Mike Fitzpatrick

Mike Fitzpatrick

PENNSYLVANIA's 8th DISTRICT

Reps. Fitzpatrick, Delaney, Sens. Blunt, Bennet Urge President to Highlight Bipartisan Infrastructure and Corporate Tax Solution in State of the Union

2015/01/16

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the House and Senate have written to President Obama urging him to “highlight the importance of rebuilding America’s infrastructure and fixing the broken international tax code” in the upcoming State of the Union.

The letter was signed by Fitzpatrick and Congressman John K. Delaney (D-MD-6) along with Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO). The bipartisan group points out there is a “consensus in both parties that our roads, bridges, dams, and overall infrastructure need an upgrade and that tax reform is the way to get it done.”

This is the framework used by the Partnership to Build America Act which was introduced by Delaney and Fitzpatrick in 2013. Senators Bennet and Blunt are the lead sponsors of the legislation in the Senate.

The text of the letter is below and attached:

Dear President Obama:

As you prepare for next week’s State of the Union Address, we urge you to highlight the importance of rebuilding America’s infrastructure and fixing the broken international tax code in your remarks. The country wants us to work together constructively and there is consensus in both parties that our roads, bridges, dams, and overall infrastructure need an upgrade and that tax reform is the way to get it done.

We believe that international tax reform can provide a needed funding source for our nation’s infrastructure needs.  Specifically, we can use overseas earnings through a deemed repatriation to provide a revenue source for both the highway trust fund and for and an independent infrastructure bank.  This should be part of a broader, forward looking international tax reform plan that increases our competitiveness and creates jobs. 

By working together on a bipartisan infrastructure solution, we can boost our economy, create jobs, and position American businesses, small and large, to succeed in the global market.  In their most recent report, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave our nation’s infrastructure a D+ grade. America’s inadequate infrastructure has created a drag on economic growth, is a significant public safety risk and has impacted the quality of life of millions. Our flawed tax code has created a similar and interrelated economic drag, driving down growth and slowing domestic investment.       

Over the last two years, we have worked in both chambers of Congress, with Democrats and Republicans, to build support for an innovative approach that combines international corporate tax reform and new infrastructure investment. In the House and Senate, 45 Democrats and 46 Republicans have joined together to sponsor the Partnership to Build America Act.  We are working to expand this idea to ensure a reliable funding source for both an infrastructure bank and the highway trust fund as part of a broader international tax reform effort.  This approach is pro-growth, fiscally-responsible, and will create a huge number of good-paying jobs. 

The State of the Union is a singular platform to set the agenda and the tone for the next year in Washington. We sincerely hope that you consider using it as an opportunity to shine a spotlight on a truly bipartisan approach to two of the most vexing problems facing America’s economy.

Respectfully,

Congressman John K. Delaney

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick

Senator Roy Blunt

Senator Michael Bennet

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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, House Move to Block Immigration Executive Orders

2015/01/14

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Wednesday regarding the House passage of legislation to block the president’s unconstitutional immigration executive orders:

President Obama’s use of executive action to dramatically alter American immigration laws runs counter to Constitutional precedent and flies in the face of his previous statements that he could not, and should not, change immigration laws through executive order.

Today, I joined the House in taking a stand on behalf of the American people and the American worker. Our nation’s immigration system is too important to be left to one man to rewrite, reinterpret, or refuse to enforce – something I saw firsthand last summer standing on the southern border. This common sense measure takes meaningful steps to rein in the president’s abuse of power and establishing the opinion of the ‘People’s House’ while fully funding the Department of Homeland Security’s vital mission of protecting our country.

Americans deserve elected officials willing to work together to come up with serious, long-term, and legal solutions to our immigration problems. That means abandoning this issue as a political wedge, and seriously committing to fixing this once and for all. This legislation clears the slate, now the president and Senate should join the House in getting to work.

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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 Jobs Bill Passes House

2015/01/14

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation introduced by Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) to encourage economic growth for small businesses passed the House Wednesday. One of the first bills taken up by the 114th Congress, the Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act [H.R. 37] includes several bipartisan measures which make it easier for small and emerging businesses to access capital, reduce regulatory burdens and create new jobs.

