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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday October 20, 2019 ( 58 items )  

Audubon Society Endorses Buchanan's Wildlife Protection Bill
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Pointing to a shocking new report that found nearly a third of the North American bird population has disappeared over the past 50 years, Congressman Vern Buchanan today called for passage of his legislation to address habitat loss for America's wildlife. The Audubon Society's Florida policy director, Beth Alvi, praised the legislation in a meeting today with Buchanan in his Washington DC office. Alvi said  more

Chair Castor Calls on Google to Stop Funding Climate Deniers
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Florida, chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, issued the following news release: On Wednesday, Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, called on Google to stop investing in organizations that deny the existence of climate change, or that are actively working to block progress on climate legislation. According to a recent report (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/11/goog  more

Crist Announces $3.9 Million FEMA Grant to Pinellas County for Traffic System Hardening
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Oct. 17 -- Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL) announced a $3.9 million grant to Pinellas County from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The grant will fund Pinellas County's upgrade of Span Wire Traffic Signals at 16 locations throughout the county, improving and hardening traffic intersections to withstand up to 150 MPH winds, equivalent to a category   more

House Infrastructure Committee Sets Hearing on America's Water Resources Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 -- The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee issued the following hearing information: Roundtable on 'America's Water Resources Infrastructure: Concepts for the Next Water Resources Development Act' at Founders Park, Islamorada, Florida at 10 a.m. on Oct. 19: Roundtable Participants: * Deb Gillis, Mayor, Islamorada, Florida * Jose Javier Rodriguez, State Senator, Florida * Noah Valenstein, Secretary, Florida Department of Environmental Protection * Michael Ru  more

Murphy Announces More Than $158,000 in Public Safety Funds for Central Florida Schools and Communities
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., announced today that the cities of Sanford and Casselberry, along with Seminole and Orange counties, will receive thousands in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The City of Sanford will receive $34,571, the City of Casselberry will receive $10,650, and Seminole County government will receive $42,721 from the Edward Byrne Me  more

Murphy, Crenshaw, Waltz Urge Defense Department to Award Alwyn Cashe the Medal of Honor
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - On the anniversary of the soldier's heroic actions, bipartisan group sends letter supporting upgrade of Cashe's Silver Star to the nation's highest award for valor * * * Today U.S. Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Dan Crenshaw, R-Tex., and Michael Waltz, R-Fla., urged the U.S. Department of Defense to consider awarding the Medal of Honor to Army Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe, a war hero who   more

Rep. Crist Issues Statement on House Passage of Legislation Supporting Hong Kong
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Florida, issued the following statement on House passage of four pieces of legislation that condemn China and Hong Kong for attempting to subvert autonomy, violating the human rights of protestors and pushing back against pro-democracy efforts: The legislation, which passed the House by a unanimous bipartisan voice vote, reaffirms the United States' bilateral relationship with Hong Kong as an autonomous city-state and draws attention to those sufferi  more

Rep. Crist Issues Statement on Passage of Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Florida, issued the following statement on the passage of his bipartisan bill the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act (H.R. 886) co-led by Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-New York: The legislation, which passed the House Judiciary Committee today by voice vote, is now cleared for consideration by the full House of Representatives. "Pinellas and Pasco Counties have been blessed with a veterans treatment court program that offers life-saving and life-chan  more

Rep. DeFazio: Congressional Delegation to Travel to Florida for Field Roundtable on WRDA
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, D-Oregon, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, issued the following news release: For your planning purposes, Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) and Vice-Chair Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) announced the Subcommittee will hold a field roundtable in Founders Park, Islamorada, Florida, on Saturday, October 19, 2019 titled "America's Water Resources Infrastructure: Conce  more

Rep. Diaz-Balart, Doral Mayor Bermudez Issue Statement on Decision to Bring G7 Summit to Doral
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Florida, and Doral Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez issued the following statements regarding the selection of Trump National Doral Miami as the host of the next G7 Summit: "I am excited to learn that the 2020 G7 Summit will take place in the City of Doral, which is part of the district I represent in Southeast Florida," said Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart. "Doral is a fast-growing, international and dynamic city. It is home to freedom-loving and patrio  more

