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Gus Bilirakis Continues to Champion Brand USA to Boost International Tourism

October 15, 2019 - 6:00am
Gus Bilirakis

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., one of the co-chairs of the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, went to bat once again for Brand USA. 

Established in 1979, the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus works to promote domestic and international tourism, including supporting Brand USA, a public-private partnership which works to bring visitors from across the globe to visit the United States. A similar caucus was launched in the Senate back in 2011. Bilirakis took over as a co-chairman of it six years ago. 

Frederica Wilson Wants to Demand More from Higher Ed Accreditation

October 14, 2019 - 6:00am
Frederica Wilson

Last week, U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., pushed her bill to reform higher ed accreditation. 

Vern Buchanan Showcases Support of Green Energy

October 12, 2019 - 7:00am
Vern Buchanan

This week, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., who sits on the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, showcased his support of renewable energy. 

On Wednesday, Buchanan toured Florida Power and Light’s (FPL) solar plant in Parrish as that company continues its plans to build the world’s largest solar-powered battery. 

Gus Bilirakis, Lisa Blunt Rochester Want HHS to Offer States More Guidance on Medicaid, CHIP

October 10, 2019 - 8:00am
Gus Bilirakis and Lisa Blunt Rochester

This week, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., paired up on a proposal ensuring the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) offers guidance to states when it comes to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Blunt Rochester introduced the “Collecting and Analyzing Resources Integral and Necessary for Guidance (CARING) for Social Determinants Act” on Tuesday and Bilirakis joined on as a cosponsor. They showcased the proposal on Wednesday with the congressman’s team offering insights on why he was backing it. 

Rutherford Sends Funds to Jacksonville Through His STOP School Violence Act

October 10, 2019 - 8:00am
John Rutherford

Last year, the U.S. House passed U.S. Rep. John Rutherford’s, R-Fla., “Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act” and now the congressman has directed some of the funds to help the First Coast. 

With U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., as the main cosponsor, Rutherford got his bill through the House on a 407-10 vote last year. 

Florida Delegation Piles on Trump Pulling Out of Syria

October 9, 2019 - 6:00am
Syrian pullout: Is Afghanistan next?

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull American forces out of Syria drew fire this week from members of the Florida congressional delegation on both sides of the aisle. 

After Trump spoke with Turkish President Recept Stay Grogan, the White House made the announcement Sunday. 

"Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation,” the White House announced. 

Trump took to Twitter Monday to explain the decision. 

Congressmen Want Parts of the First Coast to be a National Heritage Area

October 8, 2019 - 7:00am
John Rutherford, Al Lawson and Michael Waltz

On Monday, congressmen from the First Coast showcased a proposal preserving historical landmarks in the region as part of a National Heritage Area (NHA). 

The “Nation’s Oldest Port National Heritage Area Act” would cover parts of  Duval, St. Johns and Flagler Counties as NHAs. 

The bill was introduced by U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., at the end of last month. U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., are cosponsoring it. 

Rick Scott Calls Out NBA for Ties to Communist China

October 8, 2019 - 7:00am
Rick Scott

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is calling out the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the aftermath of a Tweet about China. 

At the end of last week,  Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, one of the most popular NBA teams in China thanks to the franchise drafting Yao Ming with the first pick of the 2002 draft, posted on Twitter, praising the protesters in Hong Kong who are opposed to the Chinese regime.  Under fire from China, Morey deleted the Tweet.

Steube Will Champion Rubio's 'Hearing Small Businesses Act' in the House

October 7, 2019 - 8:30am
Greg Steube and Marco Rubio

U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., is championing U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s, R-Fla., proposal to ensure more small businesses are consulted when the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) come up with new regulations. 

Steube announced on Friday that he would introduce Rubio’s “Hearing Small Businesses Act” which the senator brought out back in February. 

Ted Yoho, Jeff Van Drew, Republican and Democrat, Attack Human Trafficking

October 4, 2019 - 9:00am
Ted Yoho and Jeff Van Drew

A Republican congressman from the Sunshine State is pairing up with a Democrat from New Jersey to crack down on human trafficking. 

On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., teamed up with U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-NJ, to showcase two bills focusing on reducing human trafficking. 

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