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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday August 11, 2019 ( 48 items )  

Buchanan Announces More Than $1.7 Million Awarded to Mote Marine
SARASOTA, Florida, Aug. 7 -- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Congressman Vern Buchanan today announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded more than $1.7 million to Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. "Today's announcement is great news for Mote Marine and our community," Buchanan said. "Dr. Michael Crosby and his entire team work tirelessly to combat red tide, improve water quality, and protect our coral reefs. I remain committed to continu  more

Buchanan Praises DeSantis Commitment to Combating Red Tide
SARASOTA, Florida, Aug. 8 -- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - U.S. House Recently Passed Buchanan Measure Supporting Red Tide Research.Buchanan is a Congressional Leader on Combatting Red Tide * * * Congressman Vern Buchanan applauded Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' formation of the Red Tide Task Force to study the causes of the harmful algae. "Governor DeSantis continues to demonstrate that combatting red tide is a priority," Buchanan said. "I am encoura  more

Buchanan Recognized at Tidewell Hospice in Sarasota for Leadership in Congress
SARASOTA, Florida, Aug. 7 -- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Joins Roundtable Discussion on End-of-Life Care. Receives "Hospice Champion Award" * * * Congressman Vern Buchanan was awarded with the Hospice Champion Award on Tuesday for his leadership on hospice and palliative care issues. Buchanan's roundtable discussion with hospice leaders and stakeholders focused on policy issues affecting patient access and quality measures, as well as the future  more

CBO Issues Cost Estimate for South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act
WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 -- The Congressional Budget Office issued the following cost estimate: H.R. 335 would amend the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act of 1998 to direct the interagency task force on harmful algal blooms to develop and submit to the Congress within two years a plan to reduce, mitigate, and control harmful algal blooms in southern Florida. The interagency task force includes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Environmental Protection Ag  more

Fla. Rep. Murphy Urges McConnell to Immediately Hold a Vote on Bipartisan Gun Violence Prevention Legislation
WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 -- Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Florida Congresswoman Called on the Senate Leader to Cancel the August Break and Take Action * * * Today, U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, joined a group of her colleagues in urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to immediately call the Senate back into session to pass H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks A  more

Fla. Rep. Murphy, Waltz Renew Call for Increased Transparency in Russian Intrusion Into Florida Election Systems
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 -- Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today U.S. Reps. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) and Michael Waltz (R-Fla.), both former national security professionals at the Pentagon, requested a follow-up briefing for the entire Florida congressional delegation from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the Russian government's efforts to interfere w  more

ICYMI: Rep. Waltz Pushes National Service Initiative to Combat Mass Gun Violence
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 -- Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Florida, issued the following news release: On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) spoke with Fox News' Martha MacCallum to advocate for a national service initiative as one way to address mass gun violence following the El Paso and Dayton shootings. "The answer is not broad bans on firearms for all law-abiding Americans. The Second Amendment is a fundamental right in our Constitution...and it absolutely has to be protected. If we want to look  more

ICYMI: Senate Dems Introduce Deutch's Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Florida, issued the following news release: This week, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Tom Udall (D-NM) led the entire Senate Democratic Caucus in introducing the Democracy for All Amendment, a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics and restore democratic power to the American people. The bipartisan amendment was introduced by Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD), and   more

Rep. Conaway, Dunn Issue Statement on EPA Guidance to Maintain Pesticide Registration Integrity
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 -- Reps. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, ranking Republican member of the House Agriculture Committee, and Neal Dunn, R-Florida, ranking Republican member of the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research, issued the following joint statement: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued guidance that it will no longer approve labels containing the State of California's Proposition 65 warning statement on products containing glyphosate. "Farmers and consumers   more

Rep. Deutch: Sponsors of Bipartisan Extreme Risk Protection Order Act Respond to President Trump's Statement on Mass Shootings
WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 -- Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Representatives Salud Carbajal (D-CA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Ted Deutch (D-FL), and Don Beyer (D-VA), the sponsor and lead co-sponsors of the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) Act, today responded to President Trump's televised address regarding the weekend's mass shootings, during which he announced his support "for 'Red Flag' laws, also known as Extreme Risk Protection Orders." "President Trump s  more

