Over the years, Florida has strengthened laws to fight prescription opioid abuse, but as a result, the usage of heroin, fentanyl, and other deadly synthetics skyrocketed.
President Trump says accelerating the United States’ economic growth is one of his administration’s most cherished goals. But on Wednesday, he embraced a legislative overhaul to the immigration system that, if enacted, would make that goal unattainable.
“If this was our Faustian bargain, then it was not worth it. If ultimately our principles were so malleable as to no longer be principles, then what was the point of political victories in the first place?”
Before the vote, Rubio persistently refused to meet with Floridians who wanted to tell him how the bill would hurt them. He was immune to warnings from the health insurance industry, the American Medical Association and other informed voices that the so-called “skinny repeal” bill was a dagger aimed at the heart of American health care.
This has been quite a week in Washington, a week full of terror, intrigue, suspense, backstabbing and outright chaos. While we might not have been able to predict the particular contours of the catastrophe that complete GOP rule has been, we should have known it would turn out something like this. Guess what, America: This is what you get when you elect Republicans.
Americans are clamoring for bold changes to our politics and our economy. They feel, rightfully, that both systems are rigged against them, and they made that clear in last year’s election. American families deserve a better deal so that this country works for everyone again, not just the elites and special interests. Today, Democrats will start presenting that better deal to the American people.
If it were possible to make the original Senate bill worse, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell succeeded. He included Sen. Ted Cruz’s proposal to allow insurers to offer bare-bones health coverage that would provide far fewer benefits, cap annual payments or deny coverage to patients with a history of pre-existing conditions.
The Trump administration wants to kill the federal programs that afford Florida residents and visitors the comfort of knowing whether it’s safe to go into the water. We’ve lost enough tourism here because of the discharges and algae blooms. Could you imagine the consequences if local kids and kids staying in nearby hotels suddenly fell ill from fecal bacteria infections because our surf camp instructors had no warning?
What will Trump and Republicans do about the likelihood that Russia will attempt to undermine our elections again next time? Democrats are now taking new steps to increase the pressure on Republicans to take this prospect a lot more seriously.
Florida, which until now had never met a voter purge it didn’t like, took way longer than most states in deciding, but finally, this week, even Florida’s Secretary of State Ken Detzner had to say no…