Freshman U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., who led the U.S. Health and Human Services Department for eight years in the Clinton administration, turned her attention this week to the rising number of young Americans using tobacco and e-cigarettes, backing a proposal to raise the age for purchasing tobacco from 18 to 21.
U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., has thrown his support to two security bills making their way through the U.S. House.
On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, R-SC, showcased his proposal “to improve the national instant criminal background check system in order to search the National Data Exchange database when conducting criminal background checks” which, he insisted, would have closed the loophole which allowed the shooter in the 2015 Charleston church shooting to purchase a gun.
Now in his second term in Congress, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., has moved up into the leadership ranks of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) as the Democrats look to protect their new majority in the U.S. House.
On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., the chairwoman of the DCCC, announced that five regional vice chairs, including Crist, had been elected by her caucus.
“Elected by their colleagues, these vice chairs will help lead the on-the-ground effort to fortify and expand our new Democratic majority,” the DCCC noted.
U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., the top Republican on the U.S. House Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee, continues to urge the Trump administration to support Taiwan, offering warnings about the threat posed by communist China.
At the end of last week, Yoho sent a letter to U.S. Sec. of State Michael Pompeo urging him to attend the upcoming East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Thailand.
Three Democrats representing parts of Central Florida in Congress--U.S. Reps. Val Demings, Stephanie Murphy and Darren Soto--helped reel in more than $3 million to help Orlando secure itself from terrorism.
At the end of last week, the three members announced that Orlando will be receiving a $3.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS)Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). Last year, after not getting funds since 2014, Orlando received $1.5 million in a UASI grant.
A Florida Republican congressman wants to build economic ties with Mongolia which is located between two major powers in China and Russia.
This week, U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., the top Republican on the U.S. House Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee, introduced the “Mongolia Third-Neighbor Trade Act” in the House along with U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev. On the other side of Capitol Hill, U.S. Sens. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, and Ben Cardin, D-Mass., are championing the proposal.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is looking for the federal government to crack down on slumlords, and he's got some bad actors close to home in mind.
This week, Rubio brought back the “HUD Inspection Process and Enforcement Reform Act" which, he insists, will “improve the federal housing inspection process, hold slumlords accountable for misusing taxpayer dollars and ensure they are not endangering the health and safety of tenants.”
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wants only licensed health care providers to conduct medical disability examinations (MDEs) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Last week, Rubio paired up with U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., to bring out the “Better Examiner Standards and Transparency for Veterans Act" (BEST for Vets Act) after reports surfaced that physicians with revoked medical licenses were conducting MDEs for the VA.
Florida’s two U.S. senators and a freshman congressman brought out a proposal to ensure the federal government does not work with businesses supporting the Maduro regime in Venezuela.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., are championing the “Venezuelan Contracting Restriction Act” which, they insist, will “hold Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro accountable by prohibiting federal agencies from doing business with anyone that supports the oppressive Maduro regime.”
This week, two Florida congressmen have brought back their proposal battling fraud against seniors.