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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday July 28, 2019 ( 85 items )  

Buchanan, Suozzi Introduce Bill to Promote Charitable Donations
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation Creates New Employee Benefit: Flexible Giving Accounts. 2018 Donations At Lowest Levels Since Great Recession * * * U.S. Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and Tom Suozzi (D-NY) Thursday introduced bipartisan tax legislation to incentivize charitable giving throughout the United States. "Everyday Americans are the foundation of charitable giving across the country," Buchanan said. "This is a  more

Deutch to Mueller: No President Should Be Able to Escape Investigation by Abusing His Power
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Florida, issued the following news release: This morning, during the House Judiciary Committee hearing with former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), a senior member of the committee, pressed Mr. Mueller on the cases of obstruction of justice laid out in his report concerning President Trump directing his White House Counsel to fire Mr. Mueller. Congressman Deutch: "Director Mueller, you found evidence, as you lay out in yo  more

Frankel Introduces Bill to Bring Transparency to Temporary Worker Visa Programs
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Representatives Lois Frankel (D-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) and U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today introduced the bipartisan Visa Transparency Anti-Trafficking Act. The bill seeks to prevent human trafficking by bringing more openness to the foreign temporary worker visa process. Millions of foreign individuals are authorized to work in the United States every year on tempo  more

Frankel, Castor Introduce Bill to Fight for Equal Pay in U.S. National Sports
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Florida, issued the following news release: On the heels of the women's national soccer team's fourth FIFA World Cup title, Representatives Lois Frankel (FL-21) and Kathy Castor (FL-14) are introducing the Athletics Fair Pay Act, which would require equal pay and compensation for all Olympic and amateur athletes. This bill recognizes that female athletes deserve equal pay for doing the same work. It was introduced in the Senate by Senators Dianne Fein  more

Frankel, Houlahan Amendment Enhancing Women's Roles in Countering Violent Extremism Passes the House
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Amendment included in the Intelligence Authorization Act * * * Today, an amendment introduced by Representatives Lois Frankel (FL-21) and Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06) ensuring the U.S. government accounts for women's unique roles as preventers, participants and victims of violent extremism passed in the House as part of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. The amendment requires t  more

GAO Issues Report on Rail Transit
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on factors affecting the costs to build transit projects. The report (GAO-19-562) is titled "Rail Transit: Federal Transit Administration Could Improve Information on Estimating Project Costs". The report was sent to Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies, Rep  more

House Passes Buchanan-Backed Bill to Silence Robocalls
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, issued the following news release: The U.S. House today passed legislation co-sponsored by Rep. Vern Buchanan to crack down on illegal robocalls that victimize millions of Americans each year. The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act would toughen penalties and require telecom service providers to adopt call authentication technology. Earlier this year the U.S. Senate passed similar legislation called the TRACED Act, also co-sponsored by Buchanan, to  more

House Passes Deutch Bill to Strengthen U.S.-Israel Ties
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the "United States-Israel Cooperation Enhancement and Regional Security Act," legislation introduced by Chairman Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Ranking Member Joe Wilson (R-SC). The United States-Israel Cooperation Enhancement and Regional Security Act would expand and enhance the US-Israel relationship, provide justice to victims of Palestinian terror, and a  more

House Passes Murphy-Sponsored Bill to Stop Robocalls and Protect Consumers
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill would direct the FCC to enact stronger protections against harassing unwanted phone calls * * * The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation cosponsored by U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla. that will protect consumers by seeking to end unwanted robocalls. The Murphy-sponsored Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, H.R. 3375, would direct the F  more

House Passes Murphy-Sponsored Resolution Opposing Global Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan measure also expresses support for two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict * * * Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed on a 398-17 vote a bipartisan resolution, H. Res. 246, cosponsored by U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., opposing the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (BDS) that targets the State of Israel, a strong   more

Mast Bill To Sanction Hamas Passes House of Representatives
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Brian Mast, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressmen Brian Mast (FL-18)'s Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act today passed the House of Representatives. The bipartisan bill, which passed out of the Foreign Affairs Committee last week, imposes sanctions on foreign persons, agencies and governments that assist Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad or their affiliates. Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad are foreign terro  more

