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Rick Scott, Tom Udall Want Built-In Software in All New Cars to Cut Down on Drunk Driving

October 18, 2019 - 6:00am
Rick Scott and Tom Udall

Insisting it will save thousands of lives, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., teamed up with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., this week on a proposal to develop software to detect alcohol and add it to new cars. 

Udall introduced the “Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone (RIDE) Act” on Wednesday with Scott as the main cosponsor. 

Gus Bilirakis Gets 'Student Veteran Empowerment Act' Through Key Committee

October 19, 2019 - 6:00am
Gus Bilirakis

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., scored a win this week as his “Student Veteran Empowerment Act” was rolled into a larger bill and cleared the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee.

Back in July, Bilirakis, who was vice chairman of the committee when the GOP controlled the chamber, introduced the bill to help students on the GI Bill who are impacted when colleges and universities close unexpectedly. In recent years, several high profile proprietary schools, including ITT Tech, shut their doors with little warning. 

Florida's Capitol Hill Dems: Expand Low-Income Medicare Part D Program to Puerto Rico, Territories

October 17, 2019 - 8:00am
Donna Shalala, Darren Soto and Stephanie Murphy

Three Democrats in the Florida delegation paired up with a Republican from Puerto Rico to bring out a bill expanding Medicare Part D to America’s territories. 

Bilirakis Secures Funds for Pasco County Schools to Beef Up Security

October 17, 2019 - 8:00am
Gus Bilirakis

Last year, the U.S. House passed the “Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act” from two congressmen from the Sunshine State--and now another member of the Florida delegation is using it to help secure schools in his district. 

Introduced by U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., with U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., as the main cosponsor, the bill got through the House on a 407-10 vote last year. 

Ted Deutch Part of Congressional Team Pushing for Peaceful, Diplomatic Resolution in Libya

October 16, 2019 - 6:00am
Ted Deutch

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., has teamed up with congressmen from both sides of the aisle to bring out a bill to call for a diplomatic solution to the Libyan conflict. 

Deutch, the chairman of the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, paired up with U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-SC, U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-NJ,  to introduce a proposal “to clarify and strengthen American policy in support of a peaceful diplomatic resolution to the Libyan conflict and to deter foreign interference in Libya” at the end of last week. 

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Tim Ryan Pair Up on Social and Emotional Learning Bill

October 16, 2019 - 6:00am
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Tim Ryan

A South Florida congresswoman is pairing up with a presidential candidate on a bill to help social and emotional learning (SEL) in classrooms. 

Last week, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., paired up with U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, on the “Social and Emotional Learning for Families (SELF) Act.” Ryan introduced the bill at the start of last week and he and Mucarsel-Powell weighed in on the bill on Friday. 

Gus Bilirakis Continues to Champion Brand USA to Boost International Tourism

October 15, 2019 - 6:00am
Gus Bilirakis

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., one of the co-chairs of the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, went to bat once again for Brand USA. 

Established in 1979, the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus works to promote domestic and international tourism, including supporting Brand USA, a public-private partnership which works to bring visitors from across the globe to visit the United States. A similar caucus was launched in the Senate back in 2011. Bilirakis took over as a co-chairman of it six years ago. 

Frederica Wilson Wants to Demand More from Higher Ed Accreditation

October 14, 2019 - 6:00am
Frederica Wilson

Last week, U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., pushed her bill to reform higher ed accreditation. 

Vern Buchanan Showcases Support of Green Energy

October 12, 2019 - 7:00am
Vern Buchanan

This week, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., who sits on the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, showcased his support of renewable energy. 

On Wednesday, Buchanan toured Florida Power and Light’s (FPL) solar plant in Parrish as that company continues its plans to build the world’s largest solar-powered battery. 

Gus Bilirakis, Lisa Blunt Rochester Want HHS to Offer States More Guidance on Medicaid, CHIP

October 10, 2019 - 8:00am
Gus Bilirakis and Lisa Blunt Rochester

This week, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., paired up on a proposal ensuring the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) offers guidance to states when it comes to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Blunt Rochester introduced the “Collecting and Analyzing Resources Integral and Necessary for Guidance (CARING) for Social Determinants Act” on Tuesday and Bilirakis joined on as a cosponsor. They showcased the proposal on Wednesday with the congressman’s team offering insights on why he was backing it. 


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