Editorials

May 29, 2019

North Florida Needs Federal Aid for Hurricane Michael Now

For the third time in one week, a House Republican has stopped the passage of the $19.1 billion Disaster Assistance package that would have finally brought long overdue relief to thousands of families across North Florida who are still recovering from Hurricane Michael. In successive days, Rep. Chip Roy, R-TX, Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky, and Rep. John Rose, R-TN, each stood up to single handedly block a carefully negotiated package of assistance that had been agreed upon by the leadership of … Continue Reading


April 20, 2018

Proposed Farm Bill hurts families struggling to put food on the table

The Farm Bill is about more than just growing crops - it is about ensuring all Americans have access to safe and nutritious food, health and securing a better way of life. As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I have worked hard with my colleagues to prepare a bill that ensures our nation’s farmers and families have the resources they need to live the American Dream.   Unfortunately, this Farm Bill does not do that. The bill introduced by House Republicans proposes to cut … Continue Reading


April 10, 2018

SNAP Simplification Act Would Reduce Burdens on America’s Elderly and Disabled Community

Many of our nation’s seniors live on fixed incomes and struggle to afford everyday expenses.  Sadly, a large number of these individuals are also disabled.  There are several existing programs that support the most vulnerable among us, but the number of agencies, applications, reporting requirements and additional obstacles they must tackle to access these funds make it unnecessarily difficult for them to receive the benefits they desperately need and deserve.   I recently introduced … Continue Reading


February 27, 2018

Standing idle on gun violence is not an option

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy, where 14 students and three teachers were massacred Feb. 14, is yet another reminder that we must rethink guns in our country right now. Since January, there have been eight school shootings. The Parkland community will never be the same. Those who lost a brother, sister, daughter or son will never be the same. No parent should lose a child this way. But with each heartbreaking tragedy, we seem to learn nothing and simply provide … Continue Reading


September 20, 2017

HURRICANES HARVEY, IRMA HIGHLIGHT IMPORTANCE OF FOOD ASSISTANCE DURING DISASTER

Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25, and by the time it drifted through the region, it would break the record for rainfall of any other storm in the history of the continental United States. The devastation to the area is saddening; the cost to human life, infrastructure, and economic productivity is expected to exceed that of Sandy and Andrew. As cleanup efforts from Harvey are just getting underway, Florida is bracing for one of the most powerful storms ever documented in the … Continue Reading


June 28, 2017

Turning back the clock won’t lead to meaningful health care reform

The latest news coming out of the Senate about the health care debate is very troubling. Keeping negotiations behind closed doors and blocking news reporters from reporting on progress is unacceptable.   It was my hope that Senate Republicans would rectify the shortsighted version of health care their House colleagues sent over.   Instead a 13-member group, made up only of male Senate Republicans, has remained elusive about any actual plan for reforming our nation’s health … Continue Reading


March 21, 2017

ACA replacement simply unacceptable

The Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is an exercise in smoke and mirrors. This proposal would give tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans while burdening hard working families with higher health care costs. The Republican plan allows for soaring new health care costs for our seniors and shortens the life of the Medicare Trust Fund, endangering seniors and disabled Americans who depend on Medicaid coverage. This is completely unacceptable for Floridians. The … Continue Reading

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