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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

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December 16, 2011 Bilirakis Blog

Gus encouraged the Senate and President Obama to act on the Keystone Pipeline project, which will create tens of thousands of American jobs and reduce America's dependency on oil from overseas.

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December 14, 2011 Bilirakis Blog

Last week, Gus joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in submitting a letter to the House Ways & Means Committee, which crafts the nation's tax policy, encouraging the committee to include the extension of the state and local sales tax deduction when Congress considers a larger tax extension package early next year.

October 25, 2011 Bilirakis Blog

On Monday, Gus toured the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Joseph's Women's Hospital in Tampa, which is undergoing an expansion to accommodate the growing need of women's and infant's care in the Tampa Bay area. Sadly, many of the infants at the NICU are born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), meaning they were born to a woman addicted to drugs.

October 14, 2011 Bilirakis Blog

On Friday, Oct. 14, Gus attended a House Homeland Security Committee hearing titled "A Call to Action: Narco-Terrorism's Threat to the Southern U.S. Border" and questioned witnesses about drug cartels and violence along the border.

Gus asked the following questions:

October 13, 2011 Bilirakis Blog

As Vice Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, Gus has been an advocate for veterans services. So when he found out that some people were taking advantage of veterans by charging them for filing claims with the VA, he took action. This week, the House passed a bill containing language that will reinstate criminal penalties on those who charge veterans unauthorized fees.

September 13, 2011 Bilirakis Blog

Gus spoke today at a FEMA conference called "Getting Real II: Inclusive Emergency Management for the Whole Community" about the need for communities to improve the way they prepare for, respond to, recover from and mitigate the impact of disasters.

September 13, 2011 Bilirakis Blog

The House Homeland Security Committee held a hearing on Tuesday titled "Ten Years after 9/11: Can Terrorists Still Exploit our Visa System?", and Gus was invited to discuss the need to strengthen the student visa screening process (

September 7, 2011 Bilirakis Blog

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Published September 7, 2011

NEW TAMPA -- U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis returns this week to Capitol Hill with a clear message from area constituents. Stop the bickering and start finding ways to create jobs.

September 6, 2011 Bilirakis Blog

On Sunday, Gus joined the Frank Wuco show on 970 WFLA to discuss pertinent national security and emergency preparedness issues.

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