Saturday, February 27, 2021
On Monday, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla.. focused on Middle Eastern affairs, calling on President Donald Trump to get tough with Iran and showcasing his support of Israel.
Veterans groups and education leaders are going all out to help a South Florida congresswoman’s proposal to close a loophole proprietary colleges use when it comes to federal funds, including GI benefits.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, took to the Senate floor on Thursday to talk about U.S. policy toward Syria and the long-term challenges to U.S. national security in the region following Turkey’s incursion in Northern Syria.
Last week, U.S. Rep. Jason Crows, D-Col., brought out the “Veterans Sentinel Act” which would establish a pilot program in the VA’s Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (OMHSP) which would be “focused on veteran on-campus suicide and attempted suicides."
“Currently, veterans receiving health care at the VA are not allowed to discuss marijuana with their health care providers and can be denied their VA benefits if it is discovered that they use marijuana," Gaetz said.
“According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an average of 20 veterans commit suicide every day, and a veteran’s risk of suicide is 21 percent higher than an adult who has not served in the Armed Forces,” the congressman’s office noted.
Waltz took to the national airwaves on Monday, speaking with Bret Baier on Fox News. The Florida congressman questioned the timing of the reports due to the looming presidential election.
A proposal with key support a freshman congressman from Florida to help veterans launch small businesses is gaining momentum on Capitol Hill and is now before the full U.S. House. 
With Democrats taking over the U.S. House on Thursday, one of the leading Republicans in the Florida delegation unveiled his agenda for the next two years. 
Last week, U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., unveiled the “Modern GI Bill Act” which “allows veterans who are entitled to Post-9/11 educational assistance through the GI Bill to use eligible funds to repay federal student loans.”