Rep. Frankel: Bicameral Legislation Introduced Blocking Trump's Doral Corruption
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Representative Lois Frankel (FL-21), Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (MS-2), and Representative Steve Cohen (TN-9) introduced the Trump's Heist Undermines the G-7 (THUG) Act, following the announcement that President Trump's Miami resort will be the site of the next Group of Seven (G-7) summit. A companion bill is being introduced in the Senate by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Shel  more

Rep. Hastings Issues Statement on Death of Rep. Cummings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Florida, issued the following statement on the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee: "It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of my dear friend and colleague, Congressman Elijah Cummings. Elijah was a giant among humans and one of the most decent people I have known. Gone too soon, he was a principled leader and a man of conviction who always challenged us to do   more

Rep. Hastings Urges Immediate Action by USDA Secretary Perdue to Ensure Safe and Sanitary Housing at Okeechobee/Osceola Centers
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) sent the following letter to the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Sonny Perdue III, expressing deep concern with the ongoing unlivable and unlawful housing conditions present in the Okeechobee/Osceola Centers. Furthermore, the letter urges immediate action from the USDA to ensure safe and sanitary housing for the residents in complianc  more

Rep. Matt Gaetz to Lead Members of Congress in a Press Conference Demanding Transparency in Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, issued the following news release: On Thursday, October 17th, Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) will lead a delegation of over 30 Republican members of Congress in a press conference outside the House Intelligence Committee, where they will demand increased transparency and inclusion in the impeachment process from House Democrats, specifically Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA-12) and Chairman Adam Schiff (CA-28). The members of the Republican delegation  more

Rep. Posey Issues Statement on Resolution Opposing U.S. Efforts in Syria
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Rep. Bill Posey, R-Florida, issued the following statement after voting against the resolution (H.J.Res 77) opposing the decision to end U.S. efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in northeast Syria: "I don't want to see America's sons and daughters needlessly sent into battle to fight an undefined and unwinnable war that has been going on for hundreds of years. "If Washington needs another war, then Congress should declare war and   more

Rep. Shalala Announces Introduction of College Affordability Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Landmark legislation would be a comprehensive overhaul of America's higher education system * * * Today, Rep. Donna Shalala (FL-27) joined Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) and her Democratic colleagues in introducing the College Affordability Act (CAA), a landmark HEA reauthorization bill that if signed into law would revamp America's higher education system and immediat  more

Rep. Shalala Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidies to Residents of Puerto Rico, Other U.S. Territories
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Reps. Donna Shalala (FL-27), Darren Soto (FL-9), Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (PR), and Stephanie Murphy (FL-7) introduced the Medicare Low-Income Subsidy Expansion for Territories Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation that would allow residents of U.S. territories to become eligible for the Medicare Part D low-income subsidy (LIS) program beginning in plan year 2021. "For generations, the residents of Pu  more

Rep. Shalala Issues Statement on Death of Rep. Cummings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Florida, issued the following statement on the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland: "Today, Congress and the American people mourn the passing of one of the great public servants and moral leaders of our time. "Rep. Elijah Cummings possessed an indomitable spirit. Born one of seven children to former sharecroppers, he overcame the poverty, prejudice, and violence of the inner city to graduate Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University and serve in   more

Rep. Soto Issues Statement on Death of Rep. Cummings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Rep. Darren Soto, D-Florida, issued the following statement on the death of Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight Committee and representative of Maryland's 7th district: "Today, our nation lost a true man of the people and a fearless champion for our democracy. Elijah Cummings' leadership was one of conscious and conviction to always fight for what was just for the American people. "Anyone who crossed paths with him knew just how much his passion to do good w  more

