Mike Fitzpatrick

Mike Fitzpatrick

PENNSYLVANIA's 8th DISTRICT

Fitzpatrick: Making the VA Work for Veterans

2014/07/30

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Wednesday following the passage of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act [H.R. 3230] - ­ the House-Senate VA reform bill to strengthen the agency in the wake of the expanding scandal:

After over a month of deliberation and debate, I am glad to have the opportunity to support this bipartisan legislation which strengthens our commitment to veterans’ benefits and care.

The ‘Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act’ represents an agreement on efforts to make the VA more transparent and responsive to the needs of the veterans. In addition to reducing wait times for medical care, the bill includes funds to increase the number of VA medical professionals and buildings, as well as provisions to remove ineffective senior managers and improve education benefits.

While there is work to be done to reform the VA in the wake of this scandal, and details about the depth of corruption and impropriety at the agency continue to be exposed, this bill represents a step toward making the VA work for veterans.

Legislative highlights from the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act:

To improve access to and quality of care for veterans, the bill would:

·         Require VA to offer an authorization to receive non-VA care to any veteran who is enrolled in the VA health care system as of August 1, 2014, or who is a newly discharged combat veteran if such veteran is unable to secure an appointment at a VA medical facility within 30 days (or a future published goal established by VA) or resides more than 40 miles from the nearest VA medical facility, with certain exceptions.

o   Require VA to provide a Veterans Choice Card to eligible veterans to facilitate care provided by non-VA providers.

o   Provide $10 billion for the newly-established “Veterans Choice Fund” to cover the costs of this increased access to non-VA care. Choice program authority would end when funds are exhausted or three years after enactment, whichever occurs first.

·         Require an independent assessment of VA medical care and establish a Congressional Commission on Care to evaluate access to care throughout the VA health care system.

·         Extend the ARCH (Access Received Closer to Home) pilot program for two years.

·         Extend for three years a pilot program to provide rehabilitation, quality of life, and community integration services to veterans with complex-mild to severe traumatic brain injury.

·         Improve the delivery of care to veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma as well as care for Native Hawaiian and Native American veterans.

To expand VA’s internal capacity to provide timely care to veterans, the bill would:

·         Provide $5 billion to VA to increase access to care through the hiring of physicians and other medical staff and by improving VA’s physical infrastructure.

·         Authorize 27 major medical facility leases in 18 states and Puerto Rico.

To provide real accountability for incompetent or corrupt senior managers, the bill would:

·         Authorize VA to fire or demote Senior Executive Service (SES) employees and Title 38 SES equivalent employees for poor performance or misconduct.

o   Provide an expedited and limited appeal process for employees disciplined under this authority. Appeals would go to a Merit Systems Protection Board administrative judge, who would have 21 days to decide on the appeal. If a decision is not reached within that 21-day period, then VA’s decision to remove or demote the executive is final.

o   Prohibit SES employees from receiving pay, bonuses and benefits during the appeal process.

·         Reduce funding for bonuses available to VA employees by $40 million each year through FY 2024.

 To improve education benefits for veterans and dependents, the bill would:

·         Require public colleges to provide in-state tuition to veterans and eligible dependents in order for the school to remain eligible to receive G.I. Bill education payments.

·         Expand the Sgt. Fry Scholarship Program to provide full Post 9/11 G.I. Bill benefits to spouses of servicemembers who died in the line of duty after 9/11.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the bill would result in net spending of roughly $10 billion from 2014 - 2024, making it less expensive than previous VA reform packages passed by the House and Senate.

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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 Highlights Bills Empowering Working Families

2014/07/30

WASHINGTON, D.C – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) joined House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and other lawmakers Wednesday morning to announce a legislative package aimed at empowering Americans- particularly women - both at work and at home.

“Now more than ever, hard working American families need common sense policies, not one-size-fits-all government programs, that help balance work and life,” said Fitzpatrick. “The legislative package we laid out today ensures moms and dads take home more of their paychecks with lower taxes and cheaper prices; increases flexibility in the workplace; and modernizes job training programs to work for a 21st century economy. Simply put, this plan can make life better.”

Today, women comprise nearly half of our total labor force – and more than half of working women are the primary source of income in their families.  Women manage 83% of the household income, they start 2 out of every 3 new businesses, and they represent the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. economy. 

"House Republicans have been working for a long time to advance these solutions - for the single mom trying to find a job; for the college student who can't afford her tuition; for those trying to increase their take-home pay so they can support their families,” said Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers. Women have transformed America - as moms, as business owners, as care-givers, as entrepreneurs. We are working for them. We are listening to them. And we are championing them."

Fitzpatrick and the House have passed number of pieces of bipartisan legislation to improve the lives of American families only to have them become “DOA in the Senate in an election year.” As of Wednesday, the House has sent 358 bills to the Senate that have been failed to be acted on.

“Americans want solutions that empower them at work and at home – not more government and more partisan bickering. This package represents work on behalf of all families to increase opportunity and access to the American Dream,” continued Fitzpatrick. “It’s my hope that these bills – several of which have already cleared the House in bipartisan fashion – will be acted upon in the Senate because Americans deserve better than the new normal.”

Overview of the legislation included in package:

  • Increasing Flexible Schedules in the Workplace –  passed the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 (sponsored by Rep. Martha Roby, R-AL);
  • Increasing Job Training Programs – passed and enacted the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-NC);
  • Increasing Take-Home Pay – passed the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act (sponsored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-KS); passed the Student and Family Tax Simplification Act (sponsored by Rep. Diane Black, R-TN); introduced the Empowering Americans to Work Act (sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-WA), which would amend the IRS to provide a deduction relating to the second income earner; introduced the Families First Act (sponsored by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-WV), which would index the dependent care credit and income to inflation;
  • Advancing Work & Opportunity – reauthorizing the Child Care Development Block Grant Reauthorization;
  • Stop Discrimination in the Workplace – preventing retaliation in the workplace for compensation discussions (sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-WA);
  • Ensuring Our Students’ Educational Futures – passed the Success and Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Act (sponsored by Rep. John Kline, R-MN);
  • Expanding Home Health Services - H.R. 5110, the Save Medicare Home Health Act of 2014 (sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden, R-OR) was introduced to protect against the 14% cut to the Home Health Program.

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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 Backs Proposal to Stop Executive Overreach

2014/07/30

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Wednesday following the House passage of H.Res. 676 – A resolution clearing the way litigation resolving Executive Branch overreach and failure to faithfully execute the law: 

Earlier this year I stood in front of the Capitol to remind the president that Congress makes the laws. We have a system of checks and balances in place that has worked for over 200 years when the president is willing to lead and bring people together. 

I want to protect our unique system, which is the envy of the world, so that it can work for another 200 years and beyond to keep us the greatest free nation in the world and provide opportunity for all. 

Going it alone as the president has done far too often, or going around the very body designed to represent the people, is wrong and sets a dangerous precedent. 

The president should be working with Congress on bipartisan solutions to advance our economy, get people back to work and increase opportunity – not making decisions that are not his to make without accountability or oversight.  These decisions belong to Americans who elect their representatives.

Concern about the president’s overreach has been articulated on both sides of the political spectrum. Liberal law professor Jonathan Turley notes that the House lawsuit has legal basis and is warranted:

I think there is a case against the president for exceeding his authority. I happen to agree with the president on many of his priorities and policies, but as I testified in Congress I think he has crossed the constitutional line…

[W]hen the president went to Congress and said that he was going to go it alone, it obviously raises a concern… because there’s no license for going it alone in our system. While I happen to agree with him — I voted for him — I think this is a problem.

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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, Meehan Visit Philly VA Benefit Office

2014/07/28

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) and Congressman Pat Meehan (PA-7) joined VA Under Secretary for Benefits Allison Hickey Monday for a briefing and tour of the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Regional Office Monday. The visit comes after an inspector general report and whistleblower claims of misconduct and impropriety at the facility and is part of the pair’s continuing effort to increase transparency and accountability to the agency.

