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  • Congressmen Rooney and Gaetz request meeting with President Trump on banning oil drilling east of the Military Mission Line
    Posted in Press Releases on April 17, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressmen Francis Rooney and Matt Gaetz sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting a meeting in the Oval Office to discuss the importance of a permanent moratorium on oil and gas drilling and pre-leasing activity East of the Military Mission Line in the Gulf of Mexico. A copy of the letter is attached. In excerpts from the letter, Rooney and Gaetz state, “Florida’s economy depends on tourism, which requires clean beaches and healthy ecosystems. Our state is kn... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Requests Army Corps Seek Solutions to Contributing Factors of Toxic Algae Growth
    Posted in Press Releases on April 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, DC – This week, Congressman Rooney sent a letter to Lieutenant General Semonite, Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, requesting federal cooperation with state agencies to monitor the application of glyphosate-based herbicides which can contribute to toxic algae growth. In order to manage invasive plant growth, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) apply herbicides to waterways across the state. These glyphosate-based he... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney and Senator Cotton introduce RAISE Act to fix our broken visa and immigration system
    Posted in Press Releases on April 10, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Immigration

    Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE Act) to establish skills-based immigration, to end chain migration and to eliminate the Diversity Visa program. Congressman Rooney stated, “The United States immigration system is broken. Only one in every 15 immigrants to our country are granted visas because of their skills, and we do not prioritize the ultra high-skilled immigrants who spur innovation, create jobs,... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Applauds FEMA for Providing $34.4 Million in Reimbursement for Hurricane Irma Recovery Efforts in Collier County
    Posted in Press Releases on April 9, 2019 | Preview rr

    Naples, FL – Congressman Rooney released the following statement on the reimbursement of $34.4 million in federal funding for Hurricane Irma debris removal in Collier County. Congressman Rooney stated, “Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida in 2017 after developing into one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in recorded history. In Collier County alone, there were 3 million cubic yards of debris. Altogether, Irma caused $320 million in damage to property throughout Collier County. I thank th... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney requests $5.4 billion to fund border wall
    Posted in Press Releases on April 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Washington, D.C. – This week, Congressman Francis Rooney joined with Rep. Paul Gosar in sending a letter to the House Appropriations Committee requesting that the House fully fund border security at the level requested by President Trump. The text of the letter states, “As you begin work on the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Homeland Security bill, we urge you to provide funding for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Procurement, Construction, and Improvements (PC&I) necessary for investments r... Read more

  • Rooney, Hastings, Mast, and Mucarsel-Powell Lead Bipartisan Florida Delegation Letters to Fully Fund Everglades Restoration
    Posted in Press Releases on April 3, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C. - Congressman Francis Rooney led two letters to the House Appropriations Committee, urging House appropriators to fully fund Everglades restoration and water quality infrastructure projects. Joining Rooney in sending the letters were Representatives Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL), Brian Mast (R-FL), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Bill Posey (R-FL), Al Lawson (D-FL), Darren Soto (D-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Val Demings (D-FL), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Donna Shal... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney testifies to House Natural Resources Committee – Offshore drilling moratorium must be made permanent
    Posted in Press Releases on April 2, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney provided testimony to the House Natural Resources Committee on the need for making the current moratorium on offshore drilling made permanent. Without additional legislation, the moratorium would be lifted in 2022, leaving open the possibility of drilling just a few miles off Florida’s shores. Congressman Rooney stated, “Florida faces an existential threat from offshore drilling. It will undermine our tourism and recreational economy. Circumstan... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Asks CDC for Research on the Health Effects of Toxic Algae
    Posted in Press Releases on April 1, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, DC – Congressman Rooney sent a letter to Director Redfield of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asking for information and research on the short- and long-term health effects related to exposure to Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). Congressman Rooney stated, “Last summer, southwest Florida faced an overwhelming natural disaster. Large spring and summer rainfall and a tropical depression generated massive discharges from Lake Okeechobee causing HAB outbreaks throughout ou... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney joins President Trump for visit to Herbert Hoover Dike
    Posted in Press Releases on March 29, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Canal Point, FL - Today, Congressman Francis Rooney joined with President Trump, Governor Ron DeSantis, Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, and Representatives Diaz-Balart, Mast and Steube to tour portions of the Herbert Hoover Dike and EAA Reservoir. In conversations with the President, Congressman Rooney stressed the importance of federal funding for water quality projects associated with Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades. He also thanked the President for his support of funding in the 115th... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney and Congressman Budd introduce Fair and Open Competition Act
    Posted in Press Releases on March 28, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced a bill along with Congressman Ted Budd to prohibit federal agencies from requiring Project Labor Agreements (PLA’s) for construction contracts. “PLA’s discourage non-union competition for federal construction projects,” said Congressman Rooney. “As a lifelong businessman, I believe that open competition is best for the market and all businesses should have the opportunity to compete for federal construction projects. That’s why I int... Read more