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How Florida U.S. House members voted on 'omnibus'

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December

The U.S. House this morning passed a $1.15 trillion “omnibus” spending package, with most Florida representatives voting in favor.

No votes came from Curt Clawson, Ron DeSantis, Jeff Miller, Bill Posey, Dan Webster and Ted Yoho.

The rest of Republicans and all Democrats voted for the package, which also includes scores of tax breaks.

Reaction:

Ander Crenshaw:

"Military construction funding includes $16.1 million for the construction of a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) support facility at Naval Station Mayport, $8.2 million for the construction of a Naval Air Station Jacksonville facility to support the MQ-4 Triton unmanned aerial surveillance system, and $8.4 million for an addition to the Fleet Support Facility for the Littoral Surveillance Radar System at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. These investments represent an effective and efficient use of taxpayer dollars in programs that will strengthen our national defense now and across many years to come"

Debbie Wasserman Schultz:

“Nevertheless, I have strong concerns over this bill’s lack of support for Puerto Rico and it’s lifting of our 40-year ban on exporting crude oil. For months, Puerto Rico has faced a deep fiscal crisis impacting millions of families while Congress has failed to act. There are some good provisions supporting Puerto Rico, including better Medicare reimbursement rates and allowing the Treasury Department to provide technical assistance, but this bill simply does not go far enough. We cannot treat Puerto Ricans like second-class citizens and refuse them the right to declare Chapter 9 bankruptcy like our states can. Taxpayers would not be responsible for this decision and Puerto Rico deserves the same financial choices as our states."

Tom Rooney:

“I have always stressed how important it is for us to invest the necessary funds to finding a cure for citrus greening before the American citrus industry becomes a thing of the past,” Rooney said. “This $7.5 million is more than we could have hoped for. I am pleased that the negotiators recognized how essential this funding is and included it in the final bill. I am hopeful that this money will increase the likelihood of finding a cure for citrus greening."

Carlos Curbelo:

"In addition, this Act provides ample funding to continue Everglades restoration projects and prioritizes spending to support Florida farmers in eradicating diseases. Lastly, $42.4 billion as authorized by the FAST Act will be spent in the upcoming year to revitalize our nation’s transportation networks and water infrastructure, greatly benefiting South Florida’s overcrowded roadways."

Dennis Ross:

"This bill further strengthens our national security by tightening requirements under our Visa Waiver Program to combat potential threats to our homeland, as well as prohibits the transfer of terrorist detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. This bill also increases funding by $11 billion to secure our borders. Additionally, this Omnibus funding package contains a number of important conservative priorities, including lifting the government’s 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports. This will create jobs here at home and shift energy dependence of emerging democracies away from bad actors like Russia and Iran."

Kathy Castor:

“I am especially pleased that we have secured a $2 billion boost for the National Institutes of Health, Alzheimer's and cancer research that will lift research efforts at the University of South Florida and the Moffitt Cancer Center,” U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor's (D-Tampa Bay, FL) said.  “Patients, families and researchers have been pressing for greater investments over the past few years and it has been one of my top priorities. Decades of investment in NIH research and scientific grants across the country have established America as the world leader in treatments and cures, but that was at risk due to mindless tea party cuts over past years."

[Last modified: Friday, December 18, 2015 1:09pm]

    

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