“It is clear that smart regulations allow the private sector to innovate and create more jobs while protecting taxpayers and consumers. However, it is equally clear that one-size-fits-all regulations hurt the economy by treating small and medium sized companies as if they are large, multinational corporations,” said Fitzpatrick. “No Main Street small business, manufacturer, farmer or rancher caused the financial crisis. Yet they are subject to thousands of new pages of regulations that were supposedly designed for big Wall Street firms. That’s not fair.”

Featured in Fitzpatrick’s bill are 11 bills which were introduced and passed through either committee or the House in the previous Congress – most with bipartisan co-sponsorship and support.

“Dodd-Frank’s target may have been Wall Street, but its regulatory burden falls most heavily on Main Street. That’s what this bill seeks to fix,” added Fitzpatrick. “These legislative prescriptions represent serious, bipartisan commitments to make our regulatory system more responsive to the needs of the workers and local businesses we represent.

“The American people want Republicans and Democrats to work together to strengthen our economy and help the private sector create jobs like only it can.”

Speaking prior to the vote, Fitzpatrick said it was critical for members of both parties to enter this new Congress focused on cooperation and areas of agreement and reject partisan demagoguery.

“There is a lot of talk about bipartisanship and finding ‘middle ground’ here in our nation’s capital, yet at this very moment groups on both the far left and the far right stand in the way of even incremental progress by pulling members of both parties to the extremes,” said Fitzpatrick. “I know that if things are going to get done in this body, it will be with strong bipartisan support from principled – yet pragmatic – lawmakers willing to put politics to the side and work together for the common good.  As someone who seeks out that course, I’d like to recognize those members of both parties willing to stand up and support this bill.”

In the 113th Congress, the passage of the bipartisan Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act was praised by a number of groups, including the Small Business & Entrepreneurial Council and the Small Business Investor Alliance.

"The Fitzpatrick jobs legislation reduces duplicative red tape for investors in domestic small businesses," said Steven Hobman of NewSpring Mezzanine Capital at the time of its original passage. "Fitzpatrick's bill really targets areas in the law that are filled with unnecessary red tape, and Congress needs to pass these provisions to move capital more freely in our financial system."

Fitzpatrick has been a tireless advocate for efforts to responsibly reduce burdensome regulation on businesses and create an environment that fosters innovation. Last year, he outlined his Better Jobs, More Opportunity plan - a collection of bipartisan legislation aimed at supporting a healthy economy through common sense regulatory relief, workforce investment and fairer tax structure.

Measures included in Fitzpatrick’s Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act are:

