David Jolly

David Jolly

FLORIDA's 13th DISTRICT

Congressman Jolly co-sponsors legislation authorizing expanded air strikes against ISIS

2014/09/10

Seminole, Fla. – Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) has co-sponsored legislation, H.R. 5416, to give the President the authorization he needs for expanded air strikes against the radical group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as well as legislation, H.J. Res. 123, to create a clear path forward by repealing the outdated 2002 Authorization of Military Force and requiring the President to present a plan to Congress on U.S. strategy to fully confront the threat of ISIS. “Over the past month the United States and the international community has witnessed a level of violent terrorism in Iraq and Syria that shocks the human conscience, and it is abundantly clear that ISIS poses a direct threat to the national security interests of the United States,” Jolly said. “ISIS has already executed two American citizens and has willfully massacred thousands of Christians and other religious minorities with beheadings, crucifixions, and public mass executions,” Jolly continued. “The President must expand our efforts to empower our allies in freedom to destroy ISIS, and the American people deserve to have their representatives in the United States Congress engage in a thorough and deliberative debate over both our national security strategy and the Constitutional authority of the President to act,” Jolly added. #  #  # Read More

8.4.2014 E-Newsletter

2014/08/08

Dear Friend, It was a busy week in Washington, as Congress prepared for the August district work period. I’m pleased that the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate acted swiftly to pass a bipartisan emergency Veterans Affairs bill to address the ongoing crisis within the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The bill now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. The legislation is a good first step and provides some immediate relief, but we must continue working on a long-term solution.  Ultimately, I believe we need to give every veteran a choice card so they have complete control of their health care and if they want to go outside the VA system to a private provider they can do so. The legislation passed this week sets aside $10 billion forsomeveterans to seek medical care outside the VA system.  Another $5 billion will be used to hire additional medical staff at VA facilities around the country, as well as lease space for 27 new facilities including one in New Port Richey.  The VA Secretary will also be given greater authority to fire employees while streamlining the appeals process if the bill is signed into law. On Friday, the House passed legislation that would boost border security and accelerate judicial proceedings for immigrants.  This bill dramatically reduces the President’s spending request from nearly $4 billion to under $700 million and fully offsets each dollar spent through spending cuts and rescissions to other federal programs.  This bill includes $334 million to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and $22 million for hiring additional immigration law judges to expedite cases and removal orders.  Additionally, it provides $70 million for our National Guard to assist Border Patrol agents with surveillance, intelligence, and humanitarian activities.  You can watch my remarks here. Additionally, the House voted to freeze the President’s implementation of his administratively created and unlawful program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Congress this week also approveda $10.9 billion bill to fund highway projects through May 2015.  However, this is only a short-term fix and the financial issues facing the Highway Trust Fund must still be addressed.  I do not believe the answer is raising the federal gas tax which already stands at 18.4-cents per gallon. In other legislative news, I recently cosponsored bipartisan bills that would limit the cost of prescription drugs, saving seniors and other money.  For instance, H.R. 460 Patients’ Access to Treatments Act of 2013 would limit the cost of prescriptions for Medicare beneficiaries.  Additionally, I’m pushing H.R. 351 Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2013, which would repeal Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board.  Simply put, I believe that the federal government should not make your medical decisions. On Tuesday, I was honored to host in Washington, D.C. Pastor Jeff Parish of First Baptist Indian Rocks.  I invited Pastor Parish to deliver the U.S. House of Representatives’ opening prayer which you can watch here. My staff will hold mobile office hours in Clearwater this Thursday.  I’ll have staff on August 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Clearwater Main Library.  The Clearwater Main Library is located at 100 North Osceola Avenue.  Then from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on August 7th I will have staff at the High Point Neighborhood Family Center located at 5812 150thAvenue, North in Clearwater. With much respect, David W. Jolly Member of Congress Read More

