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Joe Garcia was elected in 2012 and represents Florida's 26th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. Garcia, the former executive director of the Cuban American National Foundation, was nominated by President Barack Obama to be director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact and Diversity of the Department of Energy.

Entries by Rep. Joe Garcia

Climate Change Gets Real

(137) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 9:10 PM

Among the world's many pressing issues, climate change is perhaps the greatest threat to long-term peace and prosperity. And yet even as the storm gathers, Congress dithers, mulls, debates, and fails to act. Though the message of danger is gaining momentum and rings loudly, the record of action is muted....

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In 49 Years, Some (But Not Enough) Progress

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 4:53 PM

Today marks the 49th anniversary of the passage of a monumental law which forever changed our democracy. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 set the stage for fundamental shifts to our political landscape, paving the way for new opportunities of engagement from Americans who had not had the freedom or...

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Independence Day - a Celebration of Liberty and Justice for All?

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 4:35 PM

Every summer, in the first week of July, we come together as Americans to celebrate "Independence Day," or more commonly known as the Fourth of July -- a revered and illustrious day in American history.

This year, as we gather with our family and friends to fly our flags high...

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The Time Is Now

(3) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Our future economic competitiveness is on the line. Immigrants invented some of the technologies that changed our markets and our lives.

Immigrants create new jobs.

Immigrants help fuel of the greatest economic engine the world has ever known.

Members of the New Democrat Coalition are working with Democrats, Republicans, and...

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Show Bipartisanship at Work By Bringing Comprehensive Immigration Reform to the Floor

(115) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 1:47 PM

In the aftermath of a sixteen-day government shutdown that cost our country $24 billion, the message from the American people was clear: we are tired of the partisan gamesmanship and bickering on Capitol Hill. Now, more than ever, the American people are wondering if their Congress can rise to the...

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No to Sequestration: It's Time to End 'Government by Crisis'

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 4:47 PM

I came of age in a Republican household during the Reagan years. My dad, Joe Sr., was a small business owner who served as a committee man for the local party. My mom, Carmen, like most Cuban exiles of her generation, voted Republican down the ticket. When the family would...

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Joe Is for Jobs -- My Economic Blueprint for South Florida

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 11:23 AM

I'll never forget TIME's now famous 1981 "South Florida: Paradise Lost?" cover and what it meant to my generation. Those were difficult times for our community -- plagued by a staggering economy, crime and public corruption.

Today, we face similar challenges and many question our resolve to...

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