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  • Congressman Francis Rooney Votes to Support Career and Technical Education, Expanding Opportunity in Southwest Florida
    Posted in Press Releases on June 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Education

    Congressman Francis Rooney Votes to Support Career and Technical Education, Expanding Opportunity in Southwest Florida Washington, DC - This afternoon, Congressman Francis Rooney voted in support of H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (CTE). Current policies restrict the ability of states to invest federal resources in efforts that prioritize economic growth and local needs. This occurs at a time when critical industries have vacant jobs but not e... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney and Senator Johnny Isakson Sponsor Bill to Ensure Fairness in Union Organizing
    Posted in Press Releases on May 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Congressman Francis Rooney and Senator Johnny Isakson Sponsor Bill to Ensure Fairness in Union Organizing Washington, DC – Today Congressman Francis Rooney and Senator Johnny Isakson joined together to introduce the Representation Fairness Restoration Act. This legislation would end the practice of organizing ‘micro-unions’, which allow labor officials to organize small groups of workers, often as few as 2-3 people, within a company rather than the entire workforce. Congressman Rooney said, “Sin... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Introduces Legislation to Remove Overreaching Regulations on Travel Agents
    Posted in Press Releases on May 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Congressman Francis Rooney Introduces Legislation to Remove Overreaching Regulations on Travel Agents Washington, DC – Today Congressman Francis Rooney introduced The Travel Agent Retail Fairness Act, which would remove a regulatory block and strike travel agencies from the blacklist that prohibits them from utilizing an exemption from federal overtime rules. To qualify for this exemption, an employee must work at an establishment “recognized as retail.” In 1970, the Department of Labor (DOL) es... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney on Budgeting and Fiscal Responsibility
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    The most important duty of the federal government is to pass a fiscally responsible budget. This would be a budget which funds basic services, honors the commitments made for social security, and provides for the defense and security of our nation and its borders. For far too long we have suffered from irresponsible government spending that has failed to provide for these basic needs, while wasting our hard earned taxpayer dollars in failed efforts to pick winners and losers, fund inefficiency (... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Votes “No” on Fiscally Irresponsible Budget
    Posted in Press Releases on May 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Congressman Francis Rooney Votes “No” on Fiscally Irresponsible Budget Washington, DC – Congressman Francis Rooney issued the following statement regarding H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act. “The omnibus bill passed today overspends and underdelivers. This bill is a bad deal for the American people, which is why I voted against the measure. “The fiscally irresponsible $1.07 trillion in spending for the next six months is $30 billion higher than the caps in the original Budget Control... Read more

  • Reps. Rooney, Brooks, and Jones Lead Effort in the House to Put American Jobs First
    Posted in Press Releases on April 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Francis Rooney (FL-19), Mo Brooks (AL-05), and Walter Jones (NC-03) introduced the American Jobs First Act (H.R. 2233) to reform the often abused visa program and ensure Americans are not laid off only to be replaced by cheaper foreign labor. Congressman Brooks said, “The American Jobs First Act is a timely compliment to President Trump’s ‘Buy American and Hire American’ effort by initiating much-needed reform of our foreign-worker visa program. The H-1B... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Statement on The White House Tax Reform Summary
    Posted in Press Releases on April 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Congressman Francis Rooney Statement on The White House Tax Reform Summary Washington, DC – Congressman Rooney has issued the following statement on The White House tax reform summary. “America’s economy has always grown strongest when hard working taxpayers get to keep more of the money they earn, and businesses have the capital available to hire more workers and invest in new technologies. Growth rates in the range of 4% should be our goal, not the anemic 1% that we have seen over the last sev... Read more

  • Tax day reminds us of the importance of tax reform
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    As we approach Tax Day on Tuesday, it is obvious the United States tax system is a disaster. It takes Americans too long to file their taxes, rates are too high, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been used as a political weapon, and the code picks winners and losers. It is well past time to reform the tax code. According to the IRS, Americans spend an average of 13 hours and $210 per return to comply with the tax code through filing a 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ form. This complicated and time co... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney - Our Early Investments Defined Us: Initial United States Priorities
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    This month, a new government convenes in Washington with a mandate to dismantle the last eight years of unprecedented legal and regulatory expansion that has killed job opportunities for countless Americans. The Obama Administration has inserted the federal government into every corner of our professional and personal lives. Now is the time to peel back the 80,000+ pages of regulations, and billions of accompanying costs, which are stifling job markets and private enterprise and encroaching on o... Read more