Mike Fitzpatrick

Mike Fitzpatrick

PENNSYLVANIA's 8th DISTRICT

Fitzpatrick Student-Protection Language Strengthens Education Bill

2015/02/27

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) took to the House floor this week to urge support for the Student Success Act [H.R. 5], education legislation that includes measures advocated by Fitzpatrick to protect students from teachers or staff known or suspected of sexual misconduct with a minor.

“Last year alone over 450 teachers or school employees across the nation were arrested for misconduct with a child – more than one per day. What’s more, the Department of Education has estimated that nearly 10% of students are targets of educator sexual misconduct sometime during their school career,” said Fitzpatrick speaking on the floor. “Those numbers should be disturbing to every lawmaker - to every parent and grandparent - in this body.

“In an effort to curb this alarming trend I am proud that the Student Success Act, under debate here today, includes language from my Jeremy Bell Act to strengthen student protection efforts and get serious about who is being hired, and transferred, within our school system.”

The language included in the bill comes from Fitzpatrick’s Jeremy Bell Act which passed as a part of larger legislation twice in the 113th Congress. The measure blocks state or local educational agencies from receiving funds if they facilitate the transfer of an employee they know, or have probable cause to believe, that the employee engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor. Furthermore, the language requires the hiring of employees to be compliant with the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act background check requirements. 

“As the husband of an educator, I know the overwhelming majority of teachers, educators, school administrators and support staff are amazing, caring individuals committed to the success of their students,” said Fitzpatrick. “It is as much to protect the good work they do, as well as the safety of our children, that we must pass this legislation and take real steps to address this issue.”

Fitzpatrick has been active in the community in garnering support for this important legislative fix, working with local stakeholders and non-profits to draw attention to the issue of sexual predators in schools and advance this common sense solution.

“We have been glad to be able to work with the Congressman on this very important legislation - we’ll be very glad to see this loophole closed. Here in Bucks County we’re talking about 13 school districts and more than 90,000 children who are going to be protected,” said Julie Dugery, Coordinator of Volunteers and Community Outreach for Network of Victims Assistance (NOVA) of Bucks Co. “It’s important that our children not be at risk in a place that really should be their sanctuary – somewhere they spend seven, eight, nine hours a day in a school setting and it’s important for them to be safe there.”

“Currently, no nationwide background check system is in place for school staff, opening up the possibility of convicted predators gaining employment in a school,” writes Jon Adler, national president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA). “FLEOA strongly supports this measure as an additional tripwire that could ensnare known predators that could otherwise prey upon our children in the classroom.”

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

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Congressional Ukrainian Caucus Leaders Introduce Resolution

2015/02/24

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Ukrainian Caucus co-chairs Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Sander Levin (D-MI) and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) marked the one year anniversary of Ukraine’s Euromaidan demonstrations Tuesday with the introduction of a resolution calling for increased American economic and governmental involvement on the behalf of Ukraine.

“A year ago, the people of Ukraine rallied behind the ideas of economic and governmental reform during the Euromaidan demonstrations – today, the United States must take action to see their goals achieved,” said Fitzpatrick. “This bipartisan resolution calls on Congress and the White House to work in the best interest of our friend and ally, Ukraine, and support a safe and sovereign nation through common sense measures: Supporting serious reform efforts, calling on the President Obama to follow through with the provision of financial and defensive military aid, and encouraging the continuation of anti-corruption efforts in Kiev.”

“On the anniversary of Maidan, this Resolution underscores our solidarity with the Ukrainian people and their efforts to chart their own history.  We must fully implement the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014, including providing defensive weapons.  In spite of the fragile Minsk Agreement, Ukraine still needs our help to find a solution to a durable cease-fire that can lead to a longer-term solution,” said Levin. “We all know that while there is no pure military solution to what is a political problem, additional U.S. military assistance can help promote a political solution. The Ukrainian people have shown their resolve to build a free and democratic country, and we should support them in achieving that goal.”

“Ukraine is a sovereign nation at a crossroads, fighting for its life and the freedom of its people. Actions we take now will shape the future not only for the people of Ukraine but for all of Europe. This legislation makes a clear and resounding statement that the United States supports the right of free and sovereign people to defend themselves against illegal and violent aggression from beyond  their borders,” said Kaptur. “The Euromaidan demonstrations one year ago today showed the world that a spirit of liberty burns brightly among the Ukrainian people.  It is that same spirit that I saw reflected in the eyes of the Ukrainian Members of Parliament who came to Congress to ask for our help. I urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to adopt this legislation without delay.”  

