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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday August 04, 2019 ( 48 items )  

Congressman Rooney Introduces Bill to Stop Government Employees From Getting Paid Taxpayer Dollars for Union Activity
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Last week, Congressman Rooney introduced the Do Your Job Act to end official time, an abusive practice where government employees use paid time off to perform union duties. Congressman Rooney stated, "Union official time is a taxpayer funded subsidy that cost hard-working Americans at least $162.5 million in 2014. Unions and federal agencies never report exactly how many federal workers are being granted   more

Congressman Ted Yoho Announces Additional $12 Million in FEMA Grants for Ocala, Marion, Clay County
GAINESVILLE, Florida, July 31 -- Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), applauded today's announcement that Marion County will receive more than $10.2 million in debris removal reimbursement stemming from Hurricane Irma. In Clay County, FEMA awarded more than $1.9 million for debris removal reimbursement and in Ocala, more than $1.6 million will be distributed for additional debris removal. The announcement marks more than $26 million in FE  more

Gottheimer Announces ALYSSA Act - New Bipartisan Nationwide School Safety Legislation
WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey, July 30 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Stands with Alhadeff family to announce new law - Will require silent panic alarms in all public schools & increase access to School Resource Officers * * * U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) stood with the parents of Alyssa Alhadeff, who lost her life in the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018, to announce the Alyssa's L  more

Hassan-Backed Bill to Support First Responders Heads to President's Desk
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: Today the United States Senate passed the Hawley-Hartzler National Urban Search and Rescue Parity Act to support first responders. The bill is a response to a misguided policy that currently bars federal employees from assisting with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) efforts. Among the 28 US&R task forces nationwide is Missouri Task Force 1, which has off  more

Meng, Frankel Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Fight Against Gender-Based Violence
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, introduced legislation that would help improve U.S. efforts to combat gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies across the globe. She was proud to introduce the bipartisan bill with Reps. Chris Stewart (R-UT), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), and Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA). The   more

Rep. Buchanan Applauds Issues Statement on Passage of Bills to Support Israel
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, issued the following statement: * * * - Three Bills Buchanan Co-Sponsored Pass U.S. House. BDS Movement a Threat to Jewish State * * * Congressman Vern Buchanan today applauded passage of three bills he co-sponsored in support of Israel, including one denouncing the insidious BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign against the Jewish State. "As Israel continues to confront threats to its very existence, it is important now more   more

Rep. Buchanan Promotes Bill to Protect Wildlife in Fla, Elsewhere
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Florida Manatee & Panther Would Benefit from Wildlife Corridors. One Million Species Face Extinction Worldwide * * * U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) hosted a briefing with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) on their bipartisan bill to help prevent habitat loss for America's fish, wildlife and plant species - a leading cause of species decline and extinction. The Wildlife Corridor  more

Rep. Dunn Disaster Recovery Bill Gives Tax Credits to Homebuyers
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Florida, issued the following news release: In a move to aid in rebuilding communities devastated by disasters, Congressman Neal Dunn (FL-02) introduced H.R. 3790, the Residential Recovery Zone Act. The bill focuses on addressing a pressing issue in the wake of many natural disasters - the lack of housing. H.R. 3790 creates new "Residential Recovery Zones" to incentivize both residential development and home ownership in affected disaster areas. Homeowne  more

Rep. Frankel Holds for the People Meetings With Constituents During First Week of August Recess
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, Aug. 2 -- Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Over the past 200 days, House Democrats have passed bold legislation and delivered on their agenda to lower health care costs, raise workers' wages, and clean up government corruption. This week, Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21) kicked off the August recess by holding a series of For The People meetings with constituents and local advocacy groups to discuss pressing issues facing South Floridi  more

Rep. Frankel Opposes Global Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement Targeting Israel
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Florida, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on July 24, supporting a resolution (H.Res. 246) opposing efforts to delegitimize Israel and the global boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement targeting Israel: I rise in support of H. Res. 246, a bipartisan resolution that opposes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement aimed against Israel, strongly supports a two- state solution to the Israeli-Pa  more

Rep. Gaetz Recognizes Center for Independent Living Disability Resource Center
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, issued the text of the following speech in the Congressional Record July 30, recognizing the Center for Independent Living Disability Resource Center: Today I rise to recognize the Center for Independent Living Disability Resource Center (CILDRC). That is committed as epitomized in their mission statement, "to assist individuals with disabilities achieve their goals of independence". The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), passed July 26, 19  more

Rep. Hastings Introduces Bill to Extend TPS Designation for Haitians
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, July 31 -- Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement on introducing a bill to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haitians living in the United States. Joining Hastings as original co-sponsors of the bill included: Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Al Lawson (D-FL), Val Demings (D-FL), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Debbie Muscarel-Powell (D-  more

