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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday September 22, 2019 ( 78 items )  

Blunt Rochester Votes to Protect Delaware's Coast From Offshore Drilling
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Delaware, issued the following news release: Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, a member of the Environment & Climate Change Subcommittee, today voted to pass 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 two bills are a di  more

Chairman Hastings Announces Subcommittee Hearing Examining Community Resilience, The Impacts of Natural Disasters on The Budget Process
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Florida, chairman of the Rules Committee's subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, issued the following news release: Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Chairman of the Rules Committee's Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, announced a subcommittee hearing discussing ways to increase community resilience and the impacts that natural disasters have on the budget process on Tuesday, September 24th at 10 AM (EDT) in H-313, the Capit  more

Cotton, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Prohibit U.S. Government From Purchasing Drones From Adversaries
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) along with Senators Rick Scott (R-Florida), Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), and Marco Rubio (R-Florida) introduced the American Security Drone Act of 2019, which prohibits the U.S. government from purchasing drones manufactured in countries identified as national security threats like Iran and China. "China ha  more

Crist Announces $300,000 Grant to Community Health Centers of Pinellas
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) announced a $300,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Community Health Centers of Pinellas, Inc. The funding is awarded through the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Health Center Cluster grant program. "With 12 health centers throughout Pinellas County and a mobile health center to help people on th  more

Hastings, Buchanan Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Youth Human Trafficking, Exploitation
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL) introduced the bipartisan Human Trafficking and Exploitation Prevention Training Act of 2019, legislation which would help prevent the human trafficking and exploitation of children by providing grants for training students, teachers, and school personnel to understand, recognize, prevent, and respond to signs of human trafficking  more

House Ways & Means Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Maura's Voice
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- The House Ways and Means subcommittee on Oversight issued the following testimony by Maura's Voice Founder Jeff Binkley at a hearing entitled "How the Tax Code Subsidizes Hate": "I appreciate the opportunity to be here today and testify regarding this important matter. The story I will relate is one that our family never expected to tell. Yet is one we must tell. "On November 2, 2018, my daughter Maura Binkley, an Atlanta native and then a 21 year-old Senior at Florida   more

House Ways & Means Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Pulse Nightclub Shooting Survivor
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- The House Ways and Means subcommittee on Oversight issued the following testimony by Brandon Wolf, survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting, at a hearing entitled "How the Tax Code Subsidizes Hate": "Thank you for inviting me here to testify before you. My name Brandon Wolf, and I am from Orlando, Florida. I was at Pulse nightclub when a man killed 49 people and injured 53 more. "The night of June 11, 2016 was ordinary. Just like I always did after a long week, I went f  more

Mucarsel-Powell Applauds Additional $20.8 Million in FEMA Funds for Irma Recovery, Miami-Dade Utilities
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Total FEMA Funds for Miami-Dade County over $137M, Monroe County over $20M * * * Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), member of the Economic Development, Public Buildings & Emergency Management Subcommittee of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding $16,705,525 to Miami-Dade County, $2,853,015 t  more

Mucarsel-Powell Cosponsors Resolution in Support of Victims of Hurricane Dorian
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26) joined her colleagues in introducing House Resolution 562 - a bipartisan resolution expressing condolences and long-term support for the people of the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. "Hurricane Dorian left the Bahamas in a humanitarian crisis that will affect the country for years to come. We've seen members of our community in Sou  more

Mucarsel-Powell Leads on Fight Against Trump's Weakening of Endangered Species Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), member of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, helped introduced legislation to repeal all three Trump Administration final rule changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Under Trump's rules, the Administration can ignore long-term threats to wildlife from climate change and remove guaranteed protections to threatened species listed by the U.S.  more

Mucarsel-Powell, Freshman Democrats Introduce Legislation to Protect Patients From Surprise Medical Bills
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation requires insurance companies to regularly update provider directories to prevent patients from unknowingly receiving out-of-network care * * * Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), member of the Hispanic Caucus Health Care & Mental Health and New Democrat Coalition Health Care Task Forces, joined U.S. Reps. Cindy Axne (IA-03), Susie Lee (NV-03), Susan Wild (PA-  more

Mucarsel-Powell, Hispanic Caucus Announce Latina Prosperity Principles
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Women's Task Force, chaired by U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26) thefirst South American-born member of Congress, announced CHC's first-ever "Latina Prosperity Principles" for the 116th Congress. "Latinas are an integral part of our country's economy and we are proud to outline a framework to help lift the tide in a way that no longer leaves L  more

