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Vern Buchanan Gets Medicare Assistance Program Through Key Committee

June 28, 2019 - 6:30am
Vern Buchanan

From his seat on the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., was able to advance through the committee a proposal to fund the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), which helps with Medicare and insurance questions and problems, for another three years. 

As part of a large Medicare bill, on Wednesday the House Ways and Means Committee included the “Enhancing Consumer Assistance for Medicare Beneficiaries Act” from Buchanan, U.S. Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-Calif., and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich. 

Stephanie Murphy: FAA Sending $4.5 Million to Sanford International Airport

June 27, 2019 - 9:00am
Orlando Sanford International Airport

This week, U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., announced more federal funds will be going to Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) to upgrade lighting equipment, building a new tarmac and have more airfield guidance signs.

Murphy announced on Tuesday that SFB will receive $4,464,990 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 

Marco Rubio, Sherrod Brown Bring Back Small Business Fair Lending Act

June 26, 2019 - 7:15am
Marco Rubio and Sherrod Brown

This week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.,  teamed up again with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, to bring back their proposal which, they insist, will help small businesses. 

Ted Deutch, Jeanne Shaheen Want to Give White House More Power to Sanction Hostage Takers

June 26, 2019 - 11:45am
Ted Deutch, Jeanne Shaheen

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., is pushing a proposal to give the White House more power to sanction nations and groups that hold Americans as hostages. 

NASA Turns to Small Businesses to Help Return to the Moon, Reach Mars

June 25, 2019 - 8:45am
Mars, with Earth 140 million miles away

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is relying on small businesses as it looks to the future, including returning astronauts to the moon in five years and, eventually, landing on Mars -- garnering the applause of a key committee chairman in the U.S. Senate. 

Last week, NASA announced it had contracted with more than 360 small businesses in more than 40 states as part of NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. NASA is planning to spend more than $45 million in those contracts. 

Buchanan Pushing Ted Cruz Bill to Use El Chapo's Billions to Build the Wall

June 25, 2019 - 8:30am
"El Chapo," Ted Cruz and Vern Buchanan

With Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Loera scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday, a Florida congressman is doubling down on his call to take billions of his assets -- seized by the federal government -- and use them to build a wall on the southern border.  

NRCC Comes Out Swinging as Debbie Mucarsel-Powell Opens the Door to Impeaching Trump

June 24, 2019 - 7:00am
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Donald Trump

Freshman U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., has opened the door to impeaching President Donald Trump--and drawing heavy fire from the GOP.

Ted Yoho Wants to Require Tax Preparers to Take a Proficiency Test

June 20, 2019 - 7:30am
Ted Yoho

This week, U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., paired up with U.S. Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., on a bill empowering the IRS to set minimum standards for paid tax preparers. 

Yoho and Panetta brought out the “Taxpayer Protection and Preparer Proficiency Act" to that purpose. Over in the U.S. Senate, Democrats, led by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., have a companion measure. 

Ted Deutch Continues to Move Up the Ladder on Capitol Hill

June 19, 2019 - 12:15pm
Ted Deutch

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., continues to rise in the Democratic ranks now that his party controls the U.S. House. 

Deutch, already the chairman of the U.S. House Ethics Committee and the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee and a cochair of the Climate Solutions Caucus, took on a new leadership post on Wednesday as he is the new vice chairman of the  House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging and Families (which was previously known as the Seniors Task Force). 

Alcee Hastings Brings Out Proposal to Cut Down on Chronic Homelessness

June 18, 2019 - 7:00am
Alcee Hastings

A Florida congressman who helped found and currently chairs the Congressional Homelessness Caucus has unveiled a proposal to cut down on homelessness at the national level. 

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