CONSTITUENT UPDATE MAY 6, 2020
Congress passed several bipartisan bills to fund initiatives to combat the virus and to provide broad economic relief to American families, workers and businesses in the near-term and to minimize long-term economic damage because of recent public policies to temporarily shut down economic activity and protect public health. Despite some flaws in this legislation – nothing in Washington is perfect – I believe the federal government needed to act to protect our nation, our families and our communities.
There’s work that needs to be done to rebuild our nation in the months ahead, but Washington has been able to break the gridlock and advance solid bipartisan solutions. In fact, more than twenty of my legislative initiatives – most of them bipartisan – have been signed into law that benefit our district, support our economy, protect our freedom and hold Washington Accountable.
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SPACE UPDATE ____________________________________________________________
Posey Legislation Will Secure American Space Launch Preeminence
To combat this unfair trade practice and put American launch companies on a level playing field, Rep. Posey introduced the American Space Commerce Act, extending for a decade existing space launch tax incentives for companies that launch from American soil. There are unfair practices coming from China, Russia, India, and Europe, and Rep. Posey knows that a strong domestic space launch industry is in our national security interest.
“This bill bolsters our domestic space launch industry, keeps America first in Space and enhances our national security,” he said.
CARES ACT Includes Posey’s Provision to Protect NASA and Defense Contract Worker Jobs and Pay
Recently passed legislation to provide economic relief to American families, workers and businesses to help aid our nation through the coronavirus pandemic included a provision authored by Rep. Posey to protect NASA and Defense contract employees to ensure our nation’s space and defense workforce and programs remain intact.
Rep. Posey said contract workers at NASA and within the defense industry face severe financial hardship when they are restricted from reporting to work at the Space Center or their respective program locations – for many there’s no tele-work option. “As we battle the coronavirus we don’t want to risk losing our highly skilled workforce which ultimately could jeopardize our national security and critical space program investments. My provision keeps these work forces intact so that as we reopen they can go right back to work,” he said.
TAKING ON CHINA __________________________________________________________
Rep. Posey’s Bipartisan Bill Targets U.S. Dependence on Pharmaceuticals Produced in China
Eighty percent of the drugs that Americans depend upon come from overseas countries, and China, whose pharmaceuticals have been subject to numerous recalls, is the largest manufacturer. In 2008 a Chinese-based pharmaceutical company pumped counterfeit blood-clot medication into our domestic markets, resulting in the death of 81 Americans with another 785 severely injured. Federal officials, afraid of creating a shortage, allowed Chinese-made heparin to continue to enter the country without inspecting it because there were no other supply options.
Last year it was discovered that millions of Americans had been taking blood pressure medication tainted with a cancer-causing ingredient from China. The recent disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak only provide further evidence of the importance of reducing this threat to our health.
Bill Stops Federal Retirement Investments in Chinese Companies
A new bill cosponsored by Rep. Posey puts an end to investing billions of dollars in federal and military retirement funds in Chinese companies. Posey joined with Reps. Meadows, Waltz and several colleagues in introducing legislation (H.R. 5018/H.R. 6614), ensuring that retirement funds are not invested in entities that may be working against America like Chinese business firms associated with the Chinese military.
LAGOON UPDATE ___________________________________________________________
Legislation Takes Aim at Local PFAS Contamination
The PFAS Action Act will mobilize a muscular response to PFAS under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act — it accelerates drinking water regulations, and provides robust funding to address and remediate PFAS impacts. The legislation builds on progress made in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, which prohibited the use of PFAS containing firefighting foam on military bases. Last year Rep. Posey worked with residents and the Army Corps of Engineers to officially designate South Patrick Shores a Formerly Used Defense Site – a major step in remediation and fighting contamination.
INFRASTRUCTURE REPORT _______________________________________________
U.S. DOT Awards Port Canaveral Infrastructure Grant
Last year Rep. Posey worked to authorize and help secure funding to replace the Indian River Bridge which is critical infrastructure to maintaining our space launch capability.
SALUTING OUR STUDENTS _________________________________________________
Finalists in Congressional Art Competition Announced
Three finalists were chosen, and two entries were also selected for special recognition. This year’s winning piece, titled “The Promise” (pictured right) by Michael Spears of Master’s Academy will be displayed in the United States Capitol in Washington, DC.
“I commend all of the students who competed this year,” said Congressman Posey. “Creative thinking is at the center of innovation which leads to advancement and paves the way to a stronger future.”
Click Here for more on the Congressional Art Competition.
CONSTITUENT SERVICES _______________________________________________
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