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Congressman Daniel Webster 6/17/2024

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Listening to Floridians

Dear Friends:

 

Last week, I voted to pass legislation that upholds my commitment to Americans to deliver a nation that’s safe. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2025, or FY25 NDAA, improves the quality of life for our nation’s service members and their families, and provides the resources necessary for our military to counter threats from our adversaries.

 

I’m pleased the FY25 NDAA builds upon the work of House Republicans in last year’s NDAA to ensure that our nation’s military is focused on being the best fighting force in the world, and not woke politics. I am particularly pleased that an amendment I cosponsored to block funding for Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s policy of using taxpayer dollars to cover abortion costs for service members was adopted and is part of this bill.

 

I was not pleased that our bipartisan Coast Guard Reauthorization Act was excluded from this year’s NDAA. This important legislation is necessary for the Coast Guard to carry out their national defense mission to protect our coasts, secure our maritime borders, ports and waterways, and respond to emergencies and disasters. I will continue to work with House and Senate Leadership to get our Coast Guard bill included in this legislation and sent to the President.

Holding Garland Accountable

 

On Wednesday, I voted to pass a resolution holding U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland in Contempt of Congress for his failure to comply with lawful Congressional subpoenas. The House Judiciary and Oversight committees recently issued subpoenas requesting the audio transcripts from President Biden’s interview with Special Counsel Robert Hur regarding the investigation into President Biden’s classified documents case.

 

While Special Counsel Robert Hur decided against prosecuting President Biden – citing his poor memory – President Trump continues to face similar allegations led by Special Counsel Jack Smith. By failing to produce the audio recordings, AG Garland deprives the American people of transparency and Congress of its duty to ensure the law is being impartially and fairly applied.

 

On Friday, the Department of Justice – led by Attorney General Merrick Garland – announced that it would not move forward in prosecuting the Attorney General despite the House voting to hold him in contempt. In response, Speaker Mike Johnson announced that he would certify the contempt reports to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and move to enforce the subpoena in federal court. Make no mistake, my House Republican colleagues and I will continue to pursue accountability for this two-tiered system of justice.  

 

Seeing and Serving You

 

While in Washington, I met with constituents from the Greater Orlando Builders Association, a 700-member trade organization in Central Florida that promotes the building and construction industries. We discussed the growing issue of 404 permitting, which regulates the discharge of materials into waters of the United States. I have advocated for the state of Florida’s request to administer the Clean Water Act Section 404 program, rather than Washington bureaucrats. The state should have the authority to decide on critical projects such as Everglades restoration, protections of wetlands, and endangered species infrastructure projects. I am committed to preserving our state’s natural beauty for generations to come while ensuring federal regulation does not overstep its bounds and strangle Florida’s ecosystem and taxpayer dollars.

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It was a pleasure to meet with the Senese Family of Winter Garden as part of the Patients Rising Legislative Fly-In! Patients Rising is non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring access to quality and affordable healthcare for patients across the country. During our meeting, we discussed the Optimizing Research Progress Hope and New (ORPHAN) Cures Act, which would incentivize drug manufacturers to research and develop treatments for rare diseases. I am committed to ensuring Americans have the health care they need, from the provider they choose, at a price they can afford. This should include the efficient and timely provision of vital treatments and medication for rare diseases and conditions.

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Florida’s agriculture industry is one of the pillars of Florida’s economy. Pam Jones, my Community Relations Representative for Orange County, attended the 96th Florida FFA State Convention & Expo with Executive Director Ronnie Simmons. On Tuesday evening at the First General Session, FFA Students from Apopka Middle School, Wekiva High School, and Lakeview Middle School presented the Colors, led by Mr. Duncan Sikes, Agriculture Teacher/FFA Advisor at Apopka Middle School. Governor Ron DeSantis was the surprise guest speaker, accompanied by State Senator Jay Collins and State Representative Chuck Clemons. Pam also attended Thursday’s Sixth General Session for the Awards Ceremony. Each of FFA’s young leaders have shown a commitment and passion to the agriculture industry. Congratulations to all!

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Pam also attended the Lake County Emergency Operations Center Hurricane Season Kickoff Meeting recently. Joined by the Emergency Management & Communications Teams, Public Safety Director, David Kilbury, and leadership of Lake County’s cities and towns, Meteorologist William Ulrich led the presentation on the active season coming this hurricane season. Officials from Lake County shared the preparedness plan in place for Lake County. For additional resources on how to stay prepared this hurricane season, please visit my website at https://webster.house.gov/disaster-preparedness.

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Cindy Brown, my Community Relations Representative in Lake and Sumter Counties, recently participated at Home Dedications for the Hunter Family and Broughton Family with Habitat for Humanity Lake and Sumter Counties and New Covenant United Methodist Church’s Helping Hands Outreach Ministries. Congratulations to the Hunter and Broughton Families and thank you to all volunteers involved!

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Earlier this month, Pam attended the Cheers to 50 Years Volunteer Recognition Banquet for Volunteers for Community Impact (VCI) with Executive Director Hue Jacobs. VCI aims to end the isolation that many seniors feel and do this through high-impact volunteer opportunities in Orange, Volusia, Osceola, and Seminole counties. VCI operates many programs, including the Senior Companion Program that places a volunteer into the home of an elder living independently to assist them. This past year, they had 36 volunteers for this program helping 99 clients remain living independently.

 

Your servant,

Daniel Webster
Member of Congress

Constituent Corner

Constituent Corner

The IRS had misapplied several estimated tax payments for multiple years, resulting in a confusing exchange of correspondence, documents, and checks with a constituent from The Villages. The constituent contacted my office for assistance, to which my staff inquired with the IRS, who determined and corrected the mistakes, resolving the issue.

