With the new Congress convening on Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., introduced several proposals ranging from tax reform to national security to fighting citrus greening.
While the clock is ticking until President Barack Obama leaves the White House, U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., is taking aim at him with a resolution “disapproving of President Obama and his administration’s refusal to veto the anti-Israel resolution adopted by the United Nations Security Council.”
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said that he strongly supports President Barack Obama’s actions against Russia for its efforts to influence the recent presidential election.
On Thursday, Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats and imposed sanctions on Russian intelligence agencies in retaliation for that nation’s role in the election.
Members of the Florida congressional delegation with foreign policy portfolios weighed in after U.S. Sec. of State John Kerry offered a major address on the Middle East on Wednesday.
In his speech, Kerry took aim at Israeli settlements in territory disputed by the Palestinians. Last week, the U.S. refused to veto a UN resolution insisting the settlements were “illegal.” The Obama administration abstained on the vote.
“The status quo is leading toward one state and perpetual occupation,” Kerry insisted on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., who sits on the U.S. House Ways and Means and the Budget Committee, unveiled his priorities for the new year. These included national security, lowering taxes, cutting down on regulations and “strengthening Social Security and Medicare” to “help current and future seniors live with dignity and independence.”
Members of the Florida congressional delegation from both sides of the aisle continue to stand against a UN proposal branding Israeli development over disputed territory “illegal” and some took aim at President Barack Obama’s administration for not vetoing the measure.
The two South Florida congressional representatives at the top of the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee came out swinging at a UN proposal calling Israeli development over disputed territory “illegal.”
On Thursday, former Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford, whose name had been generating buzz as a possible gubernatorial candidate in 2018, slammed the door on that possibility.
From his perch as chairman of the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee, retiring U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., pushed back at a request for higher bonuses for employees from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The new year will be an important one for both of Florida’s two U.S. senators.
Democrat Bill Nelson will face the most immediate pressure as he looks at running for a fourth term in 2018 when he will be 76. Nelson has said he intends to run again but the GOP has momentum in Florida. Still, Nelson has always run ahead of other Democrats, outpacing Al Gore in 2000 and Barack Obama in 2012. Nelson’s folksy demeanor has often helped him win over independents in the Sunshine State and he does carry areas where Democrats haven’t been strong in recent elections.