Join @AllenWest July 12th at the @AM_National New Leaders Summit: Learn More here


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I’ll be speaking over dinner in Fort Lauderdale this coming Friday, July 12. I look forward to spending the evening with men and women ready to step up to impact their communities. If you can, please join me and American Majority next weekend at the New Leaders Summit! 

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With school board, municipal, county and state offices up for election in 2014, many potential candidates are preparing now to start campaigning early. American Majority’s New Leaders Project is designed to motivate and equip the hard working citizens across our state to become part of the solution to the problems that they see every day in their communities, from out-of-control town budgets to excessive regulations. It is time for new leaders to step forward as candidates for school boards, town councils and other state and local offices.

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American Majority believes that our elected officials should be held accountable for their decisions. If they don’t do the job that they are elected to do, they should be challenged. While running for local office is no simple thing, it can be done successfully with a limited budget, small staff and the proper support and training.

On July 12th – 13thAmerican Majority will be hosting a New Leaders Summit for those interested in becoming future candidates, campaign staff and campaign volunteers. The training will take place at the Calvary Chapel Campus located at 2401 W Cypress Creek Rd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309. This event will feature special guest speaker, Col. Allen West.


Allen West gets a little inspiration to “ratchet it up”


by Allen West via Facebook

Friday night 8 pm PST here waiting for my flight back home on Jet Blue to Ft Lauderdale. I went over to get a drink of water and take my daily vitamins. All of a sudden some black fella comes up to me and says, “Excuse me Sir, you are nothing more than a tool”. Immediately I thought, now how do you respond, so I said, “What?” He repeated, “You are a tool.” He then proceeded back to Gladstone’s Restaurant. I suppose this liberal lugnut never read Proverbs Chapter 17, verse 28. Keep it up all y’all. You just inspire me to ratchet it up.” Steadfast and Loyal.

Rep Allen West – Statement “Sinking the Marine Industry: How Regulations are Affecting Today’s Martime Business”

WASHINGTON)—  Congressman Allen West (R-FL) chaired a hearing entitled “Sinking the Marine Industry:  How Regulations are Affecting Today’s Martime Business” as part of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations Thursday on Capitol Hill.  Inland waterways and ports are often the lifeblood of the economies of the regions in which they are located.  Members of Congress heard testimony from experts and small business owners on the most pressing impediments to job creation and economic growth in the maritime industry and discussed solutions to those problems.

West’s constituent, Kristina Hebert, Chief Operating Officer, Ward’s Marine Electric, Inc,. in Fort Lauderdale, testified on behalf of the United States Superyacht Association. Hebert, whose family business has been in operation since trhe 1950’s,  has many concerns, in particular the regulations imposed on the maritime industry through the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act.

“The new rules have created confusion in both the recreational marine repair industry and the insurance industry,” Hebert said.  “The misapplication of the exemption brought thousands of workers under the duplicative coverage or even worse left them without any coverage at all. For these reasons, the rulemaking seriously missed the mark and will serve only to cost American jobs and drive economic activity offshore.”

The hearing allowed for a wide-ranging examination of regulatory actions by the Department of Labor, the planning and permitting processes for the United States Army Corps of Engineers maintenance of navigable waterways, and intra-state taxation of small businesses.

“Representing a sizeable chunk of our working population, I see no better time to zero in on the industry which is paramount to our way of life in South Florida and throughout the nation,” West said.  “I have heard from many in the marine industry in South Florida who say regulations are creating a toxic business environment for them.  Builders, manufacturers, retailers, craftsmen, technicians and suppliers– they all have the same frustration- the federal government preventing them from hiring and growing their businesses.”

For a full copy of Hebert’s testimony and the other maritime employers who testified at the hearing today, click here.

For video coverage of today’s testimony, click here.

For complete photo gallery of today’s hearing, click here.

Congressman Allen West invites you to attend one of his February Town Hall events:

Wednesday, February 22nd

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Deerfield Beach City Hall

150 NE 2nd Ave

Deerfield Beach

*A Vietnam Veteran who suddenly lost his life this past month at Fort Lauderdale Executive airport, before ever receiving his proper medals, will be honored at Wednesday’s town hall. The widow of Louis Grabiec, Jr., Martha Grabiec, will receive the medals for her husband. Grabiec will receive posthumously: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Bronze Star Attachment (quadruple), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Expert Badge with Rifle Bar. 

Friday, February 24th

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

First Baptist Church

1101 South Flagler Drive

West Palm Beach

*No RSVP necessary for either event, just come on out if you can attend.

