Three freshmen congressional Democrats from Central Florida announced their first committee assignments this week.
Freshman U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., announced his committee assignments on Wednesday.
On Thursday, former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., went to bat for former presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson’s bid to be the next secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Martinez served as HUD secretary in President George W. Bush’s first term.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is pushing sanctions on Russia, accusing the Putin regime of “cyber intrusions, aggression, and destabilizing activities here in the United States and around the world,” including attempting to influence the 2016 presidential election.
With Republicans in Congress kicking over repealing and replacing President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., tapped a Florida Republican to serve on a committee overseeing much of that issue.
From his perch on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., brought back his proposal cracking down on state sponsors of terror.
With one of President-elect Donald Trump’s chief domestic priorities being a $1 trillion infrastructure and transportation plan over the next ten years, a South Florida Republican on Capitol Hill will play a major role in shaping its final version.
This week a South Florida Republican congressman once again paired up with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in urging the federal government to recognize the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.
On Tuesday, Cruz and U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., brought out the “Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act.” While noting members of the Muslim Brotherhood are classified as terrorists, the organization as a whole is not. This not a new topic for the two Republicans who brought out a similar proposal back in November 2015.
U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., is set to play a major role on investigating the IRS, health-care, Social Security and Medicare as he will take over the U.S. House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee.
Now starting his fourth term in Congress, U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., continues to move up the congressional ladder.