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Rooney to Labor Department: Change Overtime Rules for Home Healthcare

August 14, 2019 - 6:00am
Francis Rooney

U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., wants the U.S. Labor Department to restore federal policies ended by the Obama administration on paying home healthcare workers overtime. 

This week, Rooney sent a letter to acting U.S. Labor Sec. Patrick Pizzella calling on Pizzella to rescind the Obama administration’s decision to end the Companion Services Exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Ted Yoho Continues to Push for More Trade With Mongolia

August 14, 2019 - 6:00am
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's capital

A Florida Republican congressman is continuing his efforts to build economic ties with Mongolia. Why Mongolia? Because it's a friend and it's strategically located nation between two major powers, China and Russia. 

Murphy, Waltz Demand Agencies Brief Florida Delegation on Critical Election Security

August 13, 2019 - 8:15am
Stephanie Murphy and Mike Waltz

Last week, two members of the Florida delegation called for more follow up from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Russian attempts to interfere in elections in the Sunshine State. 

Rick Scott Champions 'Disaster Contract Transparency Act'

August 9, 2019 - 8:30am

On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., teamed up with U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., to highlight their proposal reforming how federal, state and local governments handle contracts after natural disasters. 

Last week, Scott introduced the “Disaster Contract Transparency Act” which will try to speed up payments after natural disasters. 

Scott’s office showcased the problems that governments face in covering contracts after natural disasters. 

Rubio, Rooney Push 'Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety Act' after Mass Shootings

August 9, 2019 - 8:30am
Marco Rubio and Francis Rooney

In the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton  last weekend, two Republicans in the Florida delegation are continuing their push to create a task force to offer a national strategy “to keep communities safe from targeted violence through threat assessment and management.”

Florida Congressmen Want to Protect the Disabled From Abusive Guardians

August 8, 2019 - 7:15am
Darren Soto, Gus Bilirakis and Charlie Crist

While Congress might be out of session, three congressmen representing the Sunshine State introduced a new proposal to help protect the disabled from abusive guardians. 

Florida's Historically Black College Presidents Insist Their Schools Remain Needed

August 10, 2019 - 7:00am
Larry Robinson, Jaffus Hardrick, E. LaBrent Chrite, and A. Zachary Faison

This week, four presidents of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across Florida met as they showcased their institutions and insisted their schools will continue to play a role in the Sunshine State. 

Florida Delegation Backs Latest Round of Sanctions on the Maduro Regime

August 7, 2019 - 6:30am
Nicholas Maduro

With the Trump administration putting additional sanctions on the Maduro regime, the Florida congressional delegation offered strong support. 

President Donald Trump issued an executive order imposing sanctions on  all U.S.-based assets of Nicolás Maduro's regime and giving the U.S. Treasury Department the authority to sanction any individual or entity who supports the Maduro regime. 

Rubio to State Department: Push Poland to Do Right by Victims of Nazis, Communists

August 7, 2019 - 6:30am
Marco Rubio

Senate Foreign Relations Committeeman Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is calling on the U.S. State Department to support Poland to do more for those who lost their property to the Nazis and the communist regime that took over after World War II. 

Rubio paired up with U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., to send a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the matter, rounding up 86 other senators to sign as well.

Shevrin Jones Pushes Marijuana Decriminalization in Tallahassee

August 6, 2019 - 7:15am

On Monday, a Democrat in the Florida Legislature filed a bill to decriminalize possessing 20 grams or less of marijuana in the Sunshine State. 

State Rep. Shevrin Jones, D-West Park, the deputy Democratic leader in the House, filed the bill. 

“We must restore justice to our broken criminal justice system,” Jones said. “For far too long, communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by laws governing marijuana, and we must end this injustice once and for all.” 


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