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Members of Congress are sent to Washington to serve the people they represent, not their own interests.  As President Donald J. Trump said in his Inaugural Address, this past election demonstrated that power must be restored to the people instead of Washington elites.  Know that as your representative I will remain focused on serving the people of Florida’s 4th District above all else, and I hope and expect the people will hold me accountable.

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July 17, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) recently received the 2018 Security Industry Association (SIA) Legislator of the Year award for his work authoring H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act of 2018, which was signed into law in March as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. Upon receiving the award, Congressman Rutherford released the following statement:
July 6, 2018 Press Release

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Today, Congressman Rutherford announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will invest supplemental disaster relief funds in Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns counties for hurricane and natural disaster recovery. The USACE will invest $36.8 million in St. Johns County for the Vilano Beach renourishment project, as well as $2 million dollars in each of these counties for flood and storm damage reduction projects to make our shorelines more resilient against future storms.


June 28, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, the House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 2019) Defense Appropriations bill by a vote of 359-49. The bill funds the Department of Defense – including operations, readiness activities, equipment modernization, and health and quality-of-life programs for our troops and military families. It also provides funds for several of Congressman Rutherford’s initiatives that are of particular interest to Northeast Florida.


June 11, 2018 Press Release
JACKSONVILLE, FL – Today, the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) was awarded $32.389 million in federal funding to continue its deep draft navigation project. This comes in addition to the $17.5 million that JAXPORT received for the project last year, representing a substantial federal investment in growing commerce and trade in Northeast Florida.
June 8, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2019. This bill makes major investments in water infrastructure and coastal flood protection, increases funding for veterans’ health care and benefits, and bolsters our military assets.
June 7, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 8, the Water Resources Development Act of 2018 (WRDA). This bipartisan legislation provides for improvements to the nation’s ports, inland waterways, locks, dams, flood protection, ecosystem restoration, and other water resources infrastructure. Upon passage of the bill, Congressman John Rutherford released the following statement:
May 31, 2018 In The News
The two Florida congressmen who led the charge in the U.S. House to pass the “Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act” are now calling on the U.S. Department of Justice for guidance on how to implement it. U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., brought out the bill at the start of the year with U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., as a co-sponsor. Introduced at the end of January, before the Parkland shooting, the proposal “would create a grant program to train students, teachers, school officials, and local law enforcement how to identify and intervene early when signs of violence arise, create a coordinated reporting system, and implement FBI & Secret Service-based school threat assessment protocols to prevent school shootings before they happen" and “would boost school efforts to develop violence prevention programs and coordinate with law enforcement to improve school.”
May 30, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Rutherford (R-FL), as well as the original cosponsors of the STOP School Violence Act – Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Hal Rogers (R-KY), and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) – led a letter signed by a bipartisan group of lawmakers to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking that the Department of Justice work quickly to release guidance for the school security grant programs funded by the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus bill that was passed in March.
May 24, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 351-66. The bill now heads to the Senate for debate and passage.
May 16, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Rutherford (R-FL) has been appointed to the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations, the standing committee responsible for all of the federal government’s spending priorities, which debates and sets specific amounts for all discretionary federal spending on all federal agencies and programs. "I am honored to join the House Appropriations Committee and take on a greater role in ensuring that precious taxpayer dollars are spent wisely," said Rutherford.