“While I thank Under Sec. Hickey for the update and tour, the fact remains that the Philadelphia VA – and the agency as a whole – have much work to do in both regaining the trust of veterans and ensuring quality care and timely benefits,” said Fitzpatrick. “Today’s meeting is a step toward encouraging a more open and accountable VA benefit office here in Philadelphia, and a larger message to offices across the nation that the disturbing findings of the OIG report cannot be the new normal.”

An inspector general’s report released this month found evidence of data manipulation and other abuse by employees at the Philadelphia VA Regional Office. At a House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing on July 14, Under Secretary Hickey invited the lawmakers for a tour of the facility and an update on efforts to stop abuse.

Following the hearing, Meehan and Fitzpatrick released photos obtained by whistleblowers that purport to show dozens of boxes of ignored mail from veterans looking for information on their benefit claims.

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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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50 Years of Land and Water Conservation Fund

2014/07/24

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) is marking the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1964 by continuing his efforts to continue and strengthen the landmark environmental legislation.

“For 50 years the Land and Water Conservation Fund has remained the nation’s premier conservation, recreation and preservation support program,” said Fitzpatrick. “While issued by Congress, the program is not funded by taxpayer dollars – making it a responsible, practical method to protect our nation’s natural landscape and beauty.”

In March, Fitzpatrick joined Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA) in leading a bipartisan letter (attached) supporting full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The letter garnered 176 signatures in the House.

“The parks, trails, forests, wildlife refuges, battlefields, historic sites, and working lands sustained by LWCF funding support an outdoor recreation and tourism sector that contributes a total of $1.06 trillion annually to the American economy, supporting 9.4 million jobs (1 out of every 15 jobs in the U.S.) that are vital to the nation's recovery,” noted Fitzpatrick in the letter.  “LWCF is further essential to making public lands public by securing recreation access, particularly where opportunities for sportsmen and others to access public lands are limited or precluded.”

Polling has found that fully 85 percent of the American people say that Congress should honor its commitment to the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  

Fitzpatrick is a leading voice for responsible environmental stewardship in the House, introducing or sponsoring a number of bipartisan pieces of conservation legislation. Last week, the Fitzpatrick-backed Conservation Easement Incentive Act [H.R. 2807] passed the House, making it easier for land owners to conserve land by permanently extending conservation tax credits. Additionally, Fitzpatrick has been recognized by the National Parks Conservation Association with a ‘Friend of the National Park Award’ as well as a Great Outdoors Congressional Champion.

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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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Increasing Access to Education for an America that Works

2014/07/23

WASHINGTON, D.C – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) joined the House Wednesday in passing the Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act [H.R. 4983] and the Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act [H.R. 3136] – bipartisan legislation aimed at making the goal of high education easier and more transparent for students and families.

“The cost of obtaining a college degree has risen dramatically over the past decade while students and families still struggle to access important information that will assist in their search for the right education opportunity,” said Fitzpatrick. “Today’s action in the House addresses both of those concerns by removing roadblocks to financial support and transparency, and in doing so, increasing opportunity for students and families.”

Since 2002 in-state tuition and fees at public four-year and two-year institutions increased by 51-percent and 35-percent, respectively. While, regulators and institutions have traditionally used “credit hours” to measure student progress and disburse student aid, today institutions are developing new models of education that can measure students’ actual learning rather than just the time spent in class. The Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act would empower schools to implement competency-based education demonstration projects, providing students new opportunities to receive a high-quality education in a way that best serves their personal and financial needs.

Additionally, the federal government provides financial assistance for millions of students to use at the institution of their choice, yet students and families often face a deluge of data that provides little to no useful information. To make matters worse, data provided often fails to capture crucial information students and parents need to view the entire landscape of higher education. The Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act would streamline existing transparency efforts to reduce confusion for students by requiring better coordination by federal agencies to avoid duplication and confusion and establishing a consumer-tested ‘College Dashboard’ that would display all key information students need when deciding which school to attend.

