Rep. Kelly’s Message of Economic Opportunity Featured by Comcast Newsmakers

Dec 8, 2014 Issues: Economy and Jobs

Rep. Kelly: “The opportunities for Americans now have never been greater, but we need to have a fix on the future”


WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – was recently featured as a “National Newsmaker” by Comcast Newsmakers, a national news program produced by NBC Universal and distributed via Comcast’s XFINITY On Demand service, as well as its social media and online platforms. The interview was conducted on December 3, 2014, and was based on Rep. Kelly’s unique assessment of the United States as “the world’s next great emerging economy.”

Rep. Kelly explains his optimism regarding America’s economic future:

“I know what the popular narrative is, but I also know what the truth is. And when you look at who we are and the gifts that we have been given — we are awash in so many natural resources that the rest of world covets.”

“One fifth of the world’s fresh water, potable water, is right here in the United States — not just Pennsylvania’s [fresh water], but one fifth of the world’s fresh water.  We have potable water, we have tillable soil; we produce more [food] per acre than anybody else in the world.”

"We talk about energy opportunities … we have an abundance of oil, of coal, of natural gas, and we can extract these very safely, bring them to the surface where they really help us drive an economy that is limitless right now.”

Rep. Kelly on how America can realize its economic potential:

“We do need pro-growth tax reform. There is no one else out there that thinks what we are doing right now [regarding our tax code] makes sense. … I would just suggest to you that we reform taxes and we make it a pro-growth tax reform.”

“When we look at regulations right now — well-intended when they came out, [they] now have become almost to the point of being overbearing and are not allowing us to become who we need to become.”

“We have people here that are the most productive people the world has ever seen. We have the opportunity to educate people for the jobs that are available. People from all over the world come to America. Why do they come to America? They come to our educational institutions because we offer the best product. A lot of them want to stay and they want to help. We need to look at how we address that; we’ve got to grow from the inside out. We’ve got to make our people stronger, and our people need to believe again of who we are and what we are.”

Rep. Kelly on the future of political partisanship and participation:

“I came out of the private sector; I’ve only been here [in Washington] four years. … I’m an automobile dealer, who grew up being able to reach out across the desk and make agreements with people on a transportation need they had.”

“I want you to think about this: every single person that serves in this country – I don’t care if it is your local school board, your towns, your states, whatever – they are all elected people. What we need to do is to look at the tremendous amount of potential we have locally; ask those people to step forward and serve. They’re all elected; they just don’t go in and sit down.”

“The opportunities for Americans now have never been greater, but we need to have a fix on the future and say, ‘This is where we can go.’”