Staff from the office of Congressman DeSantis will be holding office hours in Flagler County on Wednesday, June 7 from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Whether you need assistance with a federal agency or just want to share your concerns, please stop by!
The House of Representatives today passed H.R. 883, the Targeting Child Predators Act, introduced by Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06).
“After speaking with Florida law enforcement about the challenges they face when tracking suspects online, I introduced the Targeting Child Predators Act,” DeSantis said. “I applaud my colleagues from both sides of the aisle for stepping up tonight and voting to give our law enforcement the tools they need to protect vulnerable children.”
Law enforcement can often obtain the IP address of a suspected child predator and then subpoena Internet Service Providers (ISP) for the user information attached to the IP address. ISPs may then inform the user of the law enforcement inquiry, enabling suspected child predators to wipe clean their accounts and delete potential evidence. The Targeting Child Predators Act would amend 18 USC Section 3486, requiring that ISPs, in the very specific case of child exploitation, wait 180 days prior to disclosing to a specific user that their information was requested by law enforcement.Read More
Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, issued the following statement in response to media reports and videos showing Turkish security forces beating Americans at a protest outside Turkey’s embassy in Washington:
“It’s bad enough Turkish President Recep Erdogan refuses to recognize freedom of speech and religion at home and has suppressed political opposition to his rule. It’s worse that he stands at the nexus of support for nefarious jihadist groups. That his security detail has now engaged in such behavior on our own soil against American protesters is unconscionable. The Erdogan government must be held to account immediately and apologize for their anti-democratic violence. The men responsible for this brutality should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. At the very least, this goon squad should be declared persona non grata and removed from the country forever. Nobody is immune to violations of the laws of our land when it involves mass violence against our people. Mr. Erdogan must be reminded that he cannot stomp on the rights of the citizens of the United States. This is the land of the free and the home of the brave, not an Islamist tyranny.”Read More
Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration's hesitancy to acknowledge that the Western Wall is part of Israel:
"The Western Wall is one of the holiest sites in Judaism and there is no reason to be waffling about whether it is properly considered to be a part of Israel. Jerusalem is the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish people and of the modern State of Israel. Indeed, soon Israelis will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem during the defensive Six Day War. Let's stand with our strong friend and ally and not kowtow to those who seek to do Israel harm."Read More
Palm Coast, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) issued the following statement regarding the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey:
"President Trump made the right decision to relieve FBI Director James Comey of his duties. I look forward to the President nominating a strong director who will keep the FBI focused on its core mission and out of the political thicket."Read More
Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) announced today that Abigail Marais, a student at Seabreeze High School, has won the 2017 Congressional Art Competition with her colored pencil artwork titled “Austin.” Marais will receive complimentary airfare for herself and a guest to attend an unveiling ceremony at the United States Capitol, where her artwork will be displayed for one year.
“It is always a joy to see the colorful and creative artwork submitted by students for the Congressional Art Competition,” DeSantis said. “This year we had over 40 incredible entries! Congratulations to Abigail for her winning portrait; I look forward to seeing it hanging in the United States Capitol. Thank you to our esteemed panel for determining a winner and our local teachers who help foster the artistic talents of our students every single day.”
Charles Schaefer, local oil painter and owner of the Charles Schaefer Art Studio; Rick Cannizzaro, acrylic painter; and Jane Mealy, longtime art collector and Chairwoman of the Flagler Beach City Commission, determined a winner during a reception held at the Ocean Art Gallery in Flagler Beach.Read More
Washington, DC — Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asking the State Department to allow American citizens born in Jerusalem to designate “Israel” as their place of birth on US passports and other official documents should they so choose. Read the full letter here. DeSantis was joined by 51 of his colleagues. DeSantis issued the following statement:
"Allowing American citizens born in Jerusalem the option to list Israel as their birthplace is a simple adjustment that will honor the wishes of thousands of citizens. This change would be consistent with State Department guidelines pertaining to birthplace designations in other areas and I urge Secretary Tillerson to revise their policy immediately.”Read More
Staff from the office of Congressman DeSantis will be holding office hours in Flagler County on Wednesday, May 3 from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Whether you need assistance with a federal agency or just want to share your concerns, please stop by!
