Florida Democrats Urge Governor Scott to Abandon Wasteful and Counterproductive Lawsuit

Today, in a letter led by Reps. Ted Deutch (FL-21) and Kathy Castor (FL-14), Florida Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives called on Governor Rick Scott to abandon his counterproductive and untimely plan to sue the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services instead of negotiate a Medicaid expansion deal that works for the state of the Florida. 
The entirety of the letter is included below.


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Congressman Deutch cosponsors bill to Protect Intellectual Property Rights of Visual Artists

Today, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-21) joined Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) to introduce the American Royalties Too (ART) Act. The legislation will protect the intellectual property rights of visual artists by awarding them a royalty for work resold at auction. Currently, these artists are not awarded any compensation when their work is resold.

Visual art often gains value over time and as an artist gains celebrity. Yet, these artists do not benefit from the reselling of their first pieces under current law. This greatly differs from current protections that exist for other artists such as songwriters and musicians. Furthermore, the United States lags behind 70 other countries that protect the rights of visual artists during resale. To mitigate this issue, the ART act will provide a five percent royalty or $35,000, whichever is less, to artists whose work is sold for more than $5,000 at public auction.

 A copy of the American Royalties Too is available here.

Deutch: GOP Budget Built on Bad Ideas Rejected by the American People

Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-21) issued this statement on his vote against the House GOP’s budget plan: 
"The Republican budget is light on details because if those details were brought to light, they would be outright rejected by the American people.
"Turning Medicaid into a block grant may sound compelling, until you realize it means blocking millions of low-income Americans from access to basic care. Broadening the base may sound like a good idea, until you realize it means burdening middle-income families with higher taxes when they already struggle to meet their mortgage payments, send their kids to college, and save for retirement.  And repealing Obamacare may be a nice slogan until you realize it means leaving 16 million Americans without health insurance and leaving millions of seniors with astronomical prescription drug bills.
"With our economy growing and deficits shrinking in 2015, the American people deserve more than recycled Republican ideas they rejected in 2012. They deserve a budget that promotes opportunity for all by reinvesting in national priorities that prepare us to compete, like public education, world class infrastructure, and scientific research. Not a budget that fast-tracks cuts to Social Security, or increases financial aid costs on students, or damages our economy just as its ready to take off."

Congressman Deutch Announces the Launch of the Bipartisan Taskforce on Anti-Semitism

Yesterday, Congressman Ted Deutch joined with his colleagues Reps. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Nita Lowey (NY-17), Eliot Engel (NY-16), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Kay Granger (TX-12), Steve Israel (NY-03), and Peter Roskam (IL-06) to announce the launch of the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism in the House of Representatives. Congressman Deutch and these Members will serve as co-Chairs of the Taskforce in the 114th Congress and spearhead initiatives aimed at addressing the alarming rise of anti-Semitism around the world.


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PRESS RELEASE: Ted Deutch Endorses Patrick Murphy in Bid for Senate

(Boca Raton, FL) Today, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-21) issued the following statement in support of Congressman Patrick Murphy's (FL-18) run for the U.S. Senate in 2016:
"I am proud to endorse my friend, colleague, and fellow Democrat Patrick Murphy for the United States Senate.
"Patrick will fight for the same things in the U.S. Senate that we have fought for together in the U.S. House, like protecting Social Security and Medicare, raising wages for hardworking Americans, and fighting for a safer and cleaner environment."  
"Patrick always puts the needs of Florida families, seniors, and small businesses first, and that's why I plan on doing whatever I can to help him win in 2016."