Fitzpatrick: Senate Should Act On Funding Bills as Shutdown Continues

Oct 4, 2013
Fitzpatrick: Senate Should Act On Funding Bills as Shutdown Continues

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Friday following the House’s bipartisan passage of both the National Emergency and Disaster Recovery Act [H.J. Res. 85] and the Nutrition Assistance for Low-Income Women and Children Act [H.J. Res. 75]:

Today’s votes again show a good faith effort by a bipartisan majority in the House to fund vital parts of the government while a prolonged budget discussion is under way.

Both the National Emergency and Disaster Recovery Act and the Nutrition Assistance for Low-Income Women and Children Act ensure that those who need government assistance the most aren’t made collateral to Washington’s party politics.

While passing small funding bills each day is not as preferable as reopening the doors of government, it sends a clear message that there is work being done in the meantime to lessen the harmful effects of a government shutdown caused by a lack of willingness to negotiate.

I will continue to push for a bipartisan plan which funds the government for six months at levels the Senate has agreed to while repealing the medical device tax, and makes up that revenue through savings.”

During the last week, the House has passed the Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act [H.R. 3230] and the Honoring Our Promise to America’s Veterans Act [H.J. Res. 72], the Open Our National Parks and Museum Act [H.J. Res 70], the Provide Local Funding for the District of Columbia Act [H.J. Res. 71], and the Research for Lifesaving Cures Act [H.J. Res. 73].

Fitzpatrick has requested his pay be withheld during the duration of the shutdown. He is also a co-sponsor of the Government Shutdown Fairness Act [H.R. 3160] which would block all 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.

Fitzpatrick is also a supporter of the Government Shutdown Prevention Act [H.R. 1164] which prevents a government shutdown, and forces Congress and the President to not miss statutory budget deadlines.  The bill creates an automatic Continuing Resolution for regular appropriations bills not completed before the end of the fiscal year.

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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.