Many of my constituents, local businesses, and organizations are struggling in today’s economy. Although our state brings in many tourists and our local businesses continue working hard to help our communities thrive, our government is not encouraging and embracing growth as best it could.
Many local patients and families have discussed their health care struggles with me. Too many individuals, families, and businesses in our state are facing high premiums and deductible costs under the administration’s health care law.
Now more than ever before, we need to work together to ensure the safety, security and long term success of our nation. I am proud to join my colleagues in the House in an effort to prioritize the things that truly matter.
This summer has been filled with important legislative landmarks, major hearings and votes, meetings with constituents, events in Florida’s twelfth district and our nation’s Capitol, and personal family milestones. Here are some of the highlights from the month:
Florida has some of the most dangerous roads in the country. Many lives have been lost due to car accidents, and we all have horror stories trying to navigate the hazards of a daily commute. But, did you know, there have been more deaths related to drug abuse than car accidents in the U.S.?
Last week, I held my 10th Annual Veterans’ Fair to help support local Veterans and gather their ideas on issues important to them.
Women’s History Month allows us time to reflect on the many important women who have had a lasting impact on our past. This month also gives us the opportunity to celebrate the women making history today for tomorrow's generation of innovators, newsmakers, and community leaders.
Rare Disease Week gave us the opportunity to raise awareness and encourage research to find cures and treatments for rare diseases. Rare diseases are not so rare in our nation.
Some RARE facts:
Ashleigh Pike is an inspiration to many in our community and across the nation. Her story touches patients, families, advocates, and health care professionals alike.
Ashleigh is one of the main driving forces behind important legislation passed by the House last year, my OPEN Act.
This week, I met with several patients and more than 140 advocates, representing more than 10 organizations, during the annual Congenital Heart Legislative Conference. These leaders are working to improve and prolong the lives of those living with a congenital heart defect (CHD).