Diaz-Balart, Deutch Introduce Bill to Expand National Threat Assessment Center to Include School Violence Prevention Initiatives

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) and Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) introduced the EAGLES Act, legislation to expand the U.S. Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) with a greater focus on school violence prevention.

The NTAC provides research and training for threat assessment and targeted violence, including school shootings and other school threats. This legislation creates a national program on targeted school violence prevention, including by expanding the NTAC’s research and training on school violence and its dissemination of information on school violence prevention initiatives.

The Senate companion was introduced by U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Doug Jones (D-AL), and Marco Rubio (R-FL).

“Over the years, I have been personally involved in working towards making our communities and schools a safer place,” said Congressman Diaz-Balart. “The safety of our children is of the utmost importance for every family. All parents should feel confident that when they drop their child off at school, that child is in a safe environment. That is why school safety should remain a top priority in our country, and that begins by taking the appropriate measures to prevent targeted violence and school violence. I am honored to co-lead this legislation, and I thank Congressman Deutch for his leadership on this issue.”

“The Secret Service’s Threat Assessment Center was created to help train communities to prevent the kinds of targeted violence that threaten them. Sadly, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School endured a tragedy that resulted in the loss of 17 Eagles. This bill will prevent violence in other communities across the country,” said Congressman Deutch.”We should use this effective model of assessing threats and developing trainings in order to prevent any more school shootings in any other community. I’m proud of this bipartisan plan to leverage some of our government’s best resources to tackle this heart-breaking and preventable crisis.”

“The National Threat Assessment Center has been essential to thwarting mass shooters and targeted violence since it was first created in 2008. The EAGLES Act is a critical expansion of the program that prioritizes school violence and directs key funding to prevent the next mass school shooting,” said Tony Montalto, President of Stand with Parkland and father of Gina Montalto one of the 17 people murdered at school in the 2018 Parkland shooting. “We need to be more proactive and less reactive — our children’s lives are at stake. This bipartisan effort underscores the importance of school safety and ensures nationwide research and training to stop the next attack before it happens. Our nation’s lawmakers must join together to keep staff members and students safe at school. After the Parkland shooting many American leaders said things needed to change. We saw Congress and the Trump administration come together last year to take the first steps to protect our nation’s students and staff members with the passage of the STOP School Violence Act. More needs to be done and working together for positive change is the only way to make lasting and significant improvements. Similar bipartisan Eagles Act bills are now available in both the House and Senate hopefully we will see them debated and voted upon in a timely fashion, and finally presented to the President for his signature.”

Congressman Rooney votes against partisan NDAA bill that weakens our National Security

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 had hoped to see similar bipartisanship in the House of Representatives, however there were numerous poison pills inserted that made it impossible to support. We must secure our southern border, humanely care for unaccompanied minors, and allow the military a full array of options when dealing with friends and foes around the world – this legislation was counter to all of those goals.”

Background – This legislation:

  • Prohibits any use of DoD funds for any wall funding/construction/repair purposes and restricts DoD ability to respond to threats at the southern border
  • Includes a mandatory 30-day advanced notification and certification of troop deployment to the border
  • Limits funding for housing for unaccompanied children at the border
  • Significantly reduces nuclear modernization programs and hypersonic weapons programs
  • Mandates at least 23 studies and 75 reports
  • Places multiple restrictions on military aid to allies and partners

Rooney votes to support the heroes of 9/11

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney voted in favor of H.R. 1327, the Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act.

Congressman Rooney stated, “We owe it to the brave first responders who risked their own lives to help save others, to provide them with full compensation for medical treatment made necessary by their service during the terrorist attacks of 9/11. I was honored to support this bill and hope that the Senate will pass this bipartisan legislation quickly.”

This legislation would:

  • Appropriate such sums as are necessary for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) to pay claims to eligible victims through fiscal year 2090
  • Require the VCF to fully compensate claimants who have received reduced awards in the past because of declining balances in the fund

Diaz-Balart, Rooney Urge Secretary Pompeo to Reclassify Cuba as State Sponsor of Terrorism

Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) and Francis Rooney (FL-19) sent a letter to Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, encouraging the administration to return Cuba to the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism.

“I commend President Trump and his administration for imposing tough sanctions on the brutal regime in Cuba, and for the unprecedented decision to allow lawsuits to proceed against traffickers in confiscated properties,” said Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart. “With these key changes, there remains a major mistake of the previous administration to rectify: returning Cuba to the state sponsors of terrorism list. The Cuban regime smuggled weapons to North Korea, harbors fugitives including a convicted murderer on the FBI’s “Top Ten Most Wanted Terrorist” list, and planted thousands of operatives in Venezuela. I look forward to working with the Trump administration to continue its commendable policy of applying pressure to oppressive, anti-American dictatorships. Classifying Cuba as a terrorist state is an important next step in that robust policy.”

