Mike Fitzpatrick

Mike Fitzpatrick

PENNSYLVANIA's 8th DISTRICT

Annual Congressional App Challenge Launched

2016/07/21

Langhorne, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) today entered the Pennsylvania 8th district into the Second Annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC). The CAC is a congressional initiative designed to engage high school students in coding and computer science through an app challenge.                                             

“I am encouraged that so many students are willing to be engaged in the important STEM programs of science, technology, engineering and math, and eager to take this challenge.” Fitzpatrick said.  “Armed with knowledge, training and scientific skills, their generation is in position to lead the nation’s economic growth through the 21st century. “ 

During the next 15 weeks, thousands of students in participating Congressional districts will create and submit their original applications, evaluated by panels of local judges. Winners will be announced in early December and their apps will be displayed in the Capitol building. They also will be honored by their Member of Congress. More prizes will be announced throughout the Challenge.

Sign-up for the contest at www.fitzpatrick.house.gov/AppChallenge

The CAC was created because Congress recognizes how essential computer science and STEM skills are for economic growth and innovation, and that the U.S. is currently experiencing a dearth of adequately trained technical talent. By some estimates there are nearly a quarter of a million unfilled programming jobs in the US, right now. The CAC is a congressional effort to maintain American competitiveness, by proactively inspiring young people and encouraging them to pursue these crucial skills.                                                                                         

For more information, visit http://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/

 

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

 

 

 

 

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Fitzpatrick, House Vote to Hold Iran Accountable

2016/07/14

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08), chairman of the Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, today joined the House in passing a trio of bills designed to block the administration from granting more concessions to Iran and holding them accountable for their illicit behavior.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s dangerous nuclear deal with Iran.

Fitzpatrick said, “The Iran Deal contradicts what expert witnesses testifying before our Task Force stated—that sanctions on Iran must be increased.  Iran is the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism -- allowing them greater access to international investments poses a risk to the integrity of the global financial system.  I remain deeply concerned with the Obama Administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran.”

The House passed three bills to respond to Iranian behavior:

  • The U.S. Financial System Protection Act [H.R. 4491]: Co-sponsored by Fitzpatrick, this bill would prevent Iran’s access to the dollar until the regime ends its nuclear and ballistic missile program, and ceases its support for terrorism.  This bill upholds Iran’s designation as a “primary money laundering concern,” recognizing that any financial transaction with Iran risks supporting the regime’s ongoing illicit activities.

 

  •  The Iran Accountability Act [H.R. 5631]: Holds Iran accountable for its continued illegal ballistic missile program, support for international terrorism, and ongoing record of human rights abuses.

 

  • The No Heavy Water from Iran Act [H.R. 5119]: Prevents the Administration from subsidizing Iran’s nuclear program by purchasing this chemical that is essential to the production of weapons-grade plutonium.

 

According to the House Foreign Affairs Committee,  President Hassan Rouhani recently gave the order to “expedite” the production of the intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of striking the United States. Iran continues to prop up the Assad Regime in Syria and fuels tension across the region. Iran’s leading terrorist proxy, Hezbollah, stockpiled tens of thousands of rockets in Lebanon—allowing it to strikes targets in Israel. Finally, the United States purchases heavy water, a chemical used in large nuclear reactors from Iran—a chemical which they should not even be producing.

 

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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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Congressional Office Currently Seeking Interns

2016/07/13

Langhorne, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) currently is accepting internship applications for this fall. Positions are available at the congressional office in Washington, D.C. and the district office in Langhorne, PA.

Intern responsibilities include researching legislation, attending hearings and briefings, answering phones, responding to constituent letters, and other day-to-day office duties. A congressional internship is a great opportunity to learn about the legislative process and the constituent service operations of a congressional office.

Interested candidates should submit an application found here: http://fitzpatrick.house.gov/internships.

If you have any questions, please call (215) 579-8102. The deadline to apply is August 15th.

 

 

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House passes Fitzpatrick counterterrorism financing package

2016/07/13


Fitzpatrick Speech on Medical Device Guardian Act

2016/07/12


House passes Fitzpatrick Counter-Terrorism Strategy

2016/07/11

Rep. Fitzpatrick delivering remarks on H.R. 5594 creating a national strategy to combat terrorism financing activities. This bipartisan bill passed the House. Read More

Fitzpatrick, House Pass Counter-Terrorism Financing Package

2016/07/11

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08), chairman of the Financial Services Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, led the House today to pass a package of counter-terrorism financing legislation aimed at strengthening our national strategy to combat terrorist financing activities.

Fitzpatrick was joined with Task Force Vice Chairman Robert Pittenger (R-NC) and Ranking Member Stephen Lynch (D-MA) in introducing the strategic package of bills.

“Any terrorist organization or rogue actor needs access to the global financial system to sustain their operations. By restricting funding, we deprive groups like ISIS, Boko Haram, and al Shabaab of their ability to operate and carry out their vicious acts,” said Fitzpatrick. “The House voted to make certain U.S. policy considers every option to combat the threats posed by these deadly organizations. I thank the Task Force for sounding the alarm on the dangerous global impact of illicit financing.”

