Tuesday, May 18, 2021
“The legislation would reauthorize the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Pre-Disaster Mitigation Pilot Program to give small businesses the opportunity to take out low-interest loans for the purpose of proactively implementing mitigation measures to protect their property from future disaster related damage,” Rubio’s office noted.
This initiative is focused on encouraging Floridians to return to the workforce, helping employers attract job seekers, and continuing to fuel the state’s economic growth.
The letter comes as the European Union tariff on American whiskey is scheduled to double to 50 percent in June.
The letter urged the establishment of a public-private task force by the end of May to develop a risk-based, data-driven roadmap for safely reopening international travel to the U.S.
“Nearly 45 million Americans—including 2.6 million Floridians—have student loan debt, and the burden can be economically and emotionally crushing,” said Murphy. “I’m proud to co-lead this bipartisan bill with Congressman Kinzinger to give student loan borrowers another tool to alleviate this burden.”
The congressman’s office insisted the bill would help save jobs in the hospitality industry, stressing the damage the pandemic has caused that sector. 
"We do not have time for a so-called ‘China Bill’ that is nothing but a collection of half-measures and studies. Instead, an actually meaningful China bill is what we need. And I believe most members here want it, and I believe we can get to it in a bipartisan way. But to do so, I think it needs to have six things."
Last week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and U.S. Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., Al Lawson, D-Fla., and Darren Soto, D-Fla., sent a letter signed by almost 40 members of Congress to Tai on the matter.
“This is a critical measure that will help our small businesses, particularly disadvantaged contractors who have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes will level the playing field and encourage more small contractors to participate in government programs leading to a quicker rebuilding of the US economy,” her office noted.
"The longer the pipeline is down, the greater the threat of rising gas prices," said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group. "If operations are restored on Monday, drivers may see very little to no impact at the pump. A lengthy downtime, like a week, would be a different story. Sunday night, gasoline futures prices were up less than a nickel."