Mast Joins Bipartisan Group to Handwash Vietnam Veterans Memorial
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Brian Mast, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) today joined a bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives to wash the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by hand to show respect and gratitude for Vietnam veterans. The gathering was a symbol of gratitude for the fallen and a unifying exercise on the last day of session before the district work period, which begins July 29. "The brave men and women who selflessly served in Vietnam end  more

Mucarsel-Powell Lauds Bipartisan Reauthorization of Coast Guard, Tackles Backlog of Shore Infrastructure Maintenance
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, lauded passage of bipartisan legislation (H.R. 3409) to reauthorize, strengthen, and support the U.S. Coast Guard in its critical missions to save lives, safeguard our shores, protect living marine resources, and help ensure a 21st century maritime transportation system. H.R. 3409 includes the  more

NFIB, SBIA, ASBDC & NAFEO Praise Rubio's Reauthorization of the Small Business Act
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, praised letters from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA), America's Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC), and the National Association for Equal Opportunity (NAFEO) supporting Rubio's bipartisan effort to comprehensively reauthorize the  more

Rep. Bilirakis's Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Fry Eligibility Passes the House of Representatives
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Congressman Bilirakis is proud to announce passage of his bill to extend eligibility for the Fry Scholarship to spouses and children of members of the National Guard and Reserve who died of service-connected causes but whose deaths did not occur when the member was on active duty. The Fry Scholarship provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the children and surviving spouses of servicemembers who died in t  more

Rep. Buchanan, Health Experts Discuss Long-term Effects of Red Tide
SARASOTA, Florida, July 22 -- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Congressman's Measure Secures Critical Research Funding.Prolonged Exposure to Neurotoxins Needs Further Study, Experts Say * * * Medical specialists and researchers today expressed strong support for Congressman Vern Buchanan's measure to study the long-term impact of red tide on human health. At a press conference at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, the group praised a Buchanan amendment pass  more

Rep. Buchanan-Backed Bill To Prevent Horse Abuse Passes U.S. House
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, issued the following news release: The U.S. House today passed legislation co-sponsored by Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL) to prevent the practice of deliberately and permanently maiming a horse's foot, ankle or leg in order to make them perform better at horse shows and competitions. "The practice of horse "soring" is nothing less than animal torture," Buchanan said upon passage of The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act. "We need to en  more

Rep. Castor Issues Statement on Plans to Cut Carbon Pollution to Net-Zero by 2050
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Florida, chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, issued the following statement on plans to cut carbon pollution to net-zero by 2050: Reps. Frank Pallone, Paul Tonko and Bobby Rush announced plans to dramatically cut carbon pollution to net-zero by 2050 today. "A 100 percent clean energy economy is the central pillar for any serious climate plan and it's a goal we share. "This is the kind of climate action we are working to deliv  more

Rep. Castor Recognizes Hillsborough Community College for Its 50th Anniversary
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Florida, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on July 23, recognizing Hillsborough Community College for its 50th anniversary: I rise today to recognize Hillsborough Community College (HCC) for its 50th anniversary. Since 1968, Hillsborough Community College has provided the people of the Tampa Bay community with an affordable and quality education. Ever since holding its first classes at Hillsborough High Scho  more

Rep. Castor: House Democrats Recap Climate Action in the First 200 Days of Congress
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Florida, chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, issued the following news release: House Democrats today recapped climate policies they've worked on in Congress's first 200 days. "This is just the start of climate action in this Congress," said Rep. Kathy Castor (FL-14), chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. "Americans overwhelmingly support climate action and we're going to deliver." Please see a summary bel  more

Rep. Clark Issues Statement on Labor Secretary Acosta's Resignation
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Massachusetts, issued the following statement on the resignation of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta: "Secretary Acosta's resignation is a step toward justice for the girls assaulted by Jeffrey Epstein and is good for working people and children across the United States who rely on the Department of Labor to protect their rights. "Alexander Acosta's career has been defined by preferential treatment for the powerful over the people. "As Attorney G  more

Rep. Crist Issues Statement on House Passage of Bipartisan Budget Act
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Florida, issued the following statement on House passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act (H.R. 3877): The bill, which passed the House by a vote of 284-149, will protect the full faith and credit of the U.S. government and provide robust investment in our national security, infrastructure, education, and health care for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. "Today, the House of Representatives put partisanship aside to do the right thing For The People. Although  more

