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Events and Meetings

June 30, 2014 (Monday)

10:00a HPV Awareness Kick-off

12:15p Lunch with Janet McGuiness/Univision


June 25, 2014 (Wednesday)

9:00a Meeting: Kevin Mutchnick - 2014 Presidential Scholar from Robinson High School

10:00a Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing "Medicare Program Integrity: Screening Out Errors, Fraud, and Abuse"

10:45a Complex Care Clinic Bill Press Conference

2:00p Meeting: All Children's Hospital family - Tony Colton (14 years old), his mother Connie, and his brother Brenden

3:00p Meeting: Grace Gibson - Robinson HS student, National Youth Delegate to Washington Youth Summit on the Environment


June 24, 2014 (Tuesday)

8:00a White House tour for St. Joseph's family

9:00a Democratic Caucus

10:00a 21st Century Cures Roundtable on Digital Medicine/technology

1:00p Democratic Whip's National Security Working Group Classified meeting with Iraq expert and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs to discuss recent developments in Iraq and Syria

2:00p Meeting: Alliance for Childhood Cancer - Woodworth family (Scott, Tatumn, Bonnie, Piper, and Joe) of Brandon

2:30p Meeting: UF Student Government

3:30p Meeting: St. Joseph's Hospital pediatric patient Jaden Vidal Velasquez and parents

June 23, 2014 (Monday)


6:30p Votes

June 20, 2014 (Friday)

11:30a Democratic Women's Working Group meeting to discuss next steps on When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families


June 19, 2014 (Thursday)

9:00a Democratic Whip Meeting

10:00a Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power hearing "EPA's Proposed Carbon Dioxide Regulations for Power Plants."

12:45p Meeting: Alexander Isin (Tampa, FL) - Student from National Young Leaders Conference (NYLC)

1:00p Meeting: Guttenberg Pierre - AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Florida Regional Advocacy Consultant

1:15p Meeting: Joe Lopano, CEO of Tampa International Airport

1:30p Democratic Womens Working Group with Valerie Jarrett, in advance of the White House Summit on Working Families

3:30p Meeting: David Hitchcock, CFO of Syniverse Technologies


June 18, 2014 (Wednesday)

10:00a Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing "The GM Ignition Switch Recall: Investigation Update."

1:00p Meeting: US Global Leadership Coalition - Brian Gould, Karen Krymski, Amanda Weir

1:30p Meeting: Greater Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce

2:00p Meeting: Rusty Branch, Gulf Coast Enterprises

2:30p Meeting: SIFMA's Private Client Committee

3:00p Meeting: Florida Blue - Pat Geraghty, CEO and Tom Giles

6:30p Congressional Women’s Softball Game


June 17, 2014 (Tuesday)

3:30p Meeting: National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization - Peggy Moore; Sunny Susan Coughlin; Larry Moore; Jim Poole; Jenna Paladino; Mr. Paul Ledford; Amy Turchy; Mrs. Eileen Emery; Ms. Linda Ward

4:30p Meeting: Jennifer Rorech - cancer research funding

6:00p Meeting: Marvin Samel, Drew Estate Cigars

6:30p Votes

7:30p Library of Congress Congressional Dialogues on Great American Presidents: Theodore Roosevelt


June 12, 2014 (Thursday)

8:30a Florida Delegation Meeting on VA Health Care

9:00a Democratic Whip Meeting with Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Topic: Administration's Clean Power Plan

9:30a Meeting: Rob Kapusta, the Chairman of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership

10:00a Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Health: The President's Health Care Law Does Not Equal Health Care Access

11:00a Meeting: Merck re: HPV Awareness

1:00p Call with St. Pete Mayor Kriseman

2:00p Meeting: National Marrow Donor Program/ Be the Match - Cynthia Speckman, marrow transplant recipient

2:30p Meeting: YWCA Tampa - Lenice Emanuel, President & CEO of YWCA Tampa Bay and Roslyn Graham, Chair, Board of Directors of YWCA Tampa Bay

3:00p Meeting: American Nurses Association


June 11, 2014 (Wednesday)

9:00a Leader Pelosi meeting to discuss updates on message, social media and Women's Economic Agenda

10:00a Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing 21st Century Cures: Examining the Role of Incentives in Advancing Treatments and Cures for Patients

1:00p Pinellas Girl Scout Troop photo on Capitol Steps

2:00p Meeting: Close Up Foundation - Group from Blake High School

2:30p Women's Caucus: Members Meeting with Barbra Streisand and Heart Health Experts


June 10, 2014 (Tuesday)

9:00a Democratic Caucus GUEST SPEAKER: Anthony Foxx, United States Secretary of Transportation

