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On the heels of nine nursing home deaths due to Hurricane Irma, Florida’s U.S. Senators have filed a bipartisan bill to create a national panel that looks into ways to help seniors during a disaster.

With the deaths of nine residents of a Broward County nursing home after Hurricane Irma, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., want to create a national panel that would look at meeting the needs of seniors during disasters.

Northeast Floridians still waiting for federal recovery dollars a year after Hurricane Matthew may need to wait even longer, after Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas last week.


Did U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson really align himself with "communists and dictators" and support "murderers?" WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida about that claim, as well as whether St. Petersburg's mayor didn't refute a comment during a recent debate that blacks should "go back to Africa."


Bill Nelson, Florida’s senior U.S. Senator, says he’s deeply concerned about North Korea’s ability to arm an ICBM with a nuclear warhead.

Poor Floridians may see less access to medical care. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, D-FL, said the state is turning down billions of dollars in federal funding for health care this year because it is not expanding Medicaid. Florida lawmakers are also planning to cut Medicaid and hospital funding.

Florida U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson on Wednesday unveiled a $1 trillion plan aimed at rebuilding the nation's crumbling, roads, bridges and airports. During a visit to Tampa, Nelson says it would create more than 15 million new jobs by fixing roads, expanding bus and rail systems and modernizing ports and rebuild public schools.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson discussed the controversy over last month's election and the next administration.

Sen. Bill Nelson is calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to store more water south of Lake Okeechobee.

Sen. Nelson Mum on VP Bid, Optimistic About Election Season

May 6, 2016

Pundits are floating Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson as a possible vice presidential nominee. But Nelson is quiet on the subject.

Sen. Nelson: People Should Be Fired Over Centcom Intel

Nov 30, 2015
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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said people should be fired if military commanders were given bad information. He’s responding to a New York Times story that intelligence reports were doctored to overstate progress in Syria.

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Imagine that you're driving and you approach a blind corner. What you don't know is that another car is approaching at a high rate of speed. Then, your car automatically stops - avoiding a collision on its own. 

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said that this isn't technology of the future - it's the technology of today. 

"We're bringing transportation into the 21st century," Nelson said. "And Tampa is at the center of it all."

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Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson spoke to reporters Friday about a variety of topics following the ribbon-cutting of the Florida Center for Cyber Security - among them: Verizon and the terrorist group ISIS. 

Nelson sent letters to the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission calling for the investigation of Verizon.

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is in Tampa today for the U.S. Special Operation’s change of command ceremony.

(Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel assumed command of U.S. Special Operations Command from Navy Adm. William H. McRaven at a ceremony officiated by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in the Tampa Convention Center.  Votel is the tenth commander of SOCOM and is now responsible for ensuring the readiness of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Special Operations Forces. )

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The Senate has easily passed a bill to delay premium hikes for years for hundreds of thousands of homeowners who buy flood insurance from the federal government.

Thursday's sweeping 67-32 vote reflects widespread concern about changes enacted two years ago to shore up the program's finances. The changes are in many cases producing unexpected, sky-high insurance rates that are unaffordable for many homeowners in flood-prone areas whose insurance has historically been subsidized by the government and other policyholders.

The bill was muscled through the Senate after angry constituents, the real estate and homebuilder lobbies inundated lawmakers with complaints.

Sen. Nelson Pushing Flood Insurance Reforms

Jan 9, 2014

Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson is helping lead an effort to rollback rate increases on flood insurance policies. Matt Laslo reports from Washington proponents say the bill, which could come up for a vote soon, is vital for the state.

After Hurricane Katrina the federal flood insurance program became saddled in debt. To get back to solvency lawmakers passed the Biggert-Waters Act in 2012. It requires the government to raise insurance premiums in flood prone areas. Thousands of homeowners are now furious, arguing new insurance prices are making their homes worthless.

Now lawmakers want FEMA to hold off on the rate increase until it conducts an affordability assessment, which would take about three years to conduct. Nelson says flood insurance rate hikes are drying up Florida’s real estate market.

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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.