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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday September 15, 2019 ( 69 items )  

Beyer Applauds House Passage of Bills to Protect Coasts From Dangerous Offshore Drilling and Seismic Blasting
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Don Beyer, D-Virginia, issued the following news release: Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today applauded the House passage of the Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act (H.R. 205), which blocks new offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act (H.R. 1941), which blocks new offshore drilling along the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines. The legislation included an amendment to ban seismic airgun blasting in the Atla  more

Congress Passes Legislation to Ban Drilling Off Florida Coastlines
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Brian Mast, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) today voted in favor of two bills - the Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act and the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act - to permanently ban oil and gas drilling off Florida's coastlines. Both pieces of legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support. "Offshore drilling is unacceptable for our communities and is simply not w  more

Congresswoman Fletcher Votes To Maintain American Energy Independence
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, D-Texas, issued the following news: Today, Congresswoman Fletcher (TX-07) voted against bills intended to stop domestic offshore oil and gas exploration, including H.R. 1941, the Coast and Marine Economies Protection Act and H.R. 205, the Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act of 2019. "Offshore exploration is a critical part of our energy mix and essential to our energy independence and economic stability. While I appreciate the environme  more

Florida, Coastal States Better Protected From Drilling Threat With Passage of Rep. Castor's Protecting & Securing Florida's Coastline Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Florida and coastal states across the country declared a victory today with the passage of H.R. 205, the Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act. Protecting Florida's beaches and coastal resources has been a part of U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor's (D-Tampa, Fla.) life work and she sponsored the bipartisan bill with U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Naples, Fla). The landmark bill protects Florida's way of life a  more

Four Congressmen Issue Statement on House Judiciary Committee Passage of Gun Safety Bill
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Florida, issued the following joint statement with Reps. Diana DeGette, D-Colorado, Dina Titus, D-Nevada, and Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, after the House Judiciary Committee passed gun violence prevention legislation, including the Keep Americans Safe Act (H.R. 1186): "Today's votes by the House Judiciary Committee make clear that Democrats are serious about advancing the kind of common-sense gun safety measures the American people are demandin  more

GAO Issues Report on Federal Assistance to Identify Deaths from 2017 Hurricanes
WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on how Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico identified and documented deaths related to the 2017 hurricanes. The report (GAO-19-486) is titled "Disaster Response: Federal Assistance and Selected States and Territory Efforts to Identify Deaths from 2017 Hurricanes". The report was sent to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi,  more

House Conducted Committee Hearing for Sept. 9
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- The U.S. House of Representatives conducted one committee hearing for Sept. 9: PROTECTING AND SECURING FLORIDA'S COASTLINE ACT OF 2019; ARCTIC CULTURAL AND COASTAL PLAIN PROTECTION ACT; COASTAL AND MARINE ECONOMIES PROTECTION ACT Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a 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 Pr  more

House Passes Bills to Prevent Offshore Drilling as Moulton Announces SAVE Right Whales Act's Introduction in the Senate
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: Today, Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA) voted in favor of two bills that would protect America's coasts from offshore drilling, which is a direct threat to the state's fishing and tourism economy and the critically-endangered North Atlantic right whale. The bills, The Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act and The Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act, both passed in the House of Repr  more

Judiciary Committee Passes Deutch Bill to Adjust Eligibility for Nonviolent Elderly Prisoners to Serve Remainder of Sentence in Home Detention Program
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Yesterday evening, the House Judiciary Committee passed Congressman Ted Deutch's (FL-22) legislation (H.R. 4018) that amends the Elderly and Family Reunification for Certain Non-Violent Offenders Pilot Program reauthorized by the FIRST STEP Act of 2018. The Elderly and Family Reunification for Certain Non-Violent Offenders Pilot Program permits the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to transfer eligible nonviolent elder  more

