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.
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.
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)
On April 27, Gus held his annual Career Fair, where more than 60 employers met with more than 400 job-seekers.
On April 26, Gus visited a Tampa-area gas station to hold an impromptu townhall with customers about the impact of rising gas prices. He visited with dozens of people to hear their concerns, and even pumped some gas. Watch some of the footage from his visit below:
Washington, DC (April 11, 2011) ? Last month, Gus visited the Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Gus has long been a proponent of the SFAC, and has advocated for its expansion nationwide.