“For over 100 days, Marine Corps Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi has been detained in Mexico under circumstances yet to be resolved. Sgt. Tahmooressi, a Afghanistan combat veteran, is being denied the treatment he needs in connection to his service for our country – a fact I and other lawmakers have sought to convey to Mexican authorities.
I am working with members of both parties from across the nation to advocate for his immediate release. While there is work to be done on his behalf from Congress, it is my hope that this administration takes a more active role in increasing diplomatic pressure on Mexico to expedite Sgt. Tahmooressi’s release and reunite him with his family.
There are Americans wrongfully detained all over the world - we should always remember them and work toward their freedom.”
Fitzpatrick has joined lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to draw attention and action to Sgt. Tahmoorseei’s situation, including:
Letter to Jesus Murillo Karam, Attorney General of Mexico – Bipartisan letter to the Attorney General of Mexico calling on the Mexican legal system to deal with Sgt. Tahmooressi’s case expeditiously and fairly.
H. Res. 620 – Bipartisan resolution calling on the government of Mexico to immediately release Sgt. Tahmooressi and return him to the United States and compelling the President of the United States to do all that he can to secure that release.
Letter to Fernando Benitez, Defense Attorney – Bipartisan letter in support of Sgt. Tahmooressi’s defense attorney and calling for continued diligence and increased pressure in the case.
Letter to Victor Octavio Luna Escobedo, Presiding Judge – Bipartisan letter calling on the judge ruling in Sgt. Tahmooressi’s case to consider the specific, unique circumstances of the case and move to dismiss the case.
Those exceptional individuals who guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier should be afforded the right to be buried in the same cemetery they so diligently keep watch over. This #bipartisan bill clears the way for that honor.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) is calling on lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to restore long-standing transparency in privately-funded Congressional travel in response to Ethics Committee changes revealed this week no longer requiring the travel disclosure on Financial Disclosure forms for members of Congress.
“We are given a special trust by our constituents who send us to Washington as their representatives; they expect us to operate in an open and transparent manner. For decades, Members of Congress have been required to report any privately funded travel on their annual Financial Disclosure Statement,” wrote Fitzpatrick in a letter to the Ethics Committee(attached). “I urge the committee to reinstate the reporting of privately funded travel on a Member’s annual Financial Disclosure Statement.”
Should the Ethics Committee not reverse their change, Fitzpatrick plans on introducing legislation when Congress resumes on Tuesday of next week to restore the reporting requirements. For decades, Members of Congress have been required to disclose privately-funded travel on their Financial Disclosure filings.
Amends the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 to require: (1) quarterly instead of semiannual filing of lobbying disclosures reports; (2) electronic filing; (3) maintenance of certain lobbying disclosure information in an electronic data base, available to the public free of charge via the Internet; (4) disclosure by registered lobbyists of all past executive and congressional employment; (5) disclosure of grass-roots lobbying activities by paid lobbyists; (6) disclosure of registered lobbyists’ contributions and payments; (7) an increased penalty for failure to comply with lobbying disclosure requirements.
Most of these provisions have been adopted as the rules of the House.
Terminates congressional pensions in order to put members of Congress on par with private-sector workers. The bill would limit members of Congress to investing in a 401k for retirement, like most Americans.
“It is with great pleasure I am able to announce the safe release of the six Americans wrongfully imprisoned in Honduras. The crew of the Aqua Quest – including the son of one of my constituents – is in the process of traveling back to the United States and being reunited with their families following the ordeal.
This past Monday, I traveled to Honduras and met personally with Honduran administrative and judicial officials. Furthermore, I visited the Americans in captivity and witnessed the deplorable conditions in which they were wrongfully held for nearly two months. The strength and courage of these men in the face of uncertainty and danger in a far-away place is an inspiration to me and it was my duty advocate for their rightful release.
United States Ambassador to Honduras Kubiske and her staff deserve recognition for their hard work, as do the countless American officials who came together to secure the release of these Americans.
I am confident that Americans will continue to travel the world in efforts to better the quality of life for others, and I will persist in ensuring the safe passage for all who answer the call to serve in enterprise or mission around the globe.”
One personnel change isn’t going to fix the way the #VA operates. Now’s the time for Congress to come together and talk about real solutions - starting with modernizing the way we transition members of the military from active duty to veteran healthcare.
The #bipartisan ’21st Century Healthcare for Heroes Act’ [H.R. 2590] does just that. Sign up to be a citizen co-sponsor and join me in pushing for this common sense legislation: https://www.cosponsor.gov/details/hr2590-113