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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday November 17, 2019 ( 45 items )  

Frankel, Lee Introduce Resolution Reaffirming U.S. Commitment to International Reproductive Health, Rights
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 -- Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Representatives Lois Frankel (FL-21) and Barbara Lee (CA-13) were joined by 36 members of Congress to introduce a resolution recognizing 25 years since the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, Egypt and reaffirming its goals, including comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights. This week, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN's sexual  more

Hastings, Spano Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Aid Survivors of Human Trafficking
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Congressman Ross Spano (R-FL) introduced H.R.5080, the HOPE for Victims of Human Trafficking Act, a bipartisan bill which institutes several provisions to more fairly support survivors of human trafficking during and after the judicial process. Joining Hastings and Spano as original cosponsors include: Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL),   more

Rep. Bishop Issues Statement on Finalization of USDA's Disaster Relief Block Grants Plan
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 -- Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr., D-Georgia, chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies, issued the following statement announcing the finalization of the plan for the block grants authorized in the Disaster Relief Act: Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and North Carolina are the states designated to receive the block grants: "I am very pleased the block grant money will be released to the stat  more

Rep. Buchanan Earns Perfect Score From Humane Society
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Congressman Vern Buchanan earned a 100+ from the U.S. Humane Society for his record protecting wildlife and preventing animal cruelty, according to the group's newly released 2019 legislative scorecard preview. Among the 535 members of the U.S. House and Senate, Buchanan was one of only 34 members to earn a 100+ score. A score of 100+ indicates pro-animal positions on all scored items in addition to leader  more

Rep. Castor Issues Statement on President Trump's Attack on Clean Air, Water Protections
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 -- Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Florida, chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, issued the following statement: On Monday, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration will try to significantly limit the science used by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to write public health rules, effectively making it more difficult for the agency to enact new clean air and water protections. "The Trump administration is once again putting the profits of   more

Rep. Crist Issues Statement on Amendment to Election Technology Research Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Florida, issued the following statement on the inclusion of his amendment to the Election Technology Research Act (H.R. 4990) that was passed by the House Science, Space and Technology Committee: The Crist amendment, adopted by a unanimous voice vote, would improve voting access for the visually impaired. "For the visually impaired, access to the voting booth is not yet equal. "At too many polling locations, the check-in process has inadequate acc  more

Rep. Deutch: Broward Delegation Asks Election Supervisor to Investigate Reports of Notices Threatening to Remove Voters From Roll
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, the Broward County Congressional Delegation, consisting of Representatives Ted Deutch (FL-22), Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), and Frederica Wilson (FL-24), sent a letter asking Broward County Supervisor of Elections Peter Antonacci to investigate reports that voters "have received inaccurate and misleading final notices that threaten to remove them from active voter registr  more

Rep. Diaz-Balart Gravely Concerned for Activist Jose Daniel Ferrer, Demands His Release
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Yesterday, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following remarks in response to alarming reports regarding the welfare of courageous Cuban activist Jose Daniel Ferrer, who has been detained since October 1, 2019. Excerpts below; read full text HERE (https://mariodiazbalart.house.gov/sites/diaz-balart.house.gov/files/wysiwyg_uploaded/CREC-2019-11-14-pt1-PgE1443-2.pdf). "Madam Speaker, I am  more

Rep. Diaz-Balart Issues Statement After Launching of Venezuela Democracy Caucus
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Florida, issued the following statement after launching of the Venezuela Democracy Caucus: "I'm proud to join with my friend and colleague, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, in launching the bipartisan Venezuela Democracy Caucus. "Through this important congressional organization, we aim to intensify our efforts in the U.S. Congress by focusing on support for the Venezuelan people, continuing to press for freedom and democracy, and imposing pressur  more

Rep. Hastings Issues Statement by House Ethics Committee Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Florida, issued the following statement in response to the House Ethics Committee inquiry: "I have cooperated with the Committee since May 14, 2019. "As they continue to conduct their work, I stand ready to fully cooperate with their inquiry. Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.  more

Rep. Hastings Issues Statement on Veterans Day
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Nov. 11 -- Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Florida, issued the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day: "As we mark this Veterans Day, let us pause to reflect on the service, sacrifice and dedication that our veterans exemplify in their immense contributions to our nation. "Today and everyday, it is important to not only salute our veterans, but also honor the promises we made to them when they entered service. Our veterans deserve timely access to the highest qu  more

