Fighting for Florida

 Preliminary numbers courtesy of Senate Appropriations Committee.

Member

Subcomm.

Agency

Provision/Funding

Rubio

AG

ARS

Maintains language for facility lease agreements

Rubio

AG

ARS

Retains report language on Citrus Greening Disease Research

Rubio

AG

ARS

$32.5 million increase for the Agricultural Research Service

Rubio

AG

ARS

Retains report language on Aquaculture

Rubio

AG

ARS

$1 million increase for the Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative

Rubio

AG

NIFA

$48 million increase for NIFA programs

Rubio

AG

NIFA

$2.5 million for the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Database (FARAD)

Rubio

AG

NIFA

$1.5 million increase for Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment

Rubio

AG

NIFA

$25 million increase for AFRI

Rubio

AG

NIFA

$2 million increase for the Food Safety Outreach Program

Rubio

AG

NIFA

$35 million for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

Rubio

AG

APHIS

$178.2 million provided for Specialty Crop Pests, including the Citrus Health Response Program

Rubio

AG

APHIS

$2 million increase for Huanglongbing Multi-Agency Coordination

Rubio

AG

APHIS

$981.9 million provided for APHIS, an increase of $35.7 million

Rubio

AG

APHIS

Report language retained for Huanglongbing Emergency Response

Rubio

AG

APHIS

$705,000 provided for Horse Protection

Rubio

AG

FSA

Fully funds Agricultural Credit Insurance Fund loan programs

Rubio

AG

NRCS

$10 million increase for Conservation Technical Assistance

Rubio

AG

RUS

Water & Waste - $1.057 billion for Water and Waste programs, an increase of $539 million above FY2017 enacted levels. This funding will support an additional $4.1 billion in loans and $895 million in grants

Rubio

AG

RUS

Maintains loan level for direct Rural Electrification Loans at $5.5 billion

Rubio

AG

RBS

ATTRA funded at $2.75 million

Rubio

AG

FNS

$10 million increase for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program

Rubio

CJS

NIST ITS

MEP = $140 million, an increase of $10 million over FY2017 enacted

Rubio

CJS

NOAA NMFS

Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Stock Assessments - Provide up to $10,000,000 under NMFS for red snapper stock assessments in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Rubio

CJS

NOAA NMFS

Report language - econ and social science research - Retained Senate report language

Rubio

CJS

NOAA NMFS

Report language - Gear Study for South Atlantic Region - Retained Senate report language

Rubio

CJS

NOAA NMFS

Report language - MRIP - Retained Senate report language

Rubio

CJS

NOAA NMFS

Report language - South Atlantic Red Snapper - Retained Senate report language

Rubio

CJS

NOAA NMFS

Report language - South Atlantic Red Snapper Hooked Gears - Retained Senate report language

Rubio

CJS

NOAA NOS

Coastal Zone Management Grants - $75,000,000 = $5,000,000 increase over FY2017 enacted amount.

Rubio

CJS

NOAA NOS

Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) - Retained Senate report language

Rubio

CJS

NOAA NOS

National Marine Sanctuaries - $54,500,000 = an increase of $3,500,000 over FY2017 enacted. 

Rubio

CJS

NOAA NWS

Analyze, Forecast and Support - Retained Senate report language

Rubio

CJS

NOAA PAC

CDARS = $21,650,000 = an increase of $21,150,000 over FY2017 enacted. 

Rubio

CJS

NOAA PAC

Hurricane Hunters - Expanded on Senate report language and provided $121,000,000 for NOAA to procure a hurricane hunter backup. 

Rubio

CJS

JJ

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; Missing and Exploited Training and Technical Assistance Program - $76M ($3.5M increase)

Rubio

CJS

OVW

Office on Violence Against Women Grant Programs = $492 million

Rubio

CJS

JJ

National Institute of Justice; Comprehensive School Safety Initative - $75M; report lang included

Rubio

CJS

NASA Exploration

Human Exploration Operations Programs - Full funding for Exploration Ground System at KSC, plus $350 million for new mobile launcher

Rubio

DEF

Air Force

$5.65M above PB for F-15 modifications.

Rubio

DEF

Navy

$7.5M above PB for Ocean Warfighting Environment Applied Research

Rubio

DEF

Navy

$5M for Advanced Submarine System Development

Rubio

DEF

Defense-Wide

Supports PB for Microelectronics Technology Development

Rubio

DEF

Navy

Supports PB for: E-2D, E-2D Advanced Procurement; E-2D Advanced Hawkeye; MQ-4 Advanced Procurement; MQ-8 UAV; P-8A Advanced Procurement; F-18 Advanced Procurement

Rubio

DEF

Navy

$465M for an additional (3) P-8A aircraft

Rubio

DEF

Navy

$739M above PB for an addiitonal (10) F-18s for the Navy.

Rubio

DEF

Air Force

Support of PB for E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS)

Rubio

EWD

Corps of Engineers

Supported the budget request of $82 million for Herbert Hoover Dike construction and included an additional $180 million in the additional funding pot for Flood Control in the Construction account. In FY17, the Herbert Hoover Dike project received an additional $18.67 million from this additional funding pot.

