Sunday, January 19, 2020
With the $5.58 million grant, Pinellas County has received $9.65 in FEMA funds to help remove debris.
At the start of the week, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., joined U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, and U.S. Rep. José Serrano, D-NY, in writing Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor, calling on the federal government to help restore power to Puerto Rico. 
Chase, a businessman who served in the Navy where he rose to the rank of commander, filed the paperwork on Friday to launch an exploratory committee as he considers entering the crowded Republican primary.
Starting his second year in Tallahassee, DeSantis has the approval of 58 percent of Florida voters while less than a quarter of those surveyed--22 percent--disapprove of him. One-fifth of those surveyed--20 percent--are not sure what they think of the governor.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has the approval of 48 percent of Florida voters while 33 percent disapprove of him and 19 percent are not sure about him. U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., has the approval of 47 percent of Florida voters while 36 percent disapprove of him and 18 percent are not sure.
Promising to serve only eight years in Congress if he is elected, Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn jumped into the crowded Republican primary to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla. 
This week, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., the first Green Beret to serve in Congress, introduced the “United States-Israel PTSD Collaborative Research Act” which his office explained on Thursday.
"I write to urge the United Kingdom, our closest ally, not to include Huawei Technologies or other Chinese state-directed telecommunications company products in your fifth-generation (5G) telecommunications network infrastructure. As you know, Huawei is not a standard private-sector company."
Members of Congress representing Central Florida in the U.S. House continued to break on party lines over the impeachment of President Donald Trump even as one of their colleagues was named as one of the House managers.
On Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed a bill replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the United States Mexico Canada (USMCA) Trade Agreement with both senators from Florida backing the measure.