Fitzpatrick Vote Funds Government, Delays ACA for One Year
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Saturday following the House's passage of an amended Continuing Resolution (C.R.) which would keep the government fully funded while also enacting a one year delay of the Affordable Care Act along with a full repeal of the law's Medical Device Tax:
“Tonight's vote represents a good faith effort to keep Federal spending under control while giving the Administration more time to deliver on the promises of the Affordable Care Act.
By delaying the implementation of the Affordable Care Act for one year, Congress is giving all Americans the same delay the Administration already recognized was needed for businesses. It’s only fair.
Furthermore, the House repealed the crushing Medical Device Tax whose undoing has widespread support in the Senate. Also, we voted to ensure our troops are paid in the unlikely event of the Senate being unable to address these sensible policies.
I urge the Senate to move quickly on this reasonable, level-headed compromise.”
Fitzpatrick has been adamant in his opposition to a government shutdown while at the same time supportive of legislation that would reform or delay the Affordable Care Act, including a repeal of the Medical Device Tax. Prior to the vote, Fitzpatrick spoke on the floor of the House urging for bipartisan support for the removal of tax.
Earlier this week, Fitzpatrick co-sponsored 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. Fitzpatrick was an early champion of No Budget, No Pay.
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.
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.