Fitzpatrick: Fairness for All

Sep 30, 2013
Fitzpatrick: Fairness for All

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Monday night regarding the passage of a bipartisan budget bill which would avoid a government shutdown while still addressing serious concerns about the Affordable Care Act (ACA):

“Tonight the House Republicans again advanced a bill that funds the government at current levels; requires all Members of Congress and staff - including the President, Vice-President and appointees - to participate in the ACA; and extends to individuals the same one year delay the President gave to big business. 

This will fund the government, prevent a shutdown, and require the law be followed by Members of Congress by forcing them to participate in the scheme as the law is written.

It is unacceptable to be handing out waivers and exemptions to the powerful and politically connected while leaving the average American behind as the Administration has done nearly 1,200 times. 

No special treatment for special interests; no special treatment for big business; no special treatment for Members of Congress. “

Fitzpatrick has voted three times on funding bills which would keep the government open and is a co-sponsor of the Government Shutdown Fairness Act [H.R. 3160] which would block Members of Congress from collecting a salary in the event of government shutdown. The bill is modeled after the bipartisan No Budget, No Pay Act [H.R. 325], of which Fitzpatrick was an original cosponsor. No Budget, No Pay was passed by the House earlier in 2013 and was largely responsible for forcing the Senate to pass their first budget in four years. 

Earlier in the year, Fitzpatrick voted to pass the Full Faith and Credit Act [H.R. 807] which directs the Treasury to pay principal and interest due to the Social Security Trust fund and on debt held by the public before making any other payments in the case of an interruption of appropriations. Fitzpatrick had attempted to add an amendment to the Full Faith and Credit Act which contained similar language to the legislation put forward today which would have protected the pay of members of the military and federal law-enforcement community.

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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.