Rep. Hastings Issues Statement to Honor 2019 Angels in Adoption Winner
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Florida, issued the following statement in honor of Yvette DuBose, CEO and executive director of the Heart Gallery of Broward County, for winning the 2019 Angels in Adoption Award: Hastings nominated Ms. DuBose for the award, which is given annually by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's (CCAI) Angels in Adoption Program. "I was so very proud to nominate Yvette DuBose for the 2019 Angels in Adoption Award and am overjoyed to see   more

Rep. Mast: Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Military Rape Case Regarding Port St. Lucie Veteran
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Rep. Brian Mast, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Mast Has Written Legislation With Harmony Allen to Fix Loophole Allowing Military Rapists to Go Free * * * The Supreme Court of the United States today granted certiorari in United States v. Collins, which is the case involving Port St. Lucie resident Harmony Allen. Allen was raped during her third month in the Air Force by her instructor. Despite being found guilty and sentenced to jail time, the i  more

Rep. Murphy, Mast Make Bipartisan Call for Congress to Fund Solutions to Harmful Algae Blooms
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Representatives Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) and Brian Mast (R-Fla.) have made a bipartisan call for Congress to fund research on solutions to harmful algae blooms, which are particularly problematic in Florida and can be detrimental to human health, water quality, recreation and tourism, and the broader economy. Earlier this year, two Murphy-led measures on harmful algae blooms were included in a gove  more

Rep. Posey Issues Statement on Veterans Day
WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 -- Rep. Bill Posey, R-Florida, issued the following statement on Veterans Day: "No words can express our nation's sincere gratitude to our military service members, and their families, who have answered the call to serve our country. "Since the Revolutionary War, which secured the independence of our great nation, over 1.3 million brave Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom, and ensure the survival of our nation. "On Veterans Day we recognize th  more

Rep. Rooney Issues Statement on Elections in Bolivia
WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 -- Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Florida, ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security and Trade, issued the following statement: Congressman Rooney stated "Yesterday, Evo Morales resigned from the Presidency of Bolivia following irregularities and manipulation of the results of the October 20th elections as identified by the Organization of American States. During the run-up to this year's election, Morales restricted the freedo  more

Rep. Shalala Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Help Vaccinate More Seniors
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation would help expand access to vaccines and immunization information among seniors * * * Today, Reps. Donna Shalala (FL-27), Larry Bucshon, MD (IN-8), Phil Roe, MD (TN-1), and Ann Kuster (NH-2) introduced the Senior Immunization Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation that would eliminate out-of-pocket costs for vaccines covered under Medicare Part D and improve vaccines awareness and educat  more

Rep. Shalala: You are Invited - Veterans Job & Resource Fair
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 15 -- Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Donna Shalala is inviting local veterans to attend an end of the year Veterans Job and Resource Fair on Saturday, November 23, 2019 beginning at 12:00 PM. The event will take place at the Leslie Bowe Hall at Evelyn Greer Park located in the Pinecrest, FL and will provide an opportunity for veterans to meet with federal agencies, support groups, and potential employers. "Veterans in our   more

Rep. Spano Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Promote Veteran-Owned Small Businesses
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 -- Rep. Ross Spano, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Rep. Ross Spano (Florida-15) joined Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) to introduce H.R.4991, the Post-9/11 Veteran Business Acceleration Act, to support veteran-owned small businesses. This bipartisan bill will allow veterans who are eligible for educational assistance under the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program to participate in a pilot program that would allow them to use this bene  more

Rep. Spano Issues Statement on Passage of Bill 'Boots to Business'
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Rep. Ross Spano, R-Florida, issued the following statement: Today, the Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Act of 2019, sponsored by Representative Ross Spano (FL-15) and Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10) passed 424-1 in the U.S House. The bill will authorize a 'Boots to Business' program to educate veterans on how to start and run their own small businesses. Rep. Spano issued the following statement regarding the passing of H. R. 3537. "I am grateful to my colleagues in the Hou  more

Rep. Spano: Florida Congressmen Want to Help Victims of Human Trafficking
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Rep. Ross Spano, R-Florida, issued the following news release: On Capitol Hill, the Florida delegation is pushing a bill to help the victims of human trafficking. This week, U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, R-Fla., teamed up on the "HOPE for Victims of Human Trafficking Act" which "institutes several provisions to protect human trafficking victims in the judicial process." The proposal has strong support from the Sunshine State as U.S. Rep. Te  more

Rep. Steube Introduces Legislation to Modernize the GI Bill
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Rep. W. Greg Steube, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Greg Steube (FL-17) introduced the Modern GI Bill Act, which allows veterans who are entitled to Post-9/11 educational assistance through the GI Bill to use eligible funds to repay federal student loans incurred prior to military service. "When I joined the Army after the attacks on September 11, 2001, I had significant student loan debt from law school, which took me over 15 years to p  more

