Fitzpatrick: Protecting Our Borders is Essential

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Thursday regarding the House’s bipartisan passage of the Border Safety and Security Act [H.J.Res. 79]:

“Ensuring our borders are fully staffed and protected is a vital function of the federal government. Today’s bipartisan vote reflects the need to fully fund border security efforts, even during a budget impasse.

This bill provides immediate funds for programs at the Department of Homeland Security for the same rates and with the same directives as if the government was fully functional. Political roadblocks should never degrade our nation’s ability to protect our borders and enforce our laws.

I continue to call on Senator Reid and the President to begin passing the backlog of legislation the House has sent them- in bipartisan fashion- to make sure that the essential functions of the government are still being executed while a path forward is negotiated.”

To date, the House has passed the following clean funding measures:

  1. National Emergency and Disaster Recovery Act [H.J. Res. 85],
  2. Nutrition Assistance for Low-Income Women and Children Act [H.J. Res. 75],
  3. Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act [H.R. 3230],
  4. Honoring Our Promise to America’s Veterans Act [H.J. Res. 72],
  5. Open Our National Parks and Museum Act [H.J. Res 70],
  6. Provide Local Funding for the District of Columbia Act [H.J. Res. 71],
  7. Research for Lifesaving Cures Act [H.J. Res. 73],
  8. Food and Drug Safety Act [H.J. Res. 77],
  9. Head Start for Low-Income Children Act [H.J. Res. 84],
  10. Impact Aid for Local Schools Act [H.J. Res. 83],
  11. Flight Safety Act [H.J.Res. 90],
  12. Honoring the Families of Fallen Soldiers Act [H.J.Res. 91], as well as
  13. Pay Out Military Act  [H.R. 3120], and
  14. Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act [H.R. 3223]


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.