Fitzpatrick Pushes Bipartisan Effort to Reopen Government
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) announced Thursday his support for a bipartisan plan to fund the government while rolling back one of the most unpopular parts of the president’s health care law.
“I was sent to Washington to solve problems and make government work, not shut it down. It’s us in the “radical middle” who are finding solutions to get the government running -that means even on the tough issues it is important to work with members of both parties,” said Fitzpatrick. “This plan is a reasonable compromise that moves our nation forward by addressing concerns about the President’s healthcare law.”
The plan would call on leaders of both parties to agree to fund the government at sequester levels for six months and repeal the medical device tax. There is wide support for a repeal of the 2.3% excise tax: Fitzpatrick is a cosponsor of the Protect Medical Innovation Act [HR 523]along with 260 other members of the House (225R, 36D). In March the Senate voted 79-20 to repeal the tax.
“Calling for a repeal of the medical device tax is something everyone can get behind. It is just bad policy to punish innovative, thriving work places and workers in my district- and around the country,” said Fitzpatrick. “This plan is good policy and good politics.”
The plan would offset the cost of repealing the tax by extending the pension stabilization initiative that was approved as part of MAP-21- the federal transportation funding bill- and also supported by both chambers.
Fitzpatrick from the beginning was opposed to the shutdown of the federal government and has voted numerous times with a bipartisan majority in the House to fund crucial sections of the government like the nation’s military, the National Institutes of Health and keeping our national parks open.
“We need to be willing to come together to get things done for our constituents and our country. While the Administration has been unwilling to sit down and negotiate, this plan is a step in the right direct,” added Fitzpatrick. “I look forward to working with anyone who is interested in getting our government back open while tackling the important fiscal issues facing our nation.”
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.