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Rep. Robin Kelly

Rep. Robin Kelly

Democrat, Illinois, 2nd District
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Office Phone: 202-225-6101
Committees:
Foreign Affairs
Oversight and Government Reform

DISTRICT SNAPSHOT
Among children in this district:
28.2% of children are in poverty
31.9% of children under 6 are in poverty
13.2% of children are in extreme poverty
22.4% are food insecure
3.7% lack health insurance

Sources: 2017 Annual Community Survey, US Dept. of Agriculture

Kelly on Child Poverty

  • voted against H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which provided for tax cuts that disporportionately favor wealthy individuals and corporations. The bill is projected to add $1.5 trillion to the national debt over ten years, which could lead to future cuts to important social safety net programs. The bill also repeals the individual health insurance mandate established under the Affordable Care Act, jeopardizing health insurance coverage for millions of people.

  • co-sponsored H.R.15, the Raise the Wage Act, which would increase the minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour over a period of seven years.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1748, the Opening Doors for Youth Act, which would provide at-risk and disconnected youth with subsidized summer and year-round employment and assist local community partnerships in improving high school graduation and youth employment rates.



  • co-sponsored H.R.2633, the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit Enhancement Act, which would raise the income level at which the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit phases out, increase the value of the credit, index the credit to inflation, and make the credit fully refundable.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3757, the GAIN Act, which would increase the value of the Earned Income Tax Credit for every group including individuals with no children.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5785, the Jobs and Justice Act, which would redirect federal appropriations toward high poverty areas, increase funding for federal housing assistance, create a commission on youth justice, and modify gun laws to ban weapon sales to abusers and to allow federal research on gun violence.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6467, the Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act, which would establish grants to states and other entitites to establish subsidized jobs to anyone age 18 or older who lives in the area served by the program.

  • Kelly on Child Health

  • voted against H.R.195, the HEALTHY KIDS Act, which extended funding for the federal government by three weeks and extended CHIP for six years.

  • voted for H.R.315, the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, which would provide for the identification of areas of need with respect to maternity care health professionals.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1318, the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act, which would create a committee to review maternal and infant mortality and fund demonstration programs to study potential interventions.

  • voted against H.R.1370, the Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, which extended funding for the government by four weeks and retroactively funded CHIP for the first half of fiscal year 2018.

  • voted against H.R.1628, the American Health Care Act, which would have repealed Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, repealed the individual and employer health care mandates, and otherwise modified the private health insurance market.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1757, the Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Families Act, which would establish institutions to address the psychological, developmental, social, and emotional needs of children, youth, and families who have experienced trauma.

  • voted against H.R.1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act, which extended CHIP for four additional years, funded a home visiting program for new mothers, funded community health centers, and modified funding and eligibilty requirements for foster care prevention services.

  • voted for and sponsored H.R.2422, the Action for Dental Health Act, which would establish a CDC grant program to improve access to dental care for underserved communities.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2745, the Healthy Maternity and Obstetric Medicine Act, which would provide for special enrollment periods for pregnant women seeking health coverage.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3059, the Community Health Center and Primary Care Workforce Expansion Act, which would amend the Affordable Care Act to indefinitely extend community health centers and grants for qualified health centers.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3192, the CHIP Mental Health Parity Act, which would ensure access to mental health services under CHIP.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3770, the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence Act, which would reauthorize and extend funding for community health centers.

  • voted against H.R.3922, the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, which would extend CHIP and Community Health Centers funding. CHIP and Community Health Centers were eventually funded through a series of budget bills.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4541, the CHAMPION KIDS Act, which would extend funding for a number of health programs, including CHIP and community health centers.


  • co-sponsored H.R.6174, the NEWBORN Act, which would fund a pilot prorgram to reduce rates of infant mortality in high-risk areas.

  • voted against H.R.6311, the Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act, which would modify rules regarding health savings accounts and allow for the sale of bare bones health plans on the health care exchanges. Often these plans are purchased by lower-income individuals who are unaware that the benefits offered by the plan are extremely limited.

  • Kelly on Child Welfare

  • voted against H.R.2824, the Increasing Opportunity and Success for Children and Parents through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act, which would reauthorize the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program for five years, and require grantees to match federal funds beginning in fiscal year 2020. MIECHV was eventually reauthorized through H.R.1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act, without a state matching requirement.

  • voted for H.R.2847, the Improving Services for Older Youth in Foster Care Act, which would authorize states to extend foster care eligibilty up to age 21 and to increase age limits on other programs for youths who have aged out of foster care.

