Monday, February 18, 2019
On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the new chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, convened a hearing titled “Oversight of the U.S. Small Business Administration,” with U.S. Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon testifying.
Lawson took part on a U.S. House Financial Services Committee focused on “Homeless in America: Examining the Crisis and Solutions to End Homelessness.” 
West insisted the rise of the New York congresswoman underscores the need to return the House to the GOP come 2020. 
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is leading senators from both sides of the aisle to push for Congress to move quickly in passing disaster supplemental funding legislation to help Americans recover from recent disasters, including Hurricane Michael which hit the Panhandle in October. 
“While I was recovering from my injuries, I saw firsthand the important role that dogs play in helping veterans recover from war’s physical and psychological tolls,” Mast said. “For too long, the VA has gotten away with conducting these harmful—sometimes fatal—experiments on dogs. These tests are abusive, waste taxpayer dollars and must be stopped.”
Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Business and Economics Polling Initiative (BEPI) released a poll on Tuesday showing a majority of Floridians--55 percent--want to build the wall while 37 percent oppose the idea with the rest unsure. 
Gallup found that Americans are far more optimistic about their financial situations now than they have been in a decade and a half. 
Scott joined with U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., to unveil the “End Pensions in Congress (EPIC) Act” on Tuesday. 
U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy teamed up with U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Penn., a frequent legislative ally, to bring out the “Keep Congress Working Act” which  “would require Congress to remain in session and work if the government is shut down.”
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio discussed the ongoing political developments in Venezuela, the new government of interim President Juan Guaidó, and next steps for U.S. policy.