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Today, the federal government narrowly avoided a shutdown by passing a weeklong budget extension. The last time Congress failed to pass a budget in 2013, 38,000 federal workers in Florida were furloughed without pay, home mortgage loans were delayed, and Medicare and veterans benefits claims went unprocessed. We cannot allow last-minute, stopgap deals to avoid budget crises to become the new normal in Washington.
As we continue to debate the Fiscal Year 2018 budget, I'm alarmed by proposed cuts to vital agencies and programs. I'll continue to oppose reckless cuts to public education, environmental protection, infrastructure projects, and foreign assistance.
|Deutch Speaks at Town Hall Meetings in Broward|
|Rep. Deutch recently participated in a town hall hosted by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Planned Parenthood on the future of healthcare in the United States at the Pride Center in Wilton Manors.
This meeting came just after reports that House Republicans would again try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with the American Health Care Act, which would decrease coverage for millions of Americans, increase premiums, and impose severe cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.
You can watch a video from the meeting here.
|Watch: Deutch on Morning Joe|
|Congressman Deutch recently appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe, where he discussed his concerns about the White House's conflicts of interests and President Trump's costly visits to Mar-A-Lago. You can watch his interview here.
|Deutch Attends Yom HaShoah commemoration events in South Florida and Washington|
|Rep. Deutch recently attended a Holocaust memorial ceremony at Temple Beth Orr in Coral Springs, a Miami rally against anti-Semitism, a meeting of the interfaith Clergy Coalition of Coral Springs and Parkland on hate crimes, and the Holocaust Memorial Council's Days of Remembrance Ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.
On Yom HaShoah, Deutch issued the following statement:
"As we reflect this Yom Hashoah on the horrors of the Holocaust and remember the millions who perished at the hands of blind, coldblooded hatred of Jews, we also recognize the undeniable spike in anti-Semitism across this country and around the world. While it is our responsibility to never forget the horrors that befell the Jewish communities in Europe, it is also our responsibility to 'never again' allow such atrocities to occur.
“As we continue our work to ensure Survivors receive the care and support they need, we must also commit to remain vigilant in combating all forms of hatred, bigotry, and discrimination wherever it may appear.”
|Deutch Introduces Resolution Condemning Iran's Human Rights Violations, Persecution of Baha'is|
|Representatives Deutch (D-FL) and Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) recently introduced H.Res. 274, condemning Iran's human rights violations, particularly its persecution of its Baha'i minority, and urging the administration to impose sanctions against the Iranian regime for its human rights abuses. A companion resolution was also introduced in the U.S. Senate.
“The Iranian regime perpetrates some of the most egregious human rights abuses against its own people, including denying them freedom of religion, persecuting minorities like the Baha’i, and imprisoning LGBT people. The United States must continue to stand squarely against these violations of basic human rights, including by strictly applying and enforcing existing sanctions and strengthening punishments for offenders," said Deutch, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. "This resolution sends a strong statement to the abusive regime that its treatment of the Baha’i, its unjust repression and persecution of Iranians, and its imprisonment of U.S. and other foreign nationals will be met with a strong response."
|Rep. Deutch, Sen. Durbin Introduce Bill
to Create Voluntary Climate Change Fund
|Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) recently introduced the Climate Change Adapt America Fund Act, bicameral legislation that would create an “Adapt America Fund” to finance climate change adaptation and infrastructure resiliency projects. The bill would also authorize the U.S. Department of Treasury to issue up to $200 million annually in "Climate Change Bonds” to be purchased by Americans concerned about climate change. The proceeds would be directed to the “Adapt America Fund” and support investments that help states and local communities prepare for the impacts of climate change. The bill's text can be read here.
“With rising tides and sunny-day flooding, my constituents in South Florida are all too aware of the urgent need to respond to climate change,” said Deutch. “There’s no time to waste. We need to jumpstart federal investments into projects that will help build resilient communities around the country that are prepared to meet the real world challenges. What better gift for a newborn or high school graduate than purchasing a bond that invests in a clean planet for their future?”
|Deutch Introduces Bills to Assist Veterans
|Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Congressman Tom Rooney (R-FL) have reintroduced the Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act to stop pension poachers. These scammers trick veterans by charging fees for services that are available for free and lock veterans into financial arrangements that threaten their secure retirement. Our bill would finally impose real punishments to end this practice of deceit. A fact sheet is available here.
Last month, Deutch and Congresswoman Mia Love (R-UT) introduced the Fair Treatment for Families of Veterans Act after a South Florida family was forced to pay back VA benefits because their mother passed away at the end of the month. This bill would fix the current law to ensure that veteran families are not put in a difficult financial situation simply because of how late into the month a beneficiary dies. This bill makes a simple correction to allow beneficiaries to keep the benefits they deserve. You can learn more about the bill here.
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