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Senator Marco Rubio April 12, 2024

THIS WEEK IN THE OFFICE OF SENATOR MARCO RUBIO
April 8-12, 2024

 

Everything costs more and President Biden knows it (youtube.com)

 

Rubio on Air

  • Senator Rubio joined The Faulkner Focus to discuss how rising costs are hurting Americans. 
  • Senator Rubio joined The Ingraham Angle to discuss the dangers of a Chinese company owning TikTok. 

Foreign Relations Subcommittee Hearing

  • Ranking Member Rubio delivered opening remarks during a Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women’s Issues hearing addressing transnational criminal networks as well as rising crime and corruption in our hemisphere. 
  • Senator Rubio questioned Biden Administration officials on the threat of Venezuelan gang Tren de Aragua and the importance of designating this group as a Transnational Criminal Organization.
  • Senator Rubio questioned State Department officials on the partnership with Mexico to stop the trafficking of drugs across the U.S. southern border. 

Statements 

  • Senator Rubio and colleagues issued a bipartisan statement regarding the Venezuelan  narco-regime’s repression of María Corina Machado’s presidential campaign. 
  • Senator Rubio released a statement welcoming Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during his first official visit to the United States.

Agudath Israel of America

  • Senator Rubio delivered remarks to members of Agudath Israel of America on the importance of family and community, the challenge of rising antisemitism, and the state of the Israel-Hamas war. 

Letters

  • Senator Rubio and Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) sent a letter to U.S. Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns regarding a social media post that praised the Chinese Communist Party’s state-run religious service in Beijing. 
  • Senator Rubio and Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) sent a letter to United States Army for Civil Works (USACE) Assistant Secretary Michael Connor regarding funding for water infrastructure projects in Florida.

Legislation 

  • Senator Rubio and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced a resolution to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to supporting Taiwan’s democracy, and to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Taiwan Relations Act.

 

In the News

“Rubio Warns Situation In Middle East Could Soon Be ‘The Most Dangerous’ Since Yom Kippur War” (Daily Wire, 4/11/2024) 

“After Congress returned from its spring break this week, Rubio and Smith penned a letter to Burns expressing their concern over his Easter post on X and urging him to issue a public statement condemning the CCP’s persecution of religious people trying to practice their faith. They suggested that the timing this week of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting and prayer, would provide a perfect opportunity to raise objections to the CCP’s persecution of Muslims.” (U.S. Official’s Easter-in-China Post Stirs Ire at Home, RealClear Politics, 4/11/2024)

“Marco Rubio argues attack on masculinity contributes to Trump’s growing support” (Washington Examiner, 4/10/2024)

“Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wrote on social media Wednesday that Israel was ‘facing the threat of imminent attack’ from Iran and its proxies. ‘Biden must stop the harsh criticism of the only pro-American democracy in the region,’ Rubio insisted.” (The Memo: Democratic dissent over Israel grows, deepening Biden’s dilemma, The Hill, 4/11/2024)

“Maryland Democrat Ben Cardin, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Republicans Marco Rubio of Florida and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana cited “serious concerns” about the integrity of the process leading up to the presidential election scheduled for July.” (Senators Urge US to Reimpose Sanctions on Venezuela’s Maduro, Bloomberg, 4/8/2024)

“Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott continue to urge the Biden administration to formally designate the Tren de Aragua gang a transnational criminal organization.” (Venezuelan gang members arrested after entering US illegally, NewsNation, 4/8/2024)

“Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL), and Gonzales led seven senators and 16 House lawmakers who sent the White House a letter that demanded the Biden administration immediately declare the South American gang a transnational criminal organization, or TCO.” (Wray: FBI tracking Venezuelan migrant gang following Laken Riley murder, Washington Examiner, 4/11/2024)

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

Senator Rick Scott April 13, 2024

Friends,

We had an incredible start to the week with an event announcing the “Law Enforcement for Rick Scott” coalition. This initiative underscores our unwavering commitment to supporting law enforcement and ensuring safety and security for all Floridians. We are proud to announce endorsements from Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, and several distinguished State Attorneys from across Florida:

  • Suzy Lopez (13th Judicial Circuit)
  • Ginger Madden (1st Judicial Circuit)
  • Brian Haas (10th Judicial Circuit)
  • Dennis Ward (16th Judicial Circuit)
  • Amira Fox (20th Judicial Circuit)
  • Ed Brodsky (12th Judicial Circuit)
  • Bill Gladson (5th Judicial Circuit)
  • Melissa Nelson (4th Judicial Circuit)
  • J. Larizza (7th Judicial Circuit)
  • Bruce Bartlett (6th Judicial Circuit)
  • Phil Archer (18th Judicial Circuit)

Their support speaks volumes about our track record of advocating for law enforcement and upholding the rule of law.

We also recently launched a multi-million-dollar Hispanic ad buy. Over the coming weeks, our ads will play across the state on TV, radio, streaming, and digital platforms in both English and Spanish. 

You can watch the first ad, Valores, in English HERE or Spanish HERE

This ad pays tribute to the countless Floridians who have fled oppressive communist regimes in search of the freedoms and opportunities America offers. It encapsulates the values of freedom, opportunity, and resilience that define the spirit of Florida.

You can watch our second ad, Libertad, in English HERE or Spanish HERE

“Libertad” solemnly acknowledges the tragic consequences of dictatorial regimes and the fragility of freedom. It serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of defending liberty and standing against tyranny.

These ads reflect our unwavering commitment to defending freedom, promoting prosperity, and safeguarding the American Dream for all Floridians.

Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to advance our campaign to build a stronger, safer, and more prosperous Florida for generations to come!

