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The federal government's most important priority is to "provide for the common defense" and "secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.

As we all know too well, Semptember 11, 2001 was a horrific day full of devastation and destruction. It also reminded us of just how vulnerable we really are and that we need to take measures to help ensure our safety.


The Everglades is a natural treasure and is one of the true ecological wonders of the world, but its existence is in jeopardy due to decades of abuse. Recognizing this problem, I, along with Representative Alcee L. Hastings founded the Everglades Caucus in the House of Representatives.


Having served on the House Budget Committee, I strongly believe that Congress must adhere to the principles of fiscal discipline. Too often, hard-earned taxpayer dollars are wasted on fraudulent and duplicated federal programs. Congress must work to make these programs more efficient, or simply terminate them to ensure better results for beneficiaries and greater savings for taxpayers.


June 1st marks the start of hurricane season in Florida. As Floridians, we are all too familiar with the destructive power of these storms. Begin preparing your family by reviewing the steps you should take before, during, and after a storm. By creating an emergency plan and gathering items for a supply kit, you can reduce the impact of a hurricane. This checklist suggests items for a kit and provides important phone numbers. Please post it in a central place in your home.


This is a nation of immigrants, built by immigrants. Thus, I am strongly committed to promoting fair, legal, and humane immigration policies which also take into account the contribution of immigrants to this great country of ours.

We need comprehensive immigration reform. We need to strengthen our border security, and we need to address the immigration issues inside our borders. One without the other will resolve nothing.


No child should be left in an education system that fails to provide the opportunity to learn and succeed. Unfortunately, many of our schools simply do not provide the quality education and safe learning environment our children deserve.

We cannot continue to forsake our children and our future by allowing a poor education system to continue getting worse. I believe we must commit ourselves to an education system that empowers parents, teachers, and local administrators. Our education system succeeds when the education dollars and decisions are made close to home.


American families work hard, yet are burdened with a complex and costly tax code. I strongly believe that tax relief is an important step in securing a healthy economy and stimulating job growth. Tax relief helpes honest, hard-working people save more of their earnings while stimulating the country's economy.

I support efforts to eliminate unfair taxes, such as the marriage penalty and the death tax. I will continue to support these measures and others that seek to eliminate unfair taxes that only prevent economic growth, savings and job creation.