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  • Tax reform delivers for Southwest Floridians
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    The Republican tax reform law, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed in December 2017 has had a positive impact on our Southwest Florida community. In a victory for low- and middle-income families, wages are rising, taxpayers are keeping more of their paychecks, and many businesses are increasing investment across the country, leading to more jobs and bonuses for employees. This year, middle-income families in Southwest Florida are taking home more of their hard-earned wages. An average family of fo... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney earns Taxpayer Super Hero Award from Citizens Against Government Waste
    Posted in Press Releases on March 28, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Washington, DC- Last week, Citizens Against Government Waste presented Congressman Francis Rooney with the Taxpayer Super Hero Award for 2017. The award identifies members of Congress who have upheld fiscal responsibility and resisted the temptation of voting for costly special interest projects. Congressman Rooney stated, “I am proud to accept the Taxpayer Super Hero Award. I will continue to protect Americans’ hard-earned money from wasteful government spending and vote to enact fiscally respo... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney earns Spirit of Enterprise Award from U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Posted in Press Releases on March 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Washington, DC- Last week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented Congressman Francis Rooney with the Spirit of Enterprise Award. The award honors members of Congress that are strong supporters of free enterprise in America and is based upon scoring of the Congressman’s voting record on key Chamber of Commerce initiatives. Congressman Rooney stated, “It is an honor to receive the Spirit of Enterprise award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As a lifelong businessman, and somebody who understands... Read more

  • Worker centers: How unions circumvent federal rules
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 2, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Imagine a group designed to organize fast food employees, collect financial contributions from its members, and protest for higher wages from their employers. One might think this group I just described, Fast Food Justice, is a union. After all, the actions in which Fast Food Justice partakes are common union activities, such as collecting dues and making demands upon employers to effect change in the workplace. Incredibly, however, Fast Food Justice is not considered a union. It is classified a... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Statement on the NLRB’s Micro-Union Decision
    Posted in Press Releases on December 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Washington, D.C.- Congressman Francis Rooney issued the following statement in response to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision to overturn the 2011 Specialty Healthcare decision that expanded the ‘micro-unions’ scheme. Congressman Rooney stated "The decision from the NLRB restores common sense to the workplace. Since the Obama Administration labor board’s decision in 2011, ‘micro-unions’ had begun to form in retail stores and manufacturing sites across the country, making it nea... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney statement on passage of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
    Posted in Press Releases on December 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Washington, DC – Congressman Francis Rooney issued the following statement on passage of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Congressman Rooney stated, “Today’s vote will result in a fairer tax system and allow Southwest Floridians to keep more of their hard-earned money. The facts are undeniable; every tax bracket will now be lower, the standard deduction will nearly double, the child tax credit doubles, and people will no longer be forced to pay a fine for not purchasing unaffordable Obamacare ... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney statement on passage of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
    Posted in Press Releases on November 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Washington, DC – Congressman Francis Rooney issued the following statement on passage of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Congressman Rooney stated, “I am proud to vote in favor of tax cuts that will lower the tax burden for hard working Americans, expand the child tax credit, and double the standard deduction. In addition, small businesses will see tax rates cut to a level that is on par with the rest of the industrialized world, meaning more jobs for our country and our Southwest Florida co... Read more

  • Rooney-Byrne-Wilson Introduce the Current Employee Representation Act - H.R. 4327
    Posted in Press Releases on November 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressmen Francis Rooney (FL-19), Bradley Byrne (AL-1), and Joe Wilson (SC-2) introduced the Current Employee Representation Act. This legislation would allow employees to petition for a union certification election when fewer than 50% of current ‘unit members’ were members during the last election. The United States is seeing shifts every day towards a more modern workforce. Many current employees are locked into old and outdated union contracts, approved long before... Read more

  • Francis Rooney Votes in Support of Save Local Business Act
    Posted in Press Releases on November 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Washington, D.C.- Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act, which was cosponsored by Congressman Francis Rooney. Congressman Rooney stated, “The NLRB should not be meddling in the hiring, scheduling or compensation decisions of any business owner, and prior to 2015, it wasn’t. The Obama administration’s anti-business actions took away freedom of action from independent business owners, weakened the rights of hard-working Americans and made it harder for e... Read more

  • Stimulate Economy Through Tax Code Reforms
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    To return to growth rates which the United States has enjoyed for years and to provide opportunities to hard-working Americans, our outdated tax code needs serious reform. It is an inescapable truism that tax treatment affects the amount of capital investment, which in turn leads to job creation and economic growth. Both personal and corporate taxation will influence growth. Corporations invest directly to expand their business and create jobs while individuals save for themselves and their reti... Read more