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TRENDING TOPIC FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST: Congress is back in session working on a budget. Cong. Carlos Curbelo gives an update on what the House has planned for the coming weeks.


CONGRESSMAN CURBELO ON THE ISSUES: Bernadette Pardo discussed the latest news from Congress and Donald Trump’s transition with Congressman Carlos Curbelo on her show “Pedaleando con Bernie” on Radio Mambi 710 AM.

Pardo reminded her listeners that although all the focus has been on the president-elect, Congress is still working. Curbelo commented, “the main issue that we are focusing on is the budget. We also have the leadership roles to consider. We have Congressman Paul Ryan for the House of Representatives and Senator Mitch McConnell in the Senate reelected as the Republican leaders. Senator Chuck Schumer has been elected to lead the Democrats in the Senate and that leaves the question of whether Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, who has been presented with a rival, Congressman Tim Ryan from Ohio, will continue to lead the Democrats in the House. I think that she is going to win, but it will be the first time in many years that she will do it with opposition.” Pardo then asked about the transition for the president-elect and focused on his appointment of Senator Jeff Session as Attorney General. Curbelo responded, “I think that the Democrats will be asking Senator Sessions very difficult questions during the confirmation. However, as a sitting senator he already has relationships in the Senate and he has been there for about 20 years now, so what is most likely going to happen is that they are going to confirm him. He is someone that is very competent and  would do a great job in the White House.” The congressman continued, “regarding the others, Bannon I don’t know him, all I know is his background and his publication that sometimes presents information in a manner I feel is inappropriate. Then with Mr. Sessions we have a huge discrepancy when it comes to how we view immigration. Regardless of those facts, I think it is up to us to give a chance for the new government to form and then judge it based on its actions. I believe that we should give the president-elect and his team an opportunity to work.”


TRENDING #TUITS – THE FLORIDA SENATE 

Gary Fineout ‏@fineout  November 21
U.S Sen. @marcorubio is on Fla. House floor. His former aide @richardcorcoran will become House speaker tomorrow.

Mary Ellen Klas ‏@MaryEllenKlas  November 21
Sen Prez Andy Gardiner to frmr Hse Speaker John Thrasher: ‘We now have another thing in common. Years of getting grief for updating’ chamber

Florida Politics ‏@Fla_Pol  November 21
Curtains rise today on renovated Florida Senate http://wp.me/p5cd4C-XcF  #FlaPol

Steve Bousquet ‏@stevebousquet  November 21
Florida Senate’s facelift opened to the public for the first time in Tallahassee


MARINE STADIUM RENOVATION UPDATE: Jose Alfonso Almora spoke with City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado about the Miami Marine Stadium on his show “A Esta Hora con Almora” on WQBA 1140 AM.

Almora explained how the City of Miami commission signed off on a $45 million bond proposal to fund the renovation plan for the Marine Stadium. When asked if the City of Miami had the funds to pay for this restoration, Regalado said, “the City of Miami has a solid reserve of $148 million dollars, and it is the first time in history that the city has had such a large reserve. We also have much better credit than we have ever had before. Those bonds are not going to be paid with the property taxes. We have done the calculations and we can renovate the Marine Stadium and construct a marine museum and it will pay for itself with the income that the Stadium and the marina that is adjacent to it generate. So we have an excellent and quick way to pay off those bonds. Since we have such great credit we have minimal interest. The better the credit, the less interest we pay.” Regaled continued, “this was a good deal because the taxpayers don’t have to pay for the bonds.” The mayor also explained the initial steps for the renovation project. “We are going to start allowing engineers to come and take a look at the Marine Stadium plans. Then we will have to go through a process for entities that would like to operate it, like the Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, Live Nation, which have expressed interest in operating Marine Stadium because it is an iconic location. All of the commissioners agree with this project, it was a unanimous decision. We believe we will start this process in January, and the boat show is already happening in February.”