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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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 Francis Rooney introduces legislation to repeal harmful Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandate
    Posted in Press Releases on June 26, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality, Economy & Jobs

    Washington, DC – Last week, Congressman Rooney introduced the Eliminating the RFS and Its Destructive Outcomes Act to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandate. Congressman Rooney stated “Since the RFS was created in 2005 there have been severe unintended consequences. Ethanol-based fuels decrease fuel efficiency by approximately 3%, and increase fuel prices for American consumers. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that due to the RFS, in 2017 there was a price hike for gaso... Read more

  • House Natural Resources Committee passes Congressman Rooney’s offshore drilling ban
    Posted in Press Releases on June 19, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, DC – Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held a markup on the Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act, Congressman Rooney’s proposal to ban offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. The bill passed out of the Committee by a vote of 24-12 (22 Democrats and 2 Republicans voting in favor). Congressman Rooney stated, “Water quality impacts all of Florida’s residents and visitors. Drilling in this area would negatively affect our environment, tourism, and military ... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney introduces bill to continue NOAA monitoring of Harmful Algal Blooms – Even during government shutdowns
    Posted in Press Releases on June 14, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality, Algal Blooms

    Washington, DC- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced a bipartisan bill with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur to require the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), which monitor waters for Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) to continue forecasting and monitoring, even during a government shutdown. Congressman Rooney stated, “Over the last several years, Southwest Florida and the rest of the United States have been plagued by severe outbreaks of red tide. The most recent outbreak in the Gu... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney offers amendment to Appropriations bill to ban offshore drilling in Eastern Gulf of Mexico
    Posted in Press Releases on June 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney provided testimony to the House Rules Committee on the inclusion of his amendment to appropriations legislation that would prevent offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Without additional legislation, the current moratorium would be lifted in 2022, leaving open the possibility of drilling just a few miles off Florida’s shores. Congressman Rooney stated, “The Eastern Gulf is home to the Gulf Test Range, a 120,000 square mile range that... 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