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Kathy Castor Brings Back Proposal to Offer More Online Protections for Teenagers, Children

The bill reforms the “Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)” including requiting opt-in consent for Americans under the age of 18. The proposal also creates a new group of “young consumers” between the ages of 13-17 to let families “control who collects their personal information and what companies can do with it.”
Florida Democrats on Capitol Hill Push Medicaid Expansion

Darren Soto, Gus Bilirakis Propose Extending Medicaid Funds for Puerto Rico, Territories

Unlike the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico is not automatically included in the Medicaid budget, ensuring Congress needs to vote on its Medicaid funds. Currently, Puerto Rico’s Medicaid is funded through the start of October. 

Greg Steube Introduces the Small Business FDA User Fee Adjustment Act

The proposal “seeks to waive or reduce the amount of over-the-counter monograph fees applicable to small businesses.”

Gus Bilirakis Tells Social Media Companies to Do More to Stop Children from Signing...

“The Communications Decency Act was meant to protect our society, specifically our kids. However, Big Tech has been picking and choosing which parts of the law to follow, which is dangerous and inappropriate."
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Gus Bilirakis Introduces the Addressing Social Determinants in Medicare Advantage Act

The congressman’s office offered some of the rationales behind his proposal after he brought it out, noting the bill “encourages Medicare Advantage programs to offer supplemental benefits to address social determinants of health."

Florida Congressmen Bring Back the Enhance Access to Support Essential Behavioral Health Services Act

According to the congressman’s office, the bill “will improve the ability of vulnerable populations (seniors, children and the disabled) to access high-quality mental health services” and “will permanently allow Medicare and Medicaid to reimburse for behavioral health services delivered via telehealth.”

Matt Gaetz Brings Out the Digital Health Pass Prevention Act

"Americans will not trade mask mandates for vaccine mandates. I urge every freedom fighter in the Congress to join my efforts to ban federal support for vaccine passports,” said Gaetz on Wednesday. 
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Kathy Castor Makes Early Endorsements as Florida Democrats Look Ahead to 2022

The daughter of prominent Florida Democrat Betty Castor, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., was first elected to Congress in 2006 and had put in terms on the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee.  When U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., brought back the Select Committee on Climate Crisis, Castor took a major jump up the ladder as she was picked to lead it. Two and a half years later, Castor still wields the gavel on it. 

Darren Soto Brings Out the Blockchain Technology Coordination Act

“The office would oversee all non-defense-related deployment and activities related to blockchain technology within the federal government,” the congressman’s office noted. 
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Vern Buchanan, Jan Schakowsky Bring Out Bill to Ban Slaughtering Horses for Human Consumption

Buchanan weighed in on the bill after Schakowsky introduced it on Wednesday. While he noted slaughtering horses for human consumption is currently banned, Buchanan stressed that it is only temporary and horses can be taken to Canada or Mexico to be slaughtered, citing numbers that more than 37,000 of them were exported to slaughterhouses last year. 

Kathy Castor: $180 Million Headed to Tampa Colleges, Universities Through American Rescue Plan

Castor showcased the funds which “will help local institutions cope with the severe financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and continue serving their students safely" with “at least half of the funding each institution receives will be distributed in the form of emergency cash assistance grants to students who are facing hunger, homelessness, and other hardship.”

Marco Rubio Backs Tim Kaine’s Bill to Expand Childhood Cancer Research

“This bipartisan legislation would provide a new source of funding for the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program (Kids First) by redirecting penalties collected from pharmaceutical, cosmetic, supplement, and medical device companies that break the law to pediatric and childhood cancer research," Rubio’s office noted on Monday.
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