Mucarsel-Powell, Stevens Seek to Restore Student Loan Borrowers' Credit After Default
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), member of the Hispanic Caucus Education and Labor Task Force, and Haley Stevens (MI-11) introduced the Clean Slate through Consolidation Act and the Clean Slate through Repayment Act, two bills to remove default records from the credit history of federal student loan borrowers who have consolidated their defaulted loan or repaid the loan in full.   more

Mucarsel-Powell, Wasserman Schultz, Shalala Urge Trump to Appoint National Security Advisor to Confront Maduro, Grant TPS
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Reps. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), and Donna Shalala (FL-27), wrote a letter urging President Donald Trump to appoint a National Security Advisor that will take the crisis in Venezuela seriously and urge swift granting of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Venezuelans currently residing in the United States. The members also highlighted the other l  more

Rep. Al Lawson Introduces Legislation to Designate the POW/MIA Memorial and Museum in Jacksonville
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Al Lawson, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) and Rep. John Rutherford (FL-04) introduced legislation to designate the POW/MIA Memorial and Museum at Cecil Field as the national memorial and museum to honor all former prisoners of war and those still missing-in-action. "While there are museums to honor veterans across the country, there is no national POW/MIA memorial or museum to specifically honor all former prisoners  more

Rep. Buchanan: Alarming Rise of Suicide Attempts Among Children
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, issued the following news release: With the national suicide rate at its highest level since World War II, Congressman Vern Buchanan announced today he has co-sponsored legislation to establish a universal telephone hotline (9-8-8) to help people experiencing a mental health crisis. Buchanan said suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, claiming 47,000 lives annually. Alarmingly, suicide attempts have skyrocketed am  more

Rep. Castor: Congress Must Protect the Nation's Coastal Communities From Threats Posed by Offshore Drilling for Oil and Gas
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Florida, has issued the following op-ed: Offshore drilling has no place in our oceans today. This week, Congress has an opportunity to protect our coastal beaches and communities from being subjected to a lifetime of dangerous offshore drilling. The communities we represent and others like them across the country are standing up to the Administration's plans to open nearly all federal waters to oil and gas development. Now it is time for our colleag  more

Rep. Crist Announces Bill Establishing Coast Guard JROTC in Pinellas Park High School
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) introduced H.R. 4413 to establish a United States Coast Guard Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program in Pinellas Park High School. Presently, there are only two other Coast Guard JROTC programs in existence, located at the Maritime and Science Technology Academy (MAST) in Miami, Florida and Camden County/CamTech High School in Elizabeth   more

Rep. Crist Issues Statement on House Passage of Continuing Resolution
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Florida, issued the following statement on passage of a continuing resolution (H.R. 4378) to avoid a government shutdown through Nov. 21: The "continuing resolution" which passed the House by a vote of 301-123, also extends critical programs that were otherwise due to expire at the end of the month, including the National Flood Insurance Program and Community Health Centers. "As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I'm proud of the work we've   more

Rep. Crist Issues Statement on HUD Secretary Carson's Anti-Trans Comments
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Florida, issued the following statement regarding reports that Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson made comments hurtful to transgender individuals during an internal meeting while visiting HUD's San Francisco office: "The Secretary's comments were derogatory and reflect a long and well documented history of discrimination against a community of people, many of whom are in need of housing assistance due to rejection by family and frie  more

Rep. Crist Unveils Bipartisan Community Bank Bill to Support Small Businesses & Working Families
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) introduced the Community Bank Deposit Access Act (H.R. 4384), legislation that would increase the ability of community and midsized banks to provide more small business loans and mortgages - loans that working families and small businesses are too often denied by larger banks. Rep. French Hill (AR-02) is the bill's Republican co-lead. "As banks have gro  more

Rep. Donna Shalala Issues Statement on Passage of FUTURE Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Florida, issued the following statement: * * * - Bipartisan legislation would reauthorize funding for Minority-Serving Institutions * * * Today, Congresswoman Donna Shalala (FL-27) released the following statement in response to the House of Representatives voting to pass the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education Act (FUTURE Act), a bill that would provide for a two year authorization of Higher Education Act Title II  more