-Rick

 

SENATOR RICK SCOTT IN THE NEWS

Florida Politics: Rick Scott releases second Hispanic outreach ad stressing dangers of communism

Florida’s Voice: Rick Scott releases second ad targeting Hispanics as part of multi-million dollar campaign

Clay Today: Sen. Rick Scott stops by the County Fair on opening day

WFLA: Rick Scott demands answers after $100M goes missing from trust fund

Florida’s Voice: Lee County homeowners get temporary insurance reprieve from FEMA after backlash from Rick Scott, others

Newsmax: Sen. Rick Scott to Newsmax: ‘Unprecedented’ If Mayorkas Not Tried

Washington Examiner: Senate GOP plots ‘maximum pain’ for Democrats dismissing Mayorkas impeachment trial

Florida Phoenix: New FL survey: U.S. Sen. Rick Scott leading 7% over Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in Senate race

Florida Politics: Poll: Donald Trump, Rick Scott on track for Florida wins

Florida Politics: Rick Scott, Marco Rubio lead push to honor Jeri Bustamante in U.S. Senate

Breitbart: Exclusive — Sen. Rick Scott: Biden ‘Absolutely’ Worst President Toward Israel, Emboldened Hamas Just to ‘Get Reelected’

Fox News: I just came back from Israel and saw these two important things

Florida Politics: Rick Scott claims Jimmy Carter did more for U.S. hostages than Joe Biden

Florida’s Voice: Poll: Rick Scott leads Democratic challenger Debbie Mucarsel-Powell by 7 points

Florida Politics: Rick Scott expects Republicans to take back Senate with help of Donald Trump

Florida Politics: Rick Scott backs ‘fearless warrior’ Randy Fine for SD 19 seat

Miami Herald: Sen. Rick Scott: Floridians have a chance to stand up for democracy

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Congressman Greg Stuebe April 14, 2024

April 14, 2024

Dear Floridian:

Biden’s weakness has given billions to Iran to launch attacks on US Soldiers and now Israel. All their military capability should be destroyed and severe economic sanctions put back in place. The Iranians were broke when Trump left office and now they are enriched, empowered and emboldened. Israel should respond militarily as they see appropriate and finish cleaning Hamas out of Gaza.

This week in Washington, I staunchly opposed H.R. 7888 Reforming Intelligence and Securing America Act to reauthorize FISA. This bill extends the warrantless surveillance powers of the intelligence agencies without adequate safeguards for our privacy rights, including a troubling provision granting special treatment to members of Congress. I will always stand for the civil liberties of all Americans.

My colleagues also joined me in denouncing the Biden Administration’s consideration of labeling changes on certain Israeli imports, which would greatly undermine our trade relationship with Israel. We sent the letter to President Biden emphasizing the need to uphold our unwavering support for Israel and combat antisemitism in all its forms.

I joined the Ways and Means Committee for a hearing discussing the success of President Trump’s 2017 tax cuts in helping Americans of all income levels. The contrast between Trump and Biden’s tax policies could not be clearer. The Trump tax cuts lifted six million people out of poverty and provided historic savings for millions of Americans. Meanwhile, Joe Biden wants to increase taxes by $7 trillion dollars on hard working Americans during a period of record inflation caused by Biden’s trillions in new spending!

Back in Florida, I’m pleased to report that, thanks to my office’s advocacy, as well as the advocacy of Senator Scott, Senator Rubio, and Rep. Donalds, FEMA’s unjust flood insurance increases for Hurricane Ian victims have been paused for 30 days. We will continue to work with Lee County during the next 30 days in an effort to have FEMA permanently reverse their decision.

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

Demanding Accountability Over Intel Agencies’ Spying Powers on Americans 

This week, we faced a critical decision in Congress regarding the reauthorization of surveillance powers under FISA. Reports show that the FBI abused their FISA authorities 278,000 times. I hold serious concerns about the constitutionality of FISA. This bill raised serious concerns as it allowed spying on Americans without a warrant. What’s more alarming is that Congress included a provision giving themselves special treatment, a “carve-out,” in this bill. The bill requires the FBI to notify and seek consent from Congress before invading the privacy of Congressmen. Unfortunately, this provision swayed many members of Congress to vote yes. However, I couldn’t support a bill that creates double standards and undermines the privacy rights of our constituents. I will keep fighting in Congress to uphold the privacy rights and civil liberties of all Americans. 

Read more here.

 

 

 

 

Slamming the Biden Administration for Weighing “West Bank” Label on Certain Israeli Imports

I led a letter to President Biden alongside colleagues Neal Dunn (R-Fla.), Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), and Andy Ogles (R-Tenn.), to take a firm stance against potential changes in the labeling of certain Israeli imports. We spearheaded a letter condemning the Biden Administration’s consideration of this move, which would reverse President Trump’s policy. We expressed deep concerns about its potential economic repercussions for Israel and its capacity to embolden the antisemitic BDS Movement. It is imperative that we maintain unwavering support for Israel and safeguard our robust trade relationship. Additionally, it is crucial to recognize the historical significance of such actions, as they draw parallels to past instances of antisemitism. Furthermore, we must underscore the potential harm to both Israeli and American interests. Let’s stand united in support of Israel and steadfastly oppose any actions by the Biden Administration that could undermine our enduring partnership.

Read more here.

 

 

Securing a Pause on FEMA’s Decision to Hike Flood Insurance Premiums on Hurricane Ian Victims

Thanks to our relentless advocacy and the steadfast support of local officials, FEMA has decided to pause for 30 days to reassess their decision on flood insurance increases for Hurricane Ian victims in Lee County. It was unjust to blindside Southwest Floridians with these sudden hikes, putting millions of dollars at stake. As we enter this critical 30-day period, our team stands ready to support Lee County and ensure a favorable outcome. Together, we’re committed to securing justice and stability for our community as we continue to recover from Hurricane Ian. 

Read more here.

 

 

 

Joining ABC News to Discuss FEMA Flood Insurance Premium Increases (rumble.com)

Joining WINK News to Discuss Fighting to Save Lee County’s Flood Insurance Discounts (rumble.com)

 

Joining Ken Lovejoy on Charlotte County Speaks to Discuss Saving Women’s Sports (rumble.com)

Joining Maria Bartiromo’s Wall Street to Discuss the Effects of Illegal Immigration on Florida (rumble.com)

 

 

CAPE CORAL BREEZE | Officials welcome FEMA’s decision to ‘pause’ action impacting flood insurance discounts

“Congressman Byron Donalds, joined by U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, and U.S senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio, wrote a letter to FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell last week that urged a reversal of FEMA’s decision to “retrograde” the rating to a 10, the lowest possible, offering no reduction in premiums at all.”

