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  • Consumer Affairs: FCC steps up pressure on telecoms to reduce robocalls
    Posted in Articles on February 13, 2019 | Preview rr

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is stepping up the pressure on telecom providers to find a way to reduce the number of robocalls directed at consumers. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has repeated his call for an effective caller ID authentication system to combat illegal caller ID spoofing by the end of the year. “American consumers are sick and tired of unwanted robocalls, this consumer among them,” Pai said. “Caller ID authentication will be a significant step towards ending the scourge of ... Read more

  • Florida Daily: Charlie Crist Wants to Crack Down on Puppy Mills
    Posted in Articles on February 11, 2019 | Preview rr

    U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., is leading the charge on Capitol Hill to crack down on puppy mills. Last week, Crist and U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., joined Pennsylvania Republican U.S. Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick and Glenn ‘G.T.’ Thompson (R-PA), to bring out the “Welfare of Our Friends (WOOF) Act” which “would protect dogs from unscrupulous breeders by amending the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit issuance of licenses to canine dealers who are connected to animal abuse” by stopping the U.S. Dep... Read more

  • Florida Politics: Charlie Crist invites Coast Guard family to State of the Union
    Posted in Articles on February 4, 2019 | Preview rr

    Congressman Charlie Crist invited a Coast Guard family to be his guests at the State of the Union address Tuesday. Crist chose Chelsey Gutierrez and her husband Chris to highlight the real world consequences of the more than monthlong partial government shutdown on Coast Guard families and to give this particular family a little bit of a reprieve from their stress. Chris Gutierrez was deployed for most of the government shutdown, and like other Coast Guard members, he was not receiving a paychec... Read more

  • Tampa Bay Times: Living like there’s still a shutdown, Coast Guard wife joins Crist as State of the Union guest
    Posted in Articles on February 4, 2019 | Preview rr

    PALM HARBOR — Chelsey Gutierrez remembers growing up in a Republican household in California and her parents watching each State of the Union speech on television. Tuesday night, when President Donald Trump speaks for a second time, they’ll be paying even closer attention than usual. That’s because Gutierrez, 30, of Palm Harbor, will attend the event live as guest of U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist. She was chosen because her husband Chris, 33, is one of more than 1,100 area Coast Guard members who miss... Read more

  • Consumer Affairs: Bipartisan group of lawmakers sets its sights on ending robocalls
    Posted in Articles on February 1, 2019 | Preview rr

    A bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives are binding together to try and take down the spam call industry once and for all. Charlie Crist (D-FL), Garret Graves (R-LA), Matt Cartwright (D-PA), and Walter Jones (R-NC) have introduced the Spam Calls Task Force Act, which will develop an interagency task force focused on the robocall problem. "Night and day, Americans are being inundated by spam calls. It's more than an annoyance – it's an invasion of privacy being used to deceive and take advanta... Read more

  • Florida Daily: Charlie Crist Wants to Reform Criminal Justice Treatment Programs for Veterans
    Posted in Articles on January 31, 2019 | Preview rr

    U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., has teamed up with U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-NY, to bring back the “Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act” which “would enhance state and local veteran treatment court programs that support the unique needs of veterans who find themselves in the criminal justice system.” “I have seen firsthand the life-changing impact veteran treatment court programs can have, with Pinellas fortunate to have one in our backyard. Unfortunately, veterans in too many communitie... Read more

  • Bay News 9: An End to Spam Calls? Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Want to See it Happen
    Posted in Articles on January 31, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON — If you're getting bombarded by spam calls, you are not alone. A new report found that Americans received 26.3 billion robocalls last year. That's up 46 percent from 2017. That uptick has a group of Washington lawmakers working to do something about it. Rep. Charlie Crist among bipartisan group Group calling for task force to find solutions Task force would work with Attorney General, FCC, FTC More Politics stories "It’s unbelievable, it’s astronomical," Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Florid... Read more

  • Florida Daily: Charlie Crist Wants Congress to Crack Down on Spam Calls
    Posted in Articles on January 25, 2019 | Preview rr

    Now in his second term in Congress, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., is hoping Congress will be able to cut down on spam calls. This week, Crist paired up with U.S. Reps. Matt Cartwright, D-Penn., Garret Graves, R-La., and Walter Jones, R-NC, to bring out the “Spam Calls Task Force Act” which will create a federal task force to cut down on spam calls. Crist’s office insisted these calls are a “growing problem” to people across the nation. “Night and day, Americans are being inundated by spam cal... Read more

  • Florida Politics: Trio of Florida congressmen push bipartisan carbon fee bill
    Posted in Articles on January 24, 2019 | Preview rr

    The U.S. House is once again attempting to combat climate change by regulating carbon emissions. This time, they’re aiming to beef up the bank accounts of American families as well. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act would institute a fee on carbon emissions. But instead of the U.S. Treasury keeping the cash, any fee money left over after administrative expenses are covered would go directly to taxpayers in the form of a monthly rebate. “Climate change is an urgent threat that demands... Read more

  • Tampa Bay Times: Trump’s shutdown offer a nonstarter for Castor, Crist, but don’t rule out a bigger immigration deal for border security
    Posted in Articles on January 22, 2019 | Preview rr

    TAMPA — U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor and Charlie Crist on Tuesday rejected President Donald Trump’s offer to reopen the government in exchange for temporary protection for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. However, the two Tampa Bay area Democrats sounded more willing to consider a deal on immigration if Trump agreed to provide a pathway to citizenship for those children. “That would be a meaningful way to negotiate,” Castor said, later adding: “I predict that will pa... Read more

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