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  • Curbelo Welcomes Inclusion of Felon Voting Rights on 2018 Florida Ballot
    Posted in Press Releases on January 23, 2018 | Preview rr

    Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), who signed the petition to have a proposal to restore felon voting rights added to the Florida ballot, issued the following statement regarding Secretary of State Ken Detzner’s announcement the petition has surpassed the necessary valid signatures: “Fellow Floridians who have made mistakes and paid their debt to society deserve an opportunity to have a voice in the future of our state and country. The Second Chances Voting Restoration Amendment does just th... Read more

  • Curbelo Votes to Reopen Government, Encouraged by Commitment to Debate and Consider Immigration
    Posted in Press Releases on January 22, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) issued the following statement after his vote to reopen the government: “One of my chief legislative priorities this Congress and the last, has been to forge a compromise on immigration that delivers a fair, permanent solution for young immigrants brought to our country as children, while securing the border so future illegal entry is discouraged and diminished. The biggest obstacles to that goal have been Congressional Leadership’s refusal to recogni... Read more

  • Curbelo: Attorney General’s Marijuana Witch Hunt Favors Those Operating Illegally, Hurts Legal Businesses' Ability to Compete
    Posted in Press Releases on January 18, 2018 | Preview rr

    “The federal government should not be ignoring state's rights and the decisions of voters and state legislatures across the country. We must work to afford all businesses selling legal products the opportunity to make appropriate deductions and contribute to our economy and create jobs. The best ally that those who are operating illegally, the drug cartels, the drug traffickers – who do not pay any taxes, who target children – the best ally they have are the policies that the Attorney General has embraced. Because what happens, Mr. Speaker is that these legally operating businesses can no longer compete, and that people turn to the black market. So hopefully, inadvertently, I hope inadvertently, the Attorney General has actually done a great favor to those who operate outside the law, and is punishing those who are actually trying to control this substance, to keep it away from young people, to make sure that only those that have permission from their states, prescriptions from their doctors, can access this substance.” Read more

  • Curbelo Comments on House Passage of Spending Bill Without DACA Fix
    Posted in Press Releases on January 18, 2018 | Preview rr

    Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) released the following statement after the House voted to extend funding of the government without providing a solution for DACA recipients: “Last year, I made a commitment to no longer support any short-term spending bills to fund the government unless Congress took action to find a solution for young immigrants protected by the DACA program. As Congressional leaders of both parties continue to punt on a critical issue — instead of fulfilling our responsibi... Read more

  • PHOTO RELEASE: Curbelo Discusses Permanent Solution for DACA Population with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly
    Posted in Press Releases on January 17, 2018 | Preview rr

    Earlier today, Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) met with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and other legislators to discuss the way forward on legislative action on a permanent solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) population, known as Dreamers. “I appreciate General Kelly taking the time to come discuss the importance of a permanent, legislative solution for the DACA population,” Curbelo said. “These are America’s children, and they have earned a future in our ... Read more

  • Curbelo Congratulates Fellow Florida Ways and Means Member Buchanan on Subcommittee Chairmanship
    Posted in Press Releases on January 10, 2018 | Preview rr

    Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), South Florida’s only representative on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement congratulating Representative Vern Buchanan (FL-16) on his appointment to Chairman of the Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee: “I’m excited about Representative Buchanan’s new role as Chairman of the Tax Policy Subcommittee. Our state's growing influence on the Ways and Means Committee will benefit all Floridians from Key West to the Panh... Read more

  • Curbelo Comments on the Homeland Security Decision on Salvadoran TPS
    Posted in Press Releases on January 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Cuba and Immigration

    Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), the lead sponsor of bipartisan legislation that would grant legal permanent resident status to Nicaraguan, Salvadoran, Honduran and Haitian immigrants that already have Temporary Protected Status (TPS), issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement by the Department of Homeland Security ending the program for Salvadorans: “While hoping and waiting they would be able to return to their native countries for years, Salvadoran, Honduran, Nicarag... Read more

  • Curbelo Comments on DOJ Decision to Crack Down on Legally Operating Marijuana Businesses
    Posted in Press Releases on January 4, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Small Business, Economic Growth, and Taxes

    Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), released the following statement commenting on the Department of Justice decision to crack down on legal marijuana businesses: “Businesses operating legally and in compliance with their state's laws and regulations deserve a federal government that respects the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution. It’s why I introduced bipartisan legislation to provide legally-operated, licensed businesses tax parity to make appropriate business deductions. It's very disapp... Read more

  • Curbelo Comments on Today’s Announcement of Interior Department Off-Shore Drilling Plan
    Posted in Press Releases on January 4, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy and Environment

    Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Co-Chair of the Climate Solutions Caucus, released the following statement commenting on the Department of Interior’s newly proposed five-year outer continental shelf plan: “The people of Florida and its leaders have made it clear over and over again: We do not want drilling near our shores, we do not want to put our beautiful beaches and environmental treasures at risk. We simply have too much to lose. The Administration has guaranteed that states will ‘ha... Read more

  • Curbelo Applauds Policy Change to Allow Churches, Synagogues to Apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance
    Posted in Press Releases on January 4, 2018 | Preview rr

    Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), who represents South Florida and the Florida Keys, issued the following statement applauding the decision to change FEMA policy to allow houses of worship to apply retroactively for FEMA disaster assistance: “I am grateful to see this unfair policy reversed after houses of worship like Chabad Key West came forward to bring this inequity to light. Houses of worship are pillars of our community and their work, especially after a disaster, is critical to commu... Read more

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