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.
On Tuesday, Mar. 18, Congressman Bilirakis will present East Lake Fire Rescue in Palm Harbor, Fla. with a check for $18,000, and on Friday, Mar. 21, he will present the City of Oldsmar Fire and Rescue in North Oldsmar, Fla. with a check for $40,014. Both grants will go towards enhancing each department's overall operations and safety.
The remarks will be presented to Dr. Forbes on Wednesday, Mar. 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Pkwy in Oldsmar, Florida.