Entries by Connie Ross

English/Español: Diaz-Balart on U.S. Banning the Entry of Meliá Hotels’ CEO

Diaz-Balart on U.S. Banning the Entry of Meliá Hotels’ CEO  WASHINGTON, D.C. ­­–– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after the United States banned Meliá Hotels CEO, Gabriel Escarrer, from entering the country in accordance with the Trump administration’s full implementation of Title IV of the Helms-Burton Act. “This is a prime example of the Trump Administration’s ongoing commitment […]

Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review February 7, 2020

This week, after the Senate’s vote to acquit President Trump of all impeachment charges, Senator Rick Scott announced a constitutional amendment that would raise the threshold to approve articles of impeachment in the House of Representatives. The amendment would require a super-majority vote of three-fifths in the House to impeach a public official Senator Rick Scott said, “The partisan charade Nancy […]

Legislative Update – February 7, 2020

Senate Appropriations Committee Sends Budget to Floor for Full Senate Vote   The Senate Committee on Appropriations, chaired by Senator Rob Bradley, passed Senate Proposed Bill 2500: Appropriations, a proposed state budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. The proposed Senate budget invests in Florida’s teachers, state employees and environment while maintaining $3.5 billion in total reserves. The […]

Diaz-Balart Meets with Venezuela’s Legitimate President Juan Guaidó

DORAL, FL ­­–– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart issued the following statement after meeting with Venezuela’s interim President, Juan Guaido this afternoon. “I was pleased to meet with Venezuela’s legitimate President Juan Guaidó today to discuss a democratic and prosperous future for the Venezuelan people. For years, the Cuban dictatorship has provided intelligence and other support to the […]

Legislative Update – January 31, 2020

Senate Releases Proposed State Budget for 2020-2021: Invests in Florida’s Teachers & Environment The Florida Senate Committee on Appropriations, chaired by Senator Rob Bradley, released Senate Proposed Bill 2500, a General Appropriations Act. SB 2500 details a proposed state budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.  The Senate’s proposed budget builds on a continued investment in elevating neighborhood […]

Diaz-Balart Applauds $84 Million for Hurricane-Impacted Communities in Florida

Diaz-Balart Applauds $84 Million for Hurricane-Impacted Communities in Florida  WASHINGTON, D.C. ­­–– Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that more than $84 million has been awarded to 21 communities in Florida that were impacted by Hurricane Irma. These funds were administered through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Repair Program, which works on an as-needed basis […]

Everglades Caucus Co-Chairmen Diaz-Balart and Hastings Lead Bipartisan Letter Requesting $250 Million for Critical Restoration Projects

Bipartisan Letter Requesting $250 Million for Critical Restoration Projects WASHINGTON, D.C. ­­–– Today, Congressmen Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) and Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20), Co-Chairmen and Co-Founders of the Congressional Everglades Caucus, led Members of the Caucus in sending a bipartisan letter to President Trump requesting that he allocate $250 million for Everglades Restoration projects in his FY21 […]

January 2020 – Legislative Update

Personal Message from Rep. Bob Rommel The 2020 Legislative Session opened last week in Tallahassee.  Because of the hard work completed during the Interim Committee Meetings last year, the Legislators “hit the ground running.” This Session, I have filed 6 bills, 2 resolutions and 10 appropriation requests.  Some of my constituents will be happy and some […]

Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review January 31, 2020

This week Senator Rick Scott continued releasing episodes of his “Let’s Get Back to Work” video series, featuring Floridians highlighting everything Congress is not getting done for the American people throughout the impeachment trial, like lowering the cost of prescription drugs, passing No Budget, No Pay and securing the border. Also this week, Foley & Lardner decided to drop the Maduro […]

Legislative Update – January 24, 2020

Governor DeSantis Announces New Standards to Replace Common Core Today, I joined Governor Ron DeSantis in Naples, where he announced completion of a new set of Florida education standards, which will be published next week. The Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking  (BEST) will replace Common Core standards.  The changes include requirements for students to learn […]