Rubio

EWD

Corps of Engineers

Included additional $35 million in the Construction account for Environmental Restoration and Compliance. In the FY17 work plan, the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration project received an additional $8.5 million from this additional funding pot. 

Rubio

EWD

Corps of Engineers

Included senate report language in the Investigations account  for Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) Expedited Validation Study which urges the Corps to expedite the required validation report for the Central Everglades Planning Project.

Rubio

EWD

Corps of Engineers

Included senate report language in the Investigations account encouraging the Corps to conduct, at full federal expense, a study of the coastal areas in the South Atlantic Division to identify the risks and vulnerabilities of those areas to increased hurricane and storm damage reduction as authorized in section 1204 of the WIIN Act.

Rubio

EWD

Corps of Engineers

Included senate report language in the Construction account  that Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan-Indian River Lagoon-South urging the Corps to expedite preparations for design work on the C-23 and C-24 South Reservoirs that along with C-44 Reservoir.

Rubio

EWD

Corps of Engineers

Included senate report language in the Construction account urging the Corps to provide states with guidance and recommendations to implement cost effective measures and planning for sand management. Also included conference report language encouraging the Corps to include in future budget submissions the study of sediment sources authorized in section 1143 of PL 114-322

Rubio

EWD

Corps of Engineers

Included additional $3 million for the Continuing Authorities Section 103- Shore Protection.

Rubio

EWD

Corps of Engineers

Included two construction new starts for Navigation, and one construction new start for a Coastal Storm Damage Reduction project (the Lido Key Shore Protection project would be eligible to compete under this new start).

Rubio

EWD

Corps of Engineers

Included additional $481 million above the FY17 enacted levels in the O&M account including $24.28 million for Navigation Maintenance; $30 million for Inland Waterways; and $50 million for Small, Remote, or Subsistence Navigation.

Rubio

EWD

Corps of Engineers

Included additional funding to meet the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund spending target established by WRRDA 2014.

Rubio

EWD

Corps of Engineers

Included $40 million in the O&M account for Donor and Energy Transfer Ports.

Rubio

EWD

Corps of Engineers

Included senate report language in the Construction account directing the Corps to make publically available a comprehensive snapshot of all SFER cost-share accounting down to the project level for FY18 by September 30, 2018.

Rubio

EWD

Corps of Engineers

Included $6 million for Coastal Ocean Data System (CODS), $3.5 million above the budget request.

Rubio

EWD

Corps of Engineers

Included $70 million above the budget request in the Construction account for Environmental Infrastructure. In FY17, the Florida Keys Water Quality Improvements received $2M from this additional funding pot.

Rubio

EWD

Corps of Engineers

Supported the budget request of $10 million for the National (Levee) Flood Inventory remaining line item in O&M, $5 million above the FY17 enacted levels.

Rubio

EWD

DOE/ODA

$25 million to address threats to critical infrastructure and industrial control systems

Rubio

EWD

DOE/ARPA-E

$353.314 million for ARPA-E

Rubio

FSGG

SBA

Report language requiring a briefing on the effect of Zika on small businesses

Rubio

FSGG

SBA

Report language for a study on the geographic dispersion of Small Business Investment Companies

Rubio

FSGG

GSA

Funding for Ft. Lauderdale, FL courthouse

Rubio

FSGG

Treasury

Report language on Puerto Rico technical assistance

Rubio

FSGG

ONDCP-DFC

Increased funding for Drug Free Commmunites program

Rubio

FSGG

ONDCP-HIDTA

Increased funding for HIDTA program

Rubio

Interior

NPS

Report language included to help strengthen the coordination between federal and state management of marine fisheries management and ecosystem protection in Biscayne National Park. 

Rubio

Interior

NPS

Restored cuts proposed by the Administration for Everglades and $10.032M included for Everglades.

Rubio

Interior

USFWS

Invasive species funding within the FWS is at the enacted level or higher throughout the bill.  Within the National Wildlife Refuge account, there is specific report language calling out the Service's work on invasive species efforts in the Everglades.

Rubio

Interior

USGS

Funding for invasive species is continued at the enacted level with report language for Everglades work to continue.

Rubio

Interior

USFWS

Report language related to the Fish and Wildlife Service's current CITES permitting process is included with the goal to identify bottlenecks within the current system causing delays in permit approval. 

Rubio

Interior

EPA

The South Florida program is funded at the FY 17 level and there is specific report language relating to the program.

Rubio

Interior

USFWS

State and Tribal Wildlife Grants are funded at $63.6 million, a $1 million increase from FY 17.

Rubio

Interior

Smithsonian  Institute

Report language on the Latino museum is included.

Rubio

Interior

LWCF

LWCF programs receive $425M, a $25M increase and includes 4 FL projects.

Rubio

LHHS

DOL

$86.1 million for Bureau of International Labor Affairs

Rubio

LHHS

HHS/HRSA

+$135 million for opioid response within community health centers

Rubio

LHHS

HHS/HRSA

Continues funding at $2.319 billion for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

Rubio

LHHS

HHS/HRSA

Includes $20.8 million for Poison Control Centers (+$2 million)

Rubio

LHHS

HHS/HRSA

Includes $651.7 million for the Maternal & Child Health Block Grant (+$10 million)

Rubio

LHHS

HHS/Opioids

Provides $3.6 billion for opioid response, an increase of $2.55 billion. Increases are as follows: $415 million for HRSA, $350 million for CDC, $500 million for NIH, $100 million for ACF, $1.2 billion for SAMHSA, of which $1,000 billion is for state block grants which includes a 15 percent set-aside for hardest hit states, $50 million for Tribes, and $4 million State floor.

