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  • Africa

    Africa has been a top priority of mine since I proudly took office in 1993. I have taken an active interest in issues ranging from South Africa's post-apartheid development to the crises in Liberia and Sudan. I have consistently focused on the most p...

  • Agriculture

    Florida's agriculture industry is one of the largest industries in the state, accounting for more than $7.98 billion in revenue. Florida farmers produce more than 250 crops annually and lead the nation in the production of many different types of agr...

  • Animal Welfare and Wildlife Conservation

    Throughout my career in the House of Representatives, I have consistently advocated for policies that promote animal welfare and species conservation. I believe that it is essential for us to protect those animals that cannot protect themselves. As y...

  • Asia

    The relationship between the United States and Asia is of considerable importance to me. Therefore, I have attempted to ensure that American foreign policy further reaches out to the Asian region with the message that the U.S. is committed to social ...

  • Breast Cancer

    Every three minutes, one woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. In Florida alone, an estimated 11,850 new cases of breast cancer in women will be diagnosed and 2,760 of these women will die from this disease. These startling statistics are just two o...

  • Budget and Tax Policy

    The federal budget reflects the values, priorities, and agenda of our nation, and as such ought to reflect a national vision of where our country is headed. The budget must provide the necessary level of funding to ensure a strong national defense, a...

  • Criminal Justice

    I am avid supporter of valuable crime prevention procedures to keep our communities safe. However, individuals accused or guilty of criminal actions should be treated with justice and fairness. I work actively to develop and support legislation that ...

  • Defense

    The United States is blessed with the best-trained, best-equipped, and strongest fighting force in the world. I hold in the highest esteem the men and women who voluntarily serve in our Armed Forces. They exemplify dedication, perseverance, hard work...

  • Economy and Finance

    Budget and Tax Policy Financial Services and the Economy Jobs and the Workforce

  • Education

    Our nation is rooted in the belief that all Americans deserve an equal opportunity to achieve the American dream. In today's world, a quality education is crucial to the realization of that dream. We are blessed to live in a country that promises eve...

  • Election Reform

    The 2000 election brought to light a myriad of problems that exist in our country's election system. After more than a year and half of intensive debate, Congress responded with the passage of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) in 2002, legislation whi...

  • Energy

    A 21st century energy policy is critical to a strong America. To make that plan a reality, we must end our dependence on fossil fuels. As a member of the House Caucus on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, I will support legislation that reduces ...

  • Environment

    I am committed to fighting for cleaner air and water, the preservation of our natural resources and environmental policies that provide for the fair and equal treatment of people of all races and socio-economic classes. There are no second chances to...

  • Environment and Conservation

    Animal Welfare and Wildlife Conservation Environment

  • FAFF - Europe

    Europe remains one of America's closest allies. We share with Europe a long history of political friendship, economic cooperation, and military alliance. In fact, this strong relationship continues to grow as America and Europe face common challenges...

  • FAFF - Iran

    I am committed to leading the fight to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons by Iran. I stand with President Obama in the conviction that Iran's possession of nuclear weapons is unacceptable and I stand behind his determination to seek a diplo...

  • FAFF - Iraq

    In the fall of 2002, when Congress debated a resolution on the use of U.S. Armed Forces against Iraq, I offered an alternative war resolution - one with some definitive conditions. My resolution required the President to provide Congress with a compr...

  • FAFF - Support Israel

    For more than half a century, the United States and Israel have shared the common bonds of democracy, economic vitality, and cultural affinity. These ties remain as strong today as when President Harry Truman first recognized the creation of a Jewish...

  • FAFF - The Middle East

    I have long believed that the future of the Middle East depends on reason, understanding, and a mutual agreement to coexist. Throughout my life, I have sought to build bridges between American communities most affected by the conflict, encouraging di...

  • FAFF - The Western Hemisphere

    Over the years, we have failed to pay sufficient attention to Latin America and the Caribbean. As a result, these regions, once so promising, have now become troubled to the point where democracy itself is being challenged, and their once developing ...

