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  • Floor Speech: 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

  • SPEECH: Rep. Murphy Recorded Speech to the Florida Chamber Foundation 2017 Military, Defense, and Veterans Opportunities Summit
    August 8, 2017 | Speeches and Statements

    Hi, I’m Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, and I am honored to represent Florida’s 7th congressional district.   I want to welcome you all to the Florida Chamber Foundation’s annual Military, Defense, and Veterans Opportunities Summit.   As you know, the range of military missions and installations in Florida is unrivaled in the United States.  The Sunshine State’s contribution to our national defense is the source of great pride for Floridians.   Moreover, defense spending in Florida... Read more

  • FLOOR SPEECH: Rep. Murphy Floor Speech on Inclusion of the POISE Act in the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2018
    July 28, 2017 | Speeches and Statements

    Mr. Speaker: I rise in support of the Intelligence Authorization Act . Good intelligence safeguards our nation from adversaries. It is used to support our armed forces, our diplomats, and our homeland security professionals. The men and women of the U.S. intelligence community make enormous sacrifices on behalf of our country. While others seek the limelight, they shun publicity and self-promotion. They are silent warriors and quiet heroes. I want to highlight Section 609 of this legislation. It... Read more

  • FLOOR SPEECH: Rep. Murphy Floor Speech on H.R. 3219, Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018
    July 27, 2017 | Speeches and Statements

    Mr. Speaker: The House is currently considering the minibus, which would fund certain federal agencies in the next fiscal year. As a former Pentagon aide, I have opposed efforts to politicize national security policymaking since coming to Congress. That’s why I introduced a bill to bar political operatives from serving on the National Security Council, and was proud when Steve Bannon was removed from the NSC. The minibus provides robust funding for the Defense Department—the same funding I voted... Read more

  • COMMITTEE STATEMENT: Rep. Murphy Testimony Before House Judiciary Committee on Balanced Budget Amendment
    July 27, 2017 | Speeches and Statements

    Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers, and Members of the Judiciary Committee: Thank you for inviting me to testify. Last month, I introduced a balanced budget amendment, which has been endorsed by the Blue Dog Coalition. Like other BBAs, my bill generally prohibits the federal government from spending more than it receives in a fiscal year. The prohibition would take effect five years after ratification, to allow for a smooth transition period. Unlike some other BBAs, my bill does not dictate... Read more

  • Floor Speech: Statement for the Congressional Record Honoring Billy Manes
    July 27, 2017 | Speeches and Statements

    Mr. Speaker: It is with a heavy heart that I rise to honor the life and legacy of Billy Manes. Billy passed away last week, far too soon, at the age of 45. He is survived by his husband, Anthony, and an entire community that admired him. With Billy’s passing, Orlando lost an icon, and our nation lost a committed, passionate, and fierce advocate for equality. In Billy’s short time with us, he made an indelible impact on our city and our country. He was a prominent Orlando journalist and commentator,... Read more

  • FLOOR SPEECH: Rep. Murphy Speech in Support of the Microloan Modernization Act of 2017
    July 24, 2017 | Speeches and Statements

    Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise in support of H.R. 2056, my bipartisan bill to improve the Small Business Administration’s Microloan program. Small businesses are the backbone of our nation’s economy. In my home state of Florida, there are 2.4 million small businesses, which is 99.8 percent of all employers in the state. These businesses employ 3.2 million workers. In my central Florida district, we have a vibrant community of entrepreneurs, and they tell me the number one challenge they face is... Read more

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