Florida’s two senators on Capitol Hill are teaming up to ensure victims of natural disasters aren’t penalized by one branch of the federal government for refusing loans from another part of it.
Scott has been active on the issue in recent weeks including issuing an emergency order on the toxic algae last month. Last week, the governor issued an emergency order on red tide which is also impacting the Sunshine State.
Scott said that Pinellas County, which has already gotten $1.3 million to help mitigate the impact of red tide, will receive an additional $2 million from DEP while Lee County is penciled in to receive an additional $1.1 million.
Rubio and Mast reached out to Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R. D. James on an Army Corps of Engineers proposal that would “disregard clear congressional intent and delay the review of the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) Post Authorization Change Report (PACR) by more than a year.”
Mast’s bill would “require tests to be conducted to determine whether the water to be released from a flood risk management project is contaminated with cyanobacteria; and if the water is contaminated, require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to notify the public and affected governments of the contamination, planned discharge and potential public health effects before releasing the water.”
Trump’s proposed budget includes $63 million for Everglades restoration, far short of the $200 million that Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rick Scott, R-Fla., asked for.
“My administration is committed to helping the Florida Keys make a full recovery from Hurricane Irma,” said DeSantis. “I will continue to work tirelessly to get recovery dollars to these communities.”
Dunn, who sits on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, was honored last week by the American Farm Bureau Federation with its “Friend of Farm Bureau” award.
The sophomore Florida congressman added a proposal having the U.S. Defense Department evaluate and track servciemembers exposed to burn pits and toxic chemicals
With Hurricane Dorian becoming less and less of a threat to Florida, a congressman from the Sunshine State is calling for his supporters to help out the Bahamas which were devastated by that storm.