Mucarsel-Powell Highlights Monroe County Veteran Health Care Access Difficulties to Veterans' Affairs Committee
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26) testified before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee to shed light on the difficulty veterans in Monroe County face in accessing health care in accordance with existing law. "For years, veterans in Monroe County have struggled with access to care. Former servicemembers living in the Florida Keys often have to travel over a hundred miles to the Mia  more

Mucarsel-Powell Votes for Ban on Offshore Drilling in Federal Waters in Eastern Gulf, Straits of Florida, Atlantic Ocean
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), member of the New Democrat Coalition Climate Change Task Force, praised House passage of the Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act (H.R. 205), which blocks new offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Straits of Florida, and the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act (H.R. 1941), which blocks new offshore drilling along  more

Rep. Barragan Amendment Passes in Bill That Bans Offshore Drilling
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Nanette Barragan, D-California, issued the following news release: Today, Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragan's amendment to the Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act of 2019, passed the House of Representatives. The amendment, originating in the Safe COAST Act, which Rep. Barragan introduced earlier this year, requires that a study conducted by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine ensures the safety, transparency and environmental stewardshi  more

Rep. Buchanan Outlines Priorities as Congress Returns
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, issued the following news release: As Congress returns to Washington this week, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan outlined his legislative agenda for the upcoming fall session, including more resources to fight red tide and cracking down on robocalls. Buchanan's priorities also include working on a bipartisan basis to protect Social Security and Medicare, expand background checks for gun purchases and extend the National Flood Insurance Program. "It  more

Rep. Castor: Committees to Hold Joint Hearing on Global Youth Climate Movement
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Florida, chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, issued the following news release: * * * - Greta Thunberg and US Youth Leaders to testify * * * Congressman Bill Keating (MA-09) and Congresswoman Kathy Castor (FL-14), Chairpersons of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, respectively, will be holding a joint hearing next week t  more

Rep. Crist Issues Statement on House Passage of Deepwater Horizon Drilling Protections
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Florida, issued the following statement on the passage of his amendment that would reinstate offshore drilling safety rules enacted following the Deepwater Horizon disaster: "In 2010, Floridians saw our beaches, coastal communities, and thriving tourism economy devastated by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. "And after years of painstaking work and billions spent on recovery efforts, Floridians across the state said 'never again' and voted overwhel  more

Rep. Demings Introduces Media Diversity Legislation
ORLANDO, Florida, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Val Demings, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Rep. Demings introduced a bipartisan, bicameral resolution calling for increased diversity in American media. Co-leading the resolution is Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R-PR) in the U.S. House, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) in the U.S. Senate. Said Rep. Demings, "I am glad to join with Representative Gonzalez-Colon, Senator Rosen, and Senator Rubio to introduce   more

Rep. Diaz-Balart Issues Statement Commending OAS for Supporting Venezuelan People, Protecting Regional Stability
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Florida, issued the following statement after the Organization of American States determined, by a 12-0 vote with five countries abstaining, to approve the call for a consultation body pursuant to the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, which affirms the responsibility of the OAS to work toward the maintenance of the peace and security of the continent: "Today, the OAS has agreed to invoke the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assi  more

Rep. Gaetz Applauds Passage of Bill Permanently Banning Drilling in Gulf of Mexico
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) today applauded the final passage of H.R. 205, "Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act of 2019," which permanently extends the moratorium on drilling in areas of the Gulf of Mexico near the Florida coast, including the Gulf Test Range. "Florida's precious coastline is a national treasure and a vital military asset. Our military mission, environment, and property values  more

Rep. Gaetz Issues Statement on House Democrats Following Faux-Impeachment Proceedings
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, issued the following statement: Today, Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) issued the following statement following the House Judiciary Committee's passage of the "Resolution for Investigative Proceedings," which changes the rules of the Judiciary Committee, and states that the committee is conducting "an investigation to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment with respect to President Donald J. Trump." "House Democrats are pervert  more

