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A Look Back: Summer 2016

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. I will continue my work to support you, and address your concerns.

The Breakdown:

  • 18 Business tours/visits
  • 31 Constituent meetings
  • 3 Town Hall Meetings
  • 3 Roundtable discussions
  • 8 Legislative updates to civic organizations and clubs
  • 11 Community gatherings
  • 1268 Miles travelled in FL12

Photo Highlights:

I joined State Senator Simpson and State Representative Burgess for an important town hall meeting in Dade City. This gave us the unique opportunity to answer questions together and hear your thoughts on how to make our state and community even better.

I joined the
Bay News 9 team to discuss a big bipartisan legislative victory to address opioid epidemic in our nation. I was honored to play a critical role in getting the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act signed into law to help so many who are struggling, and I am proud to continue working on this issue.

I met with Florida business leaders to provide them updates on the work I am doing to support our local businesses and
grow our economy. I had the opportunity to meet with the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce, the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, Pinellas Business leaders, and the Florida Chamber of Commerce during their Military, Defense, & Veterans Opportunities Summit (pictured).

Congresswoman Kathy Castor and I
visited with patients and families of St. Joseph’s Children’s Chronic-Complex to update the progress of the ACE Kids Act in Congress and build momentum on getting it passed this year.

I had the opportunity to tour many local businesses, such as RaceTrac Petroleum (above), UPS, and Home Depot, and learn the ins and outs of their daily work. Our local businesses provide our community with many goods and services and help our local economy thrive. I am grateful to all the hard-working Floridians helping to make our communities great! 

I met with Dennis Moore, Director of the Pasco County Mosquito Control to discuss our efforts to combat the Zika Virus. Florida continues to see an increase in confirmed Zika cases, raising concerns across the country. I have been working with local officials, Florida members of Congress, Energy and Commerce Committee colleagues, and local stakeholders and experts to address this crisis and prevent a major outbreak.