Saturday, September 19, 2020
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., and U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hi., wrote Trump in response to various national news outlets detailing worker protests and numerous accounts of protective equipment shortages in VAs across the country.
This week, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) launched the state’s online Hemp Cultivation Licensing Portal, allowing interested growers to apply for licenses. The portal’s user-friendly interface provides applicants with a checklist of recommended steps to allow for a quick and easy application process.
“Thanks to President Trump’s leadership, Florida has received significant federal resources to appropriately respond to and slow the spread of COVID-19. The president will continue to direct this unprecedented level of critical support to help the state effectively protect healthcare workers and first responders, and save American lives,” a White House official said on Friday. 
On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sec. Alex Azar requesting information on the agency’s plan to oversee and administer coronavirus-related funding for health care providers and ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely, while also giving providers the resources they need to keep Americans healthy.
The U.S. Surgeon General has described the COVID-19 pandemic as this generation’s 9/11. If that is true---then the healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic are the heroes of today.
The novel coronavirus is a dangerous, deadly disease — particularly for older people who already have pre-existing health conditions, such as my wife whose medications alone cost $7,000 each and every month.
This week, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody urged Floridians struggling with addiction, loneliness or depression while social distancing to seek help, not drugs.
The groups asked DeSantis to issue an executive order on the matter and provided him with a model he could use.    
U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., has introduced a proposal to use the Defense Protection Act and the Stafford Act to ensure more transparency for the federal government and the private sector when it comes to distributing personal protective equipment (PPE).
President Donald Trump’s message to the nation’s top mental health experts is clear: he wants the American people to know that they are not alone, and that we are all in this fight against the coronavirus pandemic together.