Issues

  • Budget

    The federal budget is a moral statement and how we allocate taxpayers' dollars reflects our values. While the annual federal deficit and total national debt stand at unacceptable levels, it is important to remember how we reached this point. When President Clinton left office in 2000, we enjoyed an annual surplus that would have wiped out the national debt by 2008.

  • Education

    As I always say, criminology 101, if our youth are busy in school studying, participating in summer school and after school recreational activities, then they are staying out of trouble. I strongly believe that we all have a responsibility to...

  • Energy & Environment

    I support a comprehensive energy plan, one that promotes responsible exploration and development while protecting the environment and consumers. I support conservation efforts, increasing research into renewable energy sources and relief for energy consumers in the wake of rising energy...

  • Social Security

    Ever since the Democrats created the Social Security System in 1935, it has not only formed the centerpiece around which Americans plan their retirement, but has provided piece of mind by providing benefits to both disabled workers and the children...

  • Transportation

    I have been a member of the Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure since coming to Congress. By focusing on transportation issues that are key to economic development, I have helped bring jobs and opportunities to towns and cities throughout Florida...

  • Veterans

    Since first being sworn in as a Member of Congress I have been honored to serve as a member of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. During my tenure, I have served as the Ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations...