Washington, DC – The House today adopted two amendments to the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) offered by Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy Reserve. These amendments will strengthen national security and bolster our military forces.
“These amendments will enhance our military and protect our national security,” DeSantis said. “Tackling sexual assault within the military is important for ensuring strong unit cohesion and a capable fighting force, and the amendment passed will go a long way to ensuring that these prosecutions are handled by experienced counsel. Preventing the Obama administration from granting additional concessions to the Cuban military is also important, as the beneficiaries in the change in Cuba policy have been the Castro brothers and Cuban military and intelligence services. The U.S. shouldn’t be working with a Cuban military establishment that has been an instrument of anti-American and rogue activities.”
The following amendments were adopted:
This amendment will help commanders in the Army and Air Force better ensure good order and discipline within the ranks – including better prosecution of sexual assault cases – by adopting limited, career litigation tracks that permit military judge advocates to fill Uniform Code of Military Justice-related billets for the bulk of their careers. This amendment had previously been introduced as the Justice for Victims of Military Sexual Assault Act by DeSantis and Rep. Ryan Zinke (MT). You may find their op-ed in The Hill outlining the importance of establishing career tracks for JAGs here.
Prohibits funds for any bilateral military-to-military contact, cooperation, or related security conferences between the Governments of the United States and Cuba until the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence, certify to the appropriate congressional committees and Congress that the anti-American posture of the Castro regime has undergone a material change.
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, released the following statement regarding the committee’s decision to hold hearings examining misconduct by Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen:
“A taxpayer could never get away with stonewalling an IRS audit in the same way that the IRS has stonewalled Congress regarding the IRS targeting scandal. Congress must stand up for the American people and hold wayward bureaucrats like John Koskinen accountable; it is intolerable for the head of this powerful agency to be allowed to operate under a lower standard of acceptable conduct than that which is applied to the taxpayers that the agency is charged with auditing. IRS Commissioner Koskinen has continually stonewalled the congressional investigation into the targeting scandal by failing to testify truthfully, refusing basic compliance, and allowing 24,000 of Lois Lerner's emails that had been subpoenaed by Congress to be destroyed. Koskinen has violated the public’s trust."
Last July, DeSantis and Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04) were two of the first members to call for Koskinen’s impeachment, outlining the reasons in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. Click here to read the op-ed.Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) is calling on Congress to take action on the necessary measures to combat the Zika threat. DeSantis has co-sponsored the Zika Eradication and Good Government Act, introduced by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26).
“The spread of the Zika virus represents a serious public health challenge to which Congress should respond,” DeSantis said. “To combat this threat, I cosponsored Rep. Carlos Curbelo's Zika Eradication and Good Government Act and am committed to doing what it takes to protect the American people. Congress should take up this issue as soon as possible.”Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), who has prosecuted child exploitation cases in the federal and military systems, today introduced the Targeting Child Predators Act in order to strengthen the ability of law enforcement to bring child predators to justice.
“Investigations targeting child predators should not yield an inch when it comes to bringing these predators to justice,” DeSantis said. “These suspects cannot be given the opportunity to destroy evidence and cover their tracks once law enforcement starts to investigate their nefarious activity. The Targeting Child Predators Act is a sensible reform that ensures that Internet Service Providers provide law enforcement a limited window of time to investigate before notifying the suspected child predator of the existence of a lawfully-issued subpoena. This will help make sure that these online predators are swiftly prosecuted and that our children are protected."
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 require that Internet Service Providers, in the case of child exploitation, wait 180 days prior to disclosing to a specific user that their information was requested by law enforcement.
Original cosponsors include Reps. Mike Bishop (MI-08), Steve Chabot (OH-01), Jason Chaffetz (UT-03), J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Trent Franks (AZ-08), Trey Gowdy (SC-04), Steve King (IA-04), Scott Peters (CA-52), John Ratcliffe (TX-04), Lamar Smith (TX-21), and Mimi Walters (CA-45).
Supporting organizations include the National Association of Police Organizations and the National District Attorneys Association.Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today introduced a constitutional amendment prohibiting Congress from passing laws respecting the citizens of the United States that does not also apply to members of Congress. This important amendment will ensure that Members of Congress live within the parameters they establish for the American people. DeSantis is joined in this effort by lead co-sponsor Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05).
“Passing laws that apply to the American people but that exempt Congress is inconsistent with the ideals of a republican form of government," DeSantis said. “Those who serve in Washington should be part of a service culture, not part of a ruling class that lives under its own set of rules. Enacting this proposed 28th amendment will reduce the disconnect between Washington, D.C. and the American people and lead to better policymaking.”
“Americans know full well that Congress refuses to hold itself accountable. They saw what Congress tried to do when it forced Obamacare on the public while attempting to exempt itself. This must end,” said Salmon. “This very necessary amendment would ensure that Congress always lives under the same rules as Main Street, and that no American need fear a law that doesn’t apply equally to their representatives in Washington.”
