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Vern Buchanan's Record on Ways and Means in Spotlight as 2020 Nears

October 24, 2019 - 8:00am
Vern Buchanan

Looking at a tough race next year, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., looked to showcase his record on Medicare this week, even as Democrats took aim at his vote on a prescription drugs bill. 

On Wednesday, Buchanan, a member of the powerful U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, highlighted his support for three bills expanding Medicare. From his seat on the committee, Buchanan threw his seat behind legislation expanding Medicare coverage to include hearing aids, dental care and vision services. 

Greg Steube Introduces Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act

October 22, 2019 - 2:15pm
Greg Steube and John Thune

A freshman congressman from Florida is championing a proposal to streamline state income tax collection for Americans who take out of state temporary work assignments. 

U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., announced on Tuesday that he had introduced the “Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act” which U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-SD, and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, introduced in the U.S. Senate back in February. 

Bilirakis, Matsui Call for Reauthorization of Federal Cell-Transplant Program

October 22, 2019 - 7:00am
Gus Bilirakis and Doris Matsui

From his perch as one of the chairs of the Congressional Caucus to Cure Blood Cancers and Other Blood Disorders, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., is championing a proposal to reauthorize the cell transplantation program named after a longtime Florida congressman. 

Al Lawson Calls for Congressional Select Committee on Student-Athletes

October 22, 2019 - 7:00am
Al Lawson

Now in his second term, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., continues to concentrate on college student athletes, calling for a new congressional body to “focus on the well-being and rights of our nation’s student-athletes.”

Lawson, who lettered in basketball and ran track during his undergrauate career at Florida A&M University, called on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to create a Select Committee on Student-Athletes.

Rubio and Scott Go to Bat for Holocaust Survivors and Their Heirs

October 21, 2019 - 6:00am
Marco Rubio and Rick Scott

Florida’s two U.S. senators are teaming up with U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., to bring back a bill helping Holocaust survivors and their heirs with insurance claims. 

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., are championing the “Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act.” Rubio had worked with then U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who lost to Scott last year, and now retired U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., in recent years on the bill. 

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. 

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