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Bilirakis Blog

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.

October 11, 2013 Bilirakis Blog

Next week, we'll be holding a Health and Wellness Fair to help residents in Florida's 12th Congressional District navigate the changes to Medicaid and understand the options they have through Medicare. Organizations will also be onsite, providing information about the health and wellness services available in our district. We hope you can make it!


September 30, 2013 Bilirakis Blog

Since September is Suicide Prevention Month, I wanted to take a moment to discuss one of the most pressing issues facing our military and veterans communities: military suicide. As Vice-Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I have the privilege to serve our nation’s heroes by ensuring they have access to the resources they need when they return home.

September 11, 2013 Bilirakis Blog

"We remember September 11, 2001, not only for the tragic events that occurred and the loved ones lost, but also for the strength and unity demonstrated by Americans that day ? a unique solidarity still found throughout our nation.

September 8, 2013 Bilirakis Blog