Crist Announces $4.7 Million For Criminal Justice and Public Safety in Florida

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Today, Congressman Charlie Crist (D-FL) announced 5 separate grants totaling $4,759,529 awarded by the Department of Justice to Florida and Pinelles entities. This comes after Crist announced over $7 million in Department of Justice grant funding to Florida law enforcement last week. "Throughout my entire career, the safety and security of Florida families has been a top priority,” said Rep. Crist...

Crist Urges CDC to Release Omicron Data DeSantis Withholds

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Washington, DC – Following reports that the State of Florida is withholding COVID-19 data on the vaccination status of those infected, hospitalized, or deceased by COVID-19, U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D–St. Petersburg) sent a letter to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urging the agency to release vaccination status data as soon as possible. As cases of t...

Crist Announces $120,000 to Help Pinellas Families Gain Financial Independence

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Congressman Charlie Crist (D-FL) announced a $120,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the Pinellas County Housing Authority to ease the transition for Pinellas families receiving assistance that are trying to earn to work towards financial independence. This funding will be administered by the Pinellas County Housing Authority as part of HUD’s Family Self-S...

Crist, Demings Call for USCIS to Set Timeline for Clearing Employment Authorization Backlog

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Washington, DC – U.S. Representatives Charlie Crist (D–St. Petersburg) and Val Demings (D-FL) released the following joint statement calling on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) to set a timeline to clear the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) backlog that has impacted the ability of asylum seekers to find and keep jobs in the United States. This comes after USCIS Director ...

Crist Urges Increased Access to Affordable COVID-19 Rapid Tests

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Washington, DC – With a surge in COVID-19 cases as a result of the omicron variant, U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D–St. Petersburg) sent a letter yesterday to President Biden requesting the Administration focus on increasing access to affordable COVID-19 testing options for low-income, uninsured Americans. On December 2, 2021, President Biden announced that health insurance will reimburse Ame...

Crist Announces Over $1 Million to Bolster Legal Services for Human Trafficking Victims

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Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D–St. Petersburg) announced two grants totaling $1,149,525 to Gulfcoast Legal Services and Florida Legal Services to provide legal support to victims of human trafficking. The first grant totaling $799,525 has been awarded to Gulfcoast Legal Services to provide victims with comprehensive, trauma-informed legal services. Meanwhile, $350,000 has be...

Crist Announces Florida Airports Will Receive $240 Million from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

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Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D–St. Petersburg) announced that Florida airports will receive $240,451,192 from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to make much-needed improvements to air travel infrastructure and support Florida’s tourism-based economy. A total of 98 Florida airports will receive funding, including: $21,711,252 for Tampa International Airport (TPA) $42,461,693 ...

Crist Announces Momentum for the Guardians Aren’t Above Prosecution (GAAP) Act

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Washington, DC—U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D–St. Petersburg) announced Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) as the Republican co-lead for the Guardians Aren’t Above Prosecution (GAAP) Act, legislation that fills a gap in the guardianship prosecutorial system by clarifying that those who are designated as a guardian or conservator are still subject to criminal consequences for abusive or fraudulent behavi...

Crist Touts $151 Million in Child Tax Cuts for Pinellas Families, Calls on Senate to Pass Build Back Better

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Today, as thousands of Pinellas families receive their December Child Tax Credit payments, Congressman Charlie Crist (D-FL) released the following statement on the monumental impact of this tax benefit for Pinellas families in 2021. "In 2021, Congressional Democrats and President Biden worked together to pass the American Rescue Plan to provide desperately needed economic relief to the American pe...

Crist Urges DeSantis to Take Action to Protect Floridians From a Potential Omicron Wave

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Washington, DC – Following staggering reports that a new Omicron-driven wave of COVID-19 infections is expected to sweep across the United States, U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D –St. Petersburg) sent a letter to Governor DeSantis urging immediate action to keep Florida safe. “Emerging reports on the highly infectious Omicron variant are deeply concerning,” said Rep. Crist. “Florida was not p...

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