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  • Congress should make flood insurance accessible, affordable
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 24, 2017 | Preview rr

    Floods can happen anywhere and at any time. The National Flood Insurance Program has provided peace of mind and economic security to millions of American families and property owners for nearly five decades. For many, NFIP is the only choice they have for protection against floods. And our state is the biggest player. We are home to nearly 40 percent of all NFIP policies and paid nearly $1 billion into the program last year. On top of that, we are ground zero for rising sea levels, hurricanes an... Read more

  • Promoting Civility and Practicing the Golden Rule Every Day
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 12, 2017 | Preview rr

    Too often, all the American people see of Congress is hyper-partisan bickering on cable TV. What they don’t see when the cameras are turned off? Many of us are friends. The policy disputes? They aren’t personal, even when passionate. We are passionate because we all love our country. We want to serve the people who sent us to Washington to get things done for the American people. And we believe strongly in what we stand for. But we can disagree without being disagreeable. And the way we carry ou... Read more

  • Pinellas Beach Renourishment Ready to Begin, But Homeowners Must Sign Easements First
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 30, 2017 | Preview rr

    Pinellas County received good news last week from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — almost $30 million in federal funding is now available to renourish up to 10.5 miles of our beaches. Beach renourishment is critical to protecting our coastline and our economy. We have some of the best beaches in the world, visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists each year, which provide unrivaled recreational opportunities for everyone and important natural habitat and nesting grounds for shorebirds, sea ... Read more

  • Crist: Protect, strengthen Social Security, Medicare
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 20, 2017 | Preview rr

    Social Security and Medicare represent America’s promise that after a lifetime of hard work and paying into the system, senior citizens have earned greater financial security in their golden years, free from abject poverty. Likewise, Medicaid is a commitment to the very poor and disabled, that they not be left hopeless and without medical care. My neighbors in Pinellas County, who I am proud to represent, expect that when their leaders give their word, they keep it. Social Security remains stron... Read more

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