"On this, the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I join with millions, here and abroad, in praying for peace and justice in the troubled places of our world. We pray for comfort and closure for all those affected by loss or heartbreak on that devastating day. And we honor all those who continue to stand in the defense of freedom and liberty."
ICYMI: State officials report the number of complaints of alleged sexual abuse, misconduct or exploitation of students at the hands of school employees is on track to QUADRUPLE since 2007.
Next Tuesday I will join Senator Pat Toomey and a #bipartisan group of lawmakers outside the Capitol to call for the Senate’s quick passage of the ‘Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act’ which would strengthen background check requirements for hiring school employees and stop the shameful practice of “passing the trash” between districts or states.
Since introducing the ‘Jeremy Bell Act’ in 2006, I’ve worked with members of both parties, in both chambers (and across PA), to support and pass legislation that protects our students at school.
As the husband of a teacher, I know the overwhelming number of our school staff & employees are committed, caring educators. To honor them, we need to end this crime and work together to ensure our kids have a safe environment to learn and grow.
My plan for #BetterJobsMoreOpportunity lays out a series of #bipartisan initiatives and achievements that will close the ‘skills gap’, lower the price at the pump, put our veterans to work and invest in our nation’s infrastructure.
“The revelation of such tone-deaf training material only further highlights the level of disconnect and dishonesty operating within the Philadelphia VA system. Even after being exposed for allowing hundreds of veterans and family members to die while waiting for benefits, destroying mail and altering data to gain undeserved bonuses, the VA seems more concerned about protecting the managers who oversaw the wrongdoing instead of serving our veterans.
Once again, we’re forced to ask, ‘When will the VA learn?’
These reports provide an insight into an agency more concerned with appearances than addressing the root cause of the problems or even the legitimate concerns of the veterans affected. The culture of corruption and cronyism has to stop if the VA is serious about honoring its commitment to our nation’s veterans and their families – sadly though, these reports show that the VA has failed to change the way it sees its responsibilities.”
Fitzpatrick has been at the center of efforts to bring to light concerns about the benefits backlog at the Philadelphia VA after years of working with constituents and whistle blowers. He was invited to participate in a pair of House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearings earlier this summer where he questioned VA staff and administrators in the wake of the explosive OIG report.