Meeting with local agriculture leaders, including Mike Steward of the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association to discuss how to keep the agriculture industry thriving in the United States.
As Transportation Appropriations Chairman, I recognize the importance of investing in American infrastructure. Looking forward to working with my congressional colleagues and the administration to keep folks moving safely and efficiently.
This morning, I joined my colleagues in voting for the Bipartisan Budget Act.
This legislation continues government operations and funds programs that are critical to Americans across the nation. It also invests in our military during a time where we must provide our troops with the proper resources to defend our country, help our allies, and stand up to our adversaries.
I represent parts of Florida that are still rebuilding from Hurricane Irma, and the $89.3 billion supple...mental will go a long way in helping these communities recover from storm damage. I am proud to have worked with my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to ensure my subcommittee provided adequate funding for disaster relief programs, particularly for the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief program that repairs our infrastructure and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Relief program that assists homeowners and local businesses. Florida’s crops, including its iconic citrus groves, were severely impacted, and I am grateful for the funds that will help our farmers get back on their feet.
I congratulate Speaker Ryan and Chairman Frelinghuysen for their tireless leadership, and I look forward to continue working with our colleagues on other vital issues, including the remainder of FY18 funding and finding a permanent, legislative solution for DREAMers who were brought to the United States as young children at no fault of their own.
We need to Democrats to join us to #FundOurTroops so they have the adequate resources to defend the United States.
CVS raising hourly pay to $11 starting in April. They're also offering improved paid parental leave for its full-time employees. These changes will benefit its 240,000+ employees. #taxreform https://www.cnbc.com/…/cvs-hikes-wages-and-announces-q4-ear…
This morning, I addressed the National Council of Agricultural Employers during their annual meeting. The 2017 hurricane season and recent wildfires had a serious impact on agriculture, hurting farmers across the country. The House already passed disaster relief assistance, and I once again urge my colleagues in the Senate to do the same.
The release of the HPSCI memo today was important for greater transparency and oversight, serving the public interest. FISA collections are part of a uniquely critical program that supports global US national security. The recently passed and signed FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act will help provide some additional important oversight of this program, to prevent abuse and violation of American citizens’ civil liberties. There are thousands of courageous and dedicated men and women who serve the FBI, DoJ, and other federal intelligence agencies, and it is disappointing that the missteps of several high-ranking officials are tarnishing their work.
David Lyons has been a member of LaBelle's city commission for over 3 decades, and is currently doing a great job as mayor. Get to know him - via Hello SWFL #SWFL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvZ0zp_zilg&feature=youtu.be
Lowe's announced it would award employee bonuses to more than 260,000 hourly employees and enhance its benefits package to include adoption assistance and paid parental leave.
While we continue to negotiate important issues like government funding and immigration, we cannot keep our military in limbo. By passing today’s legislation, we provide our troops with the robust resources they need to protect American values across the world. The bill ensures our country continues its research and development in the latest defense technology, which is critical during times of global instability. I am proud it also fully funds the 2.4 percent pay raise, allowing our armed forces to support their families.
As Southwest Florida continues the recovery process, I urge my Senate colleagues to pass the $81 billion disaster relief package the House voted on last month.