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A Rare Bipartisan Moment in DC
The kids who play in the Washington, D.C. playground known as the U.S. Capitol, rarely get along, let alone come together to pass meaningful and bipartisan congressional legislation.
Hell partly froze over this week when 115 House Democrats, including Reps. Jared Moskowitz, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Kathy Castor, and Darren Soto, sided with Republicans to pass a bill that would prevent the U.S. from selling China our strategic oil reserves.
Yup, it happened.
Kudos to “Master of Disaster” Moskowitz and the other Florida Democrats for playing nice. China is a big threat to America, and they voted accordingly. READ MORE
More Bipartisanship Coming….
The Floridian has spoken to several Republican and Democratic members of Congress about the recently introduced bill by Reps. Dan Crenshaw and Michael Waltz where they call for the use of military action against the deadly Mexican drug cartels.
Republicans are all for it, and several Democrats said that they will support the measure, while others said they would like to know more, but that going after the cartels is no longer not an option.
“All options need to be on the table, “said one House Democrat. READ MORE
Rick Scott-.@JoeBiden will pretend to care about the hardworking families across this country, but I know firsthand how difficult it can be, so let me make this clear: I stand with you and will never stop fighting against Biden and Democrats' reckless tax and spending spree.
Rep. Darren Soto-INFLATION DROPS FOR 6 MONTHS STRAIGHT: Inflation fell AGAIN in Dec to 6.5% as food and gas costs went down.
We also have the lowest unemployment in 50 years.
We will continue to work to boost jobs and lower costs for Central Florida families!
Rep. Lois Frankel-The @HouseGOP is racing full steam ahead to criminalize abortion nationwide, but @HouseDemocrats know that the American people want women, not politicians, to make their own health care decisions, including those about abortion. We are fighting back.
Rep. Carlos A. Gimenez-Last year President Biden released oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve & sold it to China.
This should NEVER be allowed. I am proud the Protecting America’s SPR Act passed the House so it’s prohibited to export oil from the SPR to the #CCP & protect our national security.
Ron DeSantis-The Biden Administration’s willful disregard of the law and gross negligence in handling the Border Crisis they have created is an embarrassment – this is not the way you run a country.
Sen. Jason Pizzo-Although we disagreed on much (policy) over the four years together in the @FLSenate @RepAaronBean was never disagreeable.
Rep. Brian Mast-Biden’s unconstitutional mandate didn’t just impact those who were exercising medical freedom, it has major implications for national security. That’s why I introduced the Vaccine Mandate Reenlistment Act - let's get these servicemembers back to work.
Mario Diaz-Balart-Since taking office, POTUS has released 260 million barrels of our nation’s petroleum reserves (SPR) meant for emergencies to alleviate the consequences of his war on American energy. This morning, I voted to prohibit the sale and export of our SPR to #China.
"115 House Democrats Defect, Vote Against Selling Oil to China" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres
"Waltz, Crenshaw Seek Military Force on Mexican Cartels" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina— Florida Rep. Mike Waltz (R) and Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R) have collaborated to sponsor a bill that would authorize the use of Military force against Mexican cartels.
"Salazar, Cassidy Draft Americas Act to Counter Chinese Influence" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R) and Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy (R) have teamed up to draft discussion legislation that would counter China and help build a stronger Western Hemisphere. Rep. Salazar and Sen.Cassidy have penned the Americas Trade and Investment Act (Americas Act).
"DeSantis Proposes Legislation To Weaken Big Pharma, cut Prescription Drug Prices" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—A week after The Floridian reported that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was going to push for the state legislature to address the prescription drug issue, Governor DeSantis dropped an anvil on the pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) lobby.
"Rep. Frederica Wilson Gives Viral Speech About Born Alive Abortion Bill" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Yesterday, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which was co-sponsored by Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL). The goal of the piece of the legislation is to protect born babies that survive abortions.
