Newest Release From Representative Stearns
STEARNS URGES FEMA TO RECONSIDER DECISION ON ALACHUA COUNTY FLOOD PLAIN
LITTLE-KNOWN DECISION ADVERSELY IMPACTS UP TO 3,000 RESIDENTS
WASHINGTON, OCT. 24, 2006 - Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Ocala) today wrote to the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) E. David Paulison regarding a decision that adversely impacts Alachua County residents.
Explained Stearns, "FEMA's Flood Insurance Rate Maps are used to determine flood plain areas in Alachua County. The 90-day public period for Alachua County to appeal inclusion in the flood plain ended December 16, 2005. Although FEMA did publish a notice of the proposed changes, this notification was insufficient in that up to 3,000 affected residents were unaware that their property had been included in the flood plain. These property owners face devalued property, resale difficulties and insurance rate increases from around $450 to $1,600 per household."
Stearns letter reads, "I request that the Alachua County Commission be granted an additional 90 day appeal period to allow them the opportunity to provide sufficient maps according to FEMA guidelines, that will correctly reflect the true flood plain areas in Alachua County." In addition, Stearns wrote, "I will do whatever I can to assist with publicity, and will join with the county and municipalities to do whatever necessary to provide the required maps. Further, I will assist the county in securing funding towards getting their flood plain maps updated. (Some of the maps FEMA used to determine this plain date back to the mid-1970s and 1980's, preceding many of the developments/homes now affected.)"
STEARNS INDUCTED INTO U.S. BORDER CONTROL'S HALL OF FAME
RECEIVES PERFECT RATING ON BORDER SECURITY AND IMMIGRATION REFORM
WASHINGTON, OCT. 17, 2006 - Congressman Cliff Stearns (R-Ocala) has been inducted into U.S. Border Control's Hall of Fame in recognition of his perfect record in support of protecting the nation's sovereignty. According to U.S. Border Control's Chairman, Edward Nelson, Stearns "was named to the Hall of Fame for the 109th Congress for his voting record and leadership on border and immigration issues. Stearns has distinguished himself by scoring 100 percent on all of the House bills and amendments that U.S. Border Control has selected in its voting analysis of legislation critical to reforming America's border and immigration policies."
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STEARNS RECEIVING AWARD TODAY FOR HIS SUPPORT OF "KEEP ALACHUA COUNTY BEAUTIFUL"
STEARNS BEING RECOGNIZED FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THE "KEEP ALACHUA COUNTY BEAUTIFUL" CAMPAIGN
WASHINGTON, OCT. 13, 2006 - Congressman Cliff Stearns (R-Ocala) is receiving an award from "Keep Alachua County Beautiful" for his support of the group's effort to beautify Alachua County. "Keep Alachua County Beautiful" is part of the nationwide "Keep America Beautiful" effort. The group's mission is to protect, preserve, and improve the quality of life in Alachua County, Florida, through education, communication, and grassroots activities. The award will be presented during a luncheon today in Gainesville at the Hilton on 34th Street, which is hosting a statewide workshop on beautification. Joan Stearns, the congressman's wife, will accept the award.
"I am honored to receive this award from 'Keep Alachua County Beautiful' and I am proud of my support for this group's effort to protect and improve Alachua County," said Stearns. "I am working with the local government on obtaining federal funding for a regional ground-water monitoring network, in Alachua County. In addition, I secured $100,000 for the Heart of Florida Coalition, which includes many groups that have the passion and the influence to help keep Alachua beautiful.
For Prior Releases: Pre-2002 :: 2002 :: 2003 :: 2004
STEARNS URGES FEMA TO RECONSIDER DECISION ON ALACHUA COUNTY FLOOD PLAIN 10.24.06
STEARNS RECEIVING AWARD TODAY FOR HIS SUPPORT OF "KEEP ALACHUA COUNTY BEAUTIFUL" 10.13.06
FINAL VERSION OF DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT APPROVED WITH STEARNS VOTING IN FAVOR 9.29.06
STATEMENT OF REP. CLIFF STEARNS ON THE U.S.S. KENNEDY 9.29.06
STEARNS VOTES WITH HOUSE APPROVING MILITARY COMMISSIONS FOR TERRORISTS 9.27.06
STEARNS JOINS HOUSE IN APPROVING FINAL VERSION OF DEFENSE FUNDING BILL 9.26.06
STEARNS CONCLUDES HEARING ON EDITING OF FILMS FOR FAMILY VIEWING 9.26.06
STEARNS CONCLUDES JOINT HEARING ON PERFORMANCE OF ICANN IN INTERNET GOVERNANCE 9.21.06
STEARNS OFFERS BILL PROTECTING CONSUMERS FROM AUTO FRAUD 9.20.06
STEARNS OFFERS BILL PROTECTING CONSUMERS FROM AUTO FRAUD 9.20.06
STEARNS' HEARING LOOKED AT COMPETITION IN THE CONTACT LENS INDUSTRY 9.15.06
STEARNS VOTES FOR GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY IN FEDERAL SPENDING 9.14.06
STEARNS REACTS TO VA SELECTION OF SITE FOR NEW CEMETERY 9.14.06
STEARNS VOTES WITH HOUSE IN APPROVING THE SECURE FENCE ACT 9.14.06
STEARNS JOINS IN APPROVING BILL AUTHORIZING CONSTRUCTION AT GAINESVILLE VA HOSPITAL 9.13.06
STATEMENT OF CLIFF STEARNS ON THE FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 9.11.06
STEARNS ATTENDING DEDICATION OF SANTA FE COMMUNITY COLLEGE PLANETARIUM 9.7.06
CURRENT POLICIES ARE PRODUCING CONTINUED ECONOMIC GROWTH 8.30.06
STEARNS VOTES TO PROVIDE PERMANENT DEATH TAX RELIEF 7.29.06
HOUSE APPROVES STEARNS' AMENDMENT EMPHASIZING PEACEFUL NATURE OF NUCLEAR COOPERATION WITH INDIA 7.26.06
STEARNS CONCLUDES HEARING ON HORSE PROTECTION ACT, PREVENTING SLAUGHTER OF HORSES FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION 7.25.06
STEARNS JOINS VA COMMITTEE IN APPROVING NEW CONSTRUCTION AT GAINESVILLE VA HOSPITAL AND PROTECTING VETERANS' PERSONAL INFORMATION 7.20.06
STEARNS VOTES TO SUSTAIN PRESIDENT'S VETO OF EMBRYONIC STEM CELL LEGISLATION 7.19.06
STEARNS JOINS HOUSE IN APPROVING THE PLEDGE PROTECTION ACT 7.19.06
STEARNS VOTES FOR MARRIAGE PROTECTION AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION 7.18.06
STEARNS REVIEWS FEDERAL EFFORTS TO MAKE DRIVING SAFER AND TO PROMOTE VEHICLE FUEL EFFICIENCY 7.18.06
STEARNS HOLDING HEARING WITH NEW ADMINISTRATOR OF NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC AND SAFETY ADMINISTRATION NICOLE NASON 7.17.06
ENERGY & COMMERCE COMMITTEE APPROVES CFIUS REFORM BILL WITH STEARNS' AMENDMENT 7.12.06
STEARNS CONCLUDES HEARING ON H.R. 5337, THE REFORM OF NATIONAL SECURITY REVIEWS OF FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT ACT 7.11.06
STEARNS VOTES WITH HOUSE TO STRENGTHEN LAW AGAINST ILLEGAL INTERNET GAMBLING 7.11.06