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  • CRIST, FITZPATRICK INTRODUCE PAIR OF PUPPY PROTECTION BILLS
    Posted in Press Releases on January 4, 2018 | Preview rr

    U.S. Representatives Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), members of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, introduced a pair of bills – the Puppy Protection Act [HR 4693] and the Welfare of Our Friends (WOOF!) Act [HR 4691] – to provide better protection for man’s best friend by improving standards for federally licensed commercial dog breeders. “The Bible teaches us to care for all of God’s creatures, and that includes man’s best friend,”said Crist.“I’m proud to help introd... Read more

  • CRIST, BLUM ANNOUNCE BIPARTISAN BILL SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITY BANKS
    Posted in Press Releases on January 3, 2018 | Preview rr

    Continuing to advocate for Main Street, U.S. Representatives Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Rod Blum (R-IA) introduced the Access Business Credit (ABC) Act (H.R. 4424). The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to incentivize community banks to provide credit for small businesses. Specifically, interest received by a lender for a small business loan would be excluded from the lender’s gross income. The ABC Act will stimulate additional credit availability and job creation through the U.S. banking syst... Read more

  • CRIST: GOP TAX BILL BAD DEAL FOR THE PEOPLE
    Posted in Press Releases on December 19, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) released the following statement outlining his opposition to the fiscally irresponsible, morally bankrupt Republican tax package. The plan prioritizes special interests over the middle class, with large cuts reserved for the top 1% of earners, a doubling of the estate tax exemption, providing corporations with massive, permanent tax cuts – while individual breaks are much smaller and temporary. It includes a provision that will disrupt the health insu... Read more

  • CRIST: FCC FAILED THE PEOPLE BY REPEALING NET NEUTRALITY
    Posted in Press Releases on December 14, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) released the following statement blasting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for voting to roll back net neutrality regulations, creating fast and slow lanes on the internet. This rule change could end up costing consumers more money, slowing down content delivery, and hurting small businesses. Crist has been an outspoken supporter of keeping net neutrality in place and is a cosponsor of H.R. 4585, the Save Net Neutrality Act, to block the FC... Read more

  • CRIST, JOHNSON ESTABLISH BIPARTISAN HONOR AND CIVILITY CAUCUS
    Posted in Press Releases on December 13, 2017 | Preview rr

    U.S. Representatives Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Mike Johnson (R-LA) established a new bipartisan Honor and Civility Caucus to uphold and promote the ideals of civility and statesmanship and to restore trust and confidence in America’s political institutions. The caucus will work to foster more productive dialogue in Congress and to advance specific initiatives to improve the tone of the nation’s politics and public discourse. An official caucus membership invitation is being sent to members of Con... Read more

  • CRIST, BILIRAKIS BILL COUNTERS ILLICIT IRANIAN MILITARY BUILDUP
    Posted in Press Releases on November 30, 2017 | Preview rr

    U.S. Representatives Charlie Crist (FL-13) and Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) introduced bipartisan legislation prohibiting U.S. military assistance to any country that sells restricted weapons or technology to Iran. The No Arms Sales to Iran Act aims to discourage others in the international community from engaging in arms sales that could undermine ongoing efforts to contain and curb Iran's aggressive actions. "Iran's aggressive actions remain a threat to America, Israel, and the rest of the world. As ... Read more

  • CRIST STATEMENT ON GOP TAX BILL
    Posted in Press Releases on November 16, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) released the following statement voicing his opposition to the House Republicans' tax plan. In Florida, more than a million middle class families would see their taxes go up under the plan, which also cuts Medicare by $25 billion and increases the national debt by $1.5 trillion. "I hoped we could have real bipartisan tax reform, but the plan produced by House Republicans fails to meet the needs of folks in Pinellas County. Falling short of the pro-gro... Read more

  • CRIST, DENHAM VETERANS DAY PROPOSAL: TREATMENT AND RECOVERY, NOT JAIL
    Posted in Press Releases on November 10, 2017 | Preview rr

    Marking Veterans Day, U.S. Representatives Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Jeff Denham (R-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation to enhance state and local veterans treatment court programs that support the unique needs of veterans who find themselves in the criminal justice system. After serving our country, too many veterans are experiencing mental health issues, substance abuse, and homelessness, which can often land them in the criminal justice system. Veterans treatment courts provide the counselin... Read more

  • CRIST BILL REIGNITES EFFORTS TO IMPROVE SERVICES FOR LGBT SENIORS
    Posted in Press Releases on November 2, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Charlie Crist (FL-13) joined Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) and Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) in introducing legislation to improve the Older Americans Act (OAA) to better serve the specific needs of our LGBT seniors who face significant barriers and disparities, including fewer support services, higher poverty rates, more dangerous social isolation, and inadequate access to health care services compared to the rest of older Americans. Because of these profound challenges, L... Read more

  • CRIST URGES PINELLAS RESIDENTS TO GET COVERED DURING OPEN ENROLLMENT
    Posted in Press Releases on October 27, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) released the following statement reminding Pinellas residents that the 2018 open enrollment season for Healthcare.gov coverage starts on November 1st. Unlike the previous four enrollment periods that were three months long, the current Administration has reduced the enrollment period to just six weeks. Enrollment ends on December 15th, so it's critical that consumers have the information they need to understand their options now. "A reminder for my ne... Read more

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