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  • Congressman Francis Rooney Urges DOL to Rescind Misguided Regulations
    Posted in Press Releases on September 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Francis Rooney sent a letter to Acting Labor Secretary Pizzella urging that the 2013 regulations that effectively repealed the Companion Services Exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) be rescinded.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

  • Congressman Rooney and Senator Lee introduce HERO Act to rehabilitate higher education for the modern student
    Posted in Press Releases on July 31, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Washington D.C.—Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced the Higher Education Reform and Opportunity (HERO) Act along with Senator Mike Lee to promote alternatives to 4-year college, cap federal student loans, and hold colleges and universities accountable to student success. Congressman Rooney stated, “Student tuition inflated 439% between 1982 and 2007, in part due to the excess of federal loans available. A 2015 study done by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York showed that for each addit... Read more

  • Francis Rooney Joins House Science Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on July 30, 2019 | Preview rr

    House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas welcomed Congressman Francis Rooney of Florida to the Committee. “I’m proud to welcome Representative Francis Rooney to the Science Committee,” said Ranking Member Frank Lucas. “Mr. Rooney has been an advocate in Congress for the environmental and energy issues that impact his community. He has done an outstanding job representing Florida’s 19th District, and I’m looking forward to working with him on our Committee’s prior... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney Introduces Bill to Stop Government Employees from Getting Paid Taxpayer Dollars for Union Activity
    Posted in Press Releases on July 30, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Washington D.C.-- Last week, Congressman Rooney introduced the Do Your Job Act to end official time, an abusive practice where government employees use paid time off to perform union duties. Congressman Rooney stated, “Union official time is a taxpayer funded subsidy that cost hard-working Americans at least $162.5 million in 2014. Unions and federal agencies never report exactly how many federal workers are being granted official time, and at least hundreds of federal employees spend 100% of th... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney Introduces Bill to Provide Payroll Tax Relief in Exchange for Carbon Costs
    Posted in Press Releases on July 25, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality, Economy & Jobs

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced a carbon pricing bill with Congressman Dan Lipinski to provide tax relief for hardworking Americans while imposing the costs of carbon on the big polluters who are damaging our environment. This legislation slashes carbon emissions by approximately 42% by 2030 while using the revenue to reduce the payroll tax burden on Americans. Congressman Rooney stated, “Those industries that choose to pollute our environment should bear the burd... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney votes NO on bill that massively increases our nation’s debt
    Posted in Press Releases on July 25, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney voted for fiscal responsibility and against a massive increase to our national debt. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 would raise spending caps by $322 billion and suspend the debt ceiling until July 31, 2021. Earlier this year, the White House proposed $574 billion in potential spending cuts, none of which are included in this legislation. Congressman Rooney stated, “This budget act fails the American people, especially our children and grandc... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney released the following statement on the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act
    Posted in Press Releases on July 25, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Rooney stated, “H.R. 397 is putting taxpayers on the hook for a broken system. Time and again, the management of Multiemployer pensions (MEP) has proven entirely irresponsible. “Currently, 95 percent of participants in multiemployer pensions are in plans that are less than 60 percent funded. In 2018, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that a government bailout of the MEP system would cost American taxpayers over $100 billion, but the actual shortfall o... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney votes for increased pay for workers
    Posted in Press Releases on July 18, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney voted in favor of H.R. 582 – the Raise the Wage Act. This bill amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to gradually increase the federal minimum wage for regular employees over a 6-year period. It also provides for a review by the General Accounting Office of the impact of the 1st and 2nd year increases to assure that there are no adverse consequences. Congressman Rooney stated, “This 6-year gradual increase brings the minimum wage in line... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney’s statement on “no” vote on partisan resolution to hold AG Barr and Sec. Ross in criminal contempt
    Posted in Press Releases on July 17, 2019 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney voted against a resolution to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Jr. in criminal contempt of Congress for failing to respond to subpoenas issued by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. These subpoenas were issued on April 2, 2019 in relation to the addition of a citizenship question on the census, which was ruled upon by the Supreme Court on June 27, 2019. No further action is warranted. Further, the... Read more