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Monday, December 16, 2019
CONTACT STEVEN
 
Updates from the Nation's Capitol
 
The end of the year is quickly approaching, and Democrats are marching full speed ahead to impeach President Trump. Despite the left's infatuation with impeachment, President Trump continues delivering on his promises. On Tuesday, an agreement to move forward with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was announced and America's economy will only continue booming because of it. Following the announcement on the USMCA, President Trump secured a strong trade deal with China which will also benefit American workers and businesses. All of these actions will result in more jobs and economic strength for the United States.

President Trump made good on his promise to renegotiate our trade deals with America's trading partners and this week's USMCA deal was a landslide victory. After months of waiting for Nancy Pelosi to set aside her personal vendetta against President Trump's success and focus on passing the USMCA, American workers will soon begin reaping the benefits of a modernized trade deal. 


While we continue growing our economy, Congress is also committed to rebuilding our military. The House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 2020 Fiscal Year. The bill maintains key national security priorities and will provide our armed forces with the tools they need to complete their missions and return home to their families safely. It provides a 3.1% pay raise to our men and women in the military, the largest pay raise of the decade. This bill focuses on mission readiness and makes progress in our pursuit to rebuild our nation's military. 


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Establishing Regional Ocean Partnerships
I have joined Representatives Charlie Crist (FL-13), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), and Chris Smith (NJ-4) to introduce H.R. 5390, the Regional Ocean Partnership Act that will formally authorize Regional Ocean Partnerships (ROP) as partners with the federal government to address ocean and coastal concerns. 

The legislation will provide ROPs with more consistent funding to help them perform their critical mission of supporting ocean and coastal health, sustainability, and resiliency. ROPs have been operating for years as regional organizations voluntarily convened by state governors. They foster collaboration between federal, state, local, and tribal governments, as well as other stakeholders, to address ocean and coastal issues unique to each region. ROPs currently receive funding through an assortment of grants and in-kind donations, making their funding levels unstable.

When the coastal communities in south Mississippi face an issue in the Mississippi Sound, it is often times not exclusive to Mississippi and impacts large portions of the Gulf Coast region. Our legislation fosters collaboration between coastal states through information and data sharing related to the oceans. We are introducing this bill to better understand our oceans while working together to protect our resources for years to come.

Week in Pictures
I had the pleasure of visiting with Lynn Fitch, Mississippi's first female Attorney General who will also be the first Republican to hold the position since 1878. I've known Lynn for quite some time and know she will continue being a strong leader for our state.


Palazzo visits with Mississippi's Attorney General-Elect, Lynn Fitch

The National Guard is celebrating 383 years as an official arm of the military. As a member of the Mississippi National Guard and Chair of the House National Guard and Reserve Caucus I have the privilege to work firsthand with so many talented and dedicated guardsmen who are Always Ready, Always There. I will continue being an advocate for the millions of guardsmen around the United States. 


Palazzo visits Mississippi Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion, 185th Aviation Regiment of the 
Mississippi National Guard on an official visit to Kosovo
 

This week, Mississippi celebrated our 202 years of statehood! From the Gulf Coast, to the Pine Belt and the Delta, on to the Foothills, I am wishing the state we all love so dearly a very happy birthday! 



 
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In your service,
Steven

 
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