Rep. Diaz-Balart Issues Statement on Executive Order Imposing Total Economic Embargo Against Maduro Regime in Venezuela
WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 -- Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Florida, issued the following statement regarding President Trump's executive order on imposing a total economic embargo against the Maduro regime in Venezuela: "I commend POTUS and his administration for imposing another round of increasingly tough sanctions against the Maduro regime. These new sanctions freeze Maduro-controlled assets in the United States and prevent transactions with those Venezuelans whose assets have been blocked. "These san  more

Rep. Diaz-Balart Issues Statement on Location of Joint Interagency Task Force-South
WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 -- Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Florida, issued the following statement after Adm. Craig Faller from the U.S. Southern Command announced that the Joint Interagency Task Force-South will remain in Key West: "I am pleased that the U.S. SOUTHCOM Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S) will remain in Key West. "Key West is a strategic location-- our southernmost military post, in the fight to keep illicit drugs from reaching our shores. "Over the last 30 years, JIATF-S has su  more

Rep. Dunn Issues Statement on Reconfirming F-35 Squadrons at Tyndall Air Force Base
WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 -- Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Florida, issued the following statement in response to the Air Force's announcement reconfirming the decision to base up to three F-35 squadrons at Tyndall Air Force Base: "Today President Trump and Vice President Pence reaffirmed their commitment to fully rebuilding Tyndall Air Force Base for the 5th generation fighter by 2023. "This announcement gives certainty to our airmen at Tyndall and to the Panhandle as we continue to rebuild from Hurricane Mich  more

Rep. Hastings Issues Statement on Mass Shootings in El Paso, Dayton
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Aug. 4 -- Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Florida, issued the following statement on the mass shootings that took place in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio: "In less than 24 hours, our nation witnessed two mass shootings, where 29 lives were lost. My heart breaks for the victims, their families, and the entire El Paso and Dayton communities. "As I have said before, we needlessly endure heartbreak after heartbreak as our public places become targets of violence. This is una  more

Rep. Kaptur Issues Statement on Mass Shootings in El Paso, Dayton
WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following statement after the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio: "There is not a single community across the U.S. that has been spared from the tragedy of gun violence and mass shootings. Today, our hearts hang heavy for the families and people of Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, where in the span of less than thirteen hours two shootings carried by domestic terrorists resulted in the deaths of 31 people - 9 in Dayton   more

Rep. Posey Issues Statement on Shootings in El Paso, Dayton
WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 -- Rep. Bill Posey, R-Florida, issued the following statement concerning the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio: "The attacks that took place over the weekend in El Paso and Dayton are displays of pure evil and should be condemned by every American. "Nothing can justify such a heartless disregard for human life, which is precious. "It's time to pull together as one community of Americans to give our support to the victims, their families and their loved ones du  more

Rep. Rooney Announces Additional FEMA Reimbursement for Cape Coral and Lee County
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Congressman Francis Rooney announced additional FEMA reimbursement grants for Hurricane Irma recovery efforts to Cape Coral and Lee County totaling over $8 million. Congressman Rooney said, "The City of Cape Coral and Lee County have worked hard to recover after Hurricane Irma, but there is still more work to be done. Fortunately, FEMA has continued funding reimbursements for the costly debris removal and  more

Rep. Shalala Issues Statement on Miami Dade College Board's Presidential Selection Process
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 5 -- Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Florida, issued the following statement on the Miami-Dade College Board of Trustees' process to select a college president: "As a former three-time university president, I know the importance of having strong leadership at the helm of an institution of higher learning. "Understanding the needs, concerns, and expectations of Miami Dade College's stakeholders and students must be the Board of Trustee's top priority as it searches for a new leader.  more

