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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday September 08, 2019 ( 27 items )  

Diaz-Balart, Wasserman Schultz, Frankel Suggest Ways to Assist People of The Bahamas After Hurricane Dorian
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 6 -- Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), and Lois Frankel (FL-21), senior Members of the House Committee on Appropriations, wrote a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, USAID Administrator Mark Green, and DHS Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan, requesting that they consider allocating additional federal resources for humanitarian relief, encourage donati  more

Following Visit to Bahamas, Rubio Urges DOD to Assist the Bahamas
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 6 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today sent a letter to Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, requesting the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide the necessary resources to assist the Commonwealth of the Bahamas in recovery efforts following the unprecedented devastation by Hurricane Dorian. The letter stems from Senator Rubio's visit earlier today to the Bahamas with the United States Coast Guard, where h  more

Frankel, Diaz-Balart, Wasserman Schultz Suggest Ways to Assist People of Bahamas After Hurricane Dorian
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 6 -- Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), and Lois Frankel (FL-21), senior Members of the House Committee on Appropriations, wrote a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, USAID Administrator Mark Green, and DHS Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan, requesting that they consider allocating additional federal resources for humanitarian relief, encourage donations t  more

House Schedules Committee Hearing for Sept. 9
WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 -- The U.S. House of Representatives scheduled one committee hearing for Sept. 9: Committee on Rules, Full Committee, hearing on H.R. 205, the "Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act of 2019"; H.R. 1146, the "Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act"; and H.R. 1941, the "Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act", 5 p.m., H-313 Capitol.  more

Mucarsel-Powell, Members of Florida Delegation Receive Update From Bahamas Consul General on Disaster Relief
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 6 -- 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, met with the Bahamas Consul General Linda Mackey to receive an update on disaster relief and search and rescue operations following Hurricane Dorian - the strongest recorded hurricane to make landfall on the Bahamas. "It's been a very traumatic week for, not only our brothers and sisters   more

Rep. Buchanan Announces $69 Million Awarded to Florida to Combat Opioid Crisis
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Congressman Vern Buchanan, co-chair of the Florida congressional delegation, announced today that the Trump Administration is releasing more than $69 million in new federal funding to help Florida combat the opioid crisis. "These funds will help address a devastating problem throughout Florida," Buchanan said. "The opioid crisis has destroyed too many families and lives. I will continue my work in Congress  more

Rep. Buchanan Announces More Than $1.9 Million Awarded to Mote Marine
SARASOTA, Florida, Sept. 6 -- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Funding Dedicated to Combatting Red Tide * * * Congressman Vern Buchanan today announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded more than $1.9 million to Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota for red tide research. "This funding announcement is great news for our community," Buchanan said. "Mote Marine works tirelessly to counter red tide and improve Flor  more

Rep. Castor: Climate Change Committee Requests Input on Climate Policy From Public and Key Stakeholders
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Florida, chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, issued the following news release: The U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis today launched a formal request for information as it drafts policy recommendations for Congress. The committee's questions for stakeholders are posted at climatecrisis.house.gov/inforequest. The committee is slated to submit legislative recommendations to Congress in March of 2020 and a final r  more

Rep. Castor: Samantha Medlock Joins Climate Crisis Committee as Senior Counsel
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Florida, chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, issued the following news release: The U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis has hired Samantha Medlock as senior counsel to focus on climate adaptation and resilience. Samantha MedlockMedlock previously served in the Obama White House Council on Environmental Quality and Office of Management and Budget, where she worked on climate resilience, flood risk, and disaster re  more

Rep. Gaetz Issues Statement on Utilization of Military Funds for Border Security
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, issued the following statement in response to military construction funding being used to secure the southern border: "Our nation's borders are a military priority and a vital component of our national security. "President Trump's decision to use military funds to secure our southern border is a legitimate and necessary action. "As of today, I have been assured that no funding will be diverted from any military installation or project within  more

Rep. Mast Leads Bipartisan Letter Urging President Trump to Suspend Visa Requirements for Citizens of the Bahamas
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 -- Rep. Brian Mast, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) today led a bipartisan letter to President Donald Trump calling for the administration to expedite, waive or suspend certain visa requirements for citizens of the Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian who are seeking shelter with relatives in the United States. Today's letter is also signed by Representatives Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), Ted Deutch (FL-22), Mario Diaz-Balart (F  more

Rep. Mast Urges Army Corps to Avoid Discharges After Hurricane Dorian
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- Rep. Brian Mast, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Because of Lower Lake Management During Dry Season, No Discharges Were Necessary Before Dorian * * * U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) today sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urging them to avoid discharges to the C-44 in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. The letter thanks the Army Corps for their efforts to lower Lake Okeechobee prior to hurricane season, which mitigated the need  more

Rep. McGovern: Amendment Process Announcement for H.R. 205--Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act of 2019
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 -- Rep. James P. McGovern, D-Massachusetts, chairman of the House Rules Committee, issued the following Dear Colleague letter: Dear Colleague: The Committee on Rules is likely to meet the week of September 9 to grant a rule that may provide a structured amendment process for floor consideration of H.R. 205 - Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act of 2019. Any Member wishing to offer an amendment must submit a searchable electronic copy of the amendment, which shou  more

Rep. McGovern: Announcement - Meeting Announcement for H.R. 205, H.R. 1146, and H.R. 1941
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- Rep. James P. McGovern, D-Massachusetts, chairman of the House Rules Committee, issued the following news release: The Committee on Rules will meet on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 5:00 PM in H-313, The Capitol on the following measures: * H.R. 205 -- Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act of 2019 * H.R. 1146 -- Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act * H.R. 1941 -- Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act.  more

