Mike Fitzpatrick

Mike Fitzpatrick

PENNSYLVANIA's 8th DISTRICT

Fitzpatrick Thanksgiving Statement

2014/11/25

LANGHORNE, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Wednesday in recognition of Thanksgiving 2014:

From the storied first Thanksgiving of the Pilgrims, to President Lincoln’s official recognition of the day as a federal holiday during our Civil War, Thanksgiving serves to remind us of the many blessings and freedom we enjoy in this great nation.

While each family may have special traditions, Thanksgiving unites us all in a celebration of gratitude for the strength of our relationships, the abundance of opportunities afforded us and the work we undertake. For some, there may be empty chairs at the table this year, but we are grateful for the men and women honorably and bravely serving our country in distant lands.  They remain in our thoughts and prayers. 

And so I join you in appreciation of the gifts we share, gifts that have led us to this annual celebration and together we can recommit ourselves to living our gratitude each day in service to our families, our communities and our country.

From my family to yours:  Happy Thanksgiving.

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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 Obama Immigration Executive Order

2014/11/20

“I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the [immigration] laws on my own… But that's not how -- that's not how our system works…That’s not how our democracy functions.  That's not how our Constitution is written.” President Barack Obama, July 25, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement regarding the president’s immigration executive action:

I oppose across the board or blanket amnesty. Any immigration reform must begin with securing the border.  To that end, I joined the House in August in passing legislation to do just that.

The President should not be going it alone - he should bring Americans together to solve this problem instead of dividing Americans even further. The president’s unilateral and unconstitutional immigration executive orders dissolve trust in our elected government, and they hurt those playing by the rules and trying to earn their citizenship the right way.

Earlier this year, I visited the southern border and saw firsthand the legal and humanitarian crisis caused by an administration refusing to execute the laws of our immigration system. The president’s unlawful orders will drastically increase this problem.

As we learn the full scope of the president’s actions, I expect Congress to address this in a fashion that is reasoned and responsible.  People want a solution to our immigration challenges that is bipartisan, permanent and legal.

President Obama’s use of executive action to dramatically alter American immigration policy runs counter to Constitutional precedent – even among executive actions taken by previous presidents on the issue. During his campaign for the White House in 2008, and his first term in office, the president was adamant he could not, and should not, change immigration laws through executive order. His decision runs counter to that long held belief.

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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 Senate Keystone XL Pipeline Vote

2014/11/19

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Tuesday regarding the Senate’s failure to pass legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline:

I am deeply disappointed at the Senate’s failure to pass bipartisan legislation beneficial to American energy, economic, and national security.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is a vital piece of an all-of-the-above energy strategy that creates better jobs and more opportunity for American families. Sadly, this project has been politicized by Washington party bosses more concerned about their own jobs than those hardworking people who would stand to benefit from this measure.

I am hopeful that come the new year, a new Congress will unite to pass this legislation and finally say ‘yes’ to an American energy strategy that transcends the politics and dogma of our current dysfunctional Senate.

Last week, the House passed its ninth legislative measure [H.R. 5682] to approve construction of the pipeline which is expected to create more than 42,000 direct and indirect jobs as well as reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil by hundreds of thousands of barrels. In remarks during the bill’s debate, Fitzpatrick noted the political timing the Senate’s action on this long-delayed legislation:

Mr. Speaker, for years, I, and members of this body, have come to the floor in support of the Keystone pipeline project – asking the Senate and White House to put politics aside in favor of this critical project.

With bipartisan support, the House has passed eight separate pieces of legislation to clear the way for the approval of the most studied pipeline in American history. Yet, each time, these measures were blocked in the Senate and condemned by a president crippled by indecision on a project that would put tens-of-thousands of Americans to work.

Once again, I rise in support of the Keystone XL pipeline – joining my colleagues in both parties in backing H.R. 5682 which would immediately certify the Secretary of State’s Final Environmental Impact Statement from nearly a year ago, and truly put our nation on a course toward American energy independence.

Sadly, while the House has continued to take definitive, bipartisan action to advance this critical goal, it appears the Senate has waited only until politically advantageous to do so - even as it enjoys majority support in that chamber.

While I am pleased about the Senate’s new-found interest in the wide-ranging benefits of this common sense project which will grow our economy and strengthen our national security, it is a shame that it took election-year politics – not the best interests of the American workers and families they represent – for Senate leaders to act.

This pipeline is a vital piece of a plan that creates better jobs and more opportunity and I encourage the Senate - and president -to deliver on the promise of embracing an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy that works for the American people.

