Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) delivered a speech Thursday morning at a General Membership Meeting of the Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce at Livengrin Foundation in Bensalem.
The speech focused on a variety of issues, including the economy, small businesses, tax reform, and systemic problems with Congress. Fitzpatrick also explained the goals and methods of his new legislative agenda “An America That Works: A common-sense plan to empower American businesses & support American workers.”
The main purpose of the agenda is to recreate “an economy that supports and advances the American Dream that is the foundation of places like my hometown of Levittown,” Fitzpatrick said.
Fitzpatrick pointed out the necessity to give power back to the legislative branch, which he sees drifted towards the executive branch. Fitzpatrick wants members of Congress who go up for re-election every two years to make economic policy based on feedback from direct contact with their constituents, instead of people in Washington D.C. making economic policy using a top-down approach
“I’ve always taken the view that economic growth is really a three-headed monster – it’s a balanced budget, it’s tax reform, and it’s regulatory reform,” Fitzpatrick said.
He then pointed out a regulatory reform that had taken place in the legislative branch based on feedback from small businesses, such as the repeal of certain aspects of the Dodd-Frank Act.
He thinks three essential changes need to happen to the system before issues such as economic and tax reform can be addressed, which included term limits on members of Congress, campaign finance reform, and gerrymandering reform.
On the topic of term limits, Fitzpatrick claimed that “it is probably in my view the single most important change we need to make to the federal legislature.”
He explained that members of Congress who had been there for a long time tended to be unwilling to change or compromise, while newer members were more likely to be bipartisan.