Fitzpatrick: Bipartisan Effort to Reopen Government Winning the Day

Oct 15, 2013
Fitzpatrick: Bipartisan Effort to Reopen Government Winning the Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Tuesday regarding an emerging House compromise which would reopen the government and extend the debt ceiling while addressing bipartisan concerns with the President’s health care law:

“This morning, House Republicans outlined a plan which would open the government immediately and ensure we do not default on our debts. 

Later this morning, I met with Senators Collins and Manchin who are proposing a bipartisan solution in the Senate which is very similar to the House compromise.  The House compromise would make Congress and the President’s appointees live under Obamacare, it would include income verification for Obamacare subsidies which the President has waived, and, chips away at the job-crushing medical device tax.  Both Democrats and Republicans have voted for these.  Why would anybody negotiating in good faith oppose these provisions which have wide bipartisan support?

These are the proposals that are winning the day.  I have supported these provisions to both avoid and resolve the budget impasse.  It is time to get these done and get the government re-opened.”


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.