Bucks Brian Fitzpatrick’s office Wednesday issued a multi-page review of the work and legislative accomplishments achieved in the first year of a two-year term. And it has been a busy freshman year in the 115th Congress.
The following is a numerical listing of Congressman Fitzpatrick’s work on behalf of the Eighth Congressional District, which includes all of Bucks County and a small portion of Montgomery County.
The 2017 Year in Review
By the Numbers:
26 Bills introduced by Fitzpatrick – the most of any freshman member. Three have passed the House, one has passed the Senate
274 Bills cosponsored by Fitzpatrick – the most of any freshman member. Thirty-six have passed the House, seven have been signed into law
100 Bucks and Montgomery businesses visited by Fitzpatrick
20.7% Percentage of votes Fitzpatrick has taken against a majority of House Republicans. His 143 votes place him 5th among all representatives (and first among all Freshman) in voting against their party. The average House Republican votes against his or her party 6.3% of the time (ProPublica)
1,379 Completed constituent advocacy cases (VA, IRS, Social Security, etc.). On average, 115 cases completed a month
$2,400,000+ Monetary awards/savings for Bucks and Montgomery county residents via constituent advocacy efforts
3 Committee memberships: Homeland Security, Foreign Affairs, Small Business
169,558 Responses to constituent communications (emails, phone calls, letters, etc.)
807,000 Dial-outs to constituents to participate in 11 telephone town halls
17 Published opinion pieces (Op-eds) on issues ranging from the opioid epidemic to Ukrainian sovereignty
100+ Floor speeches or debate remarks advocating for policies that help Bucks and Montgomery County families, or recognizing accomplishments in our community
Three Bills Passed the House: Fitzpatrick has had three bills pass the House, including one pass the Senate, in his first year. These bipartisan measures include:
- INTERDICT Act [H.R. 2142] – Provides U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) the latest in chemical screening devices and scientific support to detect and intercept fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. In data released this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 42,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose in 2016, with nearly half being directly attributed to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. *Bill has passed the Senate and is awaiting the President’s signature.
- Joint Counterterrorism Awareness Workshop Series Act of 2017 [H.R. 3284] – authorizes the Joint Counterterrorism Awareness Workshop Series (JCTAWS), a nationwide initiative, conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to help State and local jurisdictions prepare for, protect against, and respond to coordinated terrorist attacks.
- DHS Multiyear Acquisition Strategy Act [H.R. 1249] – Streamlines the Department of Homeland Security’s acquisition process to promote strategic investment as well as cost-savings for tax payers while enhancing our national security apparatus.
- NDAA Language Signed into Law: The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 [H.R. 2810] – legislation setting the budget and expenditures for the Department of Defense – includes the language of six amendments authored or sponsored by Fitzpatrick.
More in-depth information is available on the Congressman Fitzpatrick’s website: www.fitzpatrick.house.gov -PW