During my 14 years serving Florida’s 15th Congressional District, my voting record demonstrated his authentic and consistent conservatism. Learn more about some of the key votes during my tenure in office:
Family, Health & Sanctity of Life
- H.R. 5719/S. 3504 (109th) – Fetus Farming Prohibition Act of 2006. Rep. Weldon introduced the House companion to S. 3504. The Senate passed S. 3504 by a vote of 100-0 and the House subsequently approved it 425-0. Public Law 109-242.
- H.R. 534 (108th) – Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2003. Passed the House 241-155 on February 27, 2003. Voting Yes were 198 Rs and 42 Ds. The Senate failed to consider the legislation.
- H.R. 2143 (107th) – Permanent Death Tax Repeal of 2002. Passed the House 256-171 (214 Rs and 41 Ds) voting in favor of the legislation.
- H.R. 2505 (107th) – Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2001. Passed House 265-162 on July 31, 2001 – voting Yes were 200 Rs and 60 Ds. The Senate failed to consider.
- H.R. 395 (107th) – Designating the Post Office in West Melbourne, Florida as the “Ronald W. Reagan Post Office Building.” Passed House by unanimous consent on February 6, 2001, passed Senate on March 21, 2001, was signed into law (P.L. 107-7) on April 4, 2001.
- H.R. 5640 (107th) – American Flag Pride Act. This bill protects the rights of federal employees to appropriately display the American flag in the workplace. In the aftermath of 9-11, some federal employee supervisors attempted to limit the ability of federal employees to engage in such display. H.R. 5640 was approved by the House on a voice vote on October 16, 2002. It was not considered in the Senate.
- H.R. 3099 (106th) – Victims of Rape Health Protection Act. This bill would ensure the rights of rape victims to know the HIV status of the accused as quickly as possible so that the victim can take prophylactic medications to prevent contacting HIV. Passed House 380-19. However, the Senate failed to consider this bill during the 106th Congress. In 2004, these provisions were incorporated into Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) legislation and signed into law.
- H.Con.Res. 95 (105th) – Recognizing and commending American airmen held as political prisoners at the Buchenwald concentration camp during World War II for their service, bravery, and fortitude.
- Veterans Outpatient Clinic
- Secured $25 million for the construction of a state of the art VA outpatient clinic. Over 1 million veteran medical office visits since its opening.
- The first in its class comprehensive outpatient clinic, offering expanded services and has served as a prototype for the new VA outpatient care delivery model.
- Secured subsequent funding to expand services and office space.
- Community-Based Outpatient Clinics – Worked to secure 2 clinics.
- Vero Beach – opened
- Kissimmee – opened
- Terminating the Visa Express Program for Saudi Arabia – Public Law 107-296 incorporated then-Chairman Weldon’s language terminating the visa express program for Saudi Arabia and requiring that DHS officials review each visa application from Saudi Arabia. Three of the 9-11 hijackers had used the visa express program to bypass the need for a face-to-face meeting with U.S. consular officials prior to receiving a visa to enter the U.S.
- More fully integrating DHS employees into overseas consular offices to address national security issues related to visa applicants – This provision ensures that DHS has the ability to review and reject any visa applicant, even if the Dept of State believes the visa should be granted. Incorporated then-Chairman Weldon’s language into Public Law 107-296, The Department of Homeland Security Act of 2002.
- AFTAC – In the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks, there was a movement underway to move AFTAC from Patrick Air Force Base and out of the state. Rep. Weldon worked to stop that effort. AFTAC provides hundreds of high paying jobs in the state of Florida.
- NOTU – The BRAC Commission had proposed closing NOTU and moving NOTU’s operations and personnel to Kingsbay Naval Base in Georgia. Rep. Weldon led the legislative team to petition the BRAC Commission to reverse its decision and leave NOTU in Brevard County. The issue was successfully resolved when the Commission rejected the proposal to move NOTU to Georgia.
- Patrick AFB– There was a community concern in Brevard County in early 2000 that PAFB would be added to a BRAC list. Rep. Weldon worked aggressively to help position PAFB over the years so that it would not be a candidate for the BRAC closure.
- Successfully fought to keep the 920th Air Sea Rescue reserve unit at PAFB when the military proposed moving it out of the state.
- These initiatives include sustaining missions, working behind the scenes to thwart proposals to shift missions away from PAFB, and sustaining facility upgrades to enable PAFB to fulfill its missions.
- Citrus Research Lab – Worked with other Members of the Florida delegation to secure the creation of the Ft. Pierce agricultural research center. This new center has provided world-class research to protect the states largest agricultural product – Citrus. Supported important funding for research related to citrus, one of Florida’s most critical industries. This included funding for disaster relief, citrus canker, greening, and grapefruit-drug interaction.