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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

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April 29, 2008 Bilirakis Blog

Florida is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on the agency’s design and construction standards for community shelters. The state believes that FEMA’s 361 standard for shelter construction is too rigorous for the force of winds that hurricane shelters in Florida generally encounter.

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April 25, 2008 Bilirakis Blog

Yesterday, Congressman Bilirakis introduced The Silver Alert Grant Program Act of 2008 (H.R. 5898). If enacted, this program would provide U.S. states and territories the opportunity to establish ‘Silver Alert’ notification systems to locate missing individuals suffering from dementia-related illnesses.

April 24, 2008 Press Release

The Amendment, which the House adopted by a voice vote, would also set a date certain for the program to be enacted, and would require the Guard to provide a cost analysis for a Coast Guard and DHS-wide deployment of the biometric collection program in the most appropriate manner.

April 24, 2008 Press Release

The Amendment, which the House adopted by a voice vote, would also set a date certain for the program to be enacted, and would require the Guard to provide a cost analysis for a Coast Guard and DHS-wide deployment of the biometric collection program in the most appropriate manner.

April 23, 2008 Bilirakis Blog



Yesterday, in recognition of the 38th anniversary of Earth Day, Gus joined students in school throughout Hillsborough County as they set a world record for the most trees planted within an hour on Earth Day.

April 21, 2008 Press Release

If they meet their expected goal of 10,450 trees planted in an hour tomorrow, Hillsborough County Public Schools will set a world record. The previous record of 4,100 trees planted worldwide in one hour on Earth Day was set in 2005.

April 16, 2008 Press Release

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.

April 15, 2008 Press Release

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.

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