Washington, DC—Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick was sworn in as the U.S. Representative for the First Congressional District Thursday afternoon. The Bucks County congressman swiftly introduced a package of anti-corruption legislation intended to reform Congress, while also taking aim at the White House, calling for increased executive branch accountability and transparency.
“Transparency and unimpeachable integrity are essential to a government that truly serves the people of the United States,” said Fitzpatrick. “This anti-corruption legislation will help restore the American’s people’s faith in Congress and hold public officials accountable.”
In his second term, Fitzpatrick said he looks forward to again serving as an independent voice, noting he believes Washington is “dysfunctional, hyper-partisan, and broken.” The three Constitutional amendments and five bills follow Fitzpatrick’s career as a former FBI Special Agent who oversaw the national FBI Political Corruption Unit. They are:
Term Limits for Members of Congress (Constitutional Amend.)
Limits congressional terms to twelve years in both chambers, six two-year terms in the House and two six-year terms in the Senate.
No Budget, No Pay (Constitutional Amend.)
Prevents members of Congress from being paid if Congress fails to pass a budget or allows a lapse in appropriations. This measure requires complete forfeiture and goes further than previous iterations of No Budget, No Pay.
Balanced Budget Amendment (Constitutional Amend.)
Requires Congress to adopt a budget that balances like most states, including Pennsylvania, and municipalities.
Clean Congress Act (H.R.)
- Requires Congress to act on single-issue legislation
Codifies that all laws passed by Congress must apply to its members.
Presidential Tax Transparency Act (H.R.)
- Mandates the Secretary of the Treasury to disclose and make publicly available tax returns and return information of presidential and vice-presidential candidates filed within the 10 tax years preceding the year in which the individual becomes a candidate.
Cabinet Service Integrity Act (H.R.)
Prohibits cabinet members and their immediate family from soliciting donations
from foreign sources. High-ranking federal officials should not use their office or
status as influential political officials to solicit funds from overseas entities.
Clean Public Service Act (H.R.)
Ends Congressional “pensions for life” and directs members toward standard
401K retirement savings accounts
Clean Elections Act (H.R.)
- Reforms the broken “Gerrymandering” process by moving all redistricting to independent, non-partisan commissions
- Allows access to political party primaries for Independents or non-affiliated voters