Washington, DC - Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) and Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-06) today launched the Israel Victory Caucus. This caucus will serve to both educate Congress on the shared challenges faced by the United States and Israel and to advance legislation that supports peace in Israel. DeSantis issued the following statement:
"With the repairing of the United States-Israel relationship under the Trump administration, we have a tremendous opportunity to build on our close friendship by furthering military and economic ties. Recognizing Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state is a condition precedent to achieving Middle East peace. The United States needs to be very clear that Israel is here to stay and those who seek Israel’s destruction will earn the enmity of the United States.”Read More
Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, today condemned the ongoing human rights abuses in Venezuela and the seizure of a General Motors production facility; he urged President Trump to stand with the Venezuelan people who are resisting Maduro's tyranny. DeSantis previously introduced a resolution encouraging President Trump to consider targeted sanctions against government officials.
“President Nicolás Maduro will leave behind a disgraceful legacy tarnished by his repeated abuses of power and an economic crisis precipitated by his socialist policies,” DeSantis said. “The seizure of General Motors assets is a naked abuse of government power that is fully consistent with the repeated behavior of Maduro and the socialist government of Venezuela. I urge President Trump to pursue additional sanctions, as well as other appropriate measures, to hold Maduro accountable and to give hope to the people suffering under Maduro's tyrannical yoke."Read More
Congressman Ron DeSantis will be participating in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Spring Speaker Series on Monday, April 17th at 7:00 PM. There will be a discussion, moderated by Marc Bernier, on the issues facing Florida and our nation, and the audience will have an opportunity to ask the Congressman questions.
This event is open to the public and will be held in the Willie Miller Instructional Center auditorium on Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach Campus. Doors open at 6 PM. The series will be taped and broadcast on FM93.5/AM1150 WNDB's "Marc Bernier Show".Read More
Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) is calling on President Donald Trump to ask King Abdullah of Jordan to honor the FBI’s request to extradite Ahlam Aref Ahmad Al-Tamimi in order that she stand trial for her role in a 2001 terrorist attack that killed two Americans.
"Terrorist Ahlam Al-Tamimi has expressed no remorse for her role in planning and executing the deadly attack on a Jerusalem restaurant that killed two Americans,” DeSantis said. “During today’s meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan, President Trump should ask for the immediate extradition of Al-Tamimi so that she may face prosecution for her heinous crime. Malki Roth and Judith Greenbaum deserve justice."
DeSantis, Chairman of the National Security Committee, highlighted this attack during a February 2016 hearing examining the role of the Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism.Read More
Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to rescind the 2013 rule issued by the Office of Personnel Management that provided illicit taxpayer-funded ObamaCare subsidies for members of Congress. Read the full letter here.
"Members of Congress receive unauthorized subsidies in order to offset the financial burden of purchasing health insurance; these subsidies are not available to the public at-large. By blowing the whistle on this special deal concocted by OPM, President Trump will make members of Congress better understand the burdens of ObamaCare, thereby incentivizing members to get to work on a good repeal and replace plan."Read More
Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the National Security Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding reports that Susan Rice requested the identities of Trump campaign and transition team members referenced in intelligence reports:
"The purported 'unmasking' of the identities of members of the Trump transition team for political purposes is a serious charge that needs a thorough examination. That Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice is alleged to have been responsible for this unmasking is troubling given her history of deceit and her close relationship with then-President Obama. Congress needs to get to the bottom of this and the FBI should be investigating whether any laws were broken. We need to know whether the material gleaned from the Rice unmasking is the material fed to the media in an attempt to do political damage to the Trump administration and, if so, who was responsible for leaking it."Read More
Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, released the following statement on the Venezuelan Supreme Court’s takeover of the National Assembly:
"I join the Organization of American States in strongly denouncing the illicit takeover of the democratically elected National Assembly. President Nicolás Maduro’s blatant disregard for internationally recognized principles of democracy and human rights can no longer go ignored. To the people of Venezuela who are suffering at the hands of this failed socialist state, know that the United States hears your pleas for freedom.”Read More
Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today proposed an amendment to the American Health Care Act that would eliminate taxpayer subsidies for members of Congress that were engineered by an administrative rule but not authorized by the law. DeSantis has been leading the charge to end these illegal ObamaCare subsidies since 2013.
