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At least one prominent politician is open to challenging President Barack Obama in the Democratic primaries.

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Bob Burleson of the Florida Transportation Builders Association (FTBA) cheered the news that Florida Republican U.S. Rep. John Mica would chair the congressional Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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Count Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Posey as a fan of Space X -- the first private company to launch a spacecraft around the planet’s orbit.

“This is a great moment in commercial spaceflight,” said Posey on Thursday. “I offer my sincere congratulations to the Space X team, and their founder Elon Musk. What they achieved yesterday -- the successful launch and recovery of the space capsule -- is not only a significant step forward, but it is a historic achievement for a commercial firm. This bodes well for America’s future in space.”

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown weighed in on Thursday when it was announced that $342 million in federal funds would be headed to Florida -- instead of to Ohio and Wisconsin as was originally planned -- for high-speed rail projects.

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The DREAM Act has been tabled in the Senate as key Republicans show no sign of backing it -- including U.S. Sen. George LeMieux from Florida.

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No surprise here as he was the ranking member before they won the majority, but U.S. Rep. John Mica was selected by his fellow Republicans in Congress to chair the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure -- giving a Floridian the gavel over the committee overseeing highways, aviations, rail, maritime shipping and the Coast Guard, among other tasks.

“We must begin immediately to address the significant needs and challenges facing our nation’s infrastructure, and create jobs,”  said Mica.

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Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney weighed in on Thursday regarding the House passing the DREAM Act. Rooney voted against the measure which is now heading to the Senate.

“Immigration reform must start with securing our borders, upholding the law, and rewarding those who follow the rules,“ said Rooney. “The DREAM Act would provide an incentive for individuals to come here illegally, undermine the rule of law, and move rule-breakers to the front of the line. 

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With the House sending the DREAM Act to the Senate on Wednesday, Republicans who voted against the measure continued to take aim at it after it was passed.
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Some fiscal conservatives are bemoaning U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., being named chairman of the House Appropriations Committee -- but Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, a member of the committee, pledged to work with the new chair while still fighting for small government.

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The DREAM Act passed the U.S. House with a close vote on Wednesday night: 216 in favor and 198 against.

One of the votes against came from Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, who weighed in after the vote.

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