Florida Congressmen Essay

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Vote Spotter App Report: Palm Harbor, Florida



The "Vote Spotter" app provided the partisan affiliation and voting record on key legislation results for congressional members of the U.S. House and Senate for Palm Harbor, Florida shown in Tables 1 and 2 respectively below (the Vote Spotter app did not indicate that any of the Floridian congressmen sponsored or co-sponsored any legislation).



House of Representatives



Voting Record on Key Legislation



Gus Bilirakis



Republican



HB 5946 (exempts Olympic prizes from taxes)



HB 5931 (prohibits prisoner release payments to Iran)



HB 3438 (allows delay of expensive regulations)



HB 3590 (keep income tax deductions from medical expenses)



Yes: HB 5461 (requires report on Iranian officials' assets)



Table 2 -- U.S. Senate



Partisan Affiliation



Voting Record on Key Legislation



Bill Nelson



Democrat



Yes: SB 2040 (override the veto of legislation allowing terrorism lawsuits)



Yes: U.S. Senate Joint resolution (support sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia)



No: SB 3100 (removes federal funding from "sanctuary cities")



No: SB 2193 (increases penalties for illegal reentry into the country)



Marco Rubio



Republican



Yes: SB 2040 (override the veto of legislation allowing terrorism lawsuits)



Yes: Joint Resolution 39 (supporting the sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia)



Yes: SB 3100 (remove federal funding from sanctuary cities)



Yes: SB 2193 (increase penalties for illegal reentry into the country)



According to Rep.
Gus Bilirakis' Web site, the rationale in support of the congressman's support of HB 5931 and HB 5461 was based in large part to the growing threat represented by ISIS (What is the strategy for ISIS? 3). The congressman does not explain his rationale in support of other recent legislation (including the exemption of Olympic prizes from taxes, allowing delay of expensive regulations and keeping income tax deductions from medical expenses).



The State of Florida has one of the largest immigrant populations of any state and voters are worried about the impact of these foreigners on jobs and….....

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Works Cited


Bilirakis, Gus. "What is the strategy for ISIS?" (2016). U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis. Web.

Carsley, Nikki C. "When Old Becomes New: Reconciling the Commands of the Wilderness Act and the National Historic Preservation Act." Washington Law Review 88(2) (2013, June): 525-529. Print.

Krogstad, Jens M. "114 Congress is most diverse ever" (2016, Jan. 12). Pew Research Center. Web.

Mendoz, Sylvia. "Building False Crisis: The Role of the Media Covering Undocumented Immigrants." The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education 25(16) (2105, Jun. 15): 10-15.

"Sen. Bill Nelson's statement on president's decision to keep 8,400 troops in Afghanistan." (2016, Jul. 6). U.S. Senator Bill Nelson. Web.

"Stand Against ISIS." (2016). U.S. Senator Marco Rubio. Web.

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