Saturday, March 28, 2020
At the end of last week, the two chairmen of the Florida delegation--U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla.--led a letter to FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor, urging him to immediately deliver supplies requested by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
At the end of last week, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., unveiled his “30-Day Plan” which, he insists, will “help get America back to normal following the spread of the coronavirus.”
Rubio and Waltz are championing the “Strengthening America’s Supply Chain and National Security Act.”  The bill would have the U.S. Defense Department study how dependent it is on foreign drugs and determine if it represents a security threat. The bill would also have drugmakers to provide the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with information on how dependent they are on active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) from other countries.
As the coronavirus continues, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) will operate remotely.
In the letter, which was led by U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., the members highlighted the need for these resources to be delivered within the next 48 hours and asked for the request to be fulfilled immediately so the Florida government could continue working diligently to combat coronavirus.
On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) temporarily closed all storefronts and lobbies to safeguard the public and employees from the spread of COVID-19.
“During the call, the CFO stressed the importance of being prepared for major policy directives that may require increased manpower, such as the deployment of drive-thru testing on a statewide level, as public services become further strained,” the CFO’s office noted. 
The Florida delegation on Capitol Hill continued to focus on coronavirus as the number of Americans who test positive for it grows.
On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla.. sent a letter to Peter Navarro, the assistant to the president, requesting that the United States bring healthcare products and pharmaceutical manufacturing back to our country as soon as possible.
Scott, who is in self-quarantine after meeting with the president of Brazil and members of his staff who tested positive for coronavirus, appeared on Fox News on Monday to weigh in on his ideas.