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  • Hastings’ Statement on the Passing of Former Florida Senate President Gwen Margolis
    Posted in Press Releases on June 11, 2020 | Preview rr

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement on the passing of former Florida Senate President Gwen Margolis: “Words cannot express how deeply sorry I was to hear of Gwen’s passing. Gwen’s reputation for honesty, kindness and generosity made her the loving mother, great friend, and highly respected public official that she was. She was an excellent role model for everyone in our community, and was especially inspiring to those considering public service. “Gwen compiled a... Read more

  • Hastings, Buchanan Urge President Trump to Call on China to Ban Live Animal Markets Ahead of the 2020 Yulin Dog Meat Festival
    Posted in Press Releases on June 10, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Animal Welfare and Wildlife Conservation

    Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL) wrote to President Donald Trump urging him once again to call on China to ban live animal markets on anti-cruelty and global health grounds. This letter follows the letter they sent on April 18, 2020. In addition to highlighting the cruelty and torture exemplified by the live animal markets in the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which is set to begin again on June 21, 2020, their letter also draws attention to the risk of zoonotic diseas... Read more

  • Hastings Calls on China’s Leadership to Ban Live Animal Markets Ahead of the 2020 Yulin Dog Meat Festival
    Posted in Press Releases on June 10, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Animal Welfare and Wildlife Conservation

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) sent the following letters to President Xi Jinping and Chairman of the People’s National Congress Standing Committee Li Zhanshu, urging them to permanently ban live animal markets, including the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which is set to begin on June 21, 2020. The letter also expressed support for recent steps taken in China to exclude dogs from being considered livestock and shut down wildlife markets, such as the one that was linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the Introduction of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020
    Posted in Press Releases on June 9, 2020 | Preview rr

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings released the following statement after he joined Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair Karen Bass (D-CA), Senators Corey Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), and House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) as an original cosponsor of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, the first-ever bold, comprehensive approach to hold police accountable, change the culture of law enforcement and build trust between law enforcement and our communities: “It is unacce... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the 2020 Hurricane Season
    Posted in Press Releases on June 1, 2020 | Preview rr

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement on the upcoming 2020 hurricane season, which begins today, June 1st, and ends November 30th, 2020: “Forecasters predict an above-normal hurricane season this year, with six to ten hurricanes and up to six of those becoming major hurricanes. Fortunately, Broward and Palm Beach Counties were largely spared from the majority of the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian and other major storms last year. However, it remains absolutely... Read more

  • Hastings Sends Open Letter Congratulating Graduating Seniors in Broward and Palm Beach Counties
    Posted in Press Releases on May 28, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings released the following open letter to congratulate high school seniors in the Graduating Class of 2020 in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. (Please find the letter below and attached): May 28, 2020 Dear Class of 2020: To all of the seniors in the Graduating Class of 2020 in Broward and Palm Beach counties, I write with a deep sense of pride in your academic achievements and to extend a warm congratulations on your graduation. As schools shut down and classes moved on... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement in Observance of Memorial Day
    Posted in Press Releases on May 24, 2020 | Preview rr

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement in observance of Memorial Day: “As our nation continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the way we all observe Memorial Day 2020 will no doubt be different this year—but it remains our solemn duty to honor our fallen heroes, those service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. We are forever indebted to their bravery and courage, and that of their families. “In recognizing the service of so many, we must... Read more

  • Hastings, Davis Call for Emergency Assistance for Beekeepers and Honey Producers to Ensure a Strong Food Supply Chain
    Posted in Press Releases on May 22, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Pollinator Caucus, led a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting he include beekeepers and honey producers as eligible for financial relief under the USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). CFAP is funded by the coronavirus relief aid packages passed by Congress, including the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) a... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the House Passage of The Heroes Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 15, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after the House voted to pass The Heroes Act, the fourth coronavirus emergency response package which provides urgent relief to protect the lives and livelihoods of the American people: “Today, I was proud to cast my ballot in support of The Heroes Act. As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, our communities in Florida and across the nation are being devastated. Over 80,000 Americans are dead. More than a million are or have... Read more

  • Hastings Joins Clyburn, Harris, Fudge in Introducing the VoteSafe Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 13, 2020 | Preview rr

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after joining House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-SC), Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), and Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH) as an original cosponsor of the VoteSafe Act, legislation to expand voting options and improve the safety and accessibility of polling places across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. “As the COVID-19 pandemic changes so many aspects of our lives, it is vital that we not allow it to limit ou... Read more

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