Press Releases

June 8, 2018 Press Release
Rep. Rutherford Statement on the House Passage of H.R. 5895, Which Includes Facilities Funding for LCS Facilities at N.S. Mayport
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.
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
Bipartisan FY2019 NDAA makes critical investments in our national security, Northeast Florida
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
The House Appropriations Committee has responsibility over the federal government’s spending priorities
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.
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.
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.