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Ethics group wants Debbie Wasserman Schultz investigated over IT staffer

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A right-leaning watchdog group has filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz because she continued to employ an IT staffer after he became the subject of a criminal investigation. The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust on Monday asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to launch an investigation into “Wasserman Schultz’s apparent breach of House Ethics Rules.” According to the conservative ethics organization, Wasserman Schultz violated ethics rules by continuing to employ Imran Awan even after he was…

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Lawmakers say votes aren’t there for health care

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House Republican leaders were short of the votes needed for their health care overhaul bill hours ahead of a vote demanded by President Donald Trump. That’s the word Friday from GOP lawmakers and congressional aides as Speaker Paul Ryan met with the president at the White House to deliver the sobering news. Separately, Vice President Mike Pence was meeting near the Capitol with recalcitrant members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus in a last-ditch effort to secure support. Rep. Mark…

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Gus Bilirakis named to key house health-care panel

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U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis has been appointed to serve on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, a key congressional panel with jurisdiction over the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, as well as oversight of medical research and public health issues. “I’m honored to have been selected to serve on this important subcommittee, where I will be working with my colleagues to solve the biggest problems facing our nation’s health care system,” said Bilirakis, a Tarpon Springs Republican. “I…

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Mark Bircher, longshot candidate in CD 13, endorses Donald Trump

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Mark Bircher, who’s running for in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, has endorsed Donald Trump for president. Bircher released this statement: “I will be voting for Donald Trump on Nov. 8. “I find that Mr. Trump and I share common ground on the overwhelming number of issues. I share his passion for securing our borders, making trade practices fair, strengthening our military, stopping endless wars, and developing an economic policy that will not bankrupt America. As a fellow political outsider, I welcome…

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Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio urge U.S. Senate to approve $1.9B request to fight Zika

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Calling it a “full-blown emergency,” Sen. Bill Nelson once again encouraged his colleagues to set aside $1.9 billion to fight the spread of the Zika virus. “The urgency is now and we ought to do the right thing,” said Nelson, a Florida Democrat. “We have not heard the last of it, and you are going to see it magnified. This is a full-blown emergency.” But the plea was not enough to convince his Senate colleagues. On Tuesday, the Senate did…

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David Jolly and his ‘Stop Act’ to be featured on 60 Minutes

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Set your DVR: Rep. David Jolly will be featured on “60 Minutes” this Sunday. Jolly is set to discuss the Stop Act, a bill he proposed earlier this year that makes it illegal for members of the U.S. House and Senate to personally solicit donations. Jolly, who is running for the U.S. Senate, filed the legislation in January. “Republicans, Democrats and independents can all agree on one thing — the public did not elect members of Congress to go to Washington…

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Gwen Graham becomes second freshman Florida U.S. representative to retire after single term

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Gwen Graham’s decision to leave Congress after one term could land her in the history books. According to a Smart Politics analysis, Graham is the second member of the U.S. House Representatives from Florida to retire after one term. The report, released Thursday night, said Graham’s decision to “step away from Congress after one term goes down as a rarity in the annals of Florida political history.” “Since statehood in 1845, a total of 136 Floridians have served in the…

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