Working to #StopGovtAbuse
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) joined with members of the House this week to consider and pass a series of government reform bills which would seek to rein in waste and inefficiency within the federal government.
“It’s time the federal government got back to work for American tax-payers,” said Fitzpatrick. “This week represented a bipartisan push to cut waste and abuse which seems to run ramped around Washington. I’m proud that members from both parties could identify the problem and took action.”
The House passed on eight bills as part of the ‘Stop Government Abuse’ legislative package- Fitzpatrick was a cosponsor of seven of them. The bills include:
- Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care — H.R. 2009, authored by Rep. Tom Price, prevents the IRS from implementing any portion of Obamacare.
- Keep Federal Bureaucrats from Ruining the Economy and Lowering Wages — H.R. 367, the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, authored by Rep. Todd Young requires Congressional approval of regulations that cost over $100 million.
- Citizen Empowerment Act — H.R. 2711 authored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins, creates an affirmative right for individuals to record their meetings and telephone exchanges with federal regulatory officials engaged in enforcement activities and requires that individuals be notified of such right.
- Government Employee Accountability Act — H.R. 2579, authored by Rep. Mike Kelly gives agencies the option to place employees on unpaid leave when they are under investigation for certain serious offenses.
- Government Spending Accountability Act — H.R. 313, sponsored by Rep. Blake Farenthold, increases transparency with respect to taxpayer funded conference, places limits on federal conferences, and requires agency head approval for the most expensive conferences.
- Common Sense in Compensation Act — H.R. 1541, sponsored by Rep Mark Meadows would not only place limits on the size of bonuses but also limit the number of senior agency employees who may receive bonuses in any given year.
- Stop Targeting Our Politics IRS Act — H.R. 2565, sponsored by Rep. Jim Renacci would provide for the termination of employment of IRS employees who take official actions for political purposes.
- Stop Playing on Citizen’s Cash Act — H.R. 2533, sponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam imposes a moratorium on IRS conference until the IG’s recommendations are implemented.
- The Taxpayer Bill of Rights — H.R. 2768, sponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam would specify the rights that citizens have when dealing with the IRS, including a right to privacy and confidentiality.
Watch Congressman Fitzpatrick video address about the importance of government reform HERE
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.