Rep. Crist Issues Statement on House Passage of Venezuela Temporary Protected Status Act
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Florida, issued the following statement on House passage of the Venezuela Temporary Protected Status Act (H.R. 549): The legislation, which passed the House by a vote of 272-158, would extend Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelan nationals living in America, allowing them to work and travel. In recent years, 4 million Venezuelans have fled the country to escape political violence and a burgeoning humanitarian crisis. On Tuesday, House Republicans   more

Rep. Crist Issues Statement on Spam Calls Task Force Act
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Florida, issued the following statement on passage of his Spam Calls Task Force Act (H.R. 721), which was included in House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone's Stopping Bad Robocalls Act (H.R. 3375): The bipartisan legislation, which passed the House by a vote of 429-3, tackles the onslaught of spam calls Americans receive on a daily basis - over 26 billion in 2018. "Floridians are being inundated with spam calls. "And I feel their pain,   more

Rep. Crist Issues Statement on Venezuela Temporary Protected Status Act
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Florida, issued the following statement on the Venezuela Temporary Protected Status Act (H.R. 549): The legislation, which was voted down tonight by House Republicans, would have extended Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelan nationals living in America, allowing them to work and travel. In recent years, 4 million Venezuelans have fled the country to escape political violence and a burgeoning humanitarian crisis. "The Venezuelan people are suffer  more

Rep. Demings: Mueller's Testimony Confirms President Trump Violated the Law
ORLANDO, Florida, July 24 -- Rep. Val Demings, D-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Director Mueller's Testimony Confirms that Congress Must Hold the President Accountable * * * Today, Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), a member of both committees, questioned Mr. Mueller on the findings of his report into Russia's attack on the 2016 election and Pres  more

Rep. Demings: New Court Filings to Hold President Trump Accountable
ORLANDO, Florida, July 26 -- Rep. Val Demings, D-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - New Legal Actions Reference Possibility of Impeachment * * * Today, Rep. Demings and other members of the House Judiciary Committee announced two new legal actions to secure evidence and witness testimony related to President Trump's corruption, abuse of power, and obstruction of justice. These new court papers make clear that this is an impeachment investigation to determine whether article  more

Rep. Diaz-Balart Issues Statement on Situation in Venezuela
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Florida, issued the following statement after members of the House voted against stating that Venezuela's economic, humanitarian, security, and refugee crisis is the direct result of years of socialist policies implemented by the regimes of former President Hugo Chavez and President Nicolas Maduro: "It's shocking that today, apologists of the socialist Chavez-Maduro regime failed to acknowledge the source of the problem in Venezuela, which is th  more

Rep. Diaz-Balart Issues Statement on Votes to Pass Temporary Protected Status Act
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Florida, issued the following statement after the House failed to gather the necessary votes to pass Venezuela Temporary Protected Status Act under suspension of the rules: "I am disappointed that the House failed to muster the supermajority needed to pass the Venezuela TPS Act under suspension of the rules. Temporary Protected Status is crucial to the thousands of Venezuelan nationals that have sought safety in the United States in the years th  more

Rep. Frankel: Democratic Women's Caucus Leadership Introduce the Even Playing Field Act of 2019
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Co-Chairs of the Democratic Women's Caucus (DWC), Congresswomen Jackie Speier (CA-14), Lois Frankel (FL-21), Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14), and DWC Vice Chairs, Congresswomen Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Deb Haaland (NM-01), introduced the Even Playing Field Act of 2019 today with 28 cosponsors to ensure equal pay, investment, and working conditions for amateur athletes and other team personnel. Senator Feinste  more

Rep. Gaetz Issues Statement on House Budget Deal
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, issued the following statement after his voting against the House budget deal: "Earlier today, the House passed a budget deal brokered by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Instead of exhibiting fiscal restraint, Speaker Pelosi's budget is a wish list for Democrat priorities and wasteful spending. "If the budget is a roadmap for the American people, then Speaker Pelosi is driving us into spending oblivion. We cannot allow this. "I encourage President T  more