7.26.2014 E-Newsletter

2014/08/08

Dear Friend,   This past week I penned an editorial that was published by a number of media outlets. Printed in the Tampa Tribune under the headline “Restoring a Congress that Works”, I explain how I believe in the radical notion that Congress should work. Congress should govern. And Congress should work more, not less.    You can read the complete editorial here.   Additionally, this past week I reiterated my belief that the sanctity of one’s marriage should be defined only by a couple’s faith, their God, and their principles of marriage, by saying: “As a matter of my Christian faith, I believe in traditional marriage. But as a matter of Constitutional principle I believe in a form of limited government that protects personal liberty. To me, that means that the sanctity of one’s marriage should be defined by their faith and by their church, not by their state. Accordingly, I believe it is fully appropriate for a state to recognize both traditional marriage as well as same-sex marriage.”   This is the same view I’ve held for more than a decade and I took time this week to further explain my position in a letter you can read here.   I do hope you take a minute to read it and as I wrote in the letter, I hope one day we as a community and as a nation can find agreement on this matter.  Until then, I am grateful to know of the convictions of so many on this issue and will continue to treat the matter with exceeding respect.   Legislatively, the House approved continuing the Brand USA travel program, which is a public-private partnership that encourages tourists to come to the United States. Brand USA requires no taxpayer funding, results in more than 1.1 million international tourists who contribute to the economic growth of our Pinellas County community, and ultimately returns funds to the U.S. Treasury, thus reducing our deficit. I spoke in support of Brand USA this week on the House floor and you can see my speech here.   The 2014 hurricane season is here and I encourage everyone to make an emergency plan and practice it. That was the message of two Public Service Announcements I recorded on Wednesday with The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore.        Keep in mind, should you need assistance or have questions or issues that my staff can assist with, our Seminole District office is located on the Seminole Campus of St. Petersburg College at 9210 113thSt., and you can reach us by calling there at (727) 392-4100.  You can also visit our St. Petersburg office which is located at 425 22ndAvenue North, Suite C in St. Petersburg. The office number there is (727) 823-8900.  News on a new north county office will be forthcoming in the near future. With much respect, David W. Jolly Member of Congress Read More

7.12.2014 E-Newsletter

2014/08/08

Dear Friend,   As someone who was born in Dunedin, it comes as no surprise that for the eighth year in a row, Honeymoon Island is Florida’s most popular state park. With its 4 miles of beaches and 3-mile long walking trail, the park is a great place to relax and explore nature. Look carefully and you might spot osprey, owls even a bald eagle or two.   This past week I had the pleasure of spending time at Honeymoon Island talking with park manager Peter Krulder.  Enjoying one of our area’s greatest treasures before returning to Washington, D.C. was definitely a highlight of my week.       Earlier this week, you may have seen news stories on the Florida Department of Transportation’s Port Tampa Bay cruise ship study.The entire FDOT report is available here. The study lays out options for growing the region’s cruise ship business. As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee I believe it's important we begin a dialogue now and explore all options to make sure we are positioned to maximize future cruise business opportunities. The options discussed in the report are a great start. Keep in mind, Port Tampa Bay has a $15 billion annual economic impact and if there are ways to increase that number, we should work tirelessly to do that.   The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee held two meetings this week. During one of those meetings we heard from four whistleblowers who accused the VA of retaliating against them for exposing poor medical care. You can see excerpts from the hearings and my questioning by clicking here.   Ultimately, I believe we must give veterans a choice where they get their medical care and I’ll continue to push for that as we move forward.   Recently I met Lisa Hoang Shockley and her family and discussed what we can do to fight Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Following the meeting I sent a letter to the FDA encouraging the agency to continue working collaboratively with scientific and clinical experts and the SMA advocacy community in the development of clinical endpoints.       Finally, a reminder we will have mobile office hours in Safety Harbor this coming week.  We’ll have staff on Thursday, July 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce located at 200 Main Street. With much respect, David W. Jolly Member of Congress Read More

