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Florida Continues to Flow Down History's River

November 1, 2019 - 6:00am
The Ribault Monument

Situated on the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve and overlooking the St. Johns River, the view from the Ribault Monument is one of Jacksonville’s hidden gems. From that point on St. Johns Bluff, you have a commanding view of the river with a nice panorama of human activity, marshlands, trees and the open sky.

Bilirakis, Engel Want HHS Grants to Prevent Suicide

October 30, 2019 - 6:00am
Gus Bilirakis and Eliot Engel

A Florida Republican is teaming with a top New York Democrat on Capitol Hill to urge the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to do more to cut down on the growing number of suicides across the nation. 

This week, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel, D-NY, teamed up on the “Effective Suicide Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department Act.” The bill would have HHS create a five-year program for hospitals to better prepare their emergency departments to identify, assess and treat individuals at risk for suicide. 

Florida Delegation Raises Concerns About Public Housing in Jacksonville

October 29, 2019 - 6:00am
Jacksonville's virtually unlivable Valencia Way, formerly Eureka Gardens
Another member of the Florida congressional delegation is raising concerns about a public housing project on the First Coast. 
 
Last week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., wrote U.S. Housing and Urban Development Sec. Ben Carson regarding the Valencia Way (formerly Eureka Gardens) housing complex in Jacksonville. 
 

Climate Solutions Caucus, Founded by Florida Congressmen, Established in the Senate

October 28, 2019 - 6:00am
Francis Rooney and Ted Deutch

Last week, the Climate Solutions Caucus--which was founded by two South Florida congressmen-expanded to the U.S. Senate.

Founded by U.S. Reps. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., and Ted Deutch, D-Fla., at the start of 2016, the Climate Solutions Caucus defines it mission as “to educate members on economically-viable options to reduce climate risk and to explore bipartisan policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate. 

Ted Yoho Offers Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund Reform

October 26, 2019 - 7:00am
Ted Yoho

This week, U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., introduced a proposal to reform the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) trust fund.

Vern Buchanan's Record on Ways and Means in Spotlight as 2020 Nears

October 24, 2019 - 8:00am
Vern Buchanan

Looking at a tough race next year, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., looked to showcase his record on Medicare this week, even as Democrats took aim at his vote on a prescription drugs bill. 

On Wednesday, Buchanan, a member of the powerful U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, highlighted his support for three bills expanding Medicare. From his seat on the committee, Buchanan threw his seat behind legislation expanding Medicare coverage to include hearing aids, dental care and vision services. 

Greg Steube Introduces Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act

October 22, 2019 - 2:15pm
Greg Steube and John Thune

A freshman congressman from Florida is championing a proposal to streamline state income tax collection for Americans who take out of state temporary work assignments. 

U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., announced on Tuesday that he had introduced the “Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act” which U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-SD, and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, introduced in the U.S. Senate back in February. 

Bilirakis, Matsui Call for Reauthorization of Federal Cell-Transplant Program

October 22, 2019 - 7:00am
Gus Bilirakis and Doris Matsui

From his perch as one of the chairs of the Congressional Caucus to Cure Blood Cancers and Other Blood Disorders, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., is championing a proposal to reauthorize the cell transplantation program named after a longtime Florida congressman. 

Al Lawson Calls for Congressional Select Committee on Student-Athletes

October 22, 2019 - 7:00am
Al Lawson

Now in his second term, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., continues to concentrate on college student athletes, calling for a new congressional body to “focus on the well-being and rights of our nation’s student-athletes.”

Lawson, who lettered in basketball and ran track during his undergrauate career at Florida A&M University, called on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to create a Select Committee on Student-Athletes.

Rubio and Scott Go to Bat for Holocaust Survivors and Their Heirs

October 21, 2019 - 6:00am
Marco Rubio and Rick Scott

Florida’s two U.S. senators are teaming up with U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., to bring back a bill helping Holocaust survivors and their heirs with insurance claims. 

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., are championing the “Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act.” Rubio had worked with then U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who lost to Scott last year, and now retired U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., in recent years on the bill. 

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