9:30a Meeting: Dr. Dianne Morrison-Beedy, Senior Associate Vice President, USF Health Dean, College of Nursing USF and Donna Petersen, Interim Senior Vice President, USF Health, Dean, College of Public Health

10:00a Budget Committee hearing: "A Progress Report on the War on Poverty: Reforming Federal Aid"

10:00a Energy and Commerce Committee Full Committee Markup: H.R. 4795, Promoting New Manufacturing Act; H.R. 4801, to require the Secretary of Energy to prepare a report on the impact of thermal insulation on both energy and water use for potable hot water; H.R. 4299, Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act; H.R. 4709, Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act; and, H.R. 4631, Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2014

2:00p Meeting: SCUBAnauts

June 9, 2014 (Monday)

10:00a Call with Liz Crampton, Tampa Bay Times 727.893.8368 re: HPV

5:00p Classified Member Briefing on Afghanistan

6:30p Votes


June 6, 2014 (Friday)

10:00a One on One Community Office Hours Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center

June 5, 2014 (Thursday)

9:30a Tampa Family Health Clinic Sligh Ave groundbreaking

5:30p New Leaders Council at Mise En Place

June 4, 2014 (Wednesday)

10:00a Roundtable with Cancer organizations re: HPV at American Cancer Society Benjamin Mendick Hope Lodge

11:30a Sentinel Bulletin HPV Awareness visit


June 3, 2014 (Tuesday)

10:00a CASA groundbreaking

11:00a Florida Holocaust Museum visit

12:15p Lunch with Superintendent Grego

June 2, 2014 (Monday)

10:00a Medal presentation to Mr. Raymond Dever (on behalf of his father)

7:00p Dinner with General and Mrs. Charlene Austin at MacDill

May 30, 2014 (Friday)

9:15a Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing Department of Energy Oversight: Status of Loan Programs

10:30a HRSA phone call re: Healthy Start


May 29, 2014 (Thursday)

10:00a Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power markup H.R. ____, the Promoting New Manufacturing Act

11:00a Meeting: IRS - Peggy Sherry, ID Theft Senior Executive leader John Dalrymple, Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement, Debra Holland, Commissioner, Wage and Investment, Richard Weber, Chief, Criminal Investigation, Larry Hudson, Legislative Affairs

12:30p Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Briefing Regarding Committee Report on Federal Programs Addressing Severe Mental Illness

3:00p Library of Congress JFK Documentary submission


May 28, 2014 (Wednesday)

2:00p Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Markup: H.R. 4299, Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act; H.R. 4709, Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act; and, H.R. 4631, Combating Autism Re-authorization Act of 2014

6:30p Votes

7:00p Democratic Caucus - TOPIC: Legislative Business For The Week

May 23, 2014 (Friday)

10:00a Call with Ed Haddock

12:00p Lunch - Boys and Girls Clubs "Great Futures Breakfast" Committee meeting at Steinbrenner Metro Office


May 22, 2014 (Thursday)

9:00a Democratic Whip Meeting, Guest: Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, President & CEO of Global Policy Solutions

10:30a Meeting: American College of Physicians Florida – Dr. Michelle Rossi, President and Dr. Jason Goldman, Chairman of Membership

1:00p Meeting: Florida Afterschool Network

1:00p CLASSIFIED (TS/SCI) BIPARTISAN MEMBER-ONLY BRIEFING ON NIGERIA

2:00p Meeting with Rep. Van Hollen re: NIH


May 21, 2014 (Wednesday)

10:00a Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power H.R. __, the Promoting New Manufacturing Act

10:15a Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing Keeping the Promise: Site of Service Medicare Payment Reforms

1:30p Meeting: Florida Health Care Association

2:00p Meeting: Brian Carrier, National Air Traffic Controllers Association

2:30p Meeting: National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors - Jennifer Versaggi

3:30p Meeting: AARP Florida

5:00p Mason Contractors Association of America Reception

May 20, 2014 (Tuesday)

9:00a Democratic Caucus TOPIC: Legislative Business For The Week

10:00a Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing “21st Century Cures: The Presidents Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)
Report on Drug Innovation

1:30p Meeting: Florida Ports Council

2:00p Meeting: American Dental Association - Dr. Terry Buckenheimer, DMD

3:00p Meeting: Effrem Green, President of Tampa division of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)

3:00p Florida Ports Caucus Meeting

3:30p Meeting: American College of Emergency Physicians


May 19, 2014 (Monday)

2:00p Secretary Foxx visit to I-4

6:30p Votes

7:00p Wine and Spirits Wholesalers Association event


May 16, 2014 (Friday)

10:00a Streetcar meeting

12:00p League of Women Voters Lifetime Achievement Award to Judge Don Castor


May 15, 2014 (Thursday)