Constituent services is a critical element of our congressional office. The federal government is a massive operation, and my office is available if you ever need assistance in navigating the bureaucracy or cutting through red tape. We are here to serve you.

Survey

A U.S. appeals court announced that oral arguments will be held challenging the law that forces TikTok, a company owned and controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to divest from TikTok or face a ban.

 

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Congressman Greg Stuebe June 16, 2024

June 16, 2024

Dear Floridian:

Happy Father’s Day! Feeling blessed to celebrate this special day with my son, Ethan. Being a father is a great blessing! Today, I also honor my father, Brad, whose wisdom and courage continue to inspire me every day. Here’s to all the amazing dads out there!

This week the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act which is the annual bill that funds our military. This year’s NDAA included my amendment to keep radical gender ideology and pornography out of DoD schools, ensuring a safe educational environment for our service members’ children.

Wednesday night, I took part in one of the best traditions in Washington DC! I had the honor of pitching in the 2024 Congressional Baseball Game, an annual tradition of Republicans playing the Democrats at Nationals Park. For the 4th year in a row, Republicans brought home the win, with a score of 31-11.

On Friday, I announced my legislation to name U.S. coastal waters (EEZ) in honor of President Donald Trump, reflecting his significant accomplishments for ocean science and resource management during his presidency.

To receive frequent updates about the work I’m doing in Congress, I encourage you to visit my website, like my Facebook page, follow me on Rumble, follow me on Gettr, follow me on Truth Social, follow me on Instagram, and follow me on Twitter. View

the locations of upcoming Mobile Office Hours here. Keep reading for the full update.  

 

 

Congressman Greg Steube

 

 

Introducing Legislation Renaming U.S. Coastal Waters in Honor of President Trump

This week, I introduced legislation to designate the United States’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) as the “Donald John Trump Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States.” This bill requires that any reference to the EEZ in U.S. law, maps, regulations, or documents bear this name. President Trump made significant contributions to ocean science, technology, and resource management during his tenure. The U.S. EEZ, the largest in the world at 4,383,000 square miles, encompasses vital coastal natural resources. My legislation honors President Trump’s efforts to strengthen and protect these resources for future generations.

Read more here.

 

Passing My Amendment to Prohibit Radical Gender Ideology and Pornography from DoD Schools

This week, the House approved my amendment to H.R. 8070 Servicemember Quality of Life Improvement and National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2025. This amendment prohibits the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) from using any funds to purchase, display, or maintain material promoting radical gender ideology or pornographic content. Fox News reported in 2022 that many of these inappropriate books were added to DoDEA schools within the last two years under the Biden Administration. DoDEA, one of two Federally-operated school systems, serves nearly 70,000 children of active duty military and DoD civilian families across more than 160 schools worldwide. This amendment ensures that our service members’ children receive a safe and appropriate education.

Watch my remarks here.

Read more here. 

 

 

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Pitching in 2024 Congressional Baseball Game

Wednesday night I had the honor of taking the field as the starting pitcher in the 2024 Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. This annual bipartisan event, a tradition since 1909, brings members of Congress together off the floor and on the field. Having played for the Republican team since 2019, I’ve achieved milestones such as hitting the first Congressional out-of-the-park home run at a major league stadium in Congressional baseball history and pitching a 10-0 shutout.  It was a great evening of camaraderie and bipartisan competition! Thank you to all who cheered us on from FL-17!

Read more here.

 

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Joining Outkick Sports to Discuss the Importance of Keeping Biological Men Out of Women’s Sports 

 

 

Joining Newsmax to Discuss One of Washington’s Best Bipartisan Traditions

 

 

Joining Newsmax to Discuss the Congressional Baseball Game with Rep. Tim Burchett 

 

 

Fox 5 DC Discusses My Legislation to Name Our Coastal Waters for President Trump

 

 

Joining Newsmax to Discuss the Congressional Baseball Game with Rep. Roger Williams

 

Joining Bay 9 News to Discuss the Republican Conference’s Support for President Trump’s Policies

 

WJXT Jacksonville Discusses My Bill to Honor President Trump for His Record on Our Oceans 

 

Joining CBS News to Discuss Bipartisanship in Congress

 

ROLL CALL | Protesters run on the field while GOP runs roughshod over Dems at Congressional Baseball Game

“With the bases juiced and GOP star Greg Steube of Florida at the plate, activists jumped from the stands at Nationals Park. Capitol Police immediately tackled and handcuffed several people dressed in white T-shirts reading “END FOSSIL FUELS,” as other officers urged members of Congress to flee the field.”

Read more here.

FOX | House GOP moves to name US coastal waters after Trump

“Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., is introducing a bill on Friday to rename the immediate waters surrounding the U.S., called the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), as the “Donald John Trump Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States.”

Read more here.

THE POST MILLENNIAL | GOP lawmakers demand 51 intelligence officials who labeled Hunter Biden laptop ‘disinformation’ be ‘held accountable’

“Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) echoed his colleague’s sentiments, adding that he believes the American people are “frustrated and tired” of “see[ing] all of these people doing all these horrible things, using the deep state to go after Trump and Russia-gate and Russia collusion.”

 

 

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The Ready Room – Representative Scott Franklin 6/17/2024

 

Hello Friend,

Welcome to my e-newsletter, the Ready Room. As a retired Naval Aviator, the Ready Room is special to me because it’s where fellow aviators meet to brief and debrief missions. This is my weekly briefing to you on my mission in Congress. Please follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for regular updates on how my team and I are working to serve you in Congress.

