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  • Hastings’ Statement on Fourth Wave of Bomb Threats Against American Jewish institutions
    Posted in Press Releases on February 21, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after a wave of bomb threats were phoned into Jewish Community Centers and Institutions this week: “For the fourth time in five weeks a wave of bomb threats has threatened Jewish Community Centers across the country. These threats of violence are deeply alarming, particularly against the backdrop of growing rates of anti-Semitic attacks and vandalism throughout the United States. “This wave of hate requires urgent action, and ... Read more

  • Hastings Urges Action on Ending the Global Dog Meat Trade and the Annual Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China
    Posted in Press Releases on February 16, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) sent letters to United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai, Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, urging them to take actions to combat the global dog meat trade and the annual Dog Meat festival in Yulin, China. (Please find attached a copy of the letters to Secretary Tillerson, Ambassador Cui, Speaker Ryan, and Majority Leader McCarthy.) “As the 115th Congress g... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the Resignation of Michael Flynn
    Posted in Press Releases on February 14, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings released the following statement in response to the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn: “Michael Flynn’s resignation just three weeks into President Trump’s Administration underscores the severity of the threat of Russian influence on the President. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) must move expeditiously to investigate Flynn to determine the extent of his illegal communications with the Russian government, to what degree President Trump... Read more

  • Hastings and Diaz-Balart Celebrate 18th Annual Everglades Day
    Posted in Press Releases on February 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Environment and Conservation

    Today, Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Co-Chairmen of the Congressional Everglades Caucus, celebrating the 18th Annual Everglades Day to promote awareness, appreciation and understanding of this fragile ecosystem, made the following statement: “Everglades Day highlights the importance of preserving and protecting the River of Grass for all future generations of Americans to enjoy,” said Congressman Hastings. “The ecological importance of this unique ecosyst... Read more

  • Hastings, Curbelo Reintroduce Bipartisan FILET Act to Combat Invasive Lionfish
    Posted in Press Releases on February 8, 2017 | Preview rr

    Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) have reintroduced H.R. 943, the Finding Innovative Lionfish Elimination Technologies (FILET) Act of 2017, legislation that would award competitive grants to universities and nonprofit research organizations focused on eliminating this invasive species. (Please find a copy of the legislation attached.) “The invasive Lionfish has wreaked havoc throughout the oceans along the Southeastern United States,” said Congressman Hastings. “... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
    Posted in Press Releases on February 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: GLBT Equality, HIV/AIDS

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) issued the following statement in recognition of the 17th Annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: “Seventeen years ago, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was first observed in order to raise awareness about the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on African Americans. Today, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day continues to serve as a valuable mobilization effort encouraging African Americans to be aware, be informed, and to get treated. “Unfortunately... Read more

  • Hastings Celebrates Black History Month
    Posted in Press Releases on February 1, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement in recognition of Black History Month: “Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate the rich traditions of African American culture and to recognize the countless contributions African Americans have made to our society. African Americans have done much to shape America into the nation it is today, and I take great pride in the achievements of our community. “As we reflect on these accomplishments, we must also r... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States
    Posted in Press Releases on February 1, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States: “President Trump has, not surprisingly, squandered his opportunity to nominate a mainstream jurist respected across the aisle. In nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump selected a fringe jurist with a history of issuing troubling decisions. In the past, he has sided with employers meddling in their female employees’ hea... Read more

  • Hastings and Rooney Introduce Resolution Encouraging Fair Hiring Practices
    Posted in Press Releases on February 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Workforce

    Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Tom Rooney (R-FL) on Tuesday introduced H.Res.77, a House Resolution encouraging the development of best business practices for fair hiring practices. The resolution encourages businesses to provide minorities with fair opportunities to participate at the highest levels. (Please find a copy of the Resolution attached.) “It is important that we continue working to ensure a level playing field for minorities and underrepresented groups in companies and ... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the Firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates
    Posted in Press Releases on January 31, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after President Donald Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates: “President Trump’s dismissal of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates is an alarming escalation of his administration’s vilification of dissent. The Attorney General owes his or her loyalty to the law, not the White House. President Trump appears to have a fundamental misunderstanding of what it means to honor our country’s dedication to the rule of law. “Wh... Read more