Rep. Hastings Issues Statement on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Florida, issued the following statement on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons: "Today, we observe the United Nations' World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Nearly 25 million people worldwide, many of whom are women and children, suffer from some form of trafficking. Human trafficking is an underground, multi-billion dollar industry that targets those who are the most vulnerable, turning forced labor, sexual exploitation, and other form  more

Rep. Lawson Introduces His Economic Affordability Plan
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Al Lawson, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) introduced his Economic Affordability Plan, a robust package of legislation that aims to reduce the many challenges millennials, recent college graduates and senior citizens face. The three-bill package offers a one-year federal student loan deferment to recent college graduates, helps first time homebuyers and offers social security benefit increases while also protecting its solv  more

Rep. Rooney and Sen. Lee Introduce HERO Act to Rehabilitate Higher Education for the Modern Student
WASHINGTON, Jul 31 -- Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced the Higher Education Reform and Opportunity (HERO) Act along with Senator Mike Lee to promote alternatives to 4-year college, cap federal student loans, and hold colleges and universities accountable to student success. Congressman Rooney stated, "Student tuition inflated 439% between 1982 and 2007, in part due to the excess of federal loans available. A 2015 s  more

Rep. Rooney Joins House Science Committee
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Florida, 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 issues that impact his community. He has done an outstanding job representing F  more

Rep. Soto Issues Statement on Retirement of Polk County Manager Freeman
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Rep. Darren Soto, D-Florida, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on July 24, on the retirement of Polk County Manager Jim Freeman: Jim Freeman, who has served as the County Manager of Polk County, Florida since 2010 will retire on July 31. Jim is a true public servant who began his career with Polk County in 1989 as Director of Information Technology. From 1997 to 2003, he served as Administrative Services Director, becoming Deput  more

Rep. Soto, Members Introduce Bill to Restore and Conserve America's Coral Reef
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Rep. Darren Soto, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representatives Darren Soto (D-FL), Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R-PR), and Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) introduced the Restoring Resilient Reefs Act of 2019, bipartisan and bicameral legislation that would reauthorize and modernize the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) filed companion bill in the U.S. Senate this  more

Rep. Spano Helps Secure $4.1 Million From FEMA for Lake County
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Rep. Ross Spano, R-Florida, issued the following news release: FEMA has approved over $4 million for Lake County, Florida, to help cover the costs of debris removal from 2017's Hurricane Irma. This has been a priority issue for U. S. Representative Ross Spano (FL-15), who worked to secure both awards for his district. "This is fantastic news for Lake County," said Representative Spano. "This community has been through a great deal following this disastrous storm, and fed  more

Rep. Stanton Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Support Small Transit Systems
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Greg Stanton introduced a bipartisan bill, the Small Community Transit Improvement Act, with Reps. Rodney Davis from Illinois, Jimmy Panetta from California, and John Rutherford from Florida to increase federal funding available to transit systems in small communities. "We're working to improve access to great public transportation options across Arizona," said Stanton, a member of the House Transportat  more

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Introduces the TIME for Holocaust Survivors Act
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) has introduced the Trauma-Informed Modernization of Eldercare (TIME) for Holocaust Survivors Act, legislation which would help ensure that the roughly 80,000 Holocaust survivors now living in the United States can get access to the specialized care and services that are tailored to their unique health needs. "Holocaust survivors have endured the worst   more

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Issues Statement on Temporary Protected Status for Venezuelans
SUNRISE, Florida, July 30 -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, issued the following statement in response to Senate's decision to take a six-week break without passing a bill that would grant temporary protected status for Venezuelans: The Congresswoman also addressed suggestions that TPS is not needed. The House passed a TPS bill for Venezuelans last week: "Republicans have failed the Venezuelan people yet again, this time by rejecting a solid TPS bill in the Senate today, which could  more

Rep. Webster Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Bill to Eliminate Social Security Double-Tax
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Florida Congressman Daniel Webster, R-Clermont, has once again co-sponsored the bipartisan Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act, H.R. 3971, which assists middle-class seniors by eliminating the unjust double-tax on Social Security benefits. "For decades, seniors have paid into Social Security with their tax dollars. Now, when many seniors are on a fixed income and struggling financially, they are being dou  more

Rep. Webster Exceeds $3 Million Returned to Taxpayers
LEESBURG, Florida, Aug. 1 -- Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Florida, issued the following news release: A strong advocate for cutting wasteful government spending, Florida Congressman Daniel Webster (R-Clermont) today announced he has saved $3,300,699.58 in taxpayer dollars allotted to run his Congressional office, since his 2010 election. "Washington operates on the principle that if money is appropriated, it should be spent," said Rep. Daniel Webster. "During my service in Congress, I have exposed t  more

