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Frankel, Castor Hotter than Ever on Their Bill to Give Women's National Soccer Team Equal Pay

July 23, 2019 - 6:00am
2019 U.S. World Cup winners

Still buoyed by the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team's overwhelming World Cup win this summer on soccer's biggest stage, two Florida Democrats are continuing their push for the team to be paid on an equal footing with the men's team. 

Last week, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., introduced the “Athletics Fair Pay Act," which would ensure equal pay for all Olympic and amateur athletes. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., is cosponsoring the bill.  

The bill is being championed in the upper chamber by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and U.S. Rep. Patty Murray, D-Wash. 

Rubio, Wilson Working with Leading Dems to Raise Social Status of Black Men and Boys

July 23, 2019 - 6:00am

Two members of the Florida delegation -- Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson -- are working with a pair of hopefuls for the Democratic presidential nomination on a proposal to establish a federal  Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys. 

Rubio announced he was working with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., on the proposal to create the commission which would be under the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ Office and “would recommend policies to improve current government programs.” 

Gus Bilirakis Champions Effective Drug Control Strategy Act

July 20, 2019 - 9:00am
Gus Bilirakis

A Florida congressman is backing a proposal to reform how the federal government reviews its efforts against illegal drugs. 

Rick Scott Would Sanction Turkey for Increased Ties to Russia

July 22, 2019 - 9:45am
Rick Scott

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is pushing a resolution in the Senate condemning Turkey’s increased ties to Russia and calling on American allies to discuss that nation’s continued role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Rick Scott: Give Coast Guard More Drones, Planes to Fight Drugs

July 19, 2019 - 9:00am
Police drone

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is championing a proposal to expand how the U.S. Coast Guard can use planes and drones to crack down on drug smuggling. 

On Thursday, Scott teamed up with U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., to showcase the “Coast Guard Drug Detection and Interdiction Act” which “expands the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to help identify and interdict illicit drugs.”

Ross Spano Introduces the 'No Pensions for Pedophiles' Act

July 19, 2019 - 9:00am
Ross Spano

A congressman from Florida is leading the charge to ensure convicted child molesters lose their federal pensions. 

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, R-Fla., brought out the “No Pensions for Pedophiles Act.” The bill would amend the Hiss Act to ensure federal contributions to pensions would be denied to individuals who are convicted of federal crimes connected to child molestation.

Spano pointed to a case where a doctor in the federal service who is now serving time for sexually abusing children could receive up to $1.8 million through his pension. 

Natural Gas Bill Championed by Florida Republicans Heads to Senate Floor

July 22, 2019 - 9:45pm
President Trump at the May opening of the giant Sempra LNG plant in Cameron, La.

A bill expediting liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports backed by Florida Republicans is building momentum on Capitol Hill. 

Back in March, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., brought out the “Small Scale LNG Access Act” with the support of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, R-La. The companion bill in the U.S. House was introduced by U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., with U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., cosponsoring the proposal. 

House Passes Deutch Resolution Honoring Victims of Hezbollah

July 17, 2019 - 9:00am
Hezbollah's 1992 attack in Argentina

On Monday, the U.S. House passed U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch’s, D-Fla., resolution honoring the victims of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires and calling for action against Hezbollah and Iran who were behind the attack which killed 85 people. 

Marco Rubio Joins Jacky Rosen in Push to Expand Funds for Holocaust Education

July 16, 2019 - 9:00am
Marco Rubio and Jacky Rosen

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is behind a proposal from U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., to create a federal fund to teach students about the Holocaust. 

Rubio, U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-ND, and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Ct., announced their support of Rosen’s “Never Again Education Act." Rosen’s bill would have the U.S. Education Department create the Holocaust Education Assistance Program Fund, expanding middle and high school education on the Holocaust. 

Al Lawson, Val Demings Champion HUD Inspection Act

July 16, 2019 - 9:00am
Val Demings and Al Lawson

Two Democrats in the Florida delegation are championing a proposal to have the U.S. Housing and Urban Department (HUD) crack down on federally assisted housing properties that do not comply with federal laws. 

At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., U.S. Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, D-NC, brought out the “HUD Inspection Act.” 

Lawson introduced the bill on Friday and weighed in on why he had introduced it. 

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