Rep. Hastings: Congressional Homelessness Caucus Holds Briefing on Chronic Homelessness, Mental Health
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, the Congressional Homelessness Caucus, Co-Chaired by Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), hosted a briefing on Chronic Homelessness and Mental Health. The Congressional Homelessness Caucus was joined by representatives of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, National Alliance on Mental Illness, and New Hope Housing, Inc. "It was an honor working with  more

Rep. Peters Votes to Pass Three Anti-Drilling Bills
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Rep. Scott Peters, D-California, issued the following news release: This week, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) voted to pass three bills to prevent offshore drilling along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, off the eastern shore of the Gulf of Mexico, and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act, the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act, and Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act all passed the House with bipart  more

Rep. Price Issues Statement on House Passage of Offshore Drilling Safety Amendment
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. David Price, D-North Carolina, issued the following statement: * * * - Legislation co-authored by Reps. Price, Crist, and Barragan passed the House as a bipartisan amendment to H.R. 205, the Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act of 2019 * * * Today, Wednesday, September 11, 2019, Congressman David Price (D-NC), issued the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 205: The Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act. Congressman Price co-au  more

Rep. Rooney Bill to Ban Offshore Drilling in Eastern Gulf of Mexico Passes House
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, the House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 205, the Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act, which would make permanent the moratorium on drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, east of the Military Mission Line. The bill passed by a vote of 248 - 180 and will now head to the Senate for consideration. Congressman Rooney said, "Offshore drilling off the coast of Florida would creat  more

Rep. Spano Files House Legislation to Cut Surprise Medical Bills
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- Rep. Ross Spano, R-Florida, issued the following news release: With the increase of out-of-network health care providers partnering with in-network facilities, surprise medical billing has become a growing concern for many Americans. That is why Representative Ross Spano (FL-15) recently introduced H.R. 4233, the Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills Act. "No one should have to worry about unexpected bills that could take a lifetime to pay off, especially when   more

Rep. Spano Issues Column: Americans Have a Lot to Learn From Israel
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- Rep. Ross Spano, R-Florida, issued the following column: Last week, I had the honor and privilege of traveling to Israel for the very first time, thanks to the American Israel Education Foundation. Every two years, AIEF sponsors a trip for freshman members of Congress to educate policy makers about Israel's history, as well as the strong economic bond and strategic military alliance between our two nations. Israel is a critical ally of the United States of America, a bulw  more

Rep. Spano Prioritizes New Lakeland V.A. Facility
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Ross Spano, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Yesterday, Representative Ross Spano (FL-15) testified before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs to bring attention to the slow progress in opening a VA Outpatient Clinic in Lakeland, FL. The VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 was signed into law in August 2017 and authorized nearly $11 million for the facility. The lease award is reportedly planned for March 2021 with the facility opening in   more

Rep. Spano Urges President to Approve Governor's Request for FEMA Reimbursements
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Rep. Ross Spano, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Congressman Ross Spano (Florida-15) recently joined Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL) in a delegation letter urging President Trump to approve Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' request for financial assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following Hurricane Dorian. "Florida did an outstanding job preparing for the threat of Hurricane Dorian. Govern  more

Rep. Spano: Florida Delegation Wants to Crack Down on Surprise Medical Bills
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Ross Spano, R-Florida, issued the following news release: With Congress back in session this week, members of the Florida delegation are working on proposals to offer more transparency in medical billing. Back in early May, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., unveiled the "Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills Act," which, he insisted, will "promote transparency in hospital billing and empower patients to fight against hospital price gouging." The bill protect  more

Rep. Steube Introduces Bill to Reschedule Marijuana
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. W. Greg Steube, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Greg Steube (FL-17) introduced the Marijuana 1-to-3 Act of 2019 to reschedule marijuana from a schedule I controlled substance to a schedule III controlled substance, allowing further research on the substance to be conducted. "As marijuana is legalized for medical and recreational use across the United States, it is important that we study the effects of the substance and the potentia  more