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

 

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his 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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Lawmakers: Deal Should Prevent – Not Delay – Nuclear-Armed Iran

2014/11/18

WASHINGTON, DC — Members of Congress from the Philadelphia region today issued the following statement on the ongoing negotiations with Iran. Congressmen Patrick Meehan (PA-7), Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8), Charlie Dent (PA-15) and Jim Gerlach (PA-6) were joined by Congressman-elect Ryan Costello (PA-6) in issuing the statement.

A nuclear Iran is a grave threat to American national security and an existential threat to Israel,” the lawmakers said. “Iran lost its right to an independent nuclear program when it became the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, and any nuclear power facilities in Iran should be controlled and operated by international observers. A nuclear Iran would set off an atomic arms race in the Middle East and further destabilize an already-dangerous region. 

The objective of any agreement should be to prevent – not delay – an nuclear Iran. The Obama Administration should not accept any agreement that allows Iran to enrich uranium or plutonium, and Congress should have a say in any prospective deal.

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Fitzpatrick, House Back Keystone Pipeline Approval

2014/11/14

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Friday following the House passage of H.R. 5682 which would immediately certify the Secretary of State’s Final Environmental Impact Statement from nearly a year ago and approve the Keystone XL Pipeline:

Today, with resounding bipartisan support, the House passed its ninth legislative approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline – the most studied pipeline in American history. This project will create and sustain thousands of American jobs and play an integral part in our nation’s energy revolution. An ‘all-of-the-above’ American energy strategy is what American businesses need to grow our economy and create jobs and what American families need to reduce their costs at the pump or grocery store check-out. It is my hope that the Senate and White House finally take action on this common sense proposal. Furthermore, it is my hope that with change coming to the Senate, leaders there will also take action on the more than 300 House-passed bills waiting in that chamber.

Reports show that, in a blaze of partisan glory, the Senate is expected to vote on a measure to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline after years of obstruction by Democratic leaders even as the project enjoys bipartisan, majority support. Fitzpatrick addressed that topic head on during his remarks during H.R. 5682’s House debate (WATCH HERE):

Mr. Speaker, for years, I, and members of this body, have come to the floor in support of the Keystone pipeline project – asking the Senate and White House to put politics aside in favor of this critical project.

With bipartisan support, the House has passed eight separate pieces of legislation to clear the way for the approval of the most studied pipeline in American history. Yet, each time, these measures were blocked in the Senate and condemned by a president crippled by indecision on a project that would put tens-of-thousands of Americans to work.

Once again, I rise in support of the Keystone XL pipeline – joining my colleagues in both parties in backing H.R. 5682 which would immediately certify the Secretary of State’s Final Environmental Impact Statement from nearly a year ago, and truly put our nation on a course toward American energy independence.

Sadly, while the House has continued to take definitive, bipartisan action to advance this critical goal, it appears the Senate has waited only until politically advantageous to do so - even as it enjoys majority support in that chamber.

While I am pleased about the Senate’s new-found interest in the wide-ranging benefits of this common sense project which will grow our economy and strengthen our national security, it is a shame that it took election-year politics – not the best interests of the American workers and families they represent – for Senate leaders to act.

This pipeline is a vital piece of a plan that creates better jobs and more opportunity and I encourage the Senate - and president - to deliver on the promise of embracing an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy that works for the American people.

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

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his 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, Financial Services Committee Address Terror Financing

2014/11/13

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) joined members of the House Financial Services Committee and with United States Treasury officials and foreign policy experts Thursday at a Capitol Hill hearing on efforts to choke off funding to ISIS.

“ISIS is an enemy unlike any we have faced up to now. Though they have their roots in Al Qaeda in Iraq, they have not only learned from their previous experiences they have evolved into not just an organization committed to acts of terrorism but have designs on establishing their own state and are in fact currently governing a large area in the region. This structure creates a unique challenge for one of the means that we have traditionally employed to combat a terrorist threat which is to go after their money and resources,” said Fitzpatrick in his opening remarks. “This mission, to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIS, requires a coordinated response between the executive and legislative branch. Our national security transcends all other considerations and I look forward to hearing today how we can work together to protect the American people.”

According to the Treasury Department, the Islamic State has earned approximately $1 million a day from oil sales since mid-June and taken at least $20 million in ransoms this year. 

Testifying at the hearing was Treasury Dept. Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, David S. Cohen; Former Treasury Dept. Under Secretary for Enforcement, Jimmy Gurulé; and Washington Institute for Near East Policy fellow, Matthew Levitt.

“Are you able to identify regimes in the area that need to do more [to combat ISIS]?” Fitzpatrick asked of Under Secretary Cohen, the administration’s point man on terror financing, during his line of questioning.