Rep. Soto: Bipartisan Legislation Seeks to Expand Medicare Access to Puerto Rican Residents
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Rep. Darren Soto, D-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Reps. Soto, Shalala, Gonzalez-Colon, Murphy Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Medicare Part D Low -Income Subsidies to Residents of Puerto Rico and other U.S. Territories * * * Today, Reps. Darren Soto (FL-9), Donna Shalala (FL-27), Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (PR) and Stephanie Murphy (FL-7) introduced the Medicare Low-income Subsidy Expansion for Territories Act of 2019, H.R 4666, bipartisa  more

Rep. Soto: New Democrat Coalition Endorses Rep. Soto's Bipartisan AI JOBS Act of 2019
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Rep. Darren Soto, D-Florida, issued the following news release: This week, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) announced the endorsement of legislation on technology and artificial intelligence, including Rep. Darren Soto's (FL-09) AI Jobs Act of 2019 that will authorize the Department of Labor to work with businesses and educational institutions to create a report analyzing the future growth of artificial intelligence and its impact on American workforce. This is the first  more

Rep. Spano Continues Support of Homeless Veterans
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Rep. Ross Spano, R-Florida, issued the following news release: The Homeless Veteran Families Act (H.R. 95), cosponsored by Rep. Ross Spano (Florida-15), received overwhelming bipartisan support in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday night. Under H.R. 95, the Department of Veterans Affairs will reimburse community organizations that serve homeless veterans for costs associated with their children by expanding the per diem payment amount paid for transitional housi  more

Rep. Spano Helps Secure Over $3 Million From FEMA for Lakeland
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Rep. Ross Spano, R-Florida, issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $3.16 million dollars for the State of Florida for the cost of debris removal in Lakeland as a result of 2017's Hurricane Irma. This has been a priority issue for U.S. Representative Ross Spano (FL-15), who helped secure both this award and a previous one for Lake County. This funding, awarded under FEMA's Public Assistance Program, will reimburse the city for the collection, reduction, disp  more

Rep. Speier Introduces Bipartisan Courtney Wild Crime Victims' Rights Reform Act of 2019 to Rectify Injustices Faced by Epstein's Victims
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Rep. Jackie Speier, D-California, issued the following news release: Representatives Jackie Speier (D-CA), Scott Perry (R PA), Lois Frankel (D FL), and Mo Brooks (R AL) introduced the bipartisan Courtney Wild Crime Victims' Rights Reform Act of 2019 today with nine original cosponsors. This bill is named for the survivor who courageously led the way in asserting the rights of the scores of victims who fell prey to Jeffrey Epstein in Florida and were kept in the dark as f  more

Rep. Steube Issues Statement on Death of Rep. Cummings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Rep. W. Greg Steube, R-Florida, issued the following statement on the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland: "I am saddened to hear of the loss of Chairman Elijah Cummings, my colleague on the House Oversight and Reform Committee. "It was an honor to have the opportunity to serve with such a storied member of Congress in my first term. "My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Maya, family, friends, staff, and the people of Baltimore during this time."  more

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Issues Statement on Death of Rep. Cummings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, issued the following statement on the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland: "When our nation can ill-afford to lose such a kind, principled leader, one of my dearest friends and mentors has left us. "My heart is broken, as I weep personally and for his family and community. "Elijah Cummings' unmatched integrity and leadership leaves a remarkable legacy. "But I know his struggle for justice and freedom lives on, as so many  more

Reps. Conaway, Dunn Issue Remarks at Hearing on USDA Implementation of Farm Bill Research Programs
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Reps. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, ranking Republican member of the House Agriculture Committee, and Neal Dunn, R-Florida, ranking Republican member of the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research, issued the following remarks at a hearing to review the Agriculture Department's implementation of the Farm Bill research programs: "Today's hearing provided a much-needed update on farm bill implementation. Deputy Under Secretary Hutchins is a great asset to Am  more

