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  • Hastings' Statement on the One Year Anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Judiciary Issues, Gun Control

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement marking the one year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting: "Republican Members of Congress have a bad habit of ignoring the devastation brought by gun violence. All too frequently, calls for action go on unanswered - if not entirely ignored - by my Republican colleagues, even as Americans are killed by firearms on a daily basis. "It has now been one year since the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub. Despite the public outc... Read more

  • Hastings' Statement on the Firing of FBI Director Comey
    Posted in Press Releases on May 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Judiciary Issues

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) issued the following statement on the firing of FBI Director James Comey: "The FBI Director's firing cries out for a Special Prosecutor. Up until the moment of his dismissal, Director Comey was actively investigating President Donald John Trumps’ connection to Russian interference in the 2016 election. The American people deserve to know why Director Comey was fired without reason and Donald Trump needs to explain himself immediately.” Congressman Alcee L. Ha... Read more

  • Hastings Calls for Anti-Trafficking Education in South Florida Public Schools
    Posted in Press Releases on May 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Judiciary Issues

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) sent the following letter to Dr. Robert Avossa, Superintendent of Palm Beach County Public Schools, and Robert Runcie, Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools, urging them to incorporate human trafficking education into the curriculums of the public schools systems. Joining Hastings in sending the letter were Representatives Ted Deutch, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Lois Frankel, and Frederica S. Wilson. (Please find below and attached a copy of the lette... Read more

  • Hastings Renews Calls for the Extradition of Ms. Daniela Torres to the United States
    Posted in Press Releases on April 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Judiciary Issues

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) sent the following letter to Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, renewing his request that the U.S. Department of State do all that it can to ensure the return of Ms. Daniela Torres to the United States, in order to face trial in the deaths of Ms. Deborah Peterson and Mr. Andrew Carr. (Please find attached and below a copy of the letter): April 13, 2017 The Honorable Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State United States Department of State 2201 C Street, ... Read more

  • Hastings Urges Governor Scott to Better Track Instances of Animal Cruelty
    Posted in Press Releases on April 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Animal Welfare and Wildlife Conservation, Judiciary Issues

    (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) led a letter to Governor Rick Scott urging him to adopt the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), which will better track instances of animal cruelty in Florida, including neglect, torture, organized abuse, and sexual abuse. The NIBRS is an alternative to the Summary Reporting System (SRS) currently used by Florida’s state law enforcement agencies. The NIBRS is superior to the SR... Read more

  • Hastings Calls for Resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions
    Posted in Press Releases on March 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Judiciary Issues

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) today called for the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, after it was revealed that he lied under oath during his Senate confirmation hearing about contact with Russian officials: “During his Senate confirmation hearing, Jeff Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he did not have communications with the Russian government during Mr. Trump’s campaign. We now know this statement, made under oath, was a lie. Attorney General Sessions must r... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on Fourth Wave of Bomb Threats Against American Jewish institutions
    Posted in Press Releases on February 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Judiciary Issues

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after a wave of bomb threats were phoned into Jewish Community Centers and Institutions this week: “For the fourth time in five weeks a wave of bomb threats has threatened Jewish Community Centers across the country. These threats of violence are deeply alarming, particularly against the backdrop of growing rates of anti-Semitic attacks and vandalism throughout the United States. “This wave of hate requires urgent action, and ... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States
    Posted in Press Releases on February 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Judiciary Issues

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States: “President Trump has, not surprisingly, squandered his opportunity to nominate a mainstream jurist respected across the aisle. In nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump selected a fringe jurist with a history of issuing troubling decisions. In the past, he has sided with employers meddling in their female employees’ hea... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the Firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates
    Posted in Press Releases on January 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Judiciary Issues

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after President Donald Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates: “President Trump’s dismissal of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates is an alarming escalation of his administration’s vilification of dissent. The Attorney General owes his or her loyalty to the law, not the White House. President Trump appears to have a fundamental misunderstanding of what it means to honor our country’s dedication to the rule of law. “Wh... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on Trump Rejection of CIA Assessment
    Posted in Press Releases on December 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Election Reform, Homeland Security, Judiciary Issues, Intelligence Gathering

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement in response to President-Elect Trump’s rejection of the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) assessment that Russia interfered with the U.S. election: “Last weeks’ CIA assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 Presidential Election is extremely alarming. Equally alarming is President-Elect Trump’s rejection of these findings and continuous denigration of the American intelligence community. Whether it is due to naive... Read more