Rep. Shalala Issues Statement on Senate Republicans Blocking Bipartisan Venezuela TPS Act
MIAMI, Florida, July 30 -- Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Florida, issued the following statement on what he calls Senate Republicans blocking the passage of the bipartisan Venezuela Temporary Protected Status Act: "While I'm extremely disappointed in the actions of Sen. Lee and his Republican colleagues who blocked this life-saving legislation, I can't say that I'm surprised," said Rep. Shalala. "For years now, Republicans have been wrapping themselves in the Venezuelan flag and claiming to be champion  more

Rep. Shalala Issues Statement on Trump Administration Announcing Economic Embargo Against Venezuela
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 7 -- Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Florida, issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration's announcement of an economic embargo against Venezuela: "Targeted sanctions work, but above all, we need the Trump Administration to deal with Venezuela in a serious way that goes beyond lip service. "The Venezuelan people are suffering in an unprecedented way as a result of the largest humanitarian crisis in the history of the Western Hemisphere, caused by the soci  more

Rep. Waltz Issues Statement on Shootings in El Paso, Dayton
WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 -- Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Florida, issued the following statement in response to the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio: "From organized acts of violence during the Civil Rights era to the act of cowardice carried out by Timothy McVeigh & now the maniacs who murdered dozens in El Paso and Dayton, the liberties & freedoms we enjoy as Americans have been exploited by monsters who represent neither our values nor who we are as a nation. "Post 9/11, we rallied as a nat  more

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Issues Statement on Announced Economic Sanctions on Venezuela
SUNRISE, Florida, Aug. 6 -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, issued the following statement on the executive order sanctioning the Venezuelan government: "I agree with the Administration on this latest effort to crack down on the Maduro regime, which has been welcomed by Juan Guaido, the legitimate President of Venezuela. "However, President Trump and the Republican Senate continue to fail the Venezuelan people by refusing to act on Temporary Protected Status. Granting TPS should hav  more

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Issues Statement on Youth Being Moved Out of Homestead Detention Center
WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, issued the following statement in response to the announcement that all unaccompanied youth have been moved out of the Homestead detention center: "I will seek a full accounting of where these hundreds of children who were reportedly relocated from the Homestead detention center ended up. While this is being portrayed as a safety measure, given this Administration's abysmal and cruel track record, I fear it's an attempt to skirt sc  more

Reps. Deutch, DeGette, Titus, Sen. Menendez Call on Congress to Pass High-Capacity Magazine Ban
WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 -- Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Florida, issued the following news release: In the aftermath of three devastating mass shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton, U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Ted Deutch (D-FL), and Dina Titus (D-NV), and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) are again calling on Congress to pass their bicameral legislation to ban high-capacity gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. "High-capacity magazines are used for one sole purpose: to maximize casualties. Tragicall  more

Reps. Soto, Crist, Bilirakis, Dingell Introduce Bill to Protect Seniors, People With Disabilities Under Care of Guardians
WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 -- Rep. Darren Soto, D-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators Collins, Casey lead Senate companion bill * * * Today, U.S. Representatives Darren Soto (FL-09), Charlie Crist (FL-13), Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), and Debbie Dingell (MI-12) introduced bipartisan and bicameral legislation that supports the approximately 1.3 million adults, mostly seniors and people with disabilities, who are currently under the care of guardians, by enacting protections from th  more

Rubio Joins Colleagues in Urging Mogherini to Strengthen E.U. Sanctions Against Maduro and Cronies
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 8 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today joined Senator Jim Risch (R-ID), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in sending a letter to Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission at the European Union, expressing their grave concern about the worsening humanitarian and political crisis in Venezuela under the Ma  more

Rubio Joins Cotton, Colleagues in Letter Pledging to Back Britain After Brexit
WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) and 43 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledging their unwavering support for the United Kingdom as it exits the European Union in the coming months. The letter calls for a new bilateral trade agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom. It also reiterates the importance of U.S.  more