3 cheers for the ‘1-percenters’ – by Congressman Allen West – Opinion Contributor

by Rep Allen West 12/14/11

Perhaps the most conspicuous symbol of wealth is a mega-yacht. Only those “millionaires and billionaires” among us can attain these magnificent vessels, measuring 100 feet or more in length.

These mega-yacht owners are the same “1 percenters” now vilified by both the Occupiers of Wall Street and one particular occupier of the White House.

These occupiers resent mega-yachts as a symbol of ill-gotten gains — of wealth stolen from others and squandered needlessly.

But I want to ask those occupiers some questions. What about the mechanics, dock hands, electricians, carpenters, plumbers, welders and fiberglass laminators who build these yachts? What about the crews, captains, cleaners and caterers who serve on them?

Are the livelihoods of these “99 percenters” frivolous and expendable? Do the occupiers care at all about “the workers”?

Evidently not. When the 1 percenters are asked to pay their fair share with a “luxury tax” on their yachts and decide, maybe, they won’t buy a yacht after all, who suffers the most? Those who build, service and provision mega-yachts — skilled workers paid an hourly wage, or small family businesses and local retailers.

South Florida’s marine industry supports more than 200,000 workers. Each superyacht built requires more than 1,000 workers to complete.

Ten percent of the purchase price of each yacht goes into maintenance each year, performed by 99 percenters, including mechanics, dock hands, cleaners and other service staff. In two years, we will have the best mega-yacht facility in the world, when Rybovich opens for business in Riviera Beach, Fla.

This year, I went to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, for a congressional summit with members of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida.

I toured a breathtaking 165-foot vessel with a $50 million price tag. It would take $5 million each year to maintain this impressive yacht’s seaworthiness — and roughly $125,000 just to fill the gas tank.

In every way, this boat exemplified the greatness of America’s free-market capitalist system. First, that people have the capability to purchase and maintain a vessel like this. Second, that we have the capabilities here of production, manufacturing, investment, innovation, ingenuity and craftsmanship to build them in the first place.

As I walked along the floating docks, speaking with yacht builders and vendors, it was easy to get a sense of their pride in America. Many vendors are family businesses that have long histories and will be handed down to the next generation — unless policies like high estate taxes continue to ruin the American dream of building a business and passing it on.



Cruising for a Cause, West Marine Charity Event – Ft Lauderdale – Support Veterans Ocean Adventures

Support Veterans Ocean Adventures
Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011 from  6:00pm to 9:00pm at West Marine Fort Lauderdale Boating Superstore, Fort Lauderdale, FL
West Marine Fort Lauderdale Boating Superstore, the largest boating store in the United States, is celebrating its grand opening by hosting Cruising for a Cause, a unique opportunity for local marine charities to raise funds for their programs. Shake-a-Leg, Hook the Future, Marine Industry Cares and other marine non-profits will have tables set up throughout the 50,000 square foot store with information and activities about their programs.
Price: $10
Age Suitability: All Ages
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West Marine Fort Lauderdale Boating Superstore

2401 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33316

Rep. Allen West Celebrates Thanksgiving – Scheduled Events within his District

Congressman West will be participating in the following Thanksgiving events:

Project Holiday Packing
Sunday, November 20th
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Delray Beach Community Center
50 NW 1st Avenue (adjacent to City Hall)
* Congressman West joins volunteers to pack 300-400 care packages for soldiers deployed overseas.

Big Heart Brigade Meal Prep
Tuesday, November 22nd

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Palm Beach Gardens Fire Station #3
5161 Northlake Blvd.
Palm Beach Gardens
*Congressman West joins volunteers to help achieve this year’s goal of preparing 100,000 meals for the needy.

Turkey Trot 5k run
Thursday, November 24th
7:30 am to 9:00 am
429 S. AIA (start and finish line in front of Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Company)
Ft. Lauderdale
*Congressman West will participate in the 5k run.


Congressman Allen West Launches Online Constituent Outreach Program Using Technology From Boca Raton Firm

Cutting-Edge Technology Will Improve Efficiency of Constituent Communications  
(FORT LAUDERDALE) – Congressman Allen West (R-FL) announces the launch of a new online constituent outreach program today, enabling  him to reach thousands of his constituents more efficiently and cost-effectively.

The outreach program will utilize online advertising and state-of-the-art software technology developed by Boca Raton-based ion interactive to promote the Congressman’s work in Washington as well as his communications and email newsletters.

Online advertising is not only more cost-effective and ecologically-friendly than traditional paper mail, but the program will provide more relevant information to constituents, by better targeting their concerns and issues.

“We have a duty to communicate with our constituents, but we have a responsibility to ensure we are using the most cost-effective methods available,” West said. “New media technology gives us unprecedented opportunities to open up a dialogue with our constituents and help us better represent them in Washington. We’re pleased to utilize technology developed by a successful small business right here in our district.”

