Representative Michael 'Mike' G. Fitzpatrick's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Michael 'Mike' G. Fitzpatrick
Current Office: U.S. House - District 8, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 8
Primary May 20, 2014
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Kathleen; 6 Children: Katie, Maggie, Molly, Jimmy, Mick, Tommy
Birth Date: 06/28/1963
Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA
Home City: Levittown, PA
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Mike Fitzpatrick. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Mike Fitzpatrick voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Fitzpatrick. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Mike Fitzpatrick voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Fitzpatrick. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Mike Fitzpatrick voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Fitzpatrick. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Mike Fitzpatrick voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Fitzpatrick. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Mike Fitzpatrick voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Fitzpatrick. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Mike Fitzpatrick voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Mike Fitzpatrick in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • Mike Fitzpatrick. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Mike Fitzpatrick voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Weckselblatt. Phillyburb.com: Fitzpatrick: Start Afghanistan troop drawdown now. 16 November 2011. "Fitzpatrick, who spent last week in the Middle East with four other congressmen, said his decision is based on conversations he had with service members in Afghanistan. Their "consistent message," Fitzpatrick said, was more personnel are needed to get the job done. "Without a significant increase in their fighting force, Fitzpatrick said, "the people I spoke to say bring us home, and I agree.Our soldiers have done everything that has been asked of them," the 8th District Republican said. "They've done incredible things, a fantastic job under the circumstances and with the resources provided them. We can't ask any more of them.They believe additional resources are required to make the difference that they believe can be achieved. If it is not going to be forthcoming from NATO or the United States, they've done everything they can. It's time to begin bringing them home in a safe and organized manner rather than leave them in a place with insufficient resources until 2014." (www.phillyburbs.com)
  • Michael Fitzpatrick. Statement on Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal. 22 June 2011. "I am glad that the President recognizes that success in Afghanistan is paramount to the security of our nation and the safety of our people." (votesmart.org)

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  • Mike Fitzpatrick. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Mike Fitzpatrick voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Fitzpatrick. Congressman Fitzpatrick Tells Newtown Businesses: Country Cannot Survive Without Major Changes. 4 May 2011. "I voted to cut some defense spending, but I think we can do more. But we need to be careful. Like any social program, you can cut too deep." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Fitzpatrick. Issue Position: Defense and National Security. 1 January 2011. "Defending the homeland from enemies foreign and domestic is among my most important duties of Congress. We are responsible for insuring that tax dollars are used efficiently and effectively to protect Americans. The United States military is the finest in the world and it should continue to be so to ensure that we meet our present commitments and future challenges." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Fitzpatrick. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Mike Fitzpatrick voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick Votes to Pass House Budget Proposal. 30 March 2012. "The House Democratic alternative budget proposal merely calls for the same tax-and-spend vision for the country that President Obama proposed with his budget. Under this budget, Americans would be forced to pay $2.4 trillion in new taxes, while new non-defense spending (defense spending is cut disproportionately) would grow by $5.5 trillion and remain above 22.1 percent of GDP throughout the next 10 years, which is above the historical average. It also fails to balance the budget, instead leading to a $675 billion deficit by the end of the next decade. Finally, like the President's budget, the Democratic budget does not offer any specific proposals to put Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security on a sustainable path. It embraces the President's costly health care law, which will truly end Medicare as we know it by driving the program into bankruptcy." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Fitzpatrick. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Mike Fitzpatrick voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Fitzpatrick. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Mike Fitzpatrick voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Fitzpatrick. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Mike Fitzpatrick voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael Fitzpatrick signed Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Michael Fitzpatrick, pledge to the taxpayers of the 8th district of the state of Pennsylvania and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)

