Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Currently, veterans living in Northwestern Florida have to drive more than 100 miles to receive inpatient care at the VA Gulf Coast Medical Center in Biloxi, Mississippi or be sent to local community hospitals as availability and funds permit.
Bilirakis is the main co-sponsor of U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester’s, D-Del., “Veterans’ Culturally Competent Care Act" which “will require that veterans receive culturally competent, evidence-based mental health treatment from private providers, as is already required of VA mental health providers.”
Last week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., sent a letter to U.S. Department of Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin, ahead of his trip to Southeast Asia, to promote freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and encourage our partner nations to engage in multilateral military activities with members of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue and Taiwan.
“I am proud to have secured the inclusion of these four important projects in the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Subcommittee appropriations bill that are critical to North Florida,” Lawson said. “Each of these projects will have a significant, positive impact on our community and improve the lives of families in Florida’s Fifth Congressional District.”
Last week, two Republican congressmen from the Sunshine State--U.S. Reps. Bill Posey and Greg Steube--threw their support behind a proposal which “protects qualified immunity for police officers serving at the state and local levels across the country.”
Ben & Jerry’s has announced plans to remove its products and prohibit the sale of its ice cream in Judea and Samaria.
Rubio is co-sponsoring U.S. Sen. Gary Peters’, D-Mich., “DHS Industrial Control Systems Capabilities Enhancement Act” which “would require the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to ensure they can better identify and mitigate threats to Industrial Control Systems, the operational technology involved in operating the function of critical infrastructure networks, including pipelines, water supply and electric utilities.”
The Division of State Fire Marshal works with each local recipient to distribute the funds and help them meet the required deliverables.
This week, with Scott onboard, the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee passed the $778 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)--around $25 billion higher than what the Biden administration first asked for.