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PASCO SHERIFF ENDORSES BILIRAKIS

Tampa Bay Reporter

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Gus Bilirakis is running for reelection to the House District 12 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

NEW PORT RICHEY – U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-New Port Richey, today (Sept. 18) received the endorsement of Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco.

“Gus is a strong advocate for our veterans and law enforcement,” Nocco said. “Whenever we need him, we know Gus is there for us. I enthusiastically endorse Gus and look forward to continuing to work with him to make sure Pasco County is a safe place to live, work and raise a family.”

Bilirakis said, “Sheriff Nocco is a proven leader who has made the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office one of the best in the nation. I am humbled by his support, appreciate his friendship and look forward to continuing our partnership to keep our neighborhoods safe.”

To view Sheriff Nocco’s video endorsement of Congressman Bilirakis, go  to youtube.com.

Currently, Bilirakis serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee and is Vice-Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Bilirakis said he works in a bipartisan manner to control federal spending, create jobs for middle class Americans, lower taxes, and seeks ways to make government smaller and more efficient. He remains committed to strengthening homeland security, improving education, increasing access to quality health care, protecting veterans’ benefits, and ensuring the long-term viability of Social Security and Medicare.

CD 12 includes all of Pasco County and parts of northern Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Bilirakis and his wife, Eva, have raised their four boys, Michael, Teddy, Manuel and Nicholas in the district.

Bilirakis is facing Democrat Chris Hunter and Angelika Purkis, who has no party affiliation, in the Nov. 6 general election. Oct. 9 is the last day to register to vote in the general election.

New CD 12 ad says Gus Bilirakis ‘is addressing the real issues’

Florida Politics

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U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis has released a new ad that highlights his efforts to help service members and veterans during his time representing Florida’s 12 Congressional District.

The ad, titled “Fighting for Warriors,” features a veteran, Bryan A., speaking about the lawmaker’s efforts and features clips of Bilirakis, a Tarpon Springs Republican, walking alongside Bryan and shaking hands with a number of military veterans, young and old.

“I served in the Army for 14 years. I was both a print photojournalist and then a Green Beret. Now I run a nonprofit called the Veterans Alternative,” Bryan A. says in the ad. “These alternative treatment options are saving warriors’ lives. I’m thankful that we have Gus. He is addressing the real issues that we’re facing.”

“What he consistently fights for is making sure that warriors receive the care, warriors receive the benefits that they deserve for serving our nation. The guy is always going to be there for his warriors. Gus is an amazing guy,” he concludes.

Highlighted during the video are the “Promise Act” and the “Cover Act.” The Promise Act would have required the U.S. Department of Defense to update their guidelines regarding opioid therapy for chronic pain, while the Cover Act would set up a commission to examine the benefits of incorporating complementary, alternative therapies for veterans’ healthcare.

Bilirakis was first elected to Congress in 2006 and has easily defended his seat in past elections. In 2018, he faces Chris Hunter, a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor who cruised in the three-way CD 12 Democratic primary with nearly two-thirds of the vote.

Hunter has thrown several barbs at Bilirakis, but the district is rated “safe Republican” by most political handicappers, including University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato‘s “Crystal Ball.” The district voted plus-19 for Donald Trump two years ago.

Additionally, Bilirakis held a substantial fundraising lead at the start of the general election season. Through Aug. 8, Bilirakis had raised more than $1.4 million for his re-election bid and had about $638,000 on hand compared to $465,000 in total fundraising and $254,000 banked for Hunter.

CD 12 covers all of Pasco and parts of northern Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

Gus Stands Up For Our Veterans

Gus Bilirakis Wants HHS to Balance Solving Opioid Epidemic With Patient Needs

News Talk Florida

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This week, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide more information about how to balance efforts to combat the opioid crisis with legitimate needs of patients.

Bilirakis said this week that the federal government must be able to find a way to navigate this increasingly complex problem.

“I hear this concern from constituents on a daily basis, especially among seniors,” Bilirakis said on Wednesday. “It is not a new problem, but has seemed to intensify in recent years. In 2015, I first questioned then head of DEA’s Office of Diversion Control, Joe Rannazzisi about this issue. In 2016, I co-sponsored the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016, because of a provision in the bill which required all federal stakeholders to work together to prevent opioid abuse without jeopardizing patient access to their medications.”

Bilirakis pointed to Section 3(a) of that law, with his office noting it “specifically requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to submit an interagency report to Congress containing this critical information within one year of enactment.” The congressman also noted that, so far, Congress has not seen that report.

“This issue is very important to me personally, and to my constituents,” Bilirakis said. “Public policy must ensure a delicate balance of putting necessary safeguards in place to prevent abuse while ensuring access to medication for those with legitimate pain. It also must respect the critical role of trained medical professionals, and not politicians, in developing appropriate treatment plans.”

Bilirakis called on U.S. HHS Sec. Alex Azar to “expedite the delivery of this information so members of Congress can take appropriate next steps to address the problem in a responsible manner.”

On Monday, Bilirakis wrote Azar on the matter, urging him to send the report to Congress.

Gus Bilirakis Wants HHS to Balance Solving Opioid Epidemic With Patient Needs

Sunshine State News

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This week, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide more information about how to balance efforts to combat the opioid crisis with legitimate needs of patients.

Bilirakis said this week that the federal government must be able to find a way to navigate this increasingly complex problem.

“I hear this concern from constituents on a daily basis, especially among seniors,” Bilirakis said on Wednesday. “It is not a new problem, but has seemed to intensify in recent years. In 2015, I first questioned  then head of DEA’s Office of Diversion Control, Joe Rannazzisi about this issue. In 2016, I co-sponsored the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016, because of a provision in the bill which required all federal stakeholders to work together to prevent opioid abuse without jeopardizing patient access to their medications.”

Bilirakis pointed to Section 3(a) of that law, with his office noting it “specifically requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to submit an interagency report to Congress containing this critical information within one year of enactment.” The congressman also noted that, so far, Congress has not seen that report.

“This issue is very important to me personally, and to my constituents,” Bilirakis said. “Public policy must ensure a delicate balance of putting necessary safeguards in place to prevent abuse while ensuring access to medication for those with legitimate pain.  It also must respect the critical role of trained medical professionals, and not politicians, in developing appropriate treatment plans.”

Bilirakis called on U.S. HHS Sec. Alex Azar to “expedite the delivery of this information so members of Congress can take appropriate next steps to address the problem in a responsible manner.”

On Monday, Bilirakis wrote Azar on the matter, urging him to send the report to Congress.