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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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November 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Today, Congressman John Rutherford voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a major tax reform measure to reduce the tax burden on individuals, families, and small businesses. 

 

November 2, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Rutherford testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to highlight the importance of beach renourishment and the Jones Act to Northeast Florida following Hurricane Irma. To view the video, click HERE. The below excerpts are from his testimony:

October 31, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Congressman John Rutherford introduced H.R. 4132, the Veterans Affairs Physician Recruitment Act of 2017, which would help VA fill health care provider positions that are in critical shortage. According to a recent Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General report, the VA continues to struggle to adequately recruit, staff, and retain high quality providers.

October 30, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the 2017 limited opening of recreational and commercial red snapper fishery in South Atlantic federal waters. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council requested the opening after recent scientific information indicated a large increase in the size of the red snapper fishery since 2010. The red snapper and commercial season will open in South Atlantic federal waters for limited harvest in 2017 through emergency action.

October 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Today, the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity voted to advance H.R. 3965, the Veterans Armed for Success Act to the full committee for consideration. This bill creates a grant matching program for organizations that provide job readiness programs for veterans. These programs help ensure veterans have the skills they need to transition into a civilian workforce.

October 18, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04), along with Congressman Al Lawson (FL-05), recently introduced H.R. 3965, the Veterans Armed for Success Act. This legislation creates a grant matching program for organizations that provide job readiness programs for veterans. These programs help ensure veterans have the skills they need to transition into a civilian workforce.

October 12, 2017 Press Release

Congressman John Rutherford released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2266, the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act.  This supplemental disaster funding package provides an additional $36.5 billion in relief for Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria, as well as wildfire response in the Western U.S.

October 5, 2017 In The News

Washington, D.C. – Following the tragic events on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Congressman John Rutherford co-signed a letter from Members of Congress to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) urging a thorough re-evaluation of bump-stock devices reported to have been used by the perpetrator to dramatically increase the discharge rate of his firearms as he carried out these senseless killings.

October 3, 2017 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – Speaking on the U.S. House of Representatives floor last night, Congressman John Rutherford praised local, state, and federal officials after Hurricane Irma, and explained the challenges Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands face as they recover from Hurricane Maria.

 

Key excerpts of Congressman Rutherford’s remarks are transcribed below:

October 3, 2017 Press Release

Today, Rep. John Rutherford voted in support of H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which passed the House on a 237-189 vote. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act restricts abortions beyond 20 weeks fertilization, the gestational age when unborn children begin to feel pain. Specifically, H.R. 36 establishes criminal penalties for any person who performs or attempts an abortion on a fetus after the 20-week mark, with exceptions for saving the life of the mother or for cases of rape or incest.