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Rubio, Mucarsel-Powell Team Up on Coast Guard Infrastructure Bill

July 25, 2019 - 9:00am
Marco Rubio and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is pairing up with a South Florida Democrat on a proposal to help the Coast Guard clear its infrastructure backlog.

Rubio and U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, brought out the “Coast Guard Shore Infrastructure Improvement Act” this week. 

Bill Offering Housing Grants for Severely Wounded Vets Passes the House

July 24, 2019 - 11:30am
Gus Bilirakis

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., who sits on the  U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee, got his bill expanding U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) housing grants to the most severely disabled veterans through the U.S. House this week. 

At the end of last month, Bilirakis, who had been the vice-chairman of the committee when the GOP controlled the U.S. House, brought out the “Ryan Kules Specially Adaptive Housing Improvement Act.”  

DWS to Trump: You Won't Let Us Inspect Detention Centers at Will? We'll Pass a Bill

July 24, 2019 - 6:00am
Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Members of Congress can't walk into illegal-immigrant detention centers unannounced, so Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz is fighting back with a bill that would reverse that.

On Tuesday -- a day after she filed it -- the South Florida congresswoman showcased her  “Help Oversee, Manage and Evaluate Safe Treatment and Ensure Access without Delay (HOMESTEAD) Act.”

Frankel, Castor Hotter than Ever on Their Bill to Give Women's National Soccer Team Equal Pay

July 23, 2019 - 6:00am
2019 U.S. World Cup winners

Still buoyed by the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team's overwhelming World Cup win this summer on soccer's biggest stage, two Florida Democrats are continuing their push for the team to be paid on an equal footing with the men's team. 

Last week, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., introduced the “Athletics Fair Pay Act," which would ensure equal pay for all Olympic and amateur athletes. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., is cosponsoring the bill.  

The bill is being championed in the upper chamber by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and U.S. Rep. Patty Murray, D-Wash. 

Rubio, Wilson Working with Leading Dems to Raise Social Status of Black Men and Boys

July 23, 2019 - 6:00am

Two members of the Florida delegation -- Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson -- are working with a pair of hopefuls for the Democratic presidential nomination on a proposal to establish a federal  Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys. 

Rubio announced he was working with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., on the proposal to create the commission which would be under the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ Office and “would recommend policies to improve current government programs.” 

Gus Bilirakis Champions Effective Drug Control Strategy Act

July 20, 2019 - 9:00am
Gus Bilirakis

A Florida congressman is backing a proposal to reform how the federal government reviews its efforts against illegal drugs. 

Rick Scott Would Sanction Turkey for Increased Ties to Russia

July 22, 2019 - 9:45am
Rick Scott

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is pushing a resolution in the Senate condemning Turkey’s increased ties to Russia and calling on American allies to discuss that nation’s continued role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Rick Scott: Give Coast Guard More Drones, Planes to Fight Drugs

July 19, 2019 - 9:00am
Police drone

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is championing a proposal to expand how the U.S. Coast Guard can use planes and drones to crack down on drug smuggling. 

On Thursday, Scott teamed up with U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., to showcase the “Coast Guard Drug Detection and Interdiction Act” which “expands the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to help identify and interdict illicit drugs.”

Ross Spano Introduces the 'No Pensions for Pedophiles' Act

July 19, 2019 - 9:00am
Ross Spano

A congressman from Florida is leading the charge to ensure convicted child molesters lose their federal pensions. 

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, R-Fla., brought out the “No Pensions for Pedophiles Act.” The bill would amend the Hiss Act to ensure federal contributions to pensions would be denied to individuals who are convicted of federal crimes connected to child molestation.

Spano pointed to a case where a doctor in the federal service who is now serving time for sexually abusing children could receive up to $1.8 million through his pension. 

Natural Gas Bill Championed by Florida Republicans Heads to Senate Floor

July 22, 2019 - 9:45pm
President Trump at the May opening of the giant Sempra LNG plant in Cameron, La.

A bill expediting liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports backed by Florida Republicans is building momentum on Capitol Hill. 

Back in March, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., brought out the “Small Scale LNG Access Act” with the support of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, R-La. The companion bill in the U.S. House was introduced by U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., with U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., cosponsoring the proposal. 

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