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Senate panel approves Nikki Haley nomination to U.N.

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The Latest on activities in Congress (all times EST): 12:25 p.m. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has overwhelmingly approved South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley‘s nomination to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. By voice vote, the panel recommended President Donald Trump‘s selection of Haley to the full Senate. She is expected to be confirmed easily. Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the committee’s top Democrat, backed Haley’s nomination. Cardin says what Haley lacks in foreign policy experience, “she makes up…

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Donald Trump taps Tom Price to lead HHS, plans 2nd meeting with Mitt Romney

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President-elect Donald Trump moved to fill out his Cabinet Tuesday, tapping Georgia Rep. Tom Price to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. Aides signaled that at least one other Cabinet nomination was imminent. The president-elect appeared to still be torn over his choice for secretary of state. He summoned former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to New York for dinner Tuesday night to discuss the post for a second time. He was also meeting with Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker,…

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Florida Medical Association applauds Donald Trump for HHS pick

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The Florida Medical Association is praising Donald Trump for his Health and Human Services pick. The Associated Press reported on Monday that the president-elect selected Georgia Rep. Tom Price, a critic of the Affordable Care Act, to head the Department of Health and Human Services. If confirmed by the Senate, he is expected to play a critical role in Republican efforts to repeal and replace the current health care law. “As a physician, Dr. Price understands the impact that government…

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Vern Buchanan praises inclusion of $1.1B for Zika in government funding bill

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U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan praised the inclusion of $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus in a must-pass government funding bill expected to be approved by Congress this week. “Florida urgently needs additional money to help fight Zika and protect our citizens,” the Sarasota Republican said in a statement Tuesday. “Funding should have been approved months ago but Washington was too busy engaged in ugly politics at the expense of public health.” Under the agreement, Buchanan said $933 million will…

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Let Florida use Frankenskeeters, lawmakers tell feds

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A throng of Democratic and Republican state House members — 61 in all — are asking the federal government to let Florida deploy genetically modified mosquitoes in the battle against the Zika virus. “This modified mosquito, developed by the company Oxitec, has proven exceptionally effective,” said their letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, also signed by Republican Speaker-designate Richard Corcoran and Democratic Leader-designate Janet Cruz. Where the insects have been used, they “reduced the target mosquito population by 90 percent without harming either…

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Will Gov. Rick Scott be showing up in court next week?

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There could be some courtroom drama next week in Gov. Rick Scott’s lawsuit against the federal government over the fate of $2 billion in supplemental Medicaid money known as Low Income Pool. It was expected that oral arguments would be held on June 19 in the fast-moving lawsuit. But Chief Judge M. Casey Rodgers, in an order issued on Wednesday, said she would hold an evidentiary hearing on the governor’s motion for a preliminary injunction that, if approved, could force the federal government to…

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Pam Bondi says she’ll join Rick Scott in Medicaid lawsuit

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Attorney General Pam Bondi said she will help Gov. Rick Scott sue the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services for withholding supplemental Medicaid funding for Florida’s hospitals. In a release Bondi said her office “led the lawsuit that stopped the federal government from forcing states to expand Medicaid and we will not sit by while the Obama administration holds hostage LIP funding in an effort to force the expansion here in Florida.” Scott’s office on Thursday issued a statement…

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