Fitzpatrick Delivers GOP National Address

Fitzpatrick Delivers GOP National Address

LANGHORNE, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) delivered the national Weekly  Republican Address this Labor Day weekend, focusing his remarks on the GOP’s efforts to grow the economy and remove barriers to job creation.

“We are a nation that builds things. From skyscrapers to smart-phone apps, we live in a land where anyone can create, innovate, and pursue their American Dream,” stated Fitzpatrick. “But as I’ve traveled throughout my district this summer – visiting 100 local businesses in 100 days to speak with workers and business owners – it’s easy to sense that Americans are frustrated. Nearly five years into the Obama presidency, the workers who drive our economy see nothing but roadblocks coming out of Washington.”

The nationally syndicated speech focused on Fitzpatrick’s efforts to assuage the frustration of many Americans with the current status-quo – including efforts to reform and rebuild America’s health care. Also addressed was the Republican plan for an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy that puts the nation on a path to American energy independence, as well as bipartisan reforms to reduced burdensome regulations on business and industry.

“If there’s one thing I’ve heard a lot these last few weeks, it’s that people want Congress to focus on expanding opportunity instead of expanding the government,” continued Fitzpatrick. “I, along with Congressional Republicans, have a plan to put Americans back in the driver’s seat.  We want to make sure that the workers we’re celebrating this weekend can keep doing what they do best: Building, creating, and preserving the American Dream for future generations.”

Fitzpatrick has supported pro-growth legislation throughout his terms in Congress- recently focusing on the need to expand American energy efforts, including construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. In July, Fitzpatrick introduced the bipartisan Made in America Act which would seek to boost American manufacturing by connecting consumers and manufacturers through a standardized labeling system

The Weekly Republican Address (text, audio, and video) is distributed weekly to reporters, producers, and editorial boards at all major broadcasting companies, cable networks, newspapers, magazines, websites, radio affiliates, and Spanish language outlets.

TRANSCRIPT:

Hello, I’m Mike Fitzpatrick, proudly serving Pennsylvania’s eighth congressional district.

It’s an honor to speak with you this weekend as we celebrate the spirit and ingenuity of America’s workers.

We are a nation that builds things. From skyscrapers to smart-phone apps, we live in a land where anyone can create, innovate, and pursue their American Dream.

But as I’ve traveled throughout my district this summer – visiting 100 local businesses in 100 days to speak with workers and business owners – it’s easy to sense that Americans are frustrated.

Nearly five years into the Obama presidency, the workers who drive our economy see nothing but roadblocks coming out of Washington.

President Obama’s health care law comes to mind.

It’s driving up premiums, and forcing workers and their spouses out of plans they like.  Small companies say the taxes and government mandates make it more difficult for them to hire. Even doctors are warning that the law doesn’t come close to addressing the real problems in our health care system.

It simply isn’t working as promised – and the president knows it. He’s already signed seven bills repealing or defunding parts of it. And he’s been busy handing out waivers and delays.

Republicans want to protect everyone from this health care law so we can focus on step-by-step, patient-centered reforms that actually lower costs. We think it’s only fair to give all Americans the same delay the president is giving to big businesses. But the president threatened to veto a bipartisan bill that would do so – why?

President Obama’s energy policies are another concern.

Republicans have an all-of-the-above strategy that will help lower energy prices, boost manufacturing, and improve our national security. But the president is blocking efforts to create jobs and make energy more affordable. Case in point: the Keystone energy pipeline.

This month marks five years since the Keystone application was first filed.  Since then, it’s passed every environmental review. Labor unions want it. It’s privately funded – no taxpayer dollars involved. And again, it has bipartisan support in Congress.

So why is the Obama administration still standing in the way of this ‘shovel-ready’ project?

Lastly, people in my district are also worried about the size and scope of the federal government. They’re worried that the threat of higher taxes and the almost-endless stream of red tape are choking the engines of our economy.

Republicans want to get spending under control and simplify the tax code – make it flatter and fairer for everyone.  And we’ve passed several jobs bills to eliminate excessive regulations and bring common-sense oversight to the regulatory process.

But the president is still pushing more of the same tax hikes and ‘stimulus’-style policies that have left us with a weak job growth, high prices, and stagnant paychecks. Again we have to ask: why?

If there’s one thing I’ve heard a lot these last few weeks, it’s that people want Congress to focus on expanding opportunity instead of expanding the government.

That’s the goal of the Republican jobs plan -- you can see it at gop.gov/jobs. It’s focused on breaking down the government roadblocks hurting our economy, and putting Americans back in the driver’s seat.

Because we want to make sure that the workers we’re celebrating this weekend can keep doing what they do best: Building, creating, and preserving the American Dream for future generations.

Thank you for listening.

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