Ted Deutch's Effort to Help Israel Moves Ahead on Capitol Hill

(Sunshine State News) The two South Florida representatives in charge of the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee—chairwoman U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., and ranking Democrat U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla.---scored a win this week as the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee backed their “United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act” without opposition. 

On Wednesday, the committee passed the bill which, according to Ros-Lehtinen’s office, “affirms the bipartisan support for the unshakeable U.S. - Israel relationship and for Israel’s right to defend herself” by following the funding levels established in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two nations back in 2016. The proposal continues those levels for an additional five years, extending them to FY2019-23 at a cost of $3.3 billion a year. 


Congressman Ted Deutch Talks School Safety At First 'Town Hall For Our Lives'

(WLRN) One of the initiatives to keep the gun violence prevention movement going took shape on Tuesday night when the first "Town Hall For Our Lives," hosted by U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, opened its microphones to the community. 

The Town Hall For Our Lives Project, sponsored by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students and the March For Our Lives organizers, calls for town hall-style meetings to discuss gun control initiatives in every congressional district in America between March 23 and April 9, a period when members of Congress are supposed to be back in their districts for Spring recess. According to organizers,  these meetings have been scheduled in 111 congressional districts around the country so far. 

After leading a packed theater in the pledge of allegiance, Deutch broke down while reading the names of the 17 victims from the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. Deutch serves Parkland and its surrounding cities in Congress. 


Parkland congressman: 'It's not too soon, it's too late' to talk about gun control

(CNN) Rep. Ted Deutch said "it is too late" to be having the conversation about gun control after 17 people were killed last week in the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Deutch, a Florida Democrat who represents the district where the shooting took place, made the comments during the CNN town hall "Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action" on Wednesday night in Sunrise, Florida.

South Florida's Ted Deutch starts to take place on national stage


(Sun Sentinel) Congressman Ted Deutch started the year as an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, denouncing the new president’s ban on travelers from seven predominately Muslim countries as unconstitutional and un-American. He’s ending the year in a critical position, as the top Democrat on the House Ethics Committee, where he will judge colleagues accused of sexual misconduct.

In between, his work has raised his national profile — one that’s certain to increase if the Democrats regain control of the House of Representatives in 2018. As long as Deutch can continue to successfully navigate a volatile political landscape, Democratic supporters — and even some Republicans — see him emerging as his party’s most prominent congressman from the region and, ultimately, as an influential leader in Congress.

This year, the South Florida representative has:

-- Pushed a range of local issues, such as working for federal reimbursement for local government expenses incurred when Trump spends weekends at his resort properties, including Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach; pushing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to expand its assistance to South Florida while Hurricane Irma’s tropical storm force winds were still battering the region; and maintaining pressure on Iran to free Robert Levinson, the Coral Springs resident who went missing off the coast of Iran a decade ago.


If — big if — Dems win, Florida’s Ted Deutch is poised to assume power

(Miami Herald) There is growing hope among congressional Democrats that President Trump’s historic unpopularity and the ongoing Russian investigations may allow them to retake control of the U.S. House. Republicans have a 246-187 edge in members, so a swing of 30 seats is what the Democrats would need in the 2018 elections.

In Miami-Dade County, there are two seats the Democrats can pick up. Should the Democrats regain control of the House, the most important Democrat in Florida you may never have heard of will be Rep. Ted Deutch, whose district encompasses parts of Palm Beach and Broward counties.

Before running for the Florida Senate in 2006, Deutch was a successful lawyer for a large firm. In the state Senate, he quickly gained bipartisan respect for his evenhanded approach to legislation and his accessibility. In 2010, when then-U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler resigned to pursue opportunities in the private sector, Deutch was the logical choice to be his successor.

Upon election to Congress, Deutch chose to be a “workhorse,” that is, a new member of Congress who chooses to methodically earn respect among his peers by learning policy and demonstrating expertise.