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  • Congressman Francis Rooney statement on Syria
    Posted in Press Releases on October 10, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    “The administration’s decision to remove our remaining troops from Syria is strategically short-sighted, erodes our credibility amongst our regional partners and fortifies Russia’s position in the conflict. The Syrian Kurds have been a critical ally in the fight to eradicate ISIS, and they continue to be a crucial partner in the stabilization of the region—holding thousands of foreign ISIS prisoners that our European allies refuse to accept and administering refugee camps that ISIS holdouts hope... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney Introduces Bill That Prohibits Use of Federal Funding for State and Local Bailouts
    Posted in Press Releases on October 1, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Washington, D.C. – On Friday, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced the Government Bailout Prevention Act. This bill would prohibit the use of federal tax dollars by insolvent state, territory, and local governments to bail out and pay off their obligations. Congressman Rooney stated, “American taxpayers do not like when their money is used to bail out failing corporations or businesses and this dislike extends to state and local governments who are fiscally irresponsible. I have consistently vo... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney Votes to Terminate National Emergency Declaration
    Posted in Press Releases on September 27, 2019 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rooney voted in favor of terminating the National Emergency Declaration that was issued on February 15, 2019. Congressman Rooney stated, “My vote to terminate the emergency declaration is consistent with my previous votes on this issue and consistent with the rule of law and the Constitutional separation of powers. The appropriation and allocation of money is the sole responsibility of the Congressional branch. For well over 50 years, Congressional timidity ... Read more

  • Hepatitis A awareness and prevention – Heed FLDOH and CDC directives
    Posted in Press Releases on September 19, 2019 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. - With the increasing cases of Hepatitis A in the State of Florida, State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkess recently declared a Public Health Emergency for the state. While Lee and Collier County currently have less than 80 cases of Hepatitis A in total, residents of Southwest Florida are encouraged to follow the directives from the Florida Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control. They are also advised to vaccinate against the virus and follow simple preventative... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney Introduces Bill to Improve Returns for Taxpayers on Federal Energy Resources
    Posted in Press Releases on September 18, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality, Economy & Jobs

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney and Congressman Ben McAdams introduced the Taxpayer Fairness for Resource Development Act. This bill seeks to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to adjust the fiscal terms for fossil fuel development and to make reforms to improve returns to taxpayers for the development of Federal energy resources. Congressman Rooney stated, “For far too long, the American taxpayers have not been getting the return on investment they deserve from onshore drilling.... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney Cosponsors Bill that Enhances Coordination of Veteran Suicide and Mental Health Services
    Posted in Press Releases on September 18, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney cosponsored H.R.3495, the Improve Well-Being for Veterans Act. This bill would provide financial assistance to nonprofits and organizations that provide and coordinate suicide prevention services for veterans. Congressman Rooney stated, “It’s our government’s responsibility to care for the brave men and women who have served our country. Despite significant increases in VA funding for mental health and suicide prevention services, the veteran ... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Officially Becomes Member of the Environment Subcommittee
    Posted in Press Releases on September 16, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, DC-- Congressman Francis Rooney has officially become a member of the Environment Subcommittee on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Congressman Rooney joined the House Science Committee just prior to the August recess and participated in his first meeting this week. Ranking Member Frank Lucas welcomed Congressman Rooney to the Subcommittee. “I’m pleased to have Francis Rooney as a member of our Environment Subcommittee,” said Ranking Member Frank Lucas. “Rep. Rooney... Read more

  • Rooney bill to ban offshore drilling in Eastern Gulf of Mexico passes House of Representatives
    Posted in Press Releases on September 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, DC—Today, the House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 205, the Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act, which would make permanent the moratorium on drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, east of the Military Mission Line. The bill passed by a vote of 248 - 180 and will now head to the Senate for consideration. Congressman Rooney said, “Offshore drilling off the coast of Florida would create an industrial coastline less appealing to visitors, hinder our military read... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Urges DOL to Rescind Misguided Regulations
    Posted in Press Releases on August 12, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Economy & Jobs

    Washington, DC-- Congressman Francis Rooney sent a letter to Acting Labor Secretary Pizzella urging that the 2013 regulations that effectively repealed the Companion Services Exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) be rescinded. Congressman Rooney said, “We must ensure that families have access to affordable in-home companion service. I recently led the efforts in Congress to ask the Administration to overturn a ruling made in 2013 that went against the intent established by Congress ma... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney announces additional FEMA reimbursement for Cape Coral and Lee County
    Posted in Press Releases on August 1, 2019 | Preview rr

    Washington, DC-- Congressman Francis Rooney announced additional FEMA reimbursement grants for Hurricane Irma recovery efforts to Cape Coral and Lee County totaling over $8 million. Congressman Rooney said, “The City of Cape Coral and Lee County have worked hard to recover after Hurricane Irma, but there is still more work to be done. Fortunately, FEMA has continued funding reimbursements for the costly debris removal and financial recovery of our district. These grants have been extremely impor... Read more