The resolution calls for the United States to assist Ukraine with economic, social and governmental reform efforts; urges President Obama to immediately act on approved financial and defensive military aid; and encourages Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko to continue anti-corruption efforts. A full text is attached*

Introduction of the bipartisan resolution coincides with the one year anniversary of the Euromaidan demonstrations in Kiev urging for economic expansion with the European Union and government reform. Ultimately, the protests lead to the election of a pro-western government and a return to the 2004 Ukrainian constitution. One hundred and ten civilians and 28 police officers lost their lives in the Euromaidan.

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Fitzpatrick Statement on Keystone XL Pipeline Veto

2015/02/24

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Tuesday regarding President Obama’s veto of bipartisan legislation approving the Keystone XL Pipeline – the most studied pipeline in American history – and the 42,000 jobs it would create and support:

Today’s veto is another disappointing, yet unurprising, move by a White House which talks a good game about ‘working together’ and ‘looking for common ground’ but fails to back it up with action. Instead of signing this bipartisan legislation into law and beginning to work with Congress to embrace an all-of-the-above energy strategy that empowers American families and businesses, the president has decided to play the worst kind of politics and capitulate to a small group of partisan activists and big money donors.

The United States is positioned to be an energy super power with a diverse energy portfolio. But we can’t get to the business of declaring energy independence if Washington is going to stand in the way of moving toward a safe, responsible, inclusive energy plan.

The United States is currently home to more than 2.5 million miles of pipeline.  The Keystone XL Pipeline is supported by both labor and business organization ranging from the International Brotherhood of Operating Engineers to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In describing his support for the project, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently noted, “It’s very clear that is in the economic job creation interests of both of our countries, in the energy security interests of North America and a critical step in environmental protection than the alternatives.”

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

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Fitzpatrick Addresses Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce

2015/02/20

IVYLAND, PA –Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) continued his push for a bipartisan, national energy strategy that strengthens the American economy in his annual ‘State of the Nation’ speech to the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Friday morning.

“People are seeing and feeling the benefits of an American commitment to becoming an energy superpower. Expanded and advanced energy exploration, new technologies and the impact of our nation’s abundant natural gas resources have worked in tandem to facilitate the drop in fuel prices,” said Fitzpatrick. “We know that as fuel costs fall, so too does the price at the pump and the price at the checkout counter - good news for American families looking to keep more of what they earn after years of dealing with a sluggish economy.”

The remarks, delivered to over 150 business and community leaders from across the Central Bucks region, centered on the vital role of American energy in supporting the resurgence of the U.S. manufacturing sector, as well as the need for strengthening energy infrastructure.

“While cutting the cost of operating a business can come in many forms – from rolling back burdensome regulations that stifle innovation, to ensuring workers are trained for the jobs of today – one of the biggest costs we can tackle is fighting to keep the cost of energy low,” said Fitzpatrick. “With our state’s resources, we can continue to drive down the cost of fueling these operations, shipping their goods and passing along the price to consumers.  But this must be a bipartisan commitment at the local, state and federal levels.”

Additionally, Fitzpatrick discussed his support for the Partnership to Build America Act, bipartisan legislation with support in the House and Senate aimed at utilizing repatriated corporate earnings to fund $750 billion in infrastructure investment. The measure is similar to plans outlined by the White House and opens to door for long-overdue, bipartisan corporate tax reform.

“We appreciate Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick taking time from his busy schedule to meet with the Chamber and the region’s business leaders to discuss the ‘State of the Nation,” said Dr. Vail P. Garvin, FACHE, president and CEO of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce.

Also addressing the chamber with Fitzpatrick was Ardy Wurtzel, research associate with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, who gave an outlook on economic conditions across the Delaware Valley. After the program, Fitzpatrick and Wurtzel fielded a series of questions from the crowd on several issues.

The Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce consists of approximately 2,000 members representing small, medium and large businesses across Bucks County.

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

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Fitzpatrick, Sarbanes Reintroduce Environmental Education Bill

2015/02/12

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) joined Congressmen John Sarbanes (MD-3) last week in reintroducing the No Child Left Inside Act (NCLI), a bipartisan bill that would bolster American students’ environmental literacy and encourage young learners to become dedicated environmental stewards.

“Promoting environmental education is a down payment on our future. Study after study shows that connecting kids to the world around them improves student achievement in science as well as reading, math and social studies – all which directly strengthen our future global competitiveness,” said Fitzpatrick. “I’m proud to once again work with Congressman Sarbanes on this common-sense bill that will inspire the next generation of doctors, scientists and engineers while ensuring we’re fulfilling our responsibility to promote environmental stewardship and conservation across the country.”

