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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) today pressed Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar for specifics on what his agency is doing to reunite more than 2,000 children who were separated from their parents at the border – and why he’s been unable to speak to the one person he was told is responsible for reuniting 70 kids who were separated from their families and now being held in Homestead, Florida.
Nelson asked the secretary directly, while he was testifying under oath, why he was not allowed to speak to the 70 children who were separated from their parents and are now being held at the Homestead facility Nelson visited Saturday.
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Sen. Bill Nelson leads Gov. Rick Scott by 4 percentage points.
Scott actually leads Nelson by 2 points. Or is it 5 points if it’s just likely Florida voters in the race for Senate?
It’s that time of the political season in Florida where dueling polls have dueling results.
Average the two surveys — one of which was released Tuesday by NBC, the other released Monday by CBS — and Florida’s contested Senate race is close to tied. And though it’s only June, it might be a safe bet to see the race as neck-and-neck in light of the past four top-of-the-ticket races in Florida, which have been decided by 1.2 percentage points or fewer.
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Wednesday morning, Senator Bill Nelson spoke on the Senate floor about being turned away from a facility in Homestead that held 94 children who had been separated from their families at the border. The federal government had claimed the shelter, which houses about a thousand children, was just for unaccompanied immigrant children. It was also revealed that in addition to the Homestead shelter, their others in Miami Gardens and Cutler Bay which were housing children separated from their families at the border.
“In addition to the 94 children, there are 174 children being held in my state of Florida that have been separated from their families,” Nelson told his fellow senators.
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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz were denied access Tuesday to a Homestead facility where as many as 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children are being held. [...]
"The company running this facility told us we would be welcomed to tour the facility," Nelson said on Twitter. "HHS then denied us entry and said that they need 'two weeks notice' to allow us inside. That’s ridiculous and it’s clear this administration is hiding something."
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Senator Nelson speaks out to protect people with pre-existing conditions:
7.8 million Floridians have a pre-existing condition. We are calling on Gov. Scott to immediately withdraw from a dangerous lawsuit Florida joined that would take away the critical protections put in place for those with a pre-existing condition.
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Federal law prohibits the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from creating an electronic, accessible database of gun records – but U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says he has a fix for that.
That’s why he’s filed a bill called the Crime Gun Tracing Modernization Act, which would give ATF up to three years to create a database that would include all records in its possession on the sale, importation, production or shipment of firearms.
Read the full article at Orlando Weekly.
Sen. Bill Nelson and 28 other Democratic senators wrote a letter asking for federal funding to test the water all schools nationwide that offer free or reduced meals to low-income students.
"We can't accept this 'acceptable risk level' stuff anymore," said Linda Young, director of the Florida Clean Water Network. "Our children have to drink water and that is not the place to have acceptable risk levels."
The activists pointed to water test results from December 2017, conducted by FSU Professor Vincent Salters, an expert in geochemistry, who found dangerous levels lead up to 25 parts per billion in some Leon County schools, which has since begun purchasing filters.
Salters said the lead in these schools like came from the schools' piping, and similar pipes are used in schools statewide. A national report by the National Resources Defense Council last May found that more generally, Florida's drinking water quality ranks near the bottom of the U.S.
Read the full article at Tampa Bay Times.