Posts Tagged ‘Bill Posey’

Illeana Ros-Lehtinen turns thumbs down on GOP health care plan

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
As conservatives mount pressure on Republicans in Congress to support the GOP health care plan, more moderate U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen became the first to announce she is breaking ranks.
Ros-Lehtinen, of Miami, announced late Tuesday that she is concerned about the affects the American Health Care Act would have on the poor and elderly, and cannot support it, and saying, “this plan is not the replacement South Florida needs.”
“I have decided to vote no on the bill as currently written,” she stated. “The bill’s consequences for South Florida are clear: too many of my constituents will lose insurance and there

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Ron DeSantis, Ted Yoho among targets for pro-AHCA ad buy

Friday, March 10th, 2017
The American Action Network is putting the pressure on three Florida lawmakers to vote in favor of the American Health Care Act.
The AHCA — a proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act — is facing questions from the left and the right both, related to issues ranging from cost-effectiveness to coverage levels for indigent populations.
Florida Reps. Ted Yoho and Ron DeSantis, whose districts are on the fringes of the Jacksonville media market, are two of the three targets.
The third target: Rep. Bill Posey of Melbourne.
The common thread seems to be conservative legislators in smaller, less expensive media markets.
POLITICO notes that the Florida spots

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Bill Posey, Brian Mast form Congressional Estuary Caucus

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
U.S. Reps. Bill Posey and Brian Mast of Florida’s Atlantic Coast have pulled together a bipartisan “Congressional Estuary Caucus” to focus on environmental health and recovery of places such as the plagued Indian River Lagoon the two Republicans share.
The caucus has pulled in at least 23 members so far including Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston and Republican U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakus of New Port Richey. In addition to Posey and Mast, the caucus is being organized by Democratic U.S. Reps. Rick Larsen of Washington and Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon and Republican Frank LoBiando of New Jersey, all

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NASA continuity, moon landings, urged in congressional hearing

Thursday, February 16th, 2017
The 115th Congress and new administration of Presidential Donald Trump got its first public discussion Thursday of what should be the priorities for NASA, and Congressional leaders and expert witnesses all agreed NASA needs bold specific goals and funding stability to support them.
That would mean Mars based on NASA’s current plans, but it also should mean going back to the moon, several witnesses declared.
At a hearing of the House Science, Space & Technology Committee co-chaired by Chairman Lamar Smith and Space Subcommittee Chair Brian Babin [both Texas Republicans] the committee’s leaders, the Democratic ranking members and witnesses including former Apollo astronaut

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Dominic Calabro: Keeping cigars in the Cigar City

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
Politicians talk repeatedly about doing things to help create jobs. But, sometimes, doing nothing is the best option. We hope that newly-elected lawmakers understand that less government intrusion is often the key to keeping the American Dream alive.
A great example is the 2009 “Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.” This innocuously named effort actually increased federal regulation in ways that even many of its supporters now regret.
The act gave the Food and Drug Administration the right to regulate all tobacco products, not just cigarettes. But bureaucracies tend to expand whenever they can and the agency soon extended its reach

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Republicans steamroll to win U.S. House races

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
Republican incumbents strolled to victory Tuesday over their Democratic opponents in three U.S. House races.
District 6
Republican Ron DeSantis, a two-term Republican incumbent who ran for the U.S. Senate this year before dropping out this summer, won Florida’s 6th Congressional District race to defend his seat. DeSantis, of Palm Coast, beat Democrat Bill McCullough, a political newcomer from DeLeon Springs.
DeSantis won with 59 percent of the vote or 212,923 votes to McCullough’s 41 percent or 150,447 votes.
CD 6 runs heavily Republican and stretches from Jacksonville’s southern suburbs south to New Smyrna Beach.
District 8
U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, who is completing his fourth two-year

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Orlando facing prospect of all-freshman lineup in Congress

Friday, September 23rd, 2016
U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown and her nearly 24 years in Congress – gone.
U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson and his nearly six years in Congress – gone.
U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster and his nearly six years in Congress – gone, moved to an outside district.
U.S. Rep. John Mica and his nearly 24 years in Congress – more at risk than he’s faced in more than a decade.
This year, Orlando is losing most and potentially all its seniority, experience, leadership and clout in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Whoever gets elected, the voters’ choices for change may wind up being for the better. And

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Citrus relief bill passes U.S. House

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
A bill intended to give tax breaks to citrus growers needing to replace diseased trees won approval on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives late Wednesday.
House Resolution 3957, known as the Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act of 2016, would allow citrus growers to take a full federal tax deduction, in the current tax year, to cover the cost of replanting lost or damaged citrus trees.
Sponsored by U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, the bill passed overwhelmingly, 400 to 20, with all of Florida’s lawmakers voting yes.
“Help for Florida orange farmers is a major step closer to arriving,” Buchanan, a Republican from

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CD 8: Corry Westbrook and Bill Posey with contrasting financial statements

Friday, September 16th, 2016
Democratic congressional candidate Corry Westbrook lists scores of investments on her personal financial disclosure and the environmental activist seeking to take down Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Posey in Florida’s 8th Congressional District might be worth millions.
Westbrook’s detailed disclosure statement contrast’s sharply with that of Posey, a four-term incumbent, whose assets as listed are limited to some real estate, his real estate company, and a lot smaller net worth.
Westbrook, a Washington lobbyist for environmental groups who lives in Vero Beach, lists dozens of investments in mutual funds and numerous tech, alternative energy, car and airline companies, including Amazon, Apple, Delta,

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