Senator Bill Nelson

Congress On Vacation With No Zika Plan Passed

May 27, 2016
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Lawmakers and advocates are disappointed Congress is on vacation, leaving town without passing a Zika response plan.

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The head of the U.S. Olympic Committee says he already has a plan to help protect for athletes and staff traveling to Brazil this summer against the Zika virus. He’s responding to a recent letter sent to him by several U.S. Senators, including Florida Democrat Bill Nelson.

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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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The U.S. Senate has voted down a bipartisan amendment authored by two Florida Senators. It didn't get enough of the required 60 votes needed to move forward. But, Senators did approve another bipartisan proposal much closer to the President’s funding request than what the House proposed.

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There’s been a lot of talk about Zika this week and how Congress could help combat the mosquito-borne disease through funding. Florida Governor Rick Scott and other stakeholders even traveled to Washington D.C., hoping a deal could be struck to fund the effort. So far, there are a number of proposals already on the table, including a bipartisan effort by Florida’s two Senators.

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A $1.1 billion deal may be on the table to help combat the Zika virus in Congress. But, it falls short of President Obama’s $1.9 billion request. Now, two Florida Senators say they’re working on a bipartisan deal that accomplishes that goal.

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With Florida surpassing 100 Zika cases, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is renewing his call for Congress to approve President Barack Obama’s 1.9 billion dollar funding request to combat the mosquito-borne disease.

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Bio-tech company Oxitec wants to use genetically modified mosquitos to stop the spread of the Zika virus. Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson is calling for support of the plan.

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Puerto Rico—a U-S territory—has reported its first Zika-related death, and a Florida Senator says it won’t be the last if Congress does not start taking the mosquito-borne disease seriously.

Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson says after meeting President Barack Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, he’s backing him.

Sen. Nelson Calls For More Zika Funding

Apr 20, 2016
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Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson is calling on Congress to approve Zika response funding.

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The news is constantly changing about the Zika virus. Federal funding and prevention efforts have been a huge part of the discussion this week. And, with Florida leading the nation with close to 90 cases of the mosquito-borne disease, the state’s congressional leaders say it’s even more crucial that something is done.

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Some Florida officials are speaking out against Tuesday’s Brussels attack that Belgian officials say left more than 30 people dead as well as hundreds of wounded.

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Florida Senator Bill Nelson says he stands with President Barack Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Florida Democratic Senator and former astronaut Bill Nelson is welcoming NASA’s Commander Scott Kelly back home.

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Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are continuing to fight over who will be their party’s nominee. So far, Clinton has more than 500 delegates, while Sanders has 70. Close to 2,400 are needed to win the nomination. And, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson says he’s confident Clinton will win Florida, though he says he’s still unsure who will win the nomination.

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A Florida Senator is hailing Congress’ passage of a $1.1 trillion  budget bill.

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A Florida Senator is weighing in the largest recall ever in U.S. history relating to a Japanese air bag manufacturer.

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University of South Florida researchers say they’re going to continue searching for the remains of a boy believed to have died at the now-closed Dozier School for Boys, after an attempt to exhume his remains in another state proved unsuccessful.

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University of South Florida researchers have now identified two more sets of remains of the boys buried on the Panhandle property of the now defunct Dozier School for Boys. While one boy is the first black student identified, another belongs to the family that helped spark renewed interest into finding answers about what happened at the Marianna school surrounded by a history of alleged abuse.

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Today is Earth Day, the annual environmental-protection celebration now in its 44th year. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) noted the occasion with a climate change hearing in Miami Beach, while environmental advocates kept a close eye on the state Legislature.

On Tuesday morning, scientists and South Florida officials gathered in Miami to tell a congressional panel what the Sunshine State is doing to offset the effects of sea level rise. Nelson led the discussion.

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In less than three weeks, a longstanding ban on firearms that can’t be seen by metal detectors may lapse. A Florida senator is trying to see that doesn’t happen, but lawmakers aren’t the only ones worried. Artisans who use a new type of digital printer are worried what large-scale printing of firearms might mean for their craft.

Undetectable Firearms Ban

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Florida Senator Bill Nelson is hoping to extend a federal ban on undetectable firearms that’s expected to expire in a few weeks. His aim is to help federal officials get tough on new type of gun they see as a growing problem in the U.S.

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The University of South Florida is awaiting a response from the state about whether the school’s researchers can dig up the human remains of boys believed to have died over a 60-year period at the infamous Dozier School for Boys in north Florida. State officials contend they don’t have the authority to grant such a request, but some wonder if that’s the real reason for the denial.

Who won during the 2013 legislative session?  Teachers and state workers won. They’re getting pay raises. Democrats helped kill a controversial bill giving parents a greater say in the fate of failing schools.  Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford can claim victory. They got bills through revising the state’s ethics, elections and campaign finance laws.  A budget surplus this year means there were plenty of goodies to go around. So who, or what, came out on the losing side?

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