Friday, July 3, 2020
Orlando will be getting $3.5 from DHS through its Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). After being left out of the program, Orlando has been getting UASI funds since 2018.
“More than a year ago, I warned that our nation has critical vulnerabilities and supply chain risks in key sectors of our economy, including in pharmaceuticals, as a result of decades of lost industrial capacity to China,” Rubio said.
While the governor did not offer a public statement after signing the legislation, leading Republicans including state Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, cheered the new law.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., brought out the “Shovel-Ready Restoration Grants for Coastlines and Fisheries Act” on Friday and she showcased it this week. U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, the longest-serving Republican in the U.S. House’s history and the current dean of the House, is the lead cosponsor of the proposal. 
Two weeks ago, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, brought out the legislation with the support of U.S. Sen, Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the chairman of the U.S. Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee.
U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., is backing Rouda’s proposal which offers small businesses, local governments and nonprofit organizations a tax credit of up to $25,000 for buying personal protective equipment and other supplies to help during the coronavirus pandemic.
"The 21st-century challenges facing our nation are unprecedented, and we need leaders in Congress who know how to get results,” said Rubio. “As Republican majority leader of the Florida House of Representatives, Dane has proven time and time again his commitment to our conservative values, and his principles and track record of results make him the most qualified person in this race.
“Governor DeSantis has shown tremendous leadership in his budget action today," said state CFO Jimmy Patronis. “He put his own priorities on the chopping block during a time when many Florida families are having to do the same thing. We know many Floridians have been hurt by the economic shutdown from the coronavirus pandemic, but we are not defined by the obstacles that we face but by our shared strengths to overcome them.
Critics of the law insisted it would severely limit abortion in Louisiana with U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel’s, D-Fla., office insisting it “would have closed abortion clinics and limited abortion access to the nearly one million women of reproductive age in the state.”
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.