Rep. Dunn Fights to Streamline Federal Disaster Aid
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Florida, issued the following news release: To expedite the federal response to future disasters, Congressman Neal Dunn (FL-02) introduced H.R. 4376, the Streamlining the Official Response and Monetary Aid for Disasters Act (STORM Aid for Disasters Act). The STORM Aid for Disasters Act requires federal agencies to submit two reports to Congress and the Office of Management of Budget following the President's declaration of a major disaster. The first re  more

Rep. Gaetz Calls Out Chairman Nadler and House Democrats for Subpoenaing Lewandowski
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) criticized Chairman Jerry Nadler (NY-10) and the House Democrats for their decision to subpoena President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and compel his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. During today's hearing, Rep. Gaetz highlighted the fact that Corey Lewandowski had testified before various congressional committees and the  more

Rep. Gaetz Exposes Reverend Al Sharpton During House Judiciary Hearing on Policing Practices
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) exposed Reverend Al Sharpton's history of racist remarks and inflammatory actions by quoting a concurrent resolution by former U.S. Congressman Joe Scarborough, which detailed a pattern of questionable conduct by Reverend Al Sharpton. The resolution, named Condemning the Racist and Anti-Semitic Views of Reverend Al Sharpton, recounted instances where Reverend Sharpt  more

Rep. Hastings Introduces Transnational Repression Accountability, Prevention Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Florida, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on Sept. 16, introducing the Transnational Repression Accountability and Prevention Act: As Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission--a congressional watchdog for human rights and democracy in Europe and Eurasia--I am frequently reminded of the new opportunities that technology and globalization present for human rights defenders around the globe. For those str  more

Rep. Hastings Issues Statement on Death of Rep. Clyburn's Wife
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Florida, issued the following statement on the death of librarian Emily England Clyburn, wife of House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, D-South Carolina: "I was heartbroken to learn of Dr. Emily Clyburn's passing. Emily was a lifelong civil rights activist, a champion of educational and economic opportunity, and an accomplished librarian, who was passionate about spreading the power of knowledge and learning. South Carolina and our nation have lo  more

Rep. Hastings: Congressional Homelessness Caucus Holds Briefing on National Alliance to End Homelessness' Demographic Data Project
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Florida, issued the following news release: The Congressional Homelessness Caucus, Co-Chaired by Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), hosted a briefing on the National Alliance to End Homelessness' (NAEH) Demographic Data Project. The Demographic Data Project compiles data analyzed from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 2018 Point-in-Time Count to study the rates of homelessness amon  more

Rep. Lawson and Rep. Richmond Place Wager on FAMU-Southern Football Game
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Al Lawson, D-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Rep. Lawson holds a FAMU Rattlers football helmet next to Rep. Richmond holding a Southern University football helmet * * * U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) and U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (LA-02) have placed a friendly wager on Saturday's highly anticipated football game between the Florida A&M University Rattlers and the Southern University Jaguars. This will be the first matchup between the two teams si  more

Rep. Mast Urges VA to Overturn Eviction Decision, Invites Veterans Affairs Secretary Wilkie to Visit Office Personally
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. Brian Mast, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Mast: "If you want to fix a problem, you have to be present for it." - VA Evicted Members of Congress From ~100 Square Foot Office Inside 1.7 Million Square Foot Facility * * * U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie urging the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reverse its sudden decision to evict Members of Congress from the  more

Rep. Mast Votes Against Bill That Will Delay Everglades Funding Increase
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Brian Mast, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) today voted against a continuing resolution that would delay a critical increase in funding for Everglades restoration by continuing to fund the government under the FY2019 appropriations levels. In July, Rep. Mast warned that House Democrat leadership was putting Everglades funding at risk after they passed a partisan appropriations bill that had no chance of being signed   more

Rep. Posey Recognizes National Estuaries Week With House Floor Speech
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Bill Posey, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today Rep. Posey went to the floor of the House of Representatives to highlight the importance of protecting our National Estuaries like our Indian River Lagoon and to recognize National Estuaries Week (September 14th - 21st). National Estuaries Week is a special time for a national celebration of our estuary efforts and for local estuary programs, within the national program, to bring the importance of estua  more

Rep. Rooney Cosponsors Bill That Enhances Coordination of Veteran Suicide, Mental Health Services
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Francis Rooney cosponsored H.R.3495, the Improve Well-Being for Veterans Act. This bill would provide financial assistance to nonprofits and organizations that provide and coordinate suicide prevention services for veterans. Congressman Rooney stated, "It's our government's responsibility to care for the brave men and women who have served our country. Despite significant increases in   more

