Mike Fitzpatrick

Mike Fitzpatrick

PENNSYLVANIA's 8th DISTRICT

Fitzpatrick Receives ‘Friend of Farm Bureau’ Award

2014/10/20

BEDMINSTER, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8), who joined local farmers and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau members Tuesday for a roundtable discussion on the state of agriculture in Bucks and Montgomery counties, has been recognized with the Friend of Farm Bureau award.

“Bucks and Montgomery county farms, road stands, markets and vineyards remain at the center of our local economy and I’m proud to work on behalf of the family farmers in our communities,” said Fitzpatrick. “I thank the Farm Bureau and its membership for this recognition.”

The Friend of Farm Bureau award is given to those members of Congress who were nominated by their respective state Farm Bureaus and approved by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Board of Directors. The award is based upon voting records on AFBF’s priority issues, number of bills sponsored and co-sponsored, specific leadership role on priority issues and how accessible and responsive that member is to agricultural community leaders. 

“On behalf of our nearly 60,000 member families, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau would like to thank Representative Fitzpatrick for his support of agriculture,” said PA Farm Bureau member Glenn Wissmer, who presented the award. “The Congressman’s support means farmers are better able to produce safe, affordable and abundant food, which benefits both consumers and farm families.”

Fitzpatrick has been a champion of agriculture since his days as Bucks County Commissioner when he worked to preserve over 11,000 acres of farmland, parkland and critical natural areas. Fitzpatrick also supported Bucks County’s Agricultural Land Preservation Program which has assisted 165 family farms with conservation easements since 1989.

“Family farms not only provide the farm-fresh produce and products we’ve come to expect and love to enjoy, they connect our 21st century communities to our roots. I’m going to continue doing everything I can to protect this legacy and expand its impact,” added Fitzpatrick.

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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.

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization with a volunteer membership of nearly 60,000 farm and rural families, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.

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Fitzpatrick Formalizes Call for Ebola Travel Restrictions

2014/10/17

LANGHORNE, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) urged the administration Friday to enact travel and visa restrictions from West African countries at the center of the Ebola outbreak as a piece of plans to combat the virus in the United States.

“I ask the Department of State to terminate issuance of travel visas for nationals of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, or any additional country where an Ebola outbreak may occur.  We must also immediately enhance the screening process for any United States citizen who has travelled to these countries and be prepared to include quarantines or other increased measures if the crisis escalates,” said Fitzpatrick in a letter to Sec. of State John Kerry and Sec. of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. “I urge you to explore and take all necessary measures, within existing authority, that would enable aid workers to continue their urgent mission in West Africa, including chartered flights or military transport, while ensuring their ability to return to their home country.”  There has been bipartisan support for increased travel restrictions in both the House and Senate. Currently, nearly 30 countries have put in place travel bans or significant restrictions to and from the three West African countries.

In letters sent last week to the Center for Disease Control, Dept. of Health and Human Services, Federal Aviation Administration and Customs and Border Protection Agency, Fitzpatrick inquired about current monitoring protocol, extent of inter-government coordination as well as the feasibility of a regional travel ban.

Fitzpatrick and the House have worked to strengthen federal response to health crises, voting in January to pass legislation increasing CDC spending levels for 2014 by $567 million - $300 million more than requested by President Obama. Since 2000, CDC outlays have nearly doubled, from $3.5 billion to $6.8 billion in 2014 constant dollars. The NIH’s budget has increased from $29 billion in 2007 to $30 billion this year.

Read the complete letter attached and below:

Dear Secretary Kerry and Secretary Johnson:

In recent weeks, the United States has seen the first diagnosis and death from Ebola on U.S. soil.  We have now learned that two additional cases in Texas arose from this initial patient.  We also know that the deceased patient had travelled to Liberia and was exposed to Ebola infected individuals.  When he returned to the United States he did not yet show symptoms of Ebola, but also did not disclose his contact with Ebola patients.  At this point, it has become imperative that we take all available measures to contain this disease and prevent further cases within the United States. 