Reps. Jolly and Murphy: Putting partisanship aside and making tough choices

2014/08/07

Whenever we’re home in Florida, our constituents always ask us about the country’s finances. The American people instinctively know that running mindless deficits and carrying an unsustainable debt hurts our country and their families. They also know that a balanced budget cannot come without tough choices. Unfortunately, history has shown that Congress refuses to make those tough choices. But some choices don’t have to be tough. There are simple, common sense solutions to cut our deficit now. Democrats and Republicans should put partisan bickering aside and come together on things we do agree on: government should be more efficient, taxpayer dollars must not be wasted, and abuse of power must not be tolerated. That is why we, along with 10 other bipartisan members of Congress, including eight members of the United Solutions Caucus, have introduced the third bill in the Savings, Accountability, Value, and Efficiency (SAVE) Act series. Our latest bill will slash government spending by over $100 billion by implementing such simple solutions as buying software in bulk, preventing the Overseas Contingency Operations from being used as a slush fund, and denying taxpayer-funded pensions for corrupt bureaucrats convicted of federal criminal charges. Committing ourselves to finding savings wherever they may be also means merely turning off government computers for four hours a night, improving the energy efficiency of our postal fleet and federal buildings, and fixing a system in which duplicate health payments are made in exchange for no added care or benefits. Fundamentally, these fiscally responsible measures are similar to actions taken by millions of Americans every day. To save money, we shop around and buy in bulk. We turn off electronics that are not in use. We set a household budget and we stick to it. These actions improve the financial health of families nationwide – it is only proper the federal government does the same on a wider scale. Combined with the provisions in the first two SAVE Acts — which alone would eliminate about $230 billion — Congress could save the federal government a third of a trillion dollars. This is enough money to fund our military’s salaries, health care, and retirement benefits for over four years. Cutting $332 billion in waste, fraud, abuse, and inefficiency would show the American people that Congress is serious about the tax dollars it has been entrusted with. By passing the SAVE Acts, we could demonstrate that both Democrats and Republicans in Congress, despite gerrymandered districts, a 24-hour news cycle, and a never-ending campaign cycle, can come together on behalf of the American people. We are proud that this bill is represented by every corner of the United States and viewpoints on the left, right, and center. Gridlock, bickering, and shouting do nothing for the American people, but coming together to develop common sense solutions is what the public demands of its leaders. There is no arguing that Washington is a mess, but as we work together on bills like the SAVE Acts, we can give the American people optimism that the government they deserve is closer to reality than they think. Congressman David Jolly represents Florida District 13. Congressman Patrick E. Murphy represents Florida District 18. Read More

Congressman David Jolly calls for immediate action on VA reform bill

2014/07/29

For Immediate Release Mon. July 28th, 2014 Contact Preston Rudie, Communications Dir. (727) 418-7722   Congressman David Jolly calls for immediate action on VA reform bill  Seminole, Fla. – Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) is calling on his fellow members in Congress to act swiftly and pass a proposed Veterans Affairs reform bill by the end of the week. “The emergency legislation unveiled today helps clear the veteran wait lists and eliminating those waits must be a priority which is why I’m calling on Congress to act this week and approve this bill before the start of the August district work period,” said Jolly, a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “This bill is a good first step and provides some immediate relief,” Jolly added. “But we must continue working on a long-term solution to this crisis. We need to give every veteran a choice card so they have complete control of their health care and if they want to go outside the VA system to a private provider they can do so.” The legislation sets aside $10 billion for some veterans to seek medical care outside the VA system. Another $5 billion would be used to hire additional medical staff at VA facilities around the country, as well as lease space for 27 new facilities around the nation including one in New Port Richey. The VA Secretary would also be given greater authority to fire employees while streamlining the appeals process if the bill is signed into law. #  #  #     Read More

