Rep. Gus Bilirakis

Rep. Gus Bilirakis Congressman for Florida's 12th Congressional District

Workforce development is an important part of rebuilding our economy..  This week, my team enjoyed visiting the Pasco Am...
11/06/2020

Workforce development is an important part of rebuilding our economy.. This week, my team enjoyed visiting the Pasco AmSkills Manufacturing Bootcamp where participants are learning critical high tech skills and will be given the opportunity to be interviewed by multiple prospective employers at the end of the two week training. Good luck to all the participants.

I am glad to see Senator McConnell talking about passing another stimulus package soon.  Hopefully, House Leaders are no...
11/05/2020
McConnell calls for coronavirus package before end of the year

I am glad to see Senator McConnell talking about passing another stimulus package soon. Hopefully, House Leaders are now willing to negotiate a consensus package, as many Americans and small businesses are desperate for this relief.

“We need another rescue package,” he said.

I know many of us have loved ones in long-term care facilities.  We want to keep them safe but we also want to address i...
11/05/2020
Florida families may take long-term care residents home for the holidays, state says

I know many of us have loved ones in long-term care facilities. We want to keep them safe but we also want to address isolation concerns. Here is the updated state policy on bringing nursing home residents home for the holidays.

The state emailed long-term care facilities Wednesday night offering clarity to its latest visitation rules, which it updated on Oct. 22.

While we await the final count of all legally-cast votes throughout the country, Americans can be certain that the numbe...
11/05/2020
In Ascendant Night for Congressional Republicans, Women Led the Way

While we await the final count of all legally-cast votes throughout the country, Americans can be certain that the number of Republican women serving in Congress has significantly expanded. That is great news. I welcome them to our Conference, and look forward to serving alongside of all of my newest colleagues.

Republicans were on track to have the highest number of women ever to serve in their House conference, signaling the success of their efforts to recruit and elect a more diverse slate of candidates.

This week,  HUD allocated $94,000 to the Clearwater Housing Authority for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. This...
11/05/2020

This week, HUD allocated $94,000 to the Clearwater Housing Authority for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. This is a federal government program to assist very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled with affording decent, safe, and sanitary housing within the private market.

This week is National Veterans Small Business Week. Prior to the pandemic, Veteran unemployment was at a record all-time...
11/04/2020

This week is National Veterans Small Business Week.
Prior to the pandemic, Veteran unemployment was at a record all-time low. Nearly 2.5 million Veteran-owned small businesses employed close to 6 million people, generating more than a trillion dollars in sales annually. The contributions of our Veterans to our nation's economy were essential, and they will be equally important as we continue on the path to financial recovery.

The IRS has declared this November 10th as “National EIP Registration Day.” On this day, the IRS and its partner agencie...
11/04/2020
Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here | Internal Revenue Service

The IRS has declared this November 10th as “National EIP Registration Day.” On this day, the IRS and its partner agencies will launch a final push to encourage everyone who doesn’t normally file a tax return to register to receive their Economic Impact Payment. If you have not yet gotten your $1200.00 stimulus payment and you do not file a tax return, you can register by visiting the website below.

Steps to receive the Economic Impact Payment if you haven't filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019, and aren't receiving Social Security, SS Disability Income or Railroad Retirement benefits. This payment is also referred to as "stimulus checks" or "coronavirus relief."

Serving as your voice in Washington, D.C. is one of the greatest honors of my life.  Thank you for giving me the privile...
11/04/2020

Serving as your voice in Washington, D.C. is one of the greatest honors of my life. Thank you for giving me the privilege of representing you for another term. You have my solemn commitment that I will do everything in my power to fight for you and our community. I am proud to live in a nation where civil discourse is encouraged. It has been a challenging year with people on all sides of the political spectrum vigorously advocating for their vision of how we can best solve our nation’s challenges. Now more than ever, it is important for us to remember that we are all Americans. We must continue to work together to find common ground and chart a course that restores our way of life, rebuilds our economy and renews the American dream.

I am proud that several bills I have authored are being included as part of the Keep America Healthy Act.  These are con...
11/03/2020

I am proud that several bills I have authored are being included as part of the Keep America Healthy Act. These are consensus items that will help achieve strategic priorities in the fight to keep Americans safe.

