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Ilhan Omar tweet prompts dispute among U.S. House Democrats

BY: - June 10, 2021

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Thursday faced a backlash from Democratic colleagues and leaders in the House after she tweeted a video of a virtual exchange she had with Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. But some House Democratic allies also rose to Omar’s defense, saying that critics within […]

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Federal background checks on ammunition sales pushed by Democrats

BY: - April 20, 2021

WASHINGTON—Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on Tuesday reintroduced legislation that would require instant background checks to prevent individuals with a criminal record from illegally purchasing ammunition. The measure backed by the Democrats, known as Jaime’s Law, is named in honor of Jaime Guttenberg, a student who died in the Marjory Stoneman […]

Members of FL’s delegation in the U.S. House have a say about impeaching President Trump

BY: - January 13, 2021

Here’s what members of Florida’s delegation are saying Wednesday in Washington, D.C., as the U.S. House of Representatives discusses impeaching President Donald Trump. The effort follows last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor  Castor urged the immediate removal of Trump from office. “I rise today to urge the […]

Connecticut’s Rosa DeLauro defeats Ohio, Florida lawmakers to head U.S. House spending panel

BY: - December 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats selected Rep. Rosa DeLauro, (D-Conn.), to head the powerful Appropriations Committee on Thursday, after a three-way election in which she defeated colleagues from Ohio and Florida. The House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee recommended DeLauro for the post earlier this week over Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur and Florida Rep. Debbie […]

As coronavirus crisis grows, FL Democrats slam Republicans for trying to repeal Obamacare

BY: - March 24, 2020

Ten years ago, the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, launched a landmark effort at overhauling America’s health care system. The legislation led to praise, criticism, lawsuits, and political debates, and is expected to be a major campaign issue in the 2020 presidential election. The 10-year anniversary comes as COVID-19 infections and deaths have expanded […]

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U.S. House votes to limit Trump’s war authority (again). Here’s how Floridians voted

BY: - January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Thursday to repeal the 2002 authorization for the use of military force that allowed the George W. Bush administration to wage war against Saddam Hussein’s government in Iraq. Most House Democrats joined 11 Republicans and one independent to approve a resolution to approve the repeal amid concerns about escalating […]

Climate takes center stage in sweeping federal infrastructure plan

BY: and - January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON  — U.S. House Democrats this week unveiled plans to spend $760 billion over five years on infrastructure upgrades throughout the country. A central theme throughout their plan: combating climate change. The framework unveiled by Democrats on Wednesday prioritizes slashing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector while also boosting resiliency in the face of […]

Congress reaches landmark deal on paid family leave for federal employees   

BY: - December 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers have reached a landmark agreement on paid parental leave for federal workers that could institute paid time off for civilian employees for the first time. The measure would give federal workers 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a newborn or adopted child — extending the same benefits currently given to […]

Trump taking money from storm-damaged FL & Puerto Rico military bases to pay for border wall

BY: - September 5, 2019

Florida Democrats slammed President Donald Trump’s decision to shift $3.6 billion away from military construction projects to build a portion of his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall. Among the projects losing the funding is $17 million for a “crash and rescue” facility at Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City. Hurricane Michael damaged the base in […]

A political rematch in key South Florida Congressional district?

BY: - June 14, 2019

WASHINGTON – Democrats are downplaying the prospect of a rematch in a key South Florida Congressional district that was one of the national upsets last fall, with a Democrat snagging a U.S. House seat from a Republican incumbent. Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, a 48-year-old Latina college administrator, ousted Republican Carlos Curbelo in the 2018 […]

U.S. Rep. Wasserman Schultz presses Trump official on “horrendous” immigration detention centers

BY: - May 1, 2019

WASHINGTON — Less than three weeks into his new job, Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan faced questions from Florida lawmakers this week about the department’s immigration enforcement policies. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat who represents South Florida, decried the conditions of Immigration and Customs Enforcement centers, calling them “inhumane.” Wasserman Schultz specifically pointed […]

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From “no collusion” to “evidence of corruption:” FL lawmakers in Congress divided on Mueller report

BY: - April 19, 2019

Florida lawmakers in Congress are splintered along party lines over findings in the long-awaited Mueller report that investigated Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election — which isn’t unusual in the partisan bickering of Washington, D.C. “Special Counsel Mueller has found staggering evidence of corruption, abuse of power, and obstruction of justice by President Trump […]