Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Shalala, who was named to the powerful U.S. House Rules Committee earlier this month, was the only Florida Democrat to be included in the new assignments. 
With the Maduro regime arresting opposition leader Juan Guaidó, Scott called out the Venezuelan government on Monday and linked it to the communist regime in Cuba. 
State Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, a longtime Trump ally, is now heading up the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF), moving up from vice chairman to the top spot this past weekend in Orlando.
Hastings said on Monday that he was getting treatment at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
With Maduro starting a second term last week, Shalala said she will introduce a bill targeting exporting weapons and other defense materials to his regime while Wasserman Schultz said she plans to unveil “legislation that requires intelligence agencies to work with the U.S. State Department to develop threat assessments and strategic plans to monitor and combat the Kremlin’s influence in Venezuela.”
Rubio and Feinstein introduced the “State Flexibility for Family First Transitions Act” which will “extend waivers for states receiving Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, the entitlement that pays for foster care and adoption, to allow for greater funding and flexibility for foster care and child welfare recipients beyond the current federal baseline.”
Rooney introduced the “Asylum Protection Act of 2019” on Thursday and on Friday he offered his reasons for bringing this bill out. 
Having left Tallahassee and taking his seat on Capitol Hill last week, new U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., weighed in on his first impressions of Washington, D.C. and, despite Republicans controlling the Senate, the newest member is not that impressed. 
Last week, Diaz-Balart introduced his proposal creating new ZIP codes. He has brought out similar legislation during the last two Congresses and was able to get it through the House last year only for time to run out before his proposal could through the U.S. Senate.
Convicted and impeachment by Congress for accepting a bribe--Hastings became only the sixth federal judge in American history to be removed from the bench by Congress.