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  • A major step forward for environmental protection
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 18, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    On Wednesday, the House of Representatives took a big step forward in protecting Florida's coastal environment and its economy. By a vote of 248 to 180, the House passed HR 205, the bill I introduced to make permanent the moratorium on drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico (EGOM), east of the Military Mission Line. The current moratorium was enacted by Republican President George W. Bush, with the bipartisan support of both United States Senators from Florida, Mel Martinez and Bill Nelson. Dril... Read more

  • The need for fiscal responsibility in Washington
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on August 22, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    In Congress I have consistently criticized the excessive, irresponsible spending promoted by both parties, which has taken our national debt to a stratospheric $22.6 trillion. Since elected, I have consistently voted against legislation like this. Even worse than their excessive and irresponsible spending, many of these bills contained subsidies — billions for sugar, ethanol, cotton and other commodities that should not be artificially propped up by government. Just this year alone, I voted agai... Read more

  • US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement Is Critical To American Prosperity
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on August 13, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, National Security, Foreign Affairs

    The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) or “NAFTA 2.0,” does more than open markets for goods and improve regional competitiveness. It also creates a framework of continued partnership with our neighbors who we share a border with, which is vital to America’s security and economic prosperity. However, the agreement can’t take effect until Congress votes to ratify it. I would call on my colleagues in Congress to recognize the implications of doing so and to take action. The United State... Read more

  • Rooney: We must act now to stop mass killings
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on August 7, 2019 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Rooney stated, “As we mourn the senseless loss of life in Dayton and El Paso, we must also take action to prevent similar tragedies from occurring elsewhere. We need to commit to a serious, bipartisan review of how to avoid guns getting into the hands of unstable people. This is a multi-faceted challenge to our society. “In the 115th Congress I voted in favor of the Fix NICS Act, which mandates that federal and state authorities report relevant information to the N... Read more

  • Saving the oceans — one place where Congress can agree
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 7, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    By Francis Rooney and Sheldon Whitehouse Human beings have not always been good stewards of our oceans. We have overexploited their natural gifts, polluted their waves with garbage, acidified them with carbon dioxide, and threatened their shores with offshore drilling. Thankfully, there is bipartisan support in Washington to take action. We come from different regions, backgrounds, and political parties. Yet we are united by our passion for keeping our coasts and oceans healthy. In New England, ... Read more

  • 75 Executives Lobbied Congress for a National Carbon Price. We Listened
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 1, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    By Chris Coons and Francis Rooney Right before Memorial Day, over 75 businesses came to Capitol Hill to demand that their lawmakers establish a national carbon price. The participating business leaders collectively employ over 1 million U.S. workers and represent a combined market value of around $2.5 trillion—the largest group of businesses assembled on the Hill to advocate for climate legislation in a decade. In over 80 meetings with members and staff from both the House and Senate, these busi... Read more

  • Universities aren't Protecting Free Speech - So I'm Introducing Legislation to do it for Them
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 21, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    By Francis Rooney “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” This quote, attributed to Evelyn Beatrice Hall, is the embodiment of our First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Unfortunately, this constitutional right is under siege on university campuses across the country. Many colleges and universities use dangerous and insidious methods to suppress free speech. One example is “free speech zones”, which are specifically delineated areas on a campus w... Read more

  • Strengthen labor union reporting requirements to expose corruption
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 18, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    I have spent my entire private sector career and my time in Congress focused on improving the lives of American workers, and the new Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives insists they share that goal. In the Committee on Education and Labor, on which I serve, they claim to do so by trying to strengthen the power of labor unions, which represent just over 6 percent of private sector workers in the U.S. The labor market has spoken and has decided that unions largely do not add v... Read more

  • China, Russia And Iran Use South American Upheaval To Gain A Western Foothold
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    America has taken the relative calm of the Western Hemisphere for granted. We have paid little attention to foreign influence from across the globe descending on the region and only now are we realizing the consequences. The growing presence of American adversaries such as Russia, China and Iran in Latin America alters the strategic landscape south of the United States and should serve as a wake-up call for United States engagement in Latin America. Russia has played a role in Latin America for ... Read more

  • Stay in Syria to counter Iran
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 1, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Regardless of the past decisions which drew the United States into the conflict in Syria, we should not abandon our role in the fight against the Islamic State. A withdrawal would give back all that we have achieved and would be an abandonment of our Kurdish allies. The void we would leave will create space for other power players with interests adverse to ours, like Russia and Iran, to gain ground in the Middle East. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga have had gr... Read more