Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Buchanan’s bill, introduced in May, would create a new federal office responsible for stockpiling adequate supplies of critical medicines and encourage companies to ramp up the manufacturing of those drugs.
U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., John Rutherford, R-Fla., Darren Soto, D-Fla., and Greg Steube, R-Fla., are all cosponsoring the bill.
“This could be a real clash among Democrats,” said political analyst Michelle Ertel, a commentator on Florida’s I Heart Radio. Ertel said this could be a real problem for Democrats in November if the Sanders camp doesn’t get what they want.
Patete, a Board-certified otolaryngologist in private practice who also specializes in head and neck plastic surgery, has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years. He is based out of Venice.
The bill, which covers Defense; Commerce, Justice, Science; Energy and Water Development; Financial Services and General Government; Labor-HHS-Education, and Transportation-HUD funding, cleared the House on a 217-197 vote as 12 Democrats joined every Republican and U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, I-Mich., in voting against it. 
Last week, Castor urged the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett P. Giroir, M.D. to increase production and delivery of supplies immediately and in a sustained fashion. 
Dunn is backing U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne’s, D-Iowa, “Eliminating the Provider Relief Fund Tax Penalties Act.”
At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., teamed up with U.S. Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., to successfully amend the $259.5 billion package with funds for the U.S. State, Interior, Agriculture and Veterans Affairs Departments as well as other federal agencies, to help bolster supply chains as the nation deals with the coronavirus pandemic.
The bill passed as 224 Democrats voted for it while 189 votes were cast against it as 7 Democrats joined 182 Republicans in opposing it while 17 members did not vote. Party lines held in the Florida delegation though three Republicans from the Sunshine State--U.S. Reps. Neal Dunn, Francis Rooney and Ted Yoho--did not vote. Rooney, who came down with coronavirus and is in his last months in Congress, has missed several votes this year.
The South Florida congresswoman introduced the “Ensuring Protection in Childcare (EPIC) Act” which, her office noted, “provides childcare facilities with federal grants to purchase PPE and other supplies to ensure the safety and health of children and childcare workers.