Rep. Rooney Introduces Bill to Improve Returns for Taxpayers on Federal Energy Resources
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Francis Rooney and Congressman Ben McAdams introduced the Taxpayer Fairness for Resource Development Act. This bill seeks to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to adjust the fiscal terms for fossil fuel development and to make reforms to improve returns to taxpayers for the development of Federal energy resources. Congressman Rooney stated, "For far too long, the American taxpayers have not  more

Rep. Rooney Officially Becomes Member of The Environment Subcommittee
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Congressman Francis Rooney has officially become a member of the Environment Subcommittee on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Congressman Rooney joined the House Science Committee just prior to the August recess and participated in his first meeting this week. Ranking Member Frank Lucas welcomed Congressman Rooney to the Subcommittee. "I'm pleased to have Francis Rooney as a member of  more

Rep. Rooney: Hepatitis A Awareness, Prevention - Heed FLDOH, CDC Directives
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Florida, issued the following news release: With the increasing cases of Hepatitis A in the State of Florida, State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkess recently declared a Public Health Emergency for the state. While Lee and Collier County currently have less than 80 cases of Hepatitis A in total, residents of Southwest Florida are encouraged to follow the directives from the Florida Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control. They are a  more

Rep. Shalala Issues Statement on Death of Ex-Miami Mayor Ferre
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Florida, issued the following statement on the death of ex-Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre: "Today, Miami lost a titan of public service. Maurice Ferre was an enterprising businessman and politician. "He was a proud son of Puerto Rico whose leadership transformed Miami from a sleepy Southern city into the booming global metropolis it is today. "Maurice was a longtime friend who could charm anyone with his expansive mind and brilliant wit. "It was an   more

Rep. Spano Announces $10,150,000 Grant for Lakeland Linder International Airport
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Ross Spano, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Representative Ross Spano (FL-15) is pleased to announce that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded the Lakeland Linder International Airport with an Airport Improvement Program (AIP) discretionary grant totaling $10,150,000. This grant is in addition to the AIP formula funding they already received and will be used to strengthen runway 9-27, the airport's primary runway, and reconstruct runway l  more

Rep. Spano Supports Homeless Veterans at Local Hearing
NEW PORT RICHEY, Florida, Sept. 16 -- Rep. Ross Spano, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Ross Spano (FL-15) participated in a field hearing conducted by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. The "Combating Veteran Homelessness in the Tampa Bay Area" hearing, hosted by Congressman Mike Levin (CA-49) and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), addressed the efficacy of local Veteran homelessness prevention programs and ways to improve all programs to end veteran homelessne  more

Rep. Waltz Issues Statement on 2020 NDAA Conference Announcement
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Florida, issued the following statement: U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.), a member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement on the House passage of motion on the Conference Committee to reconcile differences between the House and Senate versions of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): "I'm glad to see the House and Senate moving forward on the 2020 NDAA. This bill is critical for the dir  more

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Issues Statement on DOD Cancelling Three Border Wall Projects
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, issued the following statement based on a court filing that indicates the Defense Department will not move forward on three previously planned border wall projects due to an inability to cover the costs: The Congresswoman chairs the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee: "The Trump Administration should halt this wasteful, dangerous bait and switch game, immediately drop this boondoggle border wa  more

Reps. Buchanan, Hastings Introduce Bill to Combat Human Trafficking
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, issued the following news release: The co-chairmen of the Florida congressional delegation, Reps. Vern Buchanan and Alcee Hastings, today introduced legislation to combat human trafficking by educating students about the rapidly spreading crime. Children account for more than half of all trafficking victims. "Human trafficking is a vile and monstrous crime against women and children," Buchanan said. "Educating students and teachers about t  more

Reps. Rutherford, Lawson Introduce Bill to Establish a National POW/MIA Memorial and Museum in Jacksonville
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. John Rutherford, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation would designate the POW/MIA Memorial at Cecil Field as the national memorial * * * Today on National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) and Congressman Al Lawson (FL-05) introduced the National POW/MIA Memorial and Museum Act of 2019. This legislation would designate the POW/MIA Memorial and Museum at Cecil Field as the National POW/MIA Memorial and Museum  more

