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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday October 13, 2019 ( 43 items )  

Congressional Taiwan Caucus Issues Statement on 108th National Day of Taiwan
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- Rep. Albio Sires, D-New Jersey, issued the following joint statement - with Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Virginia, Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Florida, and Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, co-chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus - on the 108th National Day of Taiwan: "As co-chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, we send our best wishes to the people of Taiwan as they celebrate the 108th National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan). "This year marks a special milestone in the close f  more

Cotton, Colleagues Send Letter to Microsoft President Detailing Huawei's Threat to National Security
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) along with Senators Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Rick Scott (R-Florida), Mike Braun (R-Indiana), and Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) today sent a letter to Microsoft President Brad Smith in response to his recent comments that the U.S. government should provide more evidence of wrongdoing by Huawei so that business leaders can decide whether to continue doing business with the Chinese tele  more

GAO Issues Report on Puerto Rico Electricity Grid Recovery
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the status of federal support for grid recovery in Puerto Rico and challenges affecting progress on grid recovery efforts. The report (GAO-20-141) is titled "Puerto Rico Electricity Grid Recovery: Better Information and Enhanced Coordination Is Needed to Address Challenges". The report was sent to Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyoming, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. G  more

House Majority Leader Hoyer, Rep. Shalala Host Roundtable on Protecting and Expanding the Affordable Care Act
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 10 -- Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Rep. Donna Shalala (FL-27) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD-5) hosted a roundtable discussion with health insurers, providers, and stakeholders to discuss how to build upon the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to expand and increase health care benefits, while lowering costs and improving outcomes for the American people. "President Trump and his Republican allies have been attacking the ACA f  more

House Majority Leader Hoyer, Rep. Shalala to Host Health Care Roundtable
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 10 -- Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Florida, issued the following news release: On Thursday, October 10, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Congresswoman Donna Shalala will join patients, academics, and community stakeholders in South Florida for a health care roundtable discussion. WHO: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Rep. Donna Shalala (FL-27), community stakeholders, representatives from Florida Blue. WHAT: Roundtable discussion about how health care insurers, health ca  more

Rep. Castor, Local Advocates Demand Climate Action, Environmental Justice for Tampa Residents
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Hispanic heritage month provides the chance to highlight opportunities to address air pollution and the costly impacts of the climate crisis * * * Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) rallied with Gonzalo Valdes from Sierra Club Florida and Yaritza Perez from Ecomadres (Green Latinos/Moms Clean Air Force) to outline the steps needed to ensure a healthier future for all as temperatures climb and ris  more

Rep. Crist Announces Over $8 Million in FEMA Grants for Hurricane Irma Relief
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Oct. 11 -- Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL) announced over $8 million dollars in grants to Pinellas County and the City of St. Petersburg from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The funding will come in the form of three grants for emergency protective measures and debris removal following Hurricane Irma in 2017. "Two years ago, Hurricane Irma made l  more

Rep. Dunn Issues Statement in Strong Support of President Trump's Decision to Not Engage in Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Florida, issued the following statement in strong support of President Trump's decision to not engage in a partisan impeachment without a vote by the House: "Speaker Pelosi's partisan impeachment proceedings are a farce and an effort to overturn the 2016 election. "Even worse, they will continue to stand in the way of Congress getting anything meaningful done for the foreseeable future. "It's unconscionable that Speaker Pelosi is arbitrarily choosing to  more

Rep. Hastings Issues Statement on Synagogue Shooting in Germany
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Oct. 10 -- Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Florida, issued the following statement regarding the synagogue shooting in Halle, Germany: "I am heartbroken to hear about the shooting near a synagogue in Germany where Jewish worshippers gathered to observe Yom Kippur. "I stand in solidarity with the two innocent lives lost and the families and worshippers who were impacted by this senseless act of violence and hatred. "As we commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Pittsb  more

Rep. Hastings Issues Statement on Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Syria
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Oct. 7 -- Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Florida, issued the following statement after the White House announced that U.S. troops would withdraw from Syria's border with Turkey: "The President's latest impulsive decision is outright dangerous and appalling. "In sanctioning Turkish military action against the American-trained Kurdish forces who fought and died on the front lines against the Islamic State, the President has abandoned our allies in Syria and made an egregiou  more

Rep. Katko & Sheriff Conway Announce Nearly $250,000 in DOJ Funding to Reduce School Violence, Support Mental Health Training in Onondaga County
SYRACUSE, New York, Oct. 7 -- Rep. John Katko, R-New York, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) and Onondaga County Sheriff Gene Conway today announced that the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office has been awarded nearly $250,000 in federal funding by the U.S. Department of Justice as part of the STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program. Last year, Rep. Katko and Sheriff Conway urged support for this type of funding to bolster school safety and   more

