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More than two years after Hurricane Irma hit the Sunshine State, Florida continues to get help from the federal government to deal with its aftermath.
Soto, the first Florida congressman of Puerto Rican descent, released his “Congressional Puerto Rico Recovery Blueprint” on Tuesday to help the island recover from the hurricane which hit in September 2017.
Turning 41 later this month, Soto has been one of the main political beneficiaries of Central Florida’s growing Puerto Rican population.
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he will eliminate the wait list for Gardiner scholarship students at Florida schools--if lawmakers will go along--and he is ready to hand out even more scholarships to get children to charter schools if their public school is struggling.
Soto’s office noted the congressman will “legislate on a wide range of policy issues with key priorities for Central Florida” and pointed out that the committee “is the oldest continuous standing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives and has the broadest jurisdiction of any committee in Congress, and oversees several federal departments and agencies.”
The news garnered the applause of former state Senate President Andy Gardiner who focused on helping the disabled during his two years in charge of that chamber of the Legislature.
Billing himself the “rockin’ congressman" and finishing his first term in Congress, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., is engaged in a unique way to get his points across.
Gov. Rick Scott turned to two familiar faces in Tallahassee when he named the new members of the state Commission on Ethics.