Representative Mike Kelly's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 3, Republican
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Mike Kelly has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/119463/mike-kelly/2 (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and Voted in favor of H.R.3504 “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53875#.V314XXVTQfl (votesmart.org)
  • “Congressman Kelly has distinguished himself in Congress as someone who is willing to stand up for the rights of the unborn and religious freedom. Rep. Kelly has supported legislation that would end the practice of sex-selection abortion, prevent federal funding of abortion, provide "conscience protections" for health care providers who are morally opposed to abortion, and defend the First Amendment rights of all Americans whose religious freedoms has been threatened by pro-abortion policies.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/906087/issue-position-pro-life (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/119463/mike-kelly/2 (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and Voted in favor of H.R.3504 “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53875#.V314XXVTQfl (votesmart.org)
  • “Congressman Kelly has distinguished himself in Congress as someone who is willing to stand up for the rights of the unborn and religious freedom. Rep. Kelly has supported legislation that would end the practice of sex-selection abortion, prevent federal funding of abortion, provide "conscience protections" for health care providers who are morally opposed to abortion, and defend the First Amendment rights of all Americans whose religious freedoms has been threatened by pro-abortion policies.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/906087/issue-position-pro-life (votesmart.org)

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  • "For too long our tax code has weighed our economy down. This plan will lift the wet blanket off our private sector and allow a wave of new jobs, new investments, and new enterprises to flourish. Lower rates for all will mean more money in everyone's pockets, from young workers to business owners to families of all sizes. No longer will businesses be forced to go overseas to survive but instead be attracted to stay in America to thrive and put more Americans back to work.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1098589/rep-kelly-hails-new-blueprint-for-tax-reform (votesmart.org)
  • “Congress must find ways to reduce the taxes that individuals pay while ensuring that the government is fiscally accountable for how we spend tax revenue. Tax revenue is generated by working people and we need to make sure that we generate more taxes because more people have jobs -- not by raising tax rates.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1043753/issue-position-tax-reform (votesmart.org)
  • "For too long our tax code has weighed our economy down. This plan will lift the wet blanket off our private sector and allow a wave of new jobs, new investments, and new enterprises to flourish. Lower rates for all will mean more money in everyone's pockets, from young workers to business owners to families of all sizes. No longer will businesses be forced to go overseas to survive but instead be attracted to stay in America to thrive and put more Americans back to work.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1098589/rep-kelly-hails-new-blueprint-for-tax-reform (votesmart.org)
  • “Congress must find ways to reduce the taxes that individuals pay while ensuring that the government is fiscally accountable for how we spend tax revenue. Tax revenue is generated by working people and we need to make sure that we generate more taxes because more people have jobs -- not by raising tax rates.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1043753/issue-position-tax-reform (votesmart.org)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • Voted for H.R.22 “Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST Act)” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • “Invest and Transportation Infrastructure -- Congress has not passed a surface transportation bill in over half a decade. Part of what has made America great and prosperous is the transporation infrastructure our parents and grandparents have built.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/701625/issue-position-job-creation (votesmart.org)
  • Voted for H.R.22 “Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST Act)” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • “Invest and Transportation Infrastructure -- Congress has not passed a surface transportation bill in over half a decade. Part of what has made America great and prosperous is the transporation infrastructure our parents and grandparents have built.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/701625/issue-position-job-creation (votesmart.org)

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  • "For too long our tax code has weighed our economy down. This plan will lift the wet blanket off our private sector and allow a wave of new jobs, new investments, and new enterprises to flourish. Lower rates for all will mean more money in everyone's pockets, from young workers to business owners to families of all sizes. No longer will businesses be forced to go overseas to survive but instead be attracted to stay in America to thrive and put more Americans back to work.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1098589/rep-kelly-hails-new-blueprint-for-tax-reform (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and Voted in favor of H.R.1105 “Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
  • "For too long our tax code has weighed our economy down. This plan will lift the wet blanket off our private sector and allow a wave of new jobs, new investments, and new enterprises to flourish. Lower rates for all will mean more money in everyone's pockets, from young workers to business owners to families of all sizes. No longer will businesses be forced to go overseas to survive but instead be attracted to stay in America to thrive and put more Americans back to work.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1098589/rep-kelly-hails-new-blueprint-for-tax-reform (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and Voted in favor of H.R.1105 “Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)

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  • “Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of the Keystone XL pipeline. It is going to create 42,000 jobs.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/950417/keystone-xl-pipeline-approval-act/?search=keystone (votesmart.org)
  • "By vetoing the massively popular and bipartisan legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama has severely embarrassed himself and his administration.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/951842/rep-kelly-condemns-president-obamas-veto-of-bipartisan-bill-to-build-keystone-pipeline/?search=keystone (votesmart.org)
  • “Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of the Keystone XL pipeline. It is going to create 42,000 jobs.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/950417/keystone-xl-pipeline-approval-act/?search=keystone (votesmart.org)
  • "By vetoing the massively popular and bipartisan legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama has severely embarrassed himself and his administration.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/951842/rep-kelly-condemns-president-obamas-veto-of-bipartisan-bill-to-build-keystone-pipeline/?search=keystone (votesmart.org)

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  • "The Obama administration's war on coal is a war on American jobs, families, and communities. In Pennsylvania alone, coal is responsible for 40,000 jobs and 40 percent of our electric power. The Associated Press rightly calls it "the workhorse of the US power system.' The EPA's so-called Clean Power Plan is a cruel attack on the needs of so many people -- especially in Western Pennsylvania -- who depend on coal's benefits every day.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1070824/rep-kelly-signs-amicus-brief-urging-court-to-stop-president-obamas-war-on-coal/?search=emissions (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.3409 “Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/41688 (votesmart.org)

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  • "When gun control was properly introduced and debated in the Senate, it failed. Unfortunately, this is an administration that disdainfully disregards our government's separation of powers anytime it doesn't get its way. This time, the rights of law-abiding gun owners will be violated as a result.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1040179/rep-kelly-statement-on-president-obamas-gun-control-order (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt 1098 “Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/119463/mike-kelly/37 (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 “Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150 (votesmart.org)
  • "The Affordable Care Act has proved to be unaffordable for millions of Americans, including thousands in Western Pennsylvania. It is forcing premiums and deductibles to rise and quality of medical care and innovation to drop. It is hurting our economy and stifling job creation. Without willful deception by the executive branch, this law would likely have never been passed in the first place. No court ruling can change this reality.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1002215/rep-kelly-responds-to-supreme-court-ruling-on-obamacare/?search=affordable%20care%20act (votesmart.org)

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  • "The high court had a responsibility to follow the Constitution but instead chose to follow the wishes of a political movement. The natural, traditional definition of marriage that I and millions of others believe in worldwide remains a cornerstone of human civilization. To redefine this institution, especially on a national scale, carries uncertain consequences and deserves serious scrutiny.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1002229/rep-kelly-statement-on-supreme-court-ruling-on-future-of-marriage (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/119463/mike-kelly/76 (votesmart.org)

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  • “Mike Kelly will protect and preserve Medicare and Social Security for all seniors. “ http://votesmart.org/public-statement/867589/issue-position-medicare/?search=Social%20Security (votesmart.org)
  • “All Americans deserve to enjoy their later years in comfort and in peace of mind--and wallet. This caucus will heed the concerns of millions of Americans about achieving financial security in their retirement and ensure that federal policies are crafted to make such security as easy to realize as possible." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/970316/rep-kelly-co-founds-bipartisan-house-retirement-security-caucus/?search=Social%20Security (votesmart.org)

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