Rep. Luca: Francis Rooney Joins House Science Committee
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Oklahoma, ranking Republican member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, issued the following news release: House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas welcomed Congressman Francis Rooney of Florida to the Committee. "I'm proud to welcome Representative Francis Rooney to the Science Committee," said Ranking Member Frank Lucas. "Mr. Rooney has been an advocate in Congress for the environmental and energy i  more

Rep. Mast Bill To Combat Harmful Algal Blooms Advances
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Brian Mast, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18)'s South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act passed the House Science, Space and Technology Committee on Wednesday. The bipartisan bill amends existing federal law aimed at combatting harmful algal blooms to require the first-ever specific federal assessment and action plan to reduce harmful algal blooms in Florida. "Since introducing this bill, we have made great progress towa  more

Rep. Matt Gaetz Grills Robert Mueller at House Judiciary Committee Hearing
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, in the House Judiciary Committee Hearing, Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) grilled Special Counsel Robert Mueller about his 22-month investigation and subsequent report. Congressman Gaetz asked about the origins of Mr. Mueller's investigation, as well as several notable omissions from the report. Despite Mr. Mueller's mandate to investigate "the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presid  more

Rep. Posey Applauds DOT Grant Award to Replace Aging Indian River Bridge
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Bill Posey, R-Florida, issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a $90 Million INFRA Grant to replace the aging Indian River Bridge which is necessary for our growing industry to access the Space Center. The existing Indian River Bridge is near the end of its service life and very soon will not be able to carry space-bound or returning freight. "If we want to continue to conduct launches, grow our space industry and support   more

Rep. Posey's Statement on Border Security
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Bill Posey, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Congressman Bill Posey (R-Rockledge) released the following statement concerning the need to address the crisis at the border: "I am pleased to see the House finally recognize the crisis at our southern border. However, the legislation put forward (H.R. 3401) fails to address the root of the problem. The bill under-funds our border patrol by denying overworked agents much needed overtime pay, supplies no fund  more

Rep. Shalala Issues Statement on Failure to Pass Venezuelan Temporary Protected Status Bill
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Florida, issued the following statement in response to House failing to pass a bill under suspension of the rules that would grant temporary protected status to Venezuelans currently residing in the U.S.: "For years, we have watched as the Chavez and Maduro regimes have transformed Venezuela from one of Latin America's most prosperous countries into a kleptocracy run by gangsters and thugs. "While I am disappointed we were unable to pass this criti  more

Rep. Shalala Leads House in Passing Bill Granting TPS to Venezuelans
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Rep. Donna Shalala (FL-27) and her colleagues in Florida's Democratic congressional delegation led the House of Representatives in passing H.R. 549, the Venezuela TPS Act of 2019, a bill that will grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Venezuelans currently in the United States: "Today, Venezuela is the site of the hemisphere's largest economic, political, and humanitarian crisis. Millions of peo  more

Rep. Soto: Venezuela TPS Act Passes U.S. House of Representatives
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Darren Soto, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 549, the Venezuela TPS Act of 2019, authored by Reps. Darren Soto (FL-09) and Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), with support from every House Democrat and 39 Republicans. The legislation designates Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), protecting approximately 200,000 Venezuelan nationals in the United States from deportation. "Today's historic passage   more

Rep. Spano Issues Statement on Bipartisan Budget Act
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Ross Spano, R-Florida, issued the following statement after voting against the Bipartisan Budget Act: "As I have crossed the district, my constituents routinely voice concern about our escalating national debt and why Congress does not make the hard choices necessary to deal with the problem. "Hardworking American families are forced to balance their checkbook every month, and they wonder why Washington doesn't have to do the same. I share these concerns, and this i  more

Rep. Steube Issues Statement on Budget Agreement
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. W. Greg Steube, R-Florida, issued the following statement on the proposed budget agreement: "I cannot in good conscience vote for a budget proposal that would add over $300 billion in new spending with zero offsets. "For too long we have kicked the can down the road when it comes to our ever-growing national debt, and though I am pleased by the reversal of the sequester that would try to balance the budget on the backs of our military, this bill simply spends too m  more

Rep. Waltz Amendment to Improve Indian River Lagoon Waterways Passes Unanimously
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Florida, issued the following news release: On Wednesday, the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee unanimously passed an amendment from Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) to protect Florida's waterways and include the Indian River Lagoon as part of the South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act, a bill sponsored by Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.) in the House and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in the Senate. "As Floridians, water is integral to our way of li  more