ENSURING U.S. SECURITY AND SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS

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Providing for our common defense is among the most important of Congress’ Constitutional duties.  It’s especially critical now as we face growing challenges from China and conflict on two continents. Last week, I voted for the House FY 2025 National Defense Authorization Act, a strong package to support our military and ensure U.S. national security.  The bill would make critical investments to deter China, maintain U.S. global leadership and support our ally, Israel.  It will also give our troops an overdue pay raise and improve housing. Click here to learn more. 

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COMBATING THE RISE IN MEGAFIRES

In 2022 alone, the U.S. had 66,255 wildfires that burned over 7.5 million acres. A multi-pronged approach is needed to combat this growing crisis causing devastation across the country. Last week, I introduced H.R. 8656 alongside Reps. Harder and Neguse to innovate new wildfire management practices and ensure permanent solutions to wildland firefighter workforce challenges. Specifically, this measure would:

  • Combat firefighter shortages by establishing a new Middle Fire Leaders Academy and grant programs;
  • Retain expert wildland firefighters with increased benefits;
  • Improve response times by establishing the Joint Office of Fire Environment Center and creating new technologies and risk maps; and
  • Develop nationwide real-time air quality monitoring and alert system.

Click here to learn more.

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CONSTITUENT CORNER

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Having issues getting assistance from the Social Security Administration (SSA)? Our office recently helped a constituent receive benefits

after their case stalled at the agency. If you are having trouble getting a response from the SSA, we can help.

Contact our office here or call (863) 644-8215

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Test Your Knowledge #CivicsWithScott!

What were the last two states admitted into the Union?

  1. Hawaii and Alaska
    B. Alaska and Oregon
    C. Texas and Oregon
    D. Washington and Hawaii

Last Week’s Question

The United States’ first subway line was opened in what city in 1897?

A. New York
B. Chicago
C. Philadelphia
D. Boston – Correct answer

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It is an honor and privilege to represent you in Congress. Please take a moment to fill out my latest constituent survey here. Your feedback helps me better represent you. For more information on constituent services, current legislation, and to sign up for my e-newsletter, please visit my website at franklin.house.gov

Best regards,

C. Scott Franklin
Member of Congress

 

 

Franklin In the News

FMI Applauds Provisions on Food Traceability Rule in House Appropriations Legislation – Food Marketing Institute

Bipartisan Bill Aims to Modernize US Wildfire Management, Support Firefighters – Epoch Times

Key Social Media Posts

@RepFranklin I’m excited about this partnership between @PolkCoSheriff
and @FLPolyU, which will provide students with valuable, real-world AI experience and help keep Polk County safe.

@RepFranklin Happy National Dairy Month! Did you know FL-18’s Okeechobee County produces more dairy than anywhere else in Florida, over 120 million gallons a year!?.

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@RepFranklin “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

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@RepFranklin Our adversary China has the largest naval fleet in the world. To counter this threat, we MUST invest in our Naval deterrent capabilities.  The FY25 NDAA will: 

-Fully fund public shipyard modernization to improve 

-Naval fleet readiness Keep the acquisition of new attack submarines on track 

-Fully fund construction of new ballistic missile submarines

-Reject @POTUS’ efforts to cut cruisers 

 

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Congresswoman Laurel Lee — June 9, 2024

I Am Not Done Fighting for Border Security


Since 2021, more than 9 million illegal immigrants have crossed America’s borders and made their way into our communities. With them has come a wave of increased violent crime, illegal drugs, and human trafficking. This week, President Biden announced an Executive Order to finally address the monumental crisis that he created. But it’s too little, too late.

Unfortunately, this weak Executive Order doesn’t repair the damage that has been done. If President Biden is serious about addressing this crisis, and not just scoring political points, he should support House Republicans’ Secure the Border Act which will fix the dangerous policies that have created this crisis.

As your Representative in Congress, I have been fighting for a secure border and a strong nation since day one in office. Every community throughout our nation has felt the effects of this administration’s harmful open-border policies, and I am working to put an end to it. I joined Fox LiveNow this week to discuss the work that House Republicans are doing to secure our nation. Our work is not done until our border is closed.

 

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Watch here.

 

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Tampa Student Wins 2024 National Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Bruhat Soma for claiming the title of the 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion! Bruhat is a student at Tampa’s Turner/Bartels K-8 School here in Florida’s 15th District. To win the title, not only did Bruhat have to spell challenging words in the English language, but he also had to navigate German words. This is not an easy feat—it is clear that Bruhat has a very bright future ahead!

Read more here.

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Supporting our Nation’s Veterans 

Florida’s 15th District is home to more than 45,000 veterans. Having grown up in a military family, it is one of my top priorities as a Member of Congress to support our nation’s heroes. This week, House Republicans passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2025. I was proud to vote in support of this bill because it honors our commitment to our veterans while fortifying our national security.

Specifically, this bill would fully fund Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and programs, protect veterans’ Second Amendment rights, prohibit the VA from filing claims for illegal aliens, and prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used for abortion, barring certain exemptions. Our nation’s heroes selflessly fought for our freedoms, and I am committed to ensuring they receive the care they earned. If you or a family member need assistance with the VA or are having trouble receiving your hard-earned benefits, please contact my office at (813) 393-5077.

 

 

 

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Doing Good for Our Community

Since its inception in Florida in 1908, Publix Supermarkets has been an integral part of our state and community. Today, the company serves millions of people throughout the Southeast across its 7-state footprint. They recently hit a tremendous milestone with over 100 million pounds of produce being donated to 35 food banks across these states. I was pleased to meet with Publix CEO, Kevin Murphy, this week in DC to learn more about their mission and discuss how they will continue to do good and serve families throughout our community.

