Friday, July 10, 2020
Rubio and Scott are backing Portman’s “Safeguarding American Innovation Act” which is being backed by more than a dozen senators including U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., Maggie Hassan, D-NH, Thom Tillis, R-NC and Josh Hawley, R-Mo. 
The bill would have the U.S. State Department released the list of countries working with the Cuban regime on its medical missions program. The bill would also factor that information in the State Department’s Trafficking in Persons report.
The two senators also paired up on the “Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Online Act” which will make online goods list their country of origin.
Menendez’s resolution called for the release of José Daniel Ferrer, an opponent of the Cuba regime, who was imprisoned in October and convicted in April to serve four and a half years in prison for his continued opposition to the communist government. Rubio, U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Mary., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Ted Cruz, R-Tex., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., cosponsored the resolution.
Hoping to stop the continued theft of American intellectual property by the Chinese regime, Nunes introduced the bill last week.
Scott’s office noted he supports free trade agreements around the world, but nations like Communist China must be held accountable if they refuse to cooperate.
Other signers of the letter included U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Oreg., Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, Chris Murphy, D-Ct., Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Richard Blumenthal, D-Ct., Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Ed Markey, D-Mass., Thom Tillis, R-NC, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Pat Toomey, R-Penn. and Jeff Merkley, D-Oreg.
U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., wrote President Donald Trump on the matter last week, following up on a letter they sent him back in April. They called on Trump to call fro China to ban live animal markets. Back in November, the two congressmen teamed up with U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oreg., to introduce a resolution “calling on all nations to end their dog and cat meat trade and to enforce existing laws against the trade.”
In October 2013, Florida and Israel established a $2 million recurring joint fund to support research, development, and commercialization of aerospace and technology projects that benefit both Israel and Florida. For this Call for Projects, 15 joint proposals were submitted by teams of for-profit companies in Florida and Israel. Four teams have been selected for this seventh round of awards.
On Thursday, Steube brought out the “U.S. Citrus Protection Act," which, his office noted, “would prohibit the importation of commercially produced fresh citrus fruit from China.”