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Florida Congresswomen Want Equal Pay for U.S. Women's National Soccer Team

July 6, 2019 - 7:00am
U.S. plays The Netherlands Sunday in the Women's World Cup Final

With the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team continuing to shine in the World Cup and scheduled to face The Netherlands in the final on Sunday, two Florida Democrats are taking advantage of the moment to push for the team to be paid more. 

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., one of the cochairs of the Congressional Soccer Caucus, wrote to Carlos Cordeiro, the president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, on the matter. 

Bumping up Support of Israel Will Counter Iran's Nuclear Ambitions, Buchanan Says

July 8, 2019 - 7:30am
Vern Buchanan

Last week, with reports that Iran has violated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by attempting to boost its uranium production, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., came out swinging at that nation and threw his support behind a bill to increase American support for Israel. 

Buchanan weighed in on Wednesday after Iran violated the JCPOA set up by the Obama administration. 

Alcee Hastings Gears Up to Run Again in 2020

July 6, 2019 - 7:00am
Alcee Hastings

This past week, U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., the dean of the Florida delegation, announced he plans to run for another term in 2020 despite his fight with pancreatic cancer. 

'Burnfoot': Thomas Brown and the American Revolution in East Florida

July 4, 2019 - 8:00am
Thomas Brown

Despite repeated efforts from the newly formed United States, East Florida remained in British hands during the Revolutionary War. Much of the credit for East Florida not being the fourteenth stripe on the flag has to go to Thomas Brown, one of the more intriguing leaders in the southern theater of the war. 

Rutherford Whips up Delegation Support for Banning Energy Exploration Off Florida

July 3, 2019 - 7:00am

Towards the end of last week, U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., introduced a proposal closing off energy exploration in the South Atlantic and extends the moratorium on energy exploration in the Gulf of Mexico through 2029. 

Rutherford dubbed his proposal the “Bolstering Economies, Anglers, Coastal Habitats, Ecosystems, and Security (BEACHES) in Florida Act” and reeled in the support of much of the Florida delegation in the U.S. House. 

Bilirakis: How Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Collect Data Needs Improvement

July 2, 2019 - 9:00am
Gus Bilirakis

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., is part of a group of congressmen on Capitol Hill pushing the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) to study focused on improving how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) handles lab services, including collecting data and reimbursements. 

Bilirakis joined U.S. Reps. George Holding, R-NC, Richard Hudson, R-NC, Bill Pascrell, D-NJ, Kurt Schrader, D-Oreg. and Scott Peters, D-Calif., in showcasing the “Laboratory Access for Beneficiaries (LAB) Act” on Monday.  

Kathy Castor's Proposal Gives the FTC More Power to Pursue Companies Targeting Children's Data

June 29, 2019 - 9:00am
Kathy Castor

This week, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., was able to get an amendment added to an appropriations bill and though the U.S. House to protect children’s privacy by giving the federal government more power to go after companies that mine their data. 

Noting that increasingly companies are mining children’s data, Castor proposed giving the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) more power to target bad actors. After her amendment was added to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act on Wednesday, Castor weighed in on her reasons for introducing it. 

Rubio Dead Set against the Left Packing the Supreme Court

July 1, 2019 - 7:00am
Marco Rubio

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is doubling down on his proposal for a constitutional amendment to limit the U.S. Supreme Court to nine justices. 

Earlier this year, prominent Democrats, including former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and presidential candidates U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, have mulled over expanding the Supreme Court 

Shannon Bream From Fox News Looks Back on First Democratic Debate, Looks Ahead to Second One

June 27, 2019 - 2:45pm
Shannon Bream

With the first round over and another scheduled for Thursday night as the crowded field of Democratic presidential hopefuls debate in Miami, Sunshine State News reached out to Shannon Bream from Fox News Channel for her thoughts. 

Vern Buchanan Gets Medicare Assistance Program Through Key Committee

June 28, 2019 - 6:30am
Vern Buchanan

From his seat on the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., was able to advance through the committee a proposal to fund the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), which helps with Medicare and insurance questions and problems, for another three years. 

As part of a large Medicare bill, on Wednesday the House Ways and Means Committee included the “Enhancing Consumer Assistance for Medicare Beneficiaries Act” from Buchanan, U.S. Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-Calif., and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich. 




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