Congress

Gov. Rick Scott (center) with House Speaker Richard Corcoran (left) and Senate President Joe Negron (right) after signing 2018's House Bill 7055 and Senate Bill 4.   3/11/18
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When Governor Rick Scott rolled out the first television ad in his campaign for U.S. Senate in April, it centered entirely on his desire to bring 12-year term limits to Congress. Meanwhile, this week saw the retirement of Senate President Joe Negron who says he is a “big believer in term limits.” The conversation has even reached the Constitution Revision Commission, with a proposal that would limit school board members to 8-year terms. Florida Public Radio’s Ryan Dailey recently talked with Professor Daniel Smith, Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Florida to talk about why the conversation about term limits is bubbling up in every level of Florida politics.

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This week, members of Congress grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about a data privacy scandal where millions of Facebook users data were compromised by a political consultant firm. Here's some of back and forth between Zuckerberg and Florida’s U.S. Senators and Representatives.

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Florida’s U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is slamming the Republican tax bill. Both houses of Congress passed the measure Wednesday on largely party line votes. Nelson says the package benefits corporations more than working people. 

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The official start to the 2018 legislative session is about a month away, and already, some high profile gun bills appear to be dead. Discussion surrounding the proposals not only pit Republicans against one another, it’s led to sparring between gun rights groups as well.

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Florida’s new delegation to the United States Congress is historically diverse. Thanks to the 2016 general election, the state's representatives are beginning to look more like its residents.

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A measure signed into law by President Obama includes money to help combat the Zika virus. Florida is expected to be one of the areas to get a large amount of the funds. That’s in addition to the millions of dollars in state money Governor Rick Scott has already set aside in the Zika fight. But, questions now remain about when and how the funds will be distributed to help affected Floridians.

The head of the Florida Bar’s International Law Section says Congress is making a big mistake by allowing 9-11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia.

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The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that includes funding for efforts to combat the Zika virus.

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The U.S. Senate has again blocked a bill that would have provided funds to help combat the Zika virus.

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The U.S. Senate announced Thursday that a bipartisan Zika funding deal has been struck and a vote could take place next week. But, in the meantime, Governor Rick Scott has authorized $25 million to go toward researching a vaccine to combat the Zika virus.

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A bipartisan bill making it easier for farmers to replace trees affected by citrus greening is now heading to the U.S. House floor.

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Congress is facing a September 30th deadline to make sure a budget deal is reached to fund the federal government. Lawmakers just came back from a seven-week break, and both the U.S. House and Senate have yet to reach an agreement on a bill to fund anti-Zika efforts—widely seen as a non-partisan issue. Governor Rick Scott is going Tuesday for a two-day trip to Washington D.C. to talk to members of Congress of the importance of that funding for Florida.

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On Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) chaired a congressional hearing on the Zika Virus—which the head of the Centers for Disease Control is now calling a “silent epidemic.” This comes as Congress still has not taken action on a bill to fund Zika prevention efforts and will recess soon.

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Florida now nearly to 230 cases of the Zika virus, and that number continues to climb. With Florida’s first baby born with a Zika-related birth defect, some are weighing in on a failed attempt in the U.S. Senate Tuesday to advance a House bill aimed at fighting the mosquito-borne disease.

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The House Democrats’ sit-in is over. The group was protesting a lack of votes on gun control bills in Congress. The sit-in—which lasted more than a day—included North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham.

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The relatives of two people killed by firearms say they’re disappointed gun control legislation they supported failed to get enough votes in the Republican-led U.S. Senate.

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The head of the Centers for Disease Control says there already could be Floridians with the Zika virus who have never traveled abroad.

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North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham’s latest workday involved helping to prevent the spread of the Zika virus.

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Funding deals to combat the Zika virus are causing some members of Florida’s Congressional delegation to work together. But, it’s also causing others to spar over the mosquito-borne disease. And, it’s an issue that’s even crossing party lines.

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Hurricane Preparedness Week begins Sunday, and one Florida Senator will hold a hearing Wednesday as the hurricane season fast approaches.