“Four years ago, president Obama removed Cuba from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism,” added Congressman Francis Rooney. “Despite this decision, Cuba has continued to support known terrorist organizations and corrupt dictators such as the regime of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela and has continued to harbor known terrorists sought by American law enforcement. Accordingly, I support the Administration’s firm stance toward our communist island neighbor and urge Secretary Pompeo and President Trump to redesignate Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.”

Reps. Rooney and Diaz-Balart Urge Secretary Pompeo to Reclassify Cuba as State Sponsor of Terrorism

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, and has continued to harbor known terrorists sought by American law enforcement.  Accordingly, I support the Administration’s firm stance toward our communist island neighbor and urge Secretary Pompeo and President Trump to redesignate Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.”

Congressman Diaz-Balart added, “I commend President Trump and his administration for imposing tough sanctions on the brutal regime in Cuba, and for the unprecedented decision to allow lawsuits to proceed against traffickers in confiscated properties. With these key changes, there remains a major mistake of the previous administration to rectify: returning Cuba to the state sponsors of terrorism list. The Cuban regime smuggled weapons to North Korea, harbors fugitives including a convicted murderer on the FBI’s “Top Ten Most Wanted Terrorist” list, and planted thousands of operatives in Venezuela. I look forward to working with the Trump administration to continue its commendable policy of applying pressure to oppressive, anti-American dictatorships. Classifying Cuba as a terrorist state is an important next step in that robust policy.”

Congressman Rooney serves as the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

 

MAGGIE’S LIST PROUDLY ANNOUNCES FORMER FLORIDA LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR JENNIFER CARROLL AS NEW NATIONAL SPOKESWOMAN

A patriot and a servant ready to elect more conservative women to office

Jennifer Carroll

Our nation’s Independence Day is upon us and the time is fitting to reflect on the accomplishments and advancements of this great nation. One of those reflections is how far our nation has come to embracing and including women in the work place and in government. As we celebrate women in 2019, Maggie’s List is excited to announce that former Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll will be the new National Spokeswoman for the organization.

Jennifer emigrated with her parents from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago at the age of eight. She and her family assimilated in the United States and embraced the opportunities afforded them. Jennifer is no stranger to challenges and adversity having to adapt to a new culture as a young child, to joining the Navy as a jet mechanic in a field that was male dominated and unwelcoming at the time. She worked hard and ascended to higher heights when she received a commission and after 20 years retired as a highly decorated Navy Lieutenant Commander.

Jennifer gives credit to her training and experience in the armed forces for her successes in government. She was the first black Republican female elected to the Florida legislature and as Florida’s Lieutenant Governor.

“My accomplishments in the military, in government and serving on many non-profit boards has been my way of giving back to a nation that embraced my family and opened doors that may not have been,” states Jennifer. “My role as a national spokeswoman for Maggie’s List is to encourage conservative women to take the challenge and run for congress and help further expand diversity among the congressional ranks for us to have a true representative government.”

“This Independence Day I hope all citizens and those who adopted the United States as their home, would give appreciation for the liberty and freedom so many take for granted, said Jennifer. “I know for many the struggles still exists, but I believe the work of Maggie’s List in its support of conservative women running and elected to congress will help bring about greater opportunities, improvements and independence,” continues Carroll.

“Maggie’s List is ecstatic to have a mom, grandmother, Veteran, former legislator, former Lt. Governor and Maggie’s List Founding Member as our National Spokeswoman. She has done it all with honor, grace and integrity. There is no one more qualified than Jennifer to do this job of advancing the compassionate conservative cause to elect more women in government,” states Maggie’s List National Chair, Sandra Mortham.

About Maggie’s List

Founded in 2010, Maggie’s List is a Federal Political Action Committee created to raise awareness and funds to increase the number of conservative women elected to federal public office. Maggie’s List provides training and get-out-the-vote programs as well as critical financial support for female candidates for the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. Maggie’s List extensively researches candidates and endorses those whose policy views and legislative behavior promote fiscal conservatism, less government, more personal responsibility and strong national security. For additional information, go to www.MaggiesList.org.

Episode #19 of the Bob Rommel Report

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The government has expanded to the point that it is way past its core function. So how do we get it back to our foundation? Bob welcomes Skylar Zander to the show! He is the Florida State Director of Americans For Prosperity. Together, they talk about some of the major issues in our country today, from Healthcare to the talk of “free college”. They discuss how bad government policies seem to be “fixed” by introducing more bad policies! How can we break this cycle? What would our Founding Fathers think about where we stand today? Where are the people who want to fight debt and deficits in the country?

Find out on this informative episode of The Rommel Report!