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Mario Diaz-Balart Honored for Work on Ports

May 20, 2019 - 10:15am
Mario Diaz-Balart

U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., the top Republican on the U.S. House Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, was honored last week for his work on ports issues. 

The Florida Republican was honored by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) as the 2019 “Port Person of the Year” with that group praising Diaz-Balart as a “committed supporter of the port industry and has fought to bring millions of dollars to improve infrastructure and development for ports across the nation.”

Rick Scott, Josh Hawley Team Up on FEMA Policy Reform

May 18, 2019 - 8:45am
Rick Scott and Josh Hawley

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla.. teamed up with U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.,  on Thursday to offer a bill that would let federal employees work with  the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) efforts.

Scott showcased his support for Hawley’s “National Urban Search and Rescue Parity Act,” which also has the backing of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H. 

Congressional Delegation Gathers to Support Florida Agriculture

May 17, 2019 - 6:45am
Vern Buchanan and Alcee Hastings

The Florida delegation met on Thursday to focus on agriculture in the Sunshine State. 

Most of the delegation, led by co-chairmen U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., were attended the meeting, focusing on trade policy with Mexico, disaster relief and citrus greening.  

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, Florida Farm Bureau Federation President John Hoblick,  Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association President Mike Joyner and Alan Shelby, the executive vice president of the  Florida Forestry Association spoke at the meeting. 

Marco Rubio, Maggie Hassan Get Counterterrorism Advisory Board Authorization Act Through Committee

May 16, 2019 - 7:00am
Marco Rubio, Maggie Hassan

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’, R-Fla.,  continues to champion a bill that extends the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Counterterrorism Advisory Board (CTAB)  and it gained steam on Capitol Hill this week. 

At the end of 2017, Rubio, U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-NH, and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., brought out the “Counterterrorism Advisory Board Authorization Act." While the House passed its version of the bill, Rubio did not get his proposal across the finish line. The proposal codifies the CTAB, which was created in 2010, for another two years. 

Tommy Hazouri's 'Last Hurrah' Wraps Up 45 Years on Jacksonville's Political Stage

May 15, 2019 - 8:45am
Tommy Hazouri

After 45 years on the political stage, Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri scored another win on Tuesday night as he won another four year term. 

Insisting it was his “last hurrah,” Hazouri, now 74, turned away the challenge of Republican Greg Rachal, racking up more than 58 percent of the vote to keep his at-large council seat. 

Rick Scott, Mike Braun Champion Congressional Term Limits, Presidential Line Item Veto

May 14, 2019 - 4:00pm
Rick Scott, Mike Braun

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., teamed up with U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., to propose major changes to the federal political system including a line item veto for the president, term limits in Congress and requiring a super-majority in Congress to raise taxes. 

Scott and Braun showcased their “Make Washington Work” plan on Tuesday. Besides the amendments, Scott and Braun unveiled a bill to end automatic congressional pay raises. 

Steube: 'Make Marriage Great Again Act' Can Fix the Federal Tax Code

May 15, 2019 - 6:45am
Greg Steube

Freshman U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., is looking to eliminate the federal Marriage Tax Penalty with the “Make Marriage Great Again Act.”

Steube introduced the bill, which amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to eliminate the Marriage Tax Penalty, earlier this month and weighed in on his proposal on Monday. 

Bilirakis Backs Proposals to End Medicare Gaps

May 14, 2019 - 8:15am
Gus Bilirakis

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., is championing a second proposal to end gaps in Medicare coverage and cut down on late-enrollment penalties.

Four Florida Republicans Break Party Lines to Vote for Supplemental Disaster Relief Funds

May 13, 2019 - 11:45am
Charlie Crist, Greg Steube, Neal Dunn

At the end of last week, the U.S. House passed a $19 billion supplemental disaster relief package with funds to help Puerto Rico, Florida and other parts of the country hit by hurricanes and other disasters in recent years. 

The bill passed 257-150 on a mostly party lines vote though more than 30 Republicans joined the Democrats in passing the bill. President Donald Trump has stressed his opposition to the proposal, insisting it will hurt “our states, farmers and border security” and maintaining that relief efforts to Puerto Rico have been mismanaged. 

Gus Bilirakis Would Expand Dental Care for Veterans

May 13, 2019 - 9:00am
Gus Bilirakis

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., one of the top Republicans on the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee, has brought back a proposal to expand dental care to veterans. 

Last week, Bilirakis reintroduced the “Veterans Early Treatment for Chronic Ailment Resurgence through Examinations (VET CARE) Act”  which would expand dental care for veterans and create a four year pilot program. Currently, only fully disabled veterans or those with service related injuries get dental benefits through the VA. 

Bilirakis weighed in on his proposal on Friday. 

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