U.S. Senator Bill Nelson

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FORT MYERS, Fla. - U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson flew in to Southwest Florida on Monday to listen to concerns from local environmental groups and government officials about continued oil drilling in Southwest Florida — and he got an earful.
TAMPA — The electronic cigarette industry is growing quickly, prompting concerns about product safety, especially the risk of children ingesting vials of liquid nicotine used in the devices.
Congress gave preliminary approval for Indian River Lagoon restoration money this week while also passing a bill to continue to pay for research on the algae blooms that affect the waterway.
Photo: Boeing

A Boeing-designed capsule for a space taxi gets a tryout by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who flew on the space shuttle in 1986.  With him is Chris Ferguson, commander of the last shuttle flight in 2011.  Ferguson is with Boeing which is vying to provide American access to low-earth orbit and the International Space Station.  Nelson chairs a committee overseeing NASA and co-authored its plan for deep-space exploration.  


  • Sen. Bill Nelson discusses his bill, the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act, which would require liquid nicotine packaging to be child-proof.
  • U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson took to the Senate floor to ask President Obama to approve the State of Florida’s request for a major disaster declaration for two counties in Florida’s Panhandle that experienced torrential rain and flooding during recent storms.
  • During a recent Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Sen. Nelson delivers some pointed remarks about cuts the military is contemplating to the National Guard, which he says could threaten Florida’s hurricane preparedness.
  • Sen. Bill Nelson discusses the recent GM recall of millions of vehicles after a faulty ignition switch led to at least 12 deaths. Nelson is a senior member of the Senate's Commerce Committee, which is investigating the recall.
  • Sen. Nelson took to the Senate floor to urge his colleagues to pass legislation to provide homeowners and business owners with some relief the skyrocketing flood insurance rate increases that were an unintended consequence of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.