Rubio

LHHS

HHS/CDC

$615 million (+$30 million) for Emerging Zoonic and Infectious Diseases

Rubio

LHHS

HHS/CDC

$670 million (+$10 million) for Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Rubio

LHHS

HHS/CDC

An increase of $350 million for Prescriptions Drug Overdose activities

Rubio

LHHS

HHS/CDC

$141 million (+$3 million) for National Center on Birth Defects

Rubio

LHHS

HHS/CDC

$49 million (+$5 million) for Rape Prevention

Rubio

LHHS

HHS/CMS

DME Interim Final Rule SOM language

Rubio

LHHS

HHS/OS

Includes Zika report language in the Senate bill

Rubio

LHHS

HHS/OS

Includes Risk Corridor bill language

Rubio

LHHS

HHS/PHSSEF

An increase of $7.5 million for National Disaster Medical Reserve Corps

Rubio

LHHS

HHS/PHSSEF

$25 million increase for BARDA

Rubio

LHHS

HHS/PHSSEF

$200 million for Project BioShield

Rubio

LHHS

HHS/NIH

$3 billion increase for National Institutes of Health

Rubio

LHHS

HHS/NIH

$140 million increase for BRAIN Initiative

Rubio

LHHS

HHS/NIH

$292.8 million increase for National Cancer Institute

Rubio

LHHS

HHS/NIH

$414 million increase for Alzheimer's Research

Rubio

LHHS

ED

$299 million increase for IDEA Grants to States

Rubio

LHHS

ED

$58 million increase for Charter Schools Programs

Rubio

LHHS

ED

$7 million increase for Magnet Schools Program

Rubio

LHHS

ED

$2.5 million increase for Special Olympics

Rubio

LHHS

ED

$10 million for the new Statewide Family Engagement Centers program

Rubio

LHHS

ED

$82 million increase for Aid for Institutional Development programs

Rubio

LHHS

ED

$75 million increase for CTE State Grants

Rubio

LHHS

ED

$107 million increase for Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

Rubio

LHHS

ED

$26 million increase for AmeriCorps State and National grants

Rubio

LHHS

HHS/ED

$47 million increas for school safety evidence-based competitive grant programs at Education and HHS, and $700 million increase in Student Support and Academic Enrichment formula grants to school districts that can be used for school counselors, school-based mental health and related activities.

Rubio

LHHS

 

$47 million increase for school safety

Rubio

Leg Branch

Sergeant at Arms

Increases funding for cybersecurity efforts in the Senate

Rubio

Leg Branch

Senate

Report language for Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control

Rubio

MilCon-VA

DoD

includes full funding for Florida MILCON request at Eglin AFB, Mayport, MacDill AFB, Hurlburt Field and Patrick AFB

Rubio

MilCon-VA

DoD

includes an additional two Florida projects from the UFR list authorized in the NDAA at Eglin AFB and Tyndall

Rubio

MilCon-VA

DoD

includes report language regarding strategic disperal of east coast homported capital ships, as you requested

Rubio

MilCon-VA

DoD

includes report language regarding test and training range instrumentation modernization, as you requested

Rubio

MilCon-VA

VA

Camp Lejeune water claims report language

Rubio

MilCon-VA

VA

PTSD treatment at universities report language

Rubio

MilCon-VA

VA

reforms to expediate the appeals process report language

Rubio

MilCon-VA

VA

oversight of substance inspection programs for opioid treatment report language

Rubio

SFOPS

State

Prohibits funding to implement the UN Arms Trade Treaty. (Section 7062)

Rubio

SFOPS

State

Provides $275 million for the GAVI Alliance.

Rubio

SFOPS

State

Maintains current funding levels for HIV/AIDS programs, including bilateral PEPFAR programs and the Global Fund.

Rubio

SFOPS

State

Includes $20 m for democracy programs in Cuba.

Rubio

SFOPS

State

Includes $15 m for democracy promotion in Venezuela.

Rubio

SFOPS

State

Provides not less than $3.1 billion for assistance for Israel, which is equal to the current MOU level.

Rubio

SFOPS

State

Provides $55.5 m for internet freedom programs, including for firewall circumvention technologies.

Rubio

SFOPS

State

Includes reporting requirement on human rights in Hong Kong.

Rubio

SFOPS

State

Maintains the “Helms Amendment,” banning the use of foreign aid funding for abortions; ensures that family planning programs funded through this bill are voluntary; and prohibits funding of organizations the President determines to support coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.

Rubio

SFOPS

State

Includes $25m for programs to combat modern slavery.

Rubio

SFOPS

State

Includes a total of $78.8 m for programs to combat trafficking in persons. 

Rubio

SFOPS

State

$170m for the National Endowment for Democracy, equal to the FY 2017 level.

Rubio

SFOPS

State

$2m for the Congressional-Executive Commission on China

Rubio

SFOPS

State

$44.2 m for Radio Free Asia.

