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.
The Caucus' mission is to promote legislation which will provide long-term funding for Everglades related projects which will ensure preservation of this unique ecosystem. By organizing a group of interested Members to offer a single voice in support of these goals, the Caucus is instrumental in assuring vital Everglades funding and restoration. It is our responsibility to ensure that this treasure is preserved for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.
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When a Member of Congress is given time to formally express an opinion or make a statement on an issue before the House, they are said to have the 'floor' of the House, and their views are referred to as a 'Floor Speech'.
How House Members are allotted time to speak, or sometimes observe silence, are adapted from rules of order originally written by Thomas Jefferson. The speeches and other proceedings of the House are published daily in the Congressional Record.
Editorials historically came about as a means to let the average person know the opinions of the editors and publishers of newspapers and magazines.
Eventually editors realized that added interest in their newspapers and magazines could be sparked by allowing readers to express their opinions on the page opposite the editorial, and the modern op-ed was invented. Today 'editorial' and 'op-ed' are often used interchangeably to refer to any written piece expressing an opinion on the issues of the day, whether in a magazine, a newspaper, or a website.
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