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Vern Buchanan: Mental Health Counseling, Family and Marriage Therapy Should be Covered by Medicare

May 31, 2019 - 7:00am
Vern Buchanan

On Thursday, a senior Republican congressman from the Sunshine State threw his support behind a proposal to expand mental health coverage for seniors under Medicare. 

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., who sits on the powerful U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, announced he was cosponsoring the “Mental Health Access Improvement Act.”

Weeding out the Dead: Let's Verify Benefits Applicants 105 and Older, Says Steube

May 30, 2019 - 8:45am
Greg Steube

A congressman from the Sunshine State has an idea on how to save taxpayers money by having the federal government check on the eligibility for benefits of Americans who are 105 or older. 

Last week, freshman Greg Steube brought out the “Valid Benefits Act” which will “require heads of federal agencies and departments to verify eligibility for federal benefits for individuals 105 years of age or older.” 

Steube showcased the bill on Wednesday and explained why he had championed the proposal, insisting it could lead to major savings. 

Florida Congressmen Look to Build Ties With Allies in Eastern Mediterranean

May 28, 2019 - 1:00pm
Gus Bilirakis and Ted Deutch

Last week, two members of the Florida delegation looked to build a closer partnership with Israel, Greece and Cyprus while taking aim at Turkey. 

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., the chairman of the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, teamed up with U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, D-RI, to bring out the “Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act."

Rubio Calls for U.S. to Stand Against China's Bullying and Protect Taiwan

May 29, 2019 - 6:30am
Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio, on the U.S. Senate East Asia, the Pacific and International Cybersecurity Policy Subcommittee, turned his attention to Chinese aggression last week. 

The Florida Republican is looking to impose sanctions against Chinese individuals and companies that “participate in Beijing’s illegitimate activities to aggressively assert its expansive maritime and territorial claims” in both the South China Sea and the East China Sea. 

Florida Congressmen's Bill to Help Vets Enter Civilian Workforce Heads to the Senate

May 28, 2019 - 8:30am
Al Lawson and John Rutherford

A bill from two North Florida congressmen -- Republican Rep. John Rutherford and Democratic Rep. Al Lawson -- to help veterans transition out of the service and into civilian careers has cleared the U.S. House and now heads to the U.S. Senate. 

Francis Rooney Wants More Transparency When Drug Companies Raise Prices

May 25, 2019 - 7:15am
Francis Rooney

A Southwest Florida Republican congressman is backing a proposal to have pharmaceutical companies have more transparency when they want to raise drug prices. 

This week, U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., joined U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., and Mike Braun, R-Ind., and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., in bringing out the “FAIR Drug Pricing Act” which, they insist, will be “the first step in addressing skyrocketing prescription drug prices by requiring transparency for pharmaceutical corporations that plan to increase drug prices.”

Mike Waltz Backs Congressional Term Limits Amendment

May 23, 2019 - 6:00am
Mike Waltz

This week, freshman U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., announced his support for a proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to have congressional term limits. 

Waltz is backing a resolution from U.S. Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Tex., to limit time on Capitol Hill to 12 years, with members of the U.S. House restricted to six terms and members of the U.S. Senate to two terms.

After cosponsoring the resolution at the start of the week, Waltz explained his support for the resolution on Wednesday. 

Ted Deutch, Kamala Harris Team Up on EQUAL Defense Act

May 22, 2019 - 9:00am
Ted Deutch and Kamala Harris

A South Florida Democrat is joining one of his party's most prominent senators to offer a bill which they say will help support public defenders. 

On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., brought out the “Ensuring Quality Access to Legal Defense (EQUAL Defense) Act” in the House,  being championed in the Senate by Kamala Harris, D-Calif. Harris is running in the crowded Democratic presidential primary. 

Florida Congressmen Want Congressional Offices Inside VA Facilities to Help Veterans

May 21, 2019 - 8:30am
Inside a VA facility

On Monday, two congressmen from Florida -- Republican Brian Mast and Democrat Darren Soto -- paired up to proposal a bill making it easier to have congressional offices inside U.S.  Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities.

Mast and Soto unveiled the “Improving Veterans Access to Congressional Services Act” to streamline the process for members of Congress to have offices in VA facilities.  

Mario Diaz-Balart Honored for Work on Ports

May 20, 2019 - 10:15am
Mario Diaz-Balart

U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., the top Republican on the U.S. House Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, was honored last week for his work on ports issues. 

The Florida Republican was honored by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) as the 2019 “Port Person of the Year” with that group praising Diaz-Balart as a “committed supporter of the port industry and has fought to bring millions of dollars to improve infrastructure and development for ports across the nation.”


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