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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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August 14, 2017 Press Release

Wesley Chapel, FL – U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) announced today he will be co-hosting a Transportation Summit with Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore, Florida Department of Transportation Secretary David Gwynn and the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce in Wesley Chapel to address traffic and transportation issues, and discuss innovative solutions for the area.

The Transportation Summit is open to the public and the press. Please see below for details.

Monday, August 21, 2017

July 31, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) announced his continued support for funding the Anclote River Dredging Project in a letter to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
July 24, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), Vice Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, applauded passage today of the Harry. W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act, H.R. 3218, in the House of Representatives.
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.