Reps. Lipinski, Bilirakis Issue Statement Calling for Economic Sanctions Against Turkey
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- Reps. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, and Rep. Gus, Bilirakis, R-Florida, co-chairs of the International Religious Freedom Caucus, issued the following joint statement to call for economic sanctions against Turkey: "As Co-Chairs of the International Religious Freedom Caucus, we call on President Trump to impose economic sanctions against the government of Turkey for its military intervention in Syria. "We stand united in rigorous opposition to these deplorable actions that   more

Reps. Mast, Cunningham Introduce to Protect Local Fisheries
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Rep. Brian Mast, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressmen Brian Mast (FL-18) and Joe Cunningham (SC-01) today introduced the bipartisan Climate-Ready Fisheries Act to help local fisheries manage the current and anticipated impact of changing environments, including climate, salinity, water temperature and more. The Climate-Ready Fisheries Act of 2019 directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to examine what actions have already been taken b  more

Reps. Posey, Lipinski, Weber, Babin Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Study Low-Dose Radiation
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Rep. Bill Posey, R-Florida, issued the following news release: A bipartisan group of Members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee have introduced a bill to expand research on the health effects of exposure to low doses of ionizing radiation. H.R. 4733, the Low-Dose Radiation Research Act of 2019, authorizes a low-dose radiation basic research program at the Department of Energy's Office of Science. Humans are exposed to low doses of ionizing radiation eve  more

Reps. Rooney, Sires Issue Statement on Bolivia Elections
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Reps. Francis Rooney, R-Florida, and Albio Sires, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement urging the Bolivian government to respect the will of the people and ensure that the elections in Bolivia on Oct. 20 are free, fair and transparent: "We are deeply concerned about the Morales government's continued restrictions on press freedom and persecution of opposition politicians, which have weakened public institutions in Bolivia. "We also reject the 2017 decision by the  more

Reps. Sires, Rooney Issue Statement on Bolivia Elections
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Rep. Albio Sires, D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security and Trade, issued the following joint statement with Ranking Member Francis Rooney, R-Florida, urging the Bolivian government to respect the will of the people and ensure that the elections in Bolivia on Oct. 20 are free, fair and transparent: "We are deeply concerned about the Morales government's continued restrictions on press freedom and persecut  more

Reps. Soto, Schweikert Applaud U.S.F.D.A Food Safety Efforts
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Rep. Darren Soto, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Co-Chairs of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus Reps. Darren Soto (FL-D) and David Schweikert (AZ-R) sent a letter to the United States Food and Drug Administration supporting the agency's upcoming session on a blueprint for "A New Era of Smarter Food Safety" which will focus on maintaining food safety through technologies including blockchain. "Blockchain technology applications offer promising solu  more

Rubio Co-Chairs CECC Hearing Highlighting Chinese Government Atrocities in Xingjiang
WASHINGTON, Oct. 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 evaluate the on-going forced labor, mass internment, and social control in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). Earlier this year, Senator Rubio's bipartisan bill, the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019 (S.178) unanimously passed the Senate and is awaiting final passage in   more

Rubio Cosponsors the National Criminal Justice Commission Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) cosponsored Senator Gary Peters' (D-MI) National Criminal Justice Commission Act, bipartisan legislation that would task a National Criminal Justice Commission to assess the nation's criminal justice system and propose reforms to address the most pressing issues facing it. Rubio previously supported the legislation in both the 114th and 115th Congress. Also co-sponsoring the  more

Rubio Joins Colleagues in Urging CMS Expand Access to Care and Resources for Families With Alzheimer's
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio joined Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Ed Markey (D-MA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and a bipartisan group of Senators to urge the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to conduct an outreach campaign to educate clinicians, Medicare beneficiaries with cognitive impairment, and their families on the assessment and care planning serv  more

Rubio Joins Wyden, Colleagues in Condemning Apple and Activision Blizzard Action to Enforce Chinese Government Censorship
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 18 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Ron Wyden (D-OR) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers in condemning Apple and Activision Blizzard's recent actions to suppress criticism of the Chinese government in hopes of gaining higher profits. Apple recently removed the HKMap mapping app, which was widely used by peaceful Hong Kong protestors, from the App Store at the request of the Chinese government, and ha  more

