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  • Congressman Rooney calls on acting Interior Secretary Bernhardt to support offshore drilling ban east of the Military Mission Line
    Posted in Press Releases on March 27, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Today, Congressman Francis Rooney called on acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to publicly support a ban on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, East of the Military Mission Line (MML). Congressman Rooney stated, “When acting Secretary Bernhardt sits for his Senate confirmation hearing this week, he owes it to the State of Florida and our constituents to make clear his stance on drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico (EGOM). The State of Florida has voted for, and former Secretary Zin... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney Votes Yes on Veto Override of National Emergency Declaration Resolution
    Posted in Press Releases on March 26, 2019 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rooney voted in favor of overriding the Presidential veto of a resolution to rescind the National Emergency Declaration that was issued on February 15, 2019 Congressman Rooney stated, “My vote to override a veto of the resolution to rescind the national emergency declaration was based on the U.S. Constitution and had nothing to do with President Trump. I care deeply about securing our border and have both cosponsored and voted in favor of multiple bills to a... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney introduces bill to block federal funding to sanctuary cities
    Posted in Press Releases on March 26, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced legislation to prohibit a sanctuary jurisdiction from receiving federal financial assistance and protects local law enforcement officers within sanctuaries cities who cooperate with the Department of Homeland Security. Congressman Rooney stated, “Sanctuary jurisdictions that harbor criminal illegal aliens are a clear violation of federal law and place citizens of their communities in danger. As I have stated on many occasions, we ar... Read more

  • Representatives Rooney and Mucarsel-Powell Introduce Bill to Ban Harmful Chemicals in National Marine Sanctuaries
    Posted in Press Releases on March 19, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, DC – Today, Representative Rooney introduced bipartisan legislation along with Representative Mucarsel-Powell to ban the human use of oxybenzone and octinoxate near coral reefs in National Marine Sanctuary System including the Great Florida Reef found off the coast of the Florida Keys. Representative Rooney stated, “These chemicals are killing our coral reefs, which are vital to the marine ecosystem here in Florida and around the world. Reefs play a major role in preventing shore ero... Read more

  • Rooney Introduces Bill to Ensure College Campuses Allow Free Speech Everywhere
    Posted in Press Releases on March 12, 2019 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced H.R. 1672, the Free Right to Expression in Education (FREE) Act. This legislation will prevent colleges from quarantining free expression and end unconstitutional zones used to stifle student speech. In combination with President Trump’s proposed Executive Order to cut off research funding to schools that do not respect freedom of speech, we can stop this erosion of our Constitutional rights. Congressman Rooney stated, “Many college... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Votes Against Bill to Expand Federal Bureaucracy and Infringe on 1st Amendment Rights
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2019 | Preview rr

    Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Rooney voted to protect 1st Amendment rights and the integrity of our voting system against legislation that would take taxpayer money to fund political campaigns, expand the federal bureaucracy, and create opportunities for voter fraud. Congressman Rooney stated, “This legislation would establish presidential and congressional campaign slush funds with taxpayer dollars. Under H.R. 1, the federal government will be mandated to match small contributions to cong... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Invites Federal and State Stakeholders to Roundtable Discussion on Water Issues
    Posted in Press Releases on March 1, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Rooney invited the directors and administrators of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Oceanography and Atmospheric Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency to join him in a roundtable discussion on the damaging impact of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). He also welcomed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to join the dis... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Leads Florida Delegation Letter to Department of Interior Opposing Offshore Drilling
    Posted in Press Releases on March 1, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Rooney led a letter with the entire Florida Congressional Delegation urging Acting Interior Department Secretary David Bernhardt to prevent offshore drilling off the coast of Florida. Congressman Rooney stated, “Our beaches drive Florida’s more than $100 billion in tourism revenue. Coastal communities and businesses — charter boat captains, hotels, restaurants, recreational outlets, tourist services of all types — all depend on a healthy and pristine marine en... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Meets with Florida Delegation on Water Quality Issues
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, DC – This week, Congressman Rooney spoke on water quality issues impacting the state during Florida’s bipartisan delegation meeting of all 27 Congressional districts in Florida. Congressman Rooney stated, “Florida relies on clean waterways and a thriving ecology for our tourism-based economy. That is why I have introduced legislation to permanently extend the moratorium on offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and why I am leading a letter, signed by all of my colleagues fr... Read more

  • Rooney votes to protect law abiding citizens’ right to purchase a firearm
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2019 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney voted against a bill (H.R. 1112) that will increase the waiting period from three days to ten. Congressman Rooney stated, “While today’s bill lengthens the time to get a background check accomplished, it unfortunately does not address many substantive issues which the FBI has determined to be critical to enhancing gun safety and does not eliminate the “Charleston exemption. Furthermore, an amendment that would have improved the bill by exempti... Read more