Customers at the Red Eye Coffee shop in Tallahassee were greeted this morning by former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. [Read more…] about Two creams, two sugars – and two famous folks
Senator Bill Nelson
Saying the federal government is making available every resource, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) today saw first-hand some of the Florida Panhandle devastation wrought by Hurricane Michael. [Read more…] about In hurricane’s wake, Nelson reassures Panhandle residents
U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sent a letter today to President Trump in support of the state of Florida’s request for a pre-landfall emergency declaration ahead of Hurricane Michael. The president’s approval is necessary to ensure that federal resources are made available before and after the storm. [Read more…] about Nelson asks Trump for emergency declaration ahead of storm
President Trump today signed a bill that would, among other things, regulate airline seat sizes for passengers. The bill includes key provisions offered by U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, and John Thune, a Republican. [Read more…] about President signs airline seat law bill
By a vote of 98 – 1, Congress today passed bipartisan legislation aimed at combating the opioid epidemic.
Following is a list of the provisions U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) sponsored that were included in the sweeping bill approved by the Senate: [Read more…] about Nelson priorities authorized in sweeping opioid legislation
U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced legislation today to help Florida fruit and vegetable growers combat unfair trade practices. [Read more…] about Senators take aim at unfair trade practices hurting Florida fruit and vegetable growers
The U.S. Senate today, by a vote of 93-7, passed a bipartisan government funding package for the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Labor, Education and Related Agencies for the next fiscal year. The package also contains Continuing Resolution language that will fund any government agencies at risk of a shutdown at the end of the fiscal year through December 7th.
Following is a list of the Health and Human Services, Labor, Education and Related Agencies provisions U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) sponsored that were included in the final package the Senate approved today:
- $1 million to enhance the public health response for communities affected by toxic algal blooms. This provision would provide $1 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help areas most affected by harmful algal blooms. Priority would be given to locations subject to a state of emergency designation within the previous 12 months, which includes 13 Florida counties.
- Student loan deferments for cancer patients. This provision would make borrowers diagnosed with cancer eligible for a deferment on the payment of their federal student loans and would suspend the accrual of interest until six months after the patient has finished receiving treatment.
- $10 million for mental health in schools. This amendment would provide up to $10 million to the Department of Education to administer a pilot grant program to train and hire more mental health professionals in schools across the country. The legislation provides federal education grants to colleges and universities that partner with low-income school districts to train school counselors, social workers, psychologists and other mental health professionals and place them in the underserved school districts that need them the most. Nelson initially introduced the measure in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this year.
- Streamline sharing of DoD and VA electronic health records. This provision would help ensure the Department of Defense is executing the plan to streamline the process by which it shares electronic medical records with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- $1 million to the Firefighter Cancer Registry to monitor and study the incidence of cancer among firefighters. The provision provides additional funding for the CDC to monitor and study the relationship between exposure to fumes and other toxins and the rate of cancer among firefighters.
- $3.78 billion for programs addressing the opioid epidemic and mental health. This provision includes nearly $2 million in state grants to address the opioid epidemic and mental health; $350 million for opioid overdose surveillance and preventions; $495 million to improve access to opioid and substance use disorder treatment in rural and underserved areas.
Sen. Nelson also advocated for and received the following funds in FY19 Defense Appropriations:
- $10 million for Eastern Gulf Test and Training Range. Located off of Florida’s Gulf Coast, this $10 million will improve one of the nation’s most vital training ranges, making it harder for oil companies to drill and preserving the area for national security needs.
- $950 million for two additional Navy Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The East Coast fleet of LCS’s are homeported at Naval Station Mayport, located in Jacksonville, FL.
- $1.5 million to begin planning and design for the execution of the Navy’s Strategic Laydown and Dispersal Plan. The plan is expected to announce additional ships to be homeported at Mayport.
The bill now heads to the House for a vote.
U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today introduced legislation to rename the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge in Martin County, Florida after one of the state’s most renowned environmental champions, Nathaniel “Nat” Reed. [Read more…] about Florida Senators file bill to rename Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge after Nathaniel Reed
U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced legislation today to allow doctors at the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs to prescribe medical marijuana to veterans in the 31 states that have established medical-marijuana programs – including in Florida. [Read more…] about Senators file bill to allow VA to prescribe medical marijuana to veterans
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) took to the Senate floor today to honor the life and legacy of Sen. John McCain.
“And so in that moment you could summarize his courage, his strength, his will to overcome – but here in the Senate we saw a leader who thought that public service was a noble calling, a leader who always tried to do the right thing, who always put the people of his country ahead of himself. An individual who always believed that we, as Americans, can subscribe to a cause greater than ourselves,” Nelson said. “America is certainly going to miss John McCain.” [Read more…] about Nelson honors McCain’s life and legacy