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  • Obamacare now reality, so expand Medicaid
    Posted in In the News on June 26, 2015 | Preview rr

    SUN SENTINELOPINIONBy Sun Sentinel Editorial BoardOn Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court didn't just save health insurance for nearly 1.5 million Floridians. The court saved opponents of the Affordable Care Act from having to offer their own alternative.Had the court invalidated subsidies in states such as Florida where the federal government operates the health insurance exchange, Republicans in Congress had no plan for how to help 6.4 million Americans in those states retain their coverage. Gov. ... Read more

  • The Federal Relations team celebrates FIU's 50th anniversary in D.C.
    Posted in In the News on June 25, 2015 | Preview rr

    On FIU’s 50th birthday FIU interns and alumni come together for a picture at Dupont Circle.Fifty years after FIU was chartered, Washington D.C. erupted in support of the university’s years of service to education and the surrounding community. With the hashtag “FIU50inDC,” members of Congress, federal agencies, federal and local leaders, and organizations all around D.C sent congratulatory remarks to the university.Notable leaders who went to social media in support were Congresswomen Frederica ... Read more

  • Supreme Court Ruling A Victory For Florida, Obamacare
    Posted in In the News on June 25, 2015 | Preview rr

    CBS WFORMIAMI (CBSMiami) – A major victory for the 1.6 million people in Florida who have insurance through the federal health insurance marketplace.On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that they can continue receiving subsidies to defray costs. The 6-3 decision, written by Chief Justice John Roberts who was joined in the majority by justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.Ninety-three percent of those in the state who have insurance th... Read more

  • Florida politicians react to SCOTUS ruling on Obamacare
    Posted in In the News on June 25, 2015 | Preview rr

    MIAMI HERALDNAKED POLITICS BLOG@PatriciaMazzei The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld subsidies for the Affordable Care Act, allowing Obamacare to continue as it exists today. Here's the reaction from Florida politicians, updated as they come in:U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida (also 2016 presidential candidate)I disagree with the Court’s ruling and believe they have once again erred in trying to correct the mistakes made by President Obama and Congress in forcing Obamacare on the American pe... Read more

  • Obamacare ruling brings relief to Florida
    Posted in In the News on June 25, 2015 | Preview rr

    Sun SentinelBy William E. GibsonA Supreme Court decision upholding subsidies for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act brought relief to more than a million Floridians who depend on them to save up to thousands of dollars on their policies each year.Florida has the largest number of people with subsidized health insurance through the federal marketplace — 1.32 million. The state had the most to lose if the high court had struck down subsidies in 34 states that use the marketplace for bu... Read more

  • GOP keeps in place funding ban on gun violence research
    Posted in In the News on June 24, 2015 | Preview rr

    The HillA GOP-led panel blocked a proposal Wednesday that would have reversed a nearly 20-year-old ban on funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to research on gun violence.The House Appropriations Committee voted 32-19 against ranking member Rep. Nita Lowey's (D-N.Y.) amendment to a bill that would fund health, education and labor programs in the next fiscal year.“When it comes to gun violence, my friends, this committee won’t give one dime for the CDC to conduct resea... Read more

  • What Ten Women Want on the $10 Bill
    Posted in In the News on June 19, 2015 | Preview rr

    POLITICO MagazineWe know by now that an American woman will appear on the redesign of the $10 bill, but who will it be? Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is soliciting recommendations, so Politico Magazine asked leading women writers, politicians and thinkers to give us their picks, and tell us why—or whether—the new face of the bill matters. Frances Perkins:Frances Perkins was the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet, when she was appointed the U.S. secretary of labor in 1933. She served in tha... Read more

  • Report: U.S. Supreme Court Decision In King V. Burwell Could Cost 1.3M Floridians Health Subsidies
    Posted in In the News on June 16, 2015 | Preview rr

    WFSUThe U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans in 34 states, are legal. And if the high court says they aren’t, 1.3 million Floridians could lose their health insurance, or end up paying far more for it.The case is King v. Burwell, and the U.S. Supreme Court is deciding whether health insurance subsidies in states that did not create their own insurance exchanges, are legal. It’s the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act, and the la... Read more

  • DNC Chair talks to young women about breast cancer
    Posted in In the News on June 16, 2015 | Preview rr

    Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will take a break from her political duties on Wednesday to talk to young women about breast cancer prevention and awareness.Wasserman Schultz is one of several survivors, including former "Good Morning America" host Joan Lunden and Tigerlily Foundation founder Maimah Karmo, slated to participate in the fourth annual Young Women's Breast Health Day on Capitol Hill.The Florida congresswoman, who kept her year-long battle with the d... Read more

  • Senators Working to Address Food Service Worker Issue
    Posted in In the News on June 15, 2015 | Preview rr

    More than six weeks after reports of low-paid Senate food-service workers shocked lawmakers, senators are in the process of finding the best avenue to address the situation.At a June 11 markup for the Senate Legislative Branch Appropriations bill, the senators in charge of the subcommittee of jurisdiction said they will continue to work on the issue while the Senate’s food service contract is in flux.“We have people who work for the Senate cafeteria who literally are impoverished,” said Sen. Bri... Read more