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  • NO TAX BILL FOR PULSE VICTIMS
    Posted in Press Releases on September 23, 2016 | Preview rr

    Today, U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) received a response from the IRS to his request for tax guidance for OneOrlando Fund disbursements, clarifying that these charitable gifts would be excluded from individuals' gross income. On Tuesday, Murphy had recommended the funds provided to the victims of the Pulse shooting and their families be exempt from federal income taxes as was done for victims of other mass tragedies including 9/11 and the mass shooting at Virginia Tech. (To view ... Read more

  • COMMITTEE PASSES YOHO-MURPHY BILL TO IMPROVE VA CLAIMS PROCESS
    Posted in Press Releases on September 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Bipartisanship in Action, Veterans' Issues

    U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) applauded the unanimous approval of the Working to Integrate Networks Guaranteeing Member Access Now (WINGMAN) Act by the House Veterans Affairs Committee yesterday. Murphy joined U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho (FL-03) in introducing this bill to provide read-only access to Congressional offices working to help veterans receive the benefits they have earned, which followed previous bipartisan efforts led by the two lawmakers to tackle the backlog by requesting t... Read more

  • HOUSE PASSES MURPHY-SPONSORED BILL TO REVITALIZE CITRUS INDUSTRY
    Posted in Press Releases on September 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Local Issues, Bipartisanship in Action

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act by an overwhelming vote of 400-20. As Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Citrus Caucus, Congressman Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) joined fellow Caucus Co-Chair Congressman Vern Buchanan (FL-16) in introducing this bipartisan bill to provide tax incentives for Florida citrus growers replanting trees impacted by citrus greening. The citrus industry in Florida, which supports over 60,000 jobs ... Read more

  • Murphy to IRS: Don't Tax OneOrlando Fund Disbursements to Pulse Victims
    Posted in Press Releases on September 20, 2016 | Preview rr

    Today, U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) called on the IRS to issue taxation guidance on disbursements made from the OneOrlando Fund to victims of the attack on the Pulse nightclub and their families. Murphy recommends these funds be exempted from federal income taxes as was done for victims in the wake of 9/11 and the mass shooting at Virginia Tech. (Please find below and attached a copy of the letter). "After the hateful attack on the LGBT community at Pulse, the outpouring of supp... Read more

  • BUCHANAN-MURPHY BILL TO HELP CITRUS INDUSTRY CLEARS COMMITTEE
    Posted in Press Releases on September 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Local Issues, Bipartisanship in Action

    U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) applauded the passage of the Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act by the House Ways and Means Committee. As Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Citrus Caucus, Murphy joined fellow Caucus Co-Chair U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan (FL-16) in introducing this bipartisan bill to provide assistance for Florida citrus growers impacted by citrus greening. Yesterday's vote follows a recent USDA report that found in addition to a lower harvest, the acreage of ci... Read more

  • MURPHY APPLAUDS SENATE PASSAGE OF WATER BILL, CALLS ON HOUSE TO FOLLOW SUIT
    Posted in Press Releases on September 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment and Energy Independence, Local Issues, Bipartisanship in Action, St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon

    Following Senate passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) today, U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) is calling on the House to also pass this important legislation before the end of September when Congress adjourns for a four week recess. In July, Murphy led a bipartisan letter from Florida members urging swift passage of WRDA that includes language to authorize the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) to help send more clean water south of Lake Okeechobee. "While t... Read more

  • MURPHY INTRODUCES THE PUERTO RICO HEALTH INSURANCE FAIRNESS ACT
    Posted in Press Releases on September 14, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Today, U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) introduced the Puerto Rico Health Insurance Fairness Act, legislation repealing the health insurance tax (HIT) for Puerto Rico that unfairly penalizes consumers on the island who do not benefit from the Affordable Care Act. HIT is estimated to cost Puerto Ricans $200 million in 2016 alone, which further exacerbates the ongoing health care crisis on the island. (Please click here for a copy of the bill). "This repeal is about fairness. The Amer... Read more

  • MURPHY PUSHES FOR FULL EVERGLADES FUNDING IN UPCOMING SPENDING BILL
    Posted in Press Releases on September 9, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment and Energy Independence, Local Issues, St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon

    As Congressional leaders debate legislation to keep the government funded past September 30th, U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) is calling for full Everglades restoration funding in the bill. With Florida waterways inundated by toxic algae throughout 2016, there is an urgent need to keep these critical projects moving forward to provide long-term relief to impacted communities. (Please find a copy of the letter sent to top House appropriators attached and below). "Our waterways are ... Read more

  • ICYMI: MURPHY TAKES TO HOUSE FLOOR TO CALL FOR ACTION ON CLEAN ZIKA FUNDING BILL
    Posted in Press Releases on September 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Local Issues, Bipartisanship in Action

    Today, U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) spoke on the House floor, urging Congress to take immediate bipartisan action to address the growing Zika crisis. Murphy has continually called on Congress to pass critical funding since February, most recently leading a bipartisan Florida Congressional Delegation letter to House and Senate leaders requesting a vote on a clean funding bill to provide the resources needed to fight the Zika virus. Watch here: Please find Congressman Murphy's ful... Read more

  • MURPHY LEADING BIPARTISAN CALL FOR CLEAN ZIKA FUNDING VOTE
    Posted in Press Releases on September 7, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Local Issues, Bipartisanship in Action

    With Congress back in session, U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) doubled down on his call for House and Senate leaders to immediately bring up a clean funding bill to combat Zika. It has been seven months since the President put forward a $1.9 billion emergency funding request, and Congress has yet to send him a bill to sign to address this growing public health crisis. Joining Murphy in leading this bipartisan push from the Florida delegation is U.S. Representative David Jolly (FL-1... Read more