Mike Fitzpatrick

Mike Fitzpatrick

PENNSYLVANIA's 8th DISTRICT

Fitzpatrick Announces Service Academy Information Day

2015/08/18

LANGHORNE, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) today announced he will host an information session for Bucks and Montgomery county students seeking nominations to United States Service Academies on Saturday, September 26th from 9:00am to noon.  The session will be held at the Bucks County Community College Newtown campus in the Gallagher Room.

Fitzpatrick and his staff will be joined by representatives from the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. There also will be representatives from the Reserve Officers Training Corps, together with cadets and midshipmen who can talk about their experiences in the different programs.

“I encourage students who are interested in applying for a nomination to one of our nation’s military service academies to join us on the 26th,” said Fitzpatrick.  “This session will provide important guidance through what can be a long and, at times, difficult process towards earning an academy nomination.  I look forward to meeting with students from the Eighth District interested in serving their country in the armed forces."

The 2015 class included 25 nominees with recommendations to four service academies. Recommendations are assisted by Fitzpatrick’s Nomination Committee which includes active duty and retired military members from the Eighth District.

“Events like Representative Fitzpatrick’s Service Academy Information Day are absolutely integral to our military for fostering relationships with families of the 8th District.  Not only does this event give us the opportunity to meet with our current group of promising young candidates seeking nomination, it allows us to pass on valuable information to future candidates and their families,” said Admiral Stephen Chadwick, US Navy (RET), a member of the Nomination Committee. “Some students do not consider the Service Academies or ROTC until high school, while others maintain life-long ambitions of attending one of our military’s elite programs.  Either way, functions like these ensure that we can help these promising young people achieve their dreams.” 

While the session is primarily intended for high school seniors and their parents, sophomores and juniors seeking more information are also encouraged to attend.  For more information, students should visit fitzpatrick.house.gov/AcademyNominations or call Anthony Nisivoccia at (215)-579-8102. 

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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 Seeking Fall 2015 Interns

2015/07/27

WASHINGTON, D.C./LANGHORNE, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) is now accepting applications for Fall Semester internships in both his Washington, D.C. and Langhorne District offices.

Congressional internships are great opportunity for any students interested in the legislative process, public service and learning more about the inner-workings of our federal government.

This internship opportunity is unpaid and opened to college students, law students, and recent graduates. Pennsylvania Eighth Congressional District ties are preferred. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: answering phone calls from constituents, organizing mail and faxes, leading constituents on tours, greeting visitors, and assisting the Congressman’s overall legislative efforts through research and writing.

If interested, please contact the Intern Coordinator at the office you wish to apply to:

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Courtney Hogan

202-225-4276

Courtney.hogan@mail.house.gov

LANGHORNE, PA

Jennifer Miller

215-579-8102

jennifer.miller4@mail.house.gov   

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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 Announcement of Iran Nuclear Deal

2015/07/14

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Tuesday regarding the announcement of a nuclear agreement between the U.S. and Iran:

“I have deep concerns about the direction the Obama Administration has taken in reaching this agreement with Iran. While I support all diplomatic efforts to promote peace and cooperation, there is little reason to believe this deal will halt Iran’s nuclear program or that the Iranian regime is truly committed to joining the international community. Even during negotiations, Iranian leaders have spewed hateful language towards the United States, Israel and the Jewish people, and have unapologetically continued their state sponsorship of terrorism.

Next week, the bipartisan Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing I am proud to chair will take a closer look at Iran’s role in financing terrorist groups around the world; information that I feel is vital to the Administration, Congress and American people when reviewing any nuclear agreement with Iran that includes sanctions relief.

In the end, this announced deal is under Congressional authority to review and I will only support it if it meets the simple benchmark of forever preventing a nuclear Iran.”