Rep. Waltz Issues Statement on Departure of National Security Advisor Bolton
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Florida, issued the following statement on the departure of National Security Advisor John Bolton: "John Bolton has been a dedicated servant leader. "Each time duty has called, he's answered and I'm grateful for his service. "I hope President Trump selects a National Security Advisor who understands that when America doesn't lead, bad things happen - but when we lead with strength, our country and the world is a safer place."  more

Rep. Waltz Launches Congressional App Challenge
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Florida, issued the following news release: On Monday, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz announced the 2019 Congressional App Challenge for middle and high school students in Florida's Sixth District. "Science and technology touch nearly every aspect of our lives and our children are going to be critical to the future in these areas," Waltz said. "Florida's Sixth District is full of innovative and bright young minds and I'm looking forward to seeing their gr  more

Rep. Waltz: I'm Thrilled President Trump Walked Away From Bad Deal in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Florida, issued the following news release: On Monday, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) appeared on Fox News' Outnumbered Overtime to discuss President Trump's decision to cancel the U.S.-Taliban negotiations in Afghanistan. "I'm thrilled that the President walked away from what I think was a bad deal," Waltz said. "The Taliban were promising that they could prevent al-Qaeda from using Afghanistan as a base to attack the United States. I think they  more

Rep. Webster Issues Statement on EPA Repeal on Waters of U.S. Rule
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Florida, issued the following statement praising the repeal of the Obama-era waters of the U.S. rule: "I applaud President Trump for his administration taking action and repealing the Waters of the United States or WOTUS rule. President Obama's administration did not have the legal authority to implement this rule in the first place. " It was an unconstitutional move by the previous administration to circumvent Congress. "Furthermore, the rule ex  more

Rep. Wexton Votes to Block New Oil and Gas Drilling, Protect Virginia's Coast
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Virginia, issued the following news release: This week, Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) helped pass three historic bills in the House of Representatives to block future offshore drilling efforts: H.R. 1941, the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act, which blocks new offshore drilling along the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines; H.R. 205, the Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act, which blocks new offshore drilling in the easter  more

Representatives Donna Shalala and Matt Gaetz Introduce the Expanding Cannabis Research and Information Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan legislation would develop a national cannabis research agenda and reschedule cannabis as a Schedule III controlled substance * * * Today, Reps. Donna Shalala (FL-27) and Matt Gaetz (FL-01) introduced the Expanding Cannabis Research and Information Act, bipartisan legislation that would facilitate research into the potential medical benefits and public health impacts of marijuana. The   more

Reps. Deutch, Carbajal, Fitzpatrick, Beyer Issue Statements on House Judiciary Committee Passage of Extreme Risk Protection Order Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Reps. Ted Deutch, D-Florida, Salud Carbajal, D-California, Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, and Don Beyer, D-Virginia, issued the following statements after the House Judiciary Committee passed the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act: "This is a historic day in the fight to end senseless gun violence. I am deeply proud that our Extreme Risk Protection Order Act passed through the Judiciary Committee and is one step closer to a vote on the House floor," said Rep. Salud Ca  more

Reps. Gaetz and Shalala Introduce the Expanding Cannabis Research and Information Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Reps. Matt Gaetz (FL-01) and Donna Shalala (FL-27) introduced the Expanding Cannabis Research and Information Act, bipartisan legislation that would facilitate research into the potential medical benefits and public health impacts of marijuana. The bill would develop a national cannabis research agenda, direct the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to collect data on the health impacts of can  more

Reps. Hastings, Mast, Deutch Issue Statement on VA Suspension of Agreement at West Palm Beach Medical Center
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Florida, issued the following joint statement with Reps. Brian Mast, D-Florida, and Ted Deutch, D-Florida, after receiving a letter from the Veterans Health Administration terminating the shared-space agreement at the West Palm Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center: As a result, weekly Congressional office hours at the VAMC will be discontinued starting on December 31, 2019, cutting off veterans across Palm Beach County from improved access to t  more

