Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Last week, from his seat on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is sending more than $8 million to the Tampa Bay region to help it recover from Hurricane Irma which hit the area in 2017.
U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla. thinks colleges may hold the answer to protecting the coastlines of Florida and other states. 
Back in March, Rooney introduced the bill banning the “human use of oxybenzone and octinoxate near coral reefs in National Marine Sanctuary System including the Great Florida Reef found off the coast of the Florida Keys” with U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., as a cosponsor.
On Monday, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., called for President Donald Trump to name a coronavirus czar “to oversee interagency efforts and coordinate the federal response to the virus.”
At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., led a letter to Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), urging him to enact policies that would protect Americans from losing access to their cell phone, landline and internet during the COVID-19 national emergency.
“I applaud the Re-Open Florida Task Force on their hard work to inform a safe, smart and step-by-step approach to re-opening Florida,” said DeSantis on Friday. “Recreational activity provides important physical and mental health benefits, particularly during these uncertain times. This Phase One plan will allow for the thoughtful, measured re-opening of some of our state’s incredible natural resources for public recreation.”
On Monday, U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rick Scott, R-Fla., wrote U.S. Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross urging him to designate waters near Florida as one of the first aquaculture opportunity areas, as detailed in President Donald Trump’s May 7, 2020 Executive Order, “Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth.”
"The bill would provide one year of stability for families who are already dealing with enough change with virtual learning, work from home, and other disruptions the COVID-19 pandemic has placed into our daily lives,” Rubio’s office noted.
Pelosi brought the select committee back when Democrats took over the U.S. House two years ago and named Castor to lead it. According to its website, the select committee “is charged with delivering ambitious climate policy recommendations to Congress, in order to achieve substantial and permanent reductions in pollution and other activities that contribute to the climate crisis.”
Brodeur’s bill would require the state to study just how much sediment is in the river and its effect on its overall health.