DeSantis issued the following statement:
“Due to an administrative work-a-round of dubious legality, members of Congress receive generous taxpayers subsidies for health insurance obtained in the D.C. small business exchange, which is supposed to be limited to businesses with fewer than 50 employees. This arrangement has shielded members from the burdens of ObamaCare. The American Health Care Act does not disturb this special deal and it is high time that members live under the law as written. My amendment will rescind the questionable OPM rule from 2013 and make Congress live under the same system as everyone else.”Read More
Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) took to the House floor this morning to honor Capt. Andrew Becker and 1st Lt. Frederick "Drew" Dellecker, who were recently killed in a training accident. DeSantis’ full remarks can be viewed here.
Remarks as delivered:
Mr. Speaker, I rise to express my condolences to the families of the three Air Force officers who were killed in a plane crash earlier this week in New Mexico. Two of these officers had strong ties to the sixth congressional district in Florida, in particular Volusia County.
Captain Andrew Becker graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach in 2007. Was a great student, real world-beater, and he did what many graduates of Riddle do: he served our country with honor and distinction and we're thankful for his service to this country and we send our condolences to his wife.
First Lieutenant Drew Dellecker graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2013 after growing up in Volusia County. He was a special guy who dedicated his life to serving our country and defending our freedoms. The Volusia County community is saddened by his loss and his parents Bill and Karen are in our thoughts and prayers.
May God bless these fine young men, and may God bless their memory and the United States of America and I yield back.Read More
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On January 3, 2013, Ron DeSantis was sworn in as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives as the federal representative for Florida’s sixth congressional district, which encompasses St. Johns and Flagler counties, as well as large portions of Volusia and Putnam counties.
A native Floridian with blue collar roots, Ron worked his way through Yale University, where he earned a bachelor of arts, magna cum laude, and was the captain of the varsity baseball team. He also graduated with honors from Harvard Law School.
While at Harvard, Ron earned a commission in the United States Navy as a JAG officer. During his active duty service, he served as a military prosecutor, supported operations at the terrorist detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and deployed to Iraq during the 2007 troop surge as an advisor to a U.S. Navy SEAL commander in support of the SEAL mission in Iraq. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal (meritorious service) and the Iraq Campaign Medal.
He has also served as a federal prosecutor, prosecuting a wide range of cases involving offenses such as child exploitation, fraud, and interference with military air navigation.
He has written on constitutional first principles in various outlets and in his book, Dreams From Our Founding Fathers: First Principles in the Age of Obama.
Ron lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL with his wife, Casey Black DeSantis, an Emmy award-winning television host. He is currently an officer in the U.S. Navy reserve.
Applaud my colleagues from both sides of aisle for stepping up tonight & voting to give law enforcement tools they need to protect children.
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BREAKING → the House has just passed my Targeting Child Predators Act.
Thank you to President Trump and the State Department for sanctioning eight Venezuelan Supreme Court Judges for their role in the illicit takeover
In just two weeks, the #PAWSAct already has over 100 bipartisan cosponsors! It is an honor to work with each of these members to combat post-traumatic
It’s bad enough Turkish President Recep Erdogan refuses to recognize freedom of speech and religion at home and has suppressed political opposition
In case you missed it, last night I joined Martha MacCallum on Fox News. Watch below ↓