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Florida calls for $27 billion in hurricane recovery funding

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In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, along with 26 U.S. representatives from Florida, submitted Friday a line-item list of budget requests totaling $26.945 billion worth of federal hurricane recovery funding.

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Vern Buchanan indicates preliminary support for restricting ‘bump stocks’

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In the wake of Sunday night’s massacre in Las Vegas where nearly 60 people died, Florida Republicans are indicating they will support a gun-control measure. South Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo said he will introduce a measure to prohibit bump stocks, a device that modified rifles to allow them to fire faster. Several of the 23 guns used by Stephen Paddock in his shooting spree were equipped with bump stocks. Sarasota area Republican Vern Buchanan indicated Thursday that he would support such legislation.…

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Bill Nelson sponsors bill to ban bump stocks for assault weapons

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Saying, “they are for killing,” Florida’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson sponsored a bill Wednesday to ban so-called “bump stocks” like the ones Las Vegas police say Stephen Paddock used in his deadly slaughter Sunday night in Las Vegas.

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State prepares for influx from Puerto Rico

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From schools to shelters, Florida is readying for an influx of people struggling for food, water and power in hurricane-damaged Puerto Rico.

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Kathy Castor offers measured response to Cuban embassy staff cuts

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While Florida’s senators expressed outrage at the Cuban government Friday, Tampa area Democratic Representative Kathy Castor is offering a noticeably less punitive response. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio were angry after the U.S. State Department announced it will remove more than half its staff from the American embassy in Havana in the wake of mysterious attacks that have injured 21 people associated with the embassy.

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Bill Nelson: Puerto Rico response must ramp up now or drastic measures coming

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The situation in Hurricane Maria-ravaged Puerto Rico is so bleak that the military response needs to shift from talk to all-out action today or “drastic measures” will have to be taken, Florida’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson declared in Orlando Wednesday. “This is a disaster of gargantuan proportions,” Nelson said.

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Republicans question Bill Nelson over fundraising from Hurricane Irma

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As Rahm Emanuel once said: “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.” Bill Nelson may be taking that advice to heart.

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