Congressman Thomas J. Rooney

Representing the 17th District of Florida

Issues

National Defense

Congressman Rooney serves on the House Intelligence Committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats. As an Army veteran, he understands the importance of ensuring that our servicemen and women have the support they need both at home and abroad and supports meaningful policies to curb future attacks and to keep the American public safe.

Health Care

Congressman Rooney supports patient-centered reforms to reduce health care costs and expand access to quality care. He believes conservatives must develop ideas and a plan to not just repeal the destructive parts of Obamacare, but to develop a bold new agenda to offer a comprehensive, practical replacement for this failing system.

Growing the Economy

With approximately 12 million Americans out of work, we cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of the past. We need a new approach, one that recognizes that businesses and entrepreneurs – not federal government officials and bureaucrats – are the real job creators who can lead us into economic recovery and help put Americans back to work.

Natural Resources and the Environment

As a Member of the Appropriations Committee, in addition to working to ensure Florida gets its fair share of funding for important environmental projects, Congressman Rooney has introduced legislation to address the need to expedite repairs and construction of the Herbert Hoover Dike as well as fund Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program projects.

Homeland Security

Appropriate responses to the threats to our homeland require a variety of military, intelligence, and law enforcement resources that can address the entire spectrum of the threats we face today and in the future. As a member of the Intelligence Committee, Congressman Rooney is working to ensure that our border patrol and law enforcement officials have the tools they need to keep the American people safe.

Veterans

As an Army veteran and a member of the House Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs, Congressman Rooney has actively been fighting for the 70,000 veterans living in Florida's 17th district since the day he was elected to Congress. He believes Congress has a moral obligation to care for those who served, and will continue holding the VA accountable to ensure the utmost level of care and services for our returning war fighters, their families and veterans.

Social Security and Medicare

Congressman Rooney believes that Social Security and Medicare are critical programs for America's seniors. He is working to protect benefits for retirees while saving these important programs for future generations.

Agriculture

Florida's 17th district is one of the largest agriculture producing areas in the country. With dairy, sugar, citrus, beef, fruit and vegetable farmers, South Florida's agriculture community is richly diverse and a great economic engine for the region. As a leader on agriculture issues in the House, Congressman Rooney is an ardent defender of our agriculture community and a strong voice for their needs in Washington.

National Debt

Over the past several years, Congress has routinely ceded control over spending to the executive branch and struggled to meet the target of passing appropriations bills and a budget resolution on time. Congressman Rooney believes our current system is broken and that we must enact reforms to reinforce Congress’ power of the purse and improve oversight of the executive branch’s activities.