Fitzpatrick Recognized for Protecting National Parks

Jul 17, 2013 Issues: Education
Fitzpatrick Recognized for Protecting National Parks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Fitzpatrick (PA-8) Wednesday was recognized by the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) as a 2013 ‘Friend of the National Parks’.

The award, which recognizes lawmakers’ contributions to protecting and enhancing America’s national parks, was presented to Fitzpatrick for support of legislation during the 112th Congress that upheld the standards and integrity of the National Park System.

“Protecting the natural beauty of our nation is not a ‘red’ or a ‘blue’ issue- we all are called to be responsible stewards of our natural treasures,” said Fitzpatrick. “I’m pleased that my voting record reflects my deep commitment to preserving our national parks.”

The ‘Friend of the National Parks Award’ was established in 1999 to track and publicize congressional members’ votes on significant park issues. This year, NPCA compiled votes for seven national park-related bills in the House. To receive the award, representatives had to vote correctly at least four out of seven times.

“We are grateful that our members of Congress have demonstrated a solid commitment to preserving America’s national parks,” said NPCA Acting President Theresa Pierno. “As the National Park Service approaches its centennial in 2016, support from our members of Congress is essential to ensure places like Yellowstone, Gettysburg, and the Everglades are preserved and protected for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.”

“As an Eagle Scout, former Bucks County Commissioner, and now Federal Representative I’ve spent my life working to preserve the great outdoors across my district and our nation,” said Fitzpatrick. “I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in supporting and enacting environmentally-friendly legislation in the House.”

“As one on my favorite presidents- and a champion for our National Parks- Teddy Roosevelt once said, ‘We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever receive, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune’- his words still ring true today,” concluded Fitzpatrick.

To view a complete list of all the representatives who received NPCA’s award, and a list of the national parks-related bills, visit: http://bit.ly/13mHLCF

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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.

Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing our National Park System. NPCA, its 750,000 members and supporters, and many partners work together to protect the park system and preserve our nation’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage for our children and grandchildren. For more information, visit: www.npc.org