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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Monday June 24, 2019 ( 76 items )  

After Rep. Buchanan Push, Bradenton International Airport Awarded $3.6 Million
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep Vern Buchanan announced today the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) has been awarded $3.6 million by the Federal Aviation Authority for a drainage and water management system improvement project. The announcement comes after Buchanan urged acting FAA Administrator Daniel K. Elwell to approve the airport's request for federal funding. "Today's announcement is great news for SRQ," Buch  more

Deutch to Serve as Vice Chair of Task Force on Aging and Families
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) rejoined and will serve as a Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging and Families (formerly known as the Seniors Task Force). The new name emphasizes the focus on the needs of our nation's older Americans, their families and future generations looking ahead to retirement. Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Congressman  more

Deutch, Rooney Re-Launch Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) and Congressman Francis Rooney (FL-19) relaunched the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus. "Americans want Congress to act on climate change. But we're not going to get anywhere without bipartisan support," said Congressman Deutch. "We have a diverse group of Democrats and Republicans covering many different parts of the country. This caucus reflects our shared belief tha  more

Deutch, Sens. Markey, Menendez Call for Ban on 3D Printed Guns
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), Congressman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), and Congressman Bradley S. Schneider (IL-10), and Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced the 3D Printed Gun Safety Act, legislation to prohibit the online distribution of blueprints and instructions that allow for the three dimensional (3D) printing of firear  more

Florida Congressional Delegation Issues Statement on Protests in Haiti
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Florida, issued the following joint statement with Kathy Castor, D-Florida, Lois Frankel, D-Florida, Val Demings, D-Florida, Alcee Hastings, D-Florida, Debbie Murcarsel Powell, D-Florida, Darren Soto, D-Florida, Donna Shalala, D-Florida, and Barbara Lee, D-Florida, regarding the protests in Haiti: "We are extremely troubled by news reports coming out of Haiti that describe a country in a state of emergency as protests continue and at least two liv  more

Four Trump Nominees Confirmed by U.S. Senate
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of four individuals for positions in the Trump Administration on June 19: Matthew J. Kacsmaryk, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas. Allen Cothrel Winsor, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida. James David Cain, Jr., of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana. Greg Gerard Guidry, of Louisiana, to   more

GAO Issues Report on Defense Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Defense's management of historic properties in use on U.S. installations. The report (GAO-19-335) is titled "Defense Infrastructure: Additional Actions Could Enhance DOD's Efforts to Identify, Evaluate, and Preserve Historic Properties". The report was sent to Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, chairman, Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Militar  more

GAO Issues Report on Federal Housing Administration
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Federal Housing Administration's effectiveness and efficiency in reaching determinations of conveyable condition. The report (GAO-19-517) is titled "Federal Housing Administration: Improved Procedures and Assessment Could Increase Efficiency of Foreclosed Property Conveyances". The report was sent to Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Appropriat  more

GAO Issues Report on Veterans Health Administration
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Veterans Health Administration's oversight of Veterans Integrated Service Networks. The report (GAO-19-462) is titled "Veterans Health Administration: Regional Networks Need Improved Oversight and Clearly Defined Roles and Responsibilities". The report was sent to Rep. Julia Brownley, D-California, chair, Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Florida, ranking member of the House Veterans' Affairs subcommittee on Health, Rep. Pet  more

Hastings Leads Letter Calling for an End to the Dog and Cat Meat Trade
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) sent the following bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, urging him to use diplomatic pressure to raise the issue of the troubling trade and consumption of dog and cat meat and the need to condemn this harsh trade throughout the world, and specifically, in China, South Korea, Vietnam, and other Asian countries. This letter was sent ahead of this  more

House Democrats Put Everglades Funding At Risk
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Brian Mast, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) today slammed House Democrat leadership for putting Everglades funding at risk after they passed an appropriations bill that has no chance of becoming law, and because the bill busts the budget caps put into place in 2011 by $176 billion, would automatically trigger across-the-board budget reductions to federal programs, including untenable cuts to Everglades restoration and  more

House Natural Resources Committee Passes Congressman Rooney's Offshore Drilling Ban
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held a markup on the Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act, Congressman Rooney's proposal to ban offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. The bill passed out of the Committee by a vote of 24-12 (22 Democrats and 2 Republicans voting in favor). Congressman Rooney stated, "Water quality impacts all of Florida's residents and visitors. Drilling i  more

