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  • MURPHY RENEWS PUSH FOR FULL EMERGENCY ZIKA FUNDING AS FLORIDA SURPASSES 200 CASES
    Posted in Press Releases on June 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Local Issues

    Today, U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) led 66 House Democrats in calling on the conference committee on Zika funding to provide the full $1.9 billion in emergency appropriations requested by the Administration to combat the spread of this mosquito-borne virus. More than 2,000 cases of Zika have been reported in the United States and its territories, and three children have already been born with Zika-related microcephaly. With Florida leading the states with over 200 travel-related... Read more

  • MURPHY INTRODUCES BILL TO ALERT FBI WHEN TERRORISM SUSPECTS BUY GUNS OR EXPLOSIVES
    Posted in Press Releases on June 16, 2016 | Preview rr

    Today, U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) joined U.S. Representative Mike Thompson (CA-05), Chairman of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, to introduce legislation (H.R. 5504) requiring that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) be notified when individuals under a terrorism investigation as well as those formerly under investigation purchase firearms or explosives. This bill is the House companion to S. 3058 introduced yesterday by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) . "Congress must... Read more

  • MURPHY INTRODUCES BILL TO COMBAT ZIKA, IMPROVE MOSQUITO CONTROL
    Posted in Press Releases on June 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Local Issues

    U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) introduced the Strengthening Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health (SMASH) Act to provide critical resources to state and local governments to help fight the spread of Zika. The bill reauthorizes and improves a lapsed 2003 mosquito-control program and provides $130 million each year for mosquito surveillance efforts. It also reauthorizes epidemiology laboratory capacity grants to support the work of state and local health departments to treat infe... Read more

  • Murphy Pushes FDA to End Discriminatory Blood Ban on Gay and Bisexual Men
    Posted in Press Releases on June 14, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Equality

    Today, U.S. Representative Patrick Murphy (FL-18) joined U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, and other members of Congress in calling on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert M. Califf to end the medically unnecessary ban on gay and bisexual men from donating blood once and for all. (Please click here to view a copy of the letter). "While the sight of thousands of my fellow Floridians lining up for hours to donate blood... Read more

  • In New Push to Reduce TSA Delays, Murphy Seeks to Improve Efficiency and Lift Arbitrary Cap on Screeners
    Posted in Press Releases on June 9, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Local Issues

    A coalition of 70 House Democrats led by House Oversight Subcommittee on Transportation Ranking Member Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) and Reps. Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18), Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), and John Lewis (GA-05) is pushing to permanently reduce excessively long Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening lines passengers have been forced to endure at airports around the country. In a letter sent to senior Homeland Security Appropriators, the members called for lifting an arbitrary and i... Read more

  • MURPHY PROVISION PROMOTING COST-EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT SOFTWARE POLICIES PASSES HOUSE
    Posted in Press Releases on June 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Reducing the National Debt, Bipartisanship in Action, Smarter Governing

    Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the MEGABYTE Act to save taxpayer dollars by requiring the federal government to develop a comprehensive software licensing policy across all agencies. This is one of the major provisions included in the SAVE Act, authored by Congressman Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18), to cut approximately $479 billion in wasteful government spending. In addition to the passage of this provision, seven Murphy amendments cutting billions in federal spend... Read more

  • MURPHY STATEMENT ON THE ARREST OF FORMER POLICE OFFICER RAJA IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF COREY JONES
    Posted in Press Releases on June 1, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Local Issues

    U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) made the following statement in response to today’s announcement by Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg that former Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja has been arrested in relation to the fatal shooting of Corey Jones on October 18, 2015. A grand jury found Raja's use of force to be unjustified and the State Attorney's Office has charged him with two counts, manslaughter by culpable negligence and attempted first-degree murder w... Read more

  • MURPHY INTRODUCES BILL TO ACCELERATE A CURE FOR ALZHEIMER'S
    Posted in Press Releases on May 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Seniors' Issues, Bipartisanship in Action

    Today, U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18), a member of the Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease and the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus, introduced H.R. 5366, the Alzheimer's Breakthrough Sunshine Act. The bill promotes the development of a much-needed breakthrough in treatment of Alzheimer's disease by providing a tax exclusion on the sale of new FDA-approved therapies. H.R. 5366 has the support of the Alzheimer's Association and the American Academy of Neurol... Read more

  • MURPHY APPLAUDS HOUSE COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF WATER BILL AUTHORIZING CEPP
    Posted in Press Releases on May 25, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment and Energy Independence, Local Issues, Bipartisanship in Action, St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon

    U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) made the following statement commending the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's passage of H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, which includes language authorizing the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP). Murphy has been a vocal advocate for this project's authorization to help restore the Everglades' natural southward flow as part of his continuing efforts to address the ongoing crisis in Florida's waterways... Read more

  • POSEY-MURPHY BILL TO HELP INDIAN RIVER LAGOON BECOMES LAW
    Posted in Press Releases on May 24, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment and Energy Independence, Local Issues, Bipartisanship in Action, St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon

    Today, U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) commended the President for signing into law legislation to reauthorize the National Estuary Program (NEP). The reauthorization includes Posey-Murphy legislation to prioritize funding for estuary systems such as the Indian River Lagoon that are experiencing urgent ecological challenges like significant algal blooms and sea grass die-offs. "This important program becoming law is a result of our community's continued advocacy to protect our wate... Read more