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  • 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

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Applauds President Trump’s Acceleration of Herbert Hoover Dike Repairs
    Posted in Press Releases on October 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, DC – Yesterday, President Trump’s Administration announced that they will accelerate completion of repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike. The Army Corps of Engineers was scheduled to complete a $1.7 billion renovation of the dike in 2025, but Congressman Rooney, Governor Scott, and other elected officials have led efforts for an expedited timeline with completion by 2022. Congressman Rooney stated, “I am thankful for President Trump’s commitment to expediting dike repairs and look forwa... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Applauds Governor Scott Meeting with President Trump about Everglades and Herbert Hoover Dike
    Posted in Press Releases on August 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney spoke with Governor Rick Scott, offering his thanks and support following the governor’s meeting with President Trump to discuss the Herbert Hoover Dike, Lake Okeechobee clean-up, and Everglades restoration. The governor’s office released a statement reiterating President Trump’s commitment to partnering with the State of Florida on needed repairs to the federally-operated Dike. Congressman Rooney stated, “I am grateful to Governor Scott for kee... Read more

  • On the hunt to save the Everglades
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on August 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    On Thursday, I hunted invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades to bring national attention to the damage caused by these devastating predators, which prey on native wildlife across South Florida. We all have a vested interest in restoring and protecting the Everglades and these invasive species are a serious problem. Burmese pythons are devastating predators, killing off rabbits, birds, bobcats, panthers and even the Key Largo Wood Rat. One python was implanted with a signal and was tracked fo... Read more

  • Congressmen Francis Rooney and Mario Diaz-Balart Announce Joint Press Conference on Appropriations for Everglades Restoration
    Posted in Press Releases on July 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, DC – Today, Congressmen Francis Rooney and Mario Diaz-Balart announced they will be hosting a joint press conference and tour of CERP projects at 9:00AM, July 31st, at the Merritt Pump Station. The event will highlight House Appropriations funding for Fiscal Year 2018, and provide an update on Everglades restoration projects. Congressman Rooney stated, “Funding for Lake Okeechobee watershed and Everglades restoration projects are my top priority, that’s why I ran for Congress. The Ho... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Announces Burmese Python Battle for the Everglades
    Posted in Press Releases on July 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney announced that he will take part in the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) ‘Python Elimination Program’ on August 10, 2017 in Big Cypress Swamp. Congressman Rooney stated, “I am looking forward to hunting these devastating and invasive snakes. The python is a predator impacting the delicate balance of the ecosystem across the Everglades and the State of Florida. Innovative ideas such as the Python Elimination Program incentivize m... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Statement on Interior Committee appropriations mark-up
    Posted in Press Releases on July 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Congressman Francis Rooney stated: "As the House Interior Committee begins its mark-up process for FY 2018 funding levels, it is important that Everglades restoration and funding for CERP projects is at the forefront. I will continue to encourage members to support these projects that are so vital to our ecology and economy. This is truly a bipartisan effort that is supported by the entire Florida delegation." Attached Letter to Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member McCollum Read more