Press Releases

May 8, 2018 Press Release
Bipartisan legislation to enhance federal penalties for targeting law enforcement officers
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman and former sheriff of Jacksonville, John Rutherford (FL-04), together with Congresswoman and former chief of the Orlando Police Department, Val Demings (FL-10), introduced H.R. 5698, the Protect and Serve Act of 2018. This bipartisan bill would create federal penalties for individuals who deliberately target local, state, or federal law enforcement officers with violence...
May 8, 2018 Press Release
This landmark VA reform bill contains key Rutherford legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs voted to advance H.R. 5674, the Department of Veterans Affairs Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks, or VA MISSION Act.

April 27, 2018 Press Release
“Conducting maintanence on these ships outside of their homeport adversly impacts Jacksonville’s industrial Base” -Rep. Rutherford
Jacksonville, FL – Congressman John Rutherford (R-FL), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) raised inquiries with Navy Secretary Richard Spencer on recent decisions to perform maintenance on ships homeported at Naval Station Mayport outside of this homeport. Current law requires the Navy to award maintenance contracts to the ship repair industry based in the homeport of the vessel in question if the maintenance is less than 10 months in duration. The lawmakers assert that these recent decisions by the Navy may constitute a violation of the law and are detrimental to the quality of life of sailors and their families.
March 22, 2018 Press Release
Rep, Rutherford Statement on Passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which includes critical funding for national defense, combating the opioid crisis and school safety funding, as well as Rutherford’s H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act of 2018. This omnibus spending package for Fiscal Year 2018 now moves to the Senate for a vote before heading to the president’s desk for signature.
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March 21, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Rutherford (R-Fla.), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Shulkin asking that he look into whether proper leave protocols were followed by VA employees who engaged in recent union protests outside VA, AFL-CIO Headquarters and at the U.S. Capitol.
March 14, 2018 Press Release
Rep. Rutherford Statement on House Passage of H.R. 4909, The STOP School Violence Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House of Representatives voted 407-10 to pass the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018, a bill sponsored by Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL), along with Reps.

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March 1, 2018 Press Release
Rutherford’s Bill Supported by 16 Florida Representatives

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Rutherford (R-FL), along with Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), and Hal Rogers (R-KY), held a news conference to discuss their bipartisan bill, H.R. 4909, the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018.

February 1, 2018 Press Release

Jacksonville, FL – Congressman John Rutherford (FL-4) is pleased to announce the nominations of 47 students to be considered for appointments to the United States Air Force Academy, United States Naval Academy, United States Military Academy, and United States Merchant Marine Academy.  Each student completed a rigorous application process and underwent an interview with a panel of former milita

January 30, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) made the following statement regarding this evening’s State of the Union address:

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