Rubio, Coons Urge UN to Investigate 2018 Murders of Russian Journalists in Africa
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 18 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Chris Coons (D-DE) sent a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres encouraging increased UN engagement in the investigation into the 2018 murders of Russian journalists Orkhan Dzhemal, Kirill Radchenko, and Alexander Rastorguyev in the Central African Republic. This letter follows an August 2018 letter that the Senators wrote to Secretary-  more

Rubio, Cornyn, Scott Introduce Bill to Modernize NASA Contracting Requirements
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced the Contracts and Obligations Modernization for Efficient Terms of Service (COMETS) Act. This legislation would allow NASA to use its procurement contracts to acquire supplies and services to meet not only NASA requirements, but also the requirements of its commercial partners. This needed modernization would enable more ef  more

Rubio, Rosen, Scott Introduce Legislation to Restore Holocaust Survivors' Rights
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced the Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act (S. 2621). The legislation would allow beneficiaries of Holocaust-era insurance policies to bring civil action in U.S. district courts against the insurer for the covered policy to recover proceeds due or otherwise enforce any rights under the policy. Rubio previously introduced   more

Rubio, Scott, Capito, Fisher Introduce Legislation to Support Victims of Identity Theft
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rick Scott (R-FL), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced the Identity Theft Victims Protection Act to support victims of identity theft and help them to recover more quickly. This legislation would hold identity thieves accountable by requiring the fraudulent actions be added to the perpetrator's credit hist  more

Sen. Rick Scott Announces TIPS Act to Address FBI Failures
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Rick Scott joined family members of the victims of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to announce his Threat Information Protocol for Sharing (TIPS) Act to hold the FBI accountable for its failures to address critical deficiencies in its handling of actionable intelligence. This legislation is supported by Stand with Parkland, an organization founded by the family member  more

Sen. Rick Scott Highlights Manufacturing Month in Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Oct. 18 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Rick Scott visited United States Gypsum Corporation (USG), a building materials manufacturer, in Jacksonville to highlight Manufacturing Month. Senator Rick Scott said, "It's exciting to be here today at USG today as we celebrate manufacturing month and all the wonderful work done by Florida's great manufacturers. "USG has been a Florida manufacturer since 1939, and is a staple in   more

Sen. Rick Scott Introduces Legislation to Support Victims of Identify Theft
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senators Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Shelley Moore Capito, Deb Fischer, Tom Cotton and Marsha Blackburn introduced the Identity Theft Victims Protection Act to support victims of identity theft and help them recover quicker. This legislation will hold identity thieves accountable by adding the fraudulent actions to the perpetrator's credit history, instead of the innocent victim's credit history. Senator   more

Sen. Rick Scott to Donate Third Quarter Senate Salary to the Navy SEAL Foundation
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Rick Scott announced he will donate his third quarter Senate salary to the Navy SEAL Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and its families. Senator Rick Scott said, "As a Navy veteran myself, I know firsthand the sacrifices our men and women in uniform, and their families, make to serve our nation.  more

Sen. Rick Scott to International Olympics Committee: Stand Up for Human Rights; Don't Host Olympic Games in Communist China
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to the President of the International Olympics Committee urging the Committee to reconsider its decision to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in Communist China. Read the letter HERE (https://www.rickscott.senate.gov/sites/default/files/2019-10/191017-Thomas%20Bach%20IOC.pdf) or below. October 17, 2019 To: Mr. Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee, Chate  more

Sen. Rick Scott: Taxpayers Win When We Hold Universities Accountable for Student Debt Crisis
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- 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-waste  more