Rep. Waltz Recognizes Career of Ambassador Smoak
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Florida, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on July 23, recognizing the service and career of Ambassador Marion H. Smoak: I rise today to recognize the service and career of Ambassador Marion H. Smoak as he celebrates his 103rd birthday. Ambassador Smoak has dedicated many years to public service and embodies the principles of a true servant leader. Ambassador Smoak earned a bachelor's in English and History  more

Rep. Waltz: Iran Continuing to Escalate Tensions to Divert Attention From Crashing Economy
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Florida, issued the following news release: On Monday, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) addressed Iranian claims of arresting 17 alleged Central Intelligence Agency spies and sentencing some to death with Fox News' Harris Faulkner. The allegations, Waltz said, were yet another indication the U.S.' maximum pressure campaign is working - and another example of Iran lashing out to distract from its crashing economy. "This [allegation] is another play o  more

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Issues Statement After House Passed Extending Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelan Nationals
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, issued the following statement after the House vote to pass the extending Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelan nationals (H.R. 549): "After months of inaction from the President, House Democrats stepped into the void and extended life-saving protections to Venezuelans who have fled starvation, violence, and persecution. "The Maduro regime has perpetuated egregious human rights abuses and inflicted an economic and humanitarian  more

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Issues Statement on Venezuela Temporary Protected Status Act
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, issued the following statement after House Republicans voted against the Venezuela Temporary Protected Status Act: "I am profoundly disappointed at the lack of bipartisan support for urgently needed protections for Venezuelans who have fled starvation, violence, and persecution. Today we should have been celebrating the passage of Temporary Protected Status for Venezuelans and urging the Senate to take this bill up immediately. "  more

Rep. Webster Issues Statement on Bipartisan Budget Act
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Florida, issued the following statement on why he voted against the Bipartisan Budget Act (H.R. 3877): "I will not go back on my pledge to work to stop of spigot of spending. I cannot support a budget that massively expands spending and puts another nail in the coffin of the Budget Control Act of 2011. "Hardworking taxpayers make tough spending decisions to stay within their budget. They expect their representatives will do the same. I have support  more

Rep. Yoho Announces $1.4 Million Hazard Mitigation Grant For Putnam County
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Rep. Ted Yoho announced an additional $1,467,134 for Putnam County for drainage improvement projects. According to FEMA, this grant will fund Phase 1 of the Putnam County drainage improvement project along St. Johns Avenue in Palatka, Florida. It includes, but is not limited to surveying, engineering, designing, plans preparation, permitting and bidding for the proposed project. Upon completion of Phase I the s  more

Rep. Yoho Applauds HUD and State Investments in Rural Communities
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Congressman Ted Yoho applauded Governor DeSantis's announcement of more than $16.2 million for rural infrastructure today, noting that $2 million would be heading for Florida's 3rd Congressional district. The City of Archer is to receive $650,000 which to provide low- to moderate-income households with necessary housing repairs or construction of a portion of the home. Putnam County received $750,000 to rehabil  more

Rep. Yoho's Bipartisan PAST Act Passes the House
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings Memorial Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 693 passed out of the United States House of Representatives. It was introduced by Reps. Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR); both veterinarians and co-chairs of the Veterinary Medicine Caucus. The bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and had 307 cosponsors. Soring is the practice of intentionally inj  more

Reps. Diaz-Valart, Soto Issue Statements on House Passage of Bipartisian Venezuela Temporary Protected Status Act
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Florida, and Rep. Darren Soto, D-Florida, issued the following statements after the House passed the bipartisan Venezuela Temporary Protected Status Act on a 272-158 vote: Rep. Diaz-Balart: "Today, the House of Representatives was able to gather the strong, bipartisan support needed to pass the Venezuela TPS Act of 2019. Today's vote was an important victory toward the goal of ensuring that Venezuelan nationals who have fled the oppressive Maduro  more

Reps. Soto, Diaz-Balart Issue Statements on Venezuela TPS Act
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Reps. Darren Soto, D-Florida, and Mario Diaz-Balart, D-Florida, issued the following statements after the House failed to pass the Venezuela Temporary Protected Status Act (H.R. 549): Stated Rep. Darren Soto: "We are deeply disappointed over the apathy shown towards struggling Venezuelans, but we stand firm that our fight is far from over. Despite the House's inability to garner a supermajority today, we urge House Leadership to bring this bill to a full vote under a stru  more