“As the father of two college graduates and a current student, I understand the importance of supporting the dream of continued education and the opportunities that come with it for students nationwide. These bipartisan bills help make that dream a reality,” added Fitzpatrick. “Increasing access to higher education is one piece of the puzzle to support an America that works. Along with measures to close the skill gap and grow training programs like apprenticeships, our nation’s education system needs to be one that prepares students for a 21st century economy.”

Fitzpatrick has been a leader in efforts to create a more effective and accountable role for the federal government in higher education, including work to stop current student loan rates from doubling while removing loan interest rates out of the political process.

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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, House Continue Effort to End Trafficking

2014/07/23

WASHINGTON, D.C – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) joined with the House Thursday in passing a package of eight bipartisan bills which continue efforts to end human trafficking in the United States and abroad.

“Human trafficking seems like an issue a world away, but the tragic reality is that it affects children and communities right here in our area,” said Fitzpatrick following the votes. “Today, in bipartisan fashion, lawmakers stood together to address the continuing need to support and grow anti-trafficking programs and upgrade our nation’s response to this crime – locally and internationally. These bills work to empower non-profits, local governments and law enforcement who are on the front lines in the effort to combat modern day slavery – an objective I am proud to continue to support.”

Topics addressed in the legislation include updating definition of trafficking in legal codes, strengthening grants for child abuse or neglect prevention and treatment programs, and reviewing and updating federal and state trafficking prevention activities.

Ending human trafficking in Bucks and Montgomery counties is an important objective of Fitzpatrick. To that end, he has worked to support the mission of local non-profits and organizations – including Worthwhile Wear – to address prevention and recovery efforts. Worthwhile Wear is in the process of opening Bucks County’s first program to provide long-term aftercare and housing to women survivors of trafficking and forced prostitution.

“It is refreshing to see that Congress is willing to come together around efforts to better define, address and prevent trafficking as it exists in our nation,” said Dan Emr, Executive Director of Worthwhile Wear. “Congressman Fitzpatrick continues to be a champion for federal and local solutions concerning human trafficking. His work with Worthwhile Wear and other organizations in Bucks and Montgomery counties has strengthened our ability to respond to the unique situations and challenges presented by this terrible crime.”

Fitzpatrick, a member of Victims’ Rights Caucus and the Human Trafficking Task Force, is a leader on anti-trafficking initiatives and has worked on Capitol Hill and in Pennsylvania on legislation to increase awareness, support survivors, and empower law enforcement to end trafficking and abuse. In May, Fitzpatrick and the House passed a similar package of anti-trafficking bills.

Legislation passed Thursday includes:

  • H.R. 5111 - To Improve the Response to Victims of Child Sex Trafficking
  • H.R. 5081 - Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2014
  • H.R. 5076 - Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act
  • H.R. 4980 -  Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act
  • H.R. 5135 -  Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act
  • H.R. 5116 - Human Trafficking Detection Act
  • H.R. 4449 - Human Trafficking Prevention Act
  • H.R. 2283 - Human Trafficking Prioritization Act

Learn more about Congressman Fitzpatrick’s efforts to combat trafficking at fitzpatrick.house.gov/EndTrafficking

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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 Leads Push Condemning Russia, MH17 Terror Attack

2014/07/22

WASHINGTON, D.C – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) introduced legislation in the House Tuesday condemning the Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists occupying the city of Donetsk following the attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

“As a promoter of international peace and freedom, it is critical that America speak with one voice when responding to this reprehensible act of terrorism,” said Fitzpatrick. “This resolution supports the president and our efforts abroad to support our allies and hold those accountable for this attack – both directly and indirectly - responsible.”

The resolution (attached), “[c]ondemns the Ukrainian Separatists illegally occupying the Ukrainian city of Donetsk and the surrounding territory, as terrorists for shooting down a civilian passenger airliner – Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17- and condemning the Government of the Russian Federation for supplying the arms.”