House Passes Funding Bill That Invests in Education, Improves Access to Healthcare, and Combats Climate Change, Among Other South Florida Priorities
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Rep. Shalala Secures Additional Funding to Assist Unaccompanied Children in Shelters and Supports Amendments to Protect the Everglades and Promote Democracy in Venezuela * * * Today, the House of Representatives passed a robust appropriations bill that will invest in public education, medical research and healthcare, and renewable energy and environmental conservation. Rep. Shalala's amendment, p  more

House Passes Wasserman Schultz Florida Coastal Drilling Ban Amendment
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, issued the following news release: The House of Representatives passed an amendment on Thursday authored by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) that would ban drilling around Florida's sensitive and vital coastlines. The effort was the culmination of bipartisan, cooperative work by Florida's Congressional delegation, earning it the support of 26 out of 27 delegation members and passing the U.S. House of Representatives by   more

House Passes Wasserman Schultz Measure to Block Everglades Drilling
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, issued the following news release: The House of Representatives passed an amendment authored by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) today that would block oil drilling in the Everglades. "We must do all we possibly can to protect our sensitive River of Grass," said Wasserman Schultz. "Drilling within the Everglades Protection Area is reckless, rapacious and symbolizes just how much those who advocate for the senseless purs  more

House Small Business Committee Issues Testimony From First Federal Bank
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- The House Small Business Committee issued the following testimony by Dana Chaves, senior vice president and director of specialty banking at First Federal Bank, at a hearing entitled "Unlocked Potential? Small Businesses in the Cannabis Industry": "I am Dana Chaves, Senior Vice President and Director of Specialty Banking at First Federal Bank in Lake City, Florida. Thank you for the opportunity to testify before the Committee today to discuss the importance of unlocking a  more

ICYMI: Rep. Waltz Discusses U.S. Troop Deployment to Middle East
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Florida, issued the following news release: On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) joined America's Newsroom to discuss the recent deployment of 1,000 additional U.S. troops to the Middle East to address threats in the region and rising tensions with Iran. "The troops [deployed] are being requested by the Commander in the field in response to what the Iranians are doing, [which is] lashing out," Waltz said. "What the Iranians are trying to do   more

Mast Introduces New Legislation Requiring Army Corps to Prioritize Public Health
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Brian Mast, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) today announced the introduction of new legislation requiring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize public health when making operational decisions regarding Florida's waterways. The PROTECT Florida Act (or the Prioritizing Revised Operations To Eliminate Cyanobacteria Toxins in Florida Act) requires the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize public health, incl  more

Mast, Peters Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Call Attention to Post Traumatic Stress Injury in Veterans
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Brian Mast, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressmen Brian Mast (FL-18) and Scott Peters (CA-52) today introduced a bipartisan bill to reduce the stigma that prevents veterans and service members from seeking mental health care. The bill designates June as National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) Awareness month and June 27th as National PTSI Awareness Day. "Rarely does a day go by when I don't talk to a veteran who is struggling with their  more

Mucarsel-Powell Advances South Florida Health and Environmental Priorities in House Appropriations
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), member of the Judiciary and Transportation & Infrastructure Committees, applauded passage of H.R. 2740, the first of two "minibus" packages of Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations bills. Mucarsel-Powell ensured South Florida priorities were included in the bill, including Everglades Restoration, environmental infrastructure, Head Start, medical research,   more

Mucarsel-Powell Slams Rule That Threatens to Separate Immigrant Families in Public Housing
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), member of the Hispanic Caucus, along with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) - known collectively as the Congressional Tri-Caucus - sent a letter to U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson requesting the retraction of a  more

Norton, Davis to Host Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys Hearing on
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., issued the following news release: Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL), co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys, will host a hearing today on fatherhood in the U.S. Capitol Building. Norton and Davis will be joined by members of the Congressional Black Caucus and hear testimony from Mr. David A. Harris, President and CEO of Urban Strategies Council; Mr. Haki Nkrumah, Founder   more

