Fitzpatrick Budget Saves 8th District Tax Dollars
WASHINGTON, DC. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick announced today that he returned $160,000 to the U.S. Treasury that had been appropriated as part of his office's operating budget for FY 2011. This budget savings is in addition to the 5% across the board cuts supported by Fitzpatrick at the beginning of the 112th Congress.
"The American people have a right to expect their government to live within its means," said Fitzpatrick. "At the beginning of this Congress, I supported a 10% reduction in Congressional office budgets, recognizing that we can be doing more with less just like 8th District families and small businesses do every day with their budgets. At a time when Congress is asking agencies across the federal government to tighten their belts, it is important to lead by example."
Even while cutting costs and expenses, Fitzpatrick expanded office hours of operation and outreach with regular meeting times with constituents in Quakertown, Doylestown, Newtown and Bristol.
Constituent Service Facts:
• Over 10,000 phone calls answered
• Over 100,000 responses sent to constituent letters, phone calls and emails
• 39 Town Hall Meetings held
• Assisted nearly 4,000 constituents with mortgage issues, passport and immigration cases, as well as claims related to Social Security, Medicare and VA Benefits
Fitzpatrick also spent a quarter of a million dollars less than his predecessor spent in FY 2010.