Rep. Webster Participates in Project Backpack
LEESBURG, Florida, July 30 -- Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Florida Congressman Daniel Webster, R-Clermont, donated backpacks of essential school supplies to the YMCA of the Suncoast and Hernando County Education Foundation. In the coming days, he will be personally donating nearly two dozen backpacks full of school supplies to local organizations throughout the district that provide them to needy students. "I believe every student should have access  more

Rubio, Colleagues Urge President Trump to Condemn China's Efforts to Undermine Hong Kong's Autonomy
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) and U.S. Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Chris Smith (R-NJ) sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter urging President Donald Trump to issue a statement condemning the Chinese Communist Party's efforts to undermine Hong Kong's autonomy and endanger U.S. residents in Hong Kong. Since the end of March 2019, Hong Kongers have peacefully protested a p  more

Rubio, Menendez, Colleagues Call on Kazach President to Release Political Prisoner
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) were joined by 15 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of the Republic of Kazakhstan to convey their concerns about the detention of businessman Iskander Yerimbetov. Mr. Yerimbetov was arbitrarily detained on politically motivated charges with limited access to his family and lawyers since November 2017. Repo  more

Rubio, Menendez, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Commending 50th Anniversary of Inter-American Foundation
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), were joined by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) in introducing a bipartisan Senate resolution commending the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) on its 50th anniversary. The resolution applauds the IAF for its significant accomplishments and contributions to the economic and social development of the Americas. The In  more

Rubio, Schatz, Scott, Hirono Introduce Bill to Restore and Conserve America's Coral Reefs
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 2 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Soto, Gonzalez-Colon Lead Companion Bill In House * * * This week, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Representatives Darren Soto (D-FL) and Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R-PR) introduced the Restoring Resilient Reefs Act of 2019, bipartisan and bicameral legislation that would reauthorize and modernize the Coral Reef Conservation Ac  more

Rubio, Scott Introduce Bill to Provide Coast Guard With Needed Authority to Build Offshore Patrol Cutters
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced the Restore Coast Guard Capabilities Act, which would give the U.S. Coast Guard the authority to take into account the impacts of Hurricane Michael's to modify its Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) contract with Panama City-based Eastern Shipbuilding. On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc in Northwest Florida, and made history   more

Rubio, Van Hollen Push for DETER Act in FY2020 NDAA Negotiations
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today sent a letter to the leadership of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, urging them to include the DETER Act in the final conference report. The full text of the letter is below: Dear Chairman Inhofe, Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Reed, and Ranking Member Thornberry: We write regarding the conference committee for the National   more

Rubio, Wyden Urge State Department to Issue Travel Advisories for Americans Traveling to Countries Using Chinese Surveillance
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) today sent a letter urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to update the State Department's travel advisories in order to alert U.S. citizens who are traveling to countries that use Chinese surveillance and monitoring systems about the threat they face through the use of Chinese-supplied technologies like "smart city" and "safe city" systems. The full text   more