Founded in 1998, ion interactive employs 27 people in its Boca Raton headquarters, and last year was ranked # 202 in the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies. The company’s “LiveBall” software platform is used by hundreds of global companies to create and optimize landing page programs for hundreds of millions of visitors.


Congressman Allen West’s Veterans Day Events – Attending and/or Speaking

Veteran’s Day Events

Congressman West will be speaking and or attending the following Veteran’s Day events:

Friday, November 11th:

8:45 am to 10:00 am: Wellington Christian School, 1000 Wellington Trace, Wellington

11:00 am to 12:30 pm:  Palm Beach County Veteran’s Day Parade, Clematis & Tamarind, Downtown West Palm Beach   *Congressman West will be riding his motorcycle in the parade

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm:  The Benjamin School, 4875 Grandiflora Road, Palm Beach Gardens

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm:  Wounded Warriors Second Chance Fundraiser, Lankler Property, 102 and 106 Riverside Dr., Jupiter

Saturday, November 12th

9:00 am to 10:00 am: Rebuilding Together Veteran’s Event, Repairing various homes of veterans, 919 N.E. 13th Street, Fort Lauderdale

10:00 am to 12:00 pm:  Speaking to VFW Post 10556, Veteran’s Park, Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton

Congressman Allen West – Legislative Update 11/7/11


Legislative Update:

Improving Small Business Capital Formation — On Thursday, the House approved H.R. 2930, the Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act, by a vote of 407-17, I VOTED YES. The bill would remove SEC restrictions on “crowdfunding” so entrepreneurs can raise capital from a large pool of small investors who may or may not be considered “accredited” by the SEC. H.R. 2930 would permit “crowdfunding” to finance new businesses by allowing companies to accept and pool donations up to $5 million without having to register with the SEC.

Also on Thursday, the House approved H.R. 2940, the Access to Capital for Job Creators Act, by a vote of 413-11, I VOTED YES. The bill would remove the regulatory ban that prevents small, privately held companies from using advertisements to solicit investors—a Depression-era regulation that unnecessarily limits the pool of investors and severely restricts the ability of small companies to raise capital. Both of these bills would change and update Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations to promote, rather than hinder, small business access to equity financing—a key mechanism for business expansion in light of tightened lending standards which make a commercial bank loan an increasingly difficult option.

*These are two more bipartisan pieces of legislation, which are part of the GOP Plan for American Job Creators that join over 15 other pieces of legislation sitting on Majority Leader Harry Reid’s desk.

Highlights of the Week:

Monday, 31 October, Happy Halloween, flew back to Washington and welcomed the Fort Lauderdale Chamber Fly-In with a fireside chat at the Wasie Foundation.

Tuesday, 1 November, Gave opening remarks to Fort Lauderdale Chamber and introduced Israeli Ambassador Oren at National Press Club, participated in House Armed Services Committee Panel on Department of Defense business, attended members-only classified briefing on national security with Security of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, attended Fort Lauderdale Chamber reception at Florida House, introduced Senator Bill Nelson and Congressman Ted Deutch.

Wednesday, 2 November, meeting with former Congressman Barry Goldwater Jr, welcome remarks to Fort Lauderdale Chamber on Capitol Hill Day, signed Holiday Mail for Heroes cards sponsored by American Red Cross, attended House Armed Services Committee full hearing on Defense sequestration with Chiefs of Army, Navy, Air Force, and Commandant of the Marines, lunch with members of the Afghanistan National Assembly, spoke to them about developing a plan for their nation, participated in a special GOP Members meeting on deficit and appropriations, attended Fort Lauderdale Chamber reception at home of Chilean Ambassador – trade and visa policies dominated the conversation.

Thursday, 3 November, gave closing remarks for Fort Lauderdale Chamber visit and introduced United States Secretary of Labor Chao, participated in House Armed Services Committee subcommittee hearing on Irregular Warfare capabilities, received phone call from Federal Aviation Administrator J. Randolph Babbitt regarding an issue I have been working on with Nova Southeastern University, taped remarks for Veterans Committee video for Veteran’s Day release.

Friday, 4 November, recorded weekly video address, interviewed by former alumnus of The Benjamin School (North Palm Beach, FL) and current George Washington University student, Cory Weinberg, for a student assignment, took picture with The Benjamin School students on East Capitol steps, flew back to South Florida after final votes.

– Saturday, 5 November, attended the 4th ANGLICO Marine Corps Birthday Ball reception, attended the Take Flight Award Gala for the homeless Veterans Home known as Stand Down house.

-Sunday, 6 November, church, family and football day!