I wholeheartedly agree with this column written by a Reservist and a military spouse.  A culture change is needed within...
11/03/2020
Service member suicide prevention: Why the military must end the stigma on mental health

I wholeheartedly agree with this column written by a Reservist and a military spouse. A culture change is needed within the Department of Defense. It must aggressively work to remove the stigma surrounding getting treatment for mental health issues.

Mental health services must be normalized in the military for our service members to properly utilize them, say the authors of this commentary.

As people around the country continue to make their voice heard today, I am mindful that the price of freedom is not fre...
11/03/2020

As people around the country continue to make their voice heard today, I am mindful that the price of freedom is not free. Thank you to the brave men and women whose service and sacrifice makes our democracy possible.

The VA has compiled a list of Veteran-related events, discounts and special activities designed to support and honor our...
11/02/2020
100+ Free Events for Veterans Month

The VA has compiled a list of Veteran-related events, discounts and special activities designed to support and honor our heroes during this special month. Click below to learn more.

There's no shortage of observances, parades, events, and workouts to join online! Here's some of the largest Veterans Day events or scroll down to see the entire list.

Today, I had a discussion with senior leaders at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the Anclote River Dredge project...
11/02/2020

Today, I had a discussion with senior leaders at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the Anclote River Dredge project. I was glad to hear about the positive steps being taken to bring this project to fruition as quickly as possible and will be working with city leaders to hold a community meeting in the near future about this important project.

CVS has announced an expansion of its rapid-result COVID testing sites. To learn more about a location near you, please ...
11/02/2020
COVID-19: Expanded testing locations | CVS Health

CVS has announced an expansion of its rapid-result COVID testing sites. To learn more about a location near you, please visit the CVS website below.

CVS Health has established more than 1,000 locations across the country offering COVID-19 testing since May, with the goal of processing up to 1.5 million tests per month, subject to availability of supplies and lab capacity. Additional test sites may be added in coming months.

This weekend, my team enjoyed the Grand Opening of Pasco's newest small business, Claws and Stilettos by Alyssa.   We wi...
11/02/2020

This weekend, my team enjoyed the Grand Opening of Pasco's newest small business, Claws and Stilettos by Alyssa. We wish owner and Celebrity Nail Artist Alyssa Adams all the best in her new Lutz location. Welcome to the neighborhood!

Wishing you a safe and fun Halloween!
10/31/2020

Wishing you a safe and fun Halloween!

10/30/2020
Virtual Veteran Resource Fair: Amskills

Amskills provides valuable services Veterans in our community. Click below to learn more.
#BilirakisVirtualVeteranResourceFair, #AMSkills #Education

This bipartisan column written by my colleagues outlines the work we are doing to help facilitate our nation’s economic ...
10/30/2020
Coordinated federal leadership is needed for recovery of US travel and tourism

This bipartisan column written by my colleagues outlines the work we are doing to help facilitate our nation’s economic recovery through support of the travel and tourism industry. As Co-Chairman of the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus and as a co-lead sponsor of the Visit America Act, I understand how important this industry is to our economy and I will continue to support a bicameral, bipartisan focus on its restoration. I'm urging our leadership in the House to pass this and other critical bills to support our nation's recovery:

No major U.S. industry has been more severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic than travel and tourism, and states and localities that rely on tourism dollars are suffering greatly.

10/30/2020
U.S. FDA on Twitter

I enjoyed listening to FDA Commissioner, Dr. Stephen Hahn, explaining the steps being taken to ensure the approval of a safe and effective vaccine.

“Ever wonder how a vaccine is developed? FDA Commissioner @SteveFDA explains the process… from A to Z. #FDAVaccineFacts https://t.co/XVWgvyXITN”

The Bureau of Economic Analysis found that the GDP increased at an annual rate of 33.1 percent in the third quarter of 2...
10/30/2020

The Bureau of Economic Analysis found that the GDP increased at an annual rate of 33.1 percent in the third quarter of 2020. This is the highest increase in recorded history and is one important indicator that our economy is on the road to recovery.