Rubio Joins Lankford, Coons in Expressing Concern About Proposed Elimination of Refugee Resettlements
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 5 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today joined Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Chris Coons (D-DE) in sending a letter to the administration to express their concern about reports of a proposed elimination of refugee resettlements for Fiscal Year 2020. The bipartisan letter was also signed by Senators John Thune (R-SD), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Tina Smith (D-MN), Mike Rounds (R-SD), T  more

Rubio Joins Resolution Honoring the Battle of Bulge's 75th Anniversary
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 8 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) in introducing a resolution honoring the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. The resolution is cosponsored by Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Steve Daines (R-MT), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Shelley Moore Capito (D-WV), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Pat Roberts (R-KS), John Hoeven (R-ND  more

Rubio, Baldwin Lead 86 Senators in Calling on Secretary Pompeo to Urge Poland to Support Restitution for Holocaust Victims and Their Families
WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today led 86 bipartisan Senators in calling on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to urge Poland to take action to secure compensation for, or the return of, property that was wrongfully seized by the Nazis and subsequently nationalized by the Communists. Senators Rubio and Baldwin also co-authored the bipartisan JUST Act, which was signed into law last ye  more

Rubio, Hawley, Cotton Demand Answers on Google's Relationship With Huawei
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 7 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) today in sending a letter to Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, demanding answers with regard to the company's relationship with Huawei, a Chinese state-directed telecommunications company. The letter follows reports that Google and Huawei were collaborating on a Huawei-branded smart speaker and are "even closer than previousl  more

Rubio, Scott Urge President Trump to Certify Colombia's Commitment to Combating Illegal Drug Trade
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 5 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) today sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to certify to Congress that Colombia is fully committed to working with the United States government on efforts to combat the illegal drug trade. The Florida Senators believe Colombia, as one of the most proactive nations countering narco-trafficking in the Western Hemisphere, should be certified  more

Rubio, Toomey Lead Group of Senators in Affirming Support for F-35 Program
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 8 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) led several of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper affirming their support for the continued expansion of the F-35 program. In addition to two squadrons being based at Eglin Air Force Base, Tyndall AFB will soon receive three F-35 squadrons. Florida is the third largest supplier to the F-35 program, continued sup  more

Sen. Merkley Issues Statement on Homestead Child Prison
WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 -- Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, issued the following statement after news that all remaining children are being moved out of the migrant child prison at Homestead, Florida: Merkley led the charge in Congress to shut down the child prison, introducing the Shut Down Child Prison Camps Act. "Bowing to public pressure, the Trump administration has announced that they have moved all unaccompanied children from Homestead, the notorious, for-profit child prison in Florida. "This   more

Sen. Rick Scott to AG Barr: I'm Still Waiting on Information and Accountability on FBI Failures
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Yesterday, Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr urging him to seek answers from Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray. Senator Scott has been seeking information on what steps the FBI has taken to address critical deficiencies in its handling of actionable intelligence on the perpetrators of acts of mass violence in Florida, including the tragic shootings a  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Tyndall AFB Being Prime Location for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Aug. 6 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement applauding the announcement by the U.S. Air Force reconfirming that Tyndall Air Force Base will be fully rebuilt and F-35s fighter jets will arrive at Tyndall AFB in 2023: A recently completed analysis by the Air Force determined that Tyndall Air Force Base is the ideal location for basing three F-35A squadrons due to its resources, location and proximity to the Gulf Range Complex. This action will en  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Venezuelan Dictator Maduro's Narco-Terrorist Regime
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Aug. 6 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order to impose sanctions against all U.S.-based assets of Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro's narco-terrorist regime and also to authorize the Treasury Department to impose sanctions against any individual or entity who provides material support to the Maduro regime: Moreover, the Treasury Department issued a new guidance to clarify regulations and general l  more

