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  • Fla. lawmaker looks to ease Social Security penalty for stay-at-home moms
    Posted in Articles on February 10, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Seniors' Issues, Women's Issues

    HIGHLIGHTS: Rep. Patrick Murphy wants government to exclude low-wage years in calculating benefits That would allow women to adjust for years they’d left workforce to raise children Proposal would pay for benefit hikes by raising income cap for Social Security taxes WASHINGTON — While Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders advocate equal pay for women, a second-term member of the House of Representatives from South Florida is focused on helping them get higher Soci... Read more

  • Murphy hopes to ease path for income-based payments
    Posted in Articles on December 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    In an attempt to help struggling borrowers stay current on their federal student loans, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy this week introduced legislation that would automatically link payments and income. Federal student loans feature “income-based repayment” options, a safety net for borrowers who don’t make enough to cover their debt. But many borrowers who qualify for the break struggle to navigate the federal government’s bureaucracy, loan experts say. Murphy’s proposal calls for payroll deductions ... Read more

  • New legislation would have feds collect data on police relationships with their communities
    Posted in Articles on December 4, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Local Issues

    A bill being introduced this week by Democratic lawmakers would collect new data on public trust in law enforcement, allowing federal officials to more proactively suggest policy changes in neighborhoods, cities and states where trust is problematically low -- a data collection effort requested specifically by President Obama's policing task force earlier this year. The legislation, titled the Tracking Reputations Upgrades Societal Trust (TRUST) act, would add new questions specifically focused ... Read more

  • Information and Resources for Hurricane Preparedness
    Posted in Articles on June 1, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Local Issues

    I urge residents of the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches to start planning and preparation in advance of hurricane season, which begins on June 1. As you prepare for this year's hurricane season, it may be helpful to visit www.floridadisaster.org for assistance and information regarding hurricane preparation, or call any of my district offices in Palm Beach County at (561) 253-8433, Port St. Lucie at (772) 336-2877, Fort Pierce at (772) 489-0736, or Martin County at (772) 781-3266, with any quest... Read more

  • National Journal: Congress Pleads for CMS to Stop Private Medicare Cuts
    Posted in Articles on March 12, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Seniors' Issues

    A group of 239 House members is sending a letter, provided exclusively to National Journal, to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday, urging the agency to reverse the cuts to the private Medicare plans, which serve 16 million seniors, that CMS proposed last month. Read more

  • MURPHY: BRING UP A VOTE TO END THIS SHUTDOWN NOW
    Posted in Articles on October 7, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Today on News Nation, U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) disputed House Speaker John Boehner's claim that the votes are not there to pass a clean spending bill to reopen the government. Murphy pointed to the letter he led on Saturday with 200 Members of Congress voicing their support for a clean bill and demanding a vote to immediately end the government shutdown. Just a handful of Republicans' votes are needed to reopen the United States government, and at least 20 have indicated a w... Read more

  • Yes! We're Open!
    Posted in Articles on October 1, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Local Issues

    My job is to serve the residents of the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches. While the government may be shut down, my offices are staying open to assist you in any way that we can. Since we first opened our doors, we have been able to help hundreds of local residents navigate these federal agencies to make sure your cases get the attention and care they deserve. While I am leading efforts urging the leadership of both parties to vote to get our government back up and running immediately, we will c... Read more

  • Murphy invites governor to Washington to discuss Lake O releases
    Posted in Articles on July 26, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment and Energy Independence, Local Issues

    U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy wants Gov. Rick Scott to visit him in Washington to discuss options other than dousing the St. Lucie estuary with harmful Lake Okeechobee freshwater. Murphy, D-Jupiter, sent the Republican governor the invite on congressional letterhead Friday. Federal officials Monday increased the flow of polluted freshwater into the estuary from the lake and local rainwater runoff to 4.8 billion gallons per day, further putting marine wildlife and vegetation at risk. “Working on every... Read more

  • Murphy visits oyster reef project at Wildcat Cove
    Posted in Articles on July 20, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment and Energy Independence, Local Issues

    NORTH HUTCHINSON ISLAND — U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy toured the Indian River Lagoon on Saturday, stopping at Wildcat Cove in Pepper Park Riverside where about 30 volunteers were involved in an oyster reef project to help improve water quality and the habitat for marine life. Murphy traveled in a small whaler-style boat with St. Lucie County Commissioner Chris Dzadovsky and Brian Sharpe of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Both Murphy and Dzadovsky helped volunteers with the proje... Read more

  • Though in opposite parties, Democrat Murphy, GOP colleague join forces, have much in common
    Posted in Articles on May 24, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Reducing the National Debt, Jobs and the Economy, Bipartisanship in Action

    Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy had a lot in common with an Ohio Republican colleague when the two outlined their new bill Friday in West Palm Beach. At the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches lunch, Murphy and his fellow Irish freshman Congressman Dave Joyce described their efforts to be middle-ground moderates. They suggested fairly noncontroversial ways to save the federal government $200 billion over the next decade — a savings from cuts their bipartisan United Solutions Caucus proposed last ... Read more