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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 […]

House Ethics launches inquiry into Gaetz following sexual misconduct allegations

BY: - April 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House panel has opened an ethics investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz, the Florida Republican who is already facing a Department of Justice investigation over sex-trafficking allegations. Federal investigators are reportedly examining whether the 38-year-old Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, and whether his involvement with young women broke federal […]

U.S. House to vote on stripping committee posts from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

BY: - February 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are forging ahead with a resolution to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from serving on two committees amid a growing outcry over the Georgia Republican’s history of violent, racist comments and conspiracy theories. The full House is set to vote Thursday to remove Greene from the House Education and Labor Committee, and the […]

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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 […]

U.S. House Judiciary Committee votes to impeach President Trump

BY: - December 13, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump Friday morning along party lines, setting up a likely vote next week in the full House.  The Judiciary Committee voted 23-17 to advance the two articles, which charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in response […]

FL Democrat calls Trump ‘clear and present danger’ ahead of impeachment vote

BY: - December 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — As the U.S. House Judiciary Committee prepared to vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump this week, Florida Democratic Rep. Val Demings recalled her childhood.  “I grew up poor, but my parents were good, decent, honest people who taught me to be decent and respectful,” Demings said Wednesday night as committee […]

FL lawmakers to play key roles in impeachment inquiry, and it’s not the first time

BY: - October 3, 2019

WASHINGTON – Florida lawmakers are poised to play an outsized role in the U.S. House’s impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Thirteen Florida lawmakers – about half of the state’s delegation – sit on the six House committees that are investigating allegations of abuse of power and other misdeeds by the president. Of those, Democrat […]

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FL lawmakers in Congress split on gun control votes

BY: - September 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Judiciary Committee committee advanced three gun safety bills on Tuesday, despite unified Republican opposition.  The committee voted along partisan lines to approve “red flag” legislation that seeks to limit access to firearms for those deemed a risk to themselves or others. The committee also voted to advance legislation from Rep. […]

Republican FL U.S. Rep. Rooney files carbon tax bill with big tradeoff

BY: - July 26, 2019

Republican U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney introduced legislation in Congress this week to tax heat-trapping air pollution from burning fossil fuels, and use the revenue to cut payroll taxes for employees and employers. The tradeoff: The federal government would be prohibited from setting regulations on greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act for 12 years. The […]

Florida U.S. Representatives are backing marijuana reforms

BY: - July 12, 2019

WASHINGTON – Six U.S. Reps from Florida – Democrats Charlie Crist, Al Lawson, Darren Soto and Ted Deutch, along with Republicans Matt Gaetz and Greg Steube – have signed on to bipartisan legislation to overhaul federal marijuana laws. The U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security held a congressional hearing on the […]

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Will GOP politicking over federal disaster aid hurt Republicans in 2020?

BY: - June 7, 2019

WASHINGTON – Florida’s Democrat and Republican lawmakers were understandably frustrated when President Donald Trump and Congress started playing politics with disaster aid. It had been a full six months since Hurricane Michael slammed into the Panhandle, snapping trees in half for miles, washing away beach communities, and tanking the tourism economy. That frustration turned into […]