Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Scott issued an executive order on Monday afternoon. 
Last week, the freshman Republican sent letters to four U.S. Cabinet secretaries urging them to “visit Southwest Florida first hand so that they may personally assess the damage, meet with key local officials, and provide recommendations on how their agencies may be able to help." 
This week, Gov. Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will send $400,000 to Lee County to help fight red tide, raising the total funds sent there to $1.1 million.
Rubio appeared on NBC 6 Miami and said that the expressway project needs to take a backseat to Everglades restoration. 
This week, Curbelo announced that FEMA was sending a $1.7 million grant to Key West’s Accelerated Debris Removal operations to help continued cleanup efforts after the hurricane.  
Rooney, the vice chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee despite serving in his first term in Congress, sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Monday, urging him to declare a formal State of Emergency for Florida. 
On Wednesday, Mast unveiled his latest proposal, providing federal funds to communities fighting against algal blooms and ensuring that a federal program built to combat them will not expire.
Backed by the Estuary Caucus, Posey was able to add the funds as part of the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. 
Congressman Gus Bilirakis' office made the case for why the funds were needed and why this project was so important. 
Ten members of the Florida delegation on Capitol Hill held a meeting on Thursday and heard about a new hurricane tracking system being used for the first time this year.