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Nelson’s new video ad includes quotes from opinion pieces published in the Miami Herald and the Orlando Sentinel, and from Florida Conservation Voters, all explicitly blaming the two-term governor for the crisis that has erupted again this summer with massive amounts of polluted water released from Lake Okeechobee feeding devastating algae blooms on Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
Read the article and watch the ad at Florida Politics.
On Saturday, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz endorsed three-term U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, in his reelection campaign.
Following the Aug. 28 primary, Nelson will face off against Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who's term-limited and widely favored to win the GOP gubernatorial primary.
"Do you think Donald Trump respects us?" Cruz, who earned national attention last year in a tiff with the president, said at an Orlando event on Saturday, according to POLITICO. "You deserve people that take your opinions into account. And two of those people are [U.S. Rep.] Darren Soto [D-Orlando] and Sen. Bill Nelson."
She added: "It's very simple. Don't complicate it. Do you want Donald Trump to keep doing what he does? Stay home. But if you want real change, the kind of change that moves people to be better, it's simple: Register to vote, and vote."
Sen. Bill Nelson’s attempt to call a vote on a bill banning publication of 3D-printed gun blueprints was blocked by a Republican senator Tuesday.
Nelson took to the Senate floor to ask for unanimous consent to take up his bill, signed onto by 21 Democrats according to the handwritten notes, which would have barred the threatened publication Wednesday of 3D printer plans that opponents say could be used to create plastic, untraceable guns.
Nelson’s request was objected to by U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, which stopped the bill from reaching the floor for now.
Read the article in Orlando Sentinel.
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.”
Read the full article at Orlando Weekly.
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.
Read the full article at The Hill.
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.
Read the full article at CBS12.
“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.
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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