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Gus Bilirakis, Carolyn Maloney Want to Expand Medicare for Low Vision Devices

August 2, 2019 - 8:00am
Gus Bilirakis and Carolyn Maloney

This week, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., joined U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, to propose expanding the number of low-vision devices covered by Medicare. 

Rooney Abandons Education Committee, but Can't Resist Student Loan Reform

August 1, 2019 - 9:00am
Francis Rooney and Mike Lee

Even though he has left a key committee for higher education issues, U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., has teamed up with U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, on a bill trying to hold tuition down by reforming federal student loans. 

Rooney and Lee brought out the Higher Education Reform and Opportunity (HERO) Act which they showcased on Wednesday. 

Vern Buchanan Presents Himself as Israel's Champion

August 3, 2019 - 7:15am
Vern Buchanan

This week, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., stressed his support of Israel and his opposition to the  BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, as a stance that is beginning to define his re-election campaign.

First elected to Congress in 2006, Buchanan has already drawn a major challenger in state Rep. Margaret Good, D-Sarasota, who defeated his son James for an open state House seat in a special election early last year. 

Francis Rooney Plans to Use New Committee Assignment to Help Florida's Environment

July 30, 2019 - 12:00pm
Francis Rooney

Now in his second term in the U.S. House, U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., has a new committee assignment--which he plans to use to continue his efforts against offshore drilling and to protect water quality in Florida.

Rooney joined the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee last week which the congressman’s office showcased on Tuesday. 

U.S. Rep Frank Lucas, R-Ok., who leads Republicans on the committee, praised Rooney as he started his new duties. 

Florida GOP Congressmen Back Effort to End Tax on Social Security

July 31, 2019 - 8:15am
Matt Gaetz, Dan Webster and Greg Steube

Three Florida Republican congressmen have thrown their support behind U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie’s, R-Ky, effort to end federal taxation of Social Security benefits. 

Massie introduced the “Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act” last week and Florida Republican U.S. Reps. Matt Gaetz, Greg Steube and Daniel Webster cosponsored the proposal. 

Backers of the bill point out that Social Security benefits used to be exempt from federal taxes. 

For Wasserman Schultz and Brooks, Reauthorizing Breast Cancer Program Purely Bipartisan

July 30, 2019 - 9:00am
Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Susan Brooks

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., is working with a Republican congresswoman to increase funds and reauthorize a breast cancer education program. 

Last week, Wasserman Schultz, a breast cancer survivor, teamed with U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., to bring out a proposal to add more funds and reauthorize the Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young (EARLY) Act which was first passed in 2010. So far in 2019, more than 331,500 new cases of breast cancer have been diagnosed in the U.S. 

South Florida Dems Working With Ted Cruz, Richard Blumenthal Against Human Trafficking

July 30, 2019 - 9:00am
Lois Frankel and Ted Deutch

Two South Florida Democrats on Capitol Hill are teaming up with U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., to crack down on human trafficking operations by reforming the foreign temporary worker visa process. 

U.S. Reps. Lois Frankel and Ted Deutch, the two Florida Democrats, are working with Cruz and Blumenthal on the “Visa Transparency Anti-Trafficking Act” which they introduced last week. 

Frankel’s office laid out why she had introduced the proposal. 

Buchanan's Bill Would Coax More Charitable Giving

July 29, 2019 - 9:30am

A Florida congressman has brought out a proposal to reform the federal tax code to allow more incentives for charitable donations. 

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., who sits on the U.S. Ways and Means Committee, unveiled the “Everyday Philanthropist Act” last week. The bill creates Flexible Giving Accounts (FGAs) to allow employees to designate up to $2,700 annually to the charities of their choice without having to pay taxes on those funds. 

Yoho's Triumph: Bill Banning 'Inhumane Practice' of Horse Soring Clears the House

July 29, 2019 - 9:15am
A horse being sored, with 8-pound boots and chains

Two veterinarians currently serving in Congress scored a win last week on a bill banning horse soring. 

Back in 2013, U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Oreg., paired up to introduce the “Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act.” Yoho’s and Schrader’s bill would amend the Horse Protection Act of 1970 to end horse soring. 

House Passes Bilirakis Bill to Expand Fry Scholarships for National Guard, Reserve Families

July 27, 2019 - 6:00am
U.S. House of Representatives

House Veterans Affairs Committee member Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., this week had his proposal to expand the Fry Scholarships pass the House. This is the Bilirakis proposal that applies to survivors of National Guard and Reserve members who served in recent operations and died of service-related causes while not on active duty. 

“The Fry Scholarship provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the children and surviving spouses of servicemembers who died in the line of duty while on active duty after September 10, 2001,” Bilirakis’ office explained. 

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