Rep. Mucarsel-Powell Issues Statement on Situation in Ecuador
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 10 -- Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Florida, issued the following statement on the political situation in Ecuador: "As the situation in Ecuador continues to develop, I will continue to closely monitor the situation. "I have had a chance to communicate with and express my concern about the violence to both the U.S. and Ecuadorian governments. Freedom of speech and assembly are vital to a democracy, but violence is never the answer. "I believe the only way to find a solu  more

Rep. Rooney Issues Statement on Syria
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Florida, issued the following statement on Syria: "The administration's decision to remove our remaining troops from Syria is strategically short-sighted, erodes our credibility amongst our regional partners and fortifies Russia's position in the conflict. "The Syrian Kurds have been a critical ally in the fight to eradicate ISIS, and they continue to be a crucial partner in the stabilization of the region--holding thousands of foreign ISIS prison  more

Rep. Rutherford Announces Duval County Public School Safety Grant
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 -- Rep. John Rutherford, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) is proud to announce that Duval County Public Schools was awarded $500,000 through the Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) grant program under Rutherford's STOP School Violence Act. This program provides federal funding to local school districts to make security improvements to their school facilities. "Every student deserves to feel safe while they are at  more

Rep. Soto Honors Ten Central Florida Leaders for Hispanic Heritage Month
KISSIMMEE, Florida, Oct. 7 -- Rep. Darren Soto, D-Florida, issued the following news release: In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month 2019, U.S. Congressman Darren Soto will hold a ceremony recognizing ten individuals from Florida's Ninth District on their impact and contributions to the Hispanic community. The honorees biographies were submitted into the Congressional Record and they will receive official Congressional Certificates during the ceremony. "I am honored to recognize these 10 impressi  more

Rep. Steube Recognizes Dedicated Public Servants in Sarasota County With FL-17 MVP Awards
VENICE, Florida, Oct. 8 -- Rep. W. Greg Steube, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Greg Steube (FL-17) recognized two dedicated public servants in Sarasota County with the FL-17 MVP Award. Atwater Elementary School teacher Lisa Fisher, and Major Paul Richardson of the Sarasota County Sherriff's Department, were honored at the Sarasota County Commission meeting. "We are thrilled to begin this award that recognizes the great public servants of Florida's 17th distric  more

Rep. Waltz Swaps Congress for Mail Delivery as Undercover United States Postal Service Mail Carrier
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, Oct. 9 -- Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Florida, issued the following news release: On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) switched roles from elected official to mail carrier when he went "undercover" as a United States Postal Service mail carrier in Daytona Beach. Waltz spent the morning delivering mail and learning more about a day in the life of a USPS mail carrier as part of the "Undercover Congressman" series, where he spends a day working at an area business with c  more

Rep. Waltz: Withdrawing U.S. Troops in Syria Opens Pandora's Box for ISIS Return
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Florida, issued the following news release: On Friday, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) spoke with MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle about the decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, calling the decision a "strategic mistake" and expressing concerns about the resurgence of ISIS as a result of U.S. troop withdrawal. "I think we're just making a strategic mistake here," Waltz said. "I am very concerned that we are creating the conditions for ISIS to return  more

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Issues Statement on Rep. Lowey Not Seeking Re-Election
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, issued the following statement in response to Rep. Nita Lowey, D-New York, announcing she will not seek re-election in 2020: "Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey is a key mentor and dear friend of mine who devoted herself to public service with a rare, dignified grace. She works as hard as any Member I know, whether it is serving her constituents or securing funding to help all Americans get ahead. "When she steps away, the House will l  more

Rep. Wilson Introduces the Quality Higher Education Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson has introduced the Quality Higher Education Act (H.R. 4579), which enhances the accreditation system to ensure that colleges are graduating students with meaningful degrees and preparing them for workplace success. The legislation includes measures that would require accreditors to set rigorous standards and performance benchmarks based on completion and workforce partici  more

Reps. Diaz-Balart, Sires, Connolly, Chabot Issue Statement on 108th National Day of Taiwan
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Florida, issued the following joint statement - with co-chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus - Reps. Albio Sires, D-New Jersey, Gerald "Gerry" Connolly, D-Virginia, and Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, on the 108th National Day of Taiwan: "As co-chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, we send our best wishes to the people of Taiwan as they celebrate the 108th National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan). "This year marks a special milestone in th  more