  • Financial Services and the Economy

    Our economy continues to struggle to recover from the devastating effects of the financial crisis. As we continue on the path toward recovery, Congress has taken bold steps to reform our nation's financial regulations, crack down on predatory lending...

  • Gun Control

    While I do not believe gun control is the central component to the nation's crime problem, I do believe it is a critical element. Stricter punishments, tougher sentencing, and crime prevention, coupled with gun control, are the keys to this national ...

  • Health Care

    The need for continued health care reform hits close to home. Florida ranks second in the rate of uninsured in the Nation. According to the U.S. Census data a total of roughly 3.8 million people, which equates to one quarter of the state’s population...

  • Health Care - The Affordable Care Act

    I have long advocated for ensuring that all Americans have access to health care. That is why I have strongly supported the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA set forth measures that will provide access to affordable, quality health care for millions...

  • HIV/AIDS

    Three decades after it was first reported nationally, HIV/AIDS has proven to be one of the most serious global health concerns in modern history, infecting and affecting people across the lines of race, class, religion, and sexual orientation. In the...

  • Homeland Security

    The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 changed the face of our nation forever. No longer do we take for granted the security of our borders or the federal, state, and local efforts necessary for public safety. At the same time, we must also reco...

  • Housing

    Poorly regulated subprime mortgage lending and the economic downturn have pushed the housing market into its worst slump in 16 years. Home foreclosures are at an all-time high, with South Florida being one of the hardest hit regions in the country. M...

  • Human Rights and Refugees

    The United States has the moral obligation to work with the international community to aid vulnerable populations and defend human rights wherever they are threatened. For many, threats to basic human rights remain a constant presence in daily life. ...

  • Immigration Policy

    It is a well-established fact that throughout American history millions of people have sought to come to the United States to escape untenable situations and to strive for a better existence. We are a nation of immigrants founded upon the very princi...

  • Intelligence Gathering

    As a former member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), I have, and will continue to, keep an eye on the formulation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) intelligence gathering policy. I have seen the dramatic expa...

  • International Relations

    As the Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission and a former member of the House International Relations Committee, I am very involved in foreign affairs. The diversity of South Florida, with citizenry of people originally from Haiti...

  • Jobs and the Workforce

    Our nation’s economy continues to improve after the 2009 recession, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Yet, despite significant gains, millions of Americans remain unemployed, unsure about the future, and wondering how to make ends...

  • Judiciary Issues

    As a lawyer and former judge, I have been at the forefront of many of the most important judiciary issues facing the country. I have fought efforts to abuse the impeachment process, erode our citizens' civil liberties, unconstitutionally restrict a w...

  • LGBTQ Equality

    This nation can only truly prosper when all of its citizens are guaranteed equal rights and equal protection under the law and in every State. I am committed to ensuring equality for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, o...

  • Racial Profiling

    Ending racial profiling in our law enforcement practices is another one of my priorities. Racial profiling is the practice of targeting individuals for police or security detention based on their race or ethnicity in the belief that certain minority ...

  • Social Security

    For over 75 years, Social Security has provided financial security to the millions of Americans who have worked hard their entire lives to make this country great. It is a promise to the American people that, after a lifetime of hard work and paying ...

  • Transportation and Infrastructure

    All across America, our infrastructure is in growing need of repair and greater investment. Roads are cracking, bridges are crumbling, and dams and levees are aging. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), an estimated 240,000 wa...

  • Veterans

    With U.S. operations in Iraq over, Afghanistan operations winding down, and the military reducing its total number of soldiers, the need for veterans services across our nation will continue to grow. Many young veterans are finding that America's sys...

  • Women's Issues

    A Woman’s Right to Choose I have been committed to protecting the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade by maintaining a 100 percent pro-choice voting record. I believe that the decision to have an abortion is between a woman and her doctor, not th...