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  • 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. 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 bi-partisan effort to extend the moratorium succeed. The Eastern Gulf is of critical importance to our national security due to the flight training and testing that takes place from our numerous bases ... 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

  • Congressman Francis Rooney meets with President Trump to Discuss Everglades Restoration and the Fight Against Radical Islamic Terrorism
    Posted in Press Releases on June 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality, Foreign Affairs

    Washington, DC – This evening Congressman Francis Rooney attended a White House dinner and meeting with President Donald Trump. Congressman Rooney stressed the need for including Everglades Restoration as a key component of any infrastructure package brought forward. This message is consistent with a letter that Congressman Rooney sent to the President in February 2017, and with the President’s comments at a campaign rally in Collier County on October 23, 2016. Congressman Rooney stated, “I am e... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Discusses Funding of Everglades Projects with Office of Management and Budget
    Posted in Press Releases on May 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Congressman Francis Rooney Discusses Funding of Everglades Projects with Office of Management and Budget Washington, DC – This afternoon, Congressman Francis Rooney met with representatives of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to discuss funding of Lake Okeechobee and Everglades Restoration projects which have been authorized, but not yet funded, through the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). Congressman Rooney said, “The key to Everglades restoration is the funding and co... Read more