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Rubio: Congress Needs to Pass Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

September 19, 2019 - 8:00am
Marco Rubio

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the co-chairman of the  Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) and a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, continued to push his “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act” on Capitol Hill this week. 

Rick Scott Wants to Preserve Trump's 2017 Child Tax-Credit Extension

September 18, 2019 - 6:00am
Rick Scott

U.S. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is backing an effort to make permanent one of the tax cuts championed by President Donald Trump in 2017. 

This week, Scott threw his support behind U.S. Sen. Martha McSally’s, R-Ariz., “Child Tax Credit Expansion Act.” Other supporters in the Senate include U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., and U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa. 

Scott weighed in on why he was backing McSally’s proposal and pointed to his record cutting taxes during his two terms in Tallahassee.  

Francis Rooney Will Use Congressional Assignment to Battle Toxic Algae

September 17, 2019 - 6:00am
Francis Rooney

Fresh off getting a bill through the U.S. House to ban drilling off the Florida coast, U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., has a new perch to push his environmental agenda. 

Back in July, Rooney joined the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. On Monday, Rooney announced he was joining the committee’s U.S. House Environment Subcommittee. 

U.S. Rep Frank Lucas, R-Ok., who leads Republicans on the committee, praised Rooney on Monday. 

Buchanan Agrees: Make 9-8-8 the Universal Suicide Prevention Hotline Phone Number

September 17, 2019 - 6:00am
Vern Buchanan

With America seeing the highest number of suicides since World War II, a congressman from the Sunshine State is backing a proposal to create a universal suicide prevention hotline. 

Last month, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, brought out the “National Suicide Hotline Designation Act.” The bill would designate “9-8-8” as a universal telephone number for the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system, which is run by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Veteran’s Crisis Line.

NOAA Funds FAMU’s Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

September 16, 2019 - 7:00am
Larry Robinson and Al Lawson

Last week, Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee received almost $3.4 million in federal funds to continue studies on oceans and coastal communities. 

The $3.36 million in federal monies represents the fourth part of a five-year grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Educational Partnership Program to support FAMU’s Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (CCME).

FAMU President Larry Robinson is the CCME’s director and principal investigator and he noted the Center has provided more than 75 scholarships since 2016. 

Gus Bilirakis Continues the Fight to Expand Dental Care for Veterans

September 14, 2019 - 7:00am
Gus Bilirakis

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., one of the top Republicans on the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee, is seeing his proposal to expand dental care to veterans see some movement on Capitol Hill. 

Back in May, Bilirakis reintroduced the “Veterans Early Treatment for Chronic Ailment Resurgence through Examinations (VET CARE) Act”  which would expand dental care for veterans and create a four year pilot program. Currently, only fully disabled veterans or those with service related injuries get dental benefits through the VA. 

Greg Steube: Time for the Feds to Reclassify Marijuana

September 16, 2019 - 7:00am
Greg Steube

A congressman from the Sunshine State wants the federal government to change how it classifies marijuana. 

Freshman U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., brought out the “Marijuana 1-to-3 Act” last week. 

The bill will have the U.S. attorney general to change the Controlled Substances Act and reclassify marijuana from a schedule I controlled substance to a schedule III controlled substance. 

When he showcased the bill on Thursday, Steube insisted his legislation, if enacted, will ensure there is more research on marijuana. 

Florida Delegation to VA: Don't Shut Down Congressional Offices in Medical Facilities

September 13, 2019 - 6:00am
Brian Mast and Stephanie Murphy

Members of the Florida congressional delegation are pushing back at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) after being told to close their offices in VA facilities. 

Rubio Brings Back Proposal to Import Foreign Sand for Beach Renourishment

September 14, 2019 - 7:00am
Post-hurricane beach erosion on Jupiter Island

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is bringing back his proposal to allow local municipalities to purchase sand from foreign counties to help fight beach erosion. 

State House Members Outpace Senators in AFP's Florida Legislature Scorecard

September 12, 2019 - 6:00am
Jeff Brandes, Skylar Zander and Paul Renner

Looking at more than 150 bills that were brought up in Tallahassee this year,  Americans for Prosperity’s Florida chapter (AFP-FL) released its legislative scorecard on Thursday. 

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