Friday, August 7, 2020
Rubio introduced the “Continuing Small Business Recovery and Paycheck Protection Program Act”  as he hopes to build off of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the $2.3 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress and approved by the White House at the end of March. 
Barry Gilway, the president, CEO and executive director of Citizens, said the decision to extend the moratorium scheduled to expire August 15 comes in response to concerns raised by CFO Jimmy Patronis and discussions with Citizens Board of Governors Chairman Bo Rivard over timing.
On Monday, state Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced a record-breaking $1 billion has been returned to Floridians in unclaimed property since he took office in 2017.
In July 2019, Rubio teamed up with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., on the proposal to create the commission which would be under the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ Office and “would recommend policies to improve current government programs.”  The new commission will have 19 members which “will include congressional lawmakers, executive branch appointees, issue experts, activists, and other stakeholders who will examine social disparities affecting black men and boys in America.” The new commission will offer recommendations to Congress and the federal government. 
The bill passed as 224 Democrats voted for it while 189 votes were cast against it as 7 Democrats joined 182 Republicans in opposing it while 17 members did not vote. Party lines held in the Florida delegation though three Republicans from the Sunshine State--U.S. Reps. Neal Dunn, Francis Rooney and Ted Yoho--did not vote. Rooney, who came down with coronavirus and is in his last months in Congress, has missed several votes this year.
AAA released a report on Sunday showing the average gallon of gas in Florida cost $2.06, two cents less than the start of last week and lower than the national average of $2.18 a gallon.
Thanks to President Trump, 82 percent of middle-income Americans experienced a tax cut because a majority of the tax savings going to low and middle-income households. As a result of the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the average American worker takes home an extra $100 a month in their paycheck.
On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, convened a hearing titled, “Capital Access for Minority Small Businesses: COVID-19 Resources for an Equitable and Sustainable Recovery.”
Vote Solar released a report detailing Florida’s reliance on natural gas, stressing that the state loses around $5 billion annually to pay to import it.
UHS is based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania and is one of the nation’s largest providers of hospital and health care services. The total value of the settlement is $117 million. Florida will receive approximately $3.7 million.