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Upholding the Rule of Law

One of the most fundamental roles we have in Congress is to provide oversight of federal agency operations, functions, and policies. The U.S. Attorney General (AG) plays an important role in delivering justice and defending the rule of law throughout our nation. Recently, in courts throughout the United States, we have seen the justice system become less about eradicating violent crime in our communities, and more about weaponizing our judicial system for political gain.

This week, the Committee on House Judiciary held a hearing conducting oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ has a duty to promote our national security consistent with the rule of law. As a former prosecutor and judge, I understand the importance of focusing on judicial integrity and upholding law and order. As a Member of Congress, I will continue to put the primacy of law first and ensure that our justice system is used to protect Americans throughout Florida’s 15th District and beyond.

 

 

Watch my full question series here.

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Join Team Lee for Mobile Office Hours

I am pleased to invite you to join my team at any of our Mobile Office Hours throughout June. Mobile Office Hours are a great way to come out and meet my staff to learn more about how we may best assist you and your family. From federal casework to grant applications, join my team to have your questions answered. RSVP is not required but is recommended to secure your spot. Find out more and see a full list of times and locations for Mobile Office Hours on my website.

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Sincerely,

Laurel M. Lee
Member of Congress

 

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Senator Marco Rubio June 3 – 7, 2024

THIS WEEK IN THE OFFICE OF SENATOR MARCO RUBIO
June 3-7, 2024

 

Rubio on Air

  • Senator Rubio joined The Ingraham Angle to discuss the dangers of the border crisis, the Biden Administration’s meaningless executive order on illegal immigration, and more.
  • Senator Rubio joined Mornings with Maria to discuss President Biden’s too little, too late executive order to secure the border, Tren de Aragua and other criminal groups entering our country, and more.
  • Senator Rubio joined the Washington Examiner’s “Restoring America” series to discuss how the national economy under President Biden is eroding our social fabric.
  • Senator Rubio joined The Greg Kelly Show to discuss risks to the credibility of the U.S. intelligence community, whether former President Trump could be sentenced to prison, and more with guest host Joe Concha.
  • Senator Rubio joined The Benny Show to discuss the rise of extremism in the Democratic Party, the conviction of former President Trump, and more.

Rubio Bills

  • Senator Rubio was joined by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) in introducing the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Reauthorization Act of 2024 to ensure continued U.S. support for Uyghurs and other ethnic minority groups in China. 
  • Senator Rubio and Representative Carlos Giménez (R-FL) led colleagues in introducing the Secure Airports From Enemies (SAFE) Act to restrict State Sponsors of Terrorism, including Cuba, from accessing TSA areas.  
  • Senator Rubio introduced the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Reauthorization Act of 2024 to ensure continued U.S. support for citizens facing oppression from Communist China and Hong Kong officials.
  • Senators Rubio, Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced a resolution commemorating the fallen victims of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. The resolution condemns the Chinese Communist Party’s widespread use of transnational repression against Chinese citizens and activists. 

Rubio Sends Letter Regarding MSCI Misclassification

  • Senator Rubio, along with Senator Chris Coons (D-CT) and U.S. Representatives John Moolenaar (R-MI) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), sent a letter to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MSCI, Henry Fernandez, regarding the company’s misjudgement of Volkswagen’s use of forced labor in Xinjiang.

Statement on Mexico

  • Senator Marco Rubio issued a statement following the recent presidential election in Mexico.

 

Letters

  • Senator Rubio joined Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) and colleagues in sending a letter to President Joe Biden requesting an explanation for his plan to bring unvetted Palestinian refugees into the United States. 
  • Senator Rubio sent a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough regarding a recent report exposing the Veterans Health Administration’s failure to identify and exclude providers that have failed to deliver safe and appropriate care.

In the News

“Rep. Carlos Gimenez, R-Fla., and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., are introducing legislation in the House and Senate, first seen by Fox News Digital, that would prohibit countries designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism from touring sensitive parts of airports.” (‘It’s absurd’: Congress takes bipartisan action after Cuban officials’ tour secure parts of major airport, Fox News, 6/5/24)

“A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers led by Sen. Marco Rubio has written to the financial index provider MSCI to question why it withdrew a “red flag” warning for Volkswagen stock over claims the automaker used forced Uyghur labor in China’s Xinjiang region. (Radio Free Asia, 6/3/24) 

“Florida Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio, both Republicans, wrote a letter to FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell highlighting the issue last month, where they called the potential funding shortage ‘unacceptable.” (Miami Herald, 6/4/24)

“Joe Biden was elected on the promise of making it easier to come illegally and easier to stay if you do, and the result is we’ve seen close to 10 million people now cross the border of Bay the United States illegally in just three years.” (Tampa Free Press, 6/4/24)

“Biden’s economy erodes the social fabric.” (Washington Examiner, 6/5/24)

“Even if Biden actually enforced it fully (which he won’t) it would still allow close to a million people a year to cross illegally ON TOP OF the 10 million he has already allowed in over the last 3 years.” (The Hill, 6/4/24)

“Faith, family, community—teach us who we are and what we’re here for.” (The Daily Signal, 5/29/24)

“Gone are the days of reaffirming ‘faith in fundamental human rights.’ Instead, the U.N.’s primary mission now seems to be bashing America, Israel, and any other nation that shares our values” (National Review, 6/6/24) 

“It’s the right place to be, it’s the right position to have. I think it would send a strong message.” (The Hill, 6/6/24)

“The American people deserve to know the negative effects caused by chemical abortion drugs.” (Fox News, 5/29/24) 

 

Keep up with Senator Rubio on Facebook , Twitter ,and Instagram.

Senator Rick Scott June 8, 2024

Friends,

This week, I announced a new ad that will air statewide on Florida TV and digital platforms setting the record straight on Democrats’ lies about Republicans when it comes to IVF and contraceptives. For me, it’s personal – my youngest daughter is going through IVF right now, and I will always protect IVF.

