Staff from the office of Congressman DeSantis will be holding office hours in Eustis from on Tuesday, December 12 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Whether you need assistance with a federal agency or just want to share your concerns, please stop by!
Staff from the office of Congressman DeSantis will be holding office hours in Bunnell on Wednesday, December 6 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!
Palm Coast, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis announced today his intent to introduce legislation to bring transparency to the congressional claims process and to prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used to pay harassment claims.
In an effort to restore accountability, DeSantis' legislation will make public all payments funded by taxpayers, including the nature of the initial allegation and the member of Congress implicated, bar the use of any tax dollars to be used to settle sexual harassment claims where the plaintiff is a member of Congress or an employee of the House or Senate, and require that any member of Congress named in a settlement paid for by taxpayers reimburse the American people.
"Settlements paid with tax dollars should not be kept secret. Taxpayers have a right to know how their money is spent," DeSantis said. "Furthermore, members of Congress cannot be allowed to use the American people's money as a personal slushfund to cover wrongdoing. I’m working on legislation to unseal the settlement records, bar the use of tax dollars to pay harassment claims against members and staff, prohibit members from using their office budgets to camouflage settlement payments (a Conyers rule), and require reimbursement of the taxpayer by members and staff who have had settlements paid due to their misconduct.”Read More
Palm Coast, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today sent a letter, along with 12 of his colleagues, to President Donald Trump urging him to fulfill his promise of relocating the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the capital of Jerusalem. Read the letter here. Under the Jerusalem Embassy Act, the President must either announce his decision to relocate the embassy or issue a six-month waiver by December 1, 2017.
"The President has been an unwavering advocate for our friends and allies in Israel," DeSantis said. "However, Israel remains the only nation in the world where an American embassy is not located in its chosen capital city. Rectifying this error and moving our embassy to Jerusalem will strengthen the positive relationship that President Trump has cultivated with Israel. President Trump has promised that it is a question of when, not if, he will chose to relocate the American embassy and it is my sincere hope that the President fulfills this promise in December."
DeSantis and 101 of his colleagues previously sent a letter to Trump asking him to immediately move the embassy upon assuming office. You can find a copy of the letter here. Additionally, DeSantis, as Chairman of the National Security Subcommittee, recently held a hearing to discuss the benefits and challenges of relocating the embassy. Watch his opening statement here.Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL-06] and Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-05) today sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin urging the Treasury Department to adopt a comprehensive strategy for cracking down on the terrorist group Hamas. In total, 19 members of Congress signed onto this bipartisan letter.
The bipartisan group of lawmakers asked Secretary Mnuchin for information on the efficacy of the July 2017 U.S.-Qatar Memorandum of Understanding, as well as an assessment of any progress made by the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC).
“Terrorist organizations such as Hamas are dependent on Qatar to fund their illicit activities and harbor extremists,” DeSantis said. “We will never be able to effectively combat terrorism in the Middle East unless these financial lifelines are severed. The United States must make it clear to Qatar that continuing to prop up Hamas and other terrorist groups will result in severe consequences. I am looking forward to hearing Secretary Mnuchin detail how his department is working with Qatar to counter the financing of violent terrorist organizations.”
“As a member of the House Committee on Financial Service’s Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, I am committed to cracking down on Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, and other terrorist groups that threaten the U.S. and Israel and further destabilize the region. We need a strong plan from the U.S. Treasury Department and each of our allies in Middle East to stomp out terrorism and cut off Hamas at the source.” Gottheimer said.
You can read the letter here.Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) this week has welcomed Israel Victory Caucus members from the sister caucus in the Knesset. DeSantis met with Oded Forer and Avraham Neguise, members of the Knesset, to discuss how to advance the United States-Israel relationship under the Trump administration.
"It has been an honor to meet with the Israeli members of the Israel Victory Caucus this week and discuss the cherished friendship between our two nations,” DeSantis said. “We agree that the greatest obstacle to peace is the refusal of Palestinians to acknowledge that Israel is the legitimate national home of the Jewish People. America can help remove that obstacle by relocating our embassy to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel and a symbol of the Jewish People’s historic connection to the land. I am encouraged by President Trump's promise that it is a question of when, not if, he will chose to relocate the American embassy and I applaud his administration for standing strong by Israel."
DeSantis, Chairman of the National Security Subcommittee, recently held a hearing examining the challenges of moving the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem as well as the opportunities such a move would present. Watch his opening statement here.Read More
Staff from the office of Congressman DeSantis will be holding office hours in Eustis from on Tuesday, November 14 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 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) today introduced the Higher Education Reform and Opportunity (HERO) Act.
The HERO Act takes an innovative approach to reforming our higher education system by allowing individual states to develop their own systems of accrediting educational institutions, curricula, apprenticeships, programs, and individual courses. All accredited programs would be eligible to receive federal student loan money.
“The opportunity that higher education provides should not be limited to the lecture halls of brick-and-ivy universities,” DeSantis said. “The need to acquire advanced knowledge and skills beyond high school has never been greater, yet it has probably never been clearer that four-year universities are not the only way to acquire such skills. Too many of our students are being underserved by the iron triangle of accreditation bodies, universities, and the Department of Education, which prioritizes four year degrees over practical skills while putting an upward pressure on tuition. Giving states the ability to innovate will make it possible for students to use Title IV funds in pursuit of a wide-range of educational approaches at potentially a fraction of the cost.”
