Rooney Hosts Community Leaders, Greets Rally in Venice
VENICE, FL -- Today, Congressman Tom Rooney (R-17) met with a cross section of community leaders at Venice City Hall to discuss the issues impacting his newest constituents and to make sure their voices are effectively heard in Washington, D.C. He was joined by mayors, law enforcement officials, educators, veterans, and other leaders from across South County and was greeted by over 400 individuals who participated in a rally organized by local Indivisible groups.
"Today was a great opportunity to meet so many new people living in my district and to hear straight from them what they expect from me in Washington, D.C.," Rooney said. "I am thankful to have had a productive discussion with individuals who care deeply about their community. I look forward to working with those who participated in the meeting, along with those who rallied outside, to make sure the work I do in Congress best serves the people of Southwest Florida."
A number of issues that were consistently raised in the meeting included the need to combat the dangerous opioid epidemic, improve and better fund our community's mental health care services, and help direct federal funds to better support our veterans, critical transportation and environmental projects that stimulate our local economy. Also discussed was Rooney's proposal to enact limited exceptions to the earmark ban for vetted Army Corps of Engineers water projects. This proposal would allow Members of Congress to take their unique understanding of the needs of their communities and compel the federal government to pay its fair share for economically-vital shoreline and flood protection projects in Sarasota County.
Rooney represents Florida's 17th congressional district, which now includes portions of South Sarasota county and greater portions of Polk county, as a result of redistricting. Rooney's district in all spans across nine counties including Sarasota, Charlotte, Desoto, Highlands, Lee, Glades, Polk, Hardee and Okeechobee.