I’m helping prepare meals this morning to deliver to seniors living in our community. Thank you to Meals on Wheels - and all of the great volunteers - for all you do in our community!
The science is crystal clear: toxic algae has serious short- and long-term health effects. Our communities have suffered these serious illnesses for long enough. We must prioritize our public health and #StopThePoisoning!
Did you know that harmful algal blooms contaminate and kill fish (and it can be unsafe to eat the contaminated fish)? It’s time to #StopThePoisoning of our communities and wildlife.
Here’s the bottom line: toxic discharges of harmful algal blooms make our community sick. 100 percent of Martin County residents who were tested for cyanotoxins their nasal passages tested positive. This is another reason why we need #ZeroDischarges to #StopThePoisoning.
I got to meet two of the cats who were saved as a result of our work to end the terrible experiments on cats at the Department of Agriculture!
I helped to handwash the Vietnam Veterans Memorial here in Washington this morning to honor the brave men and women who selflessly served in Vietnam. Today, and every day, we remember them for their service and sacrifice to our nation.
I joined the South Florida Water Management District last week for an aerial and ground update on our waterways. In the aerial photo you can see the channelized version of the Kissimmee in light green and the progress that has been made to restore it to its natural flow. This is critical to slowing down the quantity of water coming into the lake to help us prevent discharges. Great stuff!
Did you know? → Harmful algal blooms can make people in our community severely ill...without even going in the water! It’s past time to #StopThePoisoning!
Our communities are all too familiar with the negative health effects associated with being exposed to harmful algal blooms - and just how easy it is to be exposed. It’s more important now than ever to fight for #ZeroDischarges and to #StopThePoisoning!
Over the last decade, our understanding of the science and public health impacts surrounding our waterways have gotten much better. But the Army Corps is still using the same outdated policy from 2008. That’s why I passed a law mandating them to change their regulation schedule. It’s time to use science, not special interests, to manage Lake Okeechobee and #StopThePoisoning.
For the first time ever, the Army Corps today admitted to intentionally discharging harmful, toxic water to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee. They cannot continue to knowingly poison our community - we must have operational change! #StopThePoisoning
The EPA recently set the standard of 8 parts per billion microcystin as being too toxic for human contact. Last summer, water discharged to our community contained 495 parts per billion microcystin. That’s 62x the level safe for humans! We need operational change to #StopThePoisoning!
Independence Day weekend celebration recap:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - boys landed at least 20 snook⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - they also talked me into taking them parasailing - one of them almost beat me at chess⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - baby Major slept a great deal⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - family fun was had by all!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As the song says... God bless the U.S.A.
For years, the Army Corps’ outdated operational priorities have resulted in communities throughout Florida being exposed to dangerously high levels of toxins in our water. Yesterday I introduced the PROTECT Florida Act to require them to prioritize public health.
Thank you to everyone who came out to Flagler Park yesterday to celebrate the servicemembers of #FL18. To all those heading off to bootcamp: work hard, don’t give up and make us proud!
@RepDarrenSoto and I have been working together to ensure veterans have access to the best care our country has to offer, including support from their representatives in Congress. Earlier this week, I visited the Lake Nona VA in the district he represents in Orlando. He has an office in that VA modeled off of our office in the West Palm Beach VA. Together, we will keep fighting to make a high level of service a reality for our veterans.
It was an honor to attend the annual officers memorial ceremony in West Palm Beach last week. This week, as we celebrate #NationalPoliceWeek, I want to say THANK YOU to the brave men and women who keep our communities safe each and every day. Your service is appreciated more than you know.
The goal of the BDS (“Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions”) movement is to delegitimize and destroy Israel. The Senate passed a bipartisan rebuke of this bigotry, but it’s been blocked in the House. Today filed a “discharge petition” to try to make sure this bipartisan bill gets a vote in the House. The American people deserve to know whether their elected Representatives have the courage to stand up against the extreme anti-Israel factions trying to force their will on the House of Representatives.
On Mother’s Day - and every other day - I’m reminded why the kids and I are so lucky to have Brianna on this journey with us. To all of the mothers in #FL18, happy Mother’s Day!
The life of a military spouse is not easy. On this #MilitarySpouseAppreciationDay, we say thank you to the husbands and wives who take care of everything in their servicemember’s absence - and for doing it with never ending love. You are truly appreciated and loved.
The men and women who served during World War II are the greatest generation our nation has ever seen. Countless servicemembers risked their lives - and many paid the ultimate sacrifice - all to defend the values that our country holds dear. It was an honor to join @americanveteranscenter to recognize 6 of our nation’s bravest men this week.
I joined @RepAndyBiggs’ podcast to talk about the most important issues facing veterans, including improving access to quality mental and physical health care. Stay tuned for the podcast!
This year’s Congressional Art Competition was a HUGE success! Congratulations to our winner, Aleesia Wise, whose incredible portrait will represent all of #FL18 in the halls of the U.S. Capitol. A big thank you to Jennifer Hearn and Nancy Turrell of The Arts Council of Martin County for hosting such an amazing event and to everyone who came out to support our young artists. Photos courtesy of @tgwphoto
It is absolutely critical that we ensure veterans have increased access to high quality mental health care and that our VAs have the security resources they need to keep the facilities safe. This week I met with Dr. Richard Stone and a panel of experts at the West Palm Beach VA to explore how we can make this mission a reality and prevent future tragedies like those we have seen recently.
Recognizing the sacrifice of my brothers and sisters in arms is one of the most personally important and touching aspects of my job. It was an honor to present Suzanne Slater with a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of her father’s superior service to our nation during World War II.
Here’s the latest re: Hepatitis A… state and federal health officials are working closely together to find the cause and stop the spread in our community. My office will continue coordinating with state health officials, the CDC, the Department of Veterans Affairs, our hospitals and others to ensure vaccinations are available and get answers. As the investigation continues, please reach out to one of our offices if there’s anything we can do to help you.
Protecting our health, environment and economy is my top priority, which is why I introduced the bipartisan Forage Fish Conservation Act this week with Rep. Debbie Dingell. A big thanks to the National Audubon Society for being a valuable partner as we fight to preserve our marine ecosystems!
Happy birthday to the most thoughtful and feisty little boy. Watching you grow, explore, and overcome whatever life throws at you each day is the joy of my life!
A bipartisan goal we can all get behind: supporting Walter Reed’s continuous efforts in improving care for our veterans and their innovative research in the prevention and treatment of malaria. Thank you to the @unfoundation and @nothingbutnetsofficial for your dedication to helping us achieve this mission!
Did you know? → With lake levels dangerously high, more than 70,000 people from 7 communities around Lake Okeechobee had to evacuate out of fear that the Herbert Hoover Dike would breach during Hurricane Irma. The bottom line is this: everyone suffers when lake levels on Lake O are kept too high. Check out the full video in the highlight above! #LakeOFactCheck #LowerLakeO
Solar tech is one of the ways that I think we can improve our environment while also reducing energy costs. It was good to have the chance today to take a look at Florida Power and Light’s work to increase access to solar energy in St. Lucie County.
Did you know? → 9 out of the last 11 years, our communities have received toxic discharges from Lake Okeechobee. Out of those 11 years, only ONCE has there been a drought. This is not shared adversity and this is exactly what needs to change. #LakeOFactCheck #LowerLakeO
There is a lot of misinformation flying around about Lake O and the health of our waterways. Now, it’s time to set the record straight. Check out our first #LakeOFactCheck video in the highlight above to learn more about why 10.5 feet at the beginning of wet season makes so much sense!
These young men and women from Martin County High School asked great questions about cleaning up our waters and serving our communities during their trip to Washington, D.C.. It’s an honor to be their representative in Congress!
A big thank you to Port St. Lucie Little League Softball for inviting me to throw out the first pitch at today’s opening day ceremony. Good luck to all of our athletes for a great season. Play ball!
Standing room only at IRSC with TWO overflow rooms fighting for clean water at the US Army Corps of Engineers public comment session! Another meeting at IRSC at 6pm tonight! #SendTheWaterSouth #LowerLakeO
Great turnout for our prep meeting getting ready for the Army Corps public comment meetings in Stuart on Tuesday! If we stand united, our community has the opportunity to make a real difference against toxic discharges from #LakeO.
A couple months after I was injured, while I was recovering at Walter Reed, I was invited to attend the State of the Union Address. Tonight I had the opportunity to invite SGT Joseph Burke as my #SOTU guest. He is currently recovering at Walter Reed from an IED explosion in Afghanistan. Great to be able to pay it forward!
Had a lot of fun talking with Cub Scout pack 882 in Palm City today. We talked about how a bill becomes a law, what it’s like to work in Washington, D.C. & how we can work together to clean up our waters!
Had a lot of fun seeing these friends at the First Responders Appreciation Day breakfast in Port St. Lucie. Thank you for all you do to keep our communities safe every day!
Happy anniversary Brianna Mast. I cannot believe it has been 12 years, cannot believe we almost have a 9 year old, cannot believe we now have 4 children, cannot believe where each day has taken us, and I thank God for you.
Baby Major and mommy are both healthy, hungry, and tired. Thank you Lord for this 9.3 pound, 20.5 inch, little boy!
Thank you to all of the men and women across the nation who bravely protect us and keep our communities safe each and every day! #NationalLawEnforcementAppreciationDay
Yesterday, I re-introduced the South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act in Stuart. My bill will require the federal government to explore new, innovative ways to protect our greater-Everglades region from harmful algal blooms.
5 eyes. 5 arms. 4 legs. All American. Welcome to Congress, Jim Baird & Dan Crenshaw.
For National Wreaths Across America Day, we honored our fallen veterans at the Forest Hills Memorial Park in Palm City. Thank you to all who showed up to pay their respects to those veterans and the sacrifices they made for our country—may they never be forgotten!
It was an absolute honor to be presented with the @marshalllegacyinstitute Survivor Award by President Perry Baltimore and former Army Under Secretary Joe Reeder. Thank you both for the recognition, but more importantly, for your commitment to communities around the world recovering from war, helping to pave the way for a more hopeful and more peaceful future.
December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy.” May we never forget the lives lost 77 years ago today at Pearl Harbor, nor those brave servicemembers who served and sacrificed in World War II to defend America and freedom around the world.
Our environment is the reason that so many of us chose to call our community home and it’s the reason that tourists flock to the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches. Protecting our natural resources isn’t just good for the environment, it’s also smart economics. This week, I joined President Trump at the White House as he signed my bill into law to expand the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge.
Today Speaker Ryan signed the Jupiter Island Land Transfer Act, sending it to the President’s desk for a final signature— one step closer to conserving land and protecting wildlife in our community!
Rob Jones is a Marine Corps vet, double amputee and an old friend of mine. This past Veterans Day, he finished his 31st marathon in 31 days, completing his journey to raise awareness about the struggle of America’s veterans. Thank you for stopping by, and for your relentless dedication to our brothers and sisters who served—you inspire us all! #RobJonesJourney
EOD technicians work every day to keep their fellow soldiers safe from explosives. It is an honor to be a co-chair of the EOD Caucus to support our next generation of EOD warriors. Check out some pictures from their visit to the Capitol yesterday →
The Nicklaus Children's Hospital provides lifesaving research and care for children around the world. Thank you to Jack and Barbara Nicklaus for giving me a first-hand look at their work at the Palm Beach Gardens Location!
With the economy continuing to create jobs at record rates (250,000 in October alone!), a big thank you to faculty and staff at Keiser University for inviting me to their annual job fair!
Thank you to Principal Adrian O' Campo for inviting me to walk alongside the JROTC program during the Port St. Lucie High School Homecoming parade. Looking forward to many more years of public service ahead from these young men and women!
Great visit with the staff and volunteers at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Palm Beach Chapter! With so many dedicated and passionate advocates, I’m confident we can improve the quality of life for those afflicted with this terrible disease and ultimately finding a cure!
The Edna W. Runner Tutorial Center's mission is to provide a supportive environment for at-risk students and families so they can pursue both academic and personal excellence. We had a great visit, and the lesson I tried to convey is that anything is possible with hard work and dedication!
Thank you to Port St. Lucie JROTC for hosting me earlier this week. It's always great speaking with young men and women who are determined to serve our country about my experience in the Army - every minute of it was entirely unregrettable because we were working for something bigger than ourselves!
The family loves #IndianTownRodeo !!!!
It was great meeting with the staff and volunteers of the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic in Stuart, which provides free medical care to low-income residents around Martin County. Thank you all for your selfless work for our community!
I invited Erin Brockovich to meet with families around St. Lucie County devastated by glioblastoma, an aggressive and highly deadly form of brain cancer, because they deserve answers about what is happening. Together, we will continue fighting until these families’ voices are heard and we get to the bottom of this potential cancer cluster.
We will not stop fighting until water managers begin taking our lives into consideration and stop destroying our waterways. That’s why I invited Erin Brockovich to join our fight in Stuart over the weekend, where she announced her support for my bill to prioritize public health and safety.
I held my first hearing as chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the Coast Guard this week, and last week, I was able to see first-hand the kinds of lifesaving missions the Coast Guard undertakes on a daily basis. I wanted to share some photos with you all of our work on the subcommittee, my visit with the search and rescue team in North Carolina and our celebration of the Coast Guard's 228 years of service!
Thank you to Treasure Coast International Airport for inviting me to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for the airport’s new renovations. These upgrades will no doubt have a great impact on our local economy!
I know firsthand that for returning veterans and their families the transition back to civilian life isn’t always easy, which is why we should always be striving to lower barriers and lend a helping hand. Thanks to DDS4Vets for inviting me to speak with your group and learn about the work you are doing to help veterans!
In Florida, we know all too well the devastating impacts of hurricanes. As the new chairman of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, I met this week with the Coast Guard rescue team in Pollocksville, North Carolina as they work tirelessly on behalf of the communities impacted by Florence. Thank you, @uscg for your hard work!
All of us who have served in the military know far too many of our brothers and sisters who have struggled with their mental health after returning from overseas. September is #SuicidePreventionMonth, and yesterday, I attended the West Palm Beach VA’s Mental Health Safety and Wellness Fair to highlight the warning signs of distress and the potentially lifesaving ways we can get involved. We can and must do more to help.
May we never forget… 17 years ago, our homeland, our freedoms, and all of the values we hold dear to our hearts came under attack by terrorists fueled by a hatred for everything we stand for as a nation. But no amount of evil could tear our country apart, and in the midst of tragedy, we became united and found the courage and resilience to rise again. We will #neverforget the innocent people who lost their lives on 9/11 and the heroes who have lost their lives fighting terrorism around the world so that we may always remain a nation with freedom and justice for all.
Juvenile Type 1 Diabetes is a 24/7 life-threatening challenge, but the kids and teens that I met with today from @jdrfgreaterpalmbeach are an inspiration by facing these challenges head on with perseverance. As a Member of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Diabetes, I will keep fighting for legislation to improve diabetes research, education and treatment.
Discharges from Lake O are devastating our wildlife. Today I visited @loggerheadmarinelifecenter with my son so he could learn about how these discharges are severely injuring our sea turtles. Maverick and I are looking forward to Honda’s release into the wild later in August! We must #SendTheWaterSouth!
It was my honor to address the Police Explorers graduating class in Tequesta over the weekend. These young men and women are the future leaders of law enforcement and the military, and I look forward to seeing the great work they will do in service of our community and country!
This week, water management officials tried to justify the discharges as being in the best interest of human health and safety. They seem to have forgotten, again, about the millions of people east and west of the Lake whose lives are being put at risk BECAUSE of the discharges. This is not right. This is not just. That's why we must continue demanding answers and action. Watch my full testimony at the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Meeting here --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIJQYmNGzKI
Discharges from Lake O devastate communities in Florida on both coasts. This week Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane has been storming Capitol Hill to talk about how we can work together to end the destruction of our waterways!
Thank you to golf legend and North Palm Beach resident Jack Nicklaus for stopping by my DC office to discuss his efforts to provide children around Florida with quality medical care—and for giving me some tips on my swing!
We ran and biked over the weekend from Port Mayaca to Stuart to show the Army Corps that we are willing to go to any length to defend our water and end the destruction of our community!