At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., unveiled a bill to ensure federal monitoring of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) continues even in the event of a federal shutdown.
“Upon taking office, Governor DeSantis directed FDEM to disburse hurricane recovery funding as quickly as possible, including providing field staff to assist citrus growers in navigating the grant process,” the governor’s office noted.
Hurricane Irma was a Category 5 storm which hit the Sunshine State back in September 2017. At least 90 Americans--including 84 in Florida--were killed in the storm which caused more than $50 billion in damages.
DeSantis and Perdue cheered President Donald Trump for signing a $19.1 billion supplemental spending package last week “to assist Americans in recovery efforts from catastrophic disasters over the past three years” which included $480 million to help the timber industry in Northwest Florida recover from the hurricane.
In a letter sent to U.S. Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue on Friday, members of the Florida and Georgia delegations urged the administration to aid state governments in crafting effective forest restoration block grants.
“This critical legislation will help protect our estuaries by ensuring that we continue to study and monitor the effects of coastal acidification and I would like to thank Representatives Bonamici and Mast for their work on this issue and their important leadership in our bipartisan estuary caucus.”
USF beat out more than 50 applicants across the nation for the funds which will be used for “advancing research and education programs that address the nation’s critical transportation challenges.”
U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., has been pushing for this funding for more than a year.
During Hurricane Irma, Oklahoma sent an 11-person team to Monroe County to assist with local disaster response,” the governor’s office noted on Thursday.
The two senators wrote U.S. Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross on the matter on Wednesday.