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Press Release: Ross Introduces Legislation to Prevent Future Soccer Fields for Terrorists

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Oversight Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce Chairman, Dennis Ross, today announced he will introduce the "None of Our Funds for the Interest, Exercise, or Leisure of Detainees Act" (NO FIELD Act). The legislation would instruct the Budget Committee to reduce the appropriation for the Department of Defense for FY 2013 by $750,000.

Upon introducing this bill, Congressman Ross said, "If the Pentagon has $750,000 to spend on trails, soccer fields and recreational amenities for terrorists, they obviously don't need that money. Guantanamo Bay is a detention facility for terrorists captured on the battlefield, taking up arms against American forces. According to a report by the DNI in 2010, 150 former Guantanamo detainees are either "confirmed or suspected of reengaging in terrorist or insurgent activities.' Gitmo should not be a place of comfort. It should house the worst of the worst of the world's terrorists, not be a training ground for the World Cup."

Dennis Ross, son of Bill and Loyola Ross, was born in 1959 and raised in Lakeland, Florida. He graduated from Auburn University and the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He has served as in-house counsel to the Walt Disney Company and as an associate of the law firm of Holland & Knight. Prior to serving in Congress, he owned and operated his own law firm, Ross Vecchio PA, specializing in Workers' Compensation defense. He previously served in the Florida Legislature from 2000 until being term limited in 2008. Dennis and his wife, Cindy Hartley, were married in 1983 and have two sons, Shane and Travis.

In the 112th Congress, Dennis will serve on the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform (Chairman of the Federal Workforce, Postal Service & Labor Policy Subcommittee) as well as the Education & the Workforce and Judiciary Committees.


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