  • voted for H.R.2866, the Reducing Unnecessary Barriers for Relative Foster Parents Act, which would require the Department of Health and Human Services to identify model standards for the licensing of foster family homes and to evaluate state plans against those standards.

  • voted for H.R.5890, the Assisting States’ Implementation of Plans of Safe Care Act, which would provide states with guidance and technical assistance for the safe care of infants affected by prenatal substance use.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5955, the Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act, which would increase funding to improve outcomes for children who have been abused.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6014, a bill to reauthorize the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, which would extend the law through 2023. The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program supports emergency shelter and assistance for victims of domestic violence and their children.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6545, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which would improves services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including young victims.

  • Kelly on Youth Justice

  • co-sponsored H.R.2899, the Second Chance Reauthorization Act, which would revise and reauthorize grant programs regarding offender reentry, substance abuse treatment, and education. The bill would also repeal some diversion programs for drug offenders.

  • Kelly on Gun Violence Prevention

  • voted against H.R.38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow individuals licensed for concealed carry in one state to possess or carry a concealed weapon in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1475, the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act, which would expand criminal penalties for trafficking in firearms.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1478, the Gun Violence Research Act, which would permit the Department of Health and Human Services to sponsor research on gun violence.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1612, the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act, which would require criminal background checks on all firearms transactions at gun shows.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2598, the Gun Violence Restraining Order Act, which would allow family members of an individual who they believe to be a danger to himself or others to seek a gun violence prevention order, which would allow for the temporary seizure of said individual’s firearms.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3361, the SECURE Firearm Storage Act, which would require federally licensed firearms importers, manufacturers, and dealers to meet certain requirements with respect to securing their inventory, business records, and business premises.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3464, the Background Check Completion Act, which would prohibit the sale of firearms prior to the completion of a background check.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3947, the Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act, which would prohibit the sale of bump stocks and other mechanisms to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle.


  • co-sponsored H.R.4786, the Protecting Communities from Lost or Stolen Law Enforcement Weapons Act, which would require state and local law enforcement to promptly report the loss or theft of any firearm to the National Tracing Center.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5087, the Assault Weapons Ban, which would prohibit the possession, sale, manufacture, importation, or transfer of a semiautomatic wepaon or large capacity ammunition feeding device.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5103, the Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act, which would increase excise taxes on firearms and ammunition and use the proceeds to fund grants for public safety programs and research on gun violence.




  • co-sponsored H.R.5383, the Ammunition Background Check Act, which would extend background check requirements to the transfer of ammunition at gun shows or over the internet.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5490, the Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act, which would provide for grants to encourage states and local governments to establish handgun purchaser licensing requirements.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6075, the Keeping Gun Dealers Honest Act, which would impose stricter record keeping and reporting requirements and eligibility standards on gun sellers.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6643, the Untraceable Firearms Act, which would require that all guns be traceable and prohibits weapons made of materials undetectable by x-ray machines or other means.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6649, the 3D Printed Gun Safety Act, which would prohibit the publication of 3D printer plans for the printing of firearms.

  • Kelly on Housing

  • voted for H.R.5793, the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act, which would establish a demonstration program to encourage families receiving housing voucher assistance to move to lower-poverty areas.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6542, the Restoring Tax Credits for Affordable Housing Act, which would increase the low-income housing tax credit to incentivize the development, rehabilitation, and preservation of affordable housing.

  • Kelly on Nutrition

  • voted against H.R.2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, which would cut SNAP benefits by $20 billion over ten years through more stringent work requirements and elimination of other programs; the bill would also create additional barriers to receiving SNAP benefits.

  • Kelly on Early Childhood Development

  • voted against H.R.695, the Child Protection Improvements Act, which would establish a background check system for individuals who care for children, the elderly, or individuals with disabilities.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3773, the Child Care for Working Families Act, which would expand and improve the Child Care and Development Block Grant and provide grants for funding high-quality preschool.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3842, the Healthy Start Reauthorization Act, which would reauthorize the Healthy Start for Infants Program, which directs resources to areas with high infant mortality rates.

  • Kelly on Education

  • voted against H.J.RES.57, the resolution that nullified a Department of Education rule providing for federal standards for states implementing plans to meet the needs of historically marginalized groups under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2902, the IDEA Full Funding Act, which would fully fund part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2913, the Mental Health in Schools Act, which would expand grants and other programs relating to children and violence to provide access to school-based comprehensive mental health programs.

  • voted for and co-sponsored H.R.4909, the STOP School Violence Act, which would reauthorize a grant program for school security to train local law enforcement, school personnel, and students and to develop an anonymous reporting system for violent threats at school.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5374, the Student Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity of a student or a person associated with that student in any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

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