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Below is a roundup of some of my recent work in Washington. I hope you'll find this information useful and that you will continue to contact me to share your thoughts on the issues facing Congress.
|My work on the ethics committee|
|One of my committee assignments in the House is serving as the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Ethics. The integrity of our nation's elected officials remains a great concern of the public - as it should be. I am committed to ensuring that the members of the House of Representatives keep their commitments to those they were elected to serve. The Committee on Ethics serves a vital role by educating Members and staff about the ethical standards that apply to them, investigating when it is alleged that someone has failed to follow those rules, and communicating with the House and the public in an open and transparent way. If you are interested in receiving email updates directly from the Committee on Ethics about its work, you can sign up at its website here.
|Deutch Statement on Airstrikes in Syria|
|Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Ranking Member of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, issued this statement following U.S. airstrikes in Syria:
"Assad's use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians was a heinous war crime. It demanded a measured response by the United States, and we’ve learned that tonight's strikes specifically targeted the air base from which the chemical attacks were launched. Our military leaders acted swiftly and professionally to send a clear message that this disregard for international law and for innocent lives will not be tolerated.
"However, the President cannot be led to believe that he has a free pass to act militarily without consulting Congress. Stopping Assad's six year-long slaughter of his own people and fighting terrorism demand a comprehensive strategy. This strike will not end the conflict. Before this Administration takes further action, Congress must finally debate an authorization for the use of military force that focuses and limits our strategy in Syria.
"Finally, to help save Syrian lives and enhance our national security, President Trump should rethink his harmful ban on Syrian refugees."
Deutch and Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) also recently sent a letter to U.S. Ambassador the United Nations Nikki Haley condemning Assad's attack and Russia's obstruction at the UN. You can read their letter here.
|Deutch Proposes Homeless Veterans Fund|
|On Tuesday, Congressman Deutch, Congressman Brad Schneider (D-IL), and Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA) introduced bipartisan legislation, the Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund Act, to aid homeless veterans through voluntary contributions raised from a new "check-off box" on the annual federal tax return. These funds would be available to the VA to provide services to homeless veterans. The bill's text available here.
“When Americans go from risking their lives on the battlefield to struggling to find shelter on the streets, we know we’re failing our veterans," said Deutch. “A young American’s decision to serve in our Armed Forces should not lead them into poverty and homelessness. With this bill, the American people can help homeless veterans access the crucial services they need by donating directly to a fund overseen by Congress.”
|Deutch Reintroduces Bill to
Criminalize Animal Cruelty
|Last month, Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) reintroduced the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, landmark legislation to finally make animal abuse a possible federal crime. This bill is endorsed by the Humane Society of the United States, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, and the National Sheriff's Association.
You can click here for a factsheet about the PACT Act and on the image below to watch a video of Deutch and Virgil announcing the bill's introduction.
|Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus Expands|
The Climate Solutions Caucus, founded a co-chaired by Congressman Ted Deutch and Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), welcomed ten new Members of Congress to the Caucus, increasing the total membership to 34 members evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans.
The mission of the Climate Solutions Caucus is to educate members on economically-viable options to reduce climate risk and to explore bipartisan policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate.
|Deutch, FL Dem. Colleagues Urge
Gov. Scott to Expand Medicaid
|Congressman Deutch joined with members of Florida's Democratic Congressional delegation in leading a letter to Florida Governor Rick Scott urging him to listen to the will of a majority of Floridians and adopt Medicaid expansion.
As reported by the Miami Herald, according to a recent survey, 67 percent of Florida voters supported Medicaid expansion, a few points higher than the national average of 64 percent. Extending Medicaid eligibility to Floridians with incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty line would provide primary healthcare coverage for over 800,000 Floridians.
The full text of the letter is available here.
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