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From his seat on the U.S House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., showcased his support of U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan’s, R-Fla., “Veterans ID Card Act,” a bill ensuring every honorably discharged veteran receives an ID card from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the chairwoman of the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., the ranking Democrat, teamed up on Thursday to bring out a bill condemning Iran for continued violations of the International Covenant on Human Rights and persecution of the Baha’is.

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At an event in New York on Thursday, former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., told supporters that he would not make the same mistakes that former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., did during his 2012 presidential bid.

“[Romney] made it about a referendum on the president’s policies rather than about himself. He didn’t show his heart,” Bush said at the event according to the Washington Free Beacon. “He didn’t send a signal that he cared about people, when he did.”

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U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., is tying himself closer to former U.S. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, the heavy favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination, as he continues his bid for the U.S. Senate in 2016.

Murphy sent out an email to supporters on Friday as he called for overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision on campaign financing. He also ditched his attempts to come off as a moderate who reaches across the party aisle, going on the attack against “extreme Republicans” in Congress.

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Florida CFO Jeff Atwater might not be running for the U.S. Senate in 2016 but he weighed in on how the federal government was managing its finances on Thursday. Noting that National Taxpayer Independence Day falls on Friday this year, Atwater said the federal government needs to get its fiscal house in order.

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U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., showcased his support for bills improving cyber security on Thursday.

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who is currently running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, said the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs needs to hold more employees accountable after reports emerged last year about veterans dying after being placed on altered waiting lists while seeking medical treatment.

Despite Congress voting for reform measures last year, Rubio said their efforts were not working quickly enough.

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Politico reported on Thursday that U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is the favorite to win the support of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a prominent supporter of Republicans. Adelson heavily supported former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., in the 2012 presidential race and Rubio and other 2016 presidential hopefuls are courting his support. Politico’s article can be read here.

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U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis announced on Wednesday that the Marjory Stoneman Douglas House in Miami will be a national historic landmark. They made the announcement on Wednesday to mark Earth Day and with President Barack Obama holding an event at the Everglades.

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U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., part of the U.S. House leadership as senior deputy whip, insisted Iran is helping fund terrorism.

Ross sits on the Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing and focused on Iran at a meeting on Wednesday, asking Johnathan Schanzer, the VP of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, about Iran.

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