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  • Congressman Francis Rooney announces FEMA grants of $5 million to Sanibel, Fort Myers, and Bonita Springs for Hurricane Irma Recovery
    Posted in Press Releases on June 14, 2019 | Preview rr

    Washington, DC- Congressman Francis Rooney made the following statement thanking FEMA for awarding grants to the cities of Sanibel, Fort Myers, and Bonita Springs for debris removal as a result of Hurricane Irma. “I applaud FEMA for providing our communities much needed relief for Hurricane Irma cleanup efforts. In the aftermath of tropical storms and hurricanes, cities must provide immediate response for debris removal, which frequently totals millions of dollars. I am thankful that FEMA has aw... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney introduces bill to continue NOAA monitoring of Harmful Algal Blooms – Even during government shutdowns
    Posted in Press Releases on June 14, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality, Algal Blooms

    Washington, DC- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced a bipartisan bill with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur to require the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), which monitor waters for Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) to continue forecasting and monitoring, even during a government shutdown. Congressman Rooney stated, “Over the last several years, Southwest Florida and the rest of the United States have been plagued by severe outbreaks of red tide. The most recent outbreak in the Gu... Read more

  • Rooney votes no on expanded subpoena power for Judiciary Committee – It’s time for Congress to govern instead of harassing the President
    Posted in Press Releases on June 11, 2019 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney voted against H. Res. 430, a resolution that would have expanded power of the House Judiciary Committee by allowing its members to pursue a civil lawsuit to enforce subpoenas issued to Attorney General Barr and former White House Counsel Donald McGahn and petitions for disclosure of grand jury information that is protected under federal law. Congressman Rooney stated, “As of January 3rd, Congress had an approval rating of 18% - and with legisl... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney offers amendment to Appropriations bill to ban offshore drilling in Eastern Gulf of Mexico
    Posted in Press Releases on June 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney provided testimony to the House Rules Committee on the inclusion of his amendment to appropriations legislation that would prevent offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Without additional legislation, the current moratorium would be lifted in 2022, leaving open the possibility of drilling just a few miles off Florida’s shores. Congressman Rooney stated, “The Eastern Gulf is home to the Gulf Test Range, a 120,000 square mile range that... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney applauds Department of Labor Rule to increase union transparency
    Posted in Press Releases on June 10, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Washington, DC- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney made the following statement regarding the Department of Labor’s first proposed rule from the Trump administration to increase union financial transparency. This rule was officially posted for a public comment period, open through July 29th. “Transparency within unions is critical to protect workers and root out corruption by holding union bosses accountable. I am encouraged by the Administration’s commitment making transparency a priority and ho... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney to host first Congressional App Challenge in Florida’s 19th district
    Posted in Press Releases on June 5, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Rooney will be hosting the first Congressional App Challenge (CAC) in southwest Florida, an app competition for students in middle and high school. The CAC was created because Congress recognized that STEM and computer-based skills are essential for economic growth and innovation, and that the U.S. has been falling behind on these fronts. By some estimates, the U.S. may be short by many as a million programmers by 2020. These are high-paying, high-demand jobs. To mai... Read more

  • Rooney votes no on disaster relief bill that drastically exceeds requested funding
    Posted in Press Releases on June 4, 2019 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Last evening, Congressman Francis Rooney voted for fiscal responsibility and against a so-called disaster relief bill that far exceeded the initial amounts requested - 86% of the supplemental disaster funding was never requested by the Trump Administration. Congressman Rooney stated, “It has become all too common for Congress to use disaster funding to break through spending caps that are in place. There are legitimate needs for funding to assist with recovery from horrific na... Read more

  • Rep. Rooney and Sen. Cruz Reintroduce Bill to Counter Chinese Espionage Efforts in American Universities
    Posted in Press Releases on June 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Education, Foreign Affairs

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee reintroduced the Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft Act (SHEET), a bill to counter Chinese espionage efforts and influence operations in American universities. “Thirty years ago, the world watched in horror as tens of thousands of Chinese soldiers m... Read more

  • Rooney votes no on DREAMER legislation that fails to fix broken immigration system or secure the border
    Posted in Press Releases on June 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney voted no on H.R. 6, the “American Dream and Promise Act” - politically motivated legislation that does nothing to address the crisis on our southern border or the issue of fixing our broken immigration system. Congressman Rooney stated, “Once again, Congress is playing politics instead of addressing the very real immigration crisis facing our country. As I have repeatedly and consistently said, any proposals must begin with securing the border... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney praises FEMA Hazard Mitigation grant for Marco Island
    Posted in Press Releases on May 31, 2019 | Preview rr

    Washington, DC- Congressman Francis Rooney made a statement thanking FEMA for awarding a Hazard Mitigation grant to the City of Marco Island to fund a generator at their Water Source Facility. “I applaud FEMA for providing this grant to Marco Island. Our community is vulnerable to hurricanes, and it is vital that clean drinking water and sufficient fire suppression supply are available to residents in the wake of any storm. In order for our community to withstand and recover from these storms, w... Read more