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Trump Gets Ready to Kick Off 2020 Bid With '45 Fest' in Orlando

June 17, 2019 - 7:30am

The presidential election ramps up this week in Central Florida with President Donald Trump kicking off his bid for a second term in Orlando on Tuesday. 

The Trump team is pulling out all the stops with plans to hold a "45 Fest" at the Amway Center before Trump and Vice President Mike Pence launch their reelection effort. 

Donna Shalala: Seniors Should Have Access to Medicaid After Evacuating States For Natural Disasters

June 15, 2019 - 7:45am
Jennifer González-Colon and Donna Shalala

This week, a South Florida congresswoman teamed up with U.S. Rep. Jennifer González-Colon, R-PR, to help seniors forced to flee to other states during natural disasters continue to have access to Medicaid. 

U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., and González-Colon unveiled the “Disaster Relief Medicaid Act (DRMA).”

House Backs Buchanan's $6.25 Million Proposal to Fight Red Tide, Toxic Algae

June 14, 2019 - 7:30am
Vern Buchanan

Late on Wednesday night, the U.S. House overwhelmingly backed a Florida congressman’s proposal to have the National Institutes of Health (NIH) spend $6.25 million to study the impact of red tide and toxic algae. 

Charlie Crist's Flood Insurance Loan Proposal Gathers Momentum in Congress

June 14, 2019 - 7:45am
Charlie Crist, Roger Williams

A Florida congressman‘s proposal “to drive down flood insurance premiums by creating a low-interest loan program to help property owners better protect their homes and businesses from storm damage, ultimately reducing post-disaster claims” is gaining traction on Capitol Hill. 

Ted Deutch Brings Back Proposal to Let Canadians Stay in U.S. Longer

June 13, 2019 - 7:00am

A Florida congressman has brought back a proposal to extend the amount of time Canadians who own or lease a home in the U.S. can stay there during the year. 

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-NY, reintroduced the “Canadian Snowbird Visa Act” which they worked together on back in 2017. The bill would add two extra months to the 182 days that Canadians can stay in the United States each year. 

Military-Minded Francis Rooney Pushes Harder to Ban Drilling in the Eastern Gulf

June 13, 2019 - 6:30am
Military testing in the eastern Gulf of Mexico

This week, U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., doubled down on his efforts to “permanently ban oil and gas leasing, preleasing, and related activities in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.”

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell Reaches across the Aisle to Help Coast Guard Clear Backlog

June 13, 2019 - 7:00am
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

From her perch on the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, a Florida congresswoman has offered a proposal to help the Coast Guard clear its infrastructure backlog. 

Pairing up with U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., brought out the “Coast Guard Shore Infrastructure Improvement Act” this week.

Marco Rubio Backs Effort to Crack Down on Foreign Lobbying

June 12, 2019 - 7:00am
Marco Rubio

This week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined a push to crack down on foreign lobbyists.

Crist's Proposal for Veterans Using Medical Marijuana Included in Funding Bill

June 11, 2019 - 7:00am
Charlie Crist

From his seat on the U.S. House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., helped amend a funding bill to aid veterans who are using medical marijuana and to boost legal marijuana businesses' access to banks.

Labor Department Takes Up Francis Rooney-John Thune Union Reform Proposal

June 11, 2019 - 7:15am
Francis Rooney and John Thune

A congressman from Southwest Florida is happy to see the U.S. Department of Labor picking up a proposal he brought out last year adding more transparency in unions’ finances by bringing back rules ended by the Obama administration. 

Early last year, U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla.,  introduced the House version of the “Union Transparency and Accountability Act,” a proposal championed by U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-SD, in recent years.

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