"Brian Mast Introduces Vaccine Reenlistment Act" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The COVID-19 vaccine mandate for the armed forces is officially dead. However, what will happen to approximately 8100 servicemembers discharged for refusing to comply? Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL-21) is introducing legislation to fully reinstate these members.
"Lee Calls for Full Government Transparency and Accountability" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Florida Rep. Laurel Lee (R) has joined the chorus of Republican lawmakers who are calling for full transparency from President Joe Biden over the two batches of classified documents that were found at his old office near the University of Pennsylvania.
"Born-Alive Abortion Bill Passes in Republican-Controlled House" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The controversial “Born-Alive” bill, or the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, co-sponsored by Reps. Ann Wagner and Florida Rep. Kat Cammack, passed in the House of Representatives by a vote margin of 220-210.
"Donalds Selected to Serve on Financial Services Committee" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—On Wednesday, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) was selected to serve on the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services. The Chairman of the Committee is Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC). Rep. Donalds appointment comes just days after receiving 20 votes for Speaker of the House in multiple rounds of voting. However, the job eventually was given to the current Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
"Mills Drafts Anti-Woke Publishing Bill to Protect Children from Being Sexualized" by The Floridian's Grayson. Bakich— He hasn’t even been sworn into office a week and former combat veteran, Rep. Cory Mills (R) has already drafted legislation that would prevent education publishing houses from printing and disseminating “woke” propaganda, specifically sexually explicit and pornographic material to children.
"Florida Seeks to Shield Gun Sale Information" by News Service of Florida
"FAA Grounds Flights, Florida Officials React" by The Floridian's Grayson. Bakich—The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has temporarily grounded all flights due to a system outage. This comes just over two weeks after Southwest Airlines had something similar happen, with millions of travelers stranded in airports. Naturally, the issue is trending on Twitter, and Florida representatives are speaking up.
"New Florida Bill Could Mandate Courts to Provide 'Lactating Spaces'" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—It is no secret Democrats in the Florida legislature have acted valiantly to support women in the state of Florida. Now, Senator Lori Berman (D) and Representative Ashley Gantt (D) are working on a bill to mandate lactating spaces for women in all county courthouses.
"Frost Says House Republicans are 'Virtue Signaling' for 2024" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—WASHINGTON—Newly sworn-in Florida Rep. Maxwell Frost (D) has already made waves since being elected to U.S. Congress. As a freshman congressman, Frost is now signaling his priorities in Congress while sharing his disappointments with House Republicans.
"Donalds Responds to Biden Mishandling Classified Information" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Breaking news popped up on people’s cellphones and hit the airwaves on Monday evening with the bombshell from The New York Times which stated that President Biden’s (D) lawyers found classified evidence at one of his former offices in Washington dating back to when he was Vice President.
"House Proposal Authorizing Military Action Against Cartels Receives Bipartisan Support" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Florida Rep. Michael Waltz (R), a retired U.S. Army Green Beret, recently endorsed former President Donald Trump’s hawkish plan to combat Mexican drug cartels and has said that he will propose legislation that would authorize direct military action against the cartels.
"Wasserman Schultz: Desantis is 'Xenophobic' for Deploying National Guard" by The Floridian's Rosella Parra
"Generation Z Congressman Calls for Deportation of Brazil" by TheFloridian's Jackson Bakich—In the past midterm elections, Floridians in the 10th District elected the very first Generation Z candidate to serve in U.S. Congress. His name is Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-FL).
"House Republicans Pass Bill to Defund 87,000 IRS 'Agents'" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—By a vote count of 221-210, House Republicans made good on their campaign promise to defund the 87,000 IRS “agents” President Biden vowed to employ through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).
"Kat Cammack Reintroduces Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—After the leadership debacle on Capitol Hill, where it took 15 votes to seat Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House, Republicans are already undoing what the Biden administration has done. US Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) is now reintroducing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
"FL Legislators Highlight National Law Enforcement Day" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—With January 9th being national Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, some Florida legislators such as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL), and others have showcased different types of press releases concerning the holiday.
