U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, said in a statement on his Facebook page that tomorrow, as Congress returns to Washington, D.C., he is going to call for closure of a loophole that allows people on the terror watchlist to purchase firearms.
“When violence strikes our community, we must stand together in solidarity with those whose lives have been forever changed – fifty families who now have a hole that will never be filled, and over fifty more whose injuries and trauma will affect them from this day forward. After the deadliest mass shooting in American history, I feel so deeply for these families, the city of #Orlando, our state of Florida, and our nation. I stand with the LGBT community this Pride month and whenever members of the community face violence, hatred or discrimination. And I am so grateful for the SWAT team, the police, paramedics and firefighters whose heroic actions saved lives.
“I offer sympathy, prayers and strength. I am sure we all do. But I’m also a Member of Congress, and thoughts and prayers alone are not a sufficient response. Tomorrow, upon our return to Washington, we will be briefed about terror threats and radical Islamic violence. We will strengthen our resolve to defeat ISIS. We will continue to fight terrorism here and around the world.
“But that’s not enough. We’re mourning the deadliest mass shooting, and the American people expect us to battle terrorism, stand with the LGBT community AND to address the gun violence epidemic that plagues the country. Silence is not an option.
“TOMORROW, when we return to Washington, we should have moment of silence for the victims – immediately followed by a vote to close the loophole that allows people on the terror watch list to buy assault rifles – or any weapon. This isn’t politics; it’s common sense.
“In the weeks to come, we should not be afraid to ask why, when an AR-15 assault rifle is the one thing that’s common to Orlando, San Bernardino and Newtown, we allow these deadly weapons to be freely available? And why every gun purchaser isn’t subject to a background check? And why the mental health crisis is’t urgently addressed?
“We must fight terrorism. And stand with the LGBT community. And do something to stem the horrific tide of gun violence.
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — National Republicans gathering today in South Florida are wrestling with what rules will apply in August in Cleveland when it votes for its nominee.
Front runner, and part-time Palm Beacher, Donald Trump, is far ahead, but might not reach the 1,237 delegates needed to win on the first ballot.
The two men who hope to step in if a failed first ballot leads to a free-for-all second vote, Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, came Wednesday to the RNC’s quarterly meeting. at the Diplomat in Hollywood to woo members in hopes of wrestling the nomination from Trump.
Trump has said the Cruz and Kasich scenarios are evidence of a system “rigged” against him by the GOP establishment. Amid Trump’s constant criticism, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and many of the party officials here appeared skittish about taking any action that might smack of favoritism toward a candidate.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is set to address the meeting at midday followed by the rules committee meeting.
This morning, the Democratic National Committee, in advance of a press call by DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, said, “with Republicans all over the map pledging to skip this summer’s Republican Convention, it’s clear the GOP is in a full-scale freak-out.”
“I’m confident that Patrick, with his knowledge, energy and his demeanor, will be a very effective representative for Florida interests in Washington.” Graham said Monday morning as he and Murphy conducted a conference call with reporters.
Murphy “bring his experience as a lifetime Floridian, and his now-experience in the U.S. Congress, to increase his ability to be effective in those areas that are critical to the future of our state,” including restoration of the Everglades, Graham said.
“I’m so proud and quite frankly humbled to receive this endorsement,” Murphy told Graham in the conference call.
“I’ve always liked you as one my mentors,” he said, “and, quite frankly, one of the last statesmen in the Senate.”