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Florida's U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is calling it a "new low".
The Florida Democrat joined more than 140 other members of Congress in calling on the Trump administration to end a policy that currently charges detained migrant parents who have been separated from their children as much as eight dollars a minute to speak to their child by phone.
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In joint letter, Rubio, Nelson urged Florida election officials to seek help against 'hostile foreign governments.'
The letter noted that “Russian government actors” targeted Florida in the 2016 election and that in findings by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, “Russia was preparing to undermine confidence in our voting process and that, in a small number of cases, cyber actors affiliated with the Russian government accessed voter registration databases.”
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Sen. Bill Nelson introduced the Toxic Algae Tax Relief Act on Thursday to help small businesses in South Florida affected by the toxic algal blooms.
“These toxic algae blooms are having a real impact on the local businesses and economies that depend on our state’s waterways,” Nelson said in a press release. “We need to do everything we can to help the small business owners who, through no fault of their own, are suddenly struggling to make ends meet because of these toxic algae blooms."
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Puerto Ricans in Florida are poised to play a crucial role in the marquee Senate race there, as both candidates scramble to woo one of the state’s fastest-growing Hispanic groups.
Tens of thousands of people, who fled Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island in September, have resettled in Florida. That’s expected to have implications in the high-profile clash between Sen. Bill Nelson (D) and Gov. Rick Scott (R) this fall.
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The repairs to the dike mean added safety for the communities living alongside Lake Okeechobee and less discharge into the water that reaches the Treasure Coast. That discharge causes toxic algae blooms.
Senator Nelson also shared the details of the water bill he is introducing to the Senate next week. It involves cleaning the water before dumping it into the St. Lucie River and distributing the water from Lake Okeechobee differently.
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“That’s almost 2,000 people in Florida that were going to be ejected out of their hotels onto the streets. It’s not because they’re not getting jobs,” Nelson said. “The Trump administration could solve this in a minute, just like they did after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, if they would activate that disaster housing program that’s already law in the books.”
Read the full article at Orlando Sentinel.