I understand the inherent complexities of combatting this disease, and appreciate the efforts underway to screen passengers both upon exit from West Africa and at specific points of entry into the U.S.  After meeting with hospital officials in my district, I also know that they are confident in their ability to combat this disease.  But these measures cannot account for mistake or other variables that may lead to an accidental introduction of the disease to U.S. soil or further exposure to American health workers.  Furthermore the revelations of CDC missteps and ambiguous guidance have eroded my confidence in the federal government’s response to this crisis. We still must contain this deadly disease at its source, and prevent the further spread of Ebola within our borders.

For this reason, I ask the Department of State to terminate issuance of travel visas for nationals of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, or any additional country where an Ebola outbreak may occur.  We must also immediately enhance the screening process for any United States citizen who has travelled to these countries and be prepared to include quarantines or other increased measures if the crisis escalates. I believe that these actions are necessary to protect the American people, particularly while our country continues to assess its readiness to deal with this threat.  

For weeks now, various government officials have resisted calls for a travel ban on the basis that they would inhibit our ability to combat the disease and discourage health and aid workers from travelling to West Africa.  This concern is legitimate, but not insurmountable.  I urge you to explore and take all necessary measures, within existing authority, that would enable aid workers to continue their urgent mission in West Africa, including chartered flights or military transport, while ensuring their ability to return to their home country. 

My constituents, and the American people, are looking to the federal government to act decisively and swiftly to contain this disease and keep it out of our country.  The easiest way to prevent Ebola from reaching our sources is to contain it and destroy it at the source.  I urge you to consider these straightforward but crucial measures.

Sincerely,

Mike Fitzpatrick

Member of Congress

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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 Statement on Reports of Guantanamo Bay Closure

2014/10/10

LANGHORNE, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) is urging President Obama to refrain from taking unilateral action to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba following news reports suggesting the president is considering the decision.

In a letter sent Friday, Fitzpatrick says any decision to close the installation through executive action would “directly contravene the express intent of Congress” and “exceed [his] powers as President.” Furthermore, Fitzpatrick lays out the military, intelligence and national security importance of the facility as well as the concerns about bringing terror suspects to the United States.

“When I visited GTMO in May of 2011, I saw firsthand the approximately 170 unlawful combatants being held at the time,” said Fitzpatrick. “These unprivileged enemies of the United States were captured while fighting for al-Qaida, or the Taliban, neither of which abide by the rules of war.”

“Neither I, nor my constituents in Pennsylvania’s 8th district, see any reason to bring murderers and terrorist to facilities on U.S. soil.” 

Over the last four years, bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate have consistently passed – and President Obama has signed – legislation that prohibits him from transferring the terrorists housed at the Guantanamo Bay prison to the United States.

Fitzpatrick’s complete letter is attached and below:

Dear Mr. President,

I write expressing my deep concern regarding recent reports that you plan to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.   This decision would directly contravene the express intent of Congress and would exceed your powers as President.   I strongly urge you to reconsider such an action.

Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO), through its military and civilian employees, provides invaluable support to intelligence collection, law enforcement, and war crimes investigations. These operations have assisted in the prevention of terrorist attacks, the capture of enemy combatants, and the protection of innocent American lives.  The information provided by detainees at JTF-GTMO has proven critical to our defense and security and will continue to be so as we defeat violent extremists that threaten to do us harm.

One thing is clear: these individuals cannot just simply be released. Many of those who had been rendered back to their home countries from Guantanamo returned to the battlefield to fight and kill Americans. It is also not appropriate for these prisoners to be transferred to the U.S. mainland.  Congress has repeatedly and expressly prohibited the transfer of GTMO detainees to U.S. soil, as well as the construction of a detention facility for that purpose.  Yet, administration officials have been on record stating, that the detention center cannot be closed without sending some of the remaining inmates to the U.S. mainland.