Sen. Rick Scott: U.N. Should Be Ashamed of Decision to Allow Venezuela Seat on Human Rights Council
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, following the vote by the United Nations General Assembly to give Venezuela a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement. Senator Rick Scott said, "Every freedom-loving country around the world should be horrified by the decision to give Venezuela a seat on the Human Rights Council. "How can Nicolas Maduro, who is committing genocide, be allowed to parti  more

Sen. Rubio Names Mother Kombucha as Senate Small Business of Week
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- 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, named Mother Kombucha of St. Petersburg, Florida as the U.S. Senate Small Business of the Week. Senator Rubio visited Mother Kombucha in St. Petersburg last week. Rubio released the following video message to congratulate Mother Kombucha as the Small Business of the Week. A broadcast quality version can   more

Sen. Rubio Names Mother Kombucha as the Senate Small Business of the Week
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- 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, named Mother Kombucha of St. Petersburg, Florida as the U.S. Senate Small Business of the Week. Senator Rubio visited Mother Kombucha in St. Petersburg last week. Rubio released the following video message to congratulate Mother Kombuc  more

Sen. Scott Issues Statement on China Request for Trade Talks
WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following statement after China requested another round of trade talks with the U.S.: "While it's positive the United States is working towards a deal that would require Communist China to buy more U.S. agriculture products, let's remember - Communist China never lives up to the bargain. "Communist China is stealing our technology and refuses to open their markets to foreign goods as required by their agreement to be part of the WTO  more

Sen. Udall Discusses Legislation on Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety Research Program
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 16, on legislation (S. 2604) to require the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to work with vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and other interested parties to advance the technology developed by the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety Research Program: I rise today to introduce the Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone   more

Senate Judiciary Committee Issues Statement From Sen. Rubio on Nomination of Lagoa
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- The Senate Judiciary Committee issued the following statement by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, at a hearing on the nomination of Barbara Lagoa to be U.S. circuit judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit: "Regretfully, due to a scheduling conflict, I am unable to attend today's nominations hearing to introduce Justice Barbara Lagoa. Justice Lagoa currently serves as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Florida. "Last month, President Trump announced his intent  more

Senate Judiciary Committee Issues Statement From Sen. Rubio on Nomination of Luck
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- The Senate Judiciary Committee issued the following testimony by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, at a hearing on the nomination of Robert Luck to be U.S. circuit judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit: "Regretfully, due to a scheduling conflict, I am unable to attend today's nominations hearing to introduce Justice Robert Luck. Justice Luck currently serves as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Florida. "Last month, President Trump announced his intent to n  more

Senators Rick Scott and Tom Udall Introduce Legislation to Prevent Drunk Driving
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senators Rick Scott and Tom Udall introduced bipartisan legislation to help prevent drunk driving and save thousands of lives. The Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone (RIDE) Act of 2019 will promote the research and development of advanced alcohol detection software and will require the implementation of such technology in new motor vehicles. Representative Debbie Dingell introduced similar legislation  more

Stanton, Steube Bill to Enhance Supreme Court Security Sails Through Judiciary Committee With Unanimous Support
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: A bipartisan bill introduced by Rep. Greg Stanton and Rep. Greg Steube of Florida advanced through the House Judiciary Committee today with unanimous support. The bill, H.R. 4258, would permanently extend security protection of Justices of the Supreme Court outside the Supreme Court grounds. The congressmen introduced the bill in September. Current law authorizes the Supreme Court Police to protect justices  more

Waltz, Cheney Introduce Bill Sanctioning Turkey Over Syrian Invasion
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Florida, issued the following news release: On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) joined Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and over 90 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. "The situation in Syria is serious, with regional and global implications," said Waltz, who has been outspoken on t  more

Waltz, Crenshaw, Murphy Urge Defense Department to Award Medal of Honor to Florida Sergeant
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Florida, issued the following news release: On Thursday, U.S. Reps. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.), Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) and Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) wrote a letter urging the U.S. Department of Defense to consider awarding the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe, a war hero who grew up in Oviedo, Florida. The bipartisan letter sent to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy cited SFC Cashe's extraord  more