Congress should spend more days in session

2014/07/23

I believe in the radical notion that Congress should work. Congress should govern. And Congress should work more, not less. Republicans, Democrats and Independents in Congress should all have a part in the process. Each member, having been elected by their community of approximately 700,000, should have an opportunity to contribute to the legislative process that ultimately determines the future of our country. I’ve had the privilege to represent Florida’s 13th Congressional District for just over four months. Like most other first-time candidates, I ran against the dysfunction and the discord in Washington. Once elected, however, members of Congress must not resign themselves to that dysfunction. We must fix it. So what do we do?  First, we return to regular order. We return to legislating. Bills should be fully heard in committee. Members of both parties should be permitted to offer amendments and to be heard. This simple adherence to regular order will by itself soften the vitriol and the rhetoric across the aisle, because win or lose, all members will have the opportunity to be heard. Here’s the good news. The House, under strong leadership of the Speaker, has made remarkable progress in returning to regular order. For all of the President’s complaining about Congress, the fact is that the House has passed over 300 bills that sit in the Senate unheard, victims of the Senate majority’s inaction. The House has also engaged in a regular order, open amendment budget process this year, allowing hundreds of amendments to be offered by the minority party. The Senate should follow suit. And the President must himself remember that he is vested with the Article II authority of the Presidency, not the Article I authority of the Congress. We have equal branches, each vested with responsibility to act. Congress sets its agenda based on the priorities it believes are right for our country, just as the President pursues his agenda. It is time the President stop the rhetoric and politicking, and realize a simple truth — Mr. President, you do your job, we in Congress will do ours. And despite any frustration the President may have that the House opposes his agenda, he should remember that he does not have the privilege to, as one of the current Democratic senators recently said, “borrow” the Article I authority of the Congress. And so accountability must go both ways. Both parties, both branches of government, should do better. Finally, I am often asked about the most important impression I have as a new member of Congress. And it’s this. We should be in session more. We cannot rightfully address the many concerns of the American people if we are not in session. By increasing the days that we are in session, I believe we will create an environment where Republicans, Democrats and Independents can work together, substantively, thoroughly, and with great deliberation.  We will create a Congress that works. U.S. Rep. David Jolly represents Congressional District 13. Read More

Congressman Jolly says cruise ship study will help start dialogue

2014/07/08

Seminole, FL – Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) released the following statement today regarding the FDOT Tampa Bay Cruise Ship Study.  "It's important we begin this dialogue now and explore all options to ensure the Port of Tampa is positioned to maximize future cruise business opportunities. The options discussed in today's report are a great start. The Port of Tampa has a $15 billion annual economic impact and if there are ways to increase that number, we should work tirelessly to do that. But no option should come at the expense of our environment." The entire FDOT report is available here. NOTE: Congressman Jolly is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. #  #  # Read More

7.4.2014 E-Newsletter

2014/07/07

Dear Friend, Happy Independence Day! Please click on the American Flag below to view my  Independence Day message:    Here’s a list of local Independence Day events from Destination Tampa Bay where you can see fireworks light the sky. Most are scheduled to start at 9:00 p.m., weather permitting. St. Petersburg. Fireworks on Spa Beach at The Pier, 615 2nd Avenue N. Best places to watch are the city's waterfront parks along Bayshore Drive. 727-893-7465.  Clearwater. Patriotic concert, kids' games, vendors and fireworks. Events start at 4 p.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St.   Safety Harbor. Parade on Main Street at 10 a.m. Live entertainment and family fun starting at 5. Watch from the lawn of the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa and the city's Waterfront Park and along Bayshore Boulevard near the Marina. 727-723-2822 or 727-724-1572.   Dunedin. Hometown USA / 4th of July Celebration at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Watch the Blue Jays, then hear Greg Billings Band and end the night with a spectacular fireworks display.   Gulfport Waterfront Arts Celebration.  Kids' Fishing Derby from 8 to 11 a.m. and a sand sculpture contest.  Auto show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Locally handcrafted items on display. Historic Waterfront Arts District, 3129 Beach Blvd. S. 727-322-5217.   Largo. DJ music and activities for all ages and festival foods in Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. No alcohol, pets or personal fireworks are permitted. 727-586-7415.   Treasure Island. Beer truck, food and crafts vendors, children's activities and live music by Horses Wild at Sloppy Joe's. Free Fireworks on the beach at 107th and Gulf Blvd. 727-367-1600.   Madeira Beach. "Mad Beach Festival" with a hula-hoop contest, food and beverages, live music for most of the day. Archibald Park, 15100 Gulf Blvd. Craft Festival Saturday and Sunday.   Tarpon Springs. Patriotic Picnic in the Park in Craig Park with lots of fun events, live music and a water slide. Fireworks off Sunset Beach best viewed from Fred Howard Park.   Museum of Fine Arts, St. Pete. Enjoy a barbecue buffet, live music and prime seating in the Museum's glass conservatory. Then watch St. Petersburg's fireworks display with prime seating. 727-822-1032. A reminder you can follow me on Twitter or like my page on Facebook.  Next week we will also have mobile office hours in Dunedin. We’ll have staff on Tuesday, July 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Hale Senior Activity Center which is located at 330 Douglas Avenue. Keep in mind you, should you need assistance or have questions or issues that my staff can assist with, our Seminole District office is located on the Seminole Campus of St. Petersburg College at 9210 113th St. and you can reach us by  calling there at (727) 392-4100. You can also visit our St. Petersburg office which is located at 425 22nd Avenue North, Suite C. The office number there is (727) 823-8900. With much respect, David W. Jolly Member of Congress Read More

