Working to #StopGovtAbuse

Aug 2, 2013 Issues: Congressional Issues, Economy and Jobs
Watch Congressman Fitzpatrick video address about the importance of government reform by clicking the link below
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:

  • 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.
  • 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

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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.