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As lawmakers renew push for Puerto Rico statehood, one Florida lawmaker wants to know how voters feel

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As lawmakers in Washington make another bipartisan attempt to admit Puerto Rico as the 51st state, U.S. Representative Donna Shalala is polling supporters on whether they support statehood for the U.S. territory. In an email blast sent Monday morning titled “Should Puerto Rico be our 51st state?,” Shalala said she backs statehood and asked email recipients to click “Yes” or “No” on whether they su... Read more »

Can Congress remake college athletics? Shalala proposes 2-year commission on NCAA

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U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala is not a fan of the NCAA, and she wants Congress to how to make it better. Shalala, a Miami Democrat, introduced legislation Thursday to create a two-year congressional commission with a sweeping mandate to examine the NCAA. A former president at the University of Miami and the University of Wisconsin, Shalala has first-hand knowledge of the workings at major college athlet... Read more »

Carlos Vecchio denuncia intento de magnicidio contra Juan Guaidó

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“El régimen de Maduro lo único que tiene a la mano es la violencia y las armas. Con los videos que hemos visto podemos afirmar que aquí estaba montada una emboscada para agredir y asesinar a diputados y al presidente interino de Venezuela, existen elementos suficientes para alertar la intención de un intento de magnicidio contra el presidente Juan Guaidó”, dijo Vecchio a la salida del encuentro co... Read more »

Leadership UMiami creates pathways to success

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Leadership UMiami, the Butler Center for Service and Leadership’s intensive leadership immersion program, is creating pathways for students to not only learn about the democratic process but about their own civic identities. Doreen Gustave, a University of Miami junior and member of the Leadership UMiami 2020 cohort, said she had no clue how much the trajectory of her life would change following h... Read more »

Is your immigration case taking too long? Your congressional representative can step in

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A couple of months ago, a woman approached a Miami immigration law firm with a problem: her naturalization application had seemingly stalled — it was stuck in processing for nearly a decade. She had gone through her citizenship interview, but never heard back. The staff of the nonprofit law firm, Americans for Immigrant Justice (AIJ), reached out to the woman’s congressional representative, U.S. R... Read more »

Rep. Donna Shalala’s Statement on the Administration Suspending Chartered Flights to Cuba

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Congresswoman Donna Shalala (FL-27) released the following statement: “The Trump administration’s proposal to suspend chartered flights to Cuba is the wrong solution to a complex problem. This proposal will not hurt the Cuban regime’s coffers. Instead, this policy will punish Cuban families – families who simply want to visit their loved ones on the island. “Unfortunately, keeping families apart h... Read more »

Donna Shalala: Los líderes políticos en Venezuela tienen que seguir luchando

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La senadora del Congreso de Estados Unidos, Donna Shalala, en entrevista con TVVenezuela a través de Twitter, brindó sus declaraciones sobre las elecciones que tendrán lugar hoy en la Asamblea Nacional. Asimismo, la congresista reafirmó su apoyo a Guaidó y se refirió a las acciones de Nicolás Maduro para interferir en la votación. “El congreso al que represento, tanto demócratas como republicanos,... Read more »

South Florida Congressional Leaders React To Killing Of Iran’s Top General Qassem Soleimani

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s the one thing local members of Congress agree on — Qassem Soleimani was a bad guy. Democratic Congressman Ted Deutch said, “Soleimani was a terrorist who was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans, thousands of people over the region.” Republican Senator Rick Scott said in a news release, “…let us remember the lives that were lost at the hands of this ghoul and... Read more »

Shalala questions Trump’s loyalty to “friends and allies” in Venezuela

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House Democrat Rep. Donna Shalala is upset at the Trump administration’s handling of a Venezuelan Army Major’s treatment after his defection from the Maduro regime earlier this year Major Hugo Parra Martinez sits in an immigration detention center in Louisiana awaiting his legal asylum case to be heard, after declaring his support for current Venezuelan President Juan Guaido over Dictator Nicholas... Read more »

Donna Shalala, Ross Spano Want Congressional Committee to Look at NCAA, College Athletics

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Even as college football bowl season heats up, two members of the Florida delegation on Capitol Hill are pushing a bill to create a congressional commission to look at college athletics. Last week, U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, R-Fla., teamed up on the “Congressional Advisory Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics (CACIA) Act” which would create a “Blue-ribbon Congres... Read more »