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Dennis A. Ross

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  • Dodd-Frank: Another Empty Promise
    Posted in Ross Opinion Pieces on July 21, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Family Values, Taxes, Spending, and Our Economy, Agriculture

    This week marks the fifth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank). This 2,300-page law has imposed more than 400 new government mandates, creating a sluggish economic recovery and uncertainty across our financial markets. Dodd-Frank established vast new government bureaucracies, like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), that operate largely out of the public eye. Not only do these b... Read more

  • Natural Disaster Recovery: Prevention is Key
    Posted in Ross Opinion Pieces on June 19, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Family Values, Taxes, Spending, and Our Economy

    Featured in Sunshine State News. The extra trips to the hardware store for plywood and nails to board up windows.‭ ‬The stocked pantries and cupboards with canned goods and water bottles.‭ ‬The spare batteries and flashlights stashed around the house.‭ ‬The safety drills to take shelter in hallways and bathtubs.‭ ‬These are all-too-familiar precautions we Floridians practice when hurricane season rolls around.‭ ‬Because,‭ ‬it is all about prevention.‭ As June‭ ‬1‭ ‬started the official‭ ‬2015‭ ‬... Read more

  • Civic Education: Becoming a Responsible Citizen
    Posted in Ross Opinion Pieces on May 19, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Family Values, Education

    Featured in Sunshine State News. I was taught early in life to be an active citizen both in school and throughout the community. These lessons were instilled in me by my parents and by my teachers, and provided the foundation for my love and appreciation of our local community and for our country. As an elected official, I have noticed that the more people complain about their situation, the more they demand the government fix their problems. Yet, they know not whether more or less government is... Read more

  • An alternative to Obamacare
    Posted in Ross Opinion Pieces on February 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Featured in the Tampa Bay Times and the Tampa Tribune. Earlier this month, I joined a majority of my colleagues in the House of Representatives in passing legislation that would repeal Obamacare, while also offering an important opportunity to replace it. Since being elected to Congress, I have never supported Obamacare. This is a piece of legislation that was sold to the American people through a number of broken promises. Over time, these promises were debunked. Most recently, a top Obamacare ... Read more

  • The Fight To Save Florida’s Roots
    Posted in Ross Opinion Pieces on August 29, 2014 | Preview rr

    Featured in Florida Citrus Mutual's Triangle. Just a decade ago our family would drive down the highway and my two sons would try counting the citrus groves as they rushed passed our window. Orange groves grew right up to the paved road and stretched for miles. The scent of fresh citrus blossoms filled the air. It’s memories like these that remind us that Florida is the home to the freshest oranges. But now, orange groves are becoming scarce and people are starting to wonder if the Orange Blosso... Read more

  • America deserves a natural disaster mitigation strategy
    Posted in Ross Opinion Pieces on August 14, 2014 | Preview rr

    Featured in The Hill. According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, there have been 151 weather-related disasters since 1980, leading to more than $1 billion in economic loss to U.S. taxpayers. The cumulative cost of all weather-related damages to date exceeds $1 trillion. These statistics provide a stark reminder of the importance of establishing a natural disaster mitigation strategy to better fortify property and possessions in advance of hurricanes, tornadoes, and other weath... Read more

  • Strengthening Our Borders Is First Priority
    Posted in Ross Opinion Pieces on July 16, 2014 | Preview rr

    Featured in The Tampa Tribune. Immigration is an issue that impacts everyone in America. Everything from taxes, job creation, health care costs, the cost of education, and national security are affected by immigration. This year, over 57,000 unaccompanied minors have illegally crossed our borders. Shockingly, that number is expected to swell to over 90,000 by the end of 2014. Our borders have always been too porous and an easy way for migrants to enter the country illegally. Unfortunately, the p... Read more

  • Ross Op-ed: A Painful Truth
    Posted in Ross Opinion Pieces on May 26, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans Affairs, National Security

    Featured in the Tampa Tribune and the Lakeland Ledger: Last year, a Florida first-grader named Madison was sitting on the floor of her classroom during story time when she received one of the biggest surprises of her life. Her father, having just returned from serving overseas for a year, walked into her classroom still wearing his fatigues. When she saw him, she jumped up and threw her arms around him. Truly, loved ones cherish the moment when their veteran returns home. But what about our hero... Read more

  • Ross Op-ed: Helping Consumers, Taxpayers on Flood Rates
    Posted in Ross Opinion Pieces on February 13, 2014 | Preview rr

    Featured in the Tampa Bay Times and the Lakeland Ledger by Rep. Dennis Ross Floridians looking at their flood-insurance bills are shocked to see their new rates. That's because, for decades, taxpayers have subsidized the National Flood Insurance Program and now it's broke: to the tune of $24 billion — a heavy burden for a program that collects just $3.3 billion a year in premiums. Congress has a responsibility to reform this federal government program. The problem began in 1968 when Congress cre... Read more

  • Ross Op-ed: Encourage property owners to better prepare for disasters
    Posted in Ross Opinion Pieces on November 16, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Spending, and Our Economy

    BY DENNIS ROSS The Tampa Tribune and the Lakeland Ledger Natural disasters strike often. We Floridians understand this fact of life. Our schools periodically conduct hurricane drills, radio stations test emergency broadcast systems, and our meteorologists frequently use the words “tropical storm” or “hurricane.” Whether it’s a hurricane, tornado or flood, like we have in Florida, or whether it’s a blizzard, earthquake or wildfire, natural disasters regularly affect people all across the country.... Read more