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WASHINGTON — With emotions, interest, and symbolism high, congressional lawmakers took to the baseball diamond Thursday night for a game normally meant for fun, but now suffused with meaning.
The sun danced and dipped through a bright blue sky over Nationals Park Thursday night, leaving a warm still evening in its wake.
"What a beautiful day for baseball," blared a voice over the loudspeakers, after Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" faded out, and John Fogerty's "Centerfield" finished, too.
Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick is taking on a leadership role in the fight against the national heroin and opioid addiction crisis.
My great-uncle, Philip Fitzpatrick, was a proud patrolman with the NYPD. He was also a poet, often writing about the world he knew as a “soldier of peace.” As we’ve recognized Police Week 2017, I’ve found myself thinking of him and a line from one of his poems where he wrote: “When he kisses his wife and children goodbye, there’s the chance he will see them no more.”
Lawmakers from both parties are urging the Trump administration to keep funding the Office of National Drug Control, saying they are “gravely concerned” a pause in funding could exacerbate the opioid crisis.
U.S. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) marked the start of Police Week 2017 with a ride-along with members of the Middletown Township Police Department on May 15. During the ride-along and station visit, Fitzpatrick and officers discussed community policing challenges, the battle against drug addiction as well as funding and safety.
We lose 10 people to drug overdoses every day in Pennsylvania, a number that's almost too shocking to believe. To put it into perspective, we are now losing more people to the opioid epidemic than from firearms or car crashes - combined.
Pennsylvania's two U.S. senators have re-introduced an air travel safety bill named after a Bucks County pilot killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The Saracini Aviation Safety Act calls for the installation of a secondary barrier to the cockpit on commercial carriers.
Editor's note: Brian Fitzpatrick is a former FBI anti-corruption agent who has made government reform a priority. Alan Lowenthal led the charge on redistricting reform while in the California state Legislature, eventually leading to the citizens' referendum that created an independent redistricting commission.
A resolution introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon by Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick attempts to shed light on what the lawmaker has said is the underlying cause for Congress' inaction on more prominent issues.