Sen. Rick Scott Introduces Legislation to Get Peace Corps Out of China, Align Mission With National Security Interests
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Rick Scott introduced the Peace Corps Mission Accountability Act, a bill to get the Peace Corps out of China and align operations with the national security interests of the United States. The Peace Corps Mission Accountability Act will prohibit all Peace Corps activity in hostile countries, like China, and transfer oversight to the Department of State. Currently, the Peace Corps has no effectiv  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Brazil's Designation as Major Non-NATO Ally
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement after President Trump, pursuant to section 517 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, designated the Federative Republic of Brazil as a major Non-NATO ally of the U.S.: "I welcome President Trump's designation of Brazil as a major non-NATO ally this week. Under President Bolsonaro's leadership, Brazil stands as an important security partner and has advanced our mutual goals of bolstering bilateral defense and int  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Carranza Nomination as SBA Administrator
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following statement on the nomination of Treasurer and Adviser to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, Jovita Carranza, to be administrator of the Small Business Administration: Ms.Carranza was formerly the SBA Deputy Administrator from 2006 to 2009. "I look forward to a robust, thorough confirmation process of Ms. Carranza as the committee fulfills its responsibilities a  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Committee Passage of Restore Coast Guard Capabilities Act
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement applauding the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee's approval of his Restore Coast Guard Capabilities Act (S.2319) as part of the Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2019 (S. 2297): Rubio's bill would give the U.S. Coast Guard the authority to take into account the impacts of Hurricane Michael to modify its Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) contract with Panama City-based Eastern Shipbuilding. On Oct  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Nomination of Carranza as SBA Administrator
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following statement on the nomination of Treasurer and Adviser to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Jovita Carranza, to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration: Ms.Carranza was formerly the SBA Deputy Administrator from 2006 to 2009. "I look forward to a robust, thorough confirmation process of Ms. Carranza as the committee fulfills its responsibili  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Sanctions Against Iran Foreign Minister
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement after the Trump administration imposed sanctions, pursuant to Executive Order 13876, against Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif: "I support the Administration's decision to impose sanctions to block any U.S.-based assets of Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who is not so much a diplomat as the Iranian Supreme Leader's minister of international lies and propaganda. "That said, I'm very concerned that the A  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Sanctions Against Venezuelan Commanders
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 2 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement after the State Department imposed visa ban sanctions against Rafael Enrique Bastardo Mendoza, commander of Venezuela's police special forces, and Ivan Rafael Hernandez Dala, commander of military counter intelligence, for their involvement in human rights violations against Venezuelans: Today's designation, made pursuant to Section 7031(c) of the Fiscal Year 2019 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and R  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Senate Confirmation of Ambassador Craft to U.N.
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft to serve as the next U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations: "I applaud the Senate for confirming Ambassador Kelly Craft to be the next U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. "The United Nations and many of its organizations have become platforms for Russia, China, and other malign actors to attack the United States and   more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on U.S. Withdrawal From Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, majority administrative co-chairman of the Senate National Security Working Group, issued the following statement as the U.S. withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty enters into effect on Aug. 2: In February 2019, all 29 member states of NATO unanimously endorsed the U.S. decision to begin the six-month process to withdraw from the INF Treaty in response to Russia's material breach of the agreement. "The Putin regime in Ru  more

Sen. Rubio to Join Fireside Chat With National Women's Business Council and Female STEM Entrepreneurs
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following news release: On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, will join the National Women's Business Council's (NWBC) "Women in Small Business Roundtable" for a fireside chat. Chairman Rubio will join NWBC Chair Liz Sara and Council Members Marygrace Sexton and Monica S  more

Sen. Scott Issues Statement on Passage of Coast Guard Reauthorization Bill
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following statement applauding the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee's passage of the Coast Guard Reauthorization Act to continue United States Coast Guard operations and programs through fiscal 2021 and provide additional resources for USCG members: "Our Coast Guard keeps families in Florida safe by patrolling the beaches, shore waters, and maritime territory of our state and by conducting search and rescue opera  more

Sen. Scott Issues Statement on Temporary Protected Status for Venezuelans
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following statement regarding the temporary protected status for Venezuelans: "We need to find a solution now to allow TPS for Venezuelans. Maduro is killing his citizens. It's a genocide. Every passing day, the situation on the ground grows worse. "I'm disappointed that the Administration has so far declined to approve TPS for Venezuelans, though I do understand their concerns about approving TPS without reforming the program. The  more

Sen. Scott Issues Statement on Upcoming Budget Vote
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following statement on the upcoming budget vote: "I appreciate the work done by President Trump, Secretary Mnuchin, Leader McConnell and Senator Shelby. These are complicated deals to negotiate in divided government and I want to thank them for their hard work. "This bill allows for significant investment in our military and doesn't include the liberal poison bills that House Democrats usually try to insert into important legislati  more

Sens. Manchin, Romney, Carper, Sott Issue Statement on Voting Against Budget Deal
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, issued the following joint statement with Sens. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, Tom Carper, D-Delaware, and Rick Scott, R-Florida, on why they voted against the budget deal: "We want to thank our colleagues, Chairman Shelby and Ranking Member Leahy, for all the work they and their staffs did to put this package together. "We recognize that theirs was not an easy task, and we're grateful that they were willing to work so hard to put it together. Ha  more

Sens. Scott, Van Hollen Introduce Common-Sense Legislation to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senators Rick Scott and Chris Van Hollen introduced the We Protect American Investment in Drugs (PAID) Act of 2019 to address the soaring cost of prescription drug prices. The We PAID Act prohibits Pharmaceutical companies developing prescription drugs using federally-funded research, like NIH or CDC grants, from charging American consumers unreasonable prices for life-saving drugs. Senator Rick Scott  more

Three Trump Nominees Confirmed by U.S. Senate
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of three individuals for positions in the Trump Administration on July 24: Stephen M. Dickson, of Georgia, to be Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration for the term of five years. Wendy Williams Berger, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida. Brian C. Buescher, of Nebraska, to be United States District Judge for the District of Nebraska.  more