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Sen. Bill Nelson joined a large rally outside the Capitol in solidarity with the National School Walkout and urged students to "keep on speaking out."
"We are grieving in Florida and now you are giving voice to that grief," the Florida Democrat said. "And when you march on March 24, it's going to be a visible expression of the grief that we've been through.
"It's common sense that we should have universal background checks. And it's common sense that we should get the assault rifles and the banana clips off the streets. Keep on marching and keep on speaking out."
Read the full article at Tampa Bay Times.
When someone fails a background check while attempting to purchase a gun, that should be reported to state law enforcement as a possible precursor to criminal gun activity, under a bill being pushed by Florida’s U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson and bipartisan group of several other key U.S. senators.
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With young Floridians demanding action on gun restrictions, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson stepped into the fray Thursday to encourage Democratic state legislators to get whatever reform they can in the final days of the 2018 session. He also urged them to renew the fight to ban assault rifles when they return to Tallahassee in December.
Nelson joined the Senate Democratic caucus for breakfast, after appearing on a CNN town hall with Sen. Marco Rubio Wednesday night.
Read the full article at The Tallahassee Democrat.
Sen. Bill Nelson said Friday that he hopes the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will be a turning point and pleaded with Republican lawmakers and President Donald Trump to help enact what he called common sense gun legislation.
“This tragedy should never happen again,” Nelson said during a press conference after meeting with federal and local officials at the Parkland school.
Read the full article at Naples Daily News.
Florida Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson told his colleagues on the Senate floor Thursday that they shouldn’t shy away from addressing gun control measures in the wake of the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
“To those who say now that it’s not the time to talk about gun violence because it’s too soon, we don’t want to politicize right after a tragedy, that’s what is said over and over,” Nelson said. “Then I would ask, when is the time?”
Read the full article at Florida Politics.
Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services' subcommittee on cybersecurity, is urging Secretary of Defense James Mattis to "prepare to engage Russian cyber operators" attempting to influence the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.
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While Florida polls have shown head-to-head match-ups with Gov. Rick Scott appear tight for the 2018 election, Florida’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson may find re-election confidence in a survey released Wednesday by Morning Consult that shows he’s got the best net-approval ratings of any senator running in a swing state this year.
Read the article at Florida Politics.
Key administration official admits Florida is not “off the table” for drilling
At a House Natural Resources Committee hearing this morning, Walter Cruickshank, the Trump administration’s director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), admitted during questioning that Florida is not “off the table” for offshore oil drilling.
When asked to justify why Florida got a special carve out, Cruickshank shocked the panel when he responded, “We have no formal decision yet on what’s in, or out, of the five-year program.”
“So there’s been no decision to exempt Florida?” Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) interjected. “The secretary’s statement stands for itself,” the administration official responded.
The stunning admission confirms what many Florida lawmakers, including U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), had suspected all along – that the announcement Zinke made following a 20-minute meeting with Gov. Rick Scott was nothing more than a “political stunt” and not an announcement of official policy.
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“Actions speak louder than words,” said Aliki Moncrief, executive director of Florida Conservation Voters, an affiliate of the League of Conservation Voters, which recently endorsed Nelson for reelection.
“Sen. Nelson has been taking action to defend our shores for decades. Gov. Scott is definitely Johnny-come-lately to this issue.”
Susan MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida, said Nelson’s years of fighting offshore drilling will pay off in November.
“His positions on the issue have never changed,” she said.
Read the full article at The Hill.