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Florida Congressman Showcases New Data Project Focused on the Homeless

September 25, 2019 - 9:00am
Alcee Hastings

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., one of the chairmen of the Congressional Homelessness Caucus, thinks new data can help offer insights on America’s homeless population. 

Last week, Hastings and fellow chair U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Tex., hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill focused on the National Alliance to End Homelessness’ (NAEH) Demographic Data Project. 

Donna Shalala on Tlaib's Side in Protecting the Student Aid Act

September 24, 2019 - 8:00am
Donna Shalala and Rashada Tlaib

U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., has paired up with U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., in bringing out a bill they insist will help protect federal student aid. 

Last week, Shalala, Tlaib and U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., introduced the “Protecting Student Aid Act" (PSA Act), which, they claimed, will “reinvigorate the Student Aid Enforcement Unit within the U.S. Department of Education in order to allow the department to better respond to fraud and abuse within federal student aid programs.”

LNG Exports Continue to Expand on the First Coast

September 24, 2019 - 8:00am
Port of Jacksonville

Federal officials continue to showcase the potential of the First Coast on exporting Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).

Last week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., applauded the Federal Energy Regulatory Committees (FERC) for approving Eagle LNG exporting LNG out of Jacksonville. 

“This decision will allow for the siting, construction, and operation of a new liquefaction, storage, and export terminal facility on the St. Johns River,” Rubio’s office noted. 

Religious Freedom Imperiled Worldwide: Rubio Says His Bill Will Strengthen It

September 21, 2019 - 7:00am
Marco Rubio

Using his position on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., brought out a bill this week to  reauthorize the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

Rubio teamed up with U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Col., Chris Coons, D-Del., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Bob Menendez, D-NJ, to bring out the “United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Act" which would authorize the commission for another four years and increases its funding. 

Neal Dunn: We Can Get Temporary Funding to Natural Disaster Victims Quicker

September 23, 2019 - 6:00am
Neal Dunn

After the devastation his district suffered when Hurricane Michael hit in October, a North Florida congressman has offered a proposal to help the federal government respond to disasters. 

Last week, U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., brought out the “Streamlining the Official Response and Monetary Aid for Disasters Act” (STORM Aid for Disasters Act). 

Dunn’s proposal would have federal agencies send reports to Congress and the Office of Management of Budget after the White House issues major disaster declarations. 

Rubio-Scott Bill Would Extend Canadian Snowbirds' Stay in U.S. Another Two Months

September 20, 2019 - 6:00am
Canadians already pump an annual $6.5 billion into Florida's economy

Florida’s two U.S. senators have teamed up in the latest effort to allow Canadians to stay longer in the United States. 

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., brought out the “Canadian Snowbirds Act” this week with U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., R-Fla., cosponsoring it. The bill would add two extra months to the 182 days that retired Canadians who are 50 and older can stay in the United States each year. 

Dan Webster Wants the Feds to Follow Florida's Lead in Extreme-Weather Situations

September 21, 2019 - 7:00am
Dan Webster and Matt Cartwright

A Florida congressman is pushing the federal government to be ready for extreme-weather events and create best practices for various agencies and departments to follow--and he wants them to follow reforms enacted in Tallahassee.  

Rubio: Congress Needs to Pass Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

September 19, 2019 - 8:00am
Marco Rubio

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the co-chairman of the  Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) and a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, continued to push his “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act” on Capitol Hill this week. 

Rick Scott Wants to Preserve Trump's 2017 Child Tax-Credit Extension

September 18, 2019 - 6:00am
Rick Scott

U.S. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is backing an effort to make permanent one of the tax cuts championed by President Donald Trump in 2017. 

This week, Scott threw his support behind U.S. Sen. Martha McSally’s, R-Ariz., “Child Tax Credit Expansion Act.” Other supporters in the Senate include U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., and U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa. 

Scott weighed in on why he was backing McSally’s proposal and pointed to his record cutting taxes during his two terms in Tallahassee.  

Francis Rooney Will Use Congressional Assignment to Battle Toxic Algae

September 17, 2019 - 6:00am
Francis Rooney

Fresh off getting a bill through the U.S. House to ban drilling off the Florida coast, U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., has a new perch to push his environmental agenda. 

Back in July, Rooney joined the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. On Monday, Rooney announced he was joining the committee’s U.S. House Environment Subcommittee. 

U.S. Rep Frank Lucas, R-Ok., who leads Republicans on the committee, praised Rooney on Monday. 

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