10:30a Healthy Start Pinellas visit at All Children's

11:45a Meeting in St. Pete office with Abigail Wold

1:30p Coffee with Brian Taub and Rabbi Hearshen


May 14, 2014 (Wednesday)

11:30a USF Women In Health Luncheon

6:00p CFJB Young Professionals Networking group speaking engagement


May 13, 2014 (Tuesday)

12:00p Tampa Bay Business Travel Association


May 12, 2014 (Monday)

9:30a Innovation in Tampa Bay- A Research Roundtable at Moffitt

1:00p U.A. Plumbers & Pipefitters, Local Union 123 meeting


May 10, 2014 (Saturday)

6:00p Kennedy King Dinner at Hilton Carillon Park

May 9, 2014 (Friday)

9:00a Democratic Caucus - Topic: Benghazi panel

10:30a Meeting: Harry Glenn

12:15p HPV Phone Call


May 8, 2014 (Thursday)

10:00a Energy and Commerce Full Committee Markup: H.R. 3301, the North American Energy Infrastructure Act; H.R. 4342, the Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters Act of 2014; and H.R. ____, a bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to extend expiring provisions relating to the re-transmission of signals of television broadcast stations, and for other purposes.

1:30p Meeting: Moffitt - Jamie Wilson and Dr. William Dalton

2:30p Meeting: Port of Tampa Propeller Club - Neil McManus, President and Pam Baylor, Vice President

3:00p Meeting: ALS Society

4:30p Ports Caucus meeting with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

5:00p Classified Member Briefing on Ukraine


May 7, 2014 (Wednesday)

8:00a FHA Florida Delegation Breakfast

9:00a Democratic Caucus Meeting - TOPIC: Legislative Business For The Week

9:30a Meeting: US Sugar Corp. and Florida Sugar Farmers

10:00a Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power hearing The NRC FY 2015 Budget and Policy Issues

10:15a Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing PPACA Enrollment and the Insurance Industry

1:00p Meeting: Coalition for Life Sciences

1:30p Meeting: Dr. David Varlotta - American Society of Anesthesiologists

2:00p Meeting: Kevin McCarty, Commissioner of Insurance for Florida

2:30p Central Florida Partnership

3:00p Meeting: Veteran Warriors - MMCS James Price, USN; Lauren Price, USN; Shawn Gourley; Matthew McElhinney

4:00p Meeting: Communications Workers of America

4:30p Meeting: Sun Coast Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society


May 6, 2014 (Tuesday)

2:30p Mike Combers and Cliff May with Plumbers and Pipefitters

3:00p Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health 1st Century Cures Roundtable

4:30p Tracy Leduc, National Breast Cancer Coalition Florida

5:30p Meeting: Jerry Hall, Executive Board Member for Florida Alliance of Home Care Services

6:30p Votes

May 5, 2014 (Monday)

12:00p Lunch with Eric Newman


May 1, 2014 (Thursday)

9:00a Democratic Whip Meeting

10:00a Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing "Telehealth to Digital Medicine: How 21st Century Technology Can Benefit Patients."

11:00a Meeting: Citibank - Gregg Morton, Site President for Tampa Citi Operations Center and Jim Johnson

11:30a Meeting: Florida Orthopaedic Society - Dr. Mike Wasylik, Dr. David Cheong, Dr. Aaron Guyer, and Executive Vice President Tania Jones


​April 30, 2014 (Wednesday)

10:00a Budget Hearing A PROGRESS REPORT ON THE WAR ON POVERTY:LESSONS FROM THE FRONTLINES

10:00a Energy and Commerce Committee: Markup - HR 2689, the Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act; HR . 4092, the Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2014; and HR 6, the Domestic Property and Global Freedom Act

12:30p Meeting: Chili's Area Directors/ Brinker International

1:00p Meeting: US Army Corps, Jacksonville District - Colonel Al Dodd (District Commander), David Hobbie, Donnie Kinard

1:30p Meeting: Mary Reed, Florida HIPPY, Department of Child and Family Studies, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, USF

2:00p Meeting: Florida Beverage Association

3:00p Meeting: Peter Lowy, CEO of The Westfield Corporation (Westfield Brandon and Citrus Parks Malls); Jim Brewer; Richard Sullivan; and John Rayis

3:30p Bill West, CEO Bank of Tampa and other independent bankers

April 29, 2014 (Tuesday)


9:00a Democratic Caucus , TOPIC: Winning Economic Messages, GUEST SPEAKER: Geoff Garin, President, Hart Research Associates

10:00a Energy and Commerce - Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing "Examining the Growing Problems of Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse."

