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Alcee Hastings Joins Eliot Engel, GOP Congressmen to Focus on Middle East Peace

February 22, 2019 - 8:15am
Alcee Hastings

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., now the chairman of the U.S. House Helsinki Commission, is teaming up with a high profile congressman to try and influence the Middle East peace process. 

In Good Shape for Second Term as Jacksonville Mayor, Lenny Curry Primed to be a Statewide Player

February 25, 2019 - 8:00am
Mayor Lenny Curry

With Gov. Ron DeSantis starting fast out of the gate in Tallahassee, the Legislature ready to convene and a competitive mayoral race in Tampa, it’s easy to overlook one of the more important political developments in Florida: Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry looking pretty secure as he runs for a second term. 

Vern Buchanan Wants Trump to Press Kim Jong-un on Returning Remains of American POWs, MIAs from Korean War

February 21, 2019 - 2:15pm
Vern Buchanan

With President Donald Trump getting ready to meet with the leader of the North Korean regime next week, a congressman from Florida is calling on the president to push Kim Jong-un for the remains of American military personnel who are still missing from the Korean War. 

On Thursday, as Trump readies to meet the North Korean dictator in Vietnam, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla.. noted that the fates of more than 5,000 POWs held by  North Korea during the war remain unaccounted for.  

Mike Waltz, Bill Posey Urge Pentagon to Base Space Command in Florida

February 20, 2019 - 9:15pm
Mike Waltz and Bill Posey

Led by two Republican congressmen, members of the Florida delegation are calling on the Trump administration to base the proposed U.S. Space Command in the Sunshine State. 

On Tuesday, Florida Republican U.S. Reps. Bill Posey and Mike Waltz wrote a letter to acting U.S. Defense Sec. Patrick Shanahan on the matter. Waltz, the only freshman Republican serving on the U.S. House Armed Forces Committee, has been increasingly vocal about his support for the space industry’s role in Florida. 

Mario Diaz-Balart: THUD Funding a Big Win for Florida Ports, Public Housing

February 16, 2019 - 7:00am

While he no longer chairs the U.S. House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., helped craft the THUD funding bill that cleared Congress this week as lawmakers looked to avoid another federal shutdown. 

Diaz-Balart weighed in on what the THUD Appropriations Subcommittee, now chaired by U.S. Rep. David Price, D-NC, put together. 

Marco Rubio, Lois Frankel Take Aim at Saudi Arabia Cracking Down on Activists for Women

February 18, 2019 - 9:00am
Marco Rubio and Lois Frankel

Two members of the Florida delegation--Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Democrat U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel--are leading the charge on Capitol Hill to condemn the Saudi regime for arresting women’s activists. 

From his perch on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rubio paired up with U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., to introduce the resolution last week. 

Marco Rubio, Rick Scott Want Secret Service to Do More to Prevent School Shootings

February 15, 2019 - 7:00am

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is once again pushing legislation giving the U.S. Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC)  more of a role in stopping school shootings, this time with the help of new U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla.

Last year, Rubio paired up with U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, then U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and then U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., to bring out the “Eagles Act,” named after the mascot of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Vern Buchanan Tapped to Join David Price as Chairs of House Democracy Partnership

February 14, 2019 - 9:00am

One of the cochairs of the Florida delegation in the U.S. House will be taking on a leadership role with the House Democracy Partnership (HDP) for the next two years in Congress. 

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., announced on Wednesday that he will pair up with U.S. Rep. David Price, D-NC, in leading HDP, a group of 20 members of the House who work with “partner countries around the world to support the development of effective, independent, and responsive legislative institutions.” 

Mike Waltz: Armed Services and Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee Will Help Florida

February 13, 2019 - 12:00pm

This week, freshman U.S. Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., announced his subcommittee assignments on both the U.S. House Armed Services and the House Science, Space and Technology Committees.

On the Armed Services Committee, Waltz, who served as a Green Beret and as an aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, will sit on the House Seapower and Projection Forces and the Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittees. From his perch on the  Science, Space and Technology Committee, Waltz will sit on the Space and the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittees. 

John Rutherford Wants to Ban Seismic Testing off Atlantic Coast

February 12, 2019 - 12:00pm
John Rutherford

Noting that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued five Incidental Harassment Authorizations (IHAs) advancing applications for seismic air gun blasting off the Atlantic Coast, U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., is pushing for legislation banning seismic testing.

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