Rep. Buchanan Honored for Record on Economy, Jobs
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Wins Spirit of Enterprise Award from U.S. Chamber of Commerce. * * * The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Monday presented Congressman Vern Buchanan with the Spirit of Enterprise Award for his strong record in Congress of bolstering job creation and growing the economy. "As a businessman and entrepreneur, I know how integral our local businesses and employers are to sustaining a robust and thriving econ  more

Rep. Buchanan: Vietnam Vets to Get Agent Orange Coverage
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Buchanan-backed Bill at President's Desk. Thousands Denied Coverage in "Gross Injustice" * * * Rep. Vern Buchanan applauded Senate passage of bipartisan legislation he co-sponsored to restore health coverage for 90,000 Navy veterans who were potentially exposed to the toxic chemical Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The bill, which passed the U.S. House earlier this year now heads to President  more

Rep. Castor Issues Statement on Climate Crisis
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Florida, chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, issued the following statement on the climate crisis: The U.S. House today passed a key funding bill that includes important climate and energy provisions pressed by U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), Chair of the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Below is a statement from Castor, the author of the Climate Action Now Act (H.R. 9) a House-passed bill that would keep the U  more

Rep. Castor Issues Statement on Trump Administration Rollback of Clean Power Plan
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Florida, chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, issued the following statement after the Trump administration released its roll back for the Clean Power Plan: Earlier today the Trump Administration released its roll back of President Obama's Clean Power Plan, a set of policies introduced in 2015 to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. "This rule represents a new form of climate denial. Donald Trump isn't just rejecting the s  more

Rep. Castor: Legislation to Ban Oil Drilling Off the Coast of Florida Passes Committee, Headed to House Floor
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Legislation to ban oil drilling off the coast of Florida passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee this week and is now headed to the House floor. H.R. 205, the Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act sponsored by U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa, Fla.) and Francis Rooney (R-Naples, Fla.), is now headed to the House floor thanks to their bipartisan leadership to unite the Florida congressio  more

Rep. Crist Issues Statement on Offshore Drilling Protections
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Florida, issued the following statement on the passage of an amendment, co-authored with Rep. Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, that would block oil and gas drilling off the coasts of Florida, including within the Eastern Gulf of Mexico: The amendment was added to the Interior Appropriations bill (H.R. 3055), passing the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 252-179. "Today's vote is a big, bipartisan win for the State of Florida - for our economy,  more

Rep. Demings: Central Florida Fatherhood Advocate to Testify Before Congress
ORLANDO, Florida, June 20 -- Rep. Val Demings, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today Haki Nkrumah, the Founder and President of Young Fathers of Central Florida, will participate in a Congressional Forum on Fatherhood. The Forum was organized by the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys. Mr. Nkrumah has been a fatherhood mentor for more than a decade, and has worked with the City of Orlando, Orange County government and other stakeholders. He was invited by Rep. Demings to sh  more

Rep. Deutch Issues Remarks at Iran Policy Hearing
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Florida, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Middle East, North Africa and International Terrorism, issued the following remarks at a hearing on the Trump administration's policy toward Iran with U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook: "Mr. Hook, thank you very much for testifying today. "This Committee has many questions related to U.S. policy toward Iran, and we welcome the opportunity to hear directly from the Administrati  more

Rep. Frankel Celebrates Funding Bill Package That Invests in Families
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Appropriations Committee member Representative Lois Frankel (FL-21) voted for the funding bill package that includes four appropriations bills for FY 2020: "I am proud to support this outstanding bill package that makes for the people investments to give every American a chance for a better life. It includes robust funding for hard-working families through child care programs, medical research, and v  more

Rep. Mast Introduces New Legislation Requiring Army Corps to Prioritize Public Health
STUART, Florida, June 17 -- Rep. Brian Mast, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Last Summer, Water Tested 62 Times More Toxic Than Safe For Human Contact * * * U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) today announced the introduction of new legislation requiring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize public health when making operational decisions regarding Florida's waterways. The PROTECT Florida Act (or the Prioritizing Revised Operations To Eliminate Cyanobacteria To  more

Rep. Mucarsel-Powell Issues Statement on Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Florida, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding opening an impeachment inquiry: "I did not run for office to impeach the President. I ran to lower health care costs, protect our communities from gun violence, and preserve our environment. While my constituents entrusted me to fight for them on these issues every day, they also entrusted me to represent them, protect their rights, and uphold the Co  more