Reps. Mucarsel-Powell, Ryan Propose Investments in Social and Emotional Learning to Improve Educational Experience
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- 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 & Labor Task Force, and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13) introduced the Social and Emotional Learning for Families (SELF) Act (H.R. 4626). The bill authorizes a competitive grant program to increase the capacity of teachers and school leaders to work with families to develop and support the social and emotional skill  more

Reps. Rutherford, Cox Lead Letter Supporting Assisted Living Programs for Veterans With TBI
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- Rep. John Rutherford, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Congressmen John Rutherford (FL-04) and TJ Cox (CA-21) sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs to ask for more information on the VA's long-term care plans, including assisted living programs, for veterans living with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Veterans who have suffered severe TBI often face challenges with finding adequate care when they return home. This is especially true for ass  more

Rubio Applauds Coast Guard Commitment to Build Offshore Patrol Cutters in Florida
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 11 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) applauded the U.S. Coast Guard's announcement that it will modify the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) contract with Panama City-based Eastern Shipbuilding. On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc in Northwest Florida, and made history as one of only four category 5 hurricanes to make landfall on the U.S. mainland. The Coast Guard previously sought flexibility t  more

Rubio Praises Addition of Hikvision, Dahua Technology, SenseTime, Megvii to Commerce Department's Entity List
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 7 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) praised the Trump administration's action to add 28 Chinese companies complicit in the Communist Party's gross violation of human rights in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region--including Hikvision, Dahua Technology, SenseTime, and Megvii Technology--to the Commerce Department's Entity List on October 9, 2019. Earlier this year, Rubio led 24 Senators and 19 House Members in  more

Rubio Requests CFIUS Review of TikTok After Reports of Chinese Censorship
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 9 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin requesting the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to exercise its authority and launch a full review of the national security implications of TikTok's acquisition of Musical.ly. In the letter Rubio wrote, "TikTok, which has millions of active users across the U.S., is now ranked among the w  more

Rubio Requests Information on Reopening of Federal Correctional Institution Marianna
TAMPA, Florida, Oct. 10 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) requested information from the Bureau of Prisons on the status of repair efforts at Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Marianna, in Marianna, Florida, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Michael one year ago. The full text of the letter is below. Dear Dr. Hawk Sawyer: One year ago, Hurricane Michael hit Florida's panhandle, causing catastrophic damage to Marianna  more

Rubio Urges Interior Secretary Bernhardt to Prioritize Everglades Restoration Completion
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 7 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to support the expedited completion of the Tamiami Trail Next Steps project. The letter asks for the Secretary's assistance in ensuring that National Park Service design work related to the project is prioritized for completion prior to February 28, 2020, as prescribed in report language secured by Rubio in the FY20 Senate Inte  more

Rubio Urges POTUS to Enforce Anti-Boycott Laws After China's NBA Coercion
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 9 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged President Donald Trump to fully enforce anti-boycott laws and regulations, and impose penalties against any U.S. persons--including U.S subsidiaries or affiliates of Alibaba Group, JD.com, Tencent, or other Chinese companies--that comply with foreign boycotts intended to bully and coerce American companies or American citizens to conform with the Chinese government and  more

Rubio, Menendez Request Committee on Foreign Investment Review Transactions of Brazilian Meat-Processing Conglomerate, JBS S.A.
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 8 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) sent a letter to Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin requesting that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) formally open a review of the transactions of Brazilian meat-processing conglomerate, JBS S.A. Over the last twelve years, JBS S.A. has become increasingly active in the American food sector. However, as the conglomer  more

Rutherford, Lawson, Waltz Work to Designate Northeast Florida National Heritage Area
ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida, Oct. 7 -- Rep. John Rutherford, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Northeast Florida Congressmen John Rutherford (FL-04), Al Lawson (FL-05), and Michael Waltz (FL-06) announce their introduction of H.R. 4542, the Nation's Oldest Port National Heritage Area Act, to designate portions of Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, and Flagler Counties as a National Heritage Area (NHA). NHAs, which are designated by Congress and protected by the National Park Service, recog  more

Sen. Rick Scott to Governors: Lower Your State's Debt Before It's Too Late
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Yesterday, Senator Rick Scott sent letters to the Governors of Illinois, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Delaware, Connecticut and New Jersey outlining his concerns about rising debt in their states, and the actions he took as Governor to turn around Florida's economy. In Washington, Senator Scott is fighting at the federal level to rein in the out of control spending that is putting our country's future at risk. Read  more