  • The Business Risk Mitigation and Price Stabilization Act (formerly H.R. 634) clarifies that Congress did not intend for manufacturers, ranchers and small companies that buy and sell derivatives to hedge against business risk to be impacted by Dodd-Frank’s burdensome margin and capital requirements. The bill passed the House by a vote of 411-12, with 181 House Democrats, including Ranking Member Maxine Waters, voting in favor.
  • Legislation sponsored by Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) (formerly H.R. 5471) clarifies Dodd-Frank’s treatment of affiliates of non-financial firms that use a central treasury unit (CTU) as a risk-reducing, best practice to centralize and net the hedging needs of affiliates. Without a clear legislative exemption, non-financial companies may either have to eliminate the CTU function, be subjected to increased regulatory costs, or retain more risk on their balance sheets and pass along that risk to customers in the form of higher prices. This bipartisan bill would enable non-financial companies with affiliates to continue employing best practices to manage internal and external trading in order to mitigate risk within a commercial entity. The bill passed the House by voice vote.
  • The Holding Company Registration Threshold Equalization Act (formerly H.R. 801), introduced by Reps. Steve Womack (R-AR), James Himes (D-CT), and Ann Wagner (R-MO)amends Title VI of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (“JOBS Act”). Title VI raised the shareholder registration threshold with the SEC from 500 to 2,000 and increased the deregistration threshold from 300 to 1,200 for banks and bank holding companies. This legislation extends the same flexibility to savings and loan holding companies, ensuring that they can deploy capital throughout the communities they serve. The bill passed the House 417-4.
  • Legislation sponsored by Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) and Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY) (formerly H.R. 2274) will streamline and simplify regulations so that small business owners can more easily sell their businesses when they retire and, in turn, create opportunities for new entrepreneurs to take over small and emerging companies that might otherwise have been shut down. The bill passed the House 422-0.
  • The Swap Data Repository and Clearinghouse Indemnification Act of 2013 (formerly H.R. 742), introduced by Reps. Rick Crawford (R-AR), Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), Bill Huizenga (R-MI) and Gwen Moore (D-WI), removes an indemnification requirement imposed on foreign regulators by the Dodd-Frank Act as a condition of obtaining access to data repositories. Sections 728 and 763 of the Dodd-Frank Act require swap data repositories and security-based swap data repositories to make data available to non-U.S. financial regulators, including foreign financial supervisors, foreign central banks, and foreign ministries. Before a U.S. data repository can share data with a foreign regulator, however, the foreign regulator must agree that it will abide by applicable confidentiality requirements and that it will indemnify the data repository and the SEC or the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) for litigation expenses that may result from the sharing of data with the foreign regulator. Section 725 imposes similar requirements for data sharing between derivatives clearing organizations and foreign regulators, including the requirement that foreign regulators indemnify derivatives clearing organizations and U.S. regulators for litigation expenses that may result from the sharing of data with foreign regulators. The bill passed the House 420-2.
  • The Improving Access to Capital for Emerging Growth Companies Act (formerly H.R. 3623), introduced by Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN) and Rep. John Delaney (D-MD), builds on the successes of Title I of the JOBS Act, which created a new class of publicly traded companies known as Emerging Growth Companies (EGCs). The bill reduces burdensome SEC registration and disclosure requirements to help EGCs access the capital markets more efficiently, streamline the Initial Public Offering process and allow EGCs to deploy their assets to grow and create jobs. The committee approved the bill by a vote of 56-0.
  • The Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act (formerly H.R. 4164), introduced by Rep. Robert Hurt (R-VA) and Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL), provides a voluntary exemption for all EGCs and other issuers with annual gross revenues under $250 million from the SEC’s onerous requirements to file their financial statements in an interactive data format knows as eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL). The bill also requires the SEC to conduct a cost-benefit analysis on the XBRL requirement and report to Congress within one year after enactment. The legislation allows small businesses to spend more time focusing on expanding and creating jobs rather than on redundant SEC compliance requirements. The bill was approved by the committee 51-5.
  • The Restoring Proven Financing for American Employers Act (formerly H.R. 4167), introduced by Rep. Andy Barr, amends the Bank Holding Company Act to provide banks with investments in Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs) issued before January 31, 2014, until July 21, 2019 to be in compliance with the Volcker Rule. CLOs provide nearly $300 billion in financing to U.S. companies and the legislation will prevent a “fire-sale” of CLOs that were unexpectedly captured by the final rule to implement the Volcker Rule. The bill passed the House by voice vote.
  • The Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) Advisers Relief Act (formerly H.R. 4200), introduced by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), amends the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to reduce unnecessary regulatory costs and eliminate duplicative regulation of advisers to SBICs. Eliminating duplicative regulation will allow the private equity fund money that currently goes to pay for regulatory compliance and fees to flow directly to job-creating small businesses. The bill passed the House by voice vote.
  • The Disclosure Modernization and Simplification Act (formerly H.R. 4569), introduced by Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), directs the SEC to simplify its disclosure regime for issuers and help investors more easily navigate very lengthy and cumbersome public company disclosures. Permitting issuers to submit a summary page would enable companies to concisely disclose pertinent information to investors without exposing them to liability. This summary page would also enable investors to more easily access the most relevant information about a company. The bill passed the House by voice vote.
  • The Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2014 (formerly H.R. 4571), introduced by Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL), modernizes SEC Rule 701, which was last updated in 1996. Updating this rule gives private companies more flexibility to reward employees with a company’s securities and thereby retain valuable employees without having to use other methods to compensate them, such as borrowing money or selling securities. The bill was approved 36-23 by the Committee.

