Friday, July 10, 2020
On Thursday, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee passed on a party-line vote a $66 billion state and foreign operations bill which continues funding the World Health Organization (WHO) and supports expanded abortion rights. 
The guide looks over the $92.27 billion budget which Gov. Ron DeSantis signed at the end of last month. DeSantis vetoed more than $1 billion from the budget the Legislature passed earlier in the year.
Wilson rounded up other Democrats in the Florida congressional delegation to sign the letter. Besides Wilson, other signers included Florida Democrat U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor, Val Demings, Ted Deutch, Alcee Hastings, Darren Soto and Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
The Court issued a 7-2 ruling as conservatives were joined by left-leaning Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan.
The funds come from the Economic Development Agency's CARES Act Recovery Assistance and will help the Regional Planning Council develop a plan for economic recovery as the region continues to suffer during the pandemic; aid disaster recovery coordinators as they respond to the pandemic; and ensure the Regional Planning Council has technological and staff support.
At the start of last year, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., who sits on the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee and lost both his legs during his service in Afghanistan, teamed up with U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., to unveil the “Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species (PUPPERS) Act” which “will put an end to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ practice of performing painful and distressing experiments on dogs, including drilling into dogs’ skulls, inducing heart attacks, and collapsing their lungs.”
Back in March, Scott called on Congress to investigate the WHO, insisting it helped the Chinese regime “cover up information regarding the threat of the coronavirus.”
After recent reports of more than two dozen Android apps caught stealing data, on Wednesday, state Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis warned Floridians who use Google Android devices to monitor their private accounts and to know the warning signs of identity theft, fraud and scams. 
The Florida Department of Health recently informed hospitals that the state has exhausted its supply of Remdesivir, the drug used to treat COVID-19 patients and shorten hospital stays. Florida hospitals are out of the medication and under current plans could go six days without treatments if swift and immediate action is not taken.
Buchanan pointed to numbers from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s office showing 29 deaths due to opioids so far in 2020, up from 13 for all of 2019. Non-fatal overdoses in the county have also increased from 88 in all of 2019 to 121 in the first six months of 2020.