When I visited GTMO in May of 2011, I saw firsthand the approximately 170 unlawful combatants being held at the time. These unprivileged enemies of the United States were captured while fighting for al-Qaida, or the Taliban, neither of which abide by the rules of war. Neither I, nor my constituents in Pennsylvania’s 8th district, see any reason to bring murderers and terrorist to facilities on U.S. soil. 

I respectfully request that you reconsider taking such an enormous decision away from the elected representatives of the American people. This is a topic that should be thoroughly debated by Congress before any action is taken. Thank you for your attention to my concern.

Sincerely,

Michael G. Fitzpatrick

Member of Congress

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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 Recognized for Support of American Manufacturing

2014/10/10

LANGHORNE, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) has been recognized with the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence by the National Association of Manufacturers for votes supporting American manufacturing during the 113th Congress.              

“American manufacturing has been the driving force behind the American economy for generations, and new opportunities and fresh ideas have positioned it to take our economy to new heights,” said Fitzpatrick. “The manufacturing comeback is real. I’ve witnessed it during my ‘100 Businesses, 100 Days’ tour and it talking to local businesses about my Better Jobs, More Opportunity plan. While I’m grateful for this recognition, there is more work to be done to ensure we’re empowering American manufacturers and the workers they employ.                           

Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District is home to over 700 manufacturing facilities that sustain more than 35,000 good-paying jobs. Nationally, American manufacturing contributes $2.08 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and has the largest economic impact of any major sector.

“Manufacturers in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States are making a comeback, creating jobs, making more products and making them better than ever before,” said NAM Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse. “However, manufacturers are often disproportionately impacted by decisions made by policymakers in Washington. The NAM is proud to stand with lawmakers like Rep. Fitzpatrick who understand what is at stake and seek to implement policies that will foster innovation, growth and competitiveness.”

Fitzpatrick is a leader in bipartisan initiatives to support American manufacturing and jobs. His Better Jobs, More Opportunity plan outlines measures to support increased workforce development, infrastructure investment, energy independence and reshore American jobs though American-made legislation.

NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence is based on scored votes as selected by small, medium and large manufacturing executives who serve on the NAM’s Key Vote Advisory Committee. Fitzpatrick scored 96%.

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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.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States.

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Fitzpatrick Addresses CADCA National Awards, Recognizes Bucks Co. Resident

2014/10/09

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) joined hundreds of leading anti-drug advocates, community non-profits and business leaders Wednesday evening at the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)’s 16th annual Drug-Free Kids Campaign Awards.

Fitzpatrick, winner of CADCA’s 2013 Congressional Leadership Award, served as a keynote speaker at the event recognizing individuals committed to the organization’s goal of promoting safe, healthy and drug-free communities across the nation.

“Too many families have suffered the tragedy of losing a loved one to chronic drug use. This is a serious issue that legislators, parents, and community groups, must come together to address. We have made admirable progress, but there is still work to do,” said Fitzpatrick. “From supporting our returning veterans and their families to training youth leaders to be agents of change, programs within CADCA benefit our communities greatly, and for that I am extremely grateful.”

Among the award recipients was Bucks Co. resident and Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, Alex Gorsky who was named Humanitarian of the Year for his personal commitment to help prevent teen drug use. In his remarks, Fitzpatrick recognized Gorsky’s commitment to his community.

“Mr. Gorsky’s efforts with CADCA have had a profound impact on drug abuse prevention efforts in my district. Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities is comprised of a number of Drug Free Communities whose outstanding work to combat the rise of teen drug abuse in our community was recognized last year by CADCA,” said Fitzpatrick. “One of the success stories from the district is the Prescription Drug Take Back Program which has captured more than 19 tons of unused medication since the program began just 4 years ago. The potential for these drugs to harm, addict, and take lives has been extinguished due to the vision and commitment of individuals like Alex Gorsky.”

