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Bilirakis Blog

July 12, 2014 Bilirakis Blog

As a second generation Greek American, I have a firsthand understanding of the importance and power of the American dream, as well as, the sensitivity and passion surrounding the issue of immigration reform. This matter becomes even more delicate when it involves children, who must always be dealt with in a thoughtful, compassionate and fair manner.

June 11, 2014 Bilirakis Blog

As a member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, I participate in hearings and briefings on a regular basis about all aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare. It seems that each week, Obamacare brings more bad news, from cancelled plans and rising health care costs to limiting options for doctors and medications.

May 16, 2014 Bilirakis Blog

Florida’s economy is rebounding. In the Tampa Bay area – defined as Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Hernando counties– the labor force has increased and the unemployment rate has decreased every year since 2009. The products of pro-growth policies at the state level have contributed to this growth.

April 17, 2014 Bilirakis Blog

April contains both the day by which most Americans must file their federal income taxes, as well as Tax Freedom Day – the point in the year when the average American has finally earned enough just to pay off his or her annual tax bill.  This time of the year reminds us that again and again, Washington has proven that it is unable and unwilling to act responsibly when it comes to the ste

January 15, 2014 Bilirakis Blog

Identity theft is a serious crime that affected 12.6 million people in 2012 with damages to the economy totaling more than $21 billion – not to mention the immeasurable damage to the victims’ credit ratings. Increasingly, criminals are stealing social security numbers from taxpayers and filing forged tax returns to get fraudulent refunds.

January 6, 2014 Bilirakis Blog

There have been reports that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is not required to notify consumers of data breaches under Obamacare.

December 19, 2013 Bilirakis Blog

As your Representative in Congress, I believe that I have a solemn duty to honor and serve those that protect and have protected our freedoms and liberties.  As Vice-Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I constantly find myself in awe of the sacrifices and efforts that have been made on behalf of our great country by the men and women who have worn the uniform of our Arm

December 3, 2013 Bilirakis Blog

Homeowners across the country are currently facing astronomical flood insurance rate increases as a result of reforms made to address the solvency and affordability of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which protects homeowners from flood losses.