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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 Questions Philly VARO Incentive Program

2015/01/13

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement regarding reports of a new incentive program at the Philadelphia VA Regional Office which could encourage staff to rush or improperly reject claims for veterans:

Reports show that leaders at the Philadelphia VARO have begun a new incentive program to reward employees for quickly processing veteran benefit claims in order to meet the VA’s backlog deadline. VA whistleblowers have already testified that this arbitrary deadline is unrealistic, uses uncertain metrics to measure success, and has the potential to breed corruption. How would adding cash and food incentives help meet the real goal: doing right by our veterans?

This program - while I’m sure well intentioned - does little to ensure that claims for military veterans are being handled thoroughly and effectively while leaving the door open to data manipulation, ‘cherry picking’ of easy claims, or inaccurate decisions. Bonuses and incentives should be for employees going above and beyond in the service of veterans each day, not meeting bureaucratic benchmarks within a system that has failed before.

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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 Praises Bipartisan Bill Addressing Veteran Suicide Epidemic

2015/01/13

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Tuesday regarding the House passage the Clay Hunt SAV Act [H.R. 203]. Fitzpatrick, a member of the Military Mental Health Caucus, co-sponsored the legislation which aims to address the epidemic of veteran suicide.

As new generations of soldiers return home from the battlefield, far too many find the transition to civilian life and the challenge of dealing with the effects of PTSD too hard. Sadly, each day, 22 American veterans take their own life – a national problem not short of an epidemic.

Monday, in overwhelming bipartisan fashion, the House once again passed the ‘Clay Hunt SAV Act’ – a bill named after Clay Hunt, a Marine who took his own life at the age of just 28. This legislation will take meaningful steps toward ensuring veterans like Clay have the resources and treatment they need when they return home. That means increasing access to, boosting accountability for and removing the stigma of potentially-life saving mental health care.

The Senate and president must act on the ‘Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act’ and put an end to the epidemic of veteran suicide.

The Clay Hunt SAV Act passed the House with Fitzpatrick’s support in the 113th Congress before failing in the Senate. The Senate is expected to once again take up the legislation.

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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 to Obama: Award Ft. Hood Victims Purple Hearts

2015/01/12

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) sent a letter to President Obama Monday calling on him to follow Congressional directive and award victims of the 2009 Fort Hood terror attack posthumous military honors.

“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,” wrote Fitzpatrick. “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.”

As part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2015, passed by Congress and signed into law on December 19, 2014, service members and civilians killed or wounded in the attack are considered eligible for the Purple Heart and Medal for the Defense of Freedom.

In the 113th Congress, Fitzpatrick co-sponsored the bipartisan Honoring Fort Hood Heroes Act [H.R. 3111] with 225 other members of the House which would have granted victims Purple Heart and Medal for Defense of Freedom recognition, as well as other benefits. Similar language was included in the NDAA which Fitzpatrick supported.

Fitzpatrick’s complete letter is below and attached:

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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One Step Closer to American Energy Independence

2015/01/09

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Friday regarding the House’s bipartisan passage of legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, sending it to the new, Republican-controlled Senate of the first time:

Once again, a bipartisan majority of the House has considered and passed a measure that will empower American energy production, create and sustain American jobs, and promote a safer American energy infrastructure. I am confident that this legislation, with the support of a bipartisan majority in a new Senate, will soon hit the president’s desk with the full weight and force of the 42,000 jobs it represents.

Disappointingly, the White House has already said it will veto the measure – once again putting its political interests ahead of the best interests of the American people. After more than six years of study, the president appears content to continue obstructing thousands of jobs and increased energy security for our country.

Delaying the long-overdue approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline runs counter to the House, Senate and president’s shared goal of energy independence. It also prevents our nation from a larger, bipartisan discussion about a 21st century energy strategy that works for American families, businesses and our environment.

I, along with my colleagues in the House and Senate, will continue to keep the pressure on the president on behalf of the hardworking constituents we represent on this issue.

