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  • 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

  • Congressman Rooney applauds Small Business Administration approval of disaster declaration
    Posted in Press Releases on September 5, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rooney announced that the Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved aid for Southwest Florida businesses that have experienced hardship due to toxic algae and red tide blooms. The disaster declaration approval allows for assistance to both Lee and Collier counties. Congressman Rooney stated, “I am thankful that Administrator McMahon and her team at the SBA acted quickly to provide assistance. Our local business community has suffered greatly from the ... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney requests aid from the Small Business Administration to assist SWFL businesses affected by toxic algae
    Posted in Press Releases on August 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Congressman Rooney requests aid from the Small Business Administration to assist SWFL businesses affected by toxic algae Naples, FL - Today, Congressman Rooney formally requested aid from the Small Business Administration (SBA) for Southwest Florida businesses that have experienced hardship due to toxic algae and red tide blooms. In the letter to Administrator Linda McMahon, Congressman Rooney calls for ‘an Administrative declaration of a disaster for Lee County due to the current environmental ... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney leads tour and work session to engage federal and state agencies on toxic algae and water quality
    Posted in Press Releases on August 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Naples, FL- Yesterday, Congressman Francis Rooney hosted key decision-makers from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of the Interior (DOI), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) in Southwest Florida to see the damage caused during the ongoing water crisis. Congressman Rooney showed the agencies’ representatives the toxic blue-green algae in the Caloosahatchee River to... Read more

  • 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