News from Representative Soto

   

Dear friend,

Last month Florida faced yet another mass shooting tragedy that terrorized the nation. I had the honor of meeting with students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the Capitol. These young survivors have channeled their grief into action, inspiring us all to say enough.

I stand with them and with Americans across the country who want to end the cycle of inaction and demand change in our gun laws. I support a wide array of gun safety legislation, including: banning assault riffles and bump stocks, universal background checks, and keeping guns away from those with serious mental illness.

I hosted a town hall in Poinciana last week to hear your thoughts on this important issue, and will continue to visit every corner of District 9 to discuss the legislative priorities for our community. See below for updates on my work in Central Florida last month.

It is an honor to represent you in Congress. As always, please feel free to reach out to my offices in Central Florida or Washington, D.C. to voice your concerns or for help with federal issues.

Sincerely,

 

 

Darren Soto


Representing You!

TOWN HALLS & ROUNDTABLES

AARP Town Hall: Thanks to all who joined the tele-townhall with AARP Florida to talk about Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid, hurricane relief, and other issues affecting Central Florida.

Immigration Townhall: On Feb. 20, I joined NeJame Law to provide updates on immigration policies affecting our community, including DACA, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), travel ban, extreme vetting, family migration, and more. Spanish summary here.

DREAMers Roundtable: I joined Noticias Univision for a roundtable with DREAMers in Central Florida to discuss the uncertain future of DACA on the heels of the March 5 expiration deadline for the program. I will continue the fight to protect DREAMers!

LGBTQ Roundtable: I also met with LGBTQ leaders and allies for a productive conversation on health policies and practices affecting our LGBTQ community.

DISTRICT TOURS

Agricultural Committee:
We hosted congressional staffers serving on the Agricultural Committee in our district. During our tour, we highlighted Central Florida's cattle and citrus greening industries, and discussed disaster relief and crop insurance. They also saw Florida Natural’s processing plant. These are critical industries for our food supply and local economy.

Engelwood Elementary School: My wife Amanda and I toured Englewood Elementary School in East Orlando. We were thrilled to meet with students and teachers, and learned more about the lessons, activities, and projects they have prepared for the school year.

Central Florida Food Systems Tour: On this tour we visited Long & Scott Farms in Zellwood, growers of our local fruits and vegetables. We explored the different aspects of the farm, including sustainability, agriculture and community development.

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

In honor of Black History Month 2018, I recognized 16 individuals in Central Florida for their invaluable contributions to our community. I am proud to celebrate and honor the leaders in Central Florida that influence and make an impact on our community through their day-to-day lives. Click here to view the full list of the honorees.

Opportunities for younger constituents

Congressional Art Competition

Do you know a talented young artist in Central Florida? Encourage them to participate in the Congressional Art Competition, The Artistic Discovery Contest. This contest is open to all high school students in our District. Submit your artwork to our office and the selected winner will have their art displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol.
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Congressional
Internship Program

I'm pleased to announce our internship program, providing students with the opportunity to intern in the District or Washington, D.C. offices. Internships run throughout the fall, spring or summer semesters for college students. Students gain valuable work experience and learn first-hand about the legislative process.

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Military Service
Academy Day

Academy Day is an opportunity for high school students interested in attending a U.S. Military Service Academy to meet and speak with representatives of all the academies. Join us to learn about the academy admission process and to explore this prestigious higher education choice.

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Upcoming Town Halls: Transportation in Central Florida. March 9, 2018. Orange County Commission Chambers (201 S. Rosalind Ave. Orlando, FL 32801). 10:30am.
For more information, please contact: (407) 452-1171

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