I refuse to let any Democrat try to lie about my stance on IVF and contraceptives in their desperate attempt to try to win an election. I’m done with that and that’s why I’m fighting back so we can win in Florida, win back the Senate and get President Trump back in the White House.

You can watch the ad HERE and read more about it in Fox News HERE.

 

On Monday, we were also thrilled to announce the successful launch of our newest coalition, “Ecuadorians for Rick Scott”! We held an incredible event at Coral Gable’s new Ecuadorian restaurant, La Pata Gorda, to kick off this initiative, bringing together Ecuadorian businesses and community leaders, who are supporting my re-election campaign.  

 

 

 

Read more about the launch HERE and watch a video HERE.

Together, we will continue to fight for the values and principles that make our country strong. Thank you for your support and engagement. Let’s keep pushing forward!

-Rick

   

                   SENATOR RICK SCOTT IN THE NEWS

Florida’s Voice: Sen. Rick Scott unveils ‘Ecuadorians for Rick Scott’ coalition, receives endorsements from Ecuadorian leaders

Townhall: ‘Strongly Worded Statements Are Not Enough’: GOP Senators Vow to Not Cooperate With Democrats

Florida Politics: Rick Scott wants Senate to block Joe Biden appointees in retaliation for Donald Trump verdict

The Floridian: Scott Commemorates American Heroes on Eve of 80th D-Day Anniversary

Bloomberg: Rick Scott Pitches Hard-Right Approach in Senate Leadership Bid

Newsmax: Sen. Rick Scott Calls for Govt Probe Into EV Payoffs

Daily Signal: Battle for Senate GOP Leader: Rick Scott Aims to Shake Up Status Quo

Florida Politics: Rick Scott spotlights Ecuadorian support

Breitbart: Exclusive: Sen. Rick Scott Releases Ad Supporting IVF, Says Democrat Policies ‘Horrible for Women’

Tampa Free Press: Florida Sen. Rick Scott, Colleagues Challenge Democrats’ Contraception Bill

Daily Caller: EXCLUSIVE: Rick Scott Leads Senate GOP In Ripping Dems Contraception Lies, Attacks On Parental, Religious Rights

The Capitolist: Sen. Rick Scott pledges support for IVF in new ad spot

Florida Politics: Marco Rubio thinks Rick Scott would do a ‘good job’ as GOP Leader

Fox News: Possible McConnell replacement takes Democrat IVF accusations head on with major announcement

Florida’s Voice: Rick Scott debuts statewide ad centered on protecting IVF

Florida Politics: Rick Scott launches ad pledging to protect IVF

The Floridian: Rubio, Senate Republicans Block ‘Fake’ Contraception Bill

Florida Daily: Rick Scott Slams Biden For Continual Inflation Crisis

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Congressman Greg Stuebe June 9, 2024

June 9, 2024

Dear Floridian:

This week on the House floor, I honored the 80th anniversary of D-Day by reading General Eisenhower’s letter to his troops on the eve of the invasion, reflecting on their courage and sacrifice.

I am also thrilled to announce a new cybersecurity training program at USF Sarasota-Manatee, made possible by my $2 million federal appropriations request. This program is aimed at empowering FL-17’s veterans, first responders, and critical infrastructure employees by offering them priority admission. Thank you to USF for their vision in creating this new opportunity. 

I advocated for my amendment on the House floor this week to ensure the VA’s resources are dedicated solely to our veterans, preventing funds from being used to process medical claims for illegal immigrants. I’m glad to report my colleagues agreed, and my amendment passed the House. 

To receive frequent updates about the work I’m doing in Congress, I encourage you to visit my website, like my Facebook page, follow me on Rumble, follow me on Gettr, follow me on Truth Social, follow me on Instagram, and follow me on Twitter. 

Keep reading for the full update. 

Thank you and God bless,

 

 

Congressman Greg Steube

 

 

 

Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of D-Day on the House Floor

As the U.S. House commemorated the 80th anniversary of D-Day this week, it was my honor to read General Eisenhower’s letter to his troops on the eve of D-Day. It’s an inspiring letter that continues to be remembered by generations of Americans. “You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.”  80 years ago, heroes from across the Allied nations stormed the beaches of Normandy, paving the way for victory in World War II. Their unparalleled bravery and sacrifice ensured the freedom we hold dear today. Let us honor their legacy and remain steadfast in our commitment to freedom.

Watch my full remarks here.

 

 

Announcing New Cybersecurity Training Program at USF Sarasota-Manatee

I am thrilled to announce a new cybersecurity training program at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, made possible by a $2 million federal appropriations request that I secured. This program will prioritize admission for military veterans, first-responders, and critical infrastructure employees from Florida’s 17th Congressional District, ensuring those who have served our community receive valuable opportunities to advance in this in-demand field. With nearly 30,000 unfilled cybersecurity job openings in Florida, this initiative will significantly impact our workforce and community. My heartfelt thanks go to USF for their partnership and dedication to addressing this crucial need. This program will undoubtedly make a difference for many Floridians and our workforce in Southwest Florida.
 
Read more here.

 

 

Advocating on the House Floor for my Amendment to Prevent the VA from Using Resources on Illegals

This week, I advocated in support of my amendment to prohibit the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from using any funds to process medical claims for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In December, I led a letter with 23 other Republican members to the VA after reports emerged that the VA had contracted with ICE to handle medical claims for illegal immigrants in ICE custody. While the underlying bill already prevents the VA from directly providing benefits to illegal aliens, my amendment ensures that VA resources remain focused solely on veterans. Veterans continue to face unacceptable wait times for medical care and disability benefits, with the VA’s disability claim backlog nearly tripling under the Biden Administration. VA resources should be exclusively dedicated to veterans and their survivors. Congress appropriates funds to the VA to provide services to our veterans, not illegal immigrants. Our veterans served our country, and it is high time our government starts serving them properly, not illegal immigrants who break our laws. 