Rubio and Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize Caribbean Trade Agreement
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Doug Jones (D-AL) introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize a trade law that has benefited the United States, and 23 countries in the Caribbean basin, for nearly 20 years. The Extension of the Caribbean Economic Recovery Act, would extend, until 2030, duty-free access for certain textile goods from 23 Caribbean countries   more

Rubio Applauds SBA Office of Advocacy's Small Business Roundtable on Regulation of Premium Cigars
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- 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, today applauded the SBA Office of Advocacy for holding a roundtable on the overregulation of small businesses in the premium cigar industry. "Small, family-owned businesses are the cornerstone of the premium cigar industry in Florida," Rubio said. "Excessive regulation by the FDA is detrimental to the  more

Rubio Reintroduces SAND Act to Modernize Florida Beach Renourishment Efforts
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today reintroduced the Sand Acquisition, Nourishment, and Development (SAND) Act, which could make it more cost-effective to replenish Southeast Florida's economically-valuable beaches. Specifically, the SAND Act would modernize an outdated law to give the Army Corps of Engineers greater flexibility in evaluating and acquiring non-domestic sand for federal beach renourishment  more

Rubio Secures Critical Funding for Florida in Energy, Water Development, Defense Appropriations Bills
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY2020 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations bill and the FY2020 Department of Defense Appropriations bill, both of which include key provisions advanced by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). Importantly, the Energy and Water Development funding bill includes the full $200 million for Everglades restoration in President Trump's updated  more

Rubio, Colleagues Urge Review of U.S. Export Controls Regarding Developments in Hong Kong
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today joined Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and other colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross requesting an assessment of the adequacy of U.S. export controls with respect to Hong Kong. The Senators expressed two concerns: Mainland China's potential abuse of  more

Rubio, Menendez Applaud Senate Passage of Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today applauded the Senate's passage of their bipartisan Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act (S.178). The bill is an important step in countering the totalitarian Chinese government's widespread and horrific human rights abuses in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, including the mass internment of over one million Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethn  more

Rubio, Rosen, Demings, Gonzalez-Colon Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Resolution Reaffirming Commitment to Diversity in American Media
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) joined U.S. Representatives Val Demings (D-FL) and Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R-PR) to introduce a bipartisan, bicameral resolution calling for increased diversity in American media. "Throughout my career, I have had the pleasure of working with local media outlets across the state of Florida," Rubio said. "These outlets are ingrained in our com  more

Rubio, Scott, Graham, Isakson, Diaz-Balart Introduce Hurricane Dorian Charitable Giving Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rick Scott (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) introduced the Hurricane Dorian Charitable Giving Act, which seeks to modify the U.S. tax code to incentivize charitable giving to U.S.-based organizations supporting Hurricane Dorian relief. U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) will be introducing the companion bill in the House of Representatives.   more

Sen. Leahy Issues Floor Remarks on President Trump's Diversion of Military Funds to Build Boarder Wall
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vermont, issued the following floor remarks on President Trump diverting military funds to build the boarder wall: "Last week the Administration announced that it was raiding $3.6 billion from military construction projects to pay for President Trump's ineffective and controversial border wall. "A new middle school at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, a child development center at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, a new elementary school in Puerto Rico, a  more

Sen. Leahy Issues Remarks on President Trump Using Military Construction Funds for Border Wall
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following floor remarks on President Trump using military construction funds for the border wall: "Last week the Administration announced that it was raiding $3.6 billion from military construction projects to pay for President Trump's ineffective and controversial border wall. "A new middle school at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, a child development center at Joint Base Andrews   more

Sen. Rick Scott Announces Proposals to Lower Cost of Higher Education
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Rick Scott spoke at the Heritage Foundation on the future of higher education and his efforts to keep higher education affordable and make sure students are prepared to get good-paying jobs. During his speech, Senator Scott announced five proposals to lower the cost of higher education for our students. Read Senator Scott's full remarks as prepared for delivery below or watch his speech HERE (  more

