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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 Marco Rubio says the brother of the Parkland mass school shooter is a prime example of why other states should follow Florida and use gun violence protection orders. Rubio and U.S. Senator Bill Nelson are partnering on a “Red Flag” bill.

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Within one week, Governor Rick Scott not only signed a gun safety bill into law, he also approved the budget, which includes millions of dollars for school safety purposes. Still, that didn’t prevent the National Rifle Association from filing a federal lawsuit against a provision in the new safety law. And, on the one month mark of the Parkland mass school shooting, thousands of kids across the nation walked out of their schools. Some Parkland families also asked officials to put ideas on the ballot to ban assault rifles and have universal background checks, and lawmakers in Washington D.C. may be moving forward on gun safety bills of their own.

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While a lot of eyes are on Tallahassee to see what the state Legislature has in store in terms of gun reforms, Florida’s U.S. Senators are also talking about what they’d like to see Congress do as well.

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In the wake of natural disasters, stagnant wages and a growing separation of wealth, Florida is suffering from an affordable housing catastrophe and concern is growing statewide.

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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 repeal of “net neutrality” rules that allowed consumers to have equal access to the internet has upset Florida’s U.S. Democratic Senator.

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A U.S. Senate hearing to consider the next administrator of NASA started Wednesday. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) says he’s not confident in President Trump’s nominee, Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK). Nelson—a former astronaut—is the top Democrat who sits on the Senate Commerce Committee that oversees the nation’s space program. He spoke directly to the nominee during opening remarks.

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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is pushing the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to extend a housing assistance program.

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On the heels of nine nursing home deaths due to Hurricane Irma, Florida’s U.S. Senators have filed a bipartisan bill to create a national panel that looks into ways to help seniors during a disaster.

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Bill Nelson, Florida’s senior U.S. Senator, says he’s deeply concerned about North Korea’s ability to arm an ICBM with a nuclear warhead.

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Florida’s U.S. Senators, Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, joined 18 other Congressional colleagues in filing bipartisan legislation crack down on websites, which knowingly facilitate online sex trafficking. They’re targeting one website in particular.

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The Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is now in the U.S. Senate. The legislation cuts state funding for the medical care of low-income people. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-FL, said he doesn’t support the proposal.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) says it's time for Florida to have an independent redistricting commission.
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Poor Floridians may see less access to medical care. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, D-FL, said the state is turning down billions of dollars in federal funding for health care this year because it is not expanding Medicaid. Florida lawmakers are also planning to cut Medicaid and hospital funding.

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Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is praising Republican Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran for leading legislative actions to address the infamous Dozier School for Boys in North Florida.

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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson won’t support Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch. 

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson spoke to Florida A&M University students Monday about his experience in space. He also promoted taking STEM subjects. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Florida Governor Rick Scott and President Donald Trump are political allies. But Scott is refusing to say what his position is on the president’s travel ban.

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson discussed the controversy over last month's election and the next administration.

Florida Senator Bill Nelson, a fellow Democrat and a fellow Shuttle astronaut, took to the Senate Floor Thursday to honor the memory of former Senator John Glenn.

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The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that includes a bipartisan effort from Florida’s Senators to improve hurricane forecasts.

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With the 2016 Summer Olympics right around the corner, some state officials are worried that will cause an increase in travel-related cases in Florida. And, with Congress still not acting on any Zika funding bills, it’s causing even more worry as officials continue to monitor the impact the mosquito-borne disease has during these Summer months.

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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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Gun control supporters aren’t too happy with how the week turned out. While some expressed their outrage over the U.S. Senate’s rejection of several bills, others have held demonstrations in response to the House’s lack of votes. But, they’re still holding out hope that something can be done on the federal level to help curb gun violence.

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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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