co-sponsor. The legislation will permanently repeal the federal estate tax, also known as the “death tax,” a 40 percent tax on an individual’s transfer of assets in excess of an exemption amount to the next generation at the time of his or her death. The bill was subsequently passed by the House with bipartisan support by a vote of 240-179.

Highlights of Rep. Kelly’s floor remarks:

“I want you to think about something: The entire produce of a woman or man’s life – after they’ve paid their local taxes, their state taxes, their federal taxes, all the sales tax over their life, and the way they’ve contributed to build their communities – at the time of their death … God forbid these hardworking American taxpayers are allowed to pass on to the next generation that which they were able to accumulate.”

“My dad was a parts picker in a Chevrolet warehouse. He married the girl who ran the switchboard at that warehouse. That was my mother. He went on from World War II, he came back home, started with a little car dealership in Verona, Pennsylvania – one car showroom, four service bays – and built it into something he was very proud of and was able to pass on to me and my brothers. Now, we want to go after these folks not because they were successful but because they died! And because the government cannot live within its means.”

“So when we go to the viewing, we go to the funeral home, and when we go to pay our respects, we’re also telling [those taxed after death], ‘Thanks for all your hard work; you did a great job; you contributed so much… and now the government wants to take some of that produce of your entire life because they can’t live within their means. You lived within your means, you tightened your belt when you had to, you made more with less—but no, that’s not good enough! Because we can’t rein in spending, we can’t stop taxing.’ That is egregious.”

“In the United States of America, to sit back and look at all those who have done so much and paid so many taxes in their lifetime and yet to say upon their death, they are not allowed to pass this on to the next generation. [To Democrats:] You’re separating the country; you’re dividing the country, rich versus poor. That’s egregious. This is America.”

 

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House Unanimously Passes Kelly Bill to Restore Transparency at IRS for Taxpayers

2015/04/16

Kelly’s ‘Taxpayer Knowledge of IRS Investigations Act’ helps victims of IRS leaks; passed with 6 other bills to stop IRS

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives today in support of H.R. 1026, the Taxpayer Knowledge of IRS Investigations Act, which he introduced on February 26, 2015. The legislation would amend the U.S. tax code to stop the IRS’s outrageous abuse of taxpayer privacy protections to instead protect government employees who improperly reveal confidential taxpayer information. Under Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code, it is currently a felony for anyone to reveal such information. The IRS has thus far exploited this provision to deny victims of IRS leaks knowledge about how their private information was accessed and who within the agency committed the wrongdoing. H.R. 1026 was passed by the House with unanimous support immediately following Rep. Kelly’s floor remarks.

A full list of today’s House-passed IRS reform bills can be viewed here.

Excerpts of Rep. Kelly’s floor speech:

“We shouldn’t have to pass laws like this, but unfortunately, laws are not made and governments are not run by angels, they’re run by men, and we have to have oversight over what’s happened.”

“This piece of legislation gives the same rights to those people whose information has been violated, whose information has been compromised, as is given to IRS personnel.”

“You cannot divulge private tax information to anybody else. It is a felony to do that. But [section] 6103 also prevented those whose tax information was divulged [from getting] any information on it. They weren’t allowed to even inquire and we’re not allowed to be informed of what was taking place. … ‘What’s been divulged?’ ‘Who divulged it?’ ‘Is there an ongoing investigation?’ ‘What were the findings of that investigation?’ ‘And who’s being held responsible, and more important than that, who’s being held accountable?’”

“If we are to restore the American people’s confidence in our form of government, this is essential. We cannot allow these things to happen.”

“So if it really is an American principle, and if we really do need to have faith and trust [in government] and feel that we are all being treated the same way, and in an honest way, and if it’s the only way to restore the confidence that people need to have in our form of government … then this type of legislation has to take place.”

“We’re protecting taxpayers and taxpayers’ rights. This is so fundamentally American.”

“It’s not only our responsibility—it is our duty to protect every single one of America’s citizens. And to divulge the information that was divulged [by the IRS] and to do it in such a way, to use the law to break the law, makes absolutely no sense to any of us.”

“This isn’t really about either side of the aisle. This is about all of us together doing what’s right for the American people. This should reconfirm to the American people that we are here acting in their best interest and defending them every single day that we sit in session and that we sit in office.”

Praise for Rep. Kelly’s bill by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA):

“This is a simple, commonsense bill. Taxpayers have a right to know if their tax return information has been compromised. I want to thank my friend, the gentlemen from Pennsylvania and my Republican colleague, the ranking member of the [Oversight] subcommittee, and the chairman, for bringing this bill to the floor today.”

BACKGROUND: On May 13, 2013, it was revealed that the IRS division headed by now-retired official Lois Lerner shared highly confidential tax-exempt status applications from multiple conservative groups with ProPublica, a private outside organization. In October 2013, it was reported that the agency “shared highly confidential tax information of several Tea Party groups in the IRS scandal with the Federal Election Commission, a clear violation of federal law.”