Reps. Yoho, Cummings Introduce Legislation to Safeguard Student Veterans
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Congressman Ted Yoho (FL-03) and Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07) introduced the Safeguarding Student Veterans Act to protect student veterans using the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The bipartisan legislation protects student veterans from troubled schools, including those operating for-profit, by increasing coordination between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Education. The bill requires th  more

Rubio Applauds DOT Announcement for Critical Cape Canaveral Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) announcement to award Space Florida $90 million for a Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant to replace the Cape Canaveral Spaceport Indian River Bridge with new, twin high-level bridges. The bridge provides a critical link between Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, and State   more

Rubio Applauds Senate Vote to Make Permanent the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) applauded the Senate's overwhelming vote to pass the Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act (H.R. 1327), which ensures benefits are provided to victims and survivors of 9/11. Rubio is a cosponsor of the Senate companion bill (S.546) and released a video message on th  more

Rubio Introduces Legislation to Reduce Maintenance Backlog for Critical Coast Guard Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Security, introduced the Coast Guard Shore Infrastructure Improvement Act (S. 2212), which seeks to implement recommendations from a recent Government Accountability Office report for the U.S. Coast Guard to reduce and better manage the maintenance backlog for its vast and aging shore infrastructur  more

Rubio Postpones Markup of Small Business Act Reauthorization
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, postponed the previously scheduled business meeting to consider the SBA Reauthorization and Improvement Act of 2019, the bipartisan product of the committee's work to comprehensively reauthorize the Small Business Act for the first time in nearly two decades. "Legislating requires compromise, but it is n  more

Rubio Praises New Sanctions on Maduro Allies for Laundering Millions From Venezuelan Food Aid Program
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- 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 announced new sanctions against members of a corruption network illegally enriching themselves through the Venezuelan regime's food subsidy known as the Local Committees for Supply and Production (Los Comites Locales de Abastecimiento y Produccion or CLAP). The new sanctions target Alex Nain Saab Moran, Alvaro Enrique   more

Rubio Reauthorization of the Small Business Act Receives Support From Small Business and Advocacy Groups
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, praised letters from the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBEC), Operation New Hope, the National Association of Development Companies (NADCO), Saber Technology Solutions, EA Engineering Science and Technology Inc., PBC. (EA), and Pinellas Ex Offender Re Entry Coalition supporting the bipartisan  more

Rubio Urges Acting DHS Secretary to Grant TPS Designation for Haiti
MIAMI, Florida, July 22 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent a letter to the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) urging him to grant a new 18-month Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti. In his letter, Rubio highlights that "[s]ince 2010, the United States has designated Haiti for TPS, recognizing the island country's perilous conditions as a result of a historic 7.0 magnitude ea  more

Rubio, Harris, Booker Introduce Legislation to Establish Commission Devoted to Uplifting Black Communities
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced legislation to establish the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys. The Commission would be housed within the United States Commission on Civil Rights' Office and would recommend policies to improve current government programs. U.S. Representative Frederica Wilson (D-FL) introduced companion legislation (  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Floor Remarks on Nomination of FAA Administrator, Two Federal Court Judges
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following floor remarks regarding nomination of Stephen M. Dickson of Georgia to lead the Federal Aviation Administration and Wendy Williams Berger and Brian Buescher as district court judges: "First, the Senate will confirm several more impressive nominees. We're currently considering Stephen M. Dickson of Georgia to lead the Federal Aviation Administration. After him, we'll turn our attention to two district  more

Sen. Rick Scott Attends Grand Opening of OneWeb's New Manufacturing Facility in Merritt Island
MERRITT ISLAND, Florida, July 22 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Rick Scott attended the grand opening of OneWeb Satellite's new manufacturing facility in Merritt Island. This new facility will create 250 new jobs on Florida's Space Coast and support the creation of 3,000 indirect jobs. Read more from OneWeb HERE (https://www.oneweb.world/media-center/oneweb-satellites-and-partners-oneweb-and-airbus-transform-space-industry-with-worlds-first-hi  more

