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Vern Buchanan's Retirement Savings Proposal Gains Traction on Capitol Hill

April 3, 2019 - 7:00am
Vern Buchanan

From his perch on the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee,  U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., was able to get his proposal to offer employees of small businesses better retirement benefits through the committee.

Mario Diaz-Balart Will Help Lead Congressional Hispanic-Serving Institutions Caucus

April 2, 2019 - 7:00am
Mario Diaz-Balart

A Florida Republican congressman has been tapped to help lead the Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Caucus in Congress. 

On Monday, Antonio Flores, the president and CEO of the Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Caucus and the president of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), announced that U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., will help lead the caucus. He joins U.S. Rep. Susan Davis, D-Calif., U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., and U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Tex., to cochair the HSI Caucus. 

Small Business Committee Chairman Marco Rubio Focuses on Cyber Security, Disaster Recovery

March 30, 2019 - 7:30am
Marco Rubio

Wrapping up his first three months as chairman of the U.S. Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee this week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., advanced three bills and a nomination from the Trump administration this week, sending all of them to the full Senate. 

Lois Frankel Named Co-Chair of Democratic Women’s Caucus

April 1, 2019 - 9:00am
Lois Frankel

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., was elected last week to serve as one of the co-chairs of the  Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC), formerly the Democratic Women’s Working Group, a caucus of more than 90 congresswomen. 

Frankel, U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., and U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., will lead the DWC as co-chairs while U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Tex., and U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland, D-NM, will serve as the vice chairs. 

Vern Buchanan Brings Back Proposal Expanding Retirement Benefits for Small Businesses

March 29, 2019 - 7:45am

This week, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., brought back his proposal to offer employees of small businesses better retirement benefits.

Buchanan introduced his “Retirement Security for American Workers Act” back in February 2017. When he talked about the proposal at the end of 2016, he said his legislation “makes it less costly for small businesses to offer retirement benefits, and could help the more than 76 million Americans who work for companies that do not offer the opportunity to save for a secure retirement.” 

Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam Launches Underdog Bid for the White House

March 28, 2019 - 12:00pm
Wayne Messam

After winning a second term earlier this month, Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam has launched a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. 

Jim Nicholson: Energy Exploration Can Help Florida's Economy While Not Hurting Military, Tourism

March 28, 2019 - 9:30am
Jim Nicholson

Former U.S. Veterans Affairs Sec. Jim Nicholson, who led the Republican National Committee (RNC), hit Tallahassee on Wednesday as he continues leading the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) “Explore Offshore” campaign.

Nicholson and former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2016 election cycle, chair the campaign which API launched back in August. 

Marco Rubio Proposes Constitutional Amendment Limiting Supreme Court to Nine Justices

March 27, 2019 - 7:15am
Marco Rubio

With Democrats calling for expanding the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is proposing a constitutional amendment to limit it to nine justices. 

Prominent Democrats, including former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and presidential candidates U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, have mulled over expanding the Supreme Court 

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Gets Russia-Venezuelan Threat Mitigation Act Through the House

March 26, 2019 - 1:00pm
Debbie Wasserman Schultz

This week, the U.S. House passed on a voice vote a proposal from U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., to have the U.S. State Department provide a threat assessment and propose strategies on dealing with Russia’s increased ties to the Maduro regime’s military in Venezuela. 

Wasserman Schultz introduces the “Russia-Venezuelan Threat Mitigation Act” at the end of February with the backing of Florida Democrat U.S. Reps. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Donna Shalala and Darren Soto and Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart. 

John Kelly, Frederica Wilson Continue Their War of Words

March 26, 2019 - 7:15am
Frederica Wilson and John Kelly

The war of words between a Florida congresswoman and a former aide to President Donald Trump continued in recent days as U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., slammed retired Gen. John Kelly, a former White House chief of staff. 

Back in October 2017, Kelly weighed in on Wilson's account about what the president said to the widow and family of an American soldier killed in the line of duty in Niger. Kelly lost his son in the line of duty in Afghanistan in 2010. 

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