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Archive for November 27th, 2017

News from Representative Thomas Rooney





November 27, 2017

Good afternoon,
This week, my staff will host mobile office hours in multiple locations throughout the district. During mobile office hours, caseworkers from my office will be on hand to help with any trouble you may be having with a federal agency. My caseworkers cannot assist with state or local issues, or problems you may be having with private companies.

Office of Congressman Tom Rooney mobile office hours

 Tuesday, November 28th:

 Lehigh Community Services

201 Plaza Drive, Suite 103

Lehigh Acres, FL 33936

Open from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 Friday, December 1st:

 Morgan Family Community Center

6207 W. Price Blvd

North Port, FL 34291

Open from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

 Please know you are always welcome to reach out to my office anytime at 202-225-5792. I would also encourage you visit my Facebook page and sign up for my e-newsletter to receive these regular updates. It’s an honor to serve you in Washington, DC.
Thank you,
Tom Rooney
Member of Congress
 Washington DC Office
2160 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
p (202) 225-5792
f (202) 225-3132





Okeechobee Office
304 NW 2nd Street Room 105
Okeechobee, FL 34972
p (863) 402-9082
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Punta Gorda Office
226 Taylor Street, Suite 230
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
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Sebring Office
4507 George Blvd
Sebring, FL 33875
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November 27, 2017

Permission to republish original op-eds and cartoons granted.

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The GOP tax bill is better than you think, but it still might result in a ‘Read my lips’ moment
In Pennsylvania, 1.6 million taxpayers took $11.3 billion in state and local tax deductions and $8.2 billion in real estate tax deductions. There, 56,000 upper income individuals could be seeing a tax hike in a state where Trump only won by 44,000 votes.

The Trump administration is taking on the opioid crisis
2015 was the worst year for overdose deaths in US history, until 2016 happened. Now, unless the federal government takes decisive action, 2017 will be even worse. The opioid epidemic has left both rural and urban America paralyzed. After decades of overprescribing, opioid deaths last year alone account for more lost lives than the entire Vietnam War. The Trump Administration’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis is leading the way toward critical reforms throughout government to save American lives.

David William: Special counsel Robert Mueller stands on reputation that belies a record including fumbles
“At 73, Mueller has a record that shows a man of fallible judgment who can be slow to alter his chosen course. At times, he has intimidated or provoked resentment among subordinates. And his tenacious yet linear approach to evaluating evidence led him to fumble the biggest U.S. terrorism investigation since 9/11.”

Hill News Alert

The Hill’s Whip List: Where Republicans stand on Senate tax bill

Senators are aiming for a vote this week on a Republican tax reform plan.   The bill would temporarily cut individual tax rates and slash the corporate rate from 35 percent to 20 percent. It also includes a controversial provision to repeal ObamaCare’s individual mandate.
If all Senate Democrats vote against the bill, Republicans can only afford two defections in the upper chamber, allowing Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie.

Here is a look at how the votes are stacking up.

Read The Hill’s Whip List here

Tell Air Force Secretary to end religious discrimination

Obama’s hostility toward Christians still exists in the military.
U.S. Air Force Col. Leland Bohannon was asked in May 2017 to sign a “certificate of spouse appreciation” for a retiring master sergeant in a same-sex “marriage.”
As a devout Christian, Bohannon refused to sign the document stating it would violate his religious belief of marriage being between one man and one woman. As a result, the Air Force suspended the colonel and effectively ended his career.
Sign the petition to demand the Air Force to:
restore and protect Colonel Leland Bohannon’s Constitutional right to freely exercise his religious beliefs by reversing the complaint against him and removing any unfavorable remarks from his record related to this complaint.
Col. Bohannon requested religious accommodation after speaking with Air Force officials. Such an accommodation would have allowed Col. Bohannon to maintain his religious beliefs and excused him from having to sign the document.
About six weeks later, the Air Force responded but gave no answer to Col. Bohannon’s request, leaving him without a defense. The airman requesting the “certificate of spouse appreciation” filed a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Office against Col. Bohannon for refusing to sign the document.
As a result, “Bohannon was relieved of command. Additionally, a letter sent by a superior officer recommended against Bohannon’s promotion to brigadier general, effectively ending his career.” He appealed the decision, but Col. Bohannon was denied the appeal by Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets IV, deputy commander of Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.
In May 2017, President Trump, Commander in Chief, issued an Executive Order calling the Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide guidance to the executive agencies on the protection of religious liberty. The DOJ issued the guidance on October 6.
The Department of Defense (DOD) headed by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is an executive agency that also gives direction to the U.S. Air Force led by Secretary Heather Wilson. So far, the DOD has failed to issue follow-up guidance to protect the religious freedoms the military is fighting to protect.
Sign the petition urging Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to protect the religious liberty of Col. Bohannon.
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One Sick Senator, He was a Male Adult Knew Exactly What He Was Doing Was Wrong To Start With No Excuses! Step Down!

Franken on groping allegations: ‘This will not happen again’

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) told reporters Monday that he will work to regain people’s trust in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct and vowed, “this will not happen again going forward.”  “I know I’m going to have to be much more conscious in these circumstances, much more careful, much more sensitive, and that this will not happen again going forward,” Franken told reporters.  “Again, it’s going to take a long time for me to regain people’s trust, but I hope that starting work today I can do that,” he added.

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