The House advanced the following bipartisan Task Force bills:

  •  National Strategy for Combating Terrorist, Underground, and Other Illicit Financing Act [H.R. 5594]: Sponsored by Fitzpatrick, this bill requires the President, acting through the Treasury Secretary, to develop and publish an annual government strategy to combat money laundering and terror financing, providing Congress the necessary information to allocate resources and grant authority to stay ahead of the latest criminal financing techniques.
  •  Enhancing Treasury’s Anti-Terror Tools Act [H.R. 5607]: Sponsored by Pittenger, this bill enhances a number of tools the Treasury Department uses in its efforts to combat the financing of terror, money laundering, and related illicit finance. It specifically requires the Treasury Department to investigate ways to incorporate U.S. Embassies into counter-terrorism financing efforts and to improve anti-terror finance monitoring of cross-border fund transfers. It also adds the Treasury Secretary to the National Security Council.
  •  H.R. 5602: Sponsored by Lynch, this bill authorizes the Treasury Secretary to include all funds when issuing certain geographic targeting orders, including funds in an electronic fund transfer.

The House considered these bills after two-years of intensive investigation by the Task Force, operating on the mandate to investigate the financial mechanisms terrorists use to fund their activities. The 11 hearings during the 114th Congress covered a wide-range of topics assessing the current vulnerabilities of the financial system, trade-based money laundering, and the sale and trafficking of illicit goods.  

The Task Force heard repeated testimony that federal information-sharing is inefficient and inter-agency coordination needs improvement.

 Fitzpatrick said combatting terrorism financing is an often overlooked component of our national security strategy, that is, the military and ideological fight against the threats of radical terrorist organizations and individuals.

“These bills will ensure the Treasury Department and Congress continually evaluate and improve our nation’s capability to deprive terrorists of the financial resources they need  to execute their operations,” Fitzpatrick added.

These bills will now be sent to the Senate.

 

 

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Fitzpatrick, House Advance Bill to Combat Opioid Epidemic

2016/07/08

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08), member of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse and the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, today voted with the House to support and pass the Conference Report to Accompany S. 521, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

The bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act authorizes the attorney general and the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to address the national epidemics of heroin and prescription opioid addiction, and makes various changes to Federal law to combat this addiction and abuse. 

Also, the bill provides grant money to local governments and nonprofits to access medication-assisted treatment and alternatives to incarceration.

The bill passed the House 407-5 and now moves to the Senate.  

“Clearly, we cannot arrest ourselves out of an addiction problem,” said Fitzpatrick. “While this bill is a comprehensive approach to combating America’s opioid epidemic, it is one piece of the puzzle. There is no substitute for the vital role of the family in preventing prescription and illicit drug use. “

Fitzpatrick added, “The bill supports law enforcement’s mission to combat America’s opioid epidemic, while combining the best practices for prevention, treatment, and recovery.  It addresses particular groups affected by opioid abuses, including young children and veterans.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly half a million people died from drug overdoses from 2000 to 2014.  Every day 78 Americans die from an opioid overdose. Additional resources on the opioid epidemic can be found at www.fitzpatrick.house.gov/epidemic.

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2016/07/06


Fitzpatrick Praises Bipartisan Mental Health Bill

2016/07/06

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) joined the House today in passing the bipartisan Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act [H.R. 2646], legislation he co-sponsored to reform the nation’s broken mental health system by refocusing programs, reforming grants, and removing federal barriers for care.

“This bill represents the most significant reform in decades. It will serve to increase access to trained professionals, improves communication between doctors and families while ensuring that federal funds are applied to programs that work,” said Fitzpatrick.  “I was proud to join Congressman Tim Murphy to reform our nation’s failing mental health care system. We must strive to improve our system to provide help to individuals and families struggling with mental illness.”  

More than 11 million Americans have severe schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression, while millions are going without treatment, struggling every day to find appropriate care.

Specifically, H.R. 2646 establishes a new Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use to head the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMSHA), coordinating federal mental health programs.

The bill also creates a National Mental Health and Substance Abuse Lab to drive evidence-based grants. It also directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to undertake rulemaking to clarify when communication can take place under HIPAA to ensure the best communication among providers, families, and patients.

The bill codifies a recent Medicaid managed care rule to foster access to care for short-term stays of adults in institutions for mental disease, including authorizations to improve mental health care for children with serious emotional disturbance.

“We are so excited that the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act has been passed by the House,” said Kathleen Campbell, President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Bucks County. “The bill takes important steps to improve mental health care. Enhancing crisis response, promoting early intervention, and integrating mental health, substance use and primary care will go a long way in helping the one in five individuals who have a mental health condition so they can live well and thrive.” 

“This bill offers an impressive array of strategies to help us do better.  I applaud Congressman Fitzpatrick for his support of this legislation and his long-standing commitment to improving mental health services in Bucks County,” said Alan Hartl, CEO of the Lenape Valley Foundation.

Over the past several years, Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18) launched an investigation of the nation’s mental health system that included public forums, hearings, and document and budget reviews. The result: The federal government’s approach to mental health was a chaotic patchwork of outdated programs and ineffective policies throughout  numerous agencies.

 

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fitzpatrick.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Financial Services

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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