Thursday, January 23, 2020
Soto, the first Florida congressman with ties to Puerto Rico, will pair up with two New York Democrats--U.S. Reps. José Serrano and Nydia Velázquez--to chair the Puerto Rico and Insular Areas Task Force. The Central Florida Democrat will also lead the CHC’s Civil Rights and Voting Rights Task Force. Soto will also sit on the Arts and Technology Task Force which is led by U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif.
From his perch on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, U.S. Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., who served as a Green Beret, is pushing for answers on how powerful Islamic State (ISIS) terrorism is even as the Trump administration continues to make plans to take military personnel out of Syria. 
Having cleared the committee, the nominations are now headed to the Senate floor where the Republican majority--bolstered by two Republicans representing the Sunshine State--should confirm them. 
On Thursday, sophomore U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., wielded the gavel in the U.S. House, becoming the first Vietnamese-American to lead the chamber as she served as speaker pro tempore. 
Rubio, Hassan and then U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., brought out the “Counterterrorism Advisory Board Authorization Act” at the end of 2017.
“House Bill 693 will lower taxes, allow for a more competitive marketplace, and increase competition in Florida’s economy,” Fischer’s office stated.
Hastings has handily kept his seat despite the Treasury Department being forced to pay out $220,000 to settle with a former staffer who accused the congressman of sexual harassment and being ranked by Judicial Watch as the number one member of Congress when it came to nepotism.
On Thursday, the South Florida Democrat announced $718,150 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to FIU’s medical research projects.
Mast and other members of Congress wrote the VA on the matter back in August.
Rubio also pushed back at the BDS movement in an essay published by the New York Times on Tuesday.