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month.  Approximately 400,000  Americans live with Down Syndrome.  Those diagnosed wi...
10/30/2020

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Approximately 400,000 Americans live with Down Syndrome. Those diagnosed with this condition have an elevated risk of some medical conditions, including congenital heart defects (CHD), respiratory issues, hearing problems, Alzheimer’s disease, leukemia, and thyroid disorders. Parents and caretakers need to take extra care in screening for these potential medical issues. I would like to thank all of the Down Syndrome advocates who helped me raise awareness about CHD and the need for continued investment in research that will give CHD patients the best chance of leading long and healthy lives. With their support, we were able to get my CHD legislation signed into law.

Congratulations to United Way of Pasco for serving its 100,000th meal this week as part of Operation Feed Pasco,  which ...
10/29/2020

Congratulations to United Way of Pasco for serving its 100,000th meal this week as part of Operation Feed Pasco, which began in May. Through this partnership with Pasco County and local restaurants, the United Way has used federal funding to assist local food pantries and soup kitchens in distributing food to those in need within our community.

The President recently signed the Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act, which allows Reservists and National Guard Membe...
10/29/2020
New Law Extends VA Mental Health Counseling to More Guard and Reserve Members

The President recently signed the Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act, which allows Reservists and National Guard Members who have served as part of drug interdiction missions and national disaster and emergency response missions to receive readjustment counseling and related mental health services through the VA. This is an important part of ensuring that all of our nation’s heroes have access to the support services they need.

Another newly passed piece of legislation directs the GAO to assess the effectiveness of mental health services.

10/29/2020
Amplify Clearwater

Earlier this week I had the chance to participate in a Small Business Townhall with members of Amplify Clearwater. Click below to view the exchange.

Join us as we chat with Rep. Gus Bilirakis NOW!

Pricing transparency is an important component of reducing healthcare costs.  Today, the Department of Health and Human ...
10/29/2020

Pricing transparency is an important component of reducing healthcare costs. Today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a huge step forward in achieving this goal by requiring insurance companies to disclose pricing and cost-sharing information. This will enable patients to make fully-informed decisions prior to accessing care.

Community Health Center of Pinellas (CHCP) is celebrating its 40th Anniversary delivering high quality, compassionate ca...
10/29/2020

Community Health Center of Pinellas (CHCP) is celebrating its 40th Anniversary delivering high quality, compassionate care to patients in our community. Federally Qualified Community Health Centers, like CHCP, provide primary care, dental care and mental health services to insured, uninsured and under-insured Americans on a sliding fee scale. They represent part of what is working with our healthcare system, which is why I have worked so hard to expand this program.

CHCP has been a leader in healthcare innovation and a true community asset throughout the pandemic. Again, Happy 40th Anniversary and thank you for your service!

Pinellas CARES Programs uses federal funding to offer rent, mortgage and utilities assistance to individuals and grants ...
10/28/2020
Pinellas CARES - Pinellas County COVID-19 Response and Recommendations

Pinellas CARES Programs uses federal funding to offer rent, mortgage and utilities assistance to individuals and grants for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. More than 10,000 applicants have already received help. Recently the county announced that funding is still available and that applicants may be eligible for additional assistance even if they’ve received help before. Additionally, local agencies are also offering legal help for evictions as well as re-employment training. Click on the link below to learn more.

COVID-19 financial relief for individuals, community & businesses Thousands of individuals, families and businesses have received direct financial assistance through Pinellas CARES, and you may qualify for more help even if you’ve applied before. CARES & COVID-19 Expenditures [...]Read More...

Happy National #FirstResponders Day to our local heroes! This year especially, our first responders have gone above and ...
10/28/2020

Happy National #FirstResponders Day to our local heroes! This year especially, our first responders have gone above and beyond in service to our communities.

Today we celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Oxi Day! While European nations fell one by one, Greece and her citizens stoo...
10/28/2020

Today we celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Oxi Day! While European nations fell one by one, Greece and her citizens stood up to Fascism and fought back. Today we honor their sacrifice and remember the hope they gave to the world. “Hence we will not say that Greeks fight like heroes, but that heroes fight like Greeks.”-Winston Churchill

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