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Ben Carson to keynote Hillsborough GOP’s Lincoln Day Dinner

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Dr. Ben Carson, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Donald Trump administration, will be the keynote speaker for the Hillsborough County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner scheduled for June 9. That announcement was made Tuesday night by Deborah Tamargo, the chair of the Hillsborough GOP, at the party’s monthly meeting in Tampa. Congressmen Gus Bilirakis, Vern Buchanan and Dennis Ross will also appear at the dinner, as will House Speaker Richard Corcoran. A native of Detroit, Carson grew up poor and was…

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Gus Bilirakis wants Donald Trump to talk human rights when meeting Turkish president

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Gus Bilirakis is calling on Donald Trump to speak about the deteriorating state of human rights in Turkey, just before the president is scheduled to sit down with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House Tuesday. “As it is a critical moment for Turkey and the U.S.-Turkish relationship, the United States must be candid and consistent in our support of democratic values and respect for human rights for the sake of Turkey’s future, as well as the long-term interests in the region…

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#16 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Gus Bilirakis

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Tarpon Springs Rep. Gus Bilirakis earned props even from of his most zealous Democratic Party critics when he held three well-publicized town hall meetings in early 2017, where he steadfastly defended his opposition to the Affordable Care Act while acknowledging at the time that his GOP House colleagues didn’t have a replacement bill teed up to support. The day before the House voted on the American Health Care Act 2.0 in early May, a spokesperson said he was undecided as…

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Gus Bilirakis: Lower drug costs through competition and innovation

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In Florida and across the country, Americans continue to feel the pressure of rising prescription drug costs. Too often, bad actors in the marketplace take advantage of monopolies, skyrocketing the price of lifesaving medication simply because there is little to no competition. We need to take thoughtful action, and avoid knee-jerk responses, to solve this issue affecting so many millions. Leveraging the power of the free market and incentivizing competition among drugmakers will drive costs down — not government mandates.…

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Tampa Bay Republicans fall in line, vote to support GOP health care bill

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Although the four Republicans who represent areas of the Tampa Bay area said earlier this week they had serious reservations about the latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act in Congress, all four – Vern Buchanan, Dennis Ross, Gus Bilirakis and Daniel Webster – voted in support of the bill on Thursday. They were the difference in the bill getting passed, as it won by just four votes, 217-213. “After seven long years, Americans across Florida and the entire nation can breathe a…

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Four Tampa Bay area Republicans undecided as health care bill vote nears

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When Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Bill off the floor of the House for a vote in March, it saved some Republicans from having to actually declare whether or not they supported the controversial legislation which would replace the Affordable Care Act. Now, round two is taking place this week and Tampa Bay area Republican congressmen Gus Bilirakis and Daniel Webster remain undecided. In a newsletter sent to constituents on Monday, Webster, who previously represented constituents in the Orlando-area before redistricting compelled him to run in the…

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Gus Bilirakis: Congress, staff should not be exempt in GOP health care bill

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Gus Bilirakis has already heard from plenty of constituents that he shouldn’t vote for repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act. But while the Tarpon Springs Republican congressman was fully supportive of the GOP health care bill that never resulted in a vote last month in Congress, he is decidedly against a provision in the new legislation being floated this week that would allow members of Congress and their staff to exempt themselves from the legislation. “In this country, lawmakers are not…

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