At the end of March, Hill introduced the “Securing America’s Vaccines for Emergencies (SAVE) Act” which Steube threw his support behind last week. U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., cosponsored the bill earlier this month.
The bill would have the president “use the DPA to designate PPE, all testing supplies and any future COVID-19 vaccine as critical material essential to the national defense" and “direct materials to be produced and distributed to states and territories based on their requests for supplies and in proportion to their populations.”
The bill would also send $300 million to organizations helping small business owners; $50 million for minority business centers which will be used to offer technical and online training; and another $50 million for centers supporting small businesses and businesses owned by women.
In the letter, Diaz-Balart requested that the administration increase efforts to promote democracy and human rights within Nicaragua, while working with independent human rights groups to gather accurate information.
“Out of an abundance of caution and following the advice of health care professionals, I will be getting tested for coronavirus, and will remain in self-quarantine until I have the test results back and my doctor says it is safe for me to leave my home,” said Mucarsel-Powell on Thursday.
Rooney led seven other members of the Florida delegation in sending President Donald Trump a letter on the matter.
Earlier this month, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, unveiled the “Safeguarding America’s First Responders (SAFR) Act” which has more than 20 backers in the U.S. Senate including original cosponsor U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla.
Mucarsel-Powell led the letter to FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor as Democrats from the Sunshine State called on FEMA to offer quicker reimbursements from claims from Hurricanes Irma and Michael.
At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Ron Wright, R-Texas, introduced the “Airport Infrastructure Resources (AIR) Security Act," a bill which “prohibits federal airport improvement funds from being used to purchase passenger boarding bridges from companies that have violated the IP rights and threaten the national security of the United States.” The three Florida Republicans and Texas Republican U.S. Reps. Marc Veasey and Lance Gooden are cosponsoring the bill.
As companies backed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) approach banks to identify the purchase of companies in the U.S. and in Europe affected by the pandemic, the senators urged Mnuchin to protect against the PRC’s and the CCP’s predatory economic behavior during the COVID-19 crisis.