• Agriculture

    Florida's agriculture industry is one of the largest industries in the state, accounting for more than $7.70 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. I believe that it is essential for us to protect animals that cannot protect themselves. I have proudly offered my support t...

  • Criminal Justice Reform

    I have been at the forefront of many of the most important judiciary issues facing our country and have fought diligently against efforts to erode our citizens' civil liberties. I support effective crime prevention measures that will keep our familie...

  • 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 and Environment

    Environment Issues 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 ...

  • Foreign Affairs

    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...

  • Foreign Affairs - Africa

    Increasing America’s engagement with Africa has been a top priority of mine since taking office. I have consistently focused on Africa's most pressing challenges, including responding to epidemics of HIV/AIDS and Ebola and supporting refugees and int...

  • Foreign Affairs - Asia

    The relationship between the United States and Asia is of considerable importance to me. In recent years, economic interdependence between the United States and Asian nations has increased greatly. More than one third of America’s global trade is con...

  • Foreign Affairs - Europe

    The United States and Europe share a long history of political friendship, economic cooperation, and military alliance. Today, our future is more intertwined than ever before. I have no doubt that the United States will continue to play a vital role ...

  • Foreign Affairs - The Middle East

    The Middle East is a dynamic region that poses many opportunities and challenges in American foreign policy. While serving as the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) – the only Am...

  • Foreign Affairs - The Western Hemisphere

    Over the years, the United States has failed to pay sufficient attention to Latin America, the Caribbean, and South America. There is great potential for increasing American engagement in these regions as they continue to struggle with poverty, econo...

  • 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

    When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in March 2010, our country took a giant step forward in making healthcare more affordable and accessible for all, especially middle class and working poor families, individuals with disabilities ...

  • 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

    Throughout our history millions of people have sought to come to the United States to either escape lives lived at the margins of their countries of origin or to simply realize a better life for themselves and their families. Their hard work, ingenui...

  • Jobs and the Workforce

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

  • LGBTQ Equality

    I am committed to ensuring equality for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. As a lawyer, judge, and Member of Congress, I have spent my entire life fighting for equal rights for all Americans and am...

  • National Security

    National Security The United States is blessed with the best-trained, 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, perseveran...

  • Social Security, Medicare, and Entitlement Reform

    Since first being elected to Congress, I have received thousands of letters, emails, and phone calls from my constituents concerned by proposals to privatize or cut entitlements. I believe that programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security...

  • Taxes and Financial Services

    The federal budget, and the tax revenue that goes to fund that budget, must provide funding that ensures a strong national defense, a robust infrastructure, and investments in energy efficiency, environmental conservation, small business development,...

  • Transportation and Infrastructure

    All across America, our infrastructure is in 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), hundreds of thousands of water ...

  • Veterans

    I am privileged to represent a diverse group of South Florida veterans, including veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other engagements in the Middle East. Many American veterans have voluntarily served our country in times of wa...

  • Women's Issues

    As a dedicated advocate for women’s rights, I have long championed policies that would level the playing field for women in America. From the struggle for suffrage to efforts to close the wage gap, women have consistently had to fight for equality. I...

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