Message from Congressman Matt Gaetz - 08/29/2020August 31, 2020
Representative Matt Gaetz
U.S. Representative for the First District of Florida
1721 Longworth House Office Building | Washington, DC 20515
Hello, Friends —
America’s thoughts and prayers are with the families and communities affected by Hurricane Laura, one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the Gulf Coast. Had the hurricane turned just a few degrees eastward, it could have hit Northwest Florida, further highlighting the need to stay vigilant and prepared.
The website http://floridadisaster.org/ is very useful, with preparation tips and up-to-date evacuation maps for every county in the state. Similarly, Hurricanes.gov provides a great deal of information about current and future storms, including forecasts, radar, and more.
Each hurricane season has the potential to be dangerous to our district. Though we were spared serious damage from Hurricane Laura, good preparation will help keep you and your family as safe as possible, now and in the future.
VIRTUAL ACADEMY NIGHT
I have often mentioned how proud I am to nominate students from across Florida’s First District to America’s military service academies. It is truly one of the most rewarding parts of serving in Congress.
Many people have reached out and asked when I am holding another “Academy Night” — an informal, informational meeting about the service academy application process. I will be holding another Academy Night on Tuesday, September 8 — but in light of the pandemic, it will be held virtually. If you’re interested, please click on the flyer, or visit HERE for more information!
My staff and I have received several questions about unemployment during the pandemic. Below are some helpful resources:
- Please visit here to file an unemployment claim.
- Please visit here for a video tutorial on applying for reemployment assistance.
- Please visit here for a COVID-19 Reemployment Resource Guide.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity continues its tireless, diligent work to help families suffering from the economic impacts of the pandemic. A number of resources are available for Floridians during this challenging time:
- Click here for more information on PEUC applications.
- Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.
- Click here for information on available benefits.
- Click here for a guide on Reemployment Assistance.
- Click here to file a Reemployment assistance claim.
Out of an abundance of caution, flag deliveries will be delayed until my Washington office is fully re-opened. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
ARE YOU LISTENING?
Listen to my podcast, “Hot Takes with Matt Gaetz,” for a behind-the-scenes look into the latest news from in and around the Washington swamp!
LOCAL CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION
As Florida continues reopening its economy, click for further information on the status of Escambia, Okaloosa, Holmes, Santa Rosa, and Walton Counties:
Additionally, all of our local military installations are regularly updating their websites with details about base access (and more) due to the pandemic. For more information, visit:
GAETZ IN THE NEWS
Daily Caller — August 24, 2020
Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter Monday to Amazon calling out the company for allegedly excluding conservative groups from their AmazonSmile charity program.
Breitbart News — August 27, 2020
Other members of Congress, such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), have praised Trump’s foreign policy for resisting war and pursuing peace.
Washington Examiner — August 27, 2020
All of this is aided by the fact that Trump’s record indicates that he’s been privately pro-pot for decades, and his prominent allies are right now. Although Trump has teased cracking down on drug deals, as far back as 30 years ago, Trump ardently slammed lawmakers for failing to legalize drugs. Now, he has two of the most pro-pot members of Congress, Cory Gardner and Matt Gaetz, lobbying him to embrace legalization.
Washington Examiner — August 25, 2020
Those behind the Settle for Biden website and popular Instagram account with more than 126,000 followers agreed with Gaetz’s premise. “Yep, @mattgaetz — that’s our hope!” the group said in a tweet. “The future of this nation depends on our ability to elect Joe Biden and Joe Biden’s ability to embrace calls for progressive change.” It added, “Matt Gaetz says that Biden will be a puppet of Sanders and AOC. To us, that sounds like an endorsement!"
Roll Call — August 26, 2020
But Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz does not see the national profile he’s building as a steppingstone to higher office or a shot at the House Republican leadership, he told CQ Roll Call in an interview Tuesday.
The Atlantic — August 28, 2020
The other force within the party is the neo-isolationists. They are sick and tired of U.S. involvement in the Middle East and have little interest in America’s alliances with Europe. They are mainly worried about the economic challenge from China. They’d pull up the drawbridge, build the wall, and live in the fortress. This faction has traditionally been led by a Paul—first Ron and then his son Rand—but others have joined the fray, including Senator Mike Lee of Utah and Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida. Several Republicans have told me that it is impossible to understate the appeal that this view has in the grassroots factions of the party, even though most elected officials are uncomfortable with it.
WHAT WE’RE READING
National Review — August 24, 2020
Yahoo News — August 19, 2020
Washington Examiner — August 28, 2020
Breitbart News — August 27, 2020
Fox News — August 28, 2020
Daily Caller — August 27, 2020
American Greatness — August 27, 2020Contact:Dawn McArdle, District Directordawn.firstname.lastname@example.org, 850-479-1183