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 Sworn in for Fourth Term

2015/01/06

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Tuesday regarding his swearing-in as a member of the 114th Congress:

It is an honor once again to be sworn in as the congressional representative for the hardworking men and women of Pennsylvania’s Eighth District. Each day I am inspired by the work ethic, determination, generosity and spirit of those who have elected me to serve as their voice on Capitol Hill. While we enter a time of divided government and partisan expectations, it is my constant goal to serve my constituents legislatively and as their federal advocate. I have high hopes for this new Congress. I expect its members to be ready to address the pressing needs of our nation and our people.

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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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Day One: Fitzpatrick Recommits to Congressional Reform

2015/01/06

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) will once again introduce a package of Congressional reform bills as the 114th Congress is gaveled into session Tuesday.

"This package of bills represents an effort to hold Members of Congress to a higher standard of transparency and accountability,” said Fitzpatrick who is entering his fourth term in the House. “Though these reforms may not be popular with Members of Congress, I know they would make the government work better for each hardworking constituent and begin to rebuild the confidence of the American people in elective government. As we enter a new era of divided government, these measures represent neither Republican nor Democrat favor, rather the belief that each Member owes respect, efficiency and transparency to those they represent.”

Bills being introduced by Fitzpatrick would:

Establish Term Limits for Members of Congress

  • Proposes an amendment to the Constitution to limit the number of terms that a Member of the House may serve to four and members of the Senate to two.

Stop the ‘Revolving Door’ from Member of Congress to Lobbyist

  • Extends to two years the “cooling off period” for members of the House who leave Congress before lobbying their former colleagues.

Freeze Pay for Members of Congress

  • Prevents Members of the 114th Congress from receiving a pay raise

End Congressional ‘Pensions for Life’

  • Terminates congressional pensions in order to put Members of Congress on par with private-sector workers. The bill would limit Members of Congress to investing in a 401k for retirement, like most Americans. 

Fitzpatrick has been a champion of government reform efforts during his time in Congress; introducing legislation and supporting efforts to increase transparency within the federal government.

Other legislative priorities of Fitzpatrick for the 114th Congress include introduction and passage of the Saracini Aviation Safety Act, Fairness to Veterans for Infrastructure Investment Act and Partnership to Build America Act.

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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 Recognized with CHOP Award for Commitment to Pediatric Medicine

2014/12/12

NEW YORK CITY, NY – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) was recognized Friday night for his work in support of pediatric medicine and research by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) with its annual Children’s Champion Award.

“As a father of six, I’m grateful for the work being done each day at CHOP - notably the largest pediatric research hospital in the world.  We can agree the path to delivering exceptional care begins with innovative medical research,” said Fitzpatrick.  “Families in need should be provided with the most advanced care available --- and I’ve seen what CHOP can do.”

The Children’s Champion Award was established in 2007 by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to honor individuals or organizations that improve the lives of children through public health policy, education and advocacy.  The award recognizes the contributions of child advocates and celebrates the passion required to enhance the quality of life for children. 

“We are pleased to honor Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick with the Children’s Champion Award,” said Steven M. Altschuler, chief executive officer of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  “Congressman Fitzpatrick’s advocacy in support of children has helped to ensure funding for scientific research of pediatric diseases such as cancer and autism, and provide CHIP healthcare coverage to low-income children.”

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter also received the award this year. Previous awardees include former First Lady of Pennsylvania Michele Ridge, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, Congressman Charlie Dent, Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, and PA State Troopers Corporal Donald Hughes and Corporal Paul Roy.

Fitzpatrick is a member of the Rare Disease Caucus as well as the Childhood Cancer Caucus and has been a leading advocate of medical research and innovation during his time in Congress. He supports robust funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Center for Disease Control to continue their innovative research and creation of new treatments.

“I will continue to advocate for medical research and innovation, access to quality pediatric care, and strong bipartisan support for our medical and research professionals – the best in the world,” added Fitzpatrick. “We share a common bond and a common goal: Doing what is best for the children, fighting for the opportunity to grow up healthy and happy, and supporting the gift of life.”

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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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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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