As Chairman of the Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications Subcommittee, Gus strives to work with officials at the federal, state, local and private level to prepare the nation for disasters and emergencies.
This past week, Gus joined the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus, and is currently the sole Florida representative in the caucus.
With more than 300,000 manufacturing jobs across the state of Florida, Gus understands the important role manufacturing will play when it comes to improving the local and national economy.
In a surprise ceremony on Wednesday, Gus presented Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee with a Congressional commendation for providing honor escorts to soldiers who have been killed in action.
The proclamation, which is entered into the Congressional Record, is below.
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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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.
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.
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:
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.
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.