Washington, DC (July 13, 2011) – Since being elected to Congress, Gus has made it one of his top priorities to be a voice for all religious minorities wherever they may be persecuted and to continuously work in a bipartisan manner with his colleagues to condemn violations of religious freedom throughout the world.
Many of the nation's veterans are struggling under oppressive debt, poor credit, and rising unemployment. In fact nearly 1 million veterans are unemployed right now, and nearly one-third of those out of work are Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. For America's heroes, this is not acceptable. These soldiers have upheld their promise to America, now it's time for America to help them.
On Thursday, Gus sat down for a live radio interview on WTBN's "Drive Time with Bill Bunkley" show. Gus discussed the ongoing debt limit negotiations, the need to create jobs, two of his veterans-related bills, and the upcoming veterans and military resource fair.
On Monday, Gus was featured on 970 WFLA in Tampa, where he discussed the House's plan to vote on a balanced budget amendment.
"We have to change our ways and I think this is a good start," Gus said of the proposal. He also discussed the debt ceiling and the need for substantial spending cuts as a way to help improve the nation's fiscal situation and create jobs.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.