Rep. Rutherford Recognizes Jacksonville City Councilman Gulliford
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. John Rutherford, R-Florida, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on June 18, recognizing Jacksonville City Councilman William Gulliford: I rise today to recognize City Councilman William Gulliford of Jacksonville, Florida, who is retiring after serving as Atlantic Beach Mayor, Atlantic Beach Commissioner, and President of the Jacksonville City Council. Today we honor Bill's outstanding public service to our community. Aside fr  more

Rep. Shalala Issues Statement on President Trump Announced Visit to Miami
MIAMI, Florida, June 17 -- Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Florida, issued the following statement ahead of President Trump's announced visit to Miami: "For months and to no avail, my colleagues and I in Congress have been calling on President Trump to address the political and humanitarian crises in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Haiti by granting and extending TPS. "We have also introduced bipartisan bills addressing the crises. "Now, the President is coming to South Florida - to the heart of the Venezue  more

Rep. Soto Honors 8 Central Florida Leaders for Pride Month
KISSIMMEE, Florida, June 17 -- Rep. Darren Soto, D-Florida, issued the following news release: In honor of Pride Month 2019, U.S. Congressman Darren Soto held a ceremony recognizing eight individuals in Central Florida for their accomplishments. The honorees' biographies were submitted into the Congressional Record and they received Congressional Certificates. "During Pride month, we celebrate and honor the progress we've made when it comes to LGBTQ equality. We also take this opportunity to r  more

Rep. Soto Honors Six Central Florida Leaders for Caribbean Heritage Month
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Darren Soto, D-Florida, issued the following news release: In honor of Caribbean Heritage Month 2019, U.S. Congressman Darren Soto held a ceremony recognizing six individuals in Central Florida for their accomplishments. The honorees' biographies were submitted into the Congressional Record and they received official Congressional Certificates. "Every June, we celebrate National Caribbean-American Heritage Month while paying tribute to the contributions and accompli  more

Rep. Soto Issues Statement on Departments of Labor, HHS, Education, Appropriations Act
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Darren Soto, D-Florida, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on June 19, on the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2740): I would like to acknowledge that Division C of H.R. 2740, the Defense Appropriations Act for FY 2020's Committee Report, H. Rept. 116-84, provided an additional $10 million general program increase in funding for the Industrial Base A  more

Rep. Soto Issues Statement on Facebook Cryptocurrency
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Darren Soto, D-Florida, co-chair of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus, issued the following statement after Facebook's announcement of Libra, a new cryptocurrency venture powered by Blockchain technology: "Facebook's new Libra blockchain project has the potential to be a big step forward towards a more global and inclusive financial infrastructure. We are encouraged by the possibility of increasing access to mobile and digital payments, which will ultimately benefi  more

Rep. Spano Issues Statement on House Passage of Amendment to FY2020 Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Ross Spano, R-Florida, issued the following statement on the House passage of his amendment to the fiscal 2020 Minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 3055): "Seasonal produce, and especially strawberries, is critical to my district. Every year our strawberry growers in Polk and Hillsborough Counties must compete with foreign countries who illegally subsidize this industry and then 'dump' cheap produce onto our market. "Floridians have seen how these illegal practices hav  more

Rep. Waltz Accepting Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program Applications
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) is seeking a wounded or disabled veteran for a two-year paid fellowship program in his Palm Coast district office location in Flagler County. The selected veteran for the special fellowship will work with military and veteran constituents to handle veteran-related casework and act as a facilitator between constituents and federal, state and local agencies. "Our veterans de  more

Rep. Webster Issues Statement on 'Irresponsible' Spending Bill
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Congressman Webster today released the following statement on why he is voting no on H.R. 2740, which funds the federal agencies that oversee Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State and Foreign Operations, Energy and Water Development and the Legislative Branch. "Democrats have chosen to spend like drunken sailors, while also refusing to provide funds for the humanitarian and security   more

Reps. Murphy, Shalala, Soto Secure $3 Million to Defend Democracy in Venezuela
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - House-passed amendment will enhance efforts to promote democracy and rule of law in the increasingly authoritarian country * * * The U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure authored by U.S. Reps. Stephanie Murphy, Donna Shalala, and Darren Soto, all from Florida, to defend democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela. The measure, which was included in a larger government funding bill p  more

