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Francis Rooney Wants More Transparency When Drug Companies Raise Prices

May 25, 2019 - 7:15am
Francis Rooney

A Southwest Florida Republican congressman is backing a proposal to have pharmaceutical companies have more transparency when they want to raise drug prices. 

This week, U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., joined U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., and Mike Braun, R-Ind., and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., in bringing out the “FAIR Drug Pricing Act” which, they insist, will be “the first step in addressing skyrocketing prescription drug prices by requiring transparency for pharmaceutical corporations that plan to increase drug prices.”

Mike Waltz Backs Congressional Term Limits Amendment

May 23, 2019 - 6:00am
Mike Waltz

This week, freshman U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., announced his support for a proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to have congressional term limits. 

Waltz is backing a resolution from U.S. Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Tex., to limit time on Capitol Hill to 12 years, with members of the U.S. House restricted to six terms and members of the U.S. Senate to two terms.

After cosponsoring the resolution at the start of the week, Waltz explained his support for the resolution on Wednesday. 

Ted Deutch, Kamala Harris Team Up on EQUAL Defense Act

May 22, 2019 - 9:00am
Ted Deutch and Kamala Harris

A South Florida Democrat is joining one of his party's most prominent senators to offer a bill which they say will help support public defenders. 

On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., brought out the “Ensuring Quality Access to Legal Defense (EQUAL Defense) Act” in the House,  being championed in the Senate by Kamala Harris, D-Calif. Harris is running in the crowded Democratic presidential primary. 

Florida Congressmen Want Congressional Offices Inside VA Facilities to Help Veterans

May 21, 2019 - 8:30am
Inside a VA facility

On Monday, two congressmen from Florida -- Republican Brian Mast and Democrat Darren Soto -- paired up to proposal a bill making it easier to have congressional offices inside U.S.  Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities.

Mast and Soto unveiled the “Improving Veterans Access to Congressional Services Act” to streamline the process for members of Congress to have offices in VA facilities.  

Mario Diaz-Balart Honored for Work on Ports

May 20, 2019 - 10:15am
Mario Diaz-Balart

U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., the top Republican on the U.S. House Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, was honored last week for his work on ports issues. 

The Florida Republican was honored by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) as the 2019 “Port Person of the Year” with that group praising Diaz-Balart as a “committed supporter of the port industry and has fought to bring millions of dollars to improve infrastructure and development for ports across the nation.”

Rick Scott, Josh Hawley Team Up on FEMA Policy Reform

May 18, 2019 - 8:45am
Rick Scott and Josh Hawley

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla.. teamed up with U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.,  on Thursday to offer a bill that would let federal employees work with  the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) efforts.

Scott showcased his support for Hawley’s “National Urban Search and Rescue Parity Act,” which also has the backing of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H. 

Congressional Delegation Gathers to Support Florida Agriculture

May 17, 2019 - 6:45am
Vern Buchanan and Alcee Hastings

The Florida delegation met on Thursday to focus on agriculture in the Sunshine State. 

Most of the delegation, led by co-chairmen U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., were attended the meeting, focusing on trade policy with Mexico, disaster relief and citrus greening.  

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, Florida Farm Bureau Federation President John Hoblick,  Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association President Mike Joyner and Alan Shelby, the executive vice president of the  Florida Forestry Association spoke at the meeting. 

Marco Rubio, Maggie Hassan Get Counterterrorism Advisory Board Authorization Act Through Committee

May 16, 2019 - 7:00am
Marco Rubio, Maggie Hassan

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’, R-Fla.,  continues to champion a bill that extends the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Counterterrorism Advisory Board (CTAB)  and it gained steam on Capitol Hill this week. 

At the end of 2017, Rubio, U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-NH, and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., brought out the “Counterterrorism Advisory Board Authorization Act." While the House passed its version of the bill, Rubio did not get his proposal across the finish line. The proposal codifies the CTAB, which was created in 2010, for another two years. 

Tommy Hazouri's 'Last Hurrah' Wraps Up 45 Years on Jacksonville's Political Stage

May 15, 2019 - 8:45am
Tommy Hazouri

After 45 years on the political stage, Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri scored another win on Tuesday night as he won another four year term. 

Insisting it was his “last hurrah,” Hazouri, now 74, turned away the challenge of Republican Greg Rachal, racking up more than 58 percent of the vote to keep his at-large council seat. 

Rick Scott, Mike Braun Champion Congressional Term Limits, Presidential Line Item Veto

May 14, 2019 - 4:00pm
Rick Scott, Mike Braun

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., teamed up with U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., to propose major changes to the federal political system including a line item veto for the president, term limits in Congress and requiring a super-majority in Congress to raise taxes. 

Scott and Braun showcased their “Make Washington Work” plan on Tuesday. Besides the amendments, Scott and Braun unveiled a bill to end automatic congressional pay raises. 

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