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June Through The Lens

June 30, 2016
Bilirakis Blog

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:

My family and I celebrated my son’s high school graduation this month. I am so proud of all our recent graduates, including Manuel. You all have worked so hard and I cannot wait to see your future successes. Congrats to the class of 2016.

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The Congressional Humane Bond Caucus held an event to help strengthen the bond between humans and animals on this earth. I am proud to co-chair this caucus to support our animal friends. Check out a recent blog in The Hill on the importance of zoos and aquariums here.

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The Energy and Commerce Committee advanced legislation to address mental health issues and help individuals and families across the nation. The Committee approved H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act to achieve meaningful, long-pursued reforms to the nation’s failing mental health care system.


I held an important roundtable discussion with local Veterans and advocates to discuss the importance of therapy dogs for our heroes. Read my op-ed in the Tampa Bay Times here.

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I enjoyed greeting our #‎FL12 Congressional Art Competition winner, Alexander Mercier of Odessa, in DC.  My office gave him and his mother a tour of the Capitol and he was able to see his work on display.

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I had a special meeting with Lakota Lockhart, an inspiring St. Joseph's Children’s Hospital patient. Lakota suffers from a rare condition and is sharing his story on Capitol Hill. I’m proud to continue work to help him and other patients who need our support.

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