Fitzpatrick Votes to Fund Critical Government Functions

Oct 3, 2013 Issues: Congressional Issues, Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Thursday following the House’s passage of both the Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act [H.R. 3230] and the Honoring Our Promise to America’s Veterans Act [H.J. Res. 72]:

“Once again, the House has taken action to fund the government where both our reservists will remain on the job and the VA will receive the funding it needs to serve our veterans.

While I will continue to work with members of both parties to find a reasonable solution to end this shutdown for good, I urge the Senate and President to act in good faith and pass these vital spending bills in the mean time.

The American people- including our veterans and military reservists- should not be used to make a political point.”

During the last week, the House has passed 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. 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 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.