Reps. Shalala, Pressley, and Tlaib Introduce the Protecting Student Aid Act of 2019
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation would help protect student aid programs from fraud and abuse * * * Today, Reps. Donna Shalala (FL-27), Ayanna Pressley (MA-7), and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) introduced the Protecting Student Aid Act of 2019 (PSA Act), legislation designed to reinvigorate the Student Aid Enforcement Unit within the U.S. Department of Education in order to allow the Department to better respond to fraud an  more

Reps. Waltz, Johnson Introduce Bill to Improve STEM Opportunities for Minorities
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Florida, issued the following news release: On Wednesday, U.S. Reps. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) and U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) introduced a bill to improve participation in STEM at minority-serving institutions (MSIs) by increasing capacity for students in STEM curricula, encouraging partnerships with industry and federal laboratories and establishing a liaison for MSIs within the federa  more

Reps. Webster, Cartwright Unveil Legislation to Increase America's Preparedness for Extreme Weather Events
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan Bill Emphasizes Pre-Disaster Mitigation, Government-Wide Risk Management & Cost-Saving Initiatives * * * Reps. Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and Daniel Webster (FL-11) unveiled legislation on Tuesday to make sure Americans are prepared for extreme weather events, establishing best practices across the government in order to protect communities while saving taxpayer money. The PREPARE Act   more

Rubio Chairs Hearing on Strengthening U.S. Colombia Relationship
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: On Wednesday, September 18, 2019, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) will convene a hearing titled, "U.S.-Colombia Relations: New Opportunities to Reinforce and Strengthen Our Bilateral Relationship". Rubio is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues. The hearing will be live-streame  more

Rubio Chairs Hearing on Strengthening U.S. Colombia Relationship
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) will convene a Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing titled "U.S.-Colombia Relations: New Opportunities to Reinforce and Strengthen Our Bilateral Relationship." Rubio is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues. The hearing will be li  more

Rubio Co-Chairs CECC Hearing on Hong Kong's Summer of Discontent and U.S. Policy Responses
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Co-Chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), convened a hearing to examine developments in Hong Kong and the future of U.S.-Hong Kong relations. The hearing highlighted the ongoing demonstrations and escalating tensions caused by police violence and threats by the Chinese government and Communist Party against Hong Kong's autonomy. Video of the hearin  more

Rubio Joins Colleagues in Calling for House Leadership to Protect Farmers and Ranchers
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), and all Republican Senators on the Appropriations Committee in pressing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey (D-NY) to support our nation's farmers and ranchers and ensure that Market Facilitation Program payments for producers are not blocked or delayed in the House of Representatives' forthco  more

Rubio Joins Menendez, Colleagues in Supporting Over 500 Hispanic-Serving Institutions
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) in introducing a Senate resolution recognizing the work, goals, and achievements of 523 non-profit, Hispanic-Serving Institutions throughout our nation by designating the week of September 16-22 as "National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week." The resolution is cosponsored by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Catherine Corte  more

Rubio Joins Scott, Colleagues to Prohibit U.S. Government From Procuring Drones From Adversaries
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rick Scott (R-FL), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Josh Hawley (R-MO), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the American Security Drone Act of 2019, which would prohibit the U.S. government from procuring drones manufactured by covered foreign entities identified as national security threats, such as China. "American taxpayer dollars should not go to state-dire  more

Rubio Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter to GAO Urging Investigation Into Burdensome Budget Practice
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) and U.S. Representatives Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) and Steve Chabot (R-OH), Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Committees on Small Business, urged Government Accountability Office Comptroller General Gene Dodaro to conduct an inquiry into Small Business Development Center's (SBDC) budget process and management at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA  more

Rubio Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter to SBA on Burdensome Budget Practice
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) and U.S. Representatives Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) and Steve Chabot (R-OH), Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Committees on Small Business, urged the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Acting Administrator Chris Pilkerton to evaluate the Office of Entrepreneurial Development's recent practice of requiring Small Business Development Center (SBDC) gra  more

Rubio Secures Critical Funding for Florida in FY 2020 Appropriations Bills
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) secured critical funding for Florida in three appropriations bills, the FY2020 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, the FY2020 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, and the FY2020 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, which were approve  more