NCLI would provide federal grant funding for teachers who design and implement environmental education programs in, and importantly, outside of the classroom. By enabling new environmental curricula, the bill would also cultivate partnerships and strengthen relationships between school districts, colleges, environmental nonprofits, parks and other community-based organizations.

“Numerous studies show the positive effect of experiential outdoor learning on student development and academic achievement,” said Sarbanes. “However, many schools are forced to scale back or eliminate environmental programs because of budget constraints and the pressures of accountability systems focused on test scores. As Congress reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act this month, I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance NCLI and give educators the tools and resources they need to offer students environmental education programs across the country.”

“The legislation introduced by Congressman Fitzpatrick would help bring this important topic of environmental education to the attention of the public,” said Maryellen Noonan, Environmental Educator with the Bucks County Conservation District. “Many children view the environment only on a screen. Teaching about the environment should be done outdoors, but many teachers lack the tools necessary to be effective environmental educators. This bill will change that.”

Outside of Bucks and Montgomery counties, NCLI is backed by more than 50 million citizens – including supporters from across the political spectrum and in regions all over the country – in addition to more than 2,200 local, regional and national organizations. The  No Child Left Inside Coalition includes the National Education Association, National Science Teachers Association, Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters, National Wildlife Federation, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Outdoor Industry Association and hundreds of colleges, universities, businesses and health care organizations.

The legislation was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives with 35 original co-sponsors, and companion legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Mark Kirk (R-IL).

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

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Reps. Fitzpatrick, Israel Introduce Airline Anti-Terror Bill

2015/02/12

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) and Steve Israel (NY-3) introduced bipartisan legislation Wednesday which would protect Americans from 9/11-style terror attacks by requiring the installation of secondary cockpit barriers on most commercial aircraft.

The Saracini Aviation Safety Act [H.R. 911] mandates inexpensive, light weight wire-mesh gates to be installed between the passenger cabin and the cockpit door that would block access to the flight deck whenever the cockpit door is opened during flight. The legislation is named in honor of pilot Captain Victor J. Saracini, who was killed when terrorists hijacked United Flight 175 on September 11, 2001. Saracini’s widow, Ellen, is a leading advocate on the issue since her husband’s death.

“I never want another family go through what mine did when terrorists breached the cockpit of my husband’s airplane on September 11, 2001.  It is my mission to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect the flight deck aboard our nation’s airliners because, without secondary barriers, we are just as vulnerable today as we were on that day,” said Saracini. "That’s why I am pleased that, thanks to the leadership of Reps. Fitzpatrick and Israel, the 114th Congress is prepared to address the important issue of secondary barriers and begin protecting in the skies above us.”

“Since 2001, there have been at least 43 hijacking attempts around the world, five of which were successful. We know the threat to our nation from foreign terror groups or lone wolf actors continues to exist onboard our nation’s aircraft, yet we’re not taking steps to stop them by installing secondary barriers,” said Rep. Fitzpatrick. “The bipartisan Saracini Aviation Safety Act is a common sense, cost effective approach to protecting the flight deck on commercial airplanes and provides a life-saving line of defense for pilots, flight attendants and passengers. I’m grateful to have Representative Israel join me in pushing for this vital update and the continued effort to protect Americans from terror.”

“Sadly, we learned on 9/11 that terrorists will exploit every weakness in commercial aviation. Installing secondary barriers on commercial aircraft is a common-sense step we can take to bolster the safety of pilots, flight attendants and passengers for a fraction of the cost of an inflight entertainment system,” said Rep. Israel. “I’m pleased to work with Rep. Fitzpatrick and Mrs. Saracini to advocate for the safety of our skies and our continued fight against terrorism.”

The Saracini Aviation Safety Act was introduced in the 113th Congress and garnered widespread bipartisan support, including 71 co-sponsors in the House and Senate. The bill is endorsed by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the Allied Pilots Association (APA), the US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA), the Coalition of Airline Pilots Association (CAPA), the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), NY / NJ Port Authority, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) and 9/11 Families.

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Fitzpatrick Joins President for Veterans’ Mental Health Bill Signing

2015/02/12

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) joined President Obama and a bipartisan group of members of Congress Thursday at the White House for the signing of the Clay Hunt SAV Act [H.R. 203] – legislation co-sponsored by Fitzpatrick expanding and strengthening mental health care services and outreach for veterans.

