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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke appears to be doubling down on the confusion, about whether or not Florida is exempt from a five-year offshore drilling plan announced in January.

Appearing before the House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday, Zinke responded to Rep. Norma Thomas, a California Democrat, about why her state didn’t get an exemption like Florida.

The debate over guns, the "me too" movement against sexual misconduct and the federal government's handling of hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico will give Florida Democrats victories up and down the November ballot, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson predicted during a meeting with state House Democrats on Thursday.

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) is urging the Department of Agriculture to extend the deadline for Floridians to apply for emergency food benefits in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Rubio, Nelson Say Feds Should Look At Hollywood Nursing Home

Sep 15, 2017
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Florida's U.S. senators said Thursday they want federal health officials to delve into a Broward County nursing home where eight residents died after Hurricane Irma — and to take steps to make sure such incidents don't happen again.

A “bi-partisan fix” to the Affordable Care Act is set to get its first hearing in the U.S. Senate Wednesday.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) is sponsoring the bill, which would create a federal health reinsurance program.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Maine Republican Susan Collins have been talking to each other about ways of finding a breakthrough on health care reform, an issue that has deeply divided Congress along party lines.


Florida’s senators split their vote Tuesday to open debate on the Republican replacement of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

UF Health Jacksonville doctors and the hospital’s CEO say more money is needed to deal with babies born addicted to opioids — that was the message to U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) when he visited the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit Tuesday.

Nelson, Dunn Wade Into ‘Water War’ With Georgia

Feb 16, 2017
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With an adverse legal decision in the ongoing "water war" with Georgia, Florida congressional members on Wednesday began taking steps to reassert Florida's claim that regional water policies are hurting Apalachicola Bay.

Senate Approves $1.1B Toward Fighting Zika Virus

Sep 29, 2016
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With Zika cases climbing to 921 in Florida, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday advanced a federal spending bill that includes $1.1 billion in funding to combat the mosquito-borne disease.

The head of the U.S. Olympic Committee says he already has a plan to help protect for athletes and staff traveling to Brazil this summer against the Zika virus. He’s responding to a recent letter sent to him by several U.S. Senators, including Florida Democrat Bill Nelson.

Health insurer UnitedHealthcare will partner with a local doctor’s group in a move they say will lower health care costs.

Liquid Nicotine Bill Heads To President's Desk

Jan 19, 2016

A bill headed to President Barack Obama’s desk would require child-proofing vials of liquid nicotine.

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida filed the bill after hearing about a rise in children getting sick, and even dying from, liquid nicotine poisoning.

“If the cap is not childproof, you get a drop on an infant, just on his skin, he’s going to get sick,” Nelson said.

Liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes comes in bright colors and fun flavors such as fruit punch, peppermint and gummy bear. 

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson says the Florida House and not the federal government is to blame for the state's lack of Medicaid expansion.

Nelson, a Democrat, is responding to Sen. President Don Gaetz's letter last week to Sylvia Burwell, nominee for Secretary of Health & Human Services. In it, Gaetz, a Republican, said states need more authority to design their own programs for the Medicaid expansion. In Florida, that includes about 800,000 poor adults.

Florida’s U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is calling for someone’s head amidst the finger-pointing in Washington over the failure of the online health insurance marketplace that was supposed to launch the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Weeks after its startup, many people report they still can't access the HealthCare.gov website to checkout their eligibility and insurance choices.