1:30p Meeting: Geoff Searle, Granite Construction Company (I-4 Ultimate Highway project team)

2:00p Meeting: Gerry Rosenthal, Attorney - Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy group

3:00p Meeting: International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers, and Helpers and Local Lodge 433

6:00p Emory Dinner at the Smithsonian with Secretary G. Wayne Clough

April 28, 2014 (Monday)

4:30p Meeting: AIDSWatch

April 23, 2014 (Wednesday)

1:15p CAMLS Tour with Rep. Pallone

2:15p Press at CAMLS

April 22, 2014 (Tuesday)

9:35a Visit with Teacher of the Year, Patrick Boyko at Jefferson High School

1:00p Office Meeting: U.S. Attorney Bentley

April 21, 2014 (Monday)

10:30a Tour with Councilman Kornell of Lake Maggiore

11:45a Meeting with Peter Betzer re: Blue Ocean Film Festival

April 17, 2014 (Thursday)

11:30a Visit to USF Diabetes Clinic with Dr. Krischer and lunch meeting Morsani Center, 5th Floor

April 16, 2014 (Wednesday)

9:00a USF OB/GYN Grand Rounds

10:00a HPV Awareness Roundtable

12:30p Office Meeting: John Poth/Operation Support Military Golf

1:00p Office Meeting: Gen. Lichte, Gen. Diehl, Gen. Schueler

April 15, 2014 (Tuesday)

10:00a Cross and Anvil tour/meeting with Rev. Williams

11:00a CRA/2020 Agenda meeting

12:00p Lunch with Ed Peachey

1:15p Nancy Loehr meeting

1:30p Meeting re: BP settlement with Arts community

April 14, 2014 (Monday)

10:00a PECO Press event

11:00a Funeral service for SSG Lazaney-Rodriguez

12:30p Lunch with Joe Capitano and visit to Habana Art Gallery

April 11, 2014 (Friday)

10:00a SPANX store ribbon cutting

11:00a International Ship event

12:00p Lunch with Port Authority board

April 10, 2014 (Thursday)

9:00a Democratic Whip Meeting

9:30a Meeting: Col. Scott De Thomas, MacDill AFB

10:00a Meeting: Col. Schwartz, ARW Commander (Reserves) at MacDill

10:30a Meeting: American Immigration Lawyers, Central Florida Chapter

April 9, 2014 (Wednesday)

10:00a Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power markup H.R. 6, the “Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act”

1:00p Meeting: Florida Bar Association: Greg Coleman, President-Elect, Ray Abadin, President-Elect Designate; and Florida Bar Foundation: John Patterson, President, Honorable Emerson Thompson, President-Elect

2:00p Meeting: Col. Gary Clark, MOAA Board of Directors

2:30p Meeting: BioFlorida executives

3:00p Meeting: Alzheimer's Association of Florida, Gulf Coast Chapter: Trina Mathis, Donna Shands, Peg Macaluso

April 8, 2014 (Tuesday)

9:00a Democratic Caucus, GUEST SPEAKER: Paul Begala

10:15a Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing Examining the Implementation of the Tobacco Control Act.”

11:30a White House Women and the Economy Event

1:00p Bruce Weiner and Nurse Anesthetists

1:30p Meeting: American Physical Therapy Association

2:00p Meeting: IBM: Yelena Vaynberg, Stu Bean, Rick Qualman, Janell Ray

2:30p Meeting: Dr. John Tourtelot, Florida American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Chapter Member

3:00p Meeting: Shannon Grinstead and Marquela Zepeda from HCC representing the Hispanic Association for Colleges and Universities

April 7, 2014 (Monday)

3:00p Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing Improving Predictability and Transparency in DEA and FDA Regulation 

6:30p Votes

April 4, 2014 (Friday)

1:30p Birthday party for Mr. Newton at Bama Seafood

April 2, 2014 (Wednesday)
 

8:00a Mobility Air Forces Caucus Meeting with Maj. Gen. Michael Stough, Director of Strategic Plans, Requirements & Programs for Air Mobility Command 

9:00a Democratic Caucus TOPIC: A Budget That Strengthens Our Economy 

10:00a Budget Committee Dem Members Meeting 

10:30a Budget Committee Markup – FY 2015 Budget

11:00a Meeting: National Urban League - Watson Haynes CEO of Pinellas County Urban League 

1:30p Meeting: Florida Charter Fishermen 

2:00p Meeting: Robert Steel and American Hotel and Lodging Association 

4:30p Meeting: Pinellas County Job Corps, Larry Deisler (Center Director), Carol Glover (Business Community Liaison), Jillian Munoz (Student Government Advisor) and Malik Ambersley (Student Government President). 

April 1, 2014 (Tuesday)

2:00p Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing "The GM Ignition Switch Recall: Why Did It Take So Long?"

4:15p Meeting: Laura Newman Rychak, Cox Enterprises

4:45p Meeting: Paula Dye, Tampa Bay Water and workers from American Water Works Association

6:30p Votes