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Rubio, Nelson Introduce Measure to Enhance Public Health Response for Florida Communities Affected by Algal Blooms

Aug 21, 2018 | Comunicados de Prensa

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) today introduced an amendment to the fiscal year 2019 Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill that would provide $1 million of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funds for areas affected by harmful algal blooms. Priority would be given to locations subject to a state of emergency designation within the previous 12 months, which currently includes 13 Florida counties. 
 
“Floridians deserve to know the health risks associated with these harmful algal blooms,” Rubio said. “Our bipartisan amendment would provide additional assistance to identify health impacts to Floridians that may have been underreported and understudied in the past due to lack of available resources. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to promote measures that bolster Florida’s battle against these blooms.”  
 
“Toxic algae blooms are choking Florida’s waterways, crippling our economy and making people sick,” Nelson said. “This amendment will provide the CDC additional money to more closely examine the health risks posed by algae.”
 
An extended timeline of Rubio’s efforts to fight the South Florida algal blooms can be found here.