Fitzpatrick chairs the bipartisan Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing which is reviewing U.S. policies to disrupt and choke out the ability for terror organizations to fund and finance their acts. As the leading state sponsor of terror, Iran has been a focal point of early hearings – especially concerns that some of the expected $11.9 billion cash transfers from the United States to Iran between November 2013 and June 30, 2015 could be finding its way to terrorist organizations threatening Iran’s neighboring states and those planning strikes in the United States. 

In May, Fitzpatrick supported H.R. 1191 – legislation ensuring Congressional review of any nuclear agreement negotiated by the Obama administration and Iran.

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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: Robust Oversight a Must for Any Trade Agreement

2015/06/18

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Thursday regarding the House passage of the bipartisan legislation ensuring robust Congressional oversight of any trade deal negotiated by the Obama administration:

“American trade with other nations is vital to growing our economy and increasing opportunity for American workers and businesses, but any trade agreement must be fully vetted by the American people.

Our system is based on checks and balances, and we cannot allow a president - of any party – to negotiate international agreements unilaterally. Previous versions of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), or ‘fast track,’ didn’t provide enough protections against executive overreach, and I spoke out against them.

However, the new, targeted reforms included in the House bill passed today will not only advance American trade priorities, it will hold this president accountable. For that reason, it earned my support.

What today’s legislation does – like no TPA before it – is provide the most controlled, transparent and responsible trade structure ever agreed to. Not only does this measure require the White House to make public any trade agreement four months before legislative action to ensure the president is sticking to the nearly 150 targeted trade goals, it sets up mechanisms to turn off the expedited procedures if the administration fails to meet its TPA obligations.

To be clear: This bill is no trade agreement, simply a measure setting the table for an intense review of any agreement that might follow. If the president negotiates a bad trade deal I will vote against it.

Only a free and fair trade arrangement that protects American workers and encourages companies to invest in America rather than overseas will earn my support. We need to be exporting products, not jobs.”

Overview of TPA Legislation HERE

TPA Myth vs. Fact HERE

TPA Frequently Asked Questions HERE

Full TPA Legislation HERE

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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 Philadelphia VARO Visit

2015/06/18

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Monday regarding his visit to the Philadelphia Regional Office (VARO) with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to inspect the facility in the wake of the latest VA OIG report:

Chip Kelly is building the Eagles preaching about the importance of culture of success. The Philadelphia VARO could take a page from that playbook.

For years, a culture of systemic mismanagement, corruption and outright absurdity at the agency has hurt veterans and wasted taxpayer dollars. The Philadelphia VARO has a long road ahead of it to regain the faith of our region’s veterans, and its issues will only be solved by transparent reforms and removal of all those who facilitated this dysfunction. Today’s meeting is a step toward meeting that goal, but there is plenty more work to do.”

Earlier this month, Assistant Director Lucy Filipov and Pension Management Center Manager Gary Hodge were removed over allegations outlined in the Office of Inspector General’s Report of May 28, 2015. These represent the first administrative action at the Philadelphia VARO in the wake of last summer’s VA scandal.

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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 FY16 Budget

2015/03/26

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Wednesday regarding the passage of the House’s FY16 budget resolution: 

For years, hardworking Americans who are forced to balance their checkbooks have watched Washington fail to even try and maintain its own. With the Senate under new leadership, I am confident that both chambers will finally resume their constitutional duty of debating and passing a budget that helps create better jobs and more opportunities.

 

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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 Receives Letters from Students on ‘Unsustainable’ National Debt

2015/03/13

LANGHORNE, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) met with Newtown Middle School teacher Joe Fabrizio Thursday at his district office and received 130 letters from students on the growth of the national debt and its impact on their futures.

“Bucks County students get it: We can’t saddle future generations with burdensome debts and expect them to reach their full potential. It’s unfair to them, and it’s dangerous for our nation,” said Fitzpatrick. “Mr. Fabrizio’s students are doing a great job at educating themselves on the impact of the federal government’s massive spending and are ensuring their voices are heard.”

Fitzpatrick received similar letters from students last year and read them at a Financial Services Committee hearing on the impact of the national debt on the economy, capital markets and other areas of federal oversight. David Cote, CEO of Honeywell, who was testifying at the hearing remarked, “They’re absolutely right. They’re the ones that are going to be the most affected by this.”

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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 Amendment to Rail Infrastructure Bill Supports Veteran-Owned Businesses

2015/03/04

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) successfully added an amendment to rail infrastructure legislation which passed the House Wednesday that takes the first step toward leveling the playing field for veteran-owned businesses in federal contracting

“The current pool of veteran-owned businesses is getting older - with recent census data showing that 75% of current veteran business owners were age 55 and over,” said Fitzpatrick speaking on the House floor. “We need to be thinking now about how to encourage the next generation of veterans – the more than 250,000 service members currently transitioning from military to civilian life – to take up the job-creating mantle of starting their own veteran-owned businesses.”

Fitzpatrick’s amendment, passed as part of the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act [H.R. 749], directs the Secretary of Transportation to conduct “a nationwide disparity and availability study on the availability and use of” certain classes of small businesses – including veteran-owned businesses.

“While I’m a supporter of having a completely level-playing field throughout federal contracting for every small business, the fact is that today some get a preference when doing business with the federal government where veterans do not. This amendment begins the process of addressing that discrepancy,” added Fitzpatrick.

“Adding veterans to the study included in the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act will give the Department of Transportation a better understanding of the availability of veteran-owned small businesses to help rebuild our crumbling rail infrastructure and - hopefully - help highlight the benefit of embracing veteran-owned businesses in all future federal infrastructure projects.”

“I’d like to congratulate the office of Mr. Fitzpatrick. This is a great amendment – I wish I had thought of it, to be perfectly honest. I look forward to supporting it,” said Congressman Michael Capuano (D-MA) during debate prior to the amendment’s adoption.

The amendment continues Fitzpatrick push for the inclusion of veteran-owned businesses in rebuilding America’s infrastructure. In previous Congresses, Fitzpatrick has introduced the bipartisan Fairness to Veterans for Infrastructure Investment Act which seeks to accomplish that goal.

“SEPTA understands and supports the role our nation’s veterans and veteran-owned businesses can play in rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure,” said Joseph M. Casey, SEPTA General Manager. “We thank Congressman Fitzpatrick for his leadership on this critical issue and continued support both our nation’s veterans and our region’s transit system.”

Fitzpatrick is a member of Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus and is an outspoken proponent of large scale infrastructure investment through the bipartisan 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 Statement on Netanyahu Address to Congress

2015/03/03

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Tuesday regarding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress:

I was pleased to welcome Prime Minster Netanyahu to a joint session of Congress today and appreciated the strength and purpose of his address. As the United States’ strongest ally and a force for democracy and freedom in the Middle East, I stand with Israel and their efforts to protect their homeland and prevent proliferation of those who would see them destroyed.

Mr. Netanyahu’s speech was one which sought to unite us across geographical and ideological lines for the common goal of nuclear-free Iran. As the Obama administration continues moving forward with the P5+1 negotiations with Iran in the coming weeks, it is important to heed Mr. Netanyahu’s words and ensure we are engaging in these discussion in a clear and transparent manner – ensuring a role for both Israel and the United States Congress.

Support for Israel has always been an area of bipartisan agreement in our nation’s capital, and it is my hope that moving forward the differences of opinion on small objections to protocol or politics be moved to the side in favor of the larger objective of a safe Israel and a stable region.

Fitzpatrick is a committed supporter of the U.S.-Israeli alliance and the Israeli people and has visited the country on diplomatic missions in the past. In the last year, Fitzpatrick has signed three letters regarding the P5+1 negotiations and sanctions on Iran. In the 113th Congress he supported both the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act [HR 850] and United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act [HR 938].

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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 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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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4276
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fitzpatrick.house.gov

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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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