Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) delivered the annual "State of the Nation" address to members of the Central Bucks County Chamber of Commerce at Spring Mill Manor this morning.
In his address, Fitzpatrick outlined the importance of certainty from Washington to the business community in Bucks County.
"The key to prosperity is certainty. Certainty gives businesses the ability to plan, budget and grow," said Fitzpatrick. "For the past four years, Washington has failed to give business owners the certainty you need to grow. Beltway leaders have not stepped up to the plate to make the tough decisions to put our country back on the right track.
"Kicking the can down the road has grown into an art form in Washington. You name it; they have come up with a way to avoid making a decision.
"Ranging from Continuing Resolutions to accounting tricks, the Beltway crowd has been using gimmicks to keep the government funded for the past four years because the President has introduced budgets that he knows will never pass, and subsequently, the Democratic led Senate has not passed a budget in over four years."
In addition to the need to restore fiscal solvency to the federal government, Fitzpatrick addressed the importance of achieving North American energy independence and its potential effects on our economy.
"We must dedicate ourselves as a nation, like we did in the Manhattan Project and in the Space Race, to a clearly defined goal for energy security.
"We can set realistic, achievable and noteworthy goals if we set our minds to it. We can work to make ourselves North American Energy Independent within the next ten years.
"I believe that American innovation and our entrepreneurial spirit have positioned us to become the world leader in a 21st century energy economy. But in order to achieve that vision, we must be willing to access the natural resources we have our disposal here at home."
Fitzpatrick concluded, expressing his optimism for a renewed American economic recovery.
"The creation of a 21st energy economy, combined with a new model that provides businesses with the skilled workers they need and a federal government that lives within its means and works as a partner with the private economy and not as an obstacle to it, are the keys to our country's success in the coming century.
"I look forward to working with friends and allies both in our nation's capital and right here in Bucks County to achieve these goals, not just for our sake but for the safety, security, and prosperity of our children and grandchildren."