Brian Fitzpatrick sworn in as congressman, creates legislature caucus

Tom Waringthe Times

Freshman U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-8th dist.), who was sworn in on Tuesday, has moved into the office of his older brother, Mike, who left Congress after four terms.

The office is at 1717 Langhorne-Newtown Road, Suite 400, in Langhorne. The telephone number is 215.579.8102. The hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Whether it is a legislative concern or assistance with a federal agency, I’m proud to continue to build upon and expand the services the people of this district deserve,” Fitzpatrick said. “Moreover, I’m proud we’ve assembled such a strong staff with deep local roots – from Levittown to Perkasie – and experiences in business, military and public service to serve PA-08. Together, I’m confident we’ll accomplish great things.”

The 8th Congressional District includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County.

Fitzpatrick is a former FBI agent and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and is a certified public accountant and emergency medical technician.

Meanwhile, Fitzpatrick created the first Congressional Citizen Legislature Caucus. The group will be dedicated to bipartisan reform and anti-corruption efforts, including term limits and non-partisan redistricting.

“Our founders never envisioned a career political class or a system that does more to preserve the status quo than solving our most pressing challenges. As a former anti-corruption FBI agent and a political outsider, I’ve seen the brokenness in our system and the time is now to fix it,” Fitzpatrick said. “The Congressional Citizen Legislature Caucus will serve as a forum for members of any political stripe to debate, craft and advance common-sense legislation that reforms our government and begins to restore faith in our leaders and institutions. Washington needs fewer politicians and more independent voices focused on serving the American people; this caucus is how we will do it.”

Fitzpatrick introduced a bill that would direct members away from pensions and toward 401K retirement savings accounts. He is also sponsoring a bill that would allow independents to vote in party primaries.

The congressman also introduced constitutional amendments to limit members of Congress to 12 years; prevent members of Congress from being paid until a budget is passed and docking their pay instead of putting it in escrow; and require Congress to adopt a balanced budget.

In his first week, Fitzpatrick joined the Problem Solvers Caucus, which focuses on increasing bipartisanship, and the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, aimed at exploring policy options that address the impacts, causes and challenges of a changing climate.

In other news, Fitzpatrick released the following statement regarding the House’s bipartisan vote objecting to the anti-Israel resolution passed by the United Nations Security Council in December:

“Israel and the United States share a special relationship, cultivated and reaffirmed in word and action. Unfortunately, the current administration’s recent failure to defend Israel from a one-sided initiative at the U.N. harms our critical alliance by breaking with decades of precedent and undermining the prospect for productive negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Support for a safe and secure Israel transcends political parties and should be the cornerstone of any Middle East foreign policy. Our foreign policy must recognize that a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only come about through direct, bilateral negotiations between the two parties.”

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