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Bill Nelson vows to block Senate bill allowing oil drilling off Florida Gulf Coast

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson pledged to use “every possible procedural move” to prevent legislation opening areas off the Florida Gulf Coast to offshore drilling. In a letter to Senate leadership on Thursday, the Florida Democrat voiced his opposition to a vote by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which narrowly approved a GOP-backed offshore oil drilling measure. The brief letter went to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, and Minority Leader Harry Reid, the Senate’s leading Democrat. The committee…

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Bill Nelson cancer-free; “Our prayers have been answered,” wife says

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s doctors informed him Monday that he is cancer-free as a result of prostate surgery last week. “Our prayers have been answered,” said the Florida senator’s wife of 43 years, Grace, in a prepared statement. “The pathology report confirms Bill is completely free of cancer. “We’re humbled and grateful for all your prayers and well wishes,” Grace Nelson added. “Bill is raring to go but the doctors won’t let him out of the house for a few more days.” A…

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