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Marco Rubio, Rick Scott Want Secret Service to Do More to Prevent School Shootings

February 15, 2019 - 7:00am

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is once again pushing legislation giving the U.S. Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC)  more of a role in stopping school shootings, this time with the help of new U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla.

Last year, Rubio paired up with U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, then U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and then U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., to bring out the “Eagles Act,” named after the mascot of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Vern Buchanan Tapped to Join David Price as Chairs of House Democracy Partnership

February 14, 2019 - 9:00am

One of the cochairs of the Florida delegation in the U.S. House will be taking on a leadership role with the House Democracy Partnership (HDP) for the next two years in Congress. 

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., announced on Wednesday that he will pair up with U.S. Rep. David Price, D-NC, in leading HDP, a group of 20 members of the House who work with “partner countries around the world to support the development of effective, independent, and responsive legislative institutions.” 

Mike Waltz: Armed Services and Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee Will Help Florida

February 13, 2019 - 12:00pm

This week, freshman U.S. Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., announced his subcommittee assignments on both the U.S. House Armed Services and the House Science, Space and Technology Committees.

On the Armed Services Committee, Waltz, who served as a Green Beret and as an aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, will sit on the House Seapower and Projection Forces and the Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittees. From his perch on the  Science, Space and Technology Committee, Waltz will sit on the Space and the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittees. 

John Rutherford Wants to Ban Seismic Testing off Atlantic Coast

February 12, 2019 - 12:00pm
John Rutherford

Noting that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued five Incidental Harassment Authorizations (IHAs) advancing applications for seismic air gun blasting off the Atlantic Coast, U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., is pushing for legislation banning seismic testing.

Francis Rooney, Matt Gaetz Push Resolution on Rising Seas

February 11, 2019 - 1:15pm

Two Republicans from Florida--U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney and U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz--are championing a resolution  “expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that sea level rise and flooding are of urgent concern impacting Florida that require proactive measures for community planning and the states tourism-based economy to adapt.”

Rooney introduced the resolution at the end of last week with Gaetz as the only cosponsor. 

Dan Webster Wants to Extend FMLA to Cover Parents Grieving the Death of a Child

February 12, 2019 - 7:30am
Dan Webster

A Republican congressman from Florida is joining the charge to expend leave time for families suffering from the loss of a child. 

At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Dan Webster joined several members of Congress, including Democrat U.S. Reps. Don Beyer of Virginia, Brad Schneider of Illinois and Tom Suozzi of New York and Republican U.S. Reps. Paul Cook of California and Paul Gosar of Arizona in calling to reform the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) 

Marco Rubio, Ted Yoho Score a Win as Commerce Department Ends Mexican Tomato Agreement

February 8, 2019 - 11:15am
Marco Rubio and Ted Yoho

With the U.S. Commerce Department pulling the plug on an agreement with Mexican tomato growers, two Florida Republicans are declaring victory. 

For Third Time, Ted Deutch Gets Bill Protecting Veterans From Fraud Through the House

February 11, 2019 - 9:15am

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., is hoping the third time is the charm for his “Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act” which passed the U.S. House without opposition last week. 

New Congresswoman Donna Shalala Focuses on Healthcare

February 9, 2019 - 7:00am

After eight years in the Clinton Cabinet as secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), now that she is in Congress, U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., is starting to focus on healthcare issues. 

This week, from her new perch on the U.S House Education and Labor Committee, the South Florida Democrat weighed in on the “the various threats presented by House Republicans and the Trump Administration to the Affordable Care Act’s protections for American workers with preexisting medical conditions.”

Marco Rubio Continues to Swing Away at ZTE

February 6, 2019 - 1:45pm
Marco Rubio and Chris Van Hollen

This week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who sits on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, brought back a proposal taking aim at ZTE, a telecommunications company run by the Chinese government. 

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