Ron DeSantis

Ron DeSantis

FLORIDA's 6th DISTRICT

DeSantis: Don't Use Tax Dollars to Fund the Pro-Hamas U.N. Bureaucracy

2014/07/17

Washington, DC – In reaction to news that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) discovered that approximately 20 rockets were placed by militants in a UNRWA-run school in the Gaza Strip, Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) has renewed his call for Congress to pass his Palestinian Accountability Act. The Palestinian Accountability Act would withhold funds from UNRWA until certain conditions are met. "The discovery of missiles in a school demonstrates the depravity of Hamas and the lengths it will go to attack Israel,” DeSantis said. “Furthermore, UNRWA works in cooperation with Hamas towards its odious aims, thereby supporting terrorism and undermining the interests of the United States.  American taxpayers should not be coerced into funding an organization that works hand in hand with Hamas.” As well as withholding United States funding from UNRWA, the Palestinian Accountability Act will withhold foreign aid from the Palestinian Authority until: It recognizes Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. Strongly and regularly condemns terrorism, while bringing terrorists to justice. The Palestinian Authority excludes Hamas from government unless Hamas is publically held to the requirements of this bill.   Read More

DeSantis Amendments to Hold IRS Accountable Pass House

2014/07/16

Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed two amendments offered by Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015. Both amendments aim to curb the flagrant abuse of power and taxpayer money by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). One DeSantis Amendment, which passed 264-157, will ban spending taxpayer dollars on IRS conferences. The other DeSantis Amendment, which passed 351-71, will prohibit the IRS from using correspondence systems that are not susceptible to meaningful oversight. "The systematic abuse of taxpayer money and the attempts to evade congressional oversight at the IRS are an outrage,” DeSantis said. “As an agency that has been used as a powerful and destructive tool against taxpayers, it is necessary that the IRS is fully transparent to both Congress and the American people.  At a time in which active duty military personnel are receiving pink slips, we cannot allow the IRS to spend lavishly on conferences. And we cannot accept any further obfuscation or evasion from this powerful agency." Read More

DeSantis to VA: Veterans in St. Augustine Deserve Answers

2014/07/15

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), sent a letter to the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Sloan Gibson, with questions regarding the status of the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in St. Augustine, Florida. A copy of the letter can be found here. Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Rep. Jeff Miller (FL-01), and Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) joined DeSantis in expressing concern that veterans in St. Johns County receive uninterrupted care during the CBOC’s transition to a new facility. DeSantis issued the following statement: “The VA clinic in St. Augustine serves more than 5,000 veterans and ensuring that our veterans continue to receive medical care is one of my top priorities. I look forward to working with Acting Secretary Gibson to protect the care and services that Florida’s veterans deserve and I appreciate Senator Rubio and Chairman Miller for joining me in this effort.” Read More

DeSantis Statement on Murder of Israeli Teenagers

2014/06/30

St. Augustine, FL – Today, the Israeli military announced that the three Israeli teenagers – Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel – who were kidnapped June 12 have been found murdered. Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), author of the Palestinian Accountability Act and a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement: "The murder of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas terrorists is an outrage.  While it should have been obvious from the start that any 'unity' government that includes Hamas would not be interested in peace with Israel, the Obama administration has continued to send money to the Palestinian Authority even though current law prohibits funds from going to a Hamas-influenced government.  Congress must immediately move to cut off funds to the Fatah-Hamas unity government.  American taxpayers cannot subsidize a government that is adverse to our interests and whose behavior is contrary to our values." Read More

DeSantis Statement on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Decision

2014/06/30

The Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby sides with individual liberty over the coercive power of the state. It also vindicates the separation of powers by upholding statutory religious freedom protections over a mandate which did not pass Congress but was instead decreed by the whim of an executive branch bureaucrat. Read More

DeSantis Statement on NLRB v. Canning Decision

2014/06/30

"The President shall have the Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session." -- U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 2 In a unanimous 9-0 judgment, the Supreme Court repudiated President Obama's attempt to circumvent the safeguards contained in the Constitution by installing two members onto the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) without obtaining the required Senate confirmation. The Recess Appointments Clause is clear that the President can unilaterally fill a vacancy when (1) the vacancy is created during the recess of the Senate and (2) the appointment is made during that recess. For decades, Presidents have routinely abused the Recess Appointments Clause by appointing individuals to fill vacancies during a Senate recess even when the initial vacancy did not "happen during the Recess of the Senate." Obama went even further -- he purported to use the Recess Appointment clause to justify filling vacancies while the Senate was not even in recess. If Obama had his way, the constitutionally-mandated Senate confirmation process would be a dead letter. All nine justices found that Obama violated the Constitution, but the Court split 5-4 on the underlying rationale. Five justices construed the recess appointment power in a way that vindicated past Presidents' use of the power while enforcing the requirement that the Senate actually be in recess for the clause to apply. Four justices simply applied the Constitution as written, which rendered Obama's actions unconstitutional but also called into question the practices of past Presidents. When there is a conflict between past practices and the text of the Constitution, it is the latter, these four justices reasoned, that must prevail. This dispute over constitutional process is very important regarding policy substance. By going around the Constitution, Obama placed individuals on the NLRB who are hostile to non-union workers and small businesses, thereby moving policy in a direction it might not have gone had Obama followed the Constitution.  The Constitution's structure is not simply a curiosity meant to provide students with something to study during civics class. It is the primary security for our liberty and the main mechanism through which we hold government accountable. Read More

DeSantis supports Rep. Raúl Labrador for House Majority Leader

2014/06/17

Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today announced his support for Rep. Raúl Labrador (ID-01) in the upcoming Majority Leader race. DeSantis issued the following statement: "Raúl Labrador is a conservative reformer who will stand for liberty and challenge Washington sacred cows.  He is also a skilled communicator who is capable of articulating limited government principles to a broad cross-section of Americans.  I am happy to support a change agent like Raúl for the position of House Majority Leader."  Read More

DeSantis Statement on Capture of Abu Khattala

2014/06/17

Washington, DC – Today it was reported that U.S. forces captured Ahmed Abu Khattala, the alleged ringleader of the 9/11/2012 Benghazi terror attack, over the weekend. Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) issued the following statement: "I applaud U.S. Special Operations forces for capturing the terrorist Abu Khattala, one of the ringleaders of the Benghazi terrorist attack on 9/11/2012.  The United States must acquire intelligence from him about Ansar Al-Sharia and the other perpetrators of the attack so that justice can be done." Read More

DeSantis: VA Accountability Long Overdue

2014/05/21

Washington, DC –  In an bipartisan 390-33 vote, the House of Representatives today passed H.R. 4031, the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act. Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) was a co-sponsor and outspoken advocate for the passage of H.R. 4031. DeSantis issued the following statement: “Senior officials at the VA must be held accountable for the mismanagement and malfeasance that has occurred on their watch. The treatment of our veterans by the VA is an ongoing national disgrace. The House has acted to restore accountability by passing this important legislation and I hope that the Senate will follow suit.”  Read More

DeSantis Announces House will Vote on Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act

2014/05/20

Washington, DC –  This week, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H.R. 4031, the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act, of which Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) is a co-sponsor. DeSantis issued the following statement: "The treatment of our veterans by the VA is an ongoing national disgrace.  I am pleased that the House is taking definitive action to institute accountability in the VA. If senior officials are not adequately performing their jobs, and letting our veterans down in the process, then they need to be removed from their positions. Those who have put their lives on the line in defense of our freedom’s deserve better than this.”  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.


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