Original cosponsors: Reps. Dave Brat (VA-07), Ken Buck (CO-04), Ted Budd (NC-13), Neal Dunn (FL-02), Blake Farenthold (TX-27), Louie Gohmert (TX-01), Raul Labrador (ID-01), Barry Loudermilk (GA-11), Mark Meadows (NC-11), Ralph Norman (SC-05), Steven Palazzo (MS-04), Scott Perry (PA-04), Francis Rooney (FL-19), Mark Walker (NC-06), Daniel Webster (FL-11), Ted Yoho (FL-03).
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the National Security Subcommittee and Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy reserve, issued the following statement on the sentencing of Bowe Bergdahl:
“Bowe Bergdahl deserted his unit and endangered the lives of his fellow soldiers. To receive a sentence of zero confinement will strike many Americans as an outrage and will lead many to question the efficacy of the military justice system. I’m disappointed in the sentence and do not think such a light sentence reflects the gravity of Bergdahl’s conduct.”Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) issued the following statement regarding reports that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission authorized Uranium One to export a form of uranium known as yellowcake:
“Apologists for the Obama administration’s decision to green light the purchase of American uranium by a Russian-backed company have claimed that no uranium was actually exported, but today’s report contradicts that. If this uranium was in fact exported then the danger to our national security is obvious. This will be a major line of inquiry in our Uranium One investigation.”Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) issued the following statement:
“We now know that the so-called Steele dossier was paid for by the Democratic Party in an effort to gin up negative information regarding then-candidate Trump. What the American people deserve to know is whether the information compiled by Steele on the Democrats’ dime was used by the Obama administration to obtain approval to conduct surveillance against Trump associates. The FBI has stonewalled producing these documents for months and their production shouldn’t be limited to closed door viewing by a small number of members of Congress. The Trump administration should immediately declassify all the documents used to obtain surveillance warrants against Trump or his associates.”Read More
Staff from the office of Congressman DeSantis will be holding office hours in Bunnell on Wednesday, November 1 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) issued the following statement on the current situation in Iraq:
“Reports from the field suggest that Iraqi military units and forces aligned with the Iranian government, including Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani, have deployed heavy weapons in anticipation of a major attack against the Peshmerga. The Kurds have been a strong ally of ours while Iranian-backed militias killed hundreds of American troops in Iraq. The U.S. should stand by the Kurds. It would be tragic if we allowed the Kurds to be steamrolled by forces who have American blood on their hands.”Read More
Staff from the office of Congressman DeSantis will be holding office hours in Deltona on Thursday, October 26 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Whether you need assistance with a federal agency or just want to share your concerns, please stop by!Deltona City Hall Conference Room
DeSantis to Introduce Legislation Helping U.S. Victims of Terrorism Hold Terror-Financing States Accountable
International Terror-Finance Accountability Act will complement Hamas sanctions legislation pending before Congress
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the National Security Subcommittee, today announced he will introduce legislation to help American victims of Palestinian terrorism hold foreign countries accountable if their state agencies help finance designated terrorist organizations like Hamas.
“If the President determines that an official arm of a foreign government is providing material support to terrorist organizations responsible for the murders of American citizens, the families of those citizens should have a right to hold those governments accountable,” DeSantis said. “Our legislation will be a companion to the Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act and, together, we will hold countries like Qatar accountable for financing international terrorism.”
H.R. 2712, the Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act of 2017, is gaining traction in the House. That legislation requires the President to determine whether any agencies or instrumentalities connected to foreign states are financing Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist organizations. In H.R. 2712, Congress finds that Qatar has long been a supporter of Hamas, providing material support and sanctuary to its leaders.
However, since Qatar has never been formally designated by the State Department as a state sponsor of terrorism, U.S. victims of Hamas terrorism are prohibited by law from suing the government of Qatar for damages. DeSantis’ legislation will solve that problem, amending the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act to allow U.S. victims of terrorism to sue countries like Qatar the moment the President determines the Qatari government’s official agencies (or those of any other foreign state) have been involved in the financing of Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
“Terrorist organizations like Hamas cannot exist without foreign states like Qatar propping them up,” DeSantis said. “The International Terror-Finance Accountability Act puts countries like Qatar on notice – change your course immediately or watch your assets get seized by the victims of the terrorism you finance.”Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the National Security Subcommittee, issued the following statement on President Trump’s actions regarding Iran:
"President Trump made the right decision in refusing to certify the Iran deal under domestic law. Iran has violated the deal and it’s clear that the deal is not in the vital national security interests of the United States. More work needs to be done to put Iran back in a box, but sanctioning the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terror group is a major step in the right direction and will do much to stymie Iran's pursuit of cash to fuel its malignant activities."Read More
Staff from the office of Congressman DeSantis will be holding office hours in Eustis from on Tuesday, October 10 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Whether you need assistance with a federal agency or just want to share your concerns, please stop by!
Palm Coast, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the National Security Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding reports that President Donald Trump will designate the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization:
"The Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps wreaks havoc across the Middle East and is dedicated to fomenting jihad. The IRGC's Quds Force was responsible for killing -- at a minimum -- hundreds of U.S. troops during the conflict in Iraq. While the Obama administration empowered the IRGC, President Trump would be right to designate it as a terrorist group."Read More
Staff from the office of Congressman DeSantis will be holding office hours in Bunnell on Wednesday, October 4 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!
Staff from the office of Congressman DeSantis will be holding office hours in Deltona on Thursday, September 28 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Whether you need assistance with a federal agency or just want to share your concerns, please stop by!Deltona City Hall Conference Room
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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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