Rep. Shalala Issues Statement on I.G. Report on Negligence at Facilities Unaccompanied Children
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 4 -- Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Florida, issued the following statement in response to Health and Human Services Inspector General releasing two reports detailing the extreme negligence at facilities that cared for unaccompanied children who migrated to the U.S.: "The information in these reports is equal parts heartbreaking and horrifying. The reports detail how the administration hired staff to look after these children who did not have the proper training nor education, and  more

Rep. Spano Issues Statement on Pedophile Bill
WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 -- Rep. Ross Spano, R-Florida, issued the following statement after adding 22 cosponsors for the No Pensions For Pedophiles Act (H.R. 3816), which would qualify federal crimes related to the sexual abuse of children as additional criteria for losing one's federal pension: "There is simply no rationale for using taxpayer dollars to pay those who have inflicted so much pain and trauma on children. "I am proud that so many of my colleagues recognize this unjust practice and ar  more

Rep. Steube Weighs In on Proposed Changes to Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule
VENICE, Florida, Sept. 5 -- Rep. W. Greg Steube, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Congressman Greg Steube (FL-17) sent an official comment to Colonel Andrew Kelly, Jacksonville District Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, regarding the proposed changes to the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule. In the letter, Steube urged the Corps to consider requests from local counties on how the lake should be regulated and requested restraint when lowering lake levels due to conc  more

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Issues Statement on Trump Administration Taking Military Funds for Border Wall
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, issued the following statement after being notified of the projects that the Trump administration will take money from to build border wall that Congress has rejected on a bipartisan basis: "The Trump administration's decision to steal funding for vital U.S. military projects, including a critical project in Florida, is an abusive end run around Congress that threatens our national security and will harm the morale and quality of   more

Reps. Gaetz, Peters Introduce Bill to Slow Climate Change, Reduce Super Pollutants
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 -- Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL-01) and Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) announced the introduction of the bipartisan Super Pollutants Act, which aims to slow climate change by regulating black carbon, hydrofluorocarbons, and methane-some of the most potent greenhouse gases. These short-lived climate pollutants, also called super pollutants, are significantly more potent than carbon dioxide. The Super Pollutants Act also  more

Reps. Hastings, Buchanan Lead Florida Delegation Letter Urging President to Approve Governor DeSantis' Request for FEMA Reimbursements
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Sept. 6 -- Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Co-Chairs of the Florida Delegation, led a delegation letter urging President Trump to approve Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' request for financial assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following a robust local government response to the threat posed by Hurricane Dorian. The letter requests   more

Rubio Requests Humanitarian Assessment for Bahamas From State Department, USAID
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 5 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today requested that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green provide an assessment of all humanitarian assistance readily available for the Bahamas under current accounts, and whether additional funds will be needed for disaster relief. Yesterday, Rubio and Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) urged President Donal  more

Rubio, Scott Urge POTUS to Waive Certain Visa Requirements for Bahamian Citizens Who Have Relatives in U.S.
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 4 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) today urged President Donald Trump to waive or suspend certain visa requirements for Bahamian citizens who have relatives residing in the United States. This will allow citizens of the Bahamas, who have low visa overstay rates, to stay with family in the United States while the country rebuilds in the wake of Hurricane Dorian's unprecedented destructi  more

Rubio, Scott, DeSantis Travel to Bahamas Following Hurricane Dorian
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 6 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis today traveled to the Bahamas with the United States Coast Guard (USCG). During their visit, the Senators and Governor viewed the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. While conducting a brief assessment in Andros Town, Rubio was able to express his gratitude to USCG and Navy personnel for tirelessly work  more

Sen. Rick Scott Releases Four Proposals to Help Bahamas Recover After Hurricane Dorian
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Rick Scott released four proposals to help families in the Bahamas recover and repair following the devastation of Hurricane Dorian. This follows the letter sent yesterday by Senator Scott and Senator Marco Rubio urging President Trump to waive or suspend certain visa requirements for Bahamian citizens with relatives residing in the United States. Senator Rick Scott said, "At times of crisis, w  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Withdrawal of Hong Kong Extradition Bill
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 4 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement on the Hong Kong's withdrawal of a bill that would allow anyone to be extradited to mainland China: Last night, Rubio wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post on Hong Kong outlining options available to the United States to respond flexibly and robustly, as well as reiterating his call for Congress to take up and pass his bipartisan Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. "Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam  more

Sen. Rubio Urges POTUS to Approve Florida's Reimbursement Request for Hurricane Dorian
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 5 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today urged President Donald Trump to approve Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' request to amend the Emergency Declaration to allow for Category B reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which allows for expenses related to shelters, removal of health and safety hazards, evacuation measures, etc. Following a letter led by Senators Rubio and Rick Sco  more

Senators Rick Scott, Marco Rubio Urge President Trump to Waive Some Visa Requirements for Bahamian Citizens With U.S. Relatives
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, following the devastation of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio urged President Donald Trump to waive or suspend certain visa requirements for Bahamian citizens with relatives residing in the United States. Read the full letter HERE (https://www.rickscott.senate.gov/sites/default/files/2019-09/19.09.04%20Rubio-Scott%20Letter%20to%20POTUS%20re%20Bahamas_0.pdf) or below.  more