Rubio to JCPOA Countries: How Can You Continue to Support Iran Deal
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Fox and Friends to discuss Iran and the recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities. Rubio also spoke with President Trump this morning, telling him that he hopes the United States lays out the overwhelming proof that Iran was responsible for these attacks for the whole world to see. A transcript of Senator Rubio's responses (https://youtu.be/vr_OzAAv9HU) can be found below  more

Rubio, Menendez, Gardner, Durbin, Coons, Introduce Bill to Reauthorize U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Act of 2019 (USCIRF). Among other things, the bill reauthorizes USCIRF for four years and increases authorized appropriations. "As religious freedom is under assault worldwide, I'm proud to lead this bipartisan effor  more

Rubio, Scott Introduce Bill to Permit Canadian Snowbirds to Visit the U.S. for Longer
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced the Canadian Snowbirds Act (S. 2507), legislation that would allow some Canadian citizens to spend up to eight months a year vacationing in the United States, two months longer than they are allowed to stay now. According to the Canadian Embassy, Canadians who visit Florida contribute more than $6.5 billion each year to the state's economy. "  more

Rubio, Wyden, Murphy Urge POTUS to Press Bahrain on Human Rights
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) last week wrote to President Donald Trump urging him to press Bahrain on serious human rights concerns. The president is scheduled to meet with Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa today. The senators specifically requested President Trump to press the Bahraini government to release prisoners of conscience, including N  more

Sen. Rick Scott Joins Bipartisan Bill to Repeal Medical Device Tax
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Rick Scott announced his co-sponsorship of the Protect Medical Innovation Act, which permanently eliminates the medical device tax - a 2.3 percent tax on the nation's most innovative industries enacted under President Obama as part of the Affordable Care Act. Senator Rick Scott said, "During my time as Governor of Florida, we returned $10 billion back to Florida's hardworking taxpayers. My foc  more

Sen. Rick Scott on Higher Ed: I'm Working to Bring Florida's Success to America
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: In case you missed it, Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed (https://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/guest-commentary/os-op-rick-scott-education-policy-20190916-unrmuambwffsxd7cvjtv7ipbty-story.html) in the Orlando Sentinel on his five proposals to make education more affordable for every student in America. In the op-ed, Senator Scott wrote, "I'm spending my time focused on what we can do to make college affor  more

Sen. Rick Scott to PM Netanyahu: U.S. Stands With Israel, Our Partner and Ally
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, following his trip to Israel last month, Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reiterate the United States' steadfast support for Israel, its security, and the safety of U.S. military assets in the Middle East. Read the full letter HERE (https://www.rickscott.senate.gov/sites/default/files/2019-09/09.16.19%20-%20Letter%20to%20Netanyahu.pdf) or below. Septemb  more

Sen. Rick Scott: More Power to the States = Better ROI on Taxpayer Investment
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Rick Scott released an episode of his series in partnership with the Heritage Foundation: How Washington Wastes Your Money. See previous Washington Waste Wednesday features HERE (https://www.rickscott.senate.gov/sen-rick-scott-budget-deal-just-another-example-how-washington-wastes-your-money), HERE (https://www.rickscott.senate.gov/sen-rick-scott-introduces-new-weekly-series-how-washington-wast  more

