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The SPEAKER pro tempore. The Chair recognizes the gentleman from
Pennsylvania (Mr. Fitzpatrick) for 5 minutes.
Mr. FITZPATRICK. Mr. Speaker, while our Nation faces many challenges,
perhaps none is more pressing than that of growing our economy. The
positive impact of strong, sustained economic growth has the potential
not only to help families make ends meet, but it will also address the
many other pressures we face. The time is now for Congress and this
administration to act on meaningful tax reform.
The model is simple and straightforward. We need to simplify the
ridiculously complex Internal Revenue Code, eliminate the loopholes
that allow corporations and individuals to avoid paying their fair
share, lower the rates for middle class families and small businesses,
and broaden the tax base.
As a certified public accountant, an independent voice for the people
of Bucks and Montgomery Counties, I intend to push vehemently to make
tax reform a reality in this Congress. Moreover, this can and must be a
A 1.5 percent growth in GDP is simply unsustainable. If that trend
continues, we will not be able to fund priorities such as bolstering
our national security, taking care of our veterans, combating the
addiction crisis, funding public education, preserving our environment,
and a whole host of other priorities.
Economic growth has three essential aspects: tax reform, regulatory
reform, and a balanced budget. The REINS Act and the upcoming vote on
the CHOICE Act will start this process on the regulatory side, which
will revive the ability of community banks to support local economies
and advance infrastructure investment that puts Americans back to work
by rebuilding roads, schools, bridges, as well as our IT infrastructure
and the electrical grid.
The other critical component is tax reform, and we owe it to the
American people to get this done. I call on my good colleagues from
both sides to put politics aside and do what we were sent here to do,
and that is to stand up for hardworking families and unleash the power
of the American economy.
Type 1 Diabetes
Mr. FITZPATRICK. Mr. Speaker, over a million Americans, including
200,000 young Americans, are living with type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune
disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin. This
disease is fatal without strict adherence to a regimented schedule of
multiple daily insulin injections or continuous pump infusions, along
with close monitoring of blood glucose levels.
My constituent Aislinn Keenan was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when
she was just 2 years old. She does not remember a day when she did not
need to lance her finger multiple times a day to check her blood sugar
or receive insulin injections. Despite these challenges, Aislinn and
her family serve as an inspiration to all those facing this disease.
Through courage and perseverance, they refuse to let type 1 diabetes
stand in their way. Aislinn just finished her sophomore year at
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation projects that 5 million
Americans will have type 1 diabetes by 2050, including 600,000 young
people, yet only one-third of the people with type 1 diabetes are
achieving safe blood glucose levels. Accordingly, I am urging my
colleagues to fully fund the National Institute of Diabetes and
Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Presently, there is no way to prevent type 1 diabetes and no cure for
it once diagnosed. Only through robust funding and exhaustive research
at the NIH can we continue to drive scientific progress to make the
lives of those living with type 1 diabetes safer and healthier.