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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida


As the unemployment remains unacceptably high, promoting job creation must be a priority for Congress. Small businesses and entrepreneurs create jobs, not the federal government and to foster real economic growth Congress must reform the tax code and relieve the burden of excessive regulations on our nation’s job creators. Economic prosperity for our region will not come from bureaucrats in Washington or Tallahassee, but from the hard work and ingenuity of the American people. Instead of more handouts, government needs to give a "hand up" to those in our communities who want to pursue their own unique vision of the American dream. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment and the Economy, Congressman Bilirakis advocates for modernizing and reducing excessive and ineffective regulations that are standing in the way of local job creation.

Tourism and travel employ over one million Floridians. In recent years, tourism to Florida has resulted in more than $70 billion for its economy. According to VISIT Florida, every 85 visitors to our state results in a new job created. That is why I have introduced the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act, which would extend the activities of Brand USA - a public-private partnership that markets the United States as a tourism destination - through 2020. This will continue to bring jobs and economic growth to Florida.

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July 19, 2017 Press Release
The House Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, which U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) serves on, advanced the most comprehensive legislation on self-driving car technology to date.
July 19, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), Vice Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Committee, released the below statement after the committee unanimously advanced the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act, H.R. 3218, which includes his provision to modernize the VA’s Information Technology systems for GI Bill claims processing.
July 13, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) announced today that the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport in Pasco County, Florida, has been awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
June 22, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Rep. Bilirakis (FL-12) released the following statement today after the House unanimously passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353).
February 21, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) announced he will be hosting his 9th annual career expo and employment fair tomorrow in Tarpon Springs.
December 30, 2016 Bilirakis Blog

Looking back on 2016, a turbulent year for sure in politics, we often saw the biggest rivalries and the loudest pundits take center stage. All along, my main focus was always working hard on behalf of Florida’s 12th District. We accomplished some important legislative wins for our communities, with 16 initiatives I wrote being signed into law this year.

While there’s still much work to be done, a unified Republican government come January will give us a strong foundation to solve the largest problems facing Florida and the entire country.

August 31, 2016 Bilirakis Blog

This summer, during Congress’ major district work period, I had the opportunity to meet with many of my constituents to hear their thoughts and ideas on the issues they care most about. While I come home every weekend, the August work period offers an extended period of time for me to truly connect with the residents of Florida’s Twelfth Congressional District. It has been a very busy, productive, and incredible summer. Thanks to everyone for sharing their thoughts and showing me the work they’re doing to make our communities thrive.

August 26, 2016 Bilirakis Blog

America is the land of opportunity. Yet after decades of programs in which trillions of dollars have been spent, some people are still stuck in the cycle of poverty. In order to fix the problem, we need to think differently. I am working to help Americans pursue the careers they want and contribute to our thriving nation. I am working to help people get back on their feet.

August 25, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) this week held two town hall meetings in Florida’s twelfth congressional district to discuss legislative issues with constituents. The Congressman provided the local community with an update on the work he has been doing in Congress.

August 19, 2016 Bilirakis Blog

It’s no wonder Americans pay tens of millions of dollars a year for tax preparers to wade through 70,000 pages worth of tax law. The tax code is confusing, and sends too much money to Washington and too many jobs overseas. I am working towards a simpler, fairer, and flatter tax code, so that it will be easier for small business owners, families, and individuals to do taxes and have peace of mind. Simplifying our tax code will lead to more jobs, better wages, and more opportunities for all Americans.