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  • Hastings’ Statement Commemorating Veterans Day
    Posted in Press Releases on November 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day: “As we mark this Veterans Day, let us pause to reflect on the service, sacrifice and dedication that our veterans exemplify in their immense contributions to our nation. “Today and everyday, it is important to not only salute our veterans, but also honor the promises we made to them when they entered service. Our veterans deserve timely access to the highest quality of healthcare possible. One of se... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the Passing of W. George Allen
    Posted in Press Releases on November 8, 2019 | Preview rr

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement on the passing of W. George Allen, a champion of the civil rights movement in South Florida: “It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of my friend and law partner, W. George Allen. We have lost a brilliant lawyer, a civil rights champion, and an awe-inspiring man who was a true pillar of our community. “After growing up in a segregated community not far from where I grew up in Seminole County, Florida, George se... Read more

  • Hastings, Buchanan, and Merkley Introduce Bipartisan Concurrent Resolutions Urging an End to the Worldwide Dog and Cat Meat Trade
    Posted in Press Releases on November 5, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Animal Welfare and Wildlife Conservation

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL) introduced H.Con.Res.71, a bipartisan concurrent resolution calling on all nations to end their dog and cat meat trade and to enforce existing laws against the trade. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced a companion resolution in the Senate. (Please find attached a copy of H.Con.Res.71): “I am proud to have introduced this crucial bipartisan concurrent resolution with Congressman Buchanan along with Senator Merkley, whic... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the Death of ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
    Posted in Press Releases on October 28, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings made the following statement on the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: “I commend our outstanding military service-members and the intelligence community on their success in working with our regional allies to complete this operation with bravery and professionalism. “While the death of al-Baghdadi represents a blow to ISIS, there is no doubt that ISIS is still a threat. President Trump’s recent decisions, including abandoning our allies and green-lighting T... Read more

  • Hastings Blasts Trump’s Lifting of Sanctions on Turkey
    Posted in Press Releases on October 23, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs - The Middle East

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings made the following statement on President Donald J. Trump’s decision to lift sanctions on Turkey: “President Trump made a disastrous decision in Northern Syria that shredded America’s credibility and directly led to the displacement of more than 176,000 people. It is both outrageous and reprehensible that he is now rewarding Turkey’s incursion against our Kurdish allies by easing sanctions and giving the Turkish government everything it wants. The President’s reckle... Read more

  • Hastings Sends Letter Urging HUD Secretary Carson to Reverse Course on HUD’s Proposed Rule to Eliminate the Disparate Impact Standard
    Posted in Press Releases on October 22, 2019 | Preview rr

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) sent the following comment letter to the Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Ben Carson, expressing strong opposition to HUD’s proposed rule to eliminate the existing disparate impact standard. The disparate impact rule has been a critical check against illegal discrimination in the housing market and vital to ensuring that the Fair Housing Act is in full force. (Please find below and attached a copy of the letter... Read more

  • Hastings Leads Letter Urging CMS to Ensure Full Post-Mastectomy Medicare & Medicaid Coverage for Breast Cancer Patients
    Posted in Press Releases on October 19, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Representative Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) along with Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN) led the following letter to Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), urging that CMS work with states and update its own National Coverage Determination (NCD) to more closely align Medicare and Medicaid coverage guidelines with the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (WHCRA) to ensure full coverage of post-mastectomy bre... Read more

  • Tunisia Caucus Co-Chairs Hastings and Schweikert Applaud the Democratic Election of President Saied of Tunisia
    Posted in Press Releases on October 18, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs - Africa

    Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and David Schweikert (R-AZ), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Tunisia Caucus, sent the following letter to newly-elected President Kais Saied of Tunisia to congratulate him on becoming the country’s second democratically elected president since the Jasmin Revolution. Furthermore, the letter applauds President Saied’s announcement to prioritize respect for the constitution, the rule of law, and the equal application of the law to all Tunisians. (Please find ... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the Passing of Congressman Elijah Cummings
    Posted in Press Releases on October 17, 2019 | Preview rr

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement on the passing of Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and Representative of Maryland’s 7th Congressional district: “It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of my dear friend and colleague, Congressman Elijah Cummings. Elijah was a giant among humans and one of the most decent people I have known. Gone too soon, he was a principled leader and a man of conviction... Read more

  • Hastings Urges Immediate Action by USDA Secretary Perdue to Ensure Safe and Sanitary Housing at the Okeechobee/Osceola Centers
    Posted in Press Releases on October 16, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) sent the following letter to the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Sonny Perdue III, expressing deep concern with the ongoing unlivable and unlawful housing conditions present in the Okeechobee/Osceola Centers. Furthermore, the letter urges immediate action from the USDA to ensure safe and sanitary housing for the residents in compliance with local, state and federal laws. These properties are privately owned by the Belle Glade ... Read more

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