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Debbie Wasserman Schultz Gets Russia-Venezuelan Threat Mitigation Act Through the House

March 26, 2019 - 1:00pm
Debbie Wasserman Schultz

This week, the U.S. House passed on a voice vote a proposal from U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., to have the U.S. State Department provide a threat assessment and propose strategies on dealing with Russia’s increased ties to the Maduro regime’s military in Venezuela. 

Wasserman Schultz introduces the “Russia-Venezuelan Threat Mitigation Act” at the end of February with the backing of Florida Democrat U.S. Reps. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Donna Shalala and Darren Soto and Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart. 

John Kelly, Frederica Wilson Continue Their War of Words

March 26, 2019 - 7:15am
Frederica Wilson and John Kelly

The war of words between a Florida congresswoman and a former aide to President Donald Trump continued in recent days as U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., slammed retired Gen. John Kelly, a former White House chief of staff. 

Back in October 2017, Kelly weighed in on Wilson's account about what the president said to the widow and family of an American soldier killed in the line of duty in Niger. Kelly lost his son in the line of duty in Afghanistan in 2010. 

Ted Yoho Champions LNG at Puerto Rico Summit

March 25, 2019 - 8:30am
Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon and Ted Yoho

Last week, a Florida congressman traveled to Puerto Rico to take part in a summit on Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) which he continues to champion in Congress. 

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, R-PR, hosted the second  American LNG Summit in Puerto Rico. Last year, Yoho hosted the first summit in Jacksonville. 

More than 80 groups, elected leaders and diplomats took part in the event as they examined  LNG infrastructure, gas imports and exports, regulations, the role LNG can play in national security and new technologies. 

Francis Rooney Ramps Up His Effort to Protect Free Speech on College Campuses

March 23, 2019 - 9:00am
Oct. 19, 2017 at the University of Florida in Gainesville
While he has broken with conservatives on issues ranging from voting with Democrats against President Donald Trump’s executive action to build a wall on the southern border to supporting a carbon tax, U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., is trying to protect speech on college campuses. 
 
Earlier this month, Rooney introduced the “Free Right to Expression in Education (FREE) Act.” 
 

Vern Buchanan Showcases Proposal Defending Domestic Produce From Mexican Imports

March 21, 2019 - 12:00pm
Vern Buchanan
This week, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., continued to push against Mexico produce imports as the congressman insisted farmers in the Sunshine State were being undermined due to “unfair trade practices" and “unfair subsidies and illegal seasonal dumping.”
 
Buchanan held an event with the Florida Farm Bureau on Tuesday and he took aim at Mexico’s policies. 
 
“Today’s visit showed that Florida growers continue to be harmed by Mexico’s unfair trade practices,” said Buchanan. 
 

Francis Rooney, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell Want to Crack Down on Oxybenzone, Octinoxate Near National Marine Sanctuary System Coral Reefs

March 20, 2019 - 1:30pm
This week, two members of the Florida delegation unveiled a 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.”
 

Already Under Fire from NRCC, Stephanie Murphy Launches Bid for Third Term

March 20, 2019 - 9:00am
U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., the chairwoman of the Blue Dog Coalition, announced on Tuesday that she plans to run for a third term in 2020. 
 
Murphy released a web video in which she announced she was running again. 
 

Ted Yoho, Mike Waltz: Jacksonville, North Florida Will Benefit From Exporting Natural Gas

March 19, 2019 - 5:15pm
Two Republicans representing North Florida in Congress--U.S. Reps. Ted Yoho and Mike Waltz--are championing a proposal to expedite natural gas exports, insisting their bill will help the First Coast. 
 
Yoho brought out the “Small Scale LNG Access Act” on Monday which “will expedite the approval of natural gas exports equal to or less than 51.1 billion cubic feet per year.” Waltz is cosponsoring the bill. 
 

Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam Opens the Door to Presidential Bid

March 19, 2019 - 9:00am
Andrew Gillum and Wayne Messam
Fresh off winning reelection earlier this month, Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam is ramping up his possible bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. 
 
Messam easily won a second term winning 86 percent of Miramar voters as 5,867 votes were cast in his favor. Last week, he launched an exploratory committee, showcasing his record in office and highlight his biography. 
 

Charlie Crist Champions Expanding Medical Cannabis Options for Federal Employees, Veterans

March 18, 2019 - 7:00am
Charlie Crist
Last week, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., unveiled a proposal to “remove limitations on federal employment for an individual legally using marijuana under the law of the state in which the individual resides, and for other purposes.” 
 
Crist introduced the “Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws” on Tuesday and showcased in on Thursday. Republican U.S. Reps. Don Young of Alaska and Matt Gaetz of Florida are among the nine cosponsors. 
 

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