Sen. Rick Scott: U.S. Company Providing Tear Gas to Hong Kong Police Must Stop Supporting President Xi's Human Rights Violations
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to the President of NonLethal Technologies, Inc. requesting a meeting after learning that the company has provided the Hong Kong police with tear gas that is now being used to suppress and violate the rights of the people of Hong Kong. Last week, Senator Scott returned from Hong Kong, where he met with pro-democracy leaders, business leaders and religious leaders - all   more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Designation Against Chinese Officials Complicit in Human Rights Abuses in Xinjiang
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 8 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement after the State Department imposed visa bans against Chinese government and Communist Party officials responsible for or complicit in grave human rights abuses against ethnic Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region: "No Chinese officials complicit in the mass internment and high-tech surveillance of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities should enjoy access to America. "This is  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Election of Diaz-Canel as President of Cuba
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement on the election of Miguel Diaz-Canel as President of Cuba: "Diaz-Canel, Raul Castro's puppet, will continue serving as Cuba's 'oppressor-in-chief'. "After a sham 'election' last year, Diaz-Canel will continue being the face of an oppressive regime that violates human rights and undermines democratic order in our region. No one should be fooled, Cuba's one-party political system is an enemy of democracy. "If Ca  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Executive Orders on Increasing Transparency in Regulatory Processes
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following statement regarding two executive orders issued by the Trump administration aimed at ensuring transparency and accountability among federal agencies rulemaking and guidance policies: It also requires agencies to report on their compliance with the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Act (SBREFA), ensuring small businesses feedback is taken into account  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Russia's Use of Social Media Report
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 8 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement regarding the Senate Select Intelligence Committee report entitled "Russia's Use of Social Media" the second volume in the bipartisan investigation into Russia's attempts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. elections: "The second installment of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report, which focuses on Russia's use of social media, details the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency's effort to exploit social m  more

Sen. Scott Issues Statement After Peace Corps Ignored Demands to Get Out of Communist China
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following statement after Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen refused Scott's request to terminate all Peace Corps programs in Communist China by Oct. 1 and use those resources to help the Bahamas: "I'm disappointed that the Peace Corps ignored my request to get out of Communist China. "President Xi is a Communist dictator and human rights violator. Communist China is supporting Maduro's genocide of young children in Venezuela, killing   more

Sen. Scott Issues Statement on NBA Support of Communist China, Refusal to Stand for Hong Kong
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following statement requesting a meeting with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after the league reiterated its support of Communist China and refused to stand for the people of Hong Kong: "I am requesting a meeting with Commissioner Silver immediately to discuss the NBA's involvement in Communist China. "I was the first U.S. Senator to travel to Hong Kong since the protests began. What I saw was devastating. Men and women are risking the  more

Sen. Scott Issues Statement on One-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Michael
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Michael's devastation on Florida's panhandle and Tyndall Air Force Base: "One year ago today, Hurricane Michael devastated Florida's Panhandle and Tyndall Air Force Base, leaving a path of destruction our communities are still working to rebuild. "I was there the day after the storm hit and for months afterwards. I saw heartbreaking destruction. But I also saw people comin  more

Sen. Scott Issues Statement on USCG Extending Eastern Shipbuilding Offshore Patrol Cutter Contract in Florida
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following statement after the announcement that the U.S. Coast Guard will grant an extension to Panama-based Eastern Shipbuilding's offshore patrol cutter contract: Eastern Shipbuilding requested this extension following the devastating impacts of Hurricane Michael to its shipbuilding facilities and available labor last year. Scott said: "Since Hurricane Michael hit last year, I've been fighting to make sure Florida families and bu  more

Waltz, Cheney to Introduce Bill Sanctioning Turkey Over Syrian Invasion
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Florida, issued the following news release: On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) announced he will join nearly 30 of his Republican colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives on a bill to impose sanctions on Turkey in response to Ankara's military offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in Northern Syria. This move follows similar efforts led by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) in the Senate. Waltz has be  more

Waltz, Lawson, Rutherford Introduce Bill to Celebrate Natural Resources, Heritage of Northeast Florida
ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida, Oct. 7 -- Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Florida, issued the following news release: On Monday, U.S. Reps. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.), Al Lawson (D-Fla.) and John Rutherford (R-Fla.) introduced legislation to preserve historical landmarks and natural resources and celebrate the heritage of Northeast Florida by designating portions of Duval, St. Johns and Flagler Counties as a National Heritage Area (NHA). The Nation's Oldest Port National Heritage Area Act would designate parts of N  more