The Protecting the Medicaid Safety Net Act of 2008 (H.R. 5613) extends until April 1, 2009, moratoria on seven Administration-imposed regulations that would shift large cost burdens on to cash-strapped state and local budgets, and could ultimately result in a significant scaling back of Medicaid services.
The 2007 "Spirit of Enterprise" is based on rankings given by the Chamber to members of Congress on key pro-growth votes during the 1st Session of the 110th Congress. Members must coincide with the Chamber's position at least 70 percent of the votes to be eligible for the award. Congressman Bilirakis’s support was nearly 90 percent.
In an effort to prevent further erosion and flooding, last year Gus successfully secured funding for the City of Tarpon Springs to improve the conditions of the City's bayou banks.
In a letter to Machivenyika Mapuranga, Zimbabwe's ambassador to the United States, Congress Bilirakis expressed "extreme displeasure with the questionable detention of foreign journalists and democracy advocates," which includes U.S. citizens.
Today, Gus met with two local students from the 9th District who were in Washington, DC this week attending The National Young Leaders Conference (NYLC).
The April edition of ESPN's The Magazine, which hit newstands last week, contained a quote from Gus on the Tampa Bay Rays 2008 season. His comments were part of a larger article ("Take It to the House") previewing the 2008 Baseball Season with opinions from each team's local members of Congress.
On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, H. Res. 997, a resolution supporting a NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) for Georgia and Ukraine. Gus, who is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Europe, co-sponsored the resolution and supported its passage.