Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) issued the following statement on the passing of former Israeli President Shimon Peres:
“I join all friends of Israel around the world in mourning the loss of Shimon Peres, one of Israel’s founding fathers. Peres dedicated his life to serving the State of Israel and helped make modern Israel what it is today. Whether it was helping Israel acquire the arms it needed to defend itself from its Soviet-backed enemies or striving towards peaceful reconciliation, Peres was a leader and a statesman. Shimon Peres always lived up to his motto: ‘You are as great as the cause that you serve, and as young as your dreams.’ May we all strive to do the same.”Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) has joined 142 of his colleagues in sending a letter to House leadership asking them to immediately pass H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act. The full text of the letter can be found here.
H.R. 5303 authorizes twenty-eight Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works projects, including the Flagler County Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project and a study analyzing potential stormwater retention and flood protection measures in Daytona Beach.
“Passing the Water Resources Development Act will allow the Army Corps of Engineers to move forward with necessary water infrastructure projects across the country and here in Florida,” DeSantis said. “Restoring dunes along the Flagler coastline will help increase protection against storm damage while authorizing the Daytona Beach study could pave the way for much-needed flood mitigation. I urge House Leadership to bring the Water Resources Development Act to the House floor for a vote as soon as possible.”
Port Orange, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) issued the followed statement concerning reports that the Department of Justice declined an FBI request to investigate the relationship between the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton’s State Department:
“The Clinton Foundation previously failed to disclose millions in foreign donations during Clinton’s time as Secretary of State and now e-mails have surfaced showing Foundation employees peddling influence with the State Department. Yet Loretta Lynch and her Department of Justice nixed the FBI from investigating what appears to be a serious breach of the public trust. Once again Lynch has demonstrated her contempt for the American people by prioritizing politics over the pursuit of justice.”Read More
Port Orange, FL – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that out of $16 million, Florida will receive merely 4.5%, or $720,000, in new funding. Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) joined the Florida delegation, led by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), in sending a letter to the CDC asking that they reconsider their allocation of Zika funding.
“Harry Reid and his Senate lieutenants need to stop filibustering Zika funding; in the meantime, the CDC needs to be discerning when determining where to send existing resources. Florida is on the front-lines in the fight against Zika and federal funding should be prioritized for our state. In order to effectively combat the threat of Zika and protect the American people, I believe the CDC must provide additional money above what has been announced.”
DeSantis has repeatedly called for Congress to take action against Zika and has been critical of Senate Democrats’ multiple attempts to block Zika funding.Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the National Security Subcommittee, held a joint hearing today with Rep. John Mica (FL-07), Chairman of the Transportation and Public Assets Subcommittee, to conduct oversight of the Urban Area Security Initiative Grant Program. DeSantis issued the following statement:
“For the last two years, the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Urban Area Security Initiative funding to Orlando because they felt that terrorists were ‘unlikely to attack’ Orlando. FEMA was wrong and last month’s attack in Orlando was the deadliest attack in the United States since 9/11.
The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency must allocate preparedness funding in a way that recognizes recent terrorist trends. FEMA must listen to the appeals of cities that are the closest to the threat as they are the first responders and best know the risks. This also includes adding Volusia and Brevard counties – both of which sent personnel to Orlando in response to the Pulse nightclub attacks – to the Orlando Metropolitan Statistical Area, which will better reflect the area’s true risk. Central Florida contains many so-called soft targets and DHS must take the appropriate action to protect this key region.”Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) issued the following statement after Senate Democrats again blocked funding for Zika:
“The House has voted multiple times to provide funding so that the federal government may combat the public health threat posed by the Zika virus. These resources will help to develop effective treatments and bolster preventive measures. Harry Reid and his lieutenants in the Senate need to stop playing games and allow the Zika funding and related measures to move forward. Also, the Obama administration needs to start putting existing resources to use; leaving over 80% of the appropriated Zika money sitting idle isn’t going to do anything to protect the American people.”Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) released the following statement after questioning Attorney General Loretta Lynch when she appeared before the House Committee on the Judiciary today:
"Attorney General Lynch delivered a dismal performance before the House Judiciary Committee. Her refusal to answer any questions regarding the classified information case against Hillary Clinton demonstrated contempt for Congress and the American people.
Even though serious questions remain about the appearance of impropriety in the case -- from Lynch's private meeting with Bill Clinton to President Obama's endorsement of Secretary Clinton -- Lynch retrenched to a 'hear no evil, see no evil' posture that provided zero insight into her decision to accept the FBI's recommendation. Indeed, she would not even discuss her Department's analysis of the statutes that govern classified information."Read More
Washington, DC –Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today questioned FBI Director James Comey on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information. Comey’s testimony included the statement that he did not believe that the FBI’s “investigation established that [Clinton] was actually particularly sophisticated with respect to classified information and the levels and the treatment."