Rubio

SFOPS

State

The bill continues current law restrictions on assistance for the West Bank and Gaza, as well as restrictions on assistance for the Palestinian Authority.

Rubio

SFOPS

State

$615 m to support the US Strategy for Engagement in Central America.

Rubio

SFOPS

State

$17m to support Tibetan communities.

Rubio

THUD

DOT

TIGER funded at $1.5 billion ($500 million was requested)

Rubio

THUD

FTA

Supports funding CIG consistent with authorized levels ($2.645 billion is provided)

Rubio

THUD

FHWA

Supports fully funding FHWA at authorized levels ($47.498 billion provided)

Rubio

THUD

FRA

Includes report language on DOT adopting a standardized Bench Test Equipment (BTE)

Rubio

THUD

FAA

Fully funds contract towers at $165 million

Rubio

THUD

FAA

Supports fully funding the Airport Improvement Grants at $3.35 billion ($4.35 billion provided)

Rubio

THUD

FAA

Supports fully funding AST – funded at $28.959 million - $22.587 million for Ops; $4.5 million for F&E; and $1.872 million for R,E&D (Requested $29.587 broken down as  $21.587 million – Ops, $4.5 million – F&E, and $3.5 million – R,E,&D) 

Rubio

THUD

MARAD

Supports funding the Small Shipyards Grant Program at $30 million ($20 million provided)

Rubio

THUD

HUD

Includes language provisions strengthening inspections and improving the physical quality of HUD-assisted properties

Rubio

THUD

HUD

AFFH – Included modified language that prohibits funds being used for AFFH if HUD is dictating local zoning

Rubio

THUD

HUD

Report language included on best practices for producing new housing in high cost metropolitan areas

Rubio

THUD

HUD

HOPWA funded at $375 million

Additionally:

$6 million for CDC tracking of Muscular Dystrophy

$38.6 million for CDC vector-borne diseases

$23 million for CDC tracking of Autism 

Department of Agriculture
  • $2.36 billion for crop disasters as a result of hurricanes and wildfires in 2017 to remain available through 2019
  • $22 million to repair damages to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) facilities, including four in Florida: Canal Point, Miami, Fort Pierce, and Ft. Lauderdale
  • $165.475 million to repair drinking water systems and sewer and solid waste disposal systems affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in small rural communities
  • $24 million to provide an additional 35 million pounds of food for food banks in states affected by hurricanes and wildfires
  • $14 million for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to help repair and replace equipment in WIC clinics in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • $7.5 million for State and Private Forestry. The Forest Service will use these funds to support damage assessments, technical assistance, and invasive species assessment and mitigation work on State and private lands
Army Corps of Engineers
  • $15.055 billion for project construction, including expedited completion of Herbert Hoover Dike at full federal cost, and complete restoration of hurricane-impacted federal beach renourishment projects in Florida
  • $135 million for project investigations, including Senator Rubio’s South Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study at full federal cost
  • $608 million for project Operations & Maintenance, including repairs to Everglades restoration project infrastructure
  • $810 million for Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies needs, including in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Includes general reporting provisions that requires the Corps of Engineers to provide monthly damage estimates and progress assessments to Congress
Department of Energy
  • $13 million for activities related to the consequences of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, including technical assistance related to electric grids
U.S. Coast Guard
  • $112.1 million to provide for the costs of Coast Guard personnel responding to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria
  • $718.9 million to repair and strengthen facilities and assets damaged by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Matthew
Department of the Interior
  • $207.6 million for National Park Service Construction to rebuild and repair facilities and other critical agency infrastructure, including for new facilities at Everglades National Park
Environmental Protection Agency
  • $6.2 million for the Superfund program to help repair damage sustained to remedies at Superfund sites, including removal of damaged tanks and containers and repair of groundwater monitoring wells, aeration towers, and fencing
  • Provides Puerto Rico access to previously appropriated State Revolving Fund money to help rebuild the island’s clean water and drinking water systems
Department of Commerce
  • $18 million for marine debris removal - important for Florida’s waterways and coastal waters, which are still plagued by safety hazards
  • $600 million for the Economic Development Administration to provide grants to communities directly impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as other disasters declared in 2017. This funding will support immediate relief efforts and long-term recovery projects, including repairing and replacing basic infrastructure needs that are vital for local economic recovery
  • $200 million for Fisheries Data Assistance (Note: Florida’s fisheries disaster request for Hurricane Irma is still pending with the Department of Commerce)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • $81 million to repair facilities damaged at NASA’s Kennedy and Johnson Space Centers
Department of Homeland Security – $24.7 billion
  • Funding for the Disaster Relief Fund to support response and recovery efforts to support Florida and Puerto Rico
  • Funding to address damages to CBP facilities resulting from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria
  • Funding to repair and restore the San Juan Customs House, improve its functionality, and terminate costly temporary leases
  • Funding to repair ICE facilities in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Texas, and Florida that sustained water damage
Department of Housing and Urban Development – $28 billion
  • Funding for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR), at least $11 billion of which will go directly to Puerto Rico and USVI
  • Disaster Assistance Simplification Act, which will help victims of the natural disaster avoid being penalized for weighing all disaster assistance
Department of Transportation – $1.828 billion
  • Funding to replace Federal Aviation Administration’s equipment
  • Funding for Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief program
Department of Education –  $2.7 billion
  • Funding for building and facility repairs and accommodating enrollment of displaced students
  • Funding for Higher Education Institutions that have taken in students from hurricane affected areas, such as Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Funding to assist students that became homeless because of the hurricanes
Department of Health and Human Services
  • Medicaid for Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI): $4.9 billion
  • For both Puerto Rico and USVI, there is a temporary 100% Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP)
  • Funding necessary for Florida’s hospitals to repair damage from the storm
  • Includes language modeled after Senator Rubio’s legislation to ensure that HHS has the necessary medical personnel needed to respond natural disasters
Department of Veterans Affairs - $93.5 million 
  • Includes funding to cover increased costs to maintain medical services and funding to repair damaged medical facilities in Florida and Puerto Rico
  • Includes funding to repair damages to the Puerto Rico National Cemetery
Department of Labor – $130.9 million
  • Funding necessary to rehabilitate and repair Job Corps Centers in Puerto Rico
  • Funding for disaster response economic recovery through the Dislocated Worker National Reserve
Small Business Administration – $1.65 billion
  • Funding for Small Business Disaster Loan Programs
Legal Services Corporation – $15 million
  • Funding to provide storm-related services to LSC client populations affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as wildfires in 2017
Department of Defense (DOD) – $1.55 billion

