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After reports last week of red tide returning to Southwest Florida, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., called on the U.S. Senate to do more to help combat the problem.
In recent months, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has floated the idea of a future president pushing to expand the Supreme Court beyond its current composition of nine justices. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, currently a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, has called for expanding the Supreme Court to 15 justices. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, who ended her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination last week, has said she is open to expanding the court.
This week, two Democrats in the Florida delegation--U.S. Rep. Val Demings and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch--joined with fellow members of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force to urge U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to consider two measures adding more background checks to purchase guns.
U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said on Sunday that he plans to vote against the budget deal crafted by the Trump administration and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Democrats from the Sunshine State fired back, blaming the White House for not moving quickly enough to help the Panhandle and Puerto Rico.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is leading senators from both sides of the aisle to push for Congress to move quickly in passing disaster supplemental funding legislation to help Americans recover from recent disasters, including Hurricane Michael which hit the Panhandle in October.
On Friday, with the Senate trying to advance an appropriations bill and avoid a government shutdown, Rubio called on U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, to send U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) emergency appropriations for states affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael as part of the final bill.