Sen. Rick Scott Applauds Committee Passage of $200 Million for Florida Everglades Restoration
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Rick Scott applauded the Senate Appropriations Committee's passage of the Energy and Water spending bill, which includes $200 million in construction funding for the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration (SFER). In May, Senator Scott joined Senator Marco Rubio and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in a letter urging President Trump to include this vital funding in his budget requests to Congress.   more

Sen. Rick Scott Calls on U.N. to Join U.S. in Supporting Hurricane Dorian Recovery in the Bahamas
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations urging every member of the United Nations to join the U.S. in supporting Hurricane Dorian recovery in the Bahamas. Yesterday, Senator Rick Scott released four proposals to help families in the Bahamas recover and repair following the devastation of Hurricane Dorian. Read the full letter below. September 6, 2019 To: Mr. A  more

Sen. Rick Scott Sends Letter to FAA Administrator Following Security Concern at MIA
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Steve Dickson following the arrest of an airline employee accused of attempting to sabotage a flight departing from Miami International Airport to the Bahamas. In the letter, Senator Scott requests that the FAA provide information on the certification and oversight of commercial airline mechanics. Read the full let  more

Sen. Rick Scott: Update on Bahamas Recovery Efforts
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Senator Scott is committed to doing everything he can on the federal level to help families in the Bahamas recover and rebuild, and has released four proposals to help families on the islands. Last night, Senator Scott spoke to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to get an update about the UN's relief efforts in the Bahamas following his letter urging their support. Yesterday, he commended the U.S. Departm  more

Sen. Rubio Applauds SBA Office of Advocacy's Small Business Roundtable on the Regulation Of Premium Cigars
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- 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, today applauded the SBA Office of Advocacy for holding a roundtable on the overregulation of small businesses in the premium cigar industry. "Small, family-owned businesses are the cornerstone of the premium cigar industry in Florida  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on 11th Circuit Nominees
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 13 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement regarding the nomination of Florida Supreme Court Justices Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit: "I am pleased the president nominated two distinguished Floridians to serve on the Eleventh Circuit and I look forward to meeting with them prior to their confirmation hearing. "Senate Republicans continue to confirm well-qualified judges to the federal bench,  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Rio Treaty in Support of Venezuela
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement after the announcement that the Organization of American States has begun the process of invoking the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, also known as the Rio Treaty, in support of the restoration of democratic order and the rule of law in Venezuela: The measure comes following Interim President's Juan Guaido's request that the democratically elected National Assembly approve Venezuela's return to th  more

Sen. Rubio Names Rethreaded of Jacksonville, FL as Senate Small Business of the Week
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following news release: This week, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, named Rethreaded of Jacksonville, Florida as the U.S. Senate Small Business of the Week. Rubio released the following video message to congratulate Rethreaded as the Senate Small Business of the Week. A broadcast quality ve  more

Sen. Rubio Names Rethreaded of Jacksonville, Florida, as Senate Small Business of the Week
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: This week, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, named Rethreaded of Jacksonville, Florida as the U.S. Senate Small Business of the Week. Rubio released the following video message to congratulate Rethreaded as the Senate Small Business of the Week. A broadcast quality version can be found here. "As Chairman of the United States Senate Com  more

Sen. Rubio Urges DOJ to Ensure Odebrecht is Complying With Plea Agreement
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr to encourage the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to ensure that the Brazilian construction conglomerate, Odebrecht, complies with the terms of the 2016 plea agreement with the DOJ. According to a story from the Miami Herald, "leaked files make clear that Odebrecht's web of corruption extended to many public works projects a  more