“Last night I terminated the employment of my Chief of Staff after personally receiving a complaint about his conduct, and thereafter coming into possession of clear and irrefutable evidence of workplace misconduct and harassment. It was the express wish of those injured in this matter to remain anonymous and to not have any details publicly released which could result in their identities being revealed. I have honored these requests to the best of my ability.  If at any time in the future they decide to come forward publicly they will have my full support, cooperation and assistance.  

“The overwhelming majority of media outlets have responsibly respected our decision to honor this request. They understand that it would be morally wrong to cause further injury to those victimized in this matter by ignoring their wishes. Sadly, at least one media outlet, the Miami Herald, does not share this view. 

“On Sunday, they published an article which calls into question the validity of what they erroneously describe as a ‘hasty’ investigation, and cynically imply that by honoring the specific request of the victims we are withholding information they are entitled to. It appears their desire to obtain as many salacious details as possible in order to publish a story that generates traffic for their website has blinded them to the fact that reporting harassment is a very difficult decision for many victims. This is especially true for those employed in government, who too often prefer to not come forward in order to avoid having their stories reported in the press and becoming a permanent result of any internet searches about them.  

“No matter how many articles of this kind they choose to publish, they will never pressure me to violate the trust the victims have placed in me. Not only is this the right thing to do in this particular case, if victims of harassment come to believe that they cannot report harassment without having their identities revealed, it may discourage those who do not want to be publicly identified from reporting cases of harassment in the future.”   

Happy Thanksgiving

Nov 23 2017

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to appreciate, with our families and friends, the unlimited opportunities and promise America has to offer. This land is the greatest nation mankind has ever known, in part because it was founded to protect the inalienable rights bestowed on us by our Creator, allowing us to thrive in freedom and prosperity.
 
As you enjoy turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and football, I encourage you to take some time to show gratitude to those around you – for the foundation of a strong and prosperous America always start with the family.
 
Finally, let us remember that our freedom could not be possible without the valor and sacrifice of our servicemen and women at home and abroad. Many of them will not be able to join their families this Thanksgiving. But while they may be far away today, they are still close in our hearts.

May God bless you. May God bless all those who protect us. May God bless Florida. And may God always bless the United States of America.
 
From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.
 


 

Mientras Puerto Rico se recupera después del Huracán Maria, mi oficina está dispuesta a ayudar a todos en Puerto Rico. Para solicitar asistencia directa, envie un correo electrónico a PR@rubio.senate.gov.

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Para ayuda con los alimentos o agua potable, refugio, o suministros medicos contacte las siguientes agencias:
 
1.   La Cruz Roja Americana
Si usted ha sido afectado por un desastre, puede usar la página de la Cruz Roja Americana para escribir "mensajes de sano y salvo” que sus seres queridos puedan llegar a ver. El registro en el sitio web Sano y Salvo es completamente voluntario y usted puede ingresar y actualizarlo en todo momento. Las búsquedas de información en el sitio web necesitarán siempre que usted ingrese solo su nombre y dirección o teléfono. El resultado de la búsqueda solo mostrará su nombre, apellido, la fecha y hora de registro y un pequeño mensaje contando su historia. Para registrarse como Sano y Salvo usted se compromete a hacer uso de la información como esta escrito en esta página.   

  • Para encontrar búsquedas, haga clic aquí.
  • También puede registrarse como Sano y Salvo escriba la palabra “SAFE” en un mensaje de texto al número 78876.
  • Para hablar con un empleado de la Cruz Roja Americana sobre una persona desaparecida que tiene un problema de salud muy serio, llame al (1-800-733-2767).

