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Rick Scott: Give Coast Guard More Drones, Planes to Fight Drugs

July 19, 2019 - 9:00am
Police drone

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is championing a proposal to expand how the U.S. Coast Guard can use planes and drones to crack down on drug smuggling. 

On Thursday, Scott teamed up with U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., to showcase the “Coast Guard Drug Detection and Interdiction Act” which “expands the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to help identify and interdict illicit drugs.”

Ross Spano Introduces the 'No Pensions for Pedophiles' Act

July 19, 2019 - 9:00am
Ross Spano

A congressman from Florida is leading the charge to ensure convicted child molesters lose their federal pensions. 

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, R-Fla., brought out the “No Pensions for Pedophiles Act.” The bill would amend the Hiss Act to ensure federal contributions to pensions would be denied to individuals who are convicted of federal crimes connected to child molestation.

Spano pointed to a case where a doctor in the federal service who is now serving time for sexually abusing children could receive up to $1.8 million through his pension. 

House Passes Deutch Resolution Honoring Victims of Hezbollah

July 17, 2019 - 9:00am
Hezbollah's 1992 attack in Argentina

On Monday, the U.S. House passed U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch’s, D-Fla., resolution honoring the victims of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires and calling for action against Hezbollah and Iran who were behind the attack which killed 85 people. 

Marco Rubio Joins Jacky Rosen in Push to Expand Funds for Holocaust Education

July 16, 2019 - 9:00am
Marco Rubio and Jacky Rosen

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is behind a proposal from U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., to create a federal fund to teach students about the Holocaust. 

Rubio, U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-ND, and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Ct., announced their support of Rosen’s “Never Again Education Act." Rosen’s bill would have the U.S. Education Department create the Holocaust Education Assistance Program Fund, expanding middle and high school education on the Holocaust. 

Al Lawson, Val Demings Champion HUD Inspection Act

July 16, 2019 - 9:00am
Val Demings and Al Lawson

Two Democrats in the Florida delegation are championing a proposal to have the U.S. Housing and Urban Department (HUD) crack down on federally assisted housing properties that do not comply with federal laws. 

At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., U.S. Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, D-NC, brought out the “HUD Inspection Act.” 

Lawson introduced the bill on Friday and weighed in on why he had introduced it. 

Ted Deutch Pushes for More School Security Funding

July 13, 2019 - 9:30am

A South Florida congressman is pushing a bill expanding federal grants to help school security. 

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., whose district includes Parkland where the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting took place last year, and U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Tex., championed the “School Violence Prevention and Mitigation Act” this week. Williams is the main sponsor of the proposal.  

Marco Rubio: We've Got to Stop Depending on China for Rare Earth Resources

July 15, 2019 - 9:00am
Marco Rubio

With tensions continuing to linger with China, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., last week looked to push back with a bill to help stop American dependence on that nation for mining and rare metals.  

Return Cuba to 'State Sponsors of Terrorism' List, Urge Florida Congressmen

July 11, 2019 - 7:30am
Francis Rooney and Mario Diaz-Balart

Two members of the Florida delegation urged the U.S. State Department on Wednesday to return Cuba to the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. 

U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., who used to be the vice chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee when the GOP controlled the chamber, sent a letter on the matter to U.S. Sec. of State Mike Pompeo. 

Both of the Florida Republicans weighed in on why they thought Cuba should be included on the list. 

Rubio Cheers on Latest Sanctions Against Hezbollah

July 12, 2019 - 6:30am
Marco Rubio

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., applauded the Trump administration for continuing to sanction Hezbollah. 

This week, the U.S. Treasury Department announced new sanctions against three individuals connected to Hezbollah which the federal government has designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). The new sanctions target Hezbollah members Amin Sherri and Muhammad Hasan Ra’d, who both sit in the Parliament of Lebanon, and Wafiq Safa. 

Bilirakis Proposes to Expand Housing Grants for Severely Wounded Vets

July 11, 2019 - 7:15am

One of the leading Republicans on the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee has introduced a proposal expanding U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) housing grants to the most severely disabled veterans. 

At the end of last month, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., who had been the vice chairman of the committee when the GOP controlled the U.S. House, brought out the “Ryan Kules Specially Adaptive Housing Improvement Act” which he showcased on Tuesday. 


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