Sen. Rubio Urges USAID to Request USNS Comfort Be Repositioned to the Bahamas
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 8 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today sent a letter to United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green urging him to request that the United States Naval Ship (USNS) Comfort be repositioned to the Bahamas as soon as possible, as well as any assets needed from the Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group. In the letter, Rubio writes that, "The USNS Comfort, and its crew of tr  more

Sen. Scott Issues Statement on DHS for Bahamian Visa Clarification
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following statement after the Homeland Security Department released clarification regarding visa requirements for Bahamian citizens traveling to the U.S.: This announcement follows Senator Scott's call yesterday for Customs and Border Protection and the Bahamian government to work together to clarify the current rules regarding visas in the Bahamas. "I applaud DHS for responding to our request and clarifying visa requirements for B  more

Sen. Scott Issues Statement on Florida's Rankings in U.S. News & World Report 2020 Best Colleges
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following statement commending Florida's public universities after the release of the 2020 Best Colleges rankings by U.S. News and World Report: Out of the Top Public Schools, the University of Florida is ranked #7, Florida State University is #18 and the University of South Florida is #44. "For three years in a row, U.S. News & World Report has rated Florida's higher education system as the best in the nation, and I want to thank o  more

Sen. Scott Issues Statement on Sanctions on Turkey for Dealings With Russia
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following statement on the Trump administration's plan to impose sanctions related to Turkey's purchase of the Russian-made S-400 air defense missile system: "I've been greatly concerned about Turkey siding with Russia over NATO, culminating in their purchase of the Russian-made S-400 air defense missile system. "As I have previously stated, it is time for the Administration to declare this sale a significant transaction under the  more

Sen. Scott Issues Statement on Visa Situation in Bahamas
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following statement after a confusion in the Bahamas regarding visa rules: "It's important Customs and Border Protection and the Bahamian government work together to clarify the current rules regarding visas in the Bahamas. "As hundreds of thousands of Bahamians seek refuge or start to rebuild after Hurricane Dorian, we cannot have the kind of confusion that occurred last night in Freeport. "Senator Rubio and I continue to urge P  more

Senate Judiciary Committee Sets Nominations Hearing
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- The Senate Judiciary Committee issued the following hearing information: Nominations at 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building at 10 a.m. on Sept. 11: Witnesses Panel I * Steven J. Menashi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit Panel II * Karen S. Marston, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania * Richard E. Myers II, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina * Anuraag Singhal, t  more

Sens. Menendez, Rubio Issue Statements on Senate Passage of Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sens. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statements after the Senate unanimously approved their bipartisan Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act (S.178): The bill was introduced to counter the totalitarian Chinese government's widespread and horrific human rights abuses in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, including the mass internment of over one million Uyghurs and other pr  more

Sens. Scott, Rubio, Graham, Isakson Introduce Hurricane Dorian Charitable Giving Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senators Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham and Johnny Isakson introduced the Hurricane Dorian Charitable Giving Act, which will change the U.S. tax code to incentivize charitable giving to organizations supporting Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart will be introducing the bill in the House. Senator Rick Scott said, "What happened to the Bahamas in the wake of Hur  more

Stanton, Steube Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Permanently Extend Security for Supreme Court Justices
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Greg Stanton and Rep. Greg Steube of Florida this week introduced a bipartisan bill to permanently extend security protection of Justices of the Supreme Court outside the Supreme Court grounds. Current law authorizes the Supreme Court Police to protect justices--however, the authority to protect them outside of Supreme Court grounds is temporary and set to expire at the end of this year. "Ensuring the  more

To Avoid Accountability, VA Evicts Veteran Rep. From Their Facility
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Brian Mast, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Office Has Met With More Than 500 Veterans At The West Palm Beach VA - Mast Opened First-Ever Congressional Office Inside VA Facility * * * U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) today slammed the Department of Veterans Affairs for evicting him and five other Members of Congress from offices they opened inside Department of Veterans Affairs facilities. Rep. Mast opened the first-ever Congressional o  more