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Buchanan Agrees: Make 9-8-8 the Universal Suicide Prevention Hotline Phone Number

September 17, 2019 - 6:00am
Vern Buchanan

With America seeing the highest number of suicides since World War II, a congressman from the Sunshine State is backing a proposal to create a universal suicide prevention hotline. 

Last month, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, brought out the “National Suicide Hotline Designation Act.” The bill would designate “9-8-8” as a universal telephone number for the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system, which is run by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Veteran’s Crisis Line.

NOAA Funds FAMU’s Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

September 16, 2019 - 7:00am
Larry Robinson and Al Lawson

Last week, Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee received almost $3.4 million in federal funds to continue studies on oceans and coastal communities. 

The $3.36 million in federal monies represents the fourth part of a five-year grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Educational Partnership Program to support FAMU’s Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (CCME).

FAMU President Larry Robinson is the CCME’s director and principal investigator and he noted the Center has provided more than 75 scholarships since 2016. 

Gus Bilirakis Continues the Fight to Expand Dental Care for Veterans

September 14, 2019 - 7:00am
Gus Bilirakis

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., one of the top Republicans on the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee, is seeing his proposal to expand dental care to veterans see some movement on Capitol Hill. 

Back in May, Bilirakis reintroduced the “Veterans Early Treatment for Chronic Ailment Resurgence through Examinations (VET CARE) Act”  which would expand dental care for veterans and create a four year pilot program. Currently, only fully disabled veterans or those with service related injuries get dental benefits through the VA. 

Greg Steube: Time for the Feds to Reclassify Marijuana

September 16, 2019 - 7:00am
Greg Steube

A congressman from the Sunshine State wants the federal government to change how it classifies marijuana. 

Freshman U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., brought out the “Marijuana 1-to-3 Act” last week. 

The bill will have the U.S. attorney general to change the Controlled Substances Act and reclassify marijuana from a schedule I controlled substance to a schedule III controlled substance. 

When he showcased the bill on Thursday, Steube insisted his legislation, if enacted, will ensure there is more research on marijuana. 

Florida Delegation to VA: Don't Shut Down Congressional Offices in Medical Facilities

September 13, 2019 - 6:00am
Brian Mast and Stephanie Murphy

Members of the Florida congressional delegation are pushing back at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) after being told to close their offices in VA facilities. 

Rubio Brings Back Proposal to Import Foreign Sand for Beach Renourishment

September 14, 2019 - 7:00am
Post-hurricane beach erosion on Jupiter Island

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is bringing back his proposal to allow local municipalities to purchase sand from foreign counties to help fight beach erosion. 

State House Members Outpace Senators in AFP's Florida Legislature Scorecard

September 12, 2019 - 6:00am
Jeff Brandes, Skylar Zander and Paul Renner

Looking at more than 150 bills that were brought up in Tallahassee this year,  Americans for Prosperity’s Florida chapter (AFP-FL) released its legislative scorecard on Thursday. 

Al Lawson Hosting Forum on Black Student Athletes

September 12, 2019 - 6:00am
Al Lawson

Increasingly focused on collegiate sports during his second term in Congress, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., will host a forum Thursday on the “State of the Black Student Athlete in America” during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) in Washington DC.

Rick Scott Calls on Trump Administration to Sanction Turkey

September 13, 2019 - 6:15am
Rick Scott

With new reports that the Trump administration is considering sanctioning Turkey for its increased ties to Russia, including buying missile defense systems, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., encouraged the White House to implement them. 

Scott weighed in on reports that the administration will sanction Turkey for buying S-400 missile systems from Russia. 

Florida Congressional Republicans Praise John Bolton as He Leaves Trump Administration

September 11, 2019 - 6:00am
John Bolton, talking to President Trump in the Oval Office

Florida’s two U.S. senators were caught off guard by National Security Advisor John Bolton leaving the Trump administration on Wednesday.  

While President Donald Trump insisted Bolton had been fired, the former UN ambassador disputed that and claimed to have resigned. Regardless what happened, the two Republicans representing Florida in the Senate worked closely with Bolton. 

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