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Rubio, Buchanan Look to Crack Down on International Fentanyl Trade

April 11, 2019 - 7:00am

Two Florida Republicans are leading the charge on Capitol Hill to crack down on fentanyl being brought in to the U.S. from China, Mexico and other nations. 

Marco Rubio Wants a New Strategy for the U.S. in the Eastern Mediterranean

April 11, 2019 - 7:00am
Marco Rubio

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is calling for a closer partnership with Israel, Greece and Cyprus as he backs a new strategy in the eastern Mediterranean--and taking aim at Turkey.  

This week, Rubio, who sits on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, paired up with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-NJ, to bring out the “Eastern Mediterranean Security and Partnership Act.”

Marco Rubio, Mike Waltz Back Trump Designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as Terrorists

April 10, 2019 - 9:00am
Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Mike Waltz

President Donald Trump’s announcement that his administration will designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) is garnering strong support from Republicans in the Florida congressional delegation. 

Marco Rubio, who sits on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, applauded the announcement.            

Vern Buchanan Showcases the Agenda of the Animal Protection Caucus

April 9, 2019 - 7:00am
Vern Buchanan

Leveraging his position as chairman of the Animal Protection Caucus, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., insists he is ready to push several bills over the rest of 2019 and through 2020. 

Buchanan, R-Fla.,  and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oreg., who cochairs the caucus, printed a piece in The Hill on Monday highlighting their agenda. 

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Looks to Crack Down on Teens Using E-Cigarettes

April 8, 2019 - 11:30am

A South Florida congresswoman is looking to crack down on what her office is calling the “alarming rise in e-cigarette use among youth.”

On Friday, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., paired up with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Ct., to showcase the “Preventing Opportunities for Teen E-Cigarette and Tobacco Addiction (PROTECT) Act.”

Florida Delegation Urges Trump to Protect Farmers From Mexican Competition

April 6, 2019 - 8:00am
Okeechobee farming family fights to carry on

This week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., continued to push against Mexico produce imports, calling on the Trump administration to protect farmers in the Sunshine State, as the Trump administration looks to replace NAFTA with USMCA.  

Rubio and Buchanan rounded up senators and representatives from both sides of the aisle to call on Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer to protect farmers as negotiations with Mexico continue.

Marco Rubio Reintroduces the Sustainable Shark and Fisheries Trade Act

April 8, 2019 - 9:15am

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has brought back his proposal for the U.S. Commerce Department to increase regulation on the international shark trade. 

Last week, Rubio teamed up with Republican U.S. Sens.  Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan of Alaska and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, to bring back the “Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act.”

Irina Vilariño Looks to Defeat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in 2020

April 4, 2019 - 12:45pm
Irina Vilariño

Republican Irina Vilariño has launched a bid to take on U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., in what is expected to be one of the closest congressional races in the Sunshine State next year. 

Vilariño, a businesswoman who owns restaurants, entered the race to represent all of Monroe County and parts of Miami-Dade County in Congress on Wednesday.

Should Student Athletes Be Paid? Al Lawson Thinks So

April 6, 2019 - 8:00am

With the Final Four ready to battle for the NCAA basketball championship, a congressman from Florida is addressing the plight of unpaid student athletes.

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., hosted a panel discussion and screened a documentary on Capitol Hill this week as he turned his attention to “the plight of unpaid student-athletes in a multi-billion-dollar athletic enterprise.”

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