U.S. Senator Bill Nelson

Serving Florida

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Florida’s two senators, Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio, joined forces Thursday in Miami to call for stepped up attention and potential U.S. sanctions against Venezuela for repressing political protests. They also suggested that Venezuelans should become eligible for special U.S. immigration status.
TALLAHASSEE -- Expanding Medicaid to cover thousands of uninsured Floridians has mostly been ignored by Republicans during this year’s legislative session, but U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is making a last-ditch effort to get it done. Medicaid is a joint state-federal program, though most of the expansion called for under the Affordable Care Act would be funded by Washington.

TAMPA — Coffin nail by coffin nail and bone fragment by bone fragment, University of South Florida forensic anthropologists are learning more about the identities of remains exhumed months ago from a hidden cemetery at the state's longest-running and most criticized reform school.

Staff photo: Digna Alvarez

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is pressing the VA for more information on a reported 19 deaths nationwide due to delayed care.  He recently fielded questions from reporters outside of the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa where, according to officials, none of the deaths occurred.   


  • Sen. Bill Nelson recently spoke with WFTV in Orlando about the need to expand Medicaid in Florida. He says the state can get $51 billion in federal funds to insure low-income residents.
  • 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.
  • Sen. Bill Nelson discussed Florida's latest attempt to suppress the vote on the Senate floor. Nelson met with University of Florida students after Gov. Rick Scott's administration denied students' request to use the Reitz Union as an early voting location for the March 2014 elections.