Reps. Shalala, Houlahan, Cisneros and Moulton Introduce Bill to Protect Veterans' Education Benefits From Predatory For-Profits
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representatives Donna Shalala (D-FL), Seth Moulton (D-MA), Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), and Gil Cisneros (D-CA) introduced the Defending All Veterans in Education (DAVIE) Act of 2019. DAVIE closes the GI Bill loophole in federal law that allows for-profit colleges to take advantage of veterans and servicemembers. Currently, for-profit colleges must operate under a 90/10 rule that requires these sch  more

Reps. Yoho, Panetta Introduce Bipartisan Tax Bill in the House
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL) and House Committee on Ways and Means Member, Jimmy Panetta, (D-CA), introduced the Taxpayer Protection and Preparer Proficiency Act. This legislation allows the IRS to require minimum standards for paid tax preparers. This bill is a House companion to Senate bill - S. 1192, introduced by Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD). Wh  more

Resolution Commemorating 1994 Argentine Jewish Mutual Association Bombing Passes Foreign Affairs Committee
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously approved a resolution commemorating the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires and continue to demand justice and accountability for those responsible for the attack. This resolution was jointly introduced by Congressman Ted Deutch, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and Internati  more

Rooney Votes No On Irresponsible House Appropriations Bill That Drastically Exceeds Budget Caps
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Francis Rooney voted against a bloated appropriations bill, H.R. 2740, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Legislative Branch, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020. Congressman Rooney stated, "This appropriations package contains nearly $1 trillion in discretionary spending and is $176 billion above current spending c  more

Rubio Joins Colleagues in Seeking FARA Evaluation of Qatari-Owned Al Jazeera
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) yesterday joined Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Cornyn (R-TX), Todd Young (R-IN), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) in seeking information on any steps taken by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to determine whether Qatari-owned media company Al Jazeera should be registered as a foreign agent. In a letter to DOJ, the lawmakers note examples of Al Jazeera's activities t  more

Rubio Names Two Peas Cafe of LaBelle, FL as Senate Small Business of the Week
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: This week, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, named Two Peas Cafe of LaBelle, Florida as the U.S. Senate Small Business of the Week. Rubio released the following video message to congratulate Two Peas Cafe as the Senate Small Business of the Week. A broadcast quality version can be found here (https://lfts.senate.gov/seos/1000/mpd/ui03072  more

Rubio Welcomes New Sanctions Against Nicaraguan Government Officials
MIAMI, Florida, June 21 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today issued a statement after the U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions against four members of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's inner circle who continue to "persecute Nicaraguan citizens exercising their fundamental freedoms, enact repressive laws, silence news media, and deny medical care to the Nicaraguan people." Sanctioned individuals include Nicaraguan Na  more

Rubio, Colleagues Urge President Trump to Impose Additional Sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Mike Braun (R-IN), and John Cornyn (R-TX) sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to use authorities in the Rubio-coauthored Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act (Public Law 114-102) and the Rubio-authored Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments A  more

Rubio, Ernst Statement Following Hearing on the SBA Response to Catastrophic Flooding in the Midwest
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) chaired a Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship hearing titled, "Examining the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Office of Disaster Assistance and the Response to Recent Catastrophic Floods." The hearing looked into SBA's response to the recent flooding that has devastated communities across the Midwest and the country. SBA's Office of Disaster Assis  more

Rubio, Scott Highlight Tamiami Trail Project Investment in Miami
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement after Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) held an event highlighting the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) announcement that $60 million will be awarded to the State of Florida to raise the unbridged sections of the Tamiami Trail. Last January, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio wrote to Secretary Elaine Chao urging her to help identify available DO  more

Sen. Cotton: Senators Urge Administration to Impose Additional Sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota), Mike Braun (R-Indiana), and John Cornyn (R-Texas) sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to utilize the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act, imposing additional sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran. The full text of the   more

Sen. McConnell Discusses the Crisis at Southern Border on Fox & Friends
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joined Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" this morning to discuss the crisis at the border, stopping socialism, and Iran. See below for highlights or click here (https://senmcconnell.app.box.com/s/31c9aisqp8gnjo5k82hcrovjbwebvm31) to watch to the full interview. On addressing the humanitarian crisis at our southern border: "It's a rea  more