Rep. Waltz Introduces Legislation Leveraging University Research to Preserve Florida's Coasts
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Florida, issued the following news release: On Thursday, U.S. Reps. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) and Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) introduced legislation to sustain Florida's coasts through research and education at public higher education institutions. H.R. 5102, the Coastal Resilience Research and Education Act, would provide the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the authority to designate public universities and colleges as National Cen  more

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Issues Statement on Veterans Day
SUNRISE, Florida, Nov. 11 -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, chair of the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, issued the following statement on Veterans Day: "Today we honor all those who served this nation to defend our freedom, and take the time to show our gratitude to them for their selflessness. "Our democracy is stronger because of their heroic service, so on Veterans Day we must uphold our commitment to  more

Reps. Frankel, Castor, 23 Members of Congress Send Letter Supporting Youth Caregivers
WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 -- Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - November is National Family Caregivers Month. * * * Today, 23 members of Congress joined Representatives Lois Frankel (FL-21) and Kathy Castor (FL-14) in sending a letter to the Administration for Community Living requesting the Family Caregiving Advisory Council consider the needs and perspectives of youth caregivers. There are at least 1.3 million caregiving youth in the United States ages 8-18  more

Reps. Spano and Hastings Fight for Human Trafficking Victims
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Rep. Ross Spano, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Representative Ross Spano (Florida-15) introduced a bipartisan bill with Representative Alcee Hastings (Florida-20) to help victims of human trafficking. They were joined by Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (Florida-25), Ted Deutch (Florida-22), and Michael Waltz (Florida-6). The bill, the HOPE for Victims of Human Trafficking Act, institutes several provisions to protect human trafficking victims in t  more

Rubio, Booker, Coons, Isakson, Markey, Boozman Call on Pompeo to Appoint Special Envoy to South Sudan
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Chris Coons (D-DE), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Ed Markey (D-MA), and John Boozman (R-AR) in calling on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to provide urgently needed U.S. diplomatic leadership to South Sudan, where a civil war has killed as many as 400,000 since it began in 2013. In the bipartisan letter sent today, the Senators highlighted the pressi  more

Rubio, Cruz, Graham, Cotton Introduce Bill to Reverse Misguided Civil-Nuclear Waivers, Dismantle Iran Nuclear Deal
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced legislation that would dismantle a key remaining part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in response to the Trump administration's repeated issuance of waivers for civil   more

Rubio, Young, Merkley, Coons Legislation Calls for Global Economic Security Strategy
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Todd Young (R-IN), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Chris Coons (D-DE), members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, reintroduced legislation that would require the administration to regularly produce and submit to Congress a Global Economic Security Strategy. Based on the belief that global stability and the national security of the U.S. depends in large part on a vibrant,   more

Sen. Rubio Applauds Committee Passage of Bills to Restore Coral Reefs, Address Harmful Algal Blooms
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) applauded the Senate Committee on Commerce's unanimous approval of his bipartisan, bicameral Restoring Resilient Reefs Act of 2019 (S. 2429) and South Florida Coastal Clean Waters Act (S. 10). Read more about Rubio's efforts to protect Florida's water quality and fight against harmful algal blooms here (https://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=fighting-for-florida&id=005  more

Sen. Rubio Chairs Hearing on Noncompete Agreements and American Workers
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following news release: On Thursday, November 14, 2019, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, will convene a hearing titled, "Noncompete Agreements and American Workers." The hearing will be live-streamed on the committee's website here (https://www.sbc.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings?ID=F61  more

Sen. Rubio Chairs Hearing on Noncompete Agreements and American Workers
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- 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, convened a hearing titled, "Noncompete Agreements and American Workers." A live-stream of the hearing can be found on the committee's website here (https://www.sbc.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings?ID=F618D332-F5BE-4F61-BAAA-B2F29ECD8CE8). Chairman Rubio's opening remarks as prepared can be found bel  more

Sen. Rubio Expresses Concerns Ahead of Trip to Cuba by King and Queen of Spain, Urges Them to Meet With Members of Cuban Opposition
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 11 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent a letter to his Majesty King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain expressing his concerns ahead of a trip the Spanish monarchs are making to the Republic of Cuba. In his letter, Rubio highlights that their "visit will serve as propaganda for a regime that has opened the doors to Venezuelan narco-dictator Nicolas Maduro and other evil foreign elements who undermine dem  more