“Twenty-two American veterans take their own life each day – an epidemic that should devastate every citizen and push every leader to find solutions,” said Fitzpatrick, a member of the Veteran Mental Health Caucus. “With a new generation of veterans returning from the battlefield, we’re seeing the impact of injuries – those both seen and unseen – as these heroes transition back into civilian life. This law ensures we’re addressing the new challenges our veterans face.”

The Clay Hunt SAV Act is named after Clay Hunt, a United States Marine Corps veteran and veteran advocate who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. After receiving a Purple Heart, Hunt was honorably discharged from the service in 2009. Upon returning home, Hunt sought mental health assistance for his PTSD through the VA system and appealed his 30-percent disability rating after finding that his PTSD preventing him for holding a steady job. Sadly, after months of waiting and bureaucratic barriers - including the VA losing his files, Hunt committed suicide at the age of 28. Five weeks after his death, the VA rated his PTSD 100-percent.

“The Clay Hunt SAV Act takes meaningful steps toward ensuring that veterans, like Clay, have the resources and treatment they need when they return home,” added Fitzpatrick. “That means increasing access to, boosting accountability for and removing the stigma of potentially-life saving mental health care for those who need it most.”

The legislation calls for an independent review of the shortcomings of the VA’s mental health response, clears the way for the hiring of more VA psychologists, establishes pilot programs to better assist veteran transition to civilian life and authorizes the VA to collaborate with local non-profit mental health organizations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of suicide prevention efforts.

"The Travis Manion Foundation is proud to stand behind this important bill that continues to bring awareness and solutions to the tragedy of veteran suicide,” said Amy Looney, Director of Survivor Services for the Bucks Co.-based veterans’ support non-profit, who was also in attendance. “We stand with the military families who have lost their loved ones to suicide and will continue to provide them support as long as the need exists." 

To help reverse the trend of military suicide, Fitzpatrick has helped pass legislation which includes $45.3 million towards behavioral and psychological health programs, including $38.1 million specifically for the USSOCOM Behavioral Health and Warrior Care Management Program.

If you, or a veteran you know, are struggling with access to VA mental health care, please contact Congressman Fitzpatrick’s Veteran Advocates at (215) 579-8102. If dealing with thoughts of suicide, contact the Veterans Crisis Hotline 1-800-273-8255.

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

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Fitzpatrick Statement on Ft. Hood Purple Hearts

2015/02/06

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Friday regarding the announcement that the Army will award Purple Hearts to the victims Ft. Hood shooting:

I am grateful to hear that the Army has decided to award Purple Hearts to the service members killed and wounded in the 2009 terror attack at Ft. Hood, Texas – recognition long overdue. While the awarding of these medals will not bring the victims of this act back or heal their scars, it will provide a small comfort to the families of the uniformed men and women who lost their lives or were injured during their service to our nation.

Awarding the Purple Heart to these heroes is of itself an acknowledgment of the dangerous and unique conflict against terror our military members face each day – here at home and around the globe. Their sacrifice in voluntary defense of our freedom must never go unnoticed or unappreciated.

Fitzpatrick has been an outspoken advocate for awarding military commendations to victims of the November 5, 2009 shooting rampage by Nidal Malik Hasan that killed 13 and injured 32. In January, he wrote a letter to the White House urging the president to immediately act on the new eligibility standards passed in the NDAA and award Purple Hearts to military casualties of the attack. Letter attached and below:

January 12, 2015

Dear Mr. President,

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, which you signed into law on December 19th 2014, makes it clear that service members and civilians killed or wounded in the terror attack at Fort Hood, Texas are eligible for the Purple Heart and the Medal for the Defense of Freedom. Specifically, Section 571 of the NDAA changes the eligibility for these awards to include victims of attacks conducted by individuals who were in communication with foreign terrorist organizations and who were inspired to conduct the attack by a foreign terrorist organization.

Nidal Malik Hasan made it his mission, after sending a series of communications to the radical al-Qaeda linked cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, to kill as many American service members as he could. Tragically, on November 5, 2009, Hasan, inspired by the violent ideology al-Qaeda, killed 13 and wounded 32 others during a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas.

There is no doubt that Hasan is a traitor and enemy of the United States; he has been sentenced to death for his brutal attack.

But the service members and families have been waiting for over five years for what is owed to them. They should not have to wait any longer. I urge your Administration to quickly implement the provisions of the new law and appropriately honor the fallen and wounded heroes of Fort Hood.