Sen. Rick Scott Introduces PRIME Act to Promote Transparency by Online Retailers
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Rick Scott introduced the Promoting Responsibility In Markets and E-Retailers (PRIME) Act of 2019 to require online retailers to list the country of origin for each product they sell. Following recent privacy concerns surrounding a popular Russia-based app, the bill also requires digital apps to disclose their country of origin. Senator Rick Scott said, "We have to get serious about where our m  more

Sen. Rick Scott Introduces Resolution to Condemn Turkey's Dealings With Russia
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: In case you missed it, Senator Rick Scott and Senator Todd Young introduced a resolution to condemn Turkey's continued dealings with Russia. The resolution calls for sanctions against Turkey for purchasing the S-400 air and missile defense system from the Russian Federation and questions Turkey's membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Read more below. Wall Street Journal: Lawmakers Pres  more

Sen. Rick Scott Sponsors Student Empowerment Act to Expand School Choice
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Rick Scott announced his co-sponsorship of the Student Empowerment Act to allow all students - including public, private, religious, and homeschool students - to use tax-exempt distributions from qualified tuition programs (known as 529 plans) to cover eligible educational expenses, including books, tutoring, and testing fees. Senator Rick Scott said, "During my time as Governor of Florida, I w  more

Sen. Rick Scott: Florida School Districts are Failing Students by Failing to Enact Safety Measures
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Following a recent report on some Florida school districts refusing to enact safety measures Senator Rick Scott signed into law after the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Senator Scott sent a letter to school district leadership demanding action to keep schools safe. See the full letter below or HERE. Senator Scott and Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri discussed the failure of thes  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions Movement
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement calling on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take actions to oppose the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement and its discriminatory conduct: For the third time this year, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on a symbolic resolution opposing the BDS movement, but Pelosi refuses to move substantive legislation that would actually support Israel, the United States' most important ally in the Middle East   more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Berger Confirmation as District Court Judge for Middle District of Florida
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Wendy Williams Berger to serve as a federal district court judge for the Middle District of Florida: "Florida's federal courts play an important role in our nation's judicial system and the Sunshine State continues to benefit from the Senate's record pace of confirming nominees. "I applaud my colleagues for confirming Judge Berger - the eighth Florida nominee to be confirmed since 20  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Intel Committee Election Security Findings in Russia Report
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement regarding the Senate Intelligence Committee's report titled "Russian Efforts Against Election Infrastructure," the first volume in the Committee's bipartisan investigation into Russia's attempts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. elections: Rubio also released a video message on the report. A broadcast quality version is available here (https://www.intelligence.senate.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Report_Volume1  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Puerto Rico Gov. Rossello's Resignation
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement after Ricardo Rossello resigned as Governor of Puerto Rico: Puerto Ricans have been demanding for Rossello's resignation due to a corruption scandal in his administration. "Ricardo Rossello's resignation is an opportunity for Puerto Rico to emerge from this nightmare. "Now, we must turn the page and recommit to working on behalf of Puerto Ricans to ensure the people on the island do not suffer the consequence  more

Sen. Rubio Postpones Markup of Small Business Act Reauthorization
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, postponed the previously scheduled business meeting to consider the SBA Reauthorization and Improvement Act of 2019, the bipartisan product of the committee's work to comprehensively reauthorize the Small Business Act for the first time  more

Sen. Rubio Urges Secretary of Defense to Delay DOD Jedi Cloud Award
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged Defense Secretary Mark Esper to direct the Department of Defense (DoD) to delay awarding the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract until the Inspector General (IG) completes its investigation into conflict of interests surrounding the procurement process. The JEDI cloud contract is one of many steps the DoD is taking to modernize and enhance  more

Sen. Scott Issues Statement on Esper Confirmation as Defense Secretary
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following statement on Senate confirmation of Mark Esper as Secretary of Defense: "I was proud to support Mark Esper's confirmation as Secretary of Defense today. Secretary Esper's years of dedicated service to this country have prepared him to lead in this role, and I am confident he will continue to serve our nation well. "I look forward to working with him to keep American families safe. "Now, we need to make sure he has the r  more

