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Fitzpatrick bill eases education grant eligibility for children of fallen first responders

The children of first responders killed in the line of duty will be automatically eligible for the maximum amount of education funding from the federal Pell Grant, following the passage of a bill authored by U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-8, in Middletown. The Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act, introduced by Fitzpatrick and Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-13, in Northeast Philadelphia, was included in the omnibus spending package signed into law by President Donald Trump last week.

Fitzpatrick underscores new law’s merit during Pa. event with first responders

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) underlined the significance of his newly enacted bill, the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act, H.R. 949, during an April 5 event at the Langhorne-Middletown Fire Company in Pennsylvania with local first responders.

H.R. 949, which boosts higher education financial aid for the children of fallen police officers, firefighters and other emergency responders, became law on March 23 as part of the federal spending package, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, H.R. 1625.

Fitzpatrick’s bill boosting higher ed benefits for children of fallen public safety officers becomes law

Legislation authored by U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) to increase higher education financial aid for the children of public safety officers who died in the line of duty has become law as part of the nation’s larger federal funding bill.

Language from the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act, H.R. 949, introduced by Fitzpatrick on Feb. 7, 2017, was included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, H.R. 1625, that President Donald Trump signed into law on March 23 providing more than $1.3 trillion in federal government funding through Sept. 30.

‘Soft Skills,’ Drug Testing Among Problems Facing Employers

“The cruelest thing we can do to our kids is pressure them to go to a four-year university and graduate with mountains of debt, with bleak job prospects,” Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick and Evans said they will continue to work to see what role the government could have with filling the skills gap.

Fitzpatrick has supported legislation to allow employers to file for a tax credit of up to $5,000 for certain training of new employees and also supported grants to help states pay for pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs.

Brian Fitzpatrick, Dwight Evans address ‘skills gap’ plaguing small businesses at local hearing

Two Pennsylvania Congressmen, local and state officials hashed out strategies Monday morning to diminish the “skills gap,” or shortage of candidates applying to work in industries like manufacturing.

Developing that workforce means acknowledging where multiple areas — including infrastructure, the school and criminal justice systems — intersect, sometimes resulting in difficulty for local businesses looking to attract qualified workers, said Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-8, of Middletown, and Rep. Dwight Evans, D-2, of Philadelphia.

Fitzpatrick Helps Introduce Higher Ed Transparency Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Duncan Hunter (R-CA), André Carson (D-IN), and Scott Peters (D-CA) have introduced the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill providing greater transparency in the cost of higher education.  U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate at the same time.