Sincerely,

MICHAEL G. FITZPATRICK

Member of Congress

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

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Fitzpatrick Meets with District Anti-Drug Advocates

2015/02/06

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) met with leading prevention advocates in the nation’s capital this week to focus on drug-free community initiatives and continue his support for community anti-drug groups locally.

“When it comes to the health and safety of our communities, there is nothing more important than a clear understanding of the challenges we face and direct plan to overcome them,” said Fitzpatrick. “That’s why it’s critical that I am on the same page as groups like CADCA. Its member coalitions and my constituents are a valuable asset in ensuring I am doing everything I can on the federal level to defeat substance abuse and support prevention efforts in Bucks and Montgomery counties.”

Fitzpatrick, a member of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse, has been a vocal leader in supporting the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and local efforts to get drugs off the streets. CADCA is the national member-based organization representing coalitions working to make America’s communities safe, healthy and drug-free. CADCA's mission is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally.

"An important part of making a difference in our community is having a relationship with your elected leaders – especially your congressman,” said Council Rock Coalition for Healthy Youth (CRCHY) members Samantha Lavelle, Stephanie Krauss, Cassandra Bryant, and Sarah Foisy following their visit. “The connection we have with Congressman Fitzpatrick is a valuable one as we seek to prevent substance abuse in our schools and in our community. He is a strong supporter of our work and we are very grateful for his constant support."

Other organizations meeting with Fitzpatrick included Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities (BPYC), New Hope-Solebury Cares, and Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission.

“The individuals involved with CADCA and the crusade for drug-use awareness and drug-free communities represent the best of what our district has to offer – caring and committed people looking to make a difference in their own neighborhoods,” added Fitzpatrick. “It is a pleasure to work side by side with with them and I am proud of their continued effort.”

Fitzpatrick is a recipient of CADCA’s Congressional Leadership Award in recognition of his sustained commitment to championing the cause of community-based substance abuse prevention and has previously addressed the organization’s National Leadership Forum. On his website, Fitzpatrick includes information about prescription drug drop-off boxes to ensure that expired or unused drugs stay out of the wrong hands.

A guest opinion published in Friday’s Intelligencer by Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities (BPYC) provides a snap-shot of the involvement of many groups and coalitions playing a part in Bucks County’s drug prevention efforts. Read the piece HERE.

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

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Fitzpatrick Welcomes News of Pope Francis’ Address to Congress

2015/02/05

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Thursday regarding Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) announcement that Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress on September 25, 2015:

It is an honor to welcome Pope Francis to address a joint meeting of Congress later this year – the first Pope to ever do so. As a Catholic and a lawmaker, I am eager hear the Pontiff’s message of peace, compassion and global unity as it relates to the challenges we face in these trying times.

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is a lifelong resident of Bucks County, where he has been an active member of his community for decades.  In the 113th Congress, Mike’s number one priority is job creation.  Mike recognizes that government does not create jobs, but fosters an environment in which the private sector can create permanent, family sustaining jobs.

Mike graduated from Bishop Egan High School in Fairless Hills and earned his bachelor’s degree while working his way through St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. Upon graduation, Mike was awarded the university’s highest service award.

Following graduation, Mike returned to Pennsylvania and in 1988, he graduated from Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law. While attending law school Mike was the Business Manager of the Dickinson Journal of International Law.  Mike is admitted to practice law in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

In 1995, Mike was appointed to the Bucks County Board of Commissioners where he served for ten years.  As a Bucks County Commissioner Mike was a champion of responsible county social service programs, job creation and efficient government administration.  He fought to preserve over 11,000 acres of beautiful farmland, parkland and critical natural areas. His record on open space earned him recognition from a variety of environmental organizations, including the Greenspace Alliance.

During his time as Commissioner, Mike led the fight to establish the county’s first Enterprise Zone, a project that eventually led to the creation of over 4,000 private sector jobs in Bucks County.

As a Member of the 109th Congress Mike demonstrated himself to be an independently- minded advocate for his constituents. He fought for stronger borders, lower taxes and smaller budget deficits. Locally he worked successfully to bring the National Veterans’ Cemetery to Bucks County.  Mike was also instrumental in flood mitigation efforts along the Neshaminy Creek watershed, which had been plagued by persistent flooding.

Mike returned to Congress in 2011 after practicing law in Bucks County focusing on representing small businesses and local governments.

Mike and his wife Kathy have been married twenty-four years and have six children – three girls (Katie, Maggie and Molly) and three boys (Jimmy, Mick and Tommy). An Eagle Scout, Mike has remained active in Scouting and is a past-President of the Bucks County Council of the Boy Scouts of America.


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