Friday, June 5, 2020
Bilirakis, who was the vice chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee when the GOP controlled the chamber, is the top Republican on the subcommittee.
The bill from U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., reforms the program which the White House and Congress agreed on at the end of March. Phillips and other supporters of the proposal insist the bill will offer more flexibility to small businesses.
DeSantis said FEMA will cover 75 percent of the state’s expenses from March 13 through the end of April, covering $251,901,828 of the total $335,869,104. March 13 was the day when President Donald Trump declared the coronavirus pandemic to be a national emergency.
On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the chairman of the U.S. Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, convened a hearing titled, “Perspectives from Main Street: COVID-19’s Impact on Small Business.”
A new report from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) shows that Florida is well below the national average in the per-capita number of nursing home cases and deaths among both nursing homes residents and staff. Even though it is the nation's third most populous state with one of the highest shares of at-risk older residents, Florida does not fall within the 10 highest states for total cases among nursing home residents.
This week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., wrote U.S. Treasury Sec. Steven Mnuchin and SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza, urging them in include Lake City’s HAECO Airframe Services, LLC under the PPP.
“Volunteer fire departments have been hit hard by the impact of COVID-19 and are experiencing higher-than-normal staffing losses because volunteers are concerned for their personal health and that of their families,” Lawson wrote.
As the 2020 hurricane season began on Monday, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), the state’s consumer clearinghouse, and state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried teamed up with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to raise awareness of consumer fraud scams surrounding natural disasters.
AAA released a look at gas prices in Florida on Monday and found the coronavirus continues to impact prices at the pump even as last week also began with an average of $1.89 per gallon across the state.
Phillips and other supporters of the proposal insist the bill will offer more flexibility to small businesses.