"Scott Sends Twitter Firestorm at Biden over Border" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) sent out a political firestorm towards President Joe Biden (D) after his appearance at the southern border. Republicans have criticized President both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris (D) for their lack of attentiveness to the illegal immigration issue, thus calling out the fact that neither has taken trips to the border until now.
"Florida House Republicans All In on Defunding IRS" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich
"DeSantis Highlights his 2022 'Free State of Florida' Victories" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres
"Luna Slams MSNBC Journalist Calling Her a "White Supremacist" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—There was a higher number of Latin Americans that were voted into the U.S. Congress in the 2022 midterm elections. Among them is Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL-13), a Trump-backed rising star among Republicans.
"Waltz and Abbott call for action against the Mexican cartels" by The Floridian's Rosella Parra—Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R- TX) and Rep. Mike Waltz (R- FL), like most Republican lawmakers, have shared dissatisfaction over the Biden Administration's handling of the ongoing border crisis. Both Gov. Abbott and Rep. Waltz want President Biden to take a harder stance on the Mexican cartels.
Rep. Cory Mills"DeSantis Criticized Over Bolsonaro Staying in Florida" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Democrats from across the country are now directing blame to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R). accusing him of allowing a "far-right facist" in former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to reside in the Orlando area. Over the weekend, thousands of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva's opponents stormed the Capitol and destroyed both the Supreme Court and Congress.
"Mills' Tweet About Pelosi's Husband Paul's Underwear Sets off House Democrats" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—It took less than a day, actually, about a couple of hours after being sworn into office, for Congressman Cory Mills (R) to make House Democratic heads explode in apparent rage over a jab he threw at former Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
"Brian Mast Encourages House Republicans To Remain in Session" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—With now-Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) officially taking on the role he has been fighting tooth and nail for, what's next for the new Republican House majority? Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL-18) penned a letter where he urged his colleagues stay in the current legislative session and not recess, by calling upon his own experience as a combat veteran.
"DeSantis, FL Lawmakers Planning Partial Takeover of Disney's Governing District" by The News Service of Florida—TALLAHASSEE --- Lawmakers are moving forward with plans that would give the state more control over the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which Gov. Ron DeSantis targeted last year after the Walt Disney Co. criticized a controversial education law.
"Moskowitz Starts Pillow Fight with 'My Pillow' Founder Lindell" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—As the probable head-to-head Republican presidential match-up between former President Donald Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis is just about six months away, the former President’s surrogates like "My Pillow" guy Mike Lindell, are out casting doubt on the 2022 midterm election in Florida.
"Trump Praised for Proposed Battle Plan Against Cartels" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—A plan to battle the drug cartels proposed by former President Donald Trump's campaign is making the rounds on Twitter. Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL-6) praises this plan as "a serious proposal for how to take on the Cartels!"
"Eskamani Slams DeSantis' Appointment of Anti-CRT Activist to Florida College" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—What would normally sound like minor news, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) appoints six new members to the New College of Florida Board of Trustees. However, one name on the list is activist Christopher Rufo, a well-known critic of Critical Race Theory (CRT).
"Gaetz Nominates President Donald Trump for House Speaker" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—As the U.S. House of Representatives continues to decide on who will lead its 435 members, different names have been thrown around in the nation’s capital as possible successors to former Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
"Byron Donalds Responded a Second Time to Cori Bush's Racially-Charged Tweet" by The Floridian's Rosella Parra—Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL-19) has responded a second time to Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO)'s racially-charged tweet.
"DeSantis, Republicans Poised to Tackle the Prescription Drug Issue" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—With the first committee week of the 2023 Florida legislative session has come to an end, there is ongoing talk among political circles in Tallahassee that the pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) argument and prescription drug prices, could be one of the focal point issues lawmakers will have to address.
"Florida House Republicans Open up About Ongoing Speaker Vote" by The Floridian's Rosella Parra—
After the House of Representatives failed to vote for a new Speaker, Florida Republican Reps. Matt Gaetz, Anna Paulina Luna, and Byron Donalds, who all voted against US Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R- CA), have provided their commentary on the contentious issue.
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