Additional original co-sponsors include Reps. Rod Blum (OH-01), Scott Peters (CA-52), Ted Poe (TX-02), John Ratcliffe (TX-04), Ted Yoho (FL-03).
DeSantis has introduced several vital reforms to hold Congress accountable to the American people. DeSantis previously introduced the No Exemption for Washington from ObamaCare Act, the End Pensions in Congress (EPIC) Act, and a constitutional term limits amendment.Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) issued the following statement of support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s position that the Golan Heights will remain under the control of Israel:
“For almost 50 years, Israel has maintained peace in the Golan Heights region and I support Prime Minister Netanyahu’s position that Israel should maintain control. If Israel were to cede the Golan Heights the area would become a magnet for terrorism and would give Israel's enemies a launching pad from which to wage war against the Jewish state. U.S. policy should support the Prime Minister's position and recognize the Golan Heights as a part of Israel."Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) tonight called for Congress to pass H.Res. 494, a resolution impeaching Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen, during a special order on the House floor. The resolution was introduced October 2015, yet has failed to make progress in the House. DeSantis was joined by Reps. Jim Jordan (OH-04), Jody Hice (GA-10), Doug Lamborn (CO-05) and Ted Yoho (FL-03).
The charges against Commissioner Koskinen include failure to comply with congressional subpoenas, failure to testify truthfully, and failure to notify Congress that key evidence had gone missing in the investigation into the IRS’ illicit targeting scandal. Last July, DeSantis and Jordan were two of the first members to call for Koskinen’s impeachment, outlining the reasons in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. Click here to read the op-ed.
During the special order, DeSantis made the following remarks: “There is a need to get the truth, but there is also a need for this institution here to stand up for itself. It’s really a question of the House’s self-respect. How much longer can we, as elected officials, allow the bureaucracy to simply walk all over the Congress? We are supposed to be the people’s representatives, we are supposed to be able to do justice for them when the government is not acting appropriately… [There is] no excuse for our failure to discharge our basic constitutional duties.”
Watch DeSantis’ remarks by clicking here.Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, chaired a hearing today to question the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on its existing policy towards service dogs for veterans with post-traumatic stress. Watch his opening statement here.
"Service dogs are not intended to, nor do they, ‘cure’ PTS, but they provide a safe, non-addictive, tool for veterans to live normal, functioning, productive lives and, they could provide a safe complement to existing treatments for PTS. The urgency of the veteran suicide rate demands that we explore this option.”Read More
St. Augustine, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) announced today that Daria Hughes, a student at Seabreeze High School, won the 2016 Congressional Art Competition with her watercolor titled “Medley.” The winning artwork can be seen here. Hughes 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.
“Every year, I enjoy seeing the creative and colorful pieces of art submitted by our high school students,” DeSantis said. “Congratulations to Daria for winning this year's competition with her beautiful watercolor. I look forward to seeing it hanging in the Capitol! It is my hope that every participant continues to foster their artistic talents.”
Entries were posted on DeSantis’ Facebook page for one week and over 2,000 votes were cast by constituents to determine the finalists. The ten submissions with the most “likes” were then presented to Kim Carney, Flagler Beach City Commissioner; Art LaMay, a local artist and professional art judge; and Charles Schaefer, a local artist and owner of the Charles Schaefer Art Studio. The judges determined a winner during a reception held at the Ocean Art Gallery in Flagler Beach.Read More
St. Augustine, FL – In response to President Barack Obama’s assertion on Fox News Sunday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “has not jeopardized America’s national security” through her use of an unsecured e-mail server, Rep. DeSantis (FL-06) issued the following statement:
“There is an ongoing FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information, yet on Fox News Sunday, President Obama said that Clinton ‘has not jeopardized America’s national security’ by mishandling classified information. What does the President know that we do not? If it's an ongoing investigation and the White House isn't involved then how could he know this? Or is the administration's preferred result – that Hillary Clinton is given a free pass – already baked in the cake?”
Obama has previously commented on the ongoing investigation into Clinton’s server, telling CBS news in October 2015, “I don’t think it posed a national security problem.”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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No taxpayer in America would be able to get away with destroying evidence and failing to tell the truth to the #IRS. Shouldn't IRS Commissioner
Tomorrow morning at 10 AM, I will be testifying in front of the House Judiciary Committee at a hearing examining the misconduct of IRS Commissioner
Tonight the House will vote on the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act which authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense
Kaya Lyle is on Capitol Hill today to share with members of Congress how service dogs can help veterans with post-traumatic stress. Glad to have
The House Oversight Committee just favorably reported Congressman Thomas Massie's Federal Reserve Transparency Act out of committee. I am a cosponsor