Sen. Scott Issues Statement on Puerto Rico Gov. Rossello's Resignation
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following statement after the announcement of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello's resignation: "My focus is on the families of Puerto Rico. I vowed to be their voice in the United States Senate and that will never change. I'm glad Governor Rossello finally made the decision to resign. The conduct from the island's leadership has been unacceptable. "Today, Puerto Rico has the opportunity to move forward with new leadership. "My ho  more

Senate Small Business Committee Issues Testimony From Gordon Nelson & Associates
MERRITT ISLAND, Florida, July 19 -- The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee issued the following testimony by Gordon L. Nelson, principal at Gordon Nelson and Associates, at a field hearing entitled "Moon Landings to Mars Exploration: The Role of Small Business Innovation in America's Space Program": "I appreciate this opportunity to provide comments on "The Role of Small Business Innovation in America's Space Program." My comments are based upon my experience on a NASA STTR wh  more

Senate Small Business Committee Issues Testimony From NASA Kennedy Space Center
MERRITT ISLAND, Florida, July 19 -- The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee issued the following testimony by Robert Cabana, director of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, at a field hearing entitled "Moon Landings to Mars Exploration: The Role of Small Business Innovation in America's Space Program": "Thank you for the opportunity to appear today to discuss Kennedy Space Center's partnerships with the business community, especially small businesses, as we enter a new period of space  more

Senate Small Business Committee Issues Testimony From NASA Program Executive Gustetic
MERRITT ISLAND, Florida, July 19 -- The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee issued the following testimony by Jenn Gustetic, program executive for the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Program Management Office at NASA, at a field hearing entitled "Moon Landings to Mars Exploration: The Role of Small Business Innovation in America's Space Program": "Thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the incredible impact that American small   more

Senate Small Business Committee Issues Testimony Made in Space
MERRITT ISLAND, Florida, July 19 -- The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee issued the following testimony by Andrew Rush, CEO of Made in Space, at a field hearing entitled "Moon Landings to Mars Exploration: The Role of Small Business Innovation in America's Space Program": "Fifty years ago, American innovation put American boots on the Moon for the first time. American innovation in space, driven by emerging companies like Made In Space, is alive and kicking today. We and our  more

Waltz Leads Bipartisan Group of Veterans to Handwash Vietnam Veterans Memorial
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Florida, issued the following news release: On Friday, Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) led a bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives to wash the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by hand to show respect and gratitude for Vietnam veterans. The gathering was a symbol of gratitude for the fallen and a unifying exercise on the last day of session before the district work period, which begins July 29. "The ethos of servant leadership transcends party lines and I'm  more

Wasserman Schultz Introduces HOMESTEAD Act to Ensure Robust Oversight of Migrant Detention Facilities
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Tens of thousands of migrants are detained every day in government-run and for-profit facilities run by contractors. Congress must have unrestricted access to these facilities to ensure that migrants - many of whom are children - detained in these prison-like facilities are being treated in a humane, just and legal manner. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) introduced legislation this wee  more

Wasserman Schultz, Brooks Introduce EARLY Act to Reauthorize Breast Cancer Awareness Funding
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, issued the following news release: This week, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) and Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (IN-05) introduced legislation (H.R. 4078) to reauthorize and increase funding for the Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act (EARLY) Act. The earlier that cancer cases are identified, the better the chances are of surviving and overcoming this life devastating health challenge.  more

Wasserman Schultz, Thompson Write Trump on Lack of Election Security Leadership in Run-up to 2020 Election
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter (https://homeland.house.gov/download/trumpwhelectionletter) to President Trump on the White House's lack of election security leadership. Letter excerpts: "To the best of our knowledge, you have not designated any individual at the White House to coordinate inte  more

Welch, Bilirakis, Frankel Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Stop Online Booking Scams
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill Introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Daines, Klobuchar * * * Members of Congress led by Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL), Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), and Rep. Lois Frankel (FL-21) today introduced bipartisan legislation to protect consumers from online booking scams. "Vermont has world-class resort destinations and hotels that are key contributors to our economic growth. Skiers, hikers, hunters  more

WTAS: Rubio Reauthorization of the Small Business Act Receives Support From Small Businesses and Advocacy Groups
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, praised letters from the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBEC), Operation New Hope, the National Association of Development Companies (NADCO), Saber Technology Solutions, EA Engineering Science and Technology Inc., PBC. (EA),  more