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Congressman Francis Rooney Statement on Final Passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)
September 14, 2018
Washington, D.C.- Yesterday, Congressman Rooney voted to support the Water Resources Development Act of 2018 (WRDA). WRDA is the authorizing legislation that allows the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct projects improving water infrastructure - the most critical component of Everglades restoration and completion of the necessary repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike, which surrounds Lake Okeechobee. Today’s vote marks the final passage of WRDA – it will now be sent to the President for his signatu... More
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Congressman Rooney introduced a bill to stop China from exploiting American universities
September 13, 2018
Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced the Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft (SHEET) Act of 2018 in the House of Representatives to stop foreign intelligence services from using college exchange programs to steal technology, recruit agents and spread propaganda. This bill accompanies a Senate bill introduced by Senator Ted Cruz. Congressman Rooney stated, “Geopolitical adversaries like China are stealing American technology and exploiting our universities’ open re... More
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Congressman Rooney supports passage of H.R. 5895
September 13, 2018
Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney voted in support of H.R. 5895, the Energy & Water, Legislative Branch, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act. This legislation supports our Southwest Florida community by providing $67.5 million for Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) projects and $96 million for Herbert Hoover Dike repairs. The bill also provides resources to strengthen our military and care for our veterans. Congressman Rooney stated, “Tod... More
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Congressman Rooney requests House appropriations subcommittee support Senate funding to investigate impact of toxic algae
September 10, 2018
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Rooney submitted a request to Ken Calvert, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment, to support Senate funding levels for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to monitor and investigate harmful algal blooms. Congressman Rooney stated, “This funding is imperative to investigating the harmful toxic algal blooms that have been occurring in Southwest Florida this year. The research these funds support would look at t... More
Opinion Pieces
We must get rid of excess nitrogen in our water
September 7, 2018
In the 20 months I have served as your Congressman, improving our water quality has been my top priority. We have achieved more tangible results in building the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) projects and the Herbert Hoover Dike than in all of the preceding 18 years since the CERP was enacted in 2000. Congress and the administration have supported our requests to fund the infrastructure necessary to clean up the Okeechobee Watershed and reduce harmful discharges into the river.... More
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