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  • Message from Congressman Matt Gaetz - 05/24/19

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    May 28, 2019
      Representative Matt Gaetz
    U.S. Representative for the First District of Florida
    1721 Longworth House Office Building | Washington, DC 20515
    (202) 225-4136


    Hello, Friends —

    Monday is Memorial Day, a somber day on which we honor the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to America. We all owe these heroes a tremendous debt of gratitude. I hope you will join me in reflection and prayer as we honor those who have perished for our nation. Their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.
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    On Wednesday, I gave a lengthy speech to Concerned Veterans for America and Vote Vets, where I proposed an “America First” foreign policy. Many people who are in favor of large-scale military intervention say that it is America’s “moral duty” to intervene in conflicts across the world. I disagree. Real morality is standing up to the pro-war special interests and global powerbrokers, and affirming forever that the lives of American troops are not for sale. Exercising restraint is a display of strength, not weakness. For more information, see this article. A video of the speech is below:
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    In Congress this week, we passed legislation denouncing the horrifying and cruel practice of female genital mutilation, which has harmed upwards of 200 million women worldwide. We also passed legislation to help veterans get the care they need, and legislation called the SECURE Act, which makes common-sense reforms to retirement savings plans, allowing Americans more flexibility to save their hard-earned money. The fact that this bill passed 417 to 3 shows that bipartisanship is possible!

    Finally, President Trump announced yesterday that he was authorizing Attorney General Barr to declassify any relevant documents relating to surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016. I strongly support this bold move for transparency. If laws were broken, knowing how, when, where, and why this happened will keep it from happening again! I discussed this important order last night on Hannity (hosted by Dan Bongino) — watch it below:
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    “Won’t Back Down” Town Hall Tour

    Next Saturday, June 1, I will be hosting a “Won’t Back Down” Town Hall Tour in Navarre, Pensacola, and DeFuniak Springs! I hope you’ll attend if you’re able — I look forward to hearing from you and discussing Northwest Florida’s military mission, our immigration system, President Trump, and more. For more information, and to sign up, click here!




    At Destin Elementary, students dressed up as figures they admired and gave presentations. Maci honored me and gave a great presentation!


    On Wednesday, my staff attended the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs “Forward March” event in Pensacola. This initiative, created by Governor DeSantis, will help ensure that the veterans in our state have access to the care they need!


    Fat Albert, the KC-130T and a beloved part of the Blue Angels show for many years, is retiring. We’ve enjoyed watching Fat Albert for years in Air Shows with the Blue Angels, and we’re sad to see it go. The Navy has said, however, that a replacement may be coming. Read more below:
    Pensacola News Journal — May 23, 2019
    Blue Angels retire beloved Fat Albert after more than 30,000 flight hours


    Round Table Politics — May 21, 2019
    The Side of Matt Gaetz the Media Refuses to Show
    “What the political left won’t capture, however, is instances like the one above taken by a bystander. Moments that show that Gaetz cares. Moments that show that he’s not the person that the media portrays him to be. Moments that show the authentic side of Matt Gaetz.”

    Florida Politics ─ May 23, 2019
    Matt Gaetz outlines ‘Trump Doctrine’ to veterans in Washington
    “U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Panhandle Republican, took on the task of explaining it at the ‘Uniting for a Better Foreign Policy Luncheon’ in Washington on Wednesday.”

    Fox News ─ May 23, 2019
    Trump impeachment debate ‘torturing’ Democrats, Matt Gaetz tells Sean Hannity
    “‘It’s really strange to hear the speaker of the House question the president’s mental state. What I see is the question of impeachment is torturing the Democratic Party,’ U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida said on Fox News’ ‘Hannity.’”

    IJR ─ May 23, 2019
    Rep. Gaetz Blasts Dems for Shooting Down Amendment to Prevent Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants With Gun Offenses
    “Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) took to Twitter to call out the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee for shooting down his proposed bill amendment preventing illegal immigrants with gun offenses from being granted amnesty.”

    Fox News ─ May 21, 2019
    Trump impeachment push is proof Democrats have an ‘empty agenda’: Rep. Matt Gaetz
    “When it comes to whether or not Democrats will bring impeachment charges against President Trump, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., believes it’s just another sign of the party’s empty agenda.”
    Dawn McArdle, District Director