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South Florida Republicans Champion the ‘Curbing China’s Vaccine Diplomacy Act’

The three South Florida Republicans are championing a proposal to “prioritize COVID-19 vaccine distribution to Taiwan and Latin American ally countries determined by the Secretary of State to have diplomatic, military, or cultural ties with the United States” and trying to send those vaccines before China does. 
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Florida Democrats Urge Joe Biden Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines to Latin America, Caribbean

The Biden administration announced last month it will make 20 million Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses available to the international community, on top of the 60 million unused Astra-Zeneca doses announced in April. The doses have not yet been committed to a specific list of countries.
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Marco Rubio Calls on Joe Biden to Prioritize Surplus COVID-19 Vaccine Access for Latin...

As the pandemic continues to ravage multiple countries in the region, Latin America and the Caribbean already account for approximately one third of the total COVID-19 global death toll. 
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Marco Rubio Backs More Funds for the Inter-American Development Bank

Rubio is backing the “Inter-American Development Bank General Capital Increase Act” from U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-NJ. The proposal would increase American funds for the IDB by $20 billion. The IDB is run by almost 50 counties, including the U.S., and is the largest source of support for Latin American and Caribbean economic development. Other backers of the bill include U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Mary., Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Tim Kaine, D-Va.
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Push for Expanding Civics Education Continues in Florida

At the end of last week, state Rep. Adrian Zika, R-Land O’Lakes, introduced the “Portraits in Patriotism Act" with the backing of state House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor.
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Mario Diaz-Balart Backs Resolution Protecting Supply Chains in the Western Hemisphere and Africa From...

The resolution opposes "any inclusion of apparel, textile, and footwear products in the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).”
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Marco Rubio Champions Proposal to Help Western Hemisphere Countries Counter Chinese Influence

Rubio’s office noted that the bill “would strengthen economic competitiveness, expand safeguards for physical and digital infrastructure, and address human rights abuses from digital surveillance technologies in Latin America and the Caribbean" and is “the first comprehensive effort to improve U.S. economic engagement and diplomatic presence, and address the Government of China’s economic, political, security, and intelligence activities in the region.”
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