Entries by Connie Ross

Diaz-Balart Tests Positive for Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, D.C. ­­–– In an abundance of caution, after votes on Friday, March 13th, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart decided to self-quarantine in Washington, D.C, and not return to South Florida because of his wife Tia’s pre-existing conditions that put her at exceptionally high risk.  On Saturday evening, Congressman Diaz-Balart developed symptoms, including a fever and a headache.  […]

Legislative Update – March 8, 2020

Today marks Day 55 of the annual 60-day legislative session. The Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives have reached an agreement on budget allocations, and yesterday we began conference committees to negotiate differentiations between the two chambers’ budgets for Florida’s Fiscal Year 2020-2021. I serve on the Senate Appropriations Conference Committee on Health and […]

Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review March 6, 2020

This week, Senator Rick Scott and his colleagues worked to pass the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, which provides $8.3 billion to combat the threat of the Chinese Coronavirus. The bill includes funding for laboratory testing to detect positive cases, an expansion of telehealth services in Florida, vaccine research and development, medical supplies for […]

Diaz-Balart in Fox News: My family was forced into exile from Cuba. Here’s the truth for Sanders, Castro apologists

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT  Diaz-Balart in Fox News: My family was forced into exile from Cuba. Here’s the truth for Sanders, Castro apologists  Rep. Diaz-Balart: My family was forced into exile from Cuba. Here’s the truth for Sanders, Castro apologists | Opinion Fox News Op-Ed: Mario Diaz-Balart March 1, 2020  Read the full op-ed HERE.  Following […]

English/Español: Diaz-Balart Introduces Resolution Condemning Senator Sanders’ Comments on Castro and Cuba

Diaz-Balart Introduces Resolution Condemning Senator Sanders’ Comments on Castro and Cuba  WASHINGTON, D.C. ­­–– Today, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) introduced H.Res.868, a resolution condemning Senator Bernie Sanders’ multiple statements on Fidel Castro and Cuba. The resolution can be found here. “If anyone wants to know the devastation of socialism, and the tyranny that so often accompanies it, I invite them […]

Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review February 21, 2020

This week, Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed for the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald on why the United States must stand up for freedom, democracy and human rights throughout Latin America to protect America’s families, national security and economic stability. In the op-ed, Senator Rick Scott wrote, “During the State of Union address, President Trump recognized the president of Venezuela, Juan […]

Legislative Update – February 22, 2020

Several Measures Enhancing Public Safety Advance to Senate Floor The Senate Committee on Appropriations, chaired by Senator Rob Bradley, passed several bills to improve the safety and security of Florida residents and visitors.  The legislation builds on prior legislative action to improve school safety and to enhance emergency preparedness and response capabilities through investments in […]

Legislative Update – February 15, 2020

Senate Passes 2020-2021 Balanced Budget, Focusing Investments on Teachers, Environment and State Employees The Florida Senate passed Senate Bill 2500: Appropriations, a proposed state budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. The proposed Senate budget, presented by Appropriations Committee Chair Rob Bradley, invests in Florida’s teachers, state employees, and environment, while maintaining $3.5 billion in total reserves. The […]

Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review February 14, 2020

This week, Senator Rick Scott and Senator Marco Rubio introduced a resolution honoring the 17 victims of the senseless attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018. The resolution passed the United States Senate by unanimous consent. Senator Rick Scott said, “Today marks two years since the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Not […]

Congressman Rooney Votes Against Unnecessary and Irresponsible Spending – “Congress Must Start Paying Attention to Our Unconscionable National Debt”

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney voted for fiscal responsibility and against an unnecessary and irresponsible appropriations bill, H.R. 5687, that would have provided over $20 billion in additional aid for disaster relief in Puerto Rico. Congressman Rooney stated, “Once again, Congress has shown its inability to control spending, even though our nation is […]