Monday, March 30, 2020
Two congressmen from Florida--Democrat U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch and Republican U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan--got their proposal cracking down on animal cruelty and torture through Congress and it is now headed to President Donald Trump’s deks.
On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the new chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, convened a hearing titled “Oversight of the U.S. Small Business Administration,” with U.S. Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon testifying.
The bill sent almost $675 billion to the Defense Department, including $606.5 billion in base discretionary funding, $17 billion more than last year. 
“Not only are we concerned about failing inspections, but also the inconsistencies of how properties are scored,” Lawson and Adams wrote. “Not only are HUD properties failing inspections at a higher rate, but inspectors are passing units that have concerning violations including mold, bug infestations and sewer issues.
“This action would allow American citizens to sue companies and their subsidiaries for trafficking in stolen properties, and deny entry to the United States to foreign nationals involved in the trafficking of stolen properties in Cuba,” Scott’s office noted.
Only two members voted against the bill, as both U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., and U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Col., objected to it. Thirteen members, including U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., did not vote on the bill.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 130 people die each day from opioid overdoses. From 1999 to 2017, drug overdose deaths involving opioids jumped from 8,048 to 47,600.
Insisting costs are too high, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is again taking on the healthcare industry.
On Monday, the senators joined members of the House of Representatives at an official ceremony at the Mardasson Memorial near Bastogne, Belgium to mark the occasion. Scott also joined his colleagues in introducing a resolution honoring the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, which passed the Senate last week.
On Wednesday, Patronis had an operational readiness call on coronavirus with the executive board of the Florida Fire Chiefs Association. Also on the call was state Rep. Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park,  who is a medical doctor and the chairman of the Florida House Health Market Reform Subcommittee.