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  • Hastings Urges DOJ to Support FL Dept. of Law Enforcement’s Efforts to Update the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) with Disqualifying Mental Health Records
    Posted in Press Releases on May 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Control

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings sent the following letter to the U.S. Department of Justice requesting funds for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s (FDLE) Mental Competency (MECOM) Database. These funds would be used to update the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Indices with disqualifying mental health records. May 16, 2018 Alan Hanson Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Office of Justice Programs United States Department of Justice 810 Seventh Street NW W... Read more

  • Hastings, Deutch, and Wasserman Schultz Condemn NRA President’s Comments About Stoneman Douglas Students
    Posted in Press Releases on May 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Control

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) released the following statement in reaction to the newly elected National Rifle Association (NRA) President Oliver North calling student gun reform activists “civil terrorists”: “Oliver North’s comparing gun reform activists to civil terrorists is as outrageous as it is shameful,” said Congressman Hastings. “I’ve got news for Mr. North: the Stoneman Douglas High School students... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the Opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem
    Posted in Press Releases on May 14, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement marking the formal opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem: “In 1995, I voted in favor of the Jerusalem Embassy Act, recognizing Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel and committing the United States to relocating its embassy to the city. Jerusalem is, and always will be, the eternal capital of the Jewish people. “While I am pleased to see this commitment come to fruition, I remain concerned about its impact on the securit... Read more

  • Hastings Commends Broward Resident Roger DeHart on 1,000 Mile Walk from Ft. Lauderdale to D.C. to Raise Awareness About Human Trafficking
    Posted in Press Releases on May 9, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement commending Mr. Roger DeHart, who is currently walking more than 1,000 miles from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Washington D.C., in order to raise awareness about human trafficking: “I am so truly honored to recognize Mr. Roger DeHart, a devoted public servant who is currently walking from Fort Lauderdale to Washington, in order to raise awareness about human trafficking. Roger is a Deputy Officer at the Broward County Courthouse. He... Read more

  • Hastings and Florida Democrats Send Letter Opposing Florida’s Firearm Preemption Law
    Posted in Press Releases on May 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Control

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) sent the following letter to Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Florida Senate President Joe Negron, advising them to prioritize the repeal of the firearm preemption law that limits the ability of localities to implement sensible gun control measures. Joining Hastings’ as co-signers of the letter include: Senator Bill Nelson, Reps. Val Demings, Charlie Crist, Lois Frankel, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Stephanie Murphy, Al Lawson, Darren Soto, Kath... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on President Trump’s Withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on May 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs - The Middle East

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after President Donald John Trump announced the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran Nuclear Agreement: “I am deeply concerned that President Trump’s decision to remove the United States from the Iran Nuclear Agreement was made to fulfil a campaign pledge, rather than in the interest of global security. Although I opposed the agreement, in part because of its provisions protecting Iran’s capacity for manufacturing adv... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the National School Walkout
    Posted in Press Releases on April 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Control

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement in support of the National School Walkout, commemorating the 19th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School: “I am extremely proud of the students across our nation, who are taking part in the National School Walkout Day. The passion and energy of these students in the days since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is inspiring, and I will continue to work with them and any other person committ... Read more

  • Hastings Celebrates Israel’s 70th Independence Day
    Posted in Press Releases on April 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs - The Middle East

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement marking Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day: “I am proud to congratulate the State of Israel as it celebrates its 70th Independence Day. The U.S.-Israel relationship is paramount, and we must never take for granted the close ties between us. “Israel’s story is truly remarkable. I have been privileged to visit Israel as a Member of Congress 18 times, and each time I go I am inspired by what I see. Despite constant challenges ... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria
    Posted in Press Releases on April 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Foreign Affairs - The Middle East

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after President Trump ordered military strikes against the Syrian regime, in response to the brutal chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma: “Last week’s chemical weapon attack in Douma, like the one carried out in April 2017 against the town of Khan Shaykhun, is an outrageous war crime perpetrated by the Assad regime. The use of chemical weapons requires a swift, strong, and deliberate international response. “The Presi... Read more

  • Hastings Marks Holocaust Remembrance Day
    Posted in Press Releases on April 12, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement marking Yom HaShoah, Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day: “I join with my friends in the Jewish community in observance of Yom HaShoah. Today, we memorialize the millions of Jews murdered during the Holocaust and recognize the brave few who aided those fleeing persecution. “Few nations acted as the systematic persecution of Jews spread across Europe. Many, including the United States, turned away Jewish refugees. As we face ... Read more

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