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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Bilirakis Blog

June 23, 2011 Bilirakis Blog

Terrorists have made it clear of their desire to use Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) against the U.S. According to terrorism experts, there is a strong likelihood of a WMD attack. The U.S. must be prepared for this grim possibility.

June 23, 2011 Bilirakis Blog

A recent report from the Associated Press uncovers yet another flaw in the health care law, a flaw that would let several million middle-class people become eligible for Medicaid.

June 13, 2011 Bilirakis Blog

Last Friday, June 10, Gus held a Congressional hearing in Clearwater, FL, to discuss emergency preparedness issues. As Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications, Bilirakis is responsible for ensuring that federal, state and local agencies are prepared for potential disasters.

May 31, 2011 Bilirakis Blog

To help improve student visa security and close a loophole that has allowed terrorists into the U.S., Gus in March introduced a bill to strengthen the student visa program. Read more about his legislation, and the support he has received from the Texas Congressional delegation, in a May 28 article from the Houston Chronicle:

May 24, 2011 Bilirakis Blog

After learning of abuses by groups charging veterans money to file claims for benefits they may never receive, Gus introduced HR 1826, bipartisan legislation that would make it a misdemeanor to illegally charge veterans for filing a disability claim.

May 24, 2011 Bilirakis Blog

In honor of National Small Business Week (May 16-20), Gus met with several Tampa-area business owners to hear from them how the federal government affects their bottom line and to discuss how to best help small business in the Tampa area.

May 6, 2011 Bilirakis Blog

Earlier this week, Gus signed on as an original co-sponsor to the Secure Visas Act, a bill introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) that will enhance the way we protect our nation and secure our borders.

May 6, 2011 Bilirakis Blog

As part of its coverage on the death of Osama bin Laden, the Washington Post has compiled an in-depth project about bin Laden and the events leading up to his death.

In an opening video describing the hunt for bin Laden, Gus is shown questioning General Stanley McChrystal during a 2009 hearing (begins at the 3:10 mark)

May 3, 2011 Bilirakis Blog

On April 27, Gus held his annual Career Fair, where more than 60 employers met with more than 400 job-seekers.