Sen. Rick Scott Co-Sponsors Bill to Support Victims of 9/11 Terrorist Attack
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Rick Scott announced his co-sponsorship of the Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act. This bipartisan legislation provides funding for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, which supports 9/11 survivors and first responders who have experienced health issues following the attack. Senator Rick Scott said, "I was in New York Ci  more

Sen. Rick Scott Highlights Tamiami Trail Project Investment in Miami
MIAMI, Florida, June 21 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Rick Scott visited Everglades Safari Park to highlight the U.S. Department of Transportation's $60 million investment to raise the unbridged sections of the Tamiami Trail. This announcement follows the letter (https://www.rickscott.senate.gov/sen-rick-scott-dot-secretary-chao-completion-tamiami-trail-vital-florida-everglades) Senator Scott sent in March to DOT Secretary Elaine Chao urging fu  more

Sen. Rick Scott to House Dems: Stop Stalling on Robocall Fix
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Senator Rick Scott released the following statement today calling on the House to pass the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act to combat abusive robocalls. This legislation was co-sponsored by Senator Scott and passed the Senate last month. Senator Rick Scott said, "Every day, Americans across the nation, especially our seniors, are inundated with abusive and potentially   more

Sen. Rick Scott's No Budget, No Pay Passes Out of Committee
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Senator Rick Scott's proposal to prevent Congress from getting paid during a government shutdown was successfully added to the Government Shutdown Accountability Act in today's Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting. Senator Scott originally co-sponsored the No Budget, No Pay Act with Senator Mike Braun in January. Senator Rick Scott said, "If members of Congress cannot work toget  more

Sen. Rick Scott: I'm Fighting to Give Floridians Every Opportunity to Succeed and Live Their Dreams
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: In case you missed it, Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed on his co-sponsorship of the DRIVE-Safe Act, which aims to alleviate the nation's truck driver shortage by creating a training program for young adults. In the op-ed, Senator Rick Scott wrote, "Right now, our trucking and logistics industry is facing a 50,000-driver shortage that threatens to stunt economic growth. Current federal regulations on interst  more

Sen. Rick Scott: The U.S. Stands With Those Fighting for Freedom in Venezuela
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Rick Scott spoke at the Atlantic Council on the genocide in Venezuela under Nicolas Maduro and Russia's continued support of Maduro's oppressive regime. Read his full remarks as prepared for delivery below. Good morning and thank you for being here today. Thank you to the Atlantic Council for hosting this event on such an important topic. The crisis in Venezuela is a crisis in America. It's a  more

Sen. Rubio Bill to Reform FEMA Advance Contracts Reported to Full Senate
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) applauded the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs' unanimous vote to report S. 979, the Federal Advance Contracts Enhancement (FACE) Act, to the full Senate. "I thank my colleagues for passing this important, bipartisan bill out of committee, and I look forward to its consideration before the full Senate," Rubio said. "The FACE Act will ensure t  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Riviera Beach, Florida, Ransomware Attack
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement regarding the ransomware attack on Riviera Beach, Florida, that paralyzed the city's computer systems and resulted in the city paying hackers nearly $600,000 to restore the network: "My office is in contact with the local government, the FBI, and Department of Homeland Security regarding the recent ransomware attack on Riviera Beach. "That taxpayers had to pay nearly $600,000 in ransom to cyber-criminals is unac  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Senate Confirmation of Winsor to Be Judge for Northern District of Florida
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Allen Winsor to serve as a federal district court judge for the Northern District of Florida: "For the fifth time this year, the Senate has confirmed a Florida federal district court judge to ensure our state's federal courts continue to function at the highest level. "Judge Winsor has served the State of Florida well since 2013, and I know he will continue that service in his new rol  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on State Department's 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement on the State Department's release of the 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report: "I welcome the release of the State Department's 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report. This report continues to shine light on whether or not foreign countries are combating human trafficking. In China, Saudi Arabia, and around the world, human trafficking remains one of the most urgent human rights challenges and also affects people in ou  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Supreme Court Decision on American Legion vs. American Humanist Association
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement applauding the Supreme Court's 7-2 decision in American Legion vs. American Humanist Association upholding that the 40-foot Peace Cross, a World War I memorial that has stood on public land in Bladensburg, Maryland, for nearly 100 years, does not violate the First Amendment: On July 27, 2018, Rubio, along with 109 of his colleagues in Congress, submitted an amicus brief expressing his support of the Peace Cross.   more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on U.S. Sanctions Against Russian Financial Institution
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement after the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control announced the imposition of sanctions against the Russian Financial Society, a Moscow-based foreign financial institution, for assisting the North Korean regime's efforts to evade U.S. sanctions and access the international financial system: "The Treasury Department's imposition of sanctions against the Russian Financial Society today reminds us tha  more