“It’s an honor to be associated with CADCA, an organization that does so much good for so many.  The work that CADCA does with young people is not only helping shape their lives but also the future of our country and our world,” said Gorsky.  “I am particularly proud of the over-the-counter (OTC) literacy program embraced by CADCA.  OTC Literacy is an important educational program that teaches teens and their parents about responsible medicine use and storage.”

Fitzpatrick has been vocal in supporting the CADCA drug-free community initiatives and has been a leader in the bipartisan effort to reauthorize and fund the federal Drug Free Communities program. In February, Fitzpatrick addressed more than 2,500 CADCA members from across the country at the organization’s National Leadership Forum and has been recognized for his sustained commitment to championing the cause of community-based substance abuse prevention.

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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.

CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America), is the national member-based organization representing coalitions working to make America’s communities safe, healthy and drug-free. CADCA's mission is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally.

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Fitzpatrick: ISIS Growing Stronger, Syria Chaotic

2014/10/07

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) conducted a six-day visit to the Middle East where he worked to survey the U.S. – Coalition efforts to curb ISIS financing and met with Syrian opposition forces funded by the Administration.

“ISIS is getting stronger. We see it on TV today where ISIS flags were being raised along the Syrian-Turkish border and I heard it from those engaged in the region,” said Fitzpatrick. “The situation in Syria is chaotic and ISIS, unlike any other terror organization, is successfully self-financing through the control of nearly 100,000 barrels of oil a day, bringing them close to $3 million in sales. If we want to stop ISIS, we need to stop their money.”

In meetings with Qatari cabinet officials, Syrian resistance leaders, journalists and American military forces, Fitzpatrick discussed efforts to choke ISIS’ funding by halting its ability to develop or sell captured oil.

“Stopping the flow of money to ISIS limits the group’s ability to expand its would-be state, weaken its recruiting efforts and, ultimately, reduce the amount of military intervention needed to destroy it. That was the focus of my trip,” said Fitzpatrick.

 

In September, Fitzpatrick introduced the Isolate ISIS Act [H.R. 5431] – bipartisan legislation would cut off income to ISIS by codifying sanctions and penalties on any institutions engaging in trade or commerce with the terror group, including individuals and corporations in the United States. Last week, the Treasury Dept. took similar action to crack down on terror financing, including placing sanctions on 11 individuals accused of providing support to ISIS.

Meeting with Hadi al-Bahra, President of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, Fitzpatrick heard concerns about moderate rebels fighting ISIS in Syria.

“The funds we voted on in Congress to strengthen the Syrian Rebels is making its way to the battlefield, but while they appear to be committed, they are still trying to better organize themselves,” added Fitzpatrick. “Forces have bombs incoming from three directions: the Assad regime, U.S. - Coalition forces and ISIS. They need better communication and coordination to push back against ISIS’ growth.”

Fitzpatrick is the vice chair of the House Financial Services subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation and will report the findings of his trip to the committee as well as Treasury Dept. officials Tuesday afternoon and evening.

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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: Philadelphia VA Regional Office is Broken

2014/10/02

LANGHORNE, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following remarks Friday, submitted to the record of a House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs field hearing regarding the continued failures of the Philadelphia VA Regional Office:

The Philadelphia VA Regional Office is broken.

Since 2012, my office has been involved in highlighting the very serious issues that are detracting from the Philadelphia VA’s ability to execute its primary mission—serving veterans.

We’ve had reports of improper mail handling. Boxes upon boxes of returned mail sat stacked in a dark corner of the mail room for years. This is despite efforts in 2012 to highlight the problem. Only recently, after national attention, has the Philadelphia office made efforts to sort the mail. This comes as veterans in the region describe sending mail to the Philadelphia VA as a black hole, almost expecting their mail to go missing.

We received reports of potentially millions of dollars of duplicate payments being improperly doled out. The VA Central Office in Washington DC attempted to downplay the concerns, telling my office that they have procedures in place to catch this problem and that any payments are minimal. But whistleblower testimony paints a different picture, and more needs to be done to ensure that taxpayer money is being used efficiently and effectively.

