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Issue Position: Florida Keys

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I support a permanent extension to the National Flood Insurance Program. Keys homeowners depend on consistent, affordable flood coverage for their homes and businesses. I also support the addition of windstorm coverage into this important program.

I oppose punitive FEMA regulations against downstairs enclosures. Residents in the Keys should not be penalized for these home additions which are used as additional space to house elderly or disabled relatives.

I have secured more than $35 million in federal funding for Keys wastewater. Federal funding for this vital project remains a top priority.

I am an outspoken advocate for Keys fishermen. In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and countless fishing prohibitions, our fishermen need assistance to continue operating in our area. I also support increased flexibility in the Magnuson fishing law and greater transparency in the fishery management council process.

I am proud to represent the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Our sanctuary is home to countless species of marine life, coral reef, and other sensitive habitats. I have participated in 2 dives to NOAA's Aquarius Underwater Laboratory for a firsthand look at our sanctuary, and the scientific work being conducted by federal and university researchers.

I am a founding member and co-Chair of the National Marine Sanctuary Caucus, a Congressional organization dedicated to promoting the importance of marine sanctuaries. I voted for the Coral Reef Conservation Act. This bill creates a dedicated federal grant program to protect our coral reefs.

I have hosted several Keys forms on Hurricane Preparedness. These open to the public events bring together federal experts with local responders to explain the importance of improving our hurricane tracking and warning systems.


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