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  • Rooney files Algal Bloom legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on January 10, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C. – Last night, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced bipartisan legislation to amend the Stafford Act to include algal blooms in the definition of a “major disaster.” This change would position FEMA to intervene after an algae outbreak. Congressman Rooney stated, “The health of our Southwest Florida waterways and ecosystems is vital to our economy – in addition the physical harm to people living in proximity to toxic algae is of great concern. We must make every effort possible t... Read more

  • Rooney Cosponsors Florida Coastal Protection Act to Ban Oil Drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico
    Posted in Press Releases on January 9, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) reintroduced the bipartisan Florida Coastal Protection Act yesterday, which would make permanent the moratorium on oil drilling that exists now but is slated to expire in 2022. The moratorium currently in place protects waters up to 235 miles off the west coast of Florida from oil drilling and will expire in June 2022 unless made permanent. Congressman Rooney has again signed on as an original cosponsor to the legislation. “Here in Florida, we are... Read more

  • Francis Rooney Introduces bill to Permanently Protect Florida’s Gulf Coast from Offshore Drilling
    Posted in Press Releases on January 3, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced a bill to permanently ban oil and gas leasing, preleasing, and related activities in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Congressman Rooney stated, “Water quality impacts all of Florida’s residents and visitors. I want to ensure that all areas east of the Military Mission Line in the Gulf of Mexico are permanently protected from offshore oil drilling. In 2022, the moratorium on drilling and exploration will expire. Offshore drilling will ne... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney votes “No” on wasteful farm bill
    Posted in Press Releases on December 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality, Economy & Jobs

    Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Rooney voted against the wasteful farm bill, which included bloated sugar subsidies and lacks work requirements for able-bodied adults. Congressman Rooney stated, “The farm bill is full of government handouts and is a complete capitulation to Democrats. Good conservative policies such as stricter work requirements for able-bodied adults to receive food stamps have been stripped out of the legislation. The bill also broadened unnecessary subsidies for farmers,... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Statement on President Trump signing the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)
    Posted in Press Releases on October 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Naples, FL - Today, President Donald Trump signed into law the Water Resources Development Act of 2018 (WRDA). WRDA is the authorizing legislation that allows the Army Corps of Engineers to construct and manage projects improving water infrastructure. The legislation was passed by Congress in September. Congressman Rooney stated, “WRDA is critical to finally advancing the 68 Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) projects that have been previously approved, including authorization of t... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney joins the bi-partisan Climate Solutions Caucus
    Posted in Press Releases on September 28, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney (R-FL) joined the bi-partisan Climate Solutions Caucus along with Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA). Congressman Rooney stated, “I joined the Climate Solutions Caucus because environmental issues are critical for our Southwest Florida community. Southwest Florida’s well-being depends on a healthy environment; one just needs to look at the algal blooms currently ravaging our community to understand the negative effects of environmental disasters. To ... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney on the urgent threats of rising seas and hurricane storm surge in Florida
    Posted in Press Releases on September 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives about the need for planning to mitigate effects of sea-level rise and storm surge from increasingly intensifying hurricanes in Florida. Congressman Rooney stated, “Sea-level rise and flooding, amplified by devastating hurricanes such as Hurricane Irma that ravaged our community one year ago, are an urgent concern to our many coastal communities in Florida. This requires proactive planning ... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney questions compliance regarding seismic activities in Big Cypress National Preserve
    Posted in Press Releases on September 25, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C.- Today Congressman Francis Rooney wrote Secretary Ryan Zinke calling for the Department of the Interior to make sure that the contractor conducting seismic activities in the Big Cypress National Preserve fully complies with the remediation and repair requirements required by the seismic permit, defined as Minimization and Mitigation Measures. Congressman Rooney stated, “The seismic activities underway in the Big Cypress National Preserve pose grave risks to our Southwest Florida... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Statement on Final Passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)
    Posted in Press Releases on September 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C.- Yesterday, Congressman Rooney voted to support the Water Resources Development Act of 2018 (WRDA). WRDA is the authorizing legislation that allows the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct projects improving water infrastructure - the most critical component of Everglades restoration and completion of the necessary repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike, which surrounds Lake Okeechobee. Today’s vote marks the final passage of WRDA – it will now be sent to the President for his signatu... Read more

  • 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