2.      El registro de Menores no Acompañados

Si encuentra un menor separado de sus padres o guardianes legales, por favor llame a su agencia local de policía inmediato. Luego completa el siguiente. El Registro de Menores no Acompañados es compatible con el Centro Nacional de Niños Desaparecidos (NCMEC) por los que el público puede reportar la información relacionada con los niños que han sido separados de sus padres o guardianes legales como consecuencia de un desastre. Esta herramienta permitirá que el NCMEC pueda prestar asistencia a las autoridades locales y asistir en la reunificación de los niños desplazados con su círculo familiar o tutores legales. Si le resulta problematico reportar en linea (por internet), por favor, llame al telefono de NCMEC 1-800-THE LOST, (1-800-843-5678). Atienden las 24 horas del dia. Un menor no acompañado es un niño que ha sido separado de sus padres, tutores legales, y otros parientes y no están siendo atendidos por un adulto que, por ley o costumbre, es responsable de hacerlo.

3.     FEMA
Aunque muchos estadounidenses están trabajando arduamente para ayudar a sus vecinos en estos momentos catastróficos, hay algunos que siempre tratarán de aprovecharse de los más vulnerables. Para disipar algunos de los rumores falsos que circulan por internet y las redes sociales, FEMA atiende algunos de los temas más communes en esta página web.

 Información de FEMA sobre el Huracán Maria está disponible aquí:

Información addicional para Puerto Rico está disponible aquí:

Los sobrevivientes pueden recoger alimentos y agua en el ayuntamiento de las siguientes ciudades:
 
Puerto Rico

  • Aguadilla
  • Aibonito
  • Arecibo
  • Bayamón
  • Camuy
  • Canovanas
  • Ciales
  • Culebra
  • Mayaguez
  • Ponce
  • Rincon
  • Rio Grande
  • Santa Isabel
  • Utuado
  • Vega Alta
  • Vieques
Para ver los avisos importantes sobre la recuperación de Puerto Rico: Haga clic aqui: http://status.pr/

As Puerto Rico begins to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, my Senate office stands ready to serve you and our fellow Americans on the island. For direct assistance from our office, you can email us at PR@rubio.senate.gov

Para español, haga clic aquí

If you or any of your loved ones cannot reach family members or friends in Puerto Rico, or know they are in need of food, water, shelter, or medical supplies, please contact the following agencies:

1.      The American Red Cross Safe and Well website is a free public reunification tool that allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to search for loved ones, or for individuals to indicate that they are safe. The site is always available, open to the public, and available in English and Spanish.  There are a number of ways to use this service:

  • Registrations and searches can be done directly on the website.

  • Registrations can also be completed by texting SAFE to 78876. Messages exist in both Spanish and English.

  • To speak with someone at the American Red Cross concerning a missing friend or relative who has a serious, pre-existing health or mental health condition, please contact 1-800 Red Cross (1-800-733-2767).

  • The American Red Cross Emergency App features an “I’m Safe” button that allows users to post a message to their social accounts, letting friends and family know they are out of harm’s way. The app can be downloaded for free in app stores by searching for “American Red Cross” or by texting ‘GETEMERGENCY’ to 90999.

2.      Anyone who finds a child who may be separated from parents or caregivers, please contact the local police and enter basic information and/or a photo into the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Unaccompanied Minors Registry. If you find an unaccompanied child, please indicate whether the child has a disability or has access and functional needs in the appropriate field in the Unaccompanied Minors Registry. If you do not have access to the internet, please call 1-866-908-9570.

3.      FEMA is raising awareness that Hurricane Maria disaster survivors, and their friends and family, should be alert for false rumors, scams, identity theft, and fraud. FEMA has a dedicated website to address some of the most common themes. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Visit FEMA's Hurricane Rumor Control page to get the most accurate information from trusted sources.

FEMA information regarding Hurricane Maria is available in English and Spanish at:

Additional information for Puerto Rico is available at the following locations:

By Email: maria1@prfaa.pr.gov

By Phone: (202) 800-3133

Officials in Puerto Rico have opened points of distribution (POD) for survivors to get meals, water, and other commodities. Commodity Points of Distribution are operating in the following locations, with more locations scheduled to open in coming days:

Puerto Rico

Aguadilla City Hall

Aibonito City Hall

Arecibo City Hall

Bayamón City Hall

Camuy City Hall

Canovanas City Hall

Ciales City Hall

Culebra City Hall

Mayaguez City Hall

Ponce City Hall

Rincon City Hall

Rio Grande City Hall

Santa Isabel City Hall

Utuado City Hall

Vega Alta City Hall

Vieques City Hall

For real time updates on Puerto Rico relief efforts: Please go to http://status.pr/

For people looking to donate or volunteer: To donate or volunteer, contact the voluntary or charitable organization of your choice through the National Voluntary Agencies Active in Disasters (NVOAD) at www.nvoad.org.


From Friday evening to Saturday evening, the Jewish community will join together again to observe Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for the Jewish community.
 
As Jewish people around the world pray and repent on this sacred Day of Atonement, I hope they find the reprieve of acceptance and forgiveness, as well as the joys of fellowship and family.
 
May my Jewish friends around the world have any easy fast on this holy day, and may the day seal a promise for a year of health and happiness for all.  G'mar Chatimah Tovah.

Rosh Hashanah

Sep 19 2017

By Senator Marco Rubio

As Rosh Hashanah begins on Wednesday evening, my family and I want to wish L’Shanah Tovah to our Jewish friends in Florida and around the world.

