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North Florida Congressmen's Proposal Helping Veterans Transition to Civilian Workforce Reaches House Floor

May 11, 2019 - 7:45am
John Rutherford and Al Lawson

A proposal from four North Florida congressmen to help veterans transition out of the military and into the civilian sector is gaining steam on Capitol Hill and headed to the House floor. 

In recent days, U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., got his “Veterans Armed for Success Act” which would create a grant matching program for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to support organizations that help veterans enter the private sector through job training programs included into a proposal from U.S. Rep. Mike Levin, D-Calif., helping veterans transition into the workforce.

Bilirakis, Deutch Back an Effort to Expand Teen Suicide Prevention Efforts

May 10, 2019 - 6:30am
Gus Bilirakis and Ted Deutch

With teen suicide on the rise, two congressmen want to improve training in schools to prevent it. 

Florida Leaders Applaud Suspending Agreement With Mexico on Importing Tomatoes

May 9, 2019 - 8:30am
Florida panhandle tomato growers

This week, the U.S. Commerce Department announced it was suspending an agreement with Mexico on importing fresh tomatoes, garnering applause across the Sunshine State. 

As the Commerce Department continues to negotiate with Mexico, U.S. Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross insisted the agreement, which had been in place since 2013, was not fair to American agriculture. 

Alcee Hastings, Brad Wenstrup Want Homeland Security Grants to Fund Bleeding Control Kits

May 8, 2019 - 1:00pm
Alcee Hastings, Brad Wenstrup

This week, U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., paired up with U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, this week to bring out the “Prevent Blood Loss with Emergency Equipment Devices Act” (the Prevent BLEEDing Act) which would ensure there are more Bleeding Control Kits (BCKs) in public places across the nation. 

Gus Bilirakis Wants to Simplify Medicare Enrollments

May 7, 2019 - 2:15pm
Gus Bilirakis

A Florida congressman is behind a push on Capitol Hill to end gaps in Medicare coverage and cut down on late-enrollment penalties.

Noting that almost 760,000 Americans are paying fines for late-enrollment in Medicare which increases Part B premiums, on average, by 28 percent, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., is backing the “Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) Act.” Other champions of the bill include U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., U.S. Rep. Brad Scheider, D-Ill., and U.S. Rep.  Jackie Walorski, R-Ind.

Val Demings Increasingly Targets William Barr

May 8, 2019 - 9:00am
Val Demings

From her perch on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, U.S. Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., is increasingly taking aim at U.S. Attorney General William Barr. 

Last week, as Democrats were trying to get Barr in front of the committee, Demings came out swinging at him. 

Florida Congressmen Push Back at Trump's Rollback of Drilling Regulations

May 7, 2019 - 9:00am
Vern Buchanan, Charlie Crist and Francis Rooney

Three members of the Florida delegation--Democrat U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and Republican U.S. Reps. Vern Buchanan and Francis Rooney--are looking to codify safety regulations about offshore drilling which the Trump administration is looking to change. 

Bilirakis Would Expand Fry Scholarships for National Guard, Reserve Families

May 4, 2019 - 7:30am
Gus Bilirakis

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., who sits on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, is championing a proposal to expand Fry Scholarships to survivors of National Guard and Reserve members who served in recent operations and died of service-related causes while not on active duty. 

“The Fry Scholarship provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the children and surviving spouses of servicemembers who died in the line of duty while on active duty after September 10, 2001,” Bilirakis’ office noted. 

Marco Rubio Joins Ted Yoho in a Bipartisan Effort to Reform Regulations on Transporting Livestock

May 3, 2019 - 8:45pm
Marco Rubio and Ted Yoho

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has teamed up fellow Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb. to champion the  “Transporting Livestock Across America Safely (TLAAS) Act,” which reforms federal regulation on how haulers transport livestock across the country by changing the Hours of Service (HOS) regulations for livestock haulers. 

Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Florida, along with Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., are taking the lead on the proposal in the House. 

Rubio weighed in on the bill this week. 

Marco Rubio Continues to Lean on Slumlords, Including GMF

May 6, 2019 - 8:30am
Marco Rubio

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., continued his efforts against slumlords last week, bringing back the “Housing Accountability Act.”

On Wednesday, Rubio and U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., reintroduced the proposal which, they insisted, “would hold property owners of low-income housing accountable for poor living conditions.”

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