Additionally, the bipartisan resolution calls on Ukrainian separatists to disband and surrender control of Donetsk, while directing Russia to “immediately desist attempts to undermine the Government of Ukraine and to cease the arming of all militaristic and terroristic groups.”

The resolution urges President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry to “utilize all available means to compel the Government of the Russian Federation to withdraw all support from all militaristic and terroristic groups whose goal is to undermine the Government of Ukraine.”

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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-backed Jobs Bill Signed by into Law

2014/07/22

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Tuesday regarding the signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into law by the president:

The ‘Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’ is a jobs bill in its truest form – a bipartisan approach to strengthen and modernize our workforce training programs while being responsible and accountable to hardworking taxpayers.

I was proud to support this jobs bill in the House and am glad to see the president make it a priority to address the concerns I've been addressing - closing the skills gap, eliminating antiquated programs, and training the unemployed and underemployed for the jobs of today.

It is my hope that the signing of this jobs bill will inspire action in the Senate to move on the dozens of other House-passed legislation that can help American workers and families succeed.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (previously the SKILLS Act) creates a more efficient workforce development system by eliminating 15 duplicative and under-performing programs; increasing the flexibility for states and communities to utilize job training funds; expanding access to on-the-job training opportunities, like apprenticeships; and increased outreach to groups like disconnected youth and those with disabilities looking for work.

The bill has been praise by workforce groups and local educators, including Bucks County Community College president, Stephanie H. Shanblatt, Ph.D:

Bucks County Community College is deeply committed to the education and training of our regional workforce. The opportunity to enhance partnerships between colleges and workforce systems, the streamlining of regulatory and delivery processes, and the focus on integrating basic skills and occupational instruction all will greatly help us achieve our regional and national goals of a highly trained workforce. 

The college applauds the efforts of Representative Fitzpatrick and the entire House and Senate to reach bipartisan consensus on this important legislative matter.

Fitzpatrick is a leader on efforts to close the ‘skills gap’ and get Americans back to work. He has sponsored the bipartisan Skills Gap Strategy Act [H.R. 4541] to require the Department of Labor to address a lack of trained workers, as well as supporting plans to extend unemployment insurance for those in need and offsetting the costs with pro-jobs legislation.

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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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If President Obama is Serious about Infrastructure, Here’s a Bipartisan Plan

2014/07/17

LANGHORNE, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Thursday about the efforts to develop reliable and effective infrastructure funding in response to President Obama’s visit to the Port of Wilmington I-495 Bridge in Delaware:

I am thankful that the President has recognized the need to address the critical issue of infrastructure. With the recent closure of the I-495 Bridge, the estimated 90,000 vehicles that use the route every day have had to be diverted onto smaller roads, complicating commutes and slowing commerce around the I-95 corridor.

Because of bipartisan cooperation in the House and passage of the ‘Highway Transportation and Funding Act’, it now appears the highway trust fund will receive a short term funding measure until spring. While this funding is critical, we cannot accept a temporary fix and waste this opportunity to provide America the 21st century infrastructure it needs to remain competitive in an increasingly globalized world. 

I encourage the President and leaders of both parties to review my bipartisan ‘Partnership to Build America Act’. As an alternative to the tax-and-spend or cut-and-spend paths both parties have used in the past, this bill is an innovative and long-term solution to our infrastructure needs. It presents an opportunity to invest over $750 billion directly into American infrastructure without costing hardworking taxpayers more money. 

Fitzpatrick introduced the Partnership to Build America Act along with Congressman John Delaney (D-MD). The legislation would create an American Infrastructure Fund to provide loans or guarantees to state or local governments to finance qualified infrastructure projects.  These guarantees will use revenues from repatriated corporate earnings as a funding mechanism to provide a total of $750 billion in infrastructure financing for federal, state and local infrastructure projects.

Additionally, Fitzpatrick has introduced the Fairness to Veterans for Infrastructure Investment Act [H.R. 2906] which would provide veteran-owned businesses access to existing contracting preferences authorized for federal transportation projects to ensure that our nation’s veterans play an important role in revitalizing our infrastructure economy.

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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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