Sen. Rubio Issues Statement on Resignation of Bolivia President Morales
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement after Evo Morales resigned as president of Bolivia following massive protests resulting from serious irregularities in the nation's electoral process: "The resignation of Evo Morales is a testament to the strength and the will of the Bolivian people. "As I stated earlier this month, Morales was illegitimately holding on to power in Bolivia after the recent presidential elections. "For the sake of Bolivia's demo  more

Sen. Scott Issues Statement on Decision to Invest Retirement Savings in Chinese Companies
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following statement after the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board decided to shift billions of dollars from the thrift savings plan retirement fund to an index fund that includes Chinese companies: Senator Scott is a co-sponsor of the bipartisan, bicameral Taxpayers and Savers Protection (TSP) Act, which would prevent the FRTIB from steering federal retirement savings to Communist China. "I'm extremely disappointed in the FRT  more

Sen. Scott Issues Statement on Reports of Arrest of Pro-Democracy Legislators in Hong Kong
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following statement after reports of the arrest of pro-democracy legislators in Hong Kong: "The arrest of pro-democracy legislators is yet another startling escalation from Beijing's puppets in Hong Kong. "The people of Hong Kong are fighting for the autonomy they were promised in 1997 and for the human rights they deserve. "Communist China's efforts to crack down on the protests in Hong Kong reflect their commitment to denying bas  more

Sen. Scott Issues Statement on Turkish President Erdogan's Visit to White House
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following statement on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to the White House: "President Trump should implement aggressive sanctions against Turkey for purchasing the S-400 missile system from Russia. Existing law under CAATSA requires the President to enforce sanctions, and today I'm urging the President to do this immediately unless Erdogan changes course. "If he doesn't, Congress should consider immediate action. We s  more

Sen. Scott to Question President Erdogan at White House on Turkey's Relationship With Russia
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Rick Scott will join President Trump for a meeting with Turkish President Erdogan at the White House. Senator Scott is urging President Trump to implement aggressive sanctions on Turkey, and released the following statement ahead of the meeting. Senator Rick Scott said, "It's clear that Turkey is not acting like a friend or ally right now. President Erdogan must answer for Turkey's ongoing rela  more

Sen. Scott: The Solution to Affordable Healthcare is Less Government, Not Medicare-for-All
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- 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. Today's episode covers the rising costs of healthcare - which became more expensive thanks to Obamacare. Premiums are up. Copays are up. Deductibles are WAY up. Now, the Socialist Democrats are proposing Medicare-for-A  more

Sen. Wicker: Committee Approves 20 Bills, Four Nominees, Coast Guard Promotions
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi, chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, issued the following news release: The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today approved 20 bills, four nominees, and Coast Guard promotions, all subject to approval by the full Senate. Bills and nominations approved are as follows (approved by voice vote unless otherwise noted): 1. S. 10, South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act of 2019, Sp  more

Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee Sets Executive Session on Nov. 13
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee issued the following hearing information: Executive session at G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building at 10 a.m. on Nov. 13: Agenda: 1. S. 10, South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act of 2019, Sponsors: Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.) 2. S. 481, the Nicholas and Zachary Burt Memorial Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2019, Sponsor: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) 3. S. 999, Sustainable Chemistry  more

Sens. Rubio, Risch Move Senate to Consider Hong Kong Bill
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman Jim Risch (R-ID) initiated a process for the Senate to quickly pass their Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (S. 1838). The process, known as the Hotline, allows for Senate business to be conducted by unanimous consent. The amended bipartisan bill was passed unanimously by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in Sept  more

Sens. Rubio, Van Hollen Continue to Push for DETER Act in National Defense Authorization Act Negotiations
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) wrote to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Committees on Armed Services to continue to push for their bipartisan DETER Act to be included in the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The letter follows last month's unanimous Senate vote instructing NDAA conferees to include key elements of the DETER Act. Rubio is  more

Wasserman Schultz, Diaz-Balart Launch Bipartisan Congressional Venezuela Democracy Caucus
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, issued the following news release: Today Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) and Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) announced the launch of the bipartisan Venezuela Democracy Caucus to support freedom for the Venezuelan people who have endured years of suffering under brutal and illegitimate tyranny. Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat, and Diaz-Balart, a Republican, will lead the Caucus, which will serve as a bipartisan effort to   more

WTAS: Rubio's Bipartisan, Bicameral Coral Reef Legislation Receives Widespread Praise
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio's (R-FL) bipartisan, bicameral Restoring Resilient Reefs Act of 2019 has received widespread praise from government leaders, the business community, conservation groups, environmental advocacy groups, and research experts. A summary of the bill is available here (https://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/8b121ccf-1a53-4cb4-b8fa-453d80ddfe5a/33BB1BF018823F11E191B586CBEE471B.rest  more