Sen. Rubio Names Two Peas Cafe of LaBelle, Florida as Senate Small Business of the Week
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following news release: This week, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, named Two Peas Cafe of LaBelle, Florida as the U.S. Senate Small Business of the Week. Rubio released the following video message to congratulate Two Peas Cafe as the Senate Small Business of the Week. A broadcast quality ve  more

Sen. Rubio Welcomes Boeing Space Headquarters to Florida's Space Coast
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) welcomed Boeing's announcement to move its Space and Launch division headquarters to Titusville on Florida's Space Coast. "Florida continues to be a leader in space exploration and development, serving as the United States gateway to the stars," Rubio said. "I welcome Boeing's decision to move their Space and Launch headquarters to the Sunshine State."  more

Sen. Rubio: Hearing on the Small Business Administration's Response to Midwest Flooding
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a tireless advocate for Iowans affected by the devastating floods, will be chairing a Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship hearing entitled "Examining the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Office of Disaster Assistance and the Response to Recent Catastrophic Floods." The hearing will focus on SBA's efforts to aid communities and businesses devastated by r  more

Sen. Scott Issues Statement on Confirmation of Florida Judge Winsor
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following statement after the Senate's confirmation of Judge Allen Winsor to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Florida: "I'm thrilled the Senate voted to confirm Allen Winsor to serve as a district judge in the Northern District. "Throughout his career, Judge Winsor has demonstrated a respect for the separation of powers and a devotion to the role of the judiciary in our democratic system. "As Governor, I  more

Sen. Scott Issues Statement on Confirmation of Florida Judge Winsor
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following statement following the Senate's confirmation of Allen Winsor to serve as a district judge for the Northern District of Florida: "I'm thrilled the Senate voted to confirm Allen Winsor to serve as a district judge in the Northern District. "Throughout his career, Judge Winsor has demonstrated a respect for the separation of powers and a devotion to the role of the judiciary in our democratic system. "As Governor, I had t  more

Senate Passes Rubio, Cornyn Resolution Recognizing End of Slavery's Juneteenth Day Anniversary
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: The U.S. Senate passed a resolution, introduced by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and John Cornyn (R-TX), designating June 19, 2019 as "Juneteenth Independence Day'' in recognition of June 19, 1865, the date in which news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the Southwest, and ended slavery in the United States. The full text of the resolution is below: Designating June 19, 2019, as ''Juneteenth Indep  more

U.S. House Approves Rep. Buchanan Measure to Stop the Slaughter of Endangered Lions, Elephants
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Lions Face Extinction As Habitat & Prey Shrink. Buchanan is Co-Chair of Animal Protection Caucus * * * The U.S. House Thursday approved Rep. Vern Buchanan's amendment to protect endangered African lions and elephants by banning the importation of their dead carcasses into the United States to be mounted as trophies. Buchanan's amendment passed the House by a vote of 239 to 192. "These magnificen  more

U.S. House Passes Buchanan Red Tide Amendment
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today the U.S. House passed Rep. Vern Buchanan's measure to study the impact of red tide on human health. Buchanan's amendment instructs the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to designate $6.25 million to research the long-term health effects of red tide and other Harmful Algal Blooms. The amendment now heads to the U.S. Senate as a part of a larger government funding package. "We are one step closer to  more

Yoho Statement on Protests in Hong Kong
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), Lead Republican for the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation, released the following statement regarding protests against extradition legislation in Hong Kong. "I hope Hong Kong's Chief Executive, Carrie Lam has heard the voices of the people and completely withdraws the unjust extradition bill proposed earlier this year. The bill would le  more