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GOP Hopes to Give Charlie Crist a Real Fight in 2020

June 10, 2019 - 7:00am
Amanda Makki and Charlie Crist

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., has a new Republican opponent and it looks as if Crist can expect more of a fight to keep his seat in 2020 than he did last year. 

Healthcare lobbyist Amanda Makki, a former aide to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, last week launched her bid for the Republican nomination to challenge Crist . 

“I am fighting to give Pinellas a voice in Washington and a stake in the future of our country. By working together, we can bring effective and principled leadership back to the 13th District,” the new candidate notes on her website. 

Francis Rooney, Ted Cruz Continue the Fight Against China Stealing Technology Through American Higher Ed

June 10, 2019 - 7:00am
Francis Rooney and Ted Cruz

Last week, U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., and  U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, brought back their bill “to stop foreign intelligence services from using college exchange programs to steal technology, recruit agents and spread propaganda."

Back in September, Rooney, who was the vice chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee when the GOP remained in charge of the House, unveiled the “Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft (SHEET) Act” which Cruz was championing in the U.S. Senate. 

Soto's Good-for-Florida Bill to Eradicate Mosquito-Borne Diseases Moves to Trump's Desk

June 8, 2019 - 7:45am
Darren Soto

U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., scored a win this week when his proposal to help the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other government agencies at the state and local levels advanced to President Donald Trump’s desk. 

Vern Buchanan: Mental Health Counseling, Family and Marriage Therapy Should be Covered by Medicare

May 31, 2019 - 7:00am
Vern Buchanan

On Thursday, a senior Republican congressman from the Sunshine State threw his support behind a proposal to expand mental health coverage for seniors under Medicare. 

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., who sits on the powerful U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, announced he was cosponsoring the “Mental Health Access Improvement Act.”

Weeding out the Dead: Let's Verify Benefits Applicants 105 and Older, Says Steube

May 30, 2019 - 8:45am
Greg Steube

A congressman from the Sunshine State has an idea on how to save taxpayers money by having the federal government check on the eligibility for benefits of Americans who are 105 or older. 

Last week, freshman Greg Steube brought out the “Valid Benefits Act” which will “require heads of federal agencies and departments to verify eligibility for federal benefits for individuals 105 years of age or older.” 

Steube showcased the bill on Wednesday and explained why he had championed the proposal, insisting it could lead to major savings. 

Florida Congressmen Look to Build Ties With Allies in Eastern Mediterranean

May 28, 2019 - 1:00pm
Gus Bilirakis and Ted Deutch

Last week, two members of the Florida delegation looked to build a closer partnership with Israel, Greece and Cyprus while taking aim at Turkey. 

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., the chairman of the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, teamed up with U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, D-RI, to bring out the “Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act."

Rubio Calls for U.S. to Stand Against China's Bullying and Protect Taiwan

May 29, 2019 - 6:30am
Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio, on the U.S. Senate East Asia, the Pacific and International Cybersecurity Policy Subcommittee, turned his attention to Chinese aggression last week. 

The Florida Republican is looking to impose sanctions against Chinese individuals and companies that “participate in Beijing’s illegitimate activities to aggressively assert its expansive maritime and territorial claims” in both the South China Sea and the East China Sea. 

Florida Congressmen's Bill to Help Vets Enter Civilian Workforce Heads to the Senate

May 28, 2019 - 8:30am
Al Lawson and John Rutherford

A bill from two North Florida congressmen -- Republican Rep. John Rutherford and Democratic Rep. Al Lawson -- to help veterans transition out of the service and into civilian careers has cleared the U.S. House and now heads to the U.S. Senate. 

Francis Rooney Wants More Transparency When Drug Companies Raise Prices

May 25, 2019 - 7:15am
Francis Rooney

A Southwest Florida Republican congressman is backing a proposal to have pharmaceutical companies have more transparency when they want to raise drug prices. 

This week, U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., joined U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., and Mike Braun, R-Ind., and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., in bringing out the “FAIR Drug Pricing Act” which, they insist, will be “the first step in addressing skyrocketing prescription drug prices by requiring transparency for pharmaceutical corporations that plan to increase drug prices.”

Mike Waltz Backs Congressional Term Limits Amendment

May 23, 2019 - 6:00am
Mike Waltz

This week, freshman U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., announced his support for a proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to have congressional term limits. 

Waltz is backing a resolution from U.S. Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Tex., to limit time on Capitol Hill to 12 years, with members of the U.S. House restricted to six terms and members of the U.S. Senate to two terms.

After cosponsoring the resolution at the start of the week, Waltz explained his support for the resolution on Wednesday. 

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