Sen. Rubio Chairs Hearing on Strengthening U.S.-Colombia Relationship
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues, convened a hearing titled "U.S.-Colombia Relations: New Opportunities to Reinforce and Strengthen Our Bilateral Relationship." Video of the hearing can be found here: https://www.foreign.senate.gov/hearings/u  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement at Hearing on Nomination Singhal
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- The Senate Judiciary Committee issued the following testimony by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, at a hearing on the nomination of Anuraag Singhal to be U.S. district judge for the Southern District of Florida: "Regretfully, due to a scheduling conflict, I am unable to attend today's nominations hearing to introduce a highly qualified judicial nominee from my home state of Florida - Judge Anuraag "Raag" Singhal. Judge Singhal has been nominated to serve as a United States D  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Agreement Between Commerce Department, Mexican Tomato Growers
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement applauding the agreement between the Commerce Department and Mexican tomato growers that will help defend tomato growers from so-called unfair and harmful produce dumping: "Today's suspension agreement is a significant win for American tomato growers. "I thank President Trump and Secretary Ross for not backing down from their commitment to ensure that tomato growers in Florida and across the U.S. are able to fa  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on LNG Export Project Approval
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement praising the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of a liquefied natural gas export project by Eagle LNG in Jacksonville, Florida: This decision will allow for the siting, construction, and operation of a new liquefaction, storage, and export terminal facility on the St. Johns River. Rubio said: "Today's approval of this important LNG project at JAXPORT is great news for North Florida and our state'  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Sanctions Against Alex Saab's Network
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement after the U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), in coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's National Targeting Center, and other U.S. government agencies, designated three individuals and 16 entities for enabling the Maduro crime family to profit from imports of food aid and d  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on SBA Inspector General's Report on Deficiencies in Women's Business Center
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following statement after the Small Business Administration Inspector General released a management advisory report identifying material deficiencies with Women's Business Center, a recipient of the SBA's Women's Business Center grant program: "The gross lack of oversight uncovered in the SBA OIG's most recent management advisory is incredibly troubling. "SBA mu  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Senate Vote on Funding Bills
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, issued the following statement after the Senate voted against proceeding to the House-passed minibus, which will serve as the vehicle to fund various agencies within the federal government, including the Defense Department: "Time and again, we've heard my Democratic colleagues decry government shutdowns, yet their partisan obstruction today puts us squarely on that path. "The defense fundi  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on U.S. Sanctions Against Financial Enablers of Iranian Regime's Military Aggression, Terrorist Activities
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 20 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement after the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, pursuant to an executive order (No. 13224), imposed sanctions against the Central Bank of Iran, the sovereign wealth National Development Fund of Iran and front company Etemad Tejarate Pars for providing financial support to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, IRGC Qods Force and Hizballah: The United States has designated the IRGC, IRGC Q  more

Sen. Rubio Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter to GAO Urging Investigation Into Burdensome Budget Practice
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) and U.S. Representatives Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) and Steve Chabot (R-OH), Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Committees on Small Business, urged Government Accountability Office Comptroller General Gene Dodaro to conduct an inquiry into Small Business Development Center's (SBDC) budget  more

Sen. Rubio Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter to SBA on Burdensome Budget Practice
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) and U.S. Representatives Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) and Steve Chabot (R-OH), Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Committees on Small Business, urged the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Acting Administrator Chris Pilkerton to evaluate the Office of Entrepreneurial Development's rec  more

Sen. Scott Issues Statement on Requests for CBO Score on Medicare for All
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following statement after repeated requests from Republicans for the Congressional Budget Office to score either the House or the Senate versions of the Medicare for All bill: "On multiple occasions, Republicans have requested a score from the Congressional Budget Office of the Socialist Democrats' Medicare for All proposal, especially Budget Committee Ranking Member Bernie Sanders' bill filed in the Senate this year. "So far, the  more

Sen. Scott Issues Statement on Two-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Maria
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following statement on the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria. "Hurricane Maria was an absolutely devastating storm, and your heart breaks for all the families impacted. "I'm proud of everything we've done to help Puerto Rico rebuild over the last two years, but there is still work to be done. "I vowed to be Puerto Rico's voice in the Senate and that will never change. "I am working closely with Congresswoman Jenniffer Go  more

Sen. Scott Issues Statement on U.S. Action on Saudi Arabian Oil Attack
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following statement urging U.S. action following the Saudi Arabian oil attack: "Iran needs to know that acts of aggression against the United States or our allies will not be tolerated. "Until the United States increases pressure on Iran, they will continue these attacks. "We have to protect the safety and security of our military assets and our men and women in uniform that are in the region, as well as the security of our all  more

Sen. Scott to FCC Chairman: Put Our National Security First; Don't Renew Pacific Light Cable Network License
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai urging him to put American security first, and not renew the license for the Pacific Light Cable Network, which would ultimately threaten the freedom of Hong Kong and U.S. national security. Read the full letter HERE (https://www.rickscott.senate.gov/sites/default/files/2019-09/190919-FCC%20Pai.pdf) or be  more

Sens. Scott, Murphy Lead Bipartisan American Security Drone Act to Prohibit U.S. Government from Purchasing Drones From Adversaries
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senators Rick Scott, Chris Murphy, Tom Cotton, Josh Hawley, Richard Blumenthal and Marco Rubio introduced the American Security Drone Act of 2019, which prohibits the U.S. Government from purchasing drones manufactured in countries identified as national security threats like Iran and China. Senator Rick Scott said, "There are nations around the world, like China, that are actively building up their   more