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Fitzpatrick, Maloney, Katko, Kennedy Lead Bipartisan Effort to Fully Fund Special Olympics

In response to the Department of Education’s budget proposal to eliminate federal support for Special Olympics education programs, Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), John Katko (NY-24), and Joe Kennedy III (MA-04), led a bipartisan letter to the House Appropriations Committee requesting that the organization receive full federal funding. This week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos defended the administration’s education budget which would end public support for Special Olympics programs at schools across the country.

Fitzpatrick, Garamendi Reintroduce Legislation to Reduce Student Loan Debt

Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and John Garamendi (CA-03) reintroduced the bipartisan Student Loan Refinancing and Recalculating Act, H.R. 1899, to address the ballooning student loan debt crisis in America that cripples over 40 million Americans and their families.

The total student loan debt in America has reached $1.5 trillion, and over $875 billion of it is held by the federal government at interest rates of up to 6.84%. That percentage far exceeds the market rate for most government loans.

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.

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