H.R. 1026 would amend the tax code to permit the release of certain information regarding the status of ongoing investigations related to the improper disclosure of taxpayer information by IRS employees. Under Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code, it is currently a felony for an IRS official to disclose such information to the public or to another government agency, which bars victims of wrongful IRS leaks from knowing the status of their no-longer private information.

NOTE: Since news of the IRS targeting scandal first broke in May 2013, Rep. Kelly has been a prominent vocal leader in the ongoing pursuit for answers and accountability. After earning a standing ovation for his fierce scolding of then-IRS commissioner Steven Miller at the Ways and Means Committee’s first-ever hearing on the scandal, The Washington Post’s Right Turn blog named Rep. Kelly its “Distinguished Pol of the Week.” The New York Post declared that Rep. Kelly’s words “ought to be emblazoned across the entryway of every IRS office in America.”

In response to the scandal, Rep. Kelly introduced the Government Employee Accountability Act, which would grant all federal agencies the power to fire reckless Senior Executive Service employees (such as ex-IRS official Lois Lerner) on the spot, or place them on “investigative leave” without pay. The legislation was passed by the House of Representatives on August 1, 2013, as part of the Stop Government Abuse Act (H.R. 2879) by a bipartisan vote of 239-176. Rep. Kelly re-introduced the bill on February 4, 2015.

 

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Rep. Kelly Applauds National Park Service for Conducting Reconnaissance Survey of Washington Trail – 1753

2015/04/09

Kelly had personally requested survey from US Dept. of Interior

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) issued the following statement today commending the National Park Service (NPS) for agreeing to conduct a reconnaissance survey of the Washington Trail – 1753 in Western Pennsylvania, which will determine if the trail resources “merit further consideration as a potential unit of the National Trails System.” The NPS’s decision letter to Rep. Kelly can be viewed here.

“I am wholeheartedly appreciative of the NPS’s decision to conduct a reconnaissance survey of this revered historic trail. The trail serves as an exciting bridge to pre-revolution America and commemorates George Washington’s first-ever military and diplomatic venture. All Western Pennsylvanians should be proud that this special landmark is now one step closer to being officially recognized as a National Historic Trail.”

NOTE: On February 11, 2015, Rep. Kelly sent a letter to Jon Jarvis, Director of the U.S. Department of the Interior, requesting that the NPS undertake a reconnaissance survey to “identify the nationally significant route and resources associated with the Washington Trail – 1753” and to “determine whether the corridor merits future designation as a National Historic Trail.”

On July 30, 2014, Rep. Kelly sent a letter to the NPS in support of a grant application previously submitted by the Washington Trail – 1753 for Community Assistance through the NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program. The letter, along with three other letters in support of the project (including one to the Honorable Martin O’Brien, Chairman of Washington Trail – 1753), can be viewed here. On November 18, 2014, the NPS announced its decision to provide assistance.

For more information about the Washington Trail – 1753, click here.

 

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Rep. Kelly Seeks to Renew Funding Ban for UN Arms Trade Treaty in FY 2016 Appropriations Bills

2015/03/27

90 Members of Congress co-sign letters in support of Kelly amendments to prohibit ATT funding

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today regarding four letters he authored and submitted to the bipartisan leaders of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, the Subcommittee on Homeland Security, the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. Each letter requested updated and strengthened language prohibiting federal funding of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in each of the subcommittees’ respective appropriation bills for fiscal year 2016.

The letters can be viewed here, here, here, and here.

Statement by Rep. Kelly

“The power of the purse is a critical weapon in our fight to stop the ATT from ever being implemented. The sovereignty of our country and the rights of our people are far too precious to be left vulnerable to this dangerous treaty. Especially with this president’s appetite for unilateral, unconstitutional action overwhelmingly clear, our vigilance matters more than ever.”

NOTE: Signatories of Rep. Kelly’s letters include 6 committee chairmen: Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL), as well as Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX).

BACKGROUND:  Rep. Kelly is a national leader of the movement to stop the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). On March 15, 2013, he introduced H. Con. Res. 23, a bipartisan concurrent resolution expressing opposition to the treaty on behalf of members of Congress. The resolution earned 149 co-sponsors in the House and 36 supporters in the Senate.

On May 30, 2013, Rep. Kelly submitted a bipartisan letter with 130 co-signers from Congress to both President Obama and Secretary Kerry urging them to reject the treaty. He sent a similar bipartisan letter to the president following Secretary Kerry’s signing of the treaty on October 15, 2013, which was signed by 181 members of Congress, including multiple committee chairmen. A follow-up letter was sent to the White House on April, 20, 2014.  

