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Charlie Crist's Flood Insurance Loan Proposal Gathers Momentum in Congress

June 14, 2019 - 7:45am
Charlie Crist, Roger Williams

A Florida congressman‘s proposal “to drive down flood insurance premiums by creating a low-interest loan program to help property owners better protect their homes and businesses from storm damage, ultimately reducing post-disaster claims” is gaining traction on Capitol Hill. 

Ted Deutch Brings Back Proposal to Let Canadians Stay in U.S. Longer

June 13, 2019 - 7:00am

A Florida congressman has brought back a proposal to extend the amount of time Canadians who own or lease a home in the U.S. can stay there during the year. 

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-NY, reintroduced the “Canadian Snowbird Visa Act” which they worked together on back in 2017. The bill would add two extra months to the 182 days that Canadians can stay in the United States each year. 

Military-Minded Francis Rooney Pushes Harder to Ban Drilling in the Eastern Gulf

June 13, 2019 - 6:30am
Military testing in the eastern Gulf of Mexico

This week, U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., doubled down on his efforts to “permanently ban oil and gas leasing, preleasing, and related activities in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.”

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell Reaches across the Aisle to Help Coast Guard Clear Backlog

June 13, 2019 - 7:00am
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

From her perch on the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, a Florida congresswoman has offered a proposal to help the Coast Guard clear its infrastructure backlog. 

Pairing up with U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., brought out the “Coast Guard Shore Infrastructure Improvement Act” this week.

Marco Rubio Backs Effort to Crack Down on Foreign Lobbying

June 12, 2019 - 7:00am
Marco Rubio

This week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined a push to crack down on foreign lobbyists.

Crist's Proposal for Veterans Using Medical Marijuana Included in Funding Bill

June 11, 2019 - 7:00am
Charlie Crist

From his seat on the U.S. House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., helped amend a funding bill to aid veterans who are using medical marijuana and to boost legal marijuana businesses' access to banks.

Labor Department Takes Up Francis Rooney-John Thune Union Reform Proposal

June 11, 2019 - 7:15am
Francis Rooney and John Thune

A congressman from Southwest Florida is happy to see the U.S. Department of Labor picking up a proposal he brought out last year adding more transparency in unions’ finances by bringing back rules ended by the Obama administration. 

Early last year, U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla.,  introduced the House version of the “Union Transparency and Accountability Act,” a proposal championed by U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-SD, in recent years.

GOP Hopes to Give Charlie Crist a Real Fight in 2020

June 10, 2019 - 7:00am
Amanda Makki and Charlie Crist

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., has a new Republican opponent and it looks as if Crist can expect more of a fight to keep his seat in 2020 than he did last year. 

Healthcare lobbyist Amanda Makki, a former aide to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, last week launched her bid for the Republican nomination to challenge Crist . 

“I am fighting to give Pinellas a voice in Washington and a stake in the future of our country. By working together, we can bring effective and principled leadership back to the 13th District,” the new candidate notes on her website. 

Francis Rooney, Ted Cruz Continue the Fight Against China Stealing Technology Through American Higher Ed

June 10, 2019 - 7:00am
Francis Rooney and Ted Cruz

Last week, U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., and  U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, brought back their bill “to stop foreign intelligence services from using college exchange programs to steal technology, recruit agents and spread propaganda."

Back in September, Rooney, who was the vice chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee when the GOP remained in charge of the House, unveiled the “Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft (SHEET) Act” which Cruz was championing in the U.S. Senate. 

Soto's Good-for-Florida Bill to Eradicate Mosquito-Borne Diseases Moves to Trump's Desk

June 8, 2019 - 7:45am
Darren Soto

U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., scored a win this week when his proposal to help the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other government agencies at the state and local levels advanced to President Donald Trump’s desk. 

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