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  • Hastings’ Statement on President Donald John Trump’s Budget Proposal
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget and Tax Policy

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement on President Donald John Trump’s Budget proposal: “President Trump’s budget blueprint sounds more like a bad joke than a proposal for sound policy. His budget sticks it to families across the country, gutting education, research, healthcare, environmental protections, and job security in order to pay for over-the-top partisan pet-projects. “Trump’s $1.5 billion request for construction of the border wall with Mexico is laughab... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the Continuing Resolution
    Posted in Press Releases on September 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget and Tax Policy

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings released the following statement on the Republican Continuing Resolution to fund the government through December 11, 2015: “Congress has become far too comfortable with the idea of waiting until the last moment to pass critical legislation, whether it is funding the government or raising the debt ceiling. Too often, we are bogged down by partisan issues that are only brought up to appease the extreme political agenda of a few in Congress. The debates of the last few... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on House Republicans Holding DHS Funding Hostage Over Immigration Policies
    Posted in Press Releases on February 10, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget and Tax Policy, Homeland Security

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement on House Republicans continued efforts to play a dangerous game with America’s national security: “At this crucial time, when the world is unified in trying to combat ISIS, House Republicans are choosing to gamble with the safety of all Americans by holding our national security hostage as they pursue their draconian political agenda. “While the international community is at a critical juncture due to the proliferation of ‘lone wo... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the Congressional Black Caucus Budget
    Posted in Press Releases on April 9, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget and Tax Policy

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement in support of the Congressional Black Caucus Budget proposal: “On January 8, 1964, President Johnson came before the nation to deliver his State of the Union address and declared a war on poverty. It has been 60 years since President Johnson gave us that charge, but we have yet to achieve a country free from the burdens of poverty. As President Johnson said all those years ago, ‘It will not be a short or easy struggle, no single w... Read more

  • Hastings on End of Government Shutdown
    Posted in Press Releases on October 16, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget and Tax Policy

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling through February 7, 2013: “I join with many of my colleagues and millions of Americans in welcoming the end of this pointless government shutdown and increase in our nation’s debt ceiling to avoid a devastating default. “For more than two weeks, House Republicans held our country hostage over the Affordable Care Act – more accurately... Read more

  • Hastings Urges House Republicans to Avoid Default and Raise the Debt Limit
    Posted in Press Releases on October 14, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget and Tax Policy

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement strongly urging House Republicans to allow a clean vote to raise the debt ceiling and avoid default: “With just days left before default, it is time for Republicans to get serious and stop playing games with the livelihoods of American families. It’s bad enough that Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor won’t allow a vote to re-open the federal government, but now Republicans are holding the full faith and credit o... Read more

  • Hastings Statement in Support of Fishing Guides in Everglades National Park
    Posted in Press Releases on October 11, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget and Tax Policy, Jobs and the Workforce

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Co-Chairman of the Congressional Everglades Caucus, made the following statement in support of the fishing guides in South Florida, whose livelihoods depend on tourism in Florida’s Everglades National Park: “As a result of the government shutdown, middle class and working poor Americans all across this country are suffering, including fishing guides whose livelihood depends on tourism in Florida’s Everglades National Park. “On October 9, 2013, nine da... Read more

  • Hastings' Remarks on the Republicans’ New "Super Committee"
    Posted in Press Releases on October 9, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget and Tax Policy

    (Washington, D.C.) Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) spoke on the House floor on Tuesday night in opposition to H.R. 3273, establishing a bicameral working group on deficit reduction and economic growth. The legislation would create a new so-called working group, similar to the 2011 "super committee" that resulted in the disastrous sequester. Please see the full transcript below. “I thank the gentleman, my good friend from Texas, who yielded the time. “I rise today obviously in strong opposit... Read more

  • Hastings' Rules Committee Statement on the new "Super Committee"
    Posted in Press Releases on October 9, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget and Tax Policy

    (Washington, D.C.) Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following remarks at a meeting of the House Committee on Rules on Monday, October 07, 2013, regarding H.R. 3273, which creates a bicameral working group on deficit reduction. The legislation creates a new so-called working group, similar to the 2011 "super committee" that resulted in the disastrous sequester. Please see below the clip of Hastings’ statement: Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules C... Read more

  • Hastings Statement on President Obama's FY 2014 Budget Proposal
    Posted in Press Releases on April 10, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget and Tax Policy

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-Miramar) made the following statement on President Obama’s FY 2014 budget proposal: “The President’s budget demonstrates that we can continue to reduce the national debt, while simultaneously making smart investments in our nation’s future. I welcome proposals to increase funding for badly needed infrastructure improvement, job training and education programs. However, in an effort to appease Republicans, this budget makes reckless concessions that will hu... Read more