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  • Congressman Francis Rooney’s statement on funding for Herbert Hoover Dike repairs
    Posted in Press Releases on May 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, DC – Congressman Francis Rooney issued the following statement regarding Herbert Hoover Dike-related provisions in the Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. Congressman Rooney stated, “It is encouraging to see an increase in funding for Herbert Hoover Dike rehabilitation from $82 million last year to $96 million this year. While there remains much work toward Lake Okeechobee Watershed Everglades restoration, this is a step in the right direction.” Background: The Lak... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney statement on DOD’s Eastern Gulf of Mexico report
    Posted in Press Releases on May 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality, National Security

    Naples, FL- Congressman Francis Rooney issued the following statement regarding the Department of Defense’s (DOD) report, “Preserving Military Readiness in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.” Congressman Rooney stated, “I agree with the DOD that the Eastern Gulf of Mexico is an ‘irreplaceable national asset’ for its value to our national security. The Eastern Gulf is a critical training ground for our military and cannot be replaced by any other geographical location. "It is critical for our military, ... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney Tours Conservancy of Southwest Florida with House Appropriations Sub-Committee Chairmen Diaz-Balart and Simpson
    Posted in Press Releases on March 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Naples, FL- Yesterday, Congressman Francis Rooney visited the Conservancy of Southwest Florida along with Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Mario Diaz-Balart and Chairman of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Mike Simpson. Congressman Rooney stated, “I would like to thank the Conservancy of Southwest Florida for the hands-on tour of Everglades restoration projects this afternoon. I am thankful to Ch... Read more

  • Raising the Profile of the Everglades in Congress
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    While we Floridians know the importance of the Everglades and the Lake Okeechobee watershed to Florida’s economy, folks in Washington often fail to realize the economic impact of the river of grass. This is why I have been bringing my colleagues in Congress to Southwest Florida so they can see firsthand the magnitude and importance of the watershed, and tangibly appreciate the challenges the ecosystem faces due to years of pollution, flood control, and population growth. The Everglades and the L... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney Hosts Chairman Simpson of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, Former Speaker Boehner
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Congressman Rooney Hosts Chairman Simpson of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, Former Speaker Boehner, and Army Corps of Engineers Lieutenant Colonel Reynolds on Tour of the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee Watershed Washington, DC – On Friday, March 23rd, Congressman Francis Rooney will lead a tour of the Everglades and the Lake Okeechobee watershed. The tour will include Chairman of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Mike Simpson,... Read more

  • Francis Rooney meets with Interior Secretary Zinke For Discussion of Draft Proposed Offshore Drilling Plan
    Posted in Press Releases on March 1, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, DC – On Tuesday, Congressman Francis Rooney met with Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and fellow coastal members of Congress, for a discussion of the draft proposed offshore drilling plan. Congressman Rooney stated, “I would like to thank Secretary Zinke for his attention on offshore drilling – a proposal to drill in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico is wholly incompatible with Florida’s economy and ecology, and I appreciate the opportunity to express my thoughts directly. Making... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Introduces Legislation to Permanently ban drilling in Eastern Gulf
    Posted in Press Releases on January 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced legislation to make permanent the moratorium on offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Congressman Rooney stated, “Offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico is incompatible with our environment and endangers our military readiness. The moratorium on exploration and drilling was established in 2006 and will expire in 2022 unless Congress acts. It is critical for the future of Florida and our tourism-based economy th... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney letter to Interior Secretary Zinke Opposing Drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico
    Posted in Press Releases on January 4, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Congressman Rooney letter to Interior Secretary Zinke Opposing Drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Naples, FL- Today, Congressman Rooney sent the following letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Dear Secretary Zinke, I have strong concerns about the draft proposal on January 4, 2018, opening 25 of the 26 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) planning areas, including the Eastern Gulf of Mexico which remains under a moratorium until 2022. While I certainly share the administration’s goal of American... Read more

  • Keep oil drilling out of the Eastern Gulf
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on November 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Offshore drilling and related activities, including seismic testing, have no place in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The moratorium on exploration in the eastern Gulf established in 2006 will expire in 2022 unless Congress acts. It is imperative for the future of Florida and our tourism-based economy that this bipartisan effort to extend the moratorium succeed. I believe I have some credibility on this issue, having served on the board of one of the world’s leading land and offshore drilling firms ... Read more

  • Francis Rooney focuses on Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades in key meetings
    Posted in Press Releases on November 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney participated in three important meetings related to Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades. As a member of the Everglades Caucus, Congressman Rooney took part in discussions with the Army Corp of Engineers on Hurricane Irma damage to the Everglades ecosystem and the ongoing review of damage to projects that are currently under construction. The Caucus also discussed timelines and funding for the Herbert Hoover Dike. In addition to today’s Caucus me... Read more