U.S. Senator Bill Nelson

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Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said money for the Coast Guard should be included in an emergency funding bill to deal with the crisis at the border.  “If we could have a greater percentage of those drugs interdicