IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Rep. Kelly Explains Need for Economic Growth on ABC’s 'This Week'

Jun 24, 2013
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Rep. Kelly Explains Need for Economic Growth on ABC’s 'This Week'


WASHINGTON — Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA), a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, appeared on This Week with George Stephanopoulos on ABC yesterday morning, Sunday, June 23, 2013, to participate in a roundtable discussion on immigration, the state of the economy, and other top issues currently impacting the nation.

Rep. Kelly on the state of the economy & the need for a serious energy strategy:

“I feel a frustration. … Look at the economy, look at the potential that’s there. Look at the squandered opportunities that we’ve had so far. … If we had a really aggressive energy strategy, if we had a way to go ahead and lift people out of where they are right now… When you see that middle income people have lost $5,000 a year in income, you say, ‘Why is that, in a country that has been so blessed for so long?’ The only thing missing right now is strong leadership and a strategy that improves the economy.”

“The president talks about ‘all of the above’ but then he leaves out everything that’s below. We have a tremendous and abundant and accessible and affordable way of producing energy in this country. We do not have to rely on anybody from outside our borders to supply us with a barrel of oil. We can do everything that we need to do right here. … We have tillable soil and potable water; not the rest of the world has all the things that we have. So when you don’t have to rely on other people for these things to get by, when you can lower your cost of energy, you can then compete in a global economy that allows us not just to be part of it, but to dominate it.”

“Let’s be really honest about this: All the growth has taken place in the private sector, not the public sector. There is a great potential in the public sector. There is an answer to every one of our problems and that is a dynamic and robust economy. And any other talk is just idle chatter.”

On immigration reform:

“If you look through history, we don’t do big things very well in Washington. So I think it’s better to break it apart, do smaller pieces, and have a heavy debate about it. And I’m not talking about a conversation — I’m talking about a heavy debate. This is a serious, serious issue. We talk about a sovereign nation and its ability to protect its borders — that’s number one.”

“If we didn’t learn anything from 1986 up until now, it’s that we’ve got to look at this carefully and go through it. I don’t understand the rush. We saw what happened in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, any time you rush anything through that big — this was up to 1,100 pages — I doubt that anybody has really read it and been able to really get through every piece of it. Border security is still a huge issue in Northwest Pennsylvania and I think the country.”

On the president’s upcoming climate change speech/green energy policies:

“I don’t know that the president needs to make a statement on green energy. … With all the other things, the list of priorities going on in the world, if this is really his initiative… I think there are a lot more things on his plate right now.”

“To me, it’s a pivot away from what’s causing the distrust of this government. … Any relationship that you have – whether it’s you and I, you and your wife, any of us in a business relationship – when we lose trust in that person, then we don’t have any faith in the future. That’s where we are right now, so I think the president would be better to talk about lifting the lower income people and the middle income people and let them get to where they should be.”

“The president’s role should be as a uniter and as a guy who leads us forward. We can’t constantly have this divisiveness. … So my question is why are we concentrating on some of these other things and not using what’s abundant, what’s accessible, and what’s affordable right now?”

On legislative action in Congress:

“From my experience – I’ve only been there one term and part of a second term now – I’ve never met anybody that’s more open to the debate on the floor than Speaker Boehner. He has really been a champion of having an open floor and letting everybody talk. The ‘ag bill’ [FARMM Act] is a good example. This is something we should have been able to get done, and in the past we were always able to get done. We went through a very lengthy process; heavy debate process, heavy amendment process. I was disappointed that it didn’t go through. It wasn’t strong enough to the right for some of my colleagues and wasn’t strong enough on the left for some other folks. … At the end of the day, the idea was to put something forward that gave certainty for the next five years as to where we were going. It’s the uncertainty that’s driving all the problems in the country right now.”