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Veterans Falling In Behind Buchanan's Overmedication and Suicide Prevention Act

May 2, 2019 - 8:00am
Vern Buchanan

Veterans groups are rallying behind a proposal from a Florida congressman to study connections between veteran suicide and opioids.

At the start of the year, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla.,  introduced the “Veterans Overmedication and Suicide Prevention Act" which would have the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) “review the deaths of all veterans it treated who died by suicide or from a drug overdose in the last five years.”

The U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing on the bill on Tuesday and a host of veterans groups went to bat for it. 

Francis Rooney, Lloyd Smucker Work to Bring Accountability to Labor, Education Departments

May 1, 2019 - 1:00pm
Lloyd Smucker

U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., is once again working with U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-Penn., to hold federal employees accountable on performance and misconduct. 

Last month, Smucker brought out the “Department of Labor Accountability Act” with Rooney as the main cosponsor. For his part, Rooney introduced the “Department of Education Whistleblower Protection Act” with Smucker supporting it. 

Frederica Wilson Continues Her Campaign Against Boko Haram

May 4, 2019 - 7:30am
Frederica Wilson

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., is continuing her efforts to shine the spotlight on terrorist group Boko Haram and its actions. 

Anti-Defamation League Reports on Anti-Semitism in Florida

Marco Rubio Wants Answers on SBA's Oversight of SCORE

April 30, 2019 - 4:00pm
Marco Rubio

As the chairman of the U.S. Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is weighing in as the federal Small Business Administration (SBA)  takes aim at Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), a non-profit which has helped small businesses for 55 years. 

Rooney Ramps Up Efforts to Ban Coral-Harming Chemicals From Marine Sanctuaries

April 30, 2019 - 9:30am
Coral at Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

A Florida congressman is doubling down on his  proposal to have the U.S. Commerce Department “issue regulations prohibiting the use of sunscreen containing oxybenzone or octinoxate in a National Marine Sanctuary in which coral is present, and for other purposes.”

NRCC Jabs Donna Shalala Over Record at University of Miami

April 29, 2019 - 12:00pm
Donna Shalala

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is taking aim at freshman U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., who is expected to be a top target for the GOP in 2020. 

Lois Frankel Leads the Charge to Take Down a Trump Nominee at the State Department

April 29, 2019 - 7:45am
Ronald Mortensen and Lois Frankel

From her perch on the U.S. House State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., is leading the charge on Capitol Hill to defeat a State Department nominee. 

Frankel teamed with three congresswomen from California -- Democrat U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren, Lucille Roybal-Allard and Norma Torres to round up 45 other members of the House to write U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, calling on him to “withdraw Ronald Mortensen’s nomination to be Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration.”

Darren Soto: Congress Needs to Reform Medicaid to Reduce Prescription Drug Prices

April 29, 2019 - 7:45am
Darren Soto

Last week, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., unveiled a report on the “high prices of diabetes drugs for seniors and the uninsured and the adverse impact on Florida’s Ninth District.”

Jayer Williamson Tapped as Future Leader by GOPAC

April 25, 2019 - 12:00pm
Jayer Williamson

GOPAC announced its 2019 class of emerging leaders and a Republican legislator from the Florida Panhandle was included. 

State Rep. Jayer Williamson, R-Pace, was named to the GOPAC class on Thursday, making him the only Florida Republican included in the group which includes more than 25 other legislators from around the country. 

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