We have been presented with a picture of the Philadelphia office as one of low employee morale plagued by a broken process; a process that is putting the emphasis on numbers and production to the detriment of individual veterans. Time and time again we hear stories of employees focusing on easy claims while putting off, or worse, hiding older more difficult claims. 

We have seen data manipulated to meet production goals. Management in Philadelphia directed employees to change the dates on claims, thus making the backlog look smaller than it really was. Furthermore, the Philadelphia failed to follow national protocols that required they report any changed dates to VA Central office.

I am not confident that the Philadelphia VA has identified the right fix.

I have been to the Germantown office twice since the Office of Inspector General investigation began. I have met and listened to the stories of many of those hardworking employees. The picture they paint of the office culture is not good, and most of it leads directly back to management. The majority of these employees just want to serve veterans. Those hardworking employees are not the problem in Philadelphia; the problem is the management.

When I asked Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson, during a July 24th Veterans Affairs Committee hearing, what the VA’s plan was to fix the Philadelphia office, he told me that they are sending one of their most “capable and experienced senior leaders” to take over that “troubled location,” and to expect “steady improvement.” 

Veterans in the greater Philadelphia area have been expecting steady improvement, as promised, for the last 3 months. But we haven’t got it. Instead we are getting more of the same. We get training materials comparing veterans to a homeless grouch that lives in a trashcan. Then we get claims from Philadelphia office management that the Oscar the Grouch training material was referring to VA employees and their “inner Oscars”, not veterans. I’ve seen the materials. How you come to that conclusion is beyond me. In fact, it appears to be a concerted effort by Philadelphia to spin the issue in a way that, as the VA Secretary confirmed in correspondence to my office, is contrary to VA’s mission and values.

We need a Philadelphia Office that works. We cannot accept failure. It’s going to take a concerted effort by local veterans, the Philadelphia VA, and by Congress to get this right. We must succeed. But a first step in rehabilitation is admitting you have a problem. Veterans know Philadelphia is a problem, and have known for some time. Philadelphia VA employees know we have a problem, but they’ve been silenced. Congress has been ringing the alarm about Philadelphia for several years, but has been paid lip service. But what is missing is a realization by the management within Philadelphia that they have a problem, that they need help. And so I hope today’s hearing finally gets the message across to VA management.

We need change. We need accountability. We need to fix this.

Fitzpatrick has been at the center of efforts to bring to light concerns about the benefits backlog at the Philadelphia VA after years of working with constituents and whistle blowers. He was invited to participate in a pair of House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearings earlier this summer where he questioned VA staff and administrators in the wake of the explosive OIG report.

Fitzpatrick voted in favor of the bipartisan Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act [H.R. 3230] which was signed into law, and has called for a criminal investigation of the Philadelphia VA.

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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 Presents Service Medals to Veterans, Families

2014/09/30

LANGHORNE, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) presented service medals earned during World War II and the Vietnam War to local veterans and families at a ceremony Tuesday.

“Every military member and veteran deserves to have their service recognized and appreciated. Today’s ceremony is a chance to ensure each receives the distinction they earned,” said Fitzpatrick. “While their service came during different points in our nation’s history and their stories differ, what remains constant is their love of country and their commitment to its defense.”

Veterans receiving medals included Donald Kauffman who served during World War II and Anthony Russo who served during Vietnam. Charles Benincasa accepted medals on behalf of his father Carmen Benincasa who served in World War II.

“Working to ensure our military veterans and their families are recognized for their service and dedication is important to recognize their sacrifice,” said Fitzpatrick. “Few things are more rewarding than the opportunity to individually thank a veteran or their family.”