DeSantis issued the following statement: "Director Comey acknowledged that an FBI employee who treated classified information with extreme carelessness would be subject to termination, revocation of security clearance and be barred from future employment in a national security position. He also testified that Secretary Clinton lacked 'sophistication' about classified information, which was stunning given that she headed the State Department and was herself an original classification authority. While I disagree with Director Comey's legal conclusion, and believe that Secretary Clinton's gross negligence harmed our national security, It is clear that the FBI investigation revealed damning information about Clinton's conduct in office and demonstrated that she has repeatedly made false statements to the public regarding classified information on her private server."Read More
Washington, DC – Sens. Deb Fischer (NE) and Cory Booker (NJ) introduced the Senate companion to Rep. Ron DeSantis’ (FL-06) bill H.R. 4764, Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers, or the PAWS Act. The PAWS Act will expand access to service dogs through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for post-9/11 veterans with severe post-traumatic stress.
“I applaud Senators Fischer and Booker for standing with our veterans against post-traumatic stress by introducing the PAWS Act in the Senate,” DeSantis said. “Providing the best care possible for servicemembers who are battling post-traumatic stress is a pressing issue that is yielding broad support in both houses of Congress. I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to pass this legislation so that our veterans can receive the care they need.”
“Our wounded warriors have made tremendous sacrifices for their country,” said Fischer. “Many bear invisible wounds and struggle each day. I’m proud to join Senator Booker to introduce the PAWS Act in the Senate and Congressman DeSantis, who has introduced the House version. Our bill would bring the joys and love of man’s best friend to help our veterans cope with the scars of war.”
“We are forever in debt to our brave wounded warriors for their sacrifice to preserve our freedoms,” Booker said. “I am proud to join Senator Fischer and Congressman DeSantis to introduce bipartisan legislation that will enable the VA to provide service dogs to increase the quality of life and provide therapeutic comfort for our heroes as they readapt to civilian life.”Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) issued the following statement regarding the FBI’s findings in the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified informationinformation:
"Today's recommendation that Secretary Clinton face no charges is baffling. The FBI investigation into Clinton found that she was 'extremely careless' in handling highly classified information, that numerous email chains contained top secret information that Hillary should have known could not be stored or transmitted on an unsecured server, that Hillary failed to turnover thousands of work-related emails to the State Department, that hostile actors may have hacked into Clinton's email account, and that a person engaged in similar conduct would face serious security and administrative consequences. The evidence uncovered in the investigation further demonstrates that Secretary Clinton did not tell the public the truth about her email arrangements and her handling of classified information, and failed to produce all relevant emails as she was required to do.
Based on Director Comey's statement, the elements of the offense for a violation of 18 U.S.C. 793(f) were all met, yet no prosecution will commence. Moreover, the serious consequences (i.e., termination of employment, loss of security clearance) that would face almost anyone else who committed similar conduct are completely absent; indeed, Secretary Clinton will not be barred from future federal employment but may end up as the next President of the United States.
It is hard to believe that a mid-level official could have engaged in similar conduct and gotten off scot-free. This business of applying two different sets of rules -- one for the elite, one for everyone else -- undermines the constitutional system and corrodes the nation's political fabric. The American people deserve better."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.
I join all friends of Israel around the world in mourning the loss of Shimon Peres. https://t.co/aRnX7H6HPC
Met Director of Volusia County Mosquito Control to discuss #Zika. House has passed bills to assist fight - hope Senate will allow passage.
Today we remember our military who are missing or captured. We will do everything we can to bring you home. https://t.co/993dijQe3B
Should vote on Water Resources Development Act ASAP - will allow Army Corps of Engineers to move fwd with infrastructure projects in #FL06.
HAPPENING NOW ↓ #FBI Director James Comey is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee. What would you ask?
Thank you to the Israel Forever Foundation, the EMET - Endowment for Middle East Truth, and the AFL- American Friends of Likud for inviting
The Social Security Administration recently declared that #FL06 resident Lee Miller was dead... and proceeded to loot nearly $10,000 from his
Yesterday, I met with the Director of the Volusia County Mosquito Control, Jim McNelly, to discuss the fight against Zika. Effective mosquito
The creation of the U.S. Constitution was a seminal moment in history. The constitution established a government whose primary function is to