6.28.2014 E-Newsletter

2014/07/07

Dear Friend,  Let me begin by wishing you and all Americans an early Happy Fourth of July! I also hope you join me Friday in taking a moment to reflect on the meaning of Independence Day and the powerful words our Founding Fathers wrote in the Declaration of Independence 238 years ago; embracing individual liberty as a founding tenant of our new nation. This past week I had a number of memorable meetings in DC, including time spent with two families touched by childhood cancer. I met with the Woodworth family (pictured above) from Brandon as part of the Alliance for Childhood Cancer 2014 Childhood Cancer Action Day. I was asked and proudly agreed to join the Childhood Cancer Caucus and co-sponsor legislation to continue funding several pediatric cancer research programs. I also had the pleasure to meet with teen cancer survivor Tony Colton of Sarasota. A real inspiration, Tony is passionate about bringing awareness to issues facing pediatric cancer centers and was at the Capitol advocating on behalf of All Children’s Hospital. As you may have read in the Tampa Tribune this week, Tony convinced the All Children’s staff to install a “weight-gaining station” in the hospital where patients can make their own protein-packed milkshakes.   Then I met with 5-year-old Jaden Vidal Velasquez of Tampa (pictured below). Jaden was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a congenital heart defect in which the left side of the heart is severely underdeveloped. I spoke with Jaden and his family about the care he receives at the nationally recognized Chronic-Complex Clinic at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and how we might be able to help establish similar medical homes around the country. It was a pleasure to host our district’s Congressional Art Competition winner Kobi Matthews and his father this week (pictured below). Kobi’s winning entry will be on display in the U.S. Capitol for the next year. A junior this fall at Shorecrest High School, Kobi will also be eligible for scholarship opportunities from the Savannah College of Arts and Design. Congratulations Kobi! On the legislative front I continue to push for giving veterans a choice when it comes to their health care. After reading about the allegations of more than 1,000 appointments to the gastrointestinal clinic at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center being canceled in recent years, I also reached out and spoke directly with Director Suzanne Klinker and her staff. She reassured me the matter is being looked at but beyond that the director informed me they have yet to see a formal complaint or be contacted by the Inspector General. A special thanks to Stetson University College of Law for presenting me this week with one of their annual Distinguished Service Awards. It is a humbling honor. A reminder we will have mobile office hours in Clearwater this coming week. We’ll have staff on Thursday, July 3rd at the Clearwater Main Library from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. The Clearwater Main Library is located at 100 North Osceola Avenue. Then we will have staff from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the High Point Neighborhood Family Center located at 5812 150thAvenue North. With much respect, David W. Jolly Member of Congress Read More

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