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  • US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement Is Critical To American Prosperity
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on August 13, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, National Security, Foreign Affairs

    The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) or “NAFTA 2.0,” does more than open markets for goods and improve regional competitiveness. It also creates a framework of continued partnership with our neighbors who we share a border with, which is vital to America’s security and economic prosperity. However, the agreement can’t take effect until Congress votes to ratify it. I would call on my colleagues in Congress to recognize the implications of doing so and to take action. The United State... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney votes against partisan NDAA bill that weakens our National Security
    Posted in Press Releases on July 12, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Rooney voted no on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2020. This partisan legislation included many restrictions on securing our border and weakened America’s ability to respond to threats around the world. A very different version of the NDAA was passed by the Senate 86–8. Congressman Rooney stated, “The NDAA is generally a bipartisan measure that provides for the defense of our country, as proven by the Senate version which passed 86-8. I h... Read more

  • Reps. Rooney and Diaz-Balart Urge Secretary Pompeo to Reclassify Cuba as State Sponsor of Terrorism
    Posted in Press Releases on July 10, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Foreign Affairs

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney sent a letter with Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo encouraging the administration to return Cuba to the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. Congressman Rooney stated, “Four years ago, president Obama removed Cuba from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. Despite this decision, Cuba has continued to support known terrorist organizations and corrupt dictators such as the regime of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela,... Read more

  • Rep. Rooney and Sen. Cruz Reintroduce Bill to Counter Chinese Espionage Efforts in American Universities
    Posted in Press Releases on June 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Education, Foreign Affairs

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee reintroduced the Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft Act (SHEET), a bill to counter Chinese espionage efforts and influence operations in American universities. “Thirty years ago, the world watched in horror as tens of thousands of Chinese soldiers m... Read more

  • Rooney Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Build National 5G Strategy, Protect U.S. Telecommunications Infrastructure from National Security Threats
    Posted in Press Releases on May 22, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Foreign Affairs , Infrastructure

    According to a 2018 NATO Report, Huawei’s Growing Role as a Supplier of 5G Could Be Exploited by China to Commit Espionage, Monitor Foreign Corporations and Governments, & Support Chinese Military Operations Legislation Would Require the Administration to Develop a Strategy to Safeguard the Next Generation of Mobile Telecommunications from Foreign Influence WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger introduced a bipartisan bill, cosponsored by Representative Francis Rooney, to pro... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney and Senator Cotton introduce RAISE Act to fix our broken visa and immigration system
    Posted in Press Releases on April 10, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Immigration

    Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE Act) to establish skills-based immigration, to end chain migration and to eliminate the Diversity Visa program. Congressman Rooney stated, “The United States immigration system is broken. Only one in every 15 immigrants to our country are granted visas because of their skills, and we do not prioritize the ultra high-skilled immigrants who spur innovation, create jobs,... Read more

  • Rooney Demands Wall
    Posted in Press Releases on January 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Immigration

    Washington, DC - Last night Congressman Rooney again affirmed his commitment to securing our borders and fixing our broken immigration, asylum and visa systems by voting against legislation that failed to provide any new funding for a wall or barrier along our southern border. Congressman Rooney has been working with Administration to link specific investments in portions of the wall with the number of illegal crossings which will be interdicted if these investments are made. We as a nation cann... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney statement on DOD’s Eastern Gulf of Mexico report
    Posted in Press Releases on May 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality, National Security

    Naples, FL- Congressman Francis Rooney issued the following statement regarding the Department of Defense’s (DOD) report, “Preserving Military Readiness in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.” Congressman Rooney stated, “I agree with the DOD that the Eastern Gulf of Mexico is an ‘irreplaceable national asset’ for its value to our national security. The Eastern Gulf is a critical training ground for our military and cannot be replaced by any other geographical location. "It is critical for our military, ... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney calls for release of FISA memo
    Posted in Press Releases on January 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Washington, DC – On Friday, Congressman Francis Rooney cosigned a letter to Committee Chairman Devin Nunes that requests release of a classified document related to the Mueller investigation of election meddling. Congressman Rooney stated, “I have recently reviewed the four-page memo provided by the House Select Committee on Intelligence that is related to the ongoing Mueller investigation. Due to its classified nature I am unable to comment on any specific details contained within this documen... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Votes to Support Tougher Penalties for Sanctuary Cities and Illegal Immigrants
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Immigration

    Washington, DC - This afternoon, Congressman Francis Rooney voted in support of two bills that will strengthen penalties against sanctuary cities and assist law enforcement in protecting our borders. H.R. 3004, Kate’s Law, would impose enhanced criminal penalties for illegal aliens with serious criminal records that have been convicted of illegal entry and subsequently return to the United States. H.R. 3003, No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, would provide for stricter penalties for jurisdictions t... Read more