Watch my full remarks here.

Read more here. 

 

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Joining Maria Bartiromo’s Wall Street to Discuss Biden’s Border Crisis

 

Joining WTSP Tampa to Discuss the Need for Cybersecurity Jobs in Florida

 

Joining ABC 7 Sarasota to Discuss USF’s New Program for Veterans and First Responders

 

Joining Fox 13 Tampa Bay to Discuss New Cybersecurity Training Opportunity

 

Joining SNN Sarasota to Discuss New Cybersecurity Training Program at USF

 

SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE | Sarasota-Bradenton GOP officials blast former President Trump’s guilty verdict

“U.S. Rep Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, a longtime Trump supporter, blasted the verdict in a statement to the Herald-Tribune. ‘A disgrace to our judicial system and constitutional protections of equal justice for all. Americans see right through the Democrats’ scheme. This is nothing but election interference. President Trump will get justice on appeal,’ Steube said.”

Read more here.

POLITICO | House passes military construction, VA spending bill on party lines

“In a vote with some Democratic support, the House adopted an amendment from Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) that would prevent the VA from giving bonuses to senior executives in its central office after the agency has come under scrutiny for doling them out to top officials.”

Read more here.

TAMPA FREE PRESS | U.S. House Approves Florida Rep. Steube’s Measure To Prohibit VA From Using Resources On Illegal Immigrants

“The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday approved U.S. Representative Greg Steube’s amendment to H.R. 8580, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. “

Read more here.

 

 

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The Ready Room – Representative Scott Franklin 5/7/2024

Hello Friend,

Welcome to my e-newsletter, the Ready Room. As a retired Naval Aviator, the Ready Room is special to me because it’s where fellow aviators meet to brief and debrief missions. This is my weekly briefing to you on my mission in Congress. Please follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for regular updates on how my team and I are working to serve you in Congress.

PRESERVING FLORIDA’S NATURAL BEAUTY

Big Cypress National Preserve (the Preserve) has been home to the Miccosukee Tribe and plays a vital role in Southwest Florida. This Florida gem attracts visitors and provides recreating for local communities. However, the Department of Interior is proposing to designate the Preserve as a “wilderness area.” This designation places severe restrictions on how preserve lands can be accessed. It would prevent Tribal citizens from visiting their ceremonial sites, destroy local small businesses and restrict access to Floridians who have used the land for generations. That’s why I introduced H.R. 8206 to block the Biden Administration from finalizing any wilderness designation of Big Cypress. Click here to read more. 

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BLOCKING AG LABOR UNION REGULATIONS

Last week, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) finalized a new 600-page rule that will raise costs on Florida agricultural produces and allow non-citizen farmworkers to unionize. The regulation also creates a dangerous loophole ripe for abuse, allowing legal and labor activists to trespass onto private farm and ranch property to organize. In 2021, the Supreme Court held that granting access to third-party union organizers threatens agricultural producers’ sacred private property rights. To protect Florida’s Heartland and ensure the Biden Administration can never enforce such a burdensome regulation, I introduced H. J. Res. 135 last week alongside 17 of my colleagues. My bill utilizes the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which is a special legislative procedure that allows Congress to overturn agency action while prohibiting the agency from any similar action in the future. Click here to learn more. 

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WELCOMING POLK COUNTY FLIGHT TO HONOR

 

 

It was a privilege to welcome WWII veterans from Polk County last week in Washington, D.C. Flight to Honor Polk is organized by the Polk County Veterans council and gives disabled and aging war veterans a unique opportunity to visit America’s war memorials free of charge. As a fellow veteran, I’m pleased to welcome these heroes and support this meaningful effort. Interested veterans can apply here.

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Test Your Knowledge #CivicsWithScott!

Former Vice-President Aaron Burr was tried for what crime in 1807?

  1. Murder
    B. Tax evasion 
    C. Fraud
    D. Treason

Last Week’s Question

Which act gave settlers 160 acres of land if they agreed to live on it for five years?

  1. Public Lands Act
    B. Homestead Act – Correct answer
    C. Bounty Land Act
    D. Land Act

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It is an honor and privilege to represent you in Congress. Please take a moment to fill out my latest constituent survey here. Your feedback helps me better represent you. For more information on constituent services, current legislation, and to sign up for my e-newsletter, please visit my website at franklin.house.gov

Best regards,

C. Scott Franklin
Member of Congress

 

 

Franklin In the News

House Republicans mount challenge to Biden administration ‘crippling’ labor rule – Washington Examiner

Florida Lawmakers Counter Biden Admin Proposal to Change Status of Big Cypress – The Floridian

Key Social Media Posts

@RepFranklin Amy and I continue to pray for their speedy recovery. God Bless our brave law enforcement officers.

 

@RepFranklin It’s true – in my experience, no matter the operation, accountability is essential to mission success—the VA is no exception. Glad my initiative, the Personnel Integrity in Veterans Affairs Act, passed through the @HouseVetAffairs
committee.

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@RepFranklin “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

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@RepFranklin I just introduced legislation to combat Biden DOL’s new H-2A rule that: 

  • Increases costs for ag producers 
  • Threatens private property rights 
  • Allows H-2A workers to unionize 
  • Requires labor activists to have access to private farm & ranches

 

 

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Congressman Daniel Webster 5/6/2024

The Webster Wire

Listening to Floridians

Dear Friends:

 

Under President Trump, America’s borders were secure, but since day one in office, President Biden has taken over 60 executive actions that have undermined our border security, weakened our national security, made our communities less safe, and harmed American families. Securing the border is my top priority. I voted to pass H.Res. 1112, a resolution denouncing the Biden Administration’s immigration policies demanding that President Biden take action now to end this border crisis.

I also recently sent a letter demanding Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas release of a report on the total number of illegal aliens currently residing in the United States, using the most recent data available. The American people deserve an exact accounting number of illegal aliens residing in the country, especially if the federal government’s policies have caused that number to surge since the previous estimate. Since January 2021, the Southwest border crisis has reached heights not seen in recent history, and at least 4.7 million illegal aliens have been released into the interior under the Biden Administration’s policies.

I’ve been to the Southern Border and seen first-hand how President Biden’s failed policies have perpetuated this crisis. I’ve sponsored and helped pass legislation in the U.S. House that would finish building a border wall and establish comprehensive border security and immigration policies. I won’t stop fighting to secure our border and hold President Biden accountable. I am determined as ever to keep pushing my House colleagues, the U.S. Senate, and White House to embrace policies that secure our borders and protect the American people.

Delivering for Small Business

America’s small businesses are the backbone of our economy. I also supported legislation last week that will help provide increased resources for small businesses and removes unnecessary burdens to ensure that government does not stand in the way of economic development and job creation. As a small business owner, I know firsthand the challenges small business owners face daily.

The following bills I supported passed the House of Representatives last week:

  • H.R. 5333 – Investing in All of America Act, amends the definition of private capital in the Small Business Investment Act to provide increased access to capital for small business, particularly those in rural or low-income areas.
  • H.R. 7103 – Agency Accountability Act, holds federal agencies accountable by requiring them to testify to Congress should the agency fail to satisfy certain goals for awarding federal contracts to small businesses. 
  • H.R. 7985 – Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Reporting Act, requires the Small Business Administration (SBA) to issue a report to Congress on the challenges and needs faced by entrepreneurs with disabilities when starting a business.
  • H.R. 7987 – Plain Language in Contracting Act, requires federal agencies to use plain language when writing federal contracts to small businesses to ensure they are written in a clear and understandable manner.

Key Veterans Bill Pass the House

I am committed to ensuring that those who have already sacrificed so much for this country receive the benefits they were promised when they entered our nation’s service. Last week, I supported the passage of several bills that strengthen veteran mental health and suicide prevention programs, and improve education and employment programs for veterans transitioning back into civilian life.

  • H.R. 3722 – Daniel J. Harvey and Adam Lambert Improving Servicemember Transition to Reduce Veteran Suicide Act, which adds mental health and suicide prevention to the Transition Assistance Program, and strengthens the existing Solid Start Program to increase awareness for veterans about the mental health programs available to them.
  • H.R. 5914 – Veterans Education Transparency and Training (VETT Act), improves the process for veterans enrolling in higher education by simplifying the educational form requirements and establishes an online resource portal through the Secretary of Veterans Affairs providing information about the training for VA school certifying officials.
  • H.R. 3738 – Veterans Economic Opportunity and Transition Administration Act, establishes a Veterans Economic Opportunity and Transition Administration dedicated to assisting veterans’ transition back into civilian life by administering education, employment, and housing opportunity programs already operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs. 
  • H.R. 1767 – Student Veteran Benefit Restoration Act, restores VA education benefits for student veterans in cases where the VA determined the student veteran was unable to complete the course or program because of school closure or the program was determined ineligible for VA education benefits.
  • H.R. 4016 – Veteran Fraud Reimbursement Act, requires the VA to reissue benefits in the event of fraud by a fiduciary before making a determination of negligence on the part of the VA. 

Our veterans and their families sacrifice to defend the freedoms we hold dear. I have and will continue to support initiatives that help our nation’s military members get the assistance they need, and improve veterans access to education, retraining and employment opportunities. We owe them a debt we can never repay. If you need assistance with an issue before the VA, please contact my office. We are here to serve you.

 

Blocking Biden’s Agricultural Labor Regulation

 

I along with Rep. Scott Franklin (R-FL) and over a dozen of my House Republican colleagues last week introduced legislation to block the Biden Department of Labor’s finalized H-2A unionization rule set to take effect June 28, 2024. This 600-page rule will increase costs for our nation’s agricultural producers and allow temporary agricultural employees to unionize. This legislation utilizes the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to rescind the Department of Labor’s recent policy. The finalized rule from President Biden’s Department of Labor is a clear attack on the agriculture industry. Agriculture is one of the three pillars of Florida’s economy and farmers and ranchers all over the country grow and raise the food that ends up on our kitchen tables. I will always work to protect our farmers and ranchers from unnecessary and restrictive Washington mandates.

 

 

Seeing and Serving You

 

Last week in Washington, I met with Rene Rodriguez-Aragon of the Florida Rural Letter Carriers Association last week. As a subsidiary of the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, this labor union is devoted to improving the methods used by rural letter carriers, protecting their working conditions, and upholding their commitment to serving Florida’s rural communities. During our meeting, we discussed H.R.82, the Social Security Fairness Act of 2023, which repeals provisions that reduce Social Security benefits for individuals who also receive other benefits, such as a pension. I am a cosponsor of this legislation as I believe in protecting and preserving the promises we have made to Americans who have invested into this program for decades. I will never support pulling the rug out from Americans and will fight to ensure they receive their hard-earned benefits.

 

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Pam Jones, my Community Relations Representative in Lake County, recently attended the Lake County Sheriff Appreciation Dinner at the Clermont Performing Arts Center. Nearly 300 were in attendance and Sheriff Peyton Grinnell presented certificates to honor all the volunteers. Sheriff Grinnell also presented a mock check that represents all the hours the volunteers gave to help keep Lake County safe.

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Pam Jones also recently attended the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of Genesis of Central Florida with the South Lake Chamber and Executive Director David Colby. Tracy Taylor is President of the Genesis of Central Florida dealership in Clermont, and the Hyundai of Central Florida dealership in Clermont as well. Congratulations on the Grand Opening!

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Cindy Brown, my Community Relations Representative for Sumter County recently attended the Sumter County Board of County Commissioners meeting. She joined representatives of the Sumter County Farm Bureau, Sumter County Cattlewomen, and Sumter County Cattlemen, as they received a Proclamation endorsing May as National Beef Month in Sumter County. I appreciate our amazing Central Florida agriculture and farming industry.

 

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It was an honor and pleasure for my office to work to obtain military awards for World War II Navy, Veteran Al Flohr. My office contacted the Board for Correction of Naval Records (BCNR) on behalf of Mr. Flohr to add a medal to which he was entitled to but never received after his honorable and brave military service.

Cindy Brown, my Community Relations Representative, worked with the Villages Honor Flight leadership to organize a special presentation for Mr. Flohr at April 2024 Honor Flight Monthly Luncheon. Ret. U.S. Navy Captain Lee Tuttle presented the awards to Mr. Flohr. Thank you, Mr. Al Flohr, for your service and sacrifice! My office is grateful for the opportunity to honor our veterans. If you are a veteran or know a veteran in need of assistance, please contact us. We are here to serve you.

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Your servant,

Daniel Webster
Member of Congress

Constituent Corner

A constituent from Sumter County was incorrectly billed for care she received through the VA Community Care Program. Our office contacted the VA who waived the charges to her and reprocessed the medical claims to correctly bill her private insurance.

Constituent services is a critical element of our congressional office. The federal government is a massive operation, and my office is available if you ever need assistance in navigating the bureaucracy or cutting through red tape. We are here to serve you.

Survey

The U.S. Constitution requires the government to conduct a census every 10 years, which is then used to determine how the 435 Congressional districts are distributed across our 50 states. Currently, noncitizens are counted in the census and used in the apportionment process.

Do you think only the population of American citizens should be used for congressional and electoral apportionment?

( ) Yes

( ) No

( ) Unsure

 

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Results of last week’s survey which asked…“Do you think federal funding should be stopped for universities that fail to protect students from antisemitism?”

 

 

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Congresswoman Laurel Lee — May 5, 2024

You’re Invited! Join Me For a Telephone Town Hall

 

I am happy to invite you to join me for a Telephone Town Hall on May 14th at 4pm! You will have the opportunity to hear an update from me on the work I have been doing for you in Congress, as well as ask questions. I want to hear from you! Spread the word and tell your family, friends, and neighbors to join me for this informative Q&A session. You can subscribe to my weekly E-Newsletter here to receive updates for the Telephone Town Hall and other information in regard to Florida’s 15th District. I hope you will join me on May 14th. More details to come!

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Fighting Back Against Online Child Exploitation

This week, my bipartisan bill combatting online child exploitation, the REPORT Act, unanimously passed out of the House and now heads to the President’s desk. The REPORT Act will fight against the exploitation of children online by strengthening existing reporting procedures and requiring companies to disclose crimes involving child sexual abuse to NCMEC, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. I am happy that my colleagues in both the House and Senate passed this crucial piece of legislation that will help law enforcement quickly identify, investigate, and prosecute perpetrators to protect our children from threats online.

 

Read more about the REPORT Act here.

 

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Hillsborough County Schools Going Above and Beyond

The US News and World Report recently recognized Hillsborough County public high schools among the best in the state and nation—a remarkable achievement for Florida’s 15th District. It is evident that Hillsborough County Public Schools are committed to providing high-quality education and preparing students for their next chapter of life.

In honor of National Teacher Day, which was observed this week, I recognized Hillsborough County’s wonderful teachers, administrators, and faculty members on the House floor.

 

Watch my speech here.

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House Republicans Stand with Israel

Lately, antisemitism has erupted on college campuses throughout the United States, and many universities are refusing to take accountability. To demonstrate our unwavering support for Israel and Jewish Americans, my House Republican colleagues and I passed the Antisemitism Awareness Act this week. This bill takes important steps towards cracking down on antisemitism throughout campuses in the U.S. Universities should be able to safeguard free speech while simultaneously protecting their Jewish students. I will continue to reaffirm my support for our ally, Israel, and all Jewish students throughout the nation.

 

 

 

 

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Protecting Law and Order in America

This week, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Federal Government Surveillance held a hearing examining federal statutory and regulatory crimes. Over time, the expansion of the criminal code regarding federal and regulatory crimes has led to unintended consequences for American citizens.

It is important that the American people have trust in the integrity of our judicial system. As a former prosecutor, I know the critical role prosecutors have in upholding fairness and justice. The Committee heard from several witnesses regarding the consequences of misuse and manipulation of the judicial system. My House Republican colleagues and I are committed to ensuring our criminal code and judicial system are used to preserve law and order within our nation.

 

Watch my full question series here.

 

 

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Join Team Lee for Mobile Office Hours

I am pleased to invite you to join my team at Mobile Office Hours this week and next. Mobile Office Hours are a great way to come out and meet my staff to learn more about how they may best assist you and your family. From federal casework to grant applications, join my team to have your questions answered. RSVP is not required but is recommended to secure your spot. Find out more and see a full list of times and locations for Mobile Office Hours on my website.

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Sincerely,

Laurel M. Lee
Member of Congress

 

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