Opinion Pieces
Keep oil drilling out of the Eastern Gulf
November 17, 2017
Offshore drilling and related activities, including seismic testing, have no place in the Eastern Gulf. The moratorium on exploration in the Eastern Gulf established in 2006 will expire in 2022 unless Congress acts. It is imperative for the future of Florida and our tourism-based economy that this bi-partisan effort to extend the moratorium succeed. The Eastern Gulf is of critical importance to our national security due to the flight training and testing that takes place from our numerous bases ... More
Press Releases
Congressmen Rooney-Norman Introduce the Pell for Performance Act
November 16, 2017
Washington, DC – Congressmen Francis Rooney (FL-19) and Ralph Norman (SC-05) introduced the Pell for Performance Act. This legislation seeks to motivate students to graduate within six years. If students are not able to complete their degree within six years, this act would compel them to repay the grant in the form of an unsubsidized Stafford Loan. Congressman Rooney stated, “This act will focus efforts of both colleges and students to complete their degrees in a timely manner as well as bring ... More
Press Releases
Congressman Rooney statement on passage of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
November 16, 2017
Washington, DC – Congressman Francis Rooney issued the following statement on passage of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Congressman Rooney stated, “I am proud to vote in favor of tax cuts that will lower the tax burden for hard working Americans, expand the child tax credit, and double the standard deduction. In addition, small businesses will see tax rates cut to a level that is on par with the rest of the industrialized world, meaning more jobs for our country and our Southwest Florida co... More
Press Releases
Congressman Francis Rooney Votes to Support Improved Flood Insurance Legislation
November 14, 2017
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney voted in favor of H.R. 2874, the 21st Century Flood Reform Act. This bill, which is critical to Southwest Florida families, reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and makes it possible for Floridians to obtain affordable insurance to protect their homes and businesses. The bill also opens the flood insurance market to private sector competition to drive prices even lower. Congressman Rooney stated, “With the NFIP losing 1.5 bil... More
Opinion Pieces
The Differences Between Catalonia and Kurdish Iraq
November 13, 2017
Catalonia and Iraqi Kurdistan are engulfed in identity crises. While the two independence movements are the subject of frequent comparison, their situations differ because of historical, cultural, and economic ties with their respective mother countries. Catalonia and Spain share a deep and longstanding unity, while Kurds have a loose union with the rest of Iraq and lack a shared history beyond the past one hundred years. Not surprisingly, a silent majority of Catalans seems to support a unified... More
Browse News
Search