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Donna Shalala Would Raise the Age for Buying Tobacco to 21

April 18, 2019 - 8:45am

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. 

Mario Diaz-Balart Backs Security Bills in the House

April 17, 2019 - 12:00pm
Mario Diaz-Balart

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. 

Charlie Crist Joins the DCCC's Leadership Team

April 16, 2019 - 11:45am
Charlie Crist

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. 

Ted Yoho: Taiwan's Champion on Capitol Hill

April 16, 2019 - 9:00am

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.  

DHS Sending $3.25 Million to Orlando for Security Against Terrorism

April 15, 2019 - 12:00pm
Darren Soto, Val Demings, Stephanie Murphy

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. 

Ted Yoho Wants to Build More Economic Ties to Mongolia

April 13, 2019 - 7:30am
Ted Yoho

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. 

With Florida in Mind, Marco Rubio Takes Aim at Slumlords With New HUD Proposal

April 13, 2019 - 7:30am
Renovation begins at Eureka Gardens, Jacksonville

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.”

Marco Rubio: Only Licensed Providers Should Conduct Medical Disability Exams for VA

April 15, 2019 - 9:00am
Marco Rubio

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 Republicans Push Bill Cracking Down on Supporters of Maduro Regime

April 12, 2019 - 9:00am
Rick Scott, Mike Waltz and Marco Rubio

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.”

Ted Deutch, Vern Buchanan Continue Their Efforts to Crack Down on Fraud Against Seniors

April 11, 2019 - 1:00pm
Ted Deutch and Vern Buchanan

This week, two Florida congressmen have brought back their proposal battling fraud against seniors. 


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