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  • AT CRIST’S BEHEST, CONSUMER AGENCY REVIEWS MARLIN FINANCIAL
    Posted in Press Releases on October 19, 2018 | Preview rr

    U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg), a member of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, released a response letter from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), indicating that the Bureau is reviewing allegations against Marlin Financial. The letter is a response to Crist’s September 25th letter calling for an investigation into unfair, deceptive, and abusive behavior by the company. In the response, CFPB Acting Director Mick Mulvaney describes the allegations ... Read more

  • NEW CRIST BILL BOOSTS MITIGATION, HELPS LOWER FLOOD INSURANCE PREMIUMS
    Posted in Press Releases on October 17, 2018 | Preview rr

    U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) introduced the State Flood Mitigation Revolving Fund Act (H.R. 7037) to drive down flood insurance premiums by creating a low-interest loan program to help property owners better protect their homes and businesses from storm damage, ultimately reducing post-disaster claims. Crist is a member of the House Financial Services Committee that oversees the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). He was joined by U.S. Representative Roger Williams (... Read more

  • CRIST HELPS RETURN OVER $3M IN BENEFITS TO PINELLAS RESIDENTS
    Posted in Press Releases on October 15, 2018 | Preview rr

    U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) announced his office has helped return more than $3 million in federal benefits to Pinellas residents since January 2017 when his first congressional term began. This includes VA benefits in excess of $700,000 with the district home to more than 70,000 veterans. During Crist's first 22 months in office, 2,378 constituents were assisted, 147,464 constituent inquiries were responded to, and 1,047 individual tour requests were filled. "There is n... Read more

  • CRIST AIRLINE SAFETY MEASURE TO BECOME LAW
    Posted in Press Releases on October 3, 2018 | Preview rr

    An amendment improving airline passenger safety introduced by Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) will soon be signed into law following its passage as part of the bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Act compromise by the House and Senate. Crist offered the amendment following troubling reports this spring by 60 Minutes and the Tampa Bay Times regarding FAA enforcement issues. (Click here or below to watch Crist offer the amendment on the House floor earlier this year). With the passage of t... Read more

  • CRIST INTRODUCES BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL AGENT ORANGE EXPOSURE FAIRNESS ACT
    Posted in Press Releases on October 1, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressman Charlie Crist (D-FL) was joined by Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) in introducing the Agent Orange Exposure Fairness Act (H.R. 6941). This bipartisan bill will expedite the expansion of treatments for veterans exposed to Agent Orange, providing the care they deserve. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced companion legislation in the Senate, and it has been endorsed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW). "When a veteran’s medical cond... Read more

  • CRIST URGES FEDERAL INVESTIGATION OF MARLIN FINANCIAL
    Posted in Press Releases on September 25, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) is calling for a federal investigation into Marlin Financial following a Tampa Bay Times examination of alleged deceptive practices. Crist, a member of the House Financial Services Committee that oversees the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), urged the agency to take action to protect customers from abuse and if wrongdoing is found, hold the company accountable. Please find below and attached a copy of the letter sent to CFPB Acting Directo... Read more

  • HOUSE PASSES CRIST BILL ESTABLISHING US-ISRAEL PARTNERSHIP TO COMBAT DRONES
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr

    The United States-Israel Joint Drone Detection Cooperation Act, introduced by U.S. Representatives Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Mike Johnson (R-LA), passed the House last night as part of the Ileana Ros-Lehtinen U.S.-Israeli Security Assistance Authorization Act. This major legislative package updates agreements for U.S.-Israeli security assistance, cybersecurity, space policy, and with the inclusion of the Crist-Johnson legislation, a new partnership to combat drone attacks from Iran and other adve... Read more

  • CRIST APPLAUDS SENATE ACTION IMPROVING SCHOOL BUS SAFETY
    Posted in Press Releases on September 12, 2018 | Preview rr

    U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) released the following statement applauding legislation introduced by Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) to strengthen safety requirements on school buses, including provisions from the Best to Use Safety (BUS) Belts Act introduced last year by Rep. Crist requiring all new buses be equipped with three-point belts and providing grants to upgrade existing buses with safety belts. Improving school bus safety has bee... Read more

  • CRIST STATEMENT ON LEADERSHIP CHANGES AT BAY PINES VA
    Posted in Press Releases on August 31, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) issued the following statement regarding the announced leadership changes at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. Earlier this year, Crist publicly called for an investigation by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection after receiving dozens of troubling claims of abuse from Bay Pines employees. Crist first shared his concerns and allegations with the Whistleblower office last year for investigation. Cl... Read more

  • CRIST APPLAUDS RULING OVERTURNING HARMFUL NEWSPAPER TARIFFS
    Posted in Press Releases on August 29, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) released the following statement applauding the unanimous decision by the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) blocking tariffs imposed by the Trump Administration on newspapers. In July, Crist submitted testimony to the USITC during its hearings on these new tariffs. He also introduced the bipartisan PRINT Act to block newspaper tariffs and joined fellow members of the Florida Congressional Delegation in calling on the U.S. Department... Read more

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