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  • Message from Congressman Matt Gaetz - 06/07/19

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    June 07, 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 —

    This week has been a whirlwind. At the “Won’t Back Down Townhall Tour” I was glad to hear your valuable insights on the issues most affecting you. Traveling from Navarre to Pensacola to DeFuniak Springs, I was reminded yet again of the tremendous honor it is to represent the Florida Panhandle. I undoubtedly represent the greatest district in America.
    If you weren’t able to make it out to one of my townhalls, you can catch a quick recap below:
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    Preventing Animal Cruelty


    It was my pleasure to hold an animal welfare roundtable at the Alaqua Animal Refuge, where we discussed how to make Northwest Florida a more animal-friendly place to live and work.

    Coming Home

    It’s always important to remember where you come from, which is why it was wonderful to visit Boy Scout Troop 553, my very own Boy Scout Troop. I had many adventures with the Scouts growing up, and it’s great to see the next generation of Scouts!

    Hurricane Aid (At Long Last)

    This week, Congress approved money dedicated to helping Florida rebuild from Hurricane Michael. I’m glad to see Florida finally receive the money it desperately needed. 
    We also passed legislation to curb ocean acidification, helping protect our coastal communities. Northwest Floridians know all too well the effects weather and natural disasters have on our communities and our economy — that’s why we’re doing everything we can to ensure that, when disaster hits, we are prepared.


    75th Anniversary of D-Day

    June 6 marked the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion of the beaches of Normandy. We pause to honor those who so bravely fought for the cause of freedom across the globe on that fateful day. We owe the Greatest Generation our utmost gratitude.
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    Governor DeSantis Stands for Israel

    This week, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill condemning anti-semitism in the State of Florida. The new law treats anti-semitism the same as other forms of discrimination. I am proud that our state stands in solidarity with our friend and ally Israel, and I am glad that Governor DeSantis is continuing to strengthen Florida’s close relationship with Israel.
    Read more: 
    The Jerusalem Post — June 4, 2019
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs Legislation Against Anti-Semitism Into Law

    Blue Water Decision

    The Department of Justice recently announced it will not challenge a recent court decision, which determined that tens of thousands of veterans exposed to Agent Orange are indeed eligible to receive benefits from the VA. 
    I cosponsored legislation on this very same topic, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, which passed the House unanimously on May 14. This recent announcement from DOJ is great news. Our veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange deserve the care and benefits due to them! 
    Read more here:
    Association of the United States Navy — June 5, 2019
    DOJ Drops Challenge to Procopio Blue Water Navy Decision


    Orlando Sun Sentinel — June 3, 2019
    Congressman Matt Gaetz Understands Trump’s ‘America First’ Foreign Policy Perfectly
    “Congressman Matt Gaetz just laid out a bold and comprehensive vision of the America First foreign policy that President Trump has used to dramatically enhance America’s standing on the world stage. It’s a departure from the failed neocon thirst for constant conflict and a balance point to the libertarian isolationism that can be equally counterproductive.”

    Breitbart — June 5, 2019
    Gaetz: Biden Had to ‘Copy and Paste’ Green New Deal Because There Is No Inspiration Behind His Campaign — ‘Donald Trump Will Trounce Him’
    “Biden’s newly unveiled climate is a sign of the lack of inspiration behind his campaign, says Rep. Matt Gaetz.” 

    Pensacola News Journal — June 1, 2019
    Rep. Matt Gaetz said fee-simple bill is dead at Pensacola town hall
    “U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz said any federal legislation to change how land ownership works on Pensacola Beach and Santa Rosa Island is dead.”

    Northwest Florida Daily News — June 1, 2019
    Gaetz ‘Won’t Back Down’ on medical pot
    “The sound of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” was coupled with applause and cheers from some 200 people as Matt Gaetz entered the back porch of Dewey Destin’s restaurant Saturday morning.”

    The Daily Beast — June 3, 2019
    Pro-Impeachment Dems Are Privately Recruiting Other Members Despite Pelosi’s Warnings
    “U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz jokingly questions whether Democrats know which president is under investigation.”
    Dawn McArdle, District Director
    dawn.mcardle@mail.house.gov, 850-479-1183