News from Representative Soto


Dear Friend,

September was a tough month for Central Floridians. We faced a devastating hurricane, yet another threat to the future of our health care, and many of our young residents under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) now face an uncertain future. I am proud of the remarkable resilience of so many of you, working as a community and staying strong. Thank you for your commitment to living out our Florida values.

As we head into October, I hope we can continue working together to make Central Florida stronger than ever before. This month in Congress, we'll be focusing on the fiscal year 2018 budget and tax reform that benefits hardworking, middle-class American families. I want to hear from you on these or any other issues important to you.  

To learn more about what I am working on, sign up for my newsletter and follow me on social media through the links below. I hope you continue to stay in touch with me by visiting my congressional website and contacting either of my five offices in District 9  -- we're here to serve you! 


Darren Soto
Member of Congress





Recovering from Hurricane Irma

FEMA Hurricane Recovery Assistance Town Hall: Representatives Rooney, Ross, and I hosted a FEMA information session in Polk County, providing hurricane recovery assistance information post Hurricane Irma. We listened to constituents’ issues and concerns about fixing power lines and receiving food, water, and shelter. We encouraged them to reach out to our offices. Click here for the Facebook Livestream video.

Jacksonville Tour: Members of the Florida Dlegation joined Speaker Ryan, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, and House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Carter on an official visit to Jacksonville, Florida to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. We determined that rebuilding electrical infrastructure and reducing the impact of floods must be a long-term focus to better prepare for natural disasters.

Story Family Farm Visit: On September 18, I toured local citrus groves with the Story family to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. I also toured areas damaged by the hurricane in Frostproof, Nalcrest, Lake Wales, and Winter Haven. My office also coordinated local food, water, shelter, and power relief efforts for our constituents. 

Hispanic Heritage Month 

Future of DACA: Democratic colleagues and I stressed the importance of bringing the DREAM Act of 2017 to a vote on the House floor. Rest assured, I will be fighting alongside all "DREAMers" to make sure they can live and prosper in the only home they’ve known: America! Click here to read my op-ed in the Tampa Bay Times

Venezuela Town Hall: On Thursday, September 21, I addressed the political, economic, and humanitarian crises in Venezuela and expressed my support for standing in solidarity with the people of Venezuela. Click here to watch the Facebook Live footage and here for the Spanish coverage by the Orlando Sentinel. 

We recognize and greatly appreciate the incredible accomplishments of the Hispanic community in the U.S.—especially here in Central Florida. Click on the video below for my message celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.




Representing you! 

Military Academy Day: Representatives from each Military Service Academy and I hosted an information session on the 2017 Service Academy Nominations. We heard amazing stories from a young Cadet at West Point and Midshipmen at Annapolis. So many inspiring, young people were interested in these appointments and we thank them for their attendance! Special shout-out to everyone at Valencia College for allowing us to host this event.  

Gold Star Families Ceremony: My wife and I attended the Gold Star Families Ceremony to recognize our fallen heroes and their families who wait for their loved ones, only to have them not return from combat. Thank you for your endless dedication to our heroes. 

Deerwood Elementary Multicultural Festival: I enjoyed a day of entertainment, music, and much more at the Annual Multicultural Festival. It was great to see so many talented students and so many businesses that support Deerwood Elementary. Amazing things are happening in our community! Check out more pictures from the event, here.

Second Harvest Food Bank: On September 22, I spoke about the 2018 Farm Bill, the nation’s largest legislative initiative to address hunger issues and potential cuts to SNAP. A major “thank you” to the Second Harvest Food Bank for allowing me the opportunity to stress the importance of providing food resources for our communities.

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