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Last week, with the help of a congressman from the Sunshine State, the U.S. House passed without opposition a bill from U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-NM, and U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., which will create a government data program examining law enforcement officials committing suicide. The U.S. Senate passed the bill without opposition earlier in May.
The letter Wilson and Lawson sent at the end of last week “follows up on this request by appealing to the White House for an expansion of the individual assistance authorized in the state’s disaster declaration,” insisting “broader authorization would clarify USDA’s capacity to approve D-SNAP and, without the change, USDA may not consider Florida eligible for the emergency food benefits.”
Scott’s bill “requires a thorough national security evaluation and clearance by the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation of all Chinese student visa holders taking part in activities related to COVID-19 vaccine research.”
Last week, Gillibrand introduced the “Bioeconomy Research and Development Act” with Rubio, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Col. and U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., as cosponsors.
The House passed the measure on a 208-199 vote as 14 Democrats voted with the Republican majority and a single GOP representative voted with the Democratic majority. Party lines held in the Florida delegation with all of the state’s Democrats voting for it and all the Republicans voting against it with the exceptions of U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., who did not vote on the bill.
On Wednesday, Scott brought out the “Agency Accountability Act” which he insists will “give Congress the ability to help streamline operations and reduce waste at federal agencies.”
Graham introduced the “COVID-19 Accountability Act” on Monday and he and other senators showcased it on Tuesday.