Read more here.

FLORIDA’S VOICE | Lee County homeowners get temporary insurance reprieve from FEMA after backlash from Rick Scott, others

“Scott, who was joined by fellow Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Reps. Byron Donalds, R-Fla, and Greg Steube, R-Fla., contested the issue in a letter sent recently to FEMA Director Deanne Criswell. The letter also was reciprocated by Lee County’s Board of Commissioners.”

Read more here.

TAMPA FREE PRESS | Florida Rep. Greg Steube Advocates For Standing With Israel, Pushing Back On Narrative Shift

“Florida Rep. Greg Steube on Sunday pushed back on the Democrats’ narrative on forcing Israel to concede to Hamas’ demands with a ceasefire and slammed the Biden administration for playing Orwellian word games with terrorists.”

Read more here.

 

 

 

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Congresswoman Laurel Lee — March 23, 2024

Harnessing a Safe Future for AI in America

As a member of the House Task Force on Artificial Intelligence, it is important for me to hear from leaders within the technology industry on the current state of artificial intelligence (AI), and from business leaders about the ways in which AI affects their industries.

This week, the Committee on House Administration hosted a forum to discuss AI in the legislative branch, and how we can harness AI to provide better service to the public. I will continue to work toward policies that promote safe AI innovation and ingenuity.

 

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Working to Combat Online Child Exploitation

This week, my bill, the REPORT Act, passed out of the House Judiciary Committee and will now head to the House floor for a vote. In recent years, crimes involving the exploitation of children online through Child Sex Abuse Material (CSAM) have increased worldwide. The REPORT Act will modernize and strengthen current reporting procedures, like the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, or NCMEC’s CyberTipline. This bill will assist law enforcement in the fight against the online exploitation of children.

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Watch here.

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I was so happy to meet with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) CEO, Michelle DeLaune, this week in D.C.

Thank you for your partnership in continuing this important work for children and families throughout the U.S.

 

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2024 Congressional Art Competition

The 2024 Congressional Art Competition is officially accepting submissions! All FL-15 high school students are eligible to submit an original piece of two-dimensional visual art. The winner will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., and will have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. My office will be accepting submissions until Friday, April 12th at 5pm. Visit my website or call my office at (813) 393-5077 for more information.

 

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Celebrating National Agriculture Day

In Florida’s 15th District, agriculture is a cornerstone of our community and economy. As a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Caucus in Congress, supporting our local agriculture producers will always be a top priority of mine. This week, we recognized National Agriculture Day—I am proud to celebrate and champion this unique and diverse part of our community.

 

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Polk County Leaders in our Nation’s Capital

It is always a pleasure to meet with local leaders from Florida’s 15th District here in Washington, D.C. Thank you, Polk County Commissioner Bill Braswell, Bill Beasley, Todd Bond, and Michael Galano for stopping by my office this week! I am grateful for your partnerships to ensure our FL15 community can prosper.

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Join Me At Service Academy Day

This years’ Service Academy Day is quickly approaching. If you, or a student you know, are interested in attending one of the U.S. Service Academies, please join me at Service Academy Day on April 6th, 2024, at the University of South Florida. If you have a goal of serving our country and want to learn more about attending a service academy, I hope you will join us! Visit my website or reach out to my office at (813) 393-5077 for more information.

 

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Sincerely,

Laurel M. Lee
Member of Congress

 

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Congressman Greg Stuebe March 17, 2024

March 17, 2024

Dear Floridian:

The House passed the Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act on Wednesday without my support. There is no doubt about it: TikTok is a dangerous app controlled by Chinese interests. However, the vague language of the bill raises troubling questions, particularly regarding potential executive branch overreach to shut down speech they don’t agree with. I opposed the bill to safeguard against the targeting of other social media companies and to protect our civil liberties.

I joined my colleagues in co-leading the Telehealth Modernization Act, a critical piece of legislation aimed at ensuring permanent access to telehealth services for Medicare beneficiaries, federally qualified health centers, and rural health clinics. This bill not only addresses the exponential growth of telehealth since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic but also recognizes its invaluable role as a complement, rather than a replacement, to in-person care. 

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our upcoming Mobile Office Hours at Venice City Hall on Thursday, March 21st. Whether you need assistance with a federal agency or have questions about recent legislation, my staff will be there to assist you.

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

Opposing the TikTok Bill

The House passed the Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act without my support. There is no doubt about it: TikTok is a dangerous app controlled by Chinese interests. However, that does not mean the bill in front of the House was the appropriate solution to the national security threat TikTok imposes. The bill’s vague language, particularly in defining what constitutes being “subject to the direction or control of a foreign person or entity,” could lead to potential abuse by the executive branch. We shouldn’t give Biden’s DOJ any more power to shut down speech they don’t agree with, just eight months before the presidential election. Given the history of politically motivated accusations of false foreign affiliations, such as the Russia Hoax, I opposed the bill to safeguard against the targeting of other social media companies and to protect our civil liberties.

Read more here.

 

 

Co-leading Legislation to Ensure Permanent Telehealth for Seniors

I joined my colleagues in co-leading The Telehealth Modernization Act, a pivotal piece of legislation ensuring permanent access to telehealth services for Medicare beneficiaries while extending these essential flexibilities to federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics. This bill not only addresses the exponential growth of telehealth since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic but also recognizes its invaluable role as a complement, rather than a replacement, to in-person care. As your representative, I’ve heard that many in our district value the convenience and accessibility of telehealth services, especially our seniors and those residing in rural areas. By championing this legislation, we’re not only enhancing access to high-quality care but also providing certainty about the future of telehealth. It’s important to ensure that all Americans can benefit from timely healthcare regardless of their location or circumstances.
 
Read more here.

