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Bipartisan Legislation In The Works In Congress For Everglades Restoration

Florida’s environment---particularly the Everglades---could be a major topic of discussion in Congress this year. Several Florida Congressmen are partnering on bi-partisan proposals aimed at Everglades restoration.

Freshman Congressman Patrick Murphy, a Democrat who represents South Florida’s House District 18, says he’s hoping to play a role in helping the Environment during his time in Washington.

“It’s a return on investment and something that I’m going to focus on, and I’ve already spoken to a couple Republicans about, one of which is Tom Rooney, a fellow Florida colleague on the Republican side," said Murphy.

"And, we’re coming up with a couple of ideas for some legislation we're going to put forward to help out our districts and to help out the Everglades.”

In recent years, Congressman Rooney has tried and failed to introduce legislation that would ban the import of specific snake breeds, like pythons, which are damaging the Everglades. 

Another bipartisan pair, Florida Congressmen Alcee Hastings, a Democrat, and Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican, recently reintroduced the Congressional Everglades Caucus to educate members on the importance of Everglades-related issues.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.