Sen. Rubio Joins Roundtable With Women Entrepreneurs, Visits Port Manatee, Bay Pines VA
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Aug. 6 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today visited the Tampa Bay region to join the National Women's Business Council's (NWBC) "Women in Small Business Roundtable" for a fireside chat. Joining Rubio were NWBC Chair Liz Sara and Council Members Marygrace Sexton and Monica Stynchula, as well as the local small business community to discuss women entrepreneurs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math  more

Sen. Rubio Joins Rountable With Women Entrepreneurs, Visits Port Manatee, Bay Pines VA
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Aug. 6 -- 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) today visited the Tampa Bay region to join the National Women's Business Council's (NWBC) "Women in Small Business Roundtable" for a fireside chat. Joining Rubio were NWBC Chair Liz Sara and Council Members Marygrace Sexton and Monica Stynchula, as well as the local small business community to dis  more

Sen. Rubio on Red Flag Bill: I'll Come Back to Washington 'Right Away'
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 7 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sat down yesterday with FOX 13 in Tampa Bay to discuss his "Red Flag" legislation and said that he would "be there right away" if Senate leadership called senators back from August recess to vote. Earlier in the day, Senator Rubio sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) urging them to consider his bipartisa  more

Sen. Rubio to Join Fireside Chat With National Women's Business Council and Female STEM Entrepreneurs
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Aug. 6 -- 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 "Women in Small Business Roundtable" for a fireside chat. Chairman Rubio will join NWBC Chair Liz Sara and NWBC Council Members Marygrace Sexton a  more

Sen. Rubio Urges Judiciary Committee to Take Up His Red Flag Legislation
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Aug. 6 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), urging them to consider his bipartisan Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act (S.7) during the committee's next executive business meeting. Senator Rubio first introduced this bill in March of 2018, following the February 2018 trag  more

Sen. Scott Issues Statement on Venezuela Embargo
WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order imposing a total economic embargo against the government of Venezuela: "I'm proud the United States is taking a strong stand against Nicolas Maduro's genocide. "I've been calling for the Administration to use every option available - including an embargo - to end Maduro's brutal regime, and I applaud the President and national security adviser John Bolton for taking  more

Sens. Cotton, Hawley, and Rubio Demand Answers on Google's Relationship With Huawei
WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Today Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), and Marco Rubio (R-Florida) sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai demanding answers about the company's relationship with China's Huawei. The letter follows reporting that Google and Huawei collaborated on a Huawei-branded smart speaker. The Senators expressed concern that smart speakers double as listening devices, writing, "These devices  more

Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio Applaud Certification of Colombia in Fight Against Drug Trafficking
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio applauded President Trump's Presidential determination certifying Colombia's commitment to working with the United States to combat illegal drug trafficking. This announcement follows the Senators' letter to the President urging him to certify the United States' joint efforts with Colombia. Senators Scott and Rubio said, "President Trump's certification of Colombia's   more

Sens. Rubio, Scott Welcome Certification of Colombia in Fight Against Drugs
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 9 -- Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, and Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following joint statement: * * * U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) today issued the following statement after President Trump issued a Presidential determination certifying Colombia's "early progress in rolling back the record-high coca cultivation and cocaine production levels inherited from [President Duque's] predecessor and in leading efforts to restart a Colombian-led aerial  more

Sens. Scott, Lankford Introduce Bill to Protect Victims of Natural Disasters
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senators Rick Scott and James Lankford announced their introduction of the Disaster Contract Transparency Act to improve the disaster contracting process on the federal, local and state levels of government following natural disasters. The bill will protect victims of natural disasters by ensuring post-disaster services are delivered quickly and taxpayer dollars are spent solely on helping impacted commu  more

Spano Helps Secure $4.1 Million From FEMA for Lake County
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 -- Rep. Ross Spano, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Representative Ross Spano (Florida-15) wrapped up the first week of his small business tour in East Hillsborough County, and shared the following: "Small businesses are the backbone of this great county and District 15," said Representative Spano. "As a small business owner, I know the challenges small businesses face and the passion they bring to their trade every day. During this tour, I've heard firsthand h  more