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Fitzpatrick’s Bipartisan Work Highlighted in New Book

Rep. Fitzpatrick
Rep. Fitzpatrick

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) has his bipartisan efforts highlighted in a new book, released on Tuesday, that encourages Americans to rally around shared goals and make greater efforts toward bipartisanship.

‘No Labels: A Shared Vision for a Stronger America’ is the first book published by a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders, known as No Labels. The book outlines the group’s vision for a nationwide strategy and spotlights the efforts of members, including Fitzpatrick, to bring clarity and pragmatism to the partisan battles in Congress.

It’s edited by Governor Jon Huntsman, and contributors include two former White House Chiefs of Staff; former OMB Director Alice Rivlin; Glenn Hubbard, Dean of Columbia Business School; and nine members of Congress.

In his section of the book, Fitzpatrick writes about his years as a county commissioner in Bucks County, and how he always tried to work with each of the other two commissioners, no matter their political party.

“Though we only needed two votes to pass a resolution, my goal during the five years I was chairman, was always to get all three,” Fitzpatrick says in an excerpt. “Whenever the Democrat on the board opposed something I’d say, ‘What is it you’re concerned about and how can we change this to earn your support?’ I couldn’t always get there, but I always tried. I felt that it was my obligation to the people as well as myself.”

No Labels was founded in 2012, and there are currently nearly 90 members, including other Pennsylvania Congressmen Scott Perry (R-York), Pat Meehan (R-Delaware), Charlie Dent (R-Lehigh), Chaka Fattah (D-Philadelphia), Glenn Thompson (R-Centre).

The idea came about in the spring of 2010 the idea of No Labels was born, when the Affordable Care Act was passed without a single Republican vote.

The group has previously worked on bipartisan legislation, and have announced the nine-bill ‘Make Government Work!’ legislative agenda that includes Fitzpatrick’s Stay in Place, Cut the Waste Act (H.R. 2643) to reduce federal spending by $5 billion over the next decade. Fitzgerald has been a member of the group since its beginning.

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