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  • Congressman Rooney joins the bi-partisan Climate Solutions Caucus
    Posted in Press Releases on September 28, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney (R-FL) joined the bi-partisan Climate Solutions Caucus along with Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA). Congressman Rooney stated, “I joined the Climate Solutions Caucus because environmental issues are critical for our Southwest Florida community. Southwest Florida’s well-being depends on a healthy environment; one just needs to look at the algal blooms currently ravaging our community to understand the negative effects of environmental disasters. To ... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney Introduces the Union Integrity Act to Protect Whistle-blowers
    Posted in Press Releases on September 27, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Washington, D.C.- Congressman Francis Rooney released the following statement regarding introduction of the H.R. 6922, the Union Integrity Act. “Currently, union employees who uncover and report misconduct are vulnerable to retaliation by unions. This must be changed to protect these brave whistle-blowers from corrupt union bosses who threaten them or unfairly fire them. Corruption in unions is rampant; for example, high-ranking officers at the United Auto Workers (UAW) have been caught taking b... Read more

  • Rooney, Welch introduce bill to provide transparency to drug prices for seniors
    Posted in Press Releases on September 27, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) introduced the Drug Price Transparency Act to lower prescription medication prices for seniors. Congressman Rooney stated, “Skyrocketing drug prices are an unacceptable burden for our senior citizens. Americans pay much more for prescription drugs than seniors in other developed countries. In fact, beneficiaries of Medicare Parts B and D are often unfairly burdened for 20% of the cost of some of their most ex... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney on the urgent threats of rising seas and hurricane storm surge in Florida
    Posted in Press Releases on September 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives about the need for planning to mitigate effects of sea-level rise and storm surge from increasingly intensifying hurricanes in Florida. Congressman Rooney stated, “Sea-level rise and flooding, amplified by devastating hurricanes such as Hurricane Irma that ravaged our community one year ago, are an urgent concern to our many coastal communities in Florida. This requires proactive planning ... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney votes against out of control spending bill
    Posted in Press Releases on September 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Washington, D.C.- Congressman Francis Rooney released the following statement regarding his vote against today’s “cromnibus” spending bill. Congressman Rooney stated, “Out of control spending in Washington must stop and the swamp culture of “going along to get along” must change. Today’s ‘cromnibus’ bill is yet another example of fiscally irresponsible taxpayer abuse, failing to solve the underlying spending problems plaguing our federal government. Congress cannot keep ignoring the voice of the... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney questions compliance regarding seismic activities in Big Cypress National Preserve
    Posted in Press Releases on September 25, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C.- Today Congressman Francis Rooney wrote Secretary Ryan Zinke calling for the Department of the Interior to make sure that the contractor conducting seismic activities in the Big Cypress National Preserve fully complies with the remediation and repair requirements required by the seismic permit, defined as Minimization and Mitigation Measures. Congressman Rooney stated, “The seismic activities underway in the Big Cypress National Preserve pose grave risks to our Southwest Florida... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Statement on Final Passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)
    Posted in Press Releases on September 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    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... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney introduced a bill to stop China from exploiting American universities
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    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... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney supports passage of H.R. 5895
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality, Veterans

    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... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney requests House appropriations subcommittee support Senate funding to investigate impact of toxic algae
    Posted in Press Releases on September 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    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... Read more