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  • Congressman Rooney announces federal and state administrators will visit Southwest Florida to address toxic algae crisis
    Posted in Press Releases on August 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C. – Today, officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Interior, Army Corps of Engineers, and South Florida Water Management District confirmed that they will visit Southwest Florida in response to Congressman Rooney’s call for action. On Tuesday, Congressman Rooney urged administrators of key federal agencies to visit the area - to assess damage from toxic algae, meet with area stakeholders, and provide recommendations on how their agencies may assist. Congr... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney requests federal administrators visit Southwest Florida to meet with local officials on toxic algae crisis
    Posted in Press Releases on August 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney sent a letter to the lead administrators of seven federal agencies that have jurisdiction over resources which could be deployed to help ameliorate the devastating impacts of our water quality and toxic algae related issues. The letters urge the administrators to visit Southwest Florida first hand so that they may personally assess the damage, meet with key local officials, and provide recommendations on how their agencies may be able to help.... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney makes request for White House to declare State of Emergency for toxic algae crisis
    Posted in Press Releases on August 6, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney sent a letter to the White House calling on the administration to formally declare a State of Emergency for Florida. Congressman Rooney stated, “The devastation we are experiencing in Southwest Florida is severely impacting our health, economy and ecology. Dead sea life, toxic algae, and red tide are crippling our area and although we are finally, thanks to our combined efforts, seeing progress on funding projects that will permanently fix our... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney update on federal water quality efforts
    Posted in Press Releases on August 1, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    It is important that all levels of government, Federal, State, and local, work together in the short term to redirect as much water as possible from Lake Okeechobee to the south. This will reduce harmful discharges into the Caloosahatchee River and stop destroying our estuaries and bays. Unfortunately for all of us, for 18 years, since 2000, Congress has failed to deliver on building out the projects authorized in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), or in completing repairs to ... Read more

  • Rep. Francis Rooney: Not all trade agreements are created equal
    Posted in Press Releases on July 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    There are inequities in most trade agreements and they can always be improved, especially as new technologies evolve and the workplace needs change. Interconnected, globalized trade has increased the economies of both developed and developing nations, including the United States, and has drawn countries together through mutual self-interest, which enhances security and stability. Consumers benefit from more efficient supply chains and lower prices, and since we are a consumption- and service-dri... Read more

  • Dunbar High School presentation to the House of Representatives tomorrow
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Washington, D.C.- Tomorrow, Principal Carl Burnside of Dunbar High School in Fort Myers will present the successes of the school’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, at the invitation of Congressman Francis Rooney. Congressman Rooney stated, “I would like to thank Principal Burnside for his service to our community, and welcome him to the Capitol. This is a great opportunity to showcase Dunbar High School’s state of the art technol... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney applauds House passage of Interior appropriations bill - $7.6 million in addition funding for Everglades restoration
    Posted in Press Releases on July 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C. – the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6147 - Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act, FY2019 – Congressman Rooney supported the measure and was instrumental in securing an additional $7.6 million for Everglades restoration projects. Congressman Rooney stated, “Passage of H.R. 6147 is another win for Everglades restoration and continues to advance our agenda of funding the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) to fix ou... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney introduces the Employee Freedom Act
    Posted in Press Releases on July 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Washington, D.C.- Congressman Francis Rooney issued the following statement regarding his introduction of the Employee Freedom Act. “The recent Supreme Court ruling on the Janus case showed public sector unions violated free speech rights by taking dues from nonmember employees. Now it is time to highlight the tactics used by unions when collecting dues to advance their own agendas at the expense of private sector individuals. “I have introduced the Employee Freedom Act to end the intimidating g... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney to testify at House Rules Committee on Offshore Drilling Amendments
    Posted in Press Releases on July 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rooney announced that he will be testifying in favor of four amendments to H.R. 6147 - Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act, FY2019. These amendments, which are co-sponsored by Congressman Rooney, would provide strict limits to offshore drilling and exploration in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic Coast. Congressman Rooney stated, “Offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and along Florid... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney invites Dunbar High School to present before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce
    Posted in Press Releases on July 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney announced his invitation to Dunbar High School Principal Carl Burnside to participate in a House Education and the Workforce Committee showcase about innovations in education. Congressman Rooney stated, “I would like to thank Principal Burnside on his service to our community, and invite him to address the Committee on Dunbar High’s innovative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program. This is a great opportunity to showc... Read more