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  • Michael Fitzpatrick. Response of Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick to the President's State of the Union Address. 25 January 2011. "Large new federal spending programs are not the answer. The Stimulus spent nearly a trillion dollars and unemployment still rose. Government spending can only create employment that is fleeting at best accompanied by deficits that endure for generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Fitzpatrick. Statement from Congressman Fitzpatrick on H.J.R 48. 15 March 2011. "At a time when our nation is facing record debt and deficits, we must take every opportunity to reduce spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Fitzpatrick. Statement from Congressman Fitzpatrick on Republican Budget Proposal. 5 April 2011. "I was sent to Washington to get government spending under control, instill confidence in private sector job creators and spark economic recovery. The spending status quo is no longer acceptable." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Fitzpatrick. Congressman Fitzpatrick Tells Newton Businesses: Country Cannot Survive Without Major Changes. 4 May 2011. "If we want to grow the economy [¦] We have to reduce the national debt. We have to reduce the size of government. We have to get government spending under control." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick Supports Bi-partisan Plan on Debt Ceiling, Deficit Reduction. 1 August 2011. "The recent protracted debate over our nation's debt ceiling has been the result of out of control federal spending that has gone on for too long." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Fitzpatrick. Issue Position: Debts and Deficits. 25 October 2011. "Federal spending is out of control. It is imperative that we reduce the burgeoning federal deficit and our national debt by reducing the size and scope of the federal government." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Fitzpatrick. Issue Position: Spending Cuts and Debt. 25 October 2011. "For far too long the federal government has spent and borrowed too much. It is essential that spending be brought under control to reduce both fiscal burdens on future generations and our economic vulnerability to other nations." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Fitzpatrick. On Jobs, Murphy Fails the 8th District. 1 July 2010. "The $862 billion stimulus, big spending programs [¦] have not created jobs [¦]. We need a real plan and real action to cure what is wrong with the economy. Put a halt to irresponsible spending and a put a repayment plan on the table." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michael Fitzpatrick. The Intelligencer - Spending Cuts Essential for the Creation of Jobs. 11 April 2011. "Rather than begin hiring, many companies are still waiting on the sidelines because of continued uncertainty about future tax rates and related costs. For example, I supported the repeal of the onerous IRS reporting requirements placed on small businesses under the health care law. This provision was expected to cost millions in lost productivity as well as countless jobs. Less spending means a smaller, leaner government that taxes less and regulates smarter, giving companies a clearer picture of the cost of doing business." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick Holds Small Business Roundtable. 3 September 2010. "Mike Fitzpatrick has outlined a common sense plan to help small businesses grow that includes extending tax cuts on job creators, reducing government spending and dispensing with burdensome red tape that stands in the way of small business." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Fitzpatrick. Local Officials Announce Renewal of Enterprise Zone. 11 April 2011. "Government at all levels and the private sector need to partner together to provide the incentives and support for local job creation." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michael Fitzpatrick. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "An educated population is the backbone of a prosperous society and a strong economy. Our nation's youth are best served when decisions about education are made locally. Local officials are more accountable to parents and teachers, tax dollars are used more efficiently and regulations are tailored specifically to the community." (votesmart.org)

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  • Mike Fitzpatrick. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Mike Fitzpatrick voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Mike Fitzpatrick. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Mike Fitzpatrick voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Mike Fitzpatrick in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Fitzpatrick signed Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax. 7 August 2010. "I, Michael G. Fitzpatrick, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of Pennsylvania and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (www.americansforprosperity.org)
  • Michael Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick Supports Bill to Curb Carbon Emissions. 24 August 2006. "'Climate change is one of the largest environmental threats the world faces today and the United States cannot ignore this problem. We must move away from our reliance on fossil fuels, which continue to harm our environment,' Fitzpatrick said. 'Greenhouse gas emissions will continue increase without strong government leadership, and so I am pleased to cosponsor the Safe Climate Act.' Fitzpatrick is a cosponsor of the Safe Climate Act, which sets a goal of halting increases in greenhouse gas emissions in 2010 and reducing emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 by cutting emissions by 2 percent each year. This legislation responds to the problem of global warming with firm targets and means of achieving emission reductions." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michael Fitzpatrick. Issue Position: Right to Bear Arms. 25 October 2011. "The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the fundamental individual right of American citizens to keep and bear arms. I support responsible gun ownership as a basic and undeniable right guaranteed by the Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Fitzpatrick. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Mike Fitzpatrick voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Mike Fitzpatrick in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Fitzpatrick. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Mike Fitzpatrick voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)

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  • Mike Fitzpatrick. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Mike Fitzpatrick voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Mike Fitzpatrick. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Mike Fitzpatrick voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Fitzpatrick. Issue Position: Immigration and Border Security. 26 September 2012. "As the grandson of Irish immigrants, I know that legal immigration is a source of pride to all those who came to America in search of a better life. Those humble immigrants from around the world contributed to the unique greatness of our country. However, those who take their first step into the United States illegally trample our laws and no one is exempt from obeying the law. It is vital that we strengthen and protect our borders as well as enforce the immigration laws already on the books." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Fitzpatrick. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift...Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades.This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michael Fitzpatrick. Intelligencer - Reaction to the President's Support of Same-Sex Marriage. 10 May 2012. "My position has been consistent: Marriage is between a man and a woman. The Constitution is clear: This is an issue for the states." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Fitzpatrick. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Mike Fitzpatrick voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Mike Fitzpatrick supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 36 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Mike Fitzpatrick in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • Michael Fitzpatrick. Congressman Fitzpatrick Responds to Death of bin Laden. 1 May 2011. "Although Osama bin Laden will never again be able to attack our nation, we must continue to remain vigilant in our fight against terrorism throughout the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Fitzpatrick. Press Release “ Fitzpatrick Votes to Preserve Geneva Convention, Put Terrorists on Trial. 27 September 2006. "Despite arguments to the contrary from Democrats in Congress, the War on Terror is real and must be won. We must have the flexibility to capture and interrogate terrorists who are determined to kill us." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michael Fitzpatrick. Issue Position: Social Security. 26 September 2012. "Social Security is a promise made to those who have paid in to the system. We as a nation need to keep our promise. Privatization, raising the retirement age or increasing taxes threaten that promise. I am opposed to privatizing Social Security." (votesmart.org)

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