Friday, September 25, 2020
U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., unveiled the “Accountability for CARES Act” on Monday with the backing of a handful of Republicans including U.S. Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and Ross Spano, R-Fla.
Soto was an original cosponsor of U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin’s, D-Mich., “Strengthening America’s Strategic National Stockpile Act” to help “begin reducing America’s dependence on foreign sources of critical medical supplies the country needs to fight COVID-19, boost domestic manufacturing to make those supplies here in America, and make much-needed improvements and updates to America’s Strategic National Stockpile (SNS).”
This new bill seeks to strengthen accountability for the Cuban regime’s documented human trafficking and exploitation of Cuban doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals through the so-called ‘foreign medical missions’.
At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., the chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa and International Terrorism weighed in after reports that the Trump administration intends to unilaterally snapback United Nations sanctions on Iran.
The executive order provides the U.S. Secretary of State and the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury the authority to impose sanctions on additional sectors of the Iranian economy at any time.
Yoho, the top Republican on the U.S. Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee, introduced the bill back in July. According to Yoho’s office, the bill “would clarify and strengthen the commitment of the United States to defend Taiwan in the event of an armed attack.” The North Florida congressman is sticking to a campaign pledge and will not run for a fifth term in November. 
For weeks, Scott has been asking the Trump administration to keep travel restrictions in place on China, even after the pandemic. Scott pointed to human rights abuses as a major concern. 
This week, Florida’s two U.S. senators--Republicans Marco Rubio and Rick Scott--sent a letter to President Donald Trump outlining significant concerns regarding reports that Oracle Corp. confirmed a deal with ByteDance to become a “trusted technology provider” for TikTok’s U.S. operations, including that the “arrangement could violate the requirements set about in the August 6, 2020 Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok and would do little to satisfy the range of concerns expressed in that order.”
Members of both sides of the aisle from Florida, including U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., applauded the new agreements.
U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced the resolution on Monday and it has the support of several members of the committee including Rubio and U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-NJ, the top Democrat on it.