On April 1, 2014, Rep. Kelly authored and submitted four separate letters to the bipartisan leaders of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, the Subcommittee on Homeland Security, the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies requesting updated and strengthened language prohibiting federal funding of the ATT in each of the subcommittees’ respective appropriation bills for fiscal year 2015, including an explicit ban on the use of funds to engage in domestic prosecutions on the basis of the ATT. Each letter was co-signed by more than 80 members of Congress.

On May 22, 2014, the House passed H.R. 4335, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015, which included Rep. Kelly’s amendment to continue the Defense Department’s ban on funding for the ATT.

On September 5, 2014, Rep. Kelly submitted a letter to President Obama voicing opposition to the planned First Conference of State Parties (CSP) to the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) – a UN-backed gathering to shape the future of the ATT – due to its exclusion of any organizations critical of the treaty.

On December 16, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2015, which includes a ban on federal funding for the ATT’s implementation. The president signed the final version of the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2015 (H.R. 3979) on December 19, 2014, which included a similar ban.

On March 2, 2015, Rep. Kelly sent a letter to President Obama co-signed by 34 new members of Congress elected in 2014 to express unified opposition to the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and a firm commitment to deny any federal funding for the treaty’s implementation.

 

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Rep. Kelly Supports Bipartisan "Senior Fix" to Reform & Strengthen Medicare

2015/03/26

 

First real entitlement reform achieved in decades

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives today in support of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, which repeals the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and replaces it with a formula that returns stability to Medicare physician payments. The proposal would institute a 0.5 percent payment update every year for five years, and would improve the fee-for-service system by streamlining Medicare’s existing web of quality assurance programs into one value-based performance program, (moving away from the current volume-based system). The House passed the legislation this afternoon by a bipartisan vote of 392-37.

Highlights of Rep. Kelly’s floor remarks:

“This is not so much a ‘doc fix’ as a ‘senior fix.’ … I have been there for the birth of my four children, [and] I have celebrated the birth of our 10 grandchildren. Those are great moments, but I have also sat by the bedside of my mother, my sister, and my father as they lay dying and were transitioning. Those losses are things you can never truly regain, and those are times that if you just had one minute left with those folks, wouldn’t you love to have that? Wouldn’t you love to be there to give them peace of mind? This bill gives them peace of mind, Mr. Speaker. That’s what this bill does. This is a senior fix.”

“As I have watched people pass, both friends and family, what they wanted at their bedside at their time is their faith … the comfort of knowing that their family is with them helping them get through the toughest parts of their life when they’re the most vulnerable … and lastly, they want their doctor. They want to know that that person who has guided them for the last several months and through their lives – the person they have always gone to for their health care – is going to be there and not taken away because of some government program that didn’t work.”

“So I would say as we sit in America’s House, whether we’re Republicans or Democrats, we are people representing people in the best interest of people. This piece of legislation today is truly a senior fix, but a fix for the most vulnerable. I can think of nothing that we could do that is more important than giving peace of mind to those who have given so much to us as families, as states, and as a country. This is a brilliant piece of legislation. And while it may not satisfy all, it serves the needs of many.”

BACKGROUND: The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) is a formula that was enacted in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 to control Medicare spending on physician services.  However, the SGR policy flaws have compelled Congress to override the formula-driven cuts for more than a decade.  In fact, since 2003, Congress has spent nearly $170 billion in short-term patches to avoid these unsustainable cuts.  The most recent patch will expire on March 31, 2015.  H.R. 2 repeals the SGR, averting a 21 percent SGR-induced cut scheduled for April 1, 2015.

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) covers more than 8 million children and pregnant women in families that earn income above Medicaid eligibility levels.  CHIP prevents millions of children from being uninsured, while keeping them in private coverage models.  Although CHIP is authorized through 2019, no new funding is available after FY 2015.  H.R. 2 fully funds CHIP through FY 2017.

 

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Mike Kelly was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Butler, PA, where he has lived for the past 53 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, expanding its operations to include Hyundai and KIA franchises.

Mike currently employs over 100 people from the region, and is a leader 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 served on the boards of the Chevrolet Dealers Advertising Association of Pittsburgh and the Cadillac Consultants of Western Pennsylvania. In addition, Mike was Secretary and Treasurer of the Hyundai initiative “Hope on Wheels,” which has donated over $58 million to childhood cancer research institutions nationwide.

Mike was a Butler City councilman, and has 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 gave Mike the Mary DeMucci Award and 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, 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 helped collect over 500 winter coats for students in need in the Butler community.

Mike and Victoria have four children: George III, Brendan, Charlotte and Colin; and are the proud grandparents to George IV, Vivian, Elizabeth, Helena, Elaina, Maeve and Victoria. Mike’s family and friends were with him on January 5, 2011, when Mike was sworn into office as the U.S. Representative of the 3rd Congressional District of Pennsylvania. Mike looks forward to representing the interests and voicing the concerns of the 3rd District, especially as they relate to Mike’s work on the House Committee on Ways and Means.


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