As the Jewish New Year and the High Holidays arrive, I am proud to celebrate the many profound contributions that Jewish-Americans and Judeo-Christian values have made to our nation’s history, as well as the unbreakable bonds of alliance and friendship shared between the United States and Israel.

May the New Year bring with it peace, health, and happiness to all.

As Hurricane Irma approaches Florida, my Senate office stands ready to serve you.
  • Know your area and the evacuation routes. They are available on the Florida Division of Emergency Management’s Website.
  • Shelter information for all Florida counties here
  • Florida Emergency Information Line: 1-800-342-3557
  • FEMA hurricane guide here and Hurricane Irma Portal here.
  • For those with internet, apply for FEMA disaster assistance by calling 800-621-3362.
  • Florida’s traveler information system here or call 511.
  • The USVI Department of Tourism is handling the evacuation of all Island visitors. It is recommended that you contact the Department of Tourism at (340) 774-USVI and (340) 772-0357 for up to date information on evacuation plans. Additionally, you can visit https://www.visitusvi.com/ for further information.
  • Florida routes, traffic updates online, via twitter, or on your phone are available online here.
  • Download the FEMA app for iPhone with emergency information by county here.        
  • South Florida sandbag distribution sites here.
  • To report price gouging please call 1-866-966-7226
Here are a few tips to help prepare ahead of Hurricane Irma:
  • Have a plan to prepare your home and/or business with storm shutters or plywood. Bring items that could be picked up by the wind and break windows - like lawn furniture, toys, or trash cans - inside.
  • Make sure you know where your home’s safe room is located. Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website details what a safe room should look like.
  • Keep your automobile fully fueled; if electric power is cut off, gas stations may not be able to operate pumps for several days.
  • Be prepared to survive on your own for a few days. Assemble a disaster kit with a battery-powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, blankets, clothing, food, water, and prescription medications and needed medical supplies. The Florida Division of Emergency Management points you to a good list of items to have ready.
  • Know how to shut off utilities. Know where gas pilots are located and how the heating and air-conditioning system works. If you have any questions, contact your local utility company.
  • Gather your personal documents - insurance policy information, emergency contact information, and any other vital documents - somewhere they can be easily located and ready to take with you should you have to evacuate your home.

Miami-Dade County Shelters

  • Miami Carol City Senior, 3301 Miami Gardens Dr., Miami Gardens
  • Miami Central Senior, 1781 NW 95 St., Miami
  • North Miami Senior, 13110 NE 8th Ave., North Miami
  • TERRA Environmental, 11005 SW 84 St., Miami
  • North Miami Beach Senior, 1247 NE 167 St., North Miami Beach
  • South Miami Senior, 6856 SW 53 St., South Miami
  • Felix Varela Senior, 15255 SW 96 St., West Kendall
  • Pet-Friendly Center, 10901 Coral Way, Miami

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Broward County shelters: 

The General Population Shelters are:

Coconut Creek Lyons Creek Middle School
4333 Sol Press Blvd.
Coconut Creek, 33073

Coconut Creek Monarch High School
5050 Wiles Rd.
Coconut Creek, 33073

Coral Springs Coral Glades High School
2700 Sportsplex Dr.
Coral Springs, 33065

Davie Fox Trail Elementary School
1250 Nob Hill Rd.
Davie, 33324

Fort Lauderdale Rock Island Elementary
2350 N.W. 19th Street
Fort Lauderdale, 33311

Fort Lauderdale Atlantic Technical (Arthur Ashe)
1701 N.W. 23rd Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, 33311

Pembroke Park Watkins Elementary School
3250 S.W. 52nd Ave.
Pembroke Park, 33023

Lauderdale Lakes Park Lakes Elementary School
3925 N. State Rd. 7
Lauderdale Lakes, 33319

Miramar Everglades High School
17100 S.W. 48 Court
Miramar, 33027

Miramar New Renaissance Middle School
10701 Miramar Blvd.
Miramar, 33025

Pembroke Pines West Broward High School
500 N.W. 209 Ave.
Pembroke Pines, 33029

Plantation Elementary School
651 N.W. 42nd Ave.
Plantation, 33317

Pompano Beach High School
600 N.E. 13 Ave.
Pompano Beach, 33060

Weston Falcon Cove Middle School
4251 Bonaventure Blvd.
Weston, 33332 

The Pet Friendly Shelter location is:
Tamarac
Millennium Middle School/Challenger Elementary School Campus
5803 NW 94th Ave.
Tamarac, 33321
(Not a general population shelter)

Constituents who use Housing and Urban Development (HUD) housing programs, which include Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, Section 8 Projects, or HUD operated properties, and are unable to stay in their current residence should contact any of the following HUD contacts:

Shelters for the homeless in Orlando can be found here.

Orange County shelters can be found here

Hillsborough County shelters can be found here

Pinellas County shelters can be found  here.

Pasco County shelters can be found here.

Hernando County shelters can be found here

Citrus County shelters can be found  here

Manatee County shelters can be found here

Sarasota County shelters can be found here

Hardee County shelters can be found here

Polk County shelters can be found here

Charlotte County shelters can be found here.

Collier County shelters can be found here

Desoto County shelters can be found here.