 

 

Upcoming Mobile Office Hours

Need assistance with a federal agency? My office will be hosting mobile office hours at Venice City Hall on Thursday, March 21st where my staff will be available to help you and your families navigate cases with federal agencies. If your case requires urgent attention, please call one of our district offices.

Read more here.

 

 

 

 

Joining Chris Salcedo on Newsmax to Discuss Biden’s $7.3T budget

Joining Rob Schmitt to Discuss Opposing the TikTok Bill

 

Joining ABC 7 Sarasota to Discuss TikTok Legislation in the U.S. House

Joining Mornings with Maria to Discuss Defending America from Biden’s Illegal Immigration Crisis

 

NATIONAL FIREARM INDUSTRY TRADE ASSOCIATION | House Committee Tackles Federal Government Weaponization 

“Rep. Greg Stuebe (R-Fla.) was outraged that Americans are being targeted for government spying because they lawfully exercise their Second Amendment rights. ‘In the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) at the U.S. Department of Treasury told major banks to be on the lookout for customers using credit and debit cards for the purchase of legal firearms,’ Rep. Steube said. ‘As a gun owner and a strong proponent of our Second Amendment rights, it’s appalling that a federal agency would ask private companies to spy on their customers conducting perfectly legal business transactions. It’s not like there’s a suspicion of criminality going on. These are just typical purchases of firearms.'”

Read more here.

NEWSMAX | TikTok Bill Could Threaten Truth Social

“Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., told Newsmax Wednesday that the language in the new bill seeking to ban TikTok in the United States could release ‘new power that’s been given to President [Joe] Biden, and he’s going to shut down and divest Truth Social from being able to communicate to their base … months before an election.'”

Read more here.

TAMPA FREE PRESS | Florida Rep. Greg Steube Joins Chorus Of Lawmakers Pushing To Ditch ‘Clock Change Madness’

“’Every year, Floridians and the nation grapple with the clock change chaos. But there’s solid evidence supporting permanent Daylight Saving Time,’ said Steube on X. ‘Studies show that instituting permanent DST would reduce vehicle and pedestrian accidents (better visibility), improve public safety (lower crime rates), and have a positive impact on our economy. Back in 2018, I pushed for this in Florida. Let’s ditch the clock-changing madness and make DST permanent!’ concluded Steube.”

Read more here.

 

 

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5792

Sarasota District Office
7590 Fruitville Rd #102
Sarasota, FL 34240
Phone: (941) 499-3214

 

Venice District Office
401 West Venice Ave #157
Venice, FL 34285
Phone: (941) 499-3214

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Senator Rick Scott March 16, 2024

Friend, 

Exciting news from the campaign trail this week. On Monday, we proudly unveiled the “Builders for Rick Scott” Coalition in Orlando, a diverse group of industry leaders that represent thousands of Florida jobs. On Friday, we were thrilled that “Builders for Rick Scott” gained momentum with another successful event held in Tampa where we rolled out more support for our campaign.

I am thankful to have received the following endorsements this week as part of the “Builders for Rick Scott Coalition”:

  • Sims Crane & Equipment Company
  • Florida Crane Owners Association
  • Gulf Coast Builders Exchange
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Florida Home Builders Association
  • Florida Transportation Builders Association
  • Greater Orlando Builders Association
  • Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida
  • Latin Builders Association

Florida builders are some of the best job creators in our state and are critical to the future of Florida. In the Senate, I’m focused on putting America first and protecting our nation from cybersecurity and national security threats. That includes working to end our reliance on Chinese-made products and tech, including Chinese-owned port cranes. I’m working to introduce big port security legislation that will make permanent fixes to our laws to stop cyber-attacks, prevent espionage, stop intellectual property theft and protect our ports from being targeted by the Chinese Communist Party. This is why it is critical that we support American companies like Sims Crane & Equipment that I had the chance to visit on Friday.

With the support of Florida’s great builders, our campaign remains poised for success. Together, we will continue to build a brighter future for Florida and win BIG in November!

Thank you for your unwavering support!

-Rick

SENATOR RICK SCOTT IN THE NEWS

The Floridian: Scott Accuses Mucarsel-Powell of ‘Dumping Florida for Illegals’

The Floridian: Scott Seeks Protections for Agricultural Workers from Rising Wages

Tampa Free Press: Florida Sen. Rick Scott Sounds Alarm On Escalating National Debt “Must Be Stopped”

Florida’s Voice: Rick Scott slams opponent and ‘radical left’ support for including illegals in U.S. Census

Florida Politics: Rick Scott opposes potential Palestinian refugees in U.S.

West Palm Beach News: Sen. Rick Scott Takes Stand Against Biden’s Proposal for Palestinian Refugee Resettlement

WESH: Rick Scott, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell spar in US Senate race

Florida Daily: Sen. Rick Scott Vows To Block Any Biden Effort To Bring Palestinian Refugees To America

Florida Politics: Rick Scott opposes Israeli regime change, checks Chuck Schumer

The Floridian: Scott Wants Answers From Mayorkas Regarding Migrant Flights

Florida Politics: Rick Scott touts full passage of his sponsored ‘End Fentanyl Act’

The Floridian: Schumer Calls for new Leadership in Israel, Scott Responds

Florida Politics: Rick Scott leads Senate outrage over Nicaraguan preacher persecution

 

 

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Congressman Daniel Webster

The Webster Wire

Listening to Floridians

Dear Friends:

 

Recently, I asked my constituents what Congress should do when government funding expires. Over 90% said that Congress should pass a budget that spends less than last year, so last week I voted to do that. For the first time since 2013, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2024 will spend less this year than last year, saving taxpayers $200 billion over the next ten years, while protecting veterans Second Amendment rights, stopping the DOJ from targeting parents and cutting the budgets of ATF, EPA, and the DOJ.

I ran for office pledging to do my part to slow the spigot of spending and get our fiscal house in order. While I wish the spending reductions were more substantial, we cannot let perfect be the enemy of good. Given how much deficit spending President Biden and Chuck Schumer have embraced over the last three years, it is remarkable that Republicans were able to make any meaningful cuts to the budget.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2024 is a compilation of funding measures that both saves taxpayer dollars and:

  • Fully funds Veteran’ health care and benefits.
  • Prohibits the DOJ from targeting or investigating parents who exercise their right to free speech at local school board meetings and prevents that DOJ from investigating or prosecuting churches on the basis of their religious beliefs.
  • Strengthens tracking and review of foreign ownership of U.S. agriculture land.
  • Prevents the sale of oil in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to China.
  • Cuts $1.2 billion from the FBI budget.
  • Reduces the ATF’s budget by 7% and blocks their attempt to limit veterans’ second amendment rights.

I was pleased to see some of my colleagues join me in rejecting the Washington presumption that nothing in the federal budget can be cut in order to fund our priorities without increasing the deficit. There is more work to be done. I will continue fighting to reduce spending even further as we begin development of the Fiscal Year 2025 Budget.

State of the Union

On Thursday, President Biden delivered his third State of the Union address. Despite Biden’s claims, the state of the union is weak. Since President Biden has taken office, Americans are less safe, and their bank accounts nearly drained because of his failures at the border and reckless spending. His policies have hamstrung our economy, ended America’s energy dominance, put our children’s education in decline, targeted parents’ rights, and infringed on hardworking Americans’ basic constitutional freedoms and liberties. Simply put, President Biden has put America last.

I had hoped to hear President Biden admit his failures, reverse course, but instead he doubled-down on his failed policies. In contrast, House Republicans have been delivering on their promises to the American people. Since taking the House Majority, my colleagues and I have passed legislation to solve the crisis caused by the Biden Administration such as:

  • H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, which unleashes American energy production to lower costs for families.
  • H.R. 2, the Secure the Border Act, which combats illegal immigration by forcing the Biden Admin to resume construction of the southern border wall and end the dangerous ‘catch and release’ policy.
  • H.Res. 863, impeaching DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for his failure to secure the border and uphold the laws of the United States.
  • H.R. 5, the Parents Bill of Rights Act, putting in place legal protections to ensure parents always have a say in their child’s education.
  • H.R. 26, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, establishing requirements to ensure infants born alive after an attempted abortion receive the same protection of law and degree of care as any newborn.

The American people deserve nothing less, and I will keep fighting to put them first.

Never Again

On February 22, 2024, Laken Riley, a 22-year-old nursing student was murdered by Jose Antonio Ibarra, an illegal immigrant from Venezuela. Despite having a lengthy criminal history prior to the death of Riley, Ibarra was never detained by ICE.

Last week, I voted to pass H.R. 7511, the Laken Riley Act, legislation I cosponsored that would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to issue a detainer for illegal aliens who are charged or cited with local theft or burglary. I mourn the death of Laken Riley who would still be with her family today if it wasn’t for the failed immigration policies of President Biden. The Laken Riley Act ensures that ICE has no excuses for not arresting and deporting illegal immigrants who commit crimes and provides states a legal resource to force the Biden Administration to address their border security failures.

While President Biden apologizes to Riley’s murderer for referring to him as “illegal”, my colleagues and I are working to secure our nation’s borders and hold illegal immigrants accountable to ensure heinous crimes like this never happen again.

Congressional Art Competition 

I am excited to announce that submission for the 2024 Congressional Art Competition is now open! This year, the theme for my office’s Congressional Art Competition is “America the Beautiful.” The competition is open to high school students only, including home school students. Each student may enter one piece of artwork. For more information, please visit my website.

Each spring, I have the unique opportunity as a member of Congress to showcase the artistic talents of high school students within Florida’s 11th Congressional District. Sponsored by the members of the U.S. House of Representatives, winners from each congressional district are prominently displayed in the Cannon Tunnel in Washington, D.C. The Cannon Tunnel connects the Cannon House Office Building with the U.S. Capitol and is traveled on a daily basis by members of Congress, their staff, and visitors to our nation’s Capital.

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Seeing and Serving You

In Washington last week I met with the Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jared Perdue ahead of his testimony to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. We discussed transportation challenges and successes in Florida, as well as implementation concerns with federal discretionary grants. I am encouraged that Florida was well-represented during this full committee hearing on such an important topic.

 

U.S. Transportation Secretary Buttigieg’s grant process is too often unnecessarily difficult and confusing, creating costly project delays, favoring large cities over small and rural communities, and overly focusing on the Biden Administration’s added criteria for climate, equity, and environmental justice. Further, they often exceed their statutory authority during the rulemaking process. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where I am a senior member is pushing back on the Biden Administration and working to hold them accountable for being good partners, not obstacles, to infrastructure investments across America.

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Recently, a federal court issued an order divesting the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) of its authority to issue State 404 Program permits in Florida. The State 404 Program is responsible for overseeing the permitting for any projects proposing the dredge of and fill within state assumed wetlands and surface waters. Projects impacted by the decision include: single-family residences, commercial developments, agricultural activities, and utility and infrastructure projects.

Last week, I met with the Florida DEP Secretary Shawn Hamilton and members of his team to discuss the recent court decision. When DEP lost its permitting authority, more than 1,000 State 404 permit applications were being processed. This decision not only halted the processing of these permits but required their reallocation to a newly appointed authority. This new authority is also being required to restart the entire review process of these permits resulting in major delays on countless projects in Florida. My staff and I are looking into ways that we can assist DEP in the reinstatement of their permitting authorities.

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I also met with Florida members of the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) who came to provide some background on their various positions within the FWS and the impact their work is having on our state. The roles varied from the establishment and expansion of refuges to working to address the prevention of invasive species in our state. Furthermore, we discussed important issues and initiatives being worked on within the Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee for Water, Wildlife, and Fisheries that I sit on, and how our work and initiatives correlate with theirs.

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It was great to meet with members of FloridaMakes and several small manufacturing businesses operating in our district, including JETechnologies, Niagara Bottling, and Red Meters last week. We discussed the strength of Florida’s growing manufacturing industry as well as the importance of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program for Florida manufacturers.

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On Wednesday, I met with Dr. Norton, the Vice President for Research at the University of Florida. Dr. Norton shared with me some of the University’s high priority research initiatives in Artificial Intelligence, national security, and space. It’s critical that the U.S. supports advances in these new technologies in order to maintain a competitive edge and protect national security, but there must be proper oversight and safeguards without overregulation. As a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, I am committed to strengthening our nation’s leadership in artificial intelligence and making it beneficial and safe for all Americans.

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Also on Wednesday, I met with the Florida Credit Union Association who came to highlight various initiatives to better serve their members. One being the need for cutting down on financial fraud by getting financial organizations to work together to increase information sharing, develop best practices, raise educational awareness of fraud schemes, and promote innovation in counter-fraud technologies.

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Cindy Brown, my Community Relations Representative for Sumter County, recently attended a Quilts of Valor Presentation, at the Eisenhower Recreation Center in the Villages. The presentation was hosted by Sheila Robbins, U.S. Navy Retired, of the Quilt of Valor Foundation and the Villages Khaki Quilters Club. The quilts are awarded to Veterans, not just handed out, and serve as a “thank you” for veterans service and sacrifice in serving our nation.

The Veterans honored at this special ceremony include: WWII Veteran Donald Wheatley, U.S. Navy; Jesse Hadaway, US Navy – USS Intrepid CVA-11; Glenn Allen, U.S. Army, Vietnam; Alan Beauregard, U.S. Marine Corps, Vietnam, Purple Heart Recipient; and William Goldston, U.S. Marine Corps, Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient. Congratulations to each of these American Heroes!

Thank you, to all of our veterans who served selflessly to ensure that our great nation stays free. We owe our service members, both past and present, a debt we can never repay.

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Cindy Brown also recently participated in Career Day at the South Sumter Middle School. Representatives from local government agencies and businesses spoke to middle school students about their careers. Cindy spoke with students about how I serve constituents, how local and federal government works, and how she serves constituents by representing me at special events. Thank you to South Sumter Middle School for providing this excellent program for their students.

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Pam Jones, my Community Relations Representative in Lake County, attended South Lake Chamber Ribbon Cuttings for Fireflies Resale Marketplace and Prestige Janitorial Service, LLC.

Victoria and Lynn, a mother daughter team opened Fireflies Resale Marketplace in Montverde to help support their Group Life Foundation. Group Life Foundation strives to enhance the lives of individuals with special needs residing in Group Homes within Lake County. The mission is to create a better quality of life for those who need it most. Victoria and Lynn facilitate three women’s group homes in Montverde and support a total of 21 homes in Lake County.

Prestige Janitorial Service, LLC is a Columbus-based, woman-owned enterprise that has delivered top-tier commercial cleaning services to clients of all sizes since 2008. Trinelle Mitchell, Owner/CEO, and her husband, Robert Mitchell, Operations Manager started their janitorial service in Ohio and have now expanded and relocated to Lake County. Trinelle and Robert welcomed chamber members and the community as they all celebrated the ribbon cutting and grand opening of Prestige Janitorial Service.

 

Your servant,

Daniel Webster
Member of Congress

 

Constituent Corner

A constituent from Lake County was unable to communicate with the IRS to correct a simple clerical error on his 2022 tax return which resulted in a hold being placed on the return. Our office submitted his concerns to the IRS who made the necessary correction and released the refund.

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.

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The Ready Room – Representative Scott Franklin

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.

THE FIGHT TO SECURE OUR BORDER CONTINUES

Laken Riley, a 22-year-old nursing student from Georgia, was brutally murdered by Jose Ibarra, a criminal illegal immigrant from Venezuela. Ibarra was arrested in New York last year on other charges, including theft. He was soon released back on to the streets before fleeing to Georgia before killing Laken. Tragedies like this are occurring around the country due to the crisis at the southern border. 

I cosponsored and voted for the Laken Riley Act to ensure criminal illegal immigrants, like Ibarra, are charged and deported for theft-related crimes. Protecting our communities must be our highest priority. This bill passed the House and now awaits action in the Senate.

ZERO TOLERANCE FOR ANTISEMITISM

In the first 18 hours after the October 7th attacks, antisemitic language on some social media sites increased by 488%. And in many cases, pro-Palestine protests on college campuses have turned violent. This despicable behavior has no place anywhere.

That’s why I cosponsored the Antisemitism Awareness Act to direct the Department of Education to establish a standard definition of antisemitism when investigating antisemitic acts. This bill will ensure stronger protection for the Jewish community from discrimination and prevent potential personal bias from administrators.

CONSTITUENT CORNER

Do you want your artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol? Each spring, the Artistic Discovery Contest provides an opportunity to recognize artistic talent in the nation and our district. The winning FL-18 artwork will be exhibited for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The deadline for submissions is 5PM Friday, April 12th. Learn more about the competition’s requirements here

Test Your Knowledge #CivicsWithScott!

What is the term for a type of government in which one person possesses unlimited power?

  1. Republic
    B. Oligarchy
    C. Democracy
    D. Autocracy

Last Week’s Question

What basic freedom does the 1966 Supreme Court decision in Miranda v. Arizona protect?

A. The right to freedom of speech
B. The protection against self-incrimination – Correct answer
C. The right to bear arms
D. The right to freedom of assembly

 

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

EXCLUSIVE: Full Florida GOP Congressional Delegation Endorses Sen. Rick Scott For Re-Election — Daily Caller

Florida members of Congress weigh in before SOTU — Bay News 9

Key Social Media Posts

@RepFranklin Ok, now enforce it @POTUS.

@RepFranklin 21 illegal immigrants were just arrested in a human trafficking bust in FL-18, once again proving EVERY state is a border state! @PolkCoSheriff is right: @POTUS
and the Senate must put politics aside and pass H.R. 2 to secure our border.

@RepFranklin Today I joined @SpeakerJohnson, @SteveScalise, @GOPMajorityWhip & my @HouseGOP colleagues as we set the record straight on the real state of our union. President Biden will paint a very different picture tomorrow night, but Americans aren’t fooled.

@RepFranklin Under @POTUS’ watch, the State of the Union isn’t as strong as he thinks it is: 

  • Over 8 million illegal immigrants have invaded the US 
  • Inflation has risen by 17.9% 
  • Failure to project strength to our adversaries 
  • Destroyed America’s energy independence

@RepFranklin Americans are dying from the Biden Administration’s border policies and he wants to talk about Shrinkflation. #SOTU

@RepFranklin Under @POTUS’ watch, over 20,000 unvetted Chinese nationals have illegally crossed the Southern Border. This is a massive threat to our national security.

 

 

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Congressman Greg Stuebe March 10, 2024

March 10, 2024

Dear Floridian,

This weekend marks the time of year when we continue the antiquated practice of changing our clocks. For years, I’ve been at the forefront of the movement to abolish this practice and instead embrace the concept of permanent Daylight Saving Time year-round. The benefits are abundant, ranging from bolstering our agriculture economy to enhancing public safety. Taking concrete steps towards this goal, I’ve championed bills both at the state and federal levels, aiming to preserve more of our cherished Florida sunshine throughout the year.

Additionally, I had the honor of hosting Ms. Gillian Kaye, an advocate for the safe return of all Hamas-held hostages, including her stepson Sagui Dekel-Chen. The presence of Ms. Kaye and Sagui’s father, Jonathan at the State of the Union this week was critical to help keep national and international attention on bringing all six remaining American hostages home.

I also was happy to vote in support of the Laken Riley Act this week. This legislation addresses illegal immigrant crime and further underscores our commitment to securing our borders to prevent such incidents in the future.

As a member of the Weaponization subcommittee, I participated in a hearing to expose concerning instances of massive government surveillance, particularly regarding the financial data of American citizens.

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

 

 

Joining Families of Our American Hostages at the State of the Union

I was honored to have Ms. Gillian Kaye, an advocate for the safe return of all Hamas-held hostages, including her stepson Sagui Dekel-Chen, as my distinguished guest for the 2024 State of the Union. The presence of Ms. Kaye and Sagui’s father, Jonathan at the State of the Union this week was critical to help keep national and international attention on bringing all six remaining American hostages home. Additionally, I participated in a bipartisan press conference on Capitol Hill alongside the families of Americans held by Hamas, underscoring the urgency of bringing the hostages home.

Read more here.

 

Passing The Laken Riley Act to Fight Illegal Immigrant Crime

This week the U.S. House passed the Laken Riley Act, H.R. 7511, with a vote of 251-170, in effort to combat illegal immigrant crime. I was honored to vote in favor of this critical legislation. The legislation requires Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to issue detainers and take custody of illegal aliens who commit theft-related crimes, such as shoplifting, as defined by state and local law. The bill, aimed at equipping ICE and state governments with enhanced tools, addresses key immigration issues, including condemnation of President Biden’s weak border policies and empowering state Attorneys General to pursue injunctive relief. The passage of this act underscores a bipartisan commitment to restoring the rule of law and ensuring justice for victims like Laken Riley, whose tragic murder could have been prevented with effective immigration enforcement measures.

Read more here.

 

Exposing Massive Government Surveillance of Americans Financial Data

As a member of the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, I joined a hearing where we examined troubling evidence of federal law enforcement agencies engaging in extensive surveillance of American citizens’ financial information, without proper justification. This surveillance, conducted by agencies such as the Treasury Department’s FinCEN and the FBI, appears to target individuals based on political and religious affiliations protected by the Constitution. As a member of this subcommittee, I am committed to ensuring transparency and accountability in our government agencies to protect the fundamental freedoms of all Americans.

Watch more here.

 

 

 

Joining the Evening Edit to Discuss Biden’s Disastrous EV Push (rumble.com)

Joining Newsmax with Eric Bolling to Discuss Biden Encouraging Illegal Immigration (rumble.com)

Joining Coast to Coast with Cavuto to Discuss the State of the Union (rumble.com)

Joining 10 Tampa Bay to Discuss the Urgency of Bringing Hamas Held Hostages Home (rumble.com)

Joining Spectrum News to Pressure the Biden Administration to Rescue American Hostages (rumble.com)

Joining ABC Action News to Discuss The Importance of Prioritizing American Hostages Held by Hamas (rumble.com)

Joining Wake Up America to Discuss Takeaways from Biden State Of The Union (rumble.com)

 

ABC ACTION NEWS | Sarasota stepmom of man held hostage by Hamas attends State of the Union 

“Kaye has been satisfied with the government’s efforts, but Steube believes more can be done. ‘I can’t think, for the life of me, they don’t have an idea or know exactly where these people are being held, and we should send our special operators in to get them and get our American citizens back home,’ Rep. Steube said.”

Read more here.

DAILY SIGNAL | Jordan Peterson Warns Congress: ‘We Are in Danger of Eliminating the Private Sphere’

“Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., said that it’s ‘absolutely insane, the level of the deep state acting to go after pro-life groups, pro-gun groups.’ ‘The U.S. Department of Treasury told banks to be on the lookout for use of debit and credit cards for the purchase of legal firearms,’ Steube said. ‘It’s appalling that a federal agency would ask private companies to spy on legal business transactions.’”

Read more here.

BREITBART | GOP Reps expect to engage in border ‘blamefest’ at SOTU

“Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) predicted that Biden would try to blame Republicans over the southern border, even though he has the power to enact executive actions that would stymie the flow of immigrants.”

Read more here.

 

 

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Congressman Daniel Webster

The Webster Wire

Listening to Floridians

Dear Friends:

Last week, I along with several colleagues introduced legislation to declare the crisis at the southern border an invasion. This will help bolster the legal arguments of states in federal court. Secretary Mayorkas dereliction of duty to enforce our border laws have turned every state into a border state and are forcing state officials to take action to protect Americans. I’ve been to the Southern Border in Eagle Pass, Texas and seen the crisis firsthand. Thanks to President Biden’s failed border policies, there have been over 8 million illegal border crossings, with over 340 known individuals being on the terrorist watchlist. Make no mistake, this is an invasion of our nation’s borders. I have and will continue to advocate for and support policies and legislation that secures our borders and sensibly reforms our immigration laws.

 

Protecting Seniors Access to Medications

I recently co-sponsored H.R. 5526, the Seniors’ Access to Critical Medications Act of 2023 that would make permanent a waiver issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). This waiver allowed Medicare patients to receive critical medications by mail or allow caregivers and family members to obtain medications for them. A priority of mine is delivering on our promises to seniors and ensuring that they have the care they need. I am committed to protecting Medicare, keeping our promises to seniors, and preserving retirement security for every generation. 

Ensuring our Veterans the BEST Care

Serving veterans and ensuring they receive the care and benefits they earned is one of my top priorities. Last week, I co-sponsored H.R. 7434, the Better Examiner Standards and Transparency (BEST) for Veterans Act, which would ensure only licensed health care professionals conduct medical disability examinations (MDEs) on behalf of the VA. We must ensure licensed health care professionals are conducting MDEs that will allow for more accurate and efficient disability ratings. If you’re a veteran or know one in my district who needs assistance with their VA benefits, please contact me.

Following the Evidence

House Republicans are following the money, evidence, and proper procedures as we investigate President Biden’s influence peddling scheme. Last week, the House Committees on Oversight and Judiciary held a deposition of Hunter Biden as part of their ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Biden. The evidence uncovered in his testimony confirms much of the evidence we uncovered to date; however, parts of his testimony are inconsistent with other witnesses’ testimonies indicating the need for a public hearing. I applaud Oversight Chairman James Comer and Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan for releasing the transcript of Hunter Biden’s deposition before the committee to the public. Government accountability and transparency are among my top priorities, and I will continue doing my part to ensure that President Biden and his Administration are held accountable for not enforcing federal law and abusing their powers.

Seeing and Serving You

In the district, I spoke to the students of East Ridge High School who are participating in the Capitol Hill Challenge of Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Foundation. The SIFMA Foundation is dedicated to fostering knowledge and understanding of financial markets. I was welcomed by Susan Paul, Economics Teacher, and Principal Julie Robinson-Lueallen along with the students and other staff.

 

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In Washington, I recently met the CEO of Community Healthcare Centers Inc., Dr. Debra Andree. We discussed their workforce development needs that are met through training programs, loan forgiveness, and eligible providers. I am pleased to support our nation’s community health centers and am working to ensure adequate funding for the essential services they provide to millions of Americans who access medical care through them. Central Florida is home to several community health centers, and I have visited multiple Health Centers throughout our region. While serving as Speaker of the Florida House, I led the State Legislature to establish one of the first community health centers as a pilot program in Central Florida. Since then, they have grown statewide and provide important healthcare services to Floridians. Thank you, Community Healthcare Centers Inc. for all the work you have done in our community!

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Last week, while I was in Congressional committee meetings my legislative staff met with members of Florida’s chapter of the American Legion. They met with the Past Commander and Honor Guard Member of American Legion Post 347, Joan Suelter, and Alternate National Executive Committee Member, Jerry Brandt. In their meeting, they discussed several topics including my support for initiatives that provide our nation’s military members and veterans’ access to education, retraining and employment opportunities.

My legislative staff also met with VFW/Auxiliary Post 2093 members, Cate Manley, President of the Apopka Chamber of Commerce, member of the Orlando Mayor Veterans Advisory Board, and Mike Manley, Assistant Adjunct American Legion State of Florida. They discussed my co-sponsorship of H.R. 1282, the Major Richard Star Act, the need to expand mental health resources, and expanding research into whole health therapies and programs. The men and women of our military routinely face unique risks in the line of duty. I remain committed in ensuring our veterans receive the care and benefits they earned. We owe you a debt we can never repay.

 

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Lt. Col Bath Crane, Cadet Maj Carter Hall, and Cadet 2nd Lt Haywood Ball, members of the Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol also met with my legislative staff. They shared their stories on how Civil Air Patrol has impacted their lives, supported our great state of Florida, and shaped our nation. Thank you for your commitment to serve our community!

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Pam Jones, Community Relations Representative for West Orange County, attended the West Orange Chamber Ribbon Cutting for Toole’s ACE Hardware with Chamber President Stephen Lewis. Walter Toole, Executive Chairman, and Neil Asma, President, and CEO, welcomed the chamber ambassadors to the new Hamlin store in Winter Garden!

 

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Pam Jones also attended the West Orange Chamber Ribbon Cutting with Orange County Officials for the new Taborfield Park. Chamber members and the community joined with Orange County Commissioner Nicole Wilson, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, and Matt Suedmeyer, Orange County Manager of Parks & Recreation, to celebrate the 6.5 acre park. The $1.5 million park was built beside Castleview Elementary School. Parks are being built like Taborfield Park throughout Orange County in conjunction with the schools to give children and youth more outdoor space. 

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Cindy Brown, my Community Relations Representative for the City of Leesburg, joined with the Leesburg Chamber of Commerce to celebrate with Ali & Steven Stafford at their 1 year Anniversary Ribbon Cutting of Simple Nutrition on Main Street in Downtown Leesburg. Congratulations, Ali, and Steven, for providing healthy options like nutritious shakes, smoothies, protein bowls, and protein waffles for the community. 

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Cindy Brown, my Community Relations Representative also for the City of Wildwood, recently attended a ribbon cutting for Wildwood Elementary School’s new parking lot, which meets a need and is appreciated by school families and the community. Joining in the ceremony was School Board Superintendent Rick Shirley, School Board Member Sally Moss, City of Wildwood Commissioner Joe Elliott, Wildwood Elementary School Principal Brittany Brown, and Representatives from the City, including the contracting, engineering, planning, and designing Consultants. Congratulations to all!

Your servant,

Daniel Webster
Member of Congress

 

Constituent Corner

A veteran from Sumter County received a favorable decision from the VA on a pending claim, but the funds had not been dispersed. Our office contacted the Defense Finance and Accounting Services who confirmed the necessary forms had been provided to the VA. Our office then reached out to the VA about receipt of the audit, and shortly after the funds were dispersed.

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.

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