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  • Hastings’ Statement on the House Passage of the Justice in Policing Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 26, 2020 | Preview rr

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings, an original cosponsor of H.R. 7120, the Justice in Policing Act, released the following statement after managing the rule for House consideration and voting for the measure, which passed the House of Representatives. H.R.7120 is bold, transformative legislation to reimagine the culture of policing in America with unprecedented reforms to curb police brutality, end racial profiling, eliminate qualified immunity for law enforcement and build greater trust between law... Read more

  • Hastings, Frankel, Deutch Urge Immediate Local Action on Police Reform
    Posted in Press Releases on June 26, 2020 | Preview rr

    Following House passage of H.R.7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) joined Representatives Lois Frankel (D-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) today in sending a letter to Palm Beach County commissioners and mayors calling on them to initiate policing reforms at the local level. H.R.7120 serves as a clear blueprint for governments at all levels to ensure police are held accountable in the justice system, improve transparency in policing through the collectio... Read more

  • Hastings Commemorates the 155th Anniversary of Juneteenth
    Posted in Press Releases on June 19, 2020 | Preview rr

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement in observance of Juneteenth, the 155th anniversary of the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States: “One hundred and fifty-five years ago today, Union Army General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and delivered the order notifying the last slaves that they had been freed. General Granger’s order begins, ‘The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a Proclamat... Read more

  • Hastings Introduces the Farm-to-Market Road Repair Act of 2020
    Posted in Press Releases on June 19, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation and Infrastructure

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after introducing the Farm-to-Market Road Repair Act, legislation that will expand eligibility for the Surface Transportation Block Grant program to include rural roads that serve to transport agriculture products from farms or ranches to the marketplace. (Please find attached a copy of the legislation). “American agricultural communities play a pivotal role in the economy within my district and across America. These farms and... Read more

  • Hastings, Frankel Lead Florida Democrats in Urging Governor DeSantis to Immediately Reestablish Communications with the Congressional Delegation
    Posted in Press Releases on June 18, 2020 | Preview rr

    (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Lois Frankel (D-FL) led Florida Democratic Members of Congress on a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis calling on him to reestablish open lines of communication as Florida reopens amid a pandemic and hurricane season. The letter urges a coordinated, state-wide effort for re-opening and widespread testing that will keep Floridians healthy and safe during a time of immense uncertainty. Joining Hastings and Frankel in signing the lette... Read more

  • Hastings Joins Palm Beach Congressional Delegation in Urging County to Require Masks in Essential Indoor Establishments to Stop COVID-19 Spread
    Posted in Press Releases on June 18, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, Representative Alcee L. Hastings joined Representatives Lois Frankel (D-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) in sending a letter to the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners urging them to follow national best practices to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by requiring masks to be worn in all essential indoor establishments. On Monday, Florida recorded nearly 2,800 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number of new and confirmed cases in a single day. In Palm Beach County yesterday, there were 3... Read more

  • Hastings Introduces the National Defense Net Zero Review Act of 2020
    Posted in Press Releases on June 11, 2020 | Preview rr

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement on the introduction of the National Defense Net Zero Review Act of 2020, legislation that will refocus the Defense Department’s (DoD’s) efforts to achieve net zero and establish the first integrated master plan for achieving net zero energy benchmarks (Please find a copy of the legislation attached). “The DoD consumes more energy than any other federal agency, spending nearly $12 billion on energy annually and using more than... Read more

  • 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

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