“I think we haven’t been shy about identifying Qatar and Kuwait as the two jurisdictions in Gulf where additional steps could be taken,” responded Cohen

In September, Fitzpatrick, vice chair of the Financial Services Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee, introduced the Isolate ISIS Act [H.R. 5431] – bipartisan legislation which 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.

The following month, Fitzpatrick 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. Under Secretary Cohen, who was in Qatar following Fitzpatrick’s trip, applauded Fitzpatrick for his effort.

“I do want to commend you for your interest in this issue… I had a briefing on your meetings and I think they were very useful,” added Cohen during questioning.

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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 Recognizes World Pancreatic Cancer Day

2014/11/13

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) took to the House floor Thursday in recognition of World Pancreatic Cancer Day 2014:

“Mr. Speaker, today, we recognize the first ever World Pancreatic Cancer Day in an effort to shed a light on this disease as well as the determination to eradicate it.

Pancreatic cancer is the only major cancer that still has a five-year relative survival rate in the single digits – at just 6 percent. That is in stark contrast to the overall survival rate for cancer, which is now 67 percent.

Even more alarming, pancreatic cancer is now estimated to become the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States by 2020.

While the threat of this disease is real, pancreatic cancer does not have to be a death sentence. But we need to act now.

Working together we can push back against this diagnosis. With the combined efforts of leaders on Capitol Hill, medical professionals, community groups, survivors and families we can generate awareness and renewed focus on beating pancreatic cancer once and for all.

I urge my colleagues today to reach across the aisle to support these goals through common sense funding proposals and legislation that benefit all.”

Fitzpatrick understands that sustained, predictable, real growth in federal support for medical research is essential to making real and continued progress in the fight against pancreatic cancer. He has consistently advocated for funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) which is critical to supporting advances in science and health care, determining the best prevention and treatment practices, and helping our nation gain a better understanding of the diseases and conditions that affect millions of Americans.

Fitzpatrick has also been an outspoken advocate for the Peer-Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP). Since 2009, the PRCRP has supported innovative and competitive cancer research to benefit our military and civilian populations. Pancreatic cancer research has been a part of PRCRP since fiscal year 2011, resulting in 16 grants, for a total of $5.2 million, in fiscal years 2011 and 2012. This funding has been used to improve early detection of pancreatic cancer, to better understand the prognosis of pancreatic cancer patients, and to improve the well-being of individuals with a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

Additionally, the importance of early diagnosis and treatment for millions of Americans is unparalleled. To that end, Fitzpatrick has supported continued funding for community health centers. These centers have become the backbone of primary care, providing medical and preventative services to millions of people across the country. In fact, 1 in 15 people receive their primary care in community health centers. These centers represent one of the most prudent investments we can make to prevent cancer.

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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 Seeking Spring 2015 Interns

2014/11/10

WASHINGTON, D.C./LANGHORNE, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) is now accepting applications for Spring 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.

Anna Marie DiMascia

202-225-4276

annamarie.dimascia@mail.house.gov

LANGHORNE, PA 

Jen Nawlinski

215-579-8102

jennifer.nawlinski@mail.house.gov   

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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 Joins Ebola Roundtable with Medical Professionals, Transportation Leaders in Philadelphia

2014/10/22

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) joined lawmakers, medical professionals and transportation representatives Wednesday for a roundtable discussion on efforts to address the threat of the Ebola virus.

“The opportunity to meet with local leaders and experts about our region’s response to this health emergency is critical to our understanding of the issue,” said Fitzpatrick. “My constituents – and the American people as a whole – need a national strategy. This crisis requires a comprehensive response – something worked toward at today’s meeting.”

Last week, Fitzpatrick joined a bipartisan push for increased travel restrictions, asking the Dept. of State to terminate the issuance of travel visas for nationals of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, or any additional country where an Ebola outbreak may occur as well as enhance the screening process for any United States citizen who has travelled to these countries.

“Leadership is vital to coordinating our response to the Ebola outbreak. That leadership needs to manifest itself in increasing efforts to address the issue before it arrives here and ensuring we have a strategy to deal with it if it does,” added Fitzpatrick.

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.

The meeting, held at the University of Pennsylvania, featured representatives from nine of the Philadelphia-region’s top hospitals, state and county health agencies, Philadelphia International Airport, and the United States Coast Guard. Also participating with Fitzpatrick were Congressmen Patrick Meehan (PA-7), Chaka Fattah (PA-2) and Charlie Dent (PA-15).

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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 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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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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