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Vern Buchanan Introduces Seven Bills on First Day of Congress

January 3, 2017 - 12:30pm
Vern Buchanan

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. 

Dennis Ross Brings Out Resolution Against Obama's Israel Policies

December 30, 2016 - 12:15pm
Dennis Ross

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.” 

Marco Rubio Supports Obama's Sanctions on Russia Over Presidential Election

Marco Rubio, Ted Deutch Slam John Kerry's Speech on Israel

December 29, 2016 - 9:15am
Marco Rubio, John Kerry and Ted Deutch

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. 

From Taxes to National Security, Vern Buchanan Plans for a Busy 2017

December 28, 2016 - 11:15am
Vern Buchanan

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.”

Marco Rubio, Florida Democrats Slam Obama Over UN Vote on Israel

December 27, 2016 - 12:00pm
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Marco Rubio and Ted Deutch

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. 

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Ted Deutch Back Israel in UN Fight

December 23, 2016 - 8:30am
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Ted Deutch

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.”

Will Weatherford Passes on 2018 Gubernatorial Bid

December 22, 2016 - 3:15pm
Will Weatherford

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. 

Jeff Miller Shoots Down VA's Call to Change Law for Employee Bonuses

December 22, 2016 - 11:45am
Jeff Miller and Sloan Gibson

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. 

Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio Face Different Challenges in 2017

December 26, 2016 - 6:00am

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. 

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