• Message from Congressman Matt Gaetz - 08/29/2020

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    August 31, 2020
     
       
     
     

    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

    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!

     

    PANDEMIC RESOURCES

    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.

     

    FLAG DELIVERIES

    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?

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    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 House Judiciary Members Send Letter Calling Out Amazon’s Alleged Exclusion Of Conservative Charities

    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

    Tom Cotton: Donald Trump’s Strength ‘Kept Us Out of War’

    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

    Under Trump, Republicans are now the part of prison reform

    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

    ’Settle for Biden’ agrees with Matt Gaetz on ‘woketopian’ aim to control Biden

    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

    Matt Gaetz builds national profile, but says focus is on Trump election

    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

    Will Trumpism Change Republican Foreign Policy Permanently?

    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

    Clinesmith’s Guilty Plea: The Perfect Snapshot of Crossfire Hurricane Duplicity


    Yahoo News — August 19, 2020

    Rep. Debbie Dingell warns Democrats that voter concerns over violence could be more important than trade this election year


    Washington Examiner — August 28, 2020

    Trending: Trump’s odds of winning rise to 50-50, first time in 92 days


    Breitbart News — August 27, 2020

    WATCH: Black Lives Matter Protesters Surround Rand Paul for Several Minutes After RNC


    Fox News — August 28, 2020

    Rand Paul calls for FBI arrests, investigation into ‘mob’ he believes ‘would have killed us,’ if not for police


    Daily Caller — August 27, 2020

    We Witnessed The Kenosha Shootings. Here’s What Really Happened


    American Greatness — August 27, 2020

    Will Trump’s Long Courtship of Black Voters Work?  

    Contact:
    Dawn McArdle, District Director
    dawn.mcardle@mail.house.gov, 850-479-1183