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STATE OF THE NATION: Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick addresses civility, opioid addiction and tax reform before Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) delivered a ‘State of the Nation Address’ to members of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce on Friday highlighting his work during his first two months in office. The speech focused on the outlook of tax reform in the 115th Congress, efforts to combat the community’s opioid and heroin epidemic and a commitment to increasing civility locally and nationally.

The following are excerpts from his remarks to the Chamber:

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, Arizona lawmaker introduce Right to Try legislation

Congress will take another swing at legislation designed to expand access to treatments for terminally ill patients.

A bill introduced Monday by U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-8, and Republican Andy Biggs, of Arizona's 5th Congressional District, aims to protect doctors and pharmaceutical companies from liability if a terminally ill patient is harmed by an experimental drug administered when there is no other alternative treatment.

Brian Fitzpatrick: Report shows gaps in FDA oversight of medical device

An independent review of the FDA's approval of a medical device exposed critical gaps in the agency's infrastructure that require a legislative fix, according to Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-8, Middletown.

The Government Accountability Office this week published the result of a two-year study of the FDA's approval of power morcellators, which are tools used in laparoscopic procedures such as hysterectomies.

Brian Fitzpatrick lobbies for PFOS/PFOA health study funding

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick appeared before a congressional subcommittee Thursday morning to request that Defense Department money be directed toward funding for a comprehensive health study of Bucks and Montgomery county residents affected by high levels of perfluorinated compounds, also known as PFOS and PFOA, found in drinking water. 

Fitzpatrick, R-8, also asked the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee to allocate money for the remediation effort of public and private wells contaminated by the compounds.