Wrapping up his first month in Congress, U.S. Rep. Carlos Gimenez, R-Fla., will serve on U.S. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise’s, R-La., team over the next two years.

At the end of last week, Gimenez was named by Scalise as an assistant whip.

“In order to move this country forward, we need to ensure policies enacted by this Congress promote what the American people fundamentally care about – lowering taxes and cutting needless regulation, keeping our communities and country safe from our enemies, rebuilding America’s infrastructure, and beating COVID-19 once and for all. The only way to achieve that is by governing our nation responsibly and forcefully rejecting any attempts by the extremists in the House from hijacking the legislative process. I am honored to work with a great whip team and look forward to helping unite this party and our nation,” Gimenez said.

For his part, Scalise praised Gimenez’s record as mayor of Miami-Dade, insisting the freshman congressman “cut taxes, balanced the county budget 9 years in a row, reduced the size of the government workforce and saved taxpayers over $2 billion dollars.”

“I’m excited to announce Carlos’s addition to the Whip Team as an assistant whip,” Scalise said. “With a historically thin margin between Republicans and Democrats in the House, it’s more important than ever for us to stick together against Democrats’ radical schemes. Carlos has an impressive background in local government after serving as the mayor of Miami-Dade County and his experience will make an immediate impact as we reopen and rebuild our local economies. Carlos will be a key member of our team and I look forward to working together over this Congress.”

Gimenez defeated then U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., in November. He represents all of Monroe County and parts of Mami-Dade.


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