Glades County shelters can be found here

Hendry County shelters can be found here

Lee County shelters can be found here

Seminole County shelters can be found here

Volusia County shelters can be found here

Sumter County shelters can be found here

Palm Beach County shelters can be found here

Martin County shelters can be found here

St. Lucie County shelters can be found here

Indian River County shelters can be found here.

Okeechobee County shelters can be found here

Duval County shelters can be found here

St. Johns County shelters can be found here

Alachua County shelters can be found here

Nassau County shelters can be found here

Bradford County shelters can be found here

Flagler County shelters can be found here

Leon County shelters can be found here

Suwannee County shelters can be found here

Jackson County shelter: Marianna high school

Calhoun County: Blountstown High SchoolAltha School.

Taylor County: Taylor County Elementary School (pet friendly)Forest Capital Hall.

Madison County shelter can be found here

Gadsden County: Gadsden County High SchoolHavana Magnet SchoolWest Gadsden Middle School

Santa Rosa County shelters can be found here

Escambia County shelters can be found here

Walton County shelters can be found here

Columbia County shelters:

Shelters – Five hurricane shelters will open at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, September 9. Shelter locations are as follows:
o *SPECIAL NEEDS ONLY SHELTER* Westside Elementary School, 1956 Co Rd 252B, Lake City, FL 32024
o Ft. White High School, 17828 FL-47, Fort White, FL 32038
o Winfield Community Center, 1324 N W Winfield St, Lake City, FL 32055 
o Richardson Sixth Grade Academy, 646 SE Pennsylvania St, Lake City, FL 32025
o Pinemount Elementary School, 324 S W Gabriel Pl, Lake City, FL 32024

Dixie County shelters:

Shelters will be open on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 10:00am
The General Population Shelter will be the Ruth Rains Middle School, located at 981 SE Hwy 351 Hwy in Cross City. Once that shelter is at capacity, the new Old Town Elementary School on CR 55A will be used.

The Special Needs Shelter will be at the Bell Health Academy (Bell High School) located at 930 South Main Street in Bell, Florida. For more information on Special Needs Patients and evacuations, please call Dixie County Emergency Management.

Gilchrist County:

Currently, there are voluntary evacuations starting at 10:00 A.M. Saturday September 9, 2017. General population shelters will be opened at 10:00 A.M. Saturday September 9, 2017.

Shelter Locations are:

• Trenton Elementary School 1201 W. Wade Street Trenton, FL 32693

• Bell Elementary School 2771 East Bell Avenue (NW 10th Ave) Bell, FL 32619

• Bell Health Academy SPECIAL NEEDS SHELTER - (Behind main building of Bell High School) 930 S Main St Bell, FL 32619

Levy County

Shelter Locations:

Bronson Elementary School
400 Ishie Avenue
Bronson, Fl 32621

Bronson Middle High School
351 Ishie Avenue
Bronson, Fl 32621

Williston Middle High School
350 Robert Philpot Way
Williston, Fl 32696

Williston Elementary School
801 South Main Street
Williston, Fl 32696

Levy County Animal Services (Animal Control Facility)
12055 NE 69th Lane
Bronson, FL 32621
(352) 486-5138

Federal Disaster Assistance After the Storm
 
FEMA Hurricane Irma Portal | FEMA twitter  
FEMA en español | FEMA twitter en español
 

  • Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance here or call 800-621-3362
  • Department of Labor Hurricane Irma assistance click here.
  • Replacement SNAP Card (food stamps) call 1-866-762-2237.
  • Replacement green cards: Call 800-375-5283 or visit online.
  • Remember, if you need help or have questions, please call our office and we will do our best to help.
  • Floridians who have sustained property damage from severe storms and flooding are urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at disasterassistance.gov.
  • Florida veterans Hurricane Irma information click here
  • If a Veteran is displaced, and has lost their medication and no longer has a written prescription or bottle, they can contact the Health Resources Center Disaster Hotline at 1 800 507 4571 to speak with a representative. The representative will qualify the request by asking a few questions and provide the Veteran with their prescription number. The Miami VAHS Pharmacy phone number is 305-575-3376.
  • Replacement birth and death Certificates: Call 904-359-6900 or visit this website.
  • Replacement bank checks, credit cards, and safe deposit boxes: Dial 877-275-3342 or visit here.
  • Replacement credit cards: Call your issuer: American Express (800-992-3404), Discover (800-347-2683), MasterCard (800-622-7747), or Visa (800-847-2911).
  • Credit Reports: Contact Equifax, Experian, or Transunion at 877-322-8228 or visit annualcreditreport.com.
  • Social Security Emergency: Dial 800-772-1213 or visit here.
  • Credit card fraud: Call 1-866-966-7226 visit here.
  • Medicare Card: Dial 800-772-1213 or visit here.
  • Passport: Call 877-487-2778 or click here.
  • U.S. Savings Bonds: Visit here.
  • Tax Returns: Call 800-829-1040 or visit here.
  • Military Records: Call 866-272-6272 or visit here.
  • Vehicle Titles: Call 850-617-2000 or 850-617-3000 or visit here.
  • Replace a Florida Marriage Record or Certificate: call (904) 359-6900 Ext. 9000. Visit here for more information.
  • Proof of Address/Residency: Visit here.
  • National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders may contact their insurance agent directly to find out if they are eligible for reimbursement for actions taken to protect their property.

    Some other useful resources: