Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives finished the first 100 days of the 116th Congress.
In this short time, we've passed historic legislation out of the House to tackle climate change, implement universal gun background checks, lower prescription drug prices, increase disaster relief funds for Florida, protect our elections from foreign intrusion and dark money, and close the gender pay gap with the Paycheck Fairness Act. Meanwhile, legislation has been introduced to protect DREAMers and TPS recipients, reinstitute Voting Rights Act, pass LGBT Equality Act, protect the Kissimmee River and Everglades, and stop red tide.
We are also delivering for Central Florida! We worked to bring new higher paying jobs in aerospace, sensors, simulation, and biotech to our district. We've helped our local orange groves and ranchers with disaster relief and funds to research citrus greening. We also stopped privatization of good paying airport union jobs and worked to bring new steel manufacturing jobs to Polk County. Along with colleagues, we helped secure over $32 million in funding to increase affordable housing, $2.3 million for healthcare clinics, and $3.25 million to combat terrorism. Our focus for the near future is to work on passing major infrastructure improvements, including Beyond I-4 Ultimate (Orange, Osceola, and Polk), SunRail Phase 3 (Polk), and Poinciana Parkway (Osceola and Polk).
In addition, we continue to fight to hold the Trump Administration accountable to our laws, combat corruption, and advocate for equitable funding for our district. Congress has the constitutional duty to conduct sufficient oversight, root out inefficiencies and waste, and deliver critical services to our constituents.
During the District Work Periods, and every weekend I am home, I host various events on a wide range of topics to meet with constituents throughout our district. Thank you for continuing to share your concerns, expressing our community's needs, and voicing your opinions on our legislative process.
See updates below to learn more about what Team Soto has been up to. If you haven't already, please Like my Facebook page and Follow me on Twitter for daily updates on my work. As always, feel free to reach out to my offices for assistance with federal issues.
POLICY UPDATES Voted to Pass HR 9, Climate Action Now Act
I’m proud to have worked within the Energy and Commerce Committee to pass HR 9, the Climate Action Now Act, legislation to keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement is a global pact was signed by all countries to stand together and act on our climate crisis. Preserving and protecting our environment will continue to be one of my top priorities in Congress. Click here for more information.
Our future economy: Digital Token Taxonomy Package
I introduced the Digital Taxonomy Act of 2019 authorizing an additional $25 million in funding to prevent deceptive practices for cryptocurrency and blockchain projects. The Token Taxonomy Act of 2019 will further clarify the Digital Token definition to be more inclusive of changing technology. Click here for more information.
Ending Annoying Robocalls
We have come together in a bipartisan fashion to face a common enemy: robocalls. With modern technology, these calls have become a relentless scourge on our cell phones, landlines and other devices. We are passing tough legislation in our committee to crack down on this ever-present nuisance. Click here for more information.
Prescription Drug Prices Town Hall
A recent Congressional Report shows that the soaring prices of diabetes drugs has had an adverse impact on our seniors and uninsured in Central Florida. We held a great Town Hall with AARP and other healthcare professionals in Polk County to discuss healthcare and legislation being considered to lower the price of prescription drugs and save the Affordable Care Act. Click here for more information.
Tackling the Environmental Crisis
I participated in Mi Famila Vota’s Town Hall in Kissimmee to discuss environmental issues impacting our region. Combatting climate change is a main concern for so many people in our district. It was an honor to participate and share the legislative projects I'm working on in Congress to address the climate crisis.
Town Hall by Students at Southeastern University
We had an engaging student Town Hall at Southeastern University in Polk County. It was a great discussion along with Rep. Dennis A. Ross JD on what healthy civic discourse looks like in Congress. Students were surprised to learn we all actually work together everyday to get things done for our constituents. Click here for the event summary.
Celebrating our Diversity at the Orlando Puerto Rican Parade
I joined my fellow Boricuas in Central Florida at the vibrant and always fun Annual Puerto Rican Parade in Orlando. Thanks to everyone who participated and celebrated Puerto Rico's culture, music, dance, food, and the contributions made to our community.
Listening to our Seniors
We visited seniors in the Solivita community for a great conversation on protecting Social Security and Medicare, lowering prescription drug prices and helping our veterans. If you or a senior family member is in need of assistance, please contact our offices.
Addressing our Local Labor Needs
We hosted a Labor Council meeting with local union leaders, including representatives for TSA employees. We had a great discussion on the priorities for our local members and action needed to improve the conditions at the Orlando International Airport. Click here for more information.
Getting to Know our Shingle Creek
I joined our friends at Florida Conservation Voters and WMFE on a kayak trip on Shingle Creek, the headwaters of the Everglades. It is home to important wildlife and in close proximity to our tourism corridor. As I continue to work on legislation to protect our Kissimmee River, it's important for me to learn more about our area's waterways and the best way to protect them.
Supporting our Agriculture Community
It was an honor to host Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried in our district for a wonderful visit to the Hunt Brothers Groves. A special thank you to Ellis Hunt for the hospitality and tour of the impressive citrus processing plants. We also appreciate Citrus Mutual and Ben Hill Griffin for hosting us at a legislative luncheon to discuss our agriculture priorities for Florida.