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  • 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

  • 75 Executives Lobbied Congress for a National Carbon Price. We Listened
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 1, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    By Chris Coons and Francis Rooney Right before Memorial Day, over 75 businesses came to Capitol Hill to demand that their lawmakers establish a national carbon price. The participating business leaders collectively employ over 1 million U.S. workers and represent a combined market value of around $2.5 trillion—the largest group of businesses assembled on the Hill to advocate for climate legislation in a decade. In over 80 meetings with members and staff from both the House and Senate, these busi... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney requests federal funding for completion of Tamiami Trail bridging project to restore Florida’s Everglades
    Posted in Press Releases on May 28, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality, Infrastructure

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rooney sent a letter to Secretary Elaine Chao of the U.S. Department of Transportation in support of the grant application for the FY 2019 Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects (NSFLTP) Program which would provide funding for the completion of the Tamiami Trail Next Steps Phase II project. This project is a key component of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and would allow water to flow south into the Everglades and Florida Bay... Read more

  • Rooney Meets with Army Corps to Discuss Lake Okeechobee Water Releases and Status of CERP Projects
    Posted in Press Releases on May 22, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney met with Colonel Andrew Kelly, Jacksonville District Commander of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), to receive an update on CERP projects scheduled for construction, and to discuss the critical issues relating to Lake Okeechobee water levels. Congressman Rooney stated, “To date, the water level in Lake Okeechobee is at 11.2ft, which is a vast improvement over this time in 2018. We are entering our rainy season well positioned ... Read more

  • Rooney, Mast, Mucarsel-Powell, Hastings Continue Push To Fully Fund Everglades Restoration
    Posted in Press Releases on May 20, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    ASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee’s consideration of this year’s Energy and Water Appropriations bill tomorrow, U.S. Representatives Francis Rooney (FL-19), Brian Mast (FL-18), Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26) and Alcee Hastings (FL-20) today led a bipartisan group of Florida Members in urging the committee to meet the President’s amended budget request of $200 million for South Florida Ecosystem Restoration. Last week, the President’s budget was... Read more