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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday August 25, 2019 ( 13 items )  

Menendez, Rep. Soto Lead Letter Requesting HUD to Publish Disaster Recovery Funds Disbursement Requirements for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 -- Rep. Darren Soto, D-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the highest-ranking Latino in Congress, along with Rep. Darren Soto (Fla.-09), led a bicameral group of colleagues in sending a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requesting the publication of a Federal Register Notice (FRN) detailing the requirements for the disbursement of disaster recovery funds appropriated for Puerto Rico a  more

Mucarsel-Powell Leads Bipartisan Letter Seeking Clarification on Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust Application for Federal Lands
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 23 -- Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Reps. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), and Donna Shalala (FL-27), wrote a letter to Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar asking for clarification on the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust's application for continued use of Title V lands at Verde Gardens. The Trust is at odds with HHS given its operating of a farmer's ma  more

Rep. Dunn Announces 2019 Congressional App Challenge
WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 -- Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Neal Dunn, M.D. (FL-02) announced that Florida's Second District will participate in the fifth annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC) - a programming competition for students in high school and younger. Students, individually or in teams, are tasked with creating, coding, and implementing a new and innovative computer application. "The innovation economy helps make America strong, but we'r  more

Rep. Frankel Returns From Visit to India
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, Aug. 21 -- Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21) has returned from a week-long bipartisan fact-finding trip to India, organized by the Indian government. The group participated in policy discussions with local and global leaders, visited military installations, and learned about India's history and culture. At a time of rising India-Pakistan tension, Rep. Frankel sought insight on efforts to maintain peace a  more

Rep. McAdams Supports Bill to Improve Transparency for Students Taking Out Federal College Loans
WEST JORDAN, Utah, Aug. 23 -- Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, issued the following news release: Congressman Ben McAdams joins Florida Congresswoman Donna Shalala and Utah Congressman Chris Stewart on a measure that requires more transparency and disclosure for students who take out federal college loans--across the entire life of the loan. McAdams has signed on to the bipartisan Student Loan Disclosure Transparency Act of 2019 (H.R. 4193). McAdams said that as of June, the total amount of student l  more

Rep. Mucarsel-Powell Issues Statement on Trump Administration's Rule to Permit Indefinite Family Migrant Detention
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 21 -- Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Florida, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement after the Trump administration released a proposed rule to replace the Flores settlement agreement and allow for indefinite detention of migrant families until their cases are adjudicated: "This proposed rule is another cruel attack on immigrants that we have come to expect from the Trump Administration. It aims to allow the long-term imprisonment, with th  more

Rep. Murphy Announces Nearly $500,000 in Federal Funding to Combat Opioid Epidemic in Central Florida
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 20 -- Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Funds Will Be Used by University of Central Florida to Train a New Generation of Professionals Involved in Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Efforts * * * Today U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., announced that the University of Central Florida (UCF) will receive $494,412 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to combat the opioid epidemic in  more

Rep. Shalala Issues Statement on Trump Administration's Indefinite Family Incarceration Rule
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 21 -- Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Florida, issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration announcing that it will formally move to end the Flores settlement agreement, a long-established set of protections for migrant children and their parents that, among other things, limits how long the government may hold them in detention: "Time and again this President and his administration have demonstrated a complete lack of compassion for the most vulnerable in o  more

Rep. Yoho: U.S.-Mexico End Tomato Trade Dispute
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 -- Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - US Commerce Department drafts new suspension agreement on fresh tomatoes from Mexico * * * Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL) applauds today's announcement that the U.S. Commerce Department reached a new suspension agreement with Mexican tomato growers. This announcement pauses an antidumping investigation and stops tariffs on U.S. imports of tomatoes from Mexico. The agreement calls for quality inspectio  more

Sen. Rick Scott to Donate Second Quarter Senate Salary to Literacy Council Gulf Coast
WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Rick Scott announced he will donate his second quarter Senate salary to the Literacy Council Gulf Coast, an organization committed to helping children and adults improve language and literacy skills throughout the Southwest Florida community. Senator Rick Scott said, "Growing up, my mom taught me that a good education was the foundation for success, and she was right - it's what gave my wife, A  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Designations Targeting Chinese Drug Kingpins Fueling U.S. Opioid Crisis
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement after the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control and Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network announced actions to bring financial pressure against Chinese kingpins who manufacture, sell or distribute synthetic opioids or their precursor chemicals: "Today's action by the Administration is long overdue as it targets Chinese kingpins responsible for the nefarious international drug traffickin  more

Sen. Rubio Urges FWC to Ensure Key Deer Populations Remain Protected
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 22 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent a letter to Eric Sutton, the Executive Director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), urging the agency to ensure that Key deer populations, and their critical habitat, remain protected regardless of the species' future federally protected status. Rubio's concern stems from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (USFWS) national workplan for do  more

Sen. Scott Issues Statement on Israel
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following statement as he continues to meet with leaders in Israel on the continued economic and strategic relationship between the U.S. and Israel. "As I continue to travel Israel, the contrast could not be more clear. Israel is a vibrant democracy that supports capitalism, champions human rights and holds free and open elections. "Conversely, Palestine had their last election for president in 2005, refuses to hold open and free e  more