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  • SPEECH: Remarks Regarding H.R. 1, the Republican Tax Bill
    November 16, 2017 | Speeches and Statements

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the Republican tax plan that was unveiled earlier this month. Tax reform is an issue that is deeply important to my constituents and that could affect the lives of all American families, in central Florida and in communities across the country. That’s why I want to take the time to explain to you why I will be voting “No” on this legislation.   I had hoped to vote for a bipartisan bill that would reduce the tax burden on middle class families... Read more

  • SPEECH: Floor Statement Recognizing Rollins College
    November 15, 2017 | Speeches and Statements

    Mr. Speaker, In a nationwide competition, Rollins College achieved one of the highest student voter turnout rates in the 2016 presidential election. I want to recognize the hard-working students and faculty at the Rollins Democracy Project for this accomplishment, which reflects the school’s commitment to preparing the next generation of engaged citizens and global leaders. As Justice Brandeis once observed, the only title in our democracy superior to that of President is the title of citizen. Our... Read more

  • Speech: Rep. Murphy Speech at Event to Express Solidarity with U.S. Citizens of Puerto Rico and with Nations in Latin America and the Caribbean
    November 15, 2017 | Speeches and Statements

    Thank you very much for inviting me to speak at CASA’s event to demonstrate the solidarity that Orlando, particularly our city’s large and vibrant Latino community, feels toward the suffering but always-resilient U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico, as well as toward our brothers and sisters in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Many of the citizens of these countries are also experiencing very difficult challenges right now. I want to begin by expressing my personal gratitude to Jimmy... Read more

  • SPEECH: Rep. Murphy Speech on the Opioid Epidemic
    November 14, 2017 | Speeches and Statements

    Thank you very much. I’m Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, and I represent a district in central Florida that encompasses all of Seminole County and part of Orange County, including downtown Orlando. I want to thank AmeriHealth Caritas for organizing this event on the opioid epidemic, and for inviting me to participate. I also want to thank my friend and fellow Irishman, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick. Over the past 10 months, Congressman Fitzpatrick and I have introduced four bills together, including... Read more

  • SPEECH: Rep. Murphy Speech on Veterans Day in Chuluota, Florida
    November 11, 2017 | Speeches and Statements

    Good evening. I’m Stephanie Murphy, and I represent Seminole County and part of Orange County in Congress. I want to say a simple, heartfelt thank you to all veterans, especially those from Chuluota, Oviedo, and throughout central Florida. Every day—but especially on Veterans Day—our nation should express its gratitude to the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who wore the uniform. We should let the veterans in our life know that we appreciate the sacrifices they made to keep this country free,... Read more

  • SPEECH: Rep. Murphy Statement on DACA at Valencia College
    November 7, 2017 | Speeches and Statements

    Thank you very much for inviting me to speak at LASO’s event on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. I appreciate LASO’s efforts to educate students and professors at Valencia College, and to inform the broader central Florida community, as to why this issue is so important—from both a moral and economic perspective. As you know, DACA provides temporary relief for individuals without lawful immigration status who were brought to the United States as children and who meet other criteria.... Read more

  • SPEECH: Floor Statement for the Congressional Record Honoring Lester Mandell
    October 12, 2017 | Speeches and Statements

    Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor the life of Lester Mandell, who transformed countless communities in central Florida though his work as a builder and transformed countless lives through his generosity as a philanthropist. Lester passed away recently at the age of 96, leaving behind a large and loving family, but his legacy will live on. Born in a hardscrabble Brooklyn neighborhood, and a veteran of World War II, Lester did not graduate from college. However, neither his lack of formal education nor... Read more

  • SPEECH: Floor Statement in Support of her Amendment to H.R. 2824, the Increasing Opportunity and Success for Children and Parents Through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act
    September 26, 2017 | Speeches and Statements

    Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I rise in support of my bipartisan amendment, which is cosponsored by Congresswoman Jenniffer Gonzalez from Puerto Rico and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez of New York. The American citizens in Puerto Rico and the neighboring U.S. Virgin Islands are enduring an incredibly difficult situation in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. [I expect to travel to Puerto Rico soon to witness the damage and devastation firsthand.] As a Member whose central Florida district... Read more

  • SPEECH: Rep. Murphy Floor Speech in Support of Dreamers and the Dream Act of 2017
    September 7, 2017 | Speeches and Statements

    Mr. Speaker, Today I rise in support of Dreamers. When I was just a baby, my parents brought me to this country because they sought freedom, opportunity, and a better life for our family. As a parent now, I know how they must have felt, because I too would do anything for my children, no matter the risks. That parental instinct – to give our children better opportunities than we had—is universal, and powerful. Dreamers were brought to this country as children by families who sought a better life.... Read more

  • SPEECH: Rep. Murphy Speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Regarding the U.S.-South Korea Alliance and the Threat Posed by North Korea
    September 5, 2017 | Speeches and Statements

    Thank you. Thank you to CSIS and The Korea Foundation for inviting me to speak. I am truly honored to be here. Given recent events on the Korean Peninsula, this event could not be more timely. Victor, thank you for that warm introduction. In addition to serving as a senior advisor at CSIS, Victor is the director of Asian Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service—where I received my Master’s degree. Victor is a terrific teacher and an even better public servant, and I hope his... Read more

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