Fitzpatrick’s staff includes Military and Veteran’s Affairs caseworkers who are available to assist Bucks and Montgomery county veterans and families with military records, federal agencies requests, VA benefits and more. Please contact the Congressman’s Langhorne District office at 1717 Langhorne-Newtown Rd., Suite 400, Langhorne or by phone at 215-579-8102.

Receiving medals were:

Donald Kauffman - World War II

  • Army Good Conduct Medal
  • Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
  • World War II Victory Medal
  • Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII

Anthony Russo – Vietnam

  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Vietnam Service Medal

Charles Benincasa, on behalf of Carmen Benincasa - World War II

  • World War II Victory Medal
  • Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII

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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 Calls for ‘National First Responders Appreciation Day’

2014/09/26

BENSALEM, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) joined Bucks County First Responders, state lawmakers and local leaders Friday afternoon in front of the Bensalem Rescue Squad to call for a National First Responders Appreciation Day.

“First Responders’ service, while vital to the safety and success of our neighborhoods and region, is often a quiet one. Aside from the sound of sirens, few of our brave first responders are outspoken in search of accolades – or even thanks for their heroics,” said Fitzpatrick. “Our first responders should never go un-thanked or their sacrifices unappreciated.”

Fitzpatrick announced his support for national recognition of September 27 as National First Responders Appreciation Day. Pennsylvania, along with 20 other states, already recognize the date as First Responders Appreciation Day.

“Suspected cop-killer Eric Frein remains on the loose a week after shooting two PA State Troopers, killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and comrades,” said Fitzpatrick. “Similarly, the loss of first responders affects Bucks County, too: Officer Brad Fox, a Warminster-native, was lost in the line of duty, as was Daniel McIntosh - a member of this squad.

“For these reasons, and for all their service and sacrifice, our first responders deserve recognition and a special day in our nation to reflect on their heroism and compassion.”

“If recent events – either abroad, or right here in Pennsylvania – have taught us one thing, it’s that we need to appreciate the service and dedication of our first responders,” said Bensalem Public Safety Director Fred Harran. “I’d like to thank Congressman Fitzpatrick for his continued support of our police, fire and emergency medical services and his efforts to recognize the importance of our nation’s responders.”

Joining Fitzpatrick at the event were representatives from the Bucks County Emergency Management Agency, Bucks County Fire Marshal’s Office, Bucks County Constables Association, and dozens of EMS, fire and police departments. Also in attendance were State Senator Tommy Tomlinson (R-6), State Reps. Gene DiGirolamo and (R-18) Frank Farry (R-142).

“While there is a need for a National First Responders Appreciation Day to ensure we remain grateful for the service and commitment of our emergency services, it’s critical that we remember that thanking our law enforcement, fire and medical personnel is important 365 days a year,” added Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick has been a champion for first responders in his role on Capitol Hill, introducing legislation such as the Danny McIntosh Emergency Medical Service Providers Protection Act that would extend Public Safety Officer Benefits to the families of volunteer emergency service personnel who die in the line of duty. Additionally, he has led the fight to protect scholarship funds for the children of fallen heroes and push back against burdensome regulations that could have closed some local volunteer fire departments.

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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 ‘Small Business Boot Camp’ Empowers Entrepreneurs

2014/09/24

LANGHORNE, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) welcomed over 25 small business owners and employers to Cairn University for his district-wide ‘Small Business Boot Camp’ aimed at empowering district entrepreneurs with federal resources and information.

“Supporting our region’s small businesses is critical to growing a healthy economy that creates better jobs and more opportunity,” said Fitzpatrick. “It’s my hope that our Small Business Boot Camp served as a one stop shop for small businesses and entrepreneurs looking to tap into resources available to them - from federal programs to regional data economic data.”

Presenting at the free event were representatives from the Federal Reserve of Philadelphia, U.S. Census Bureau, Small Business Administration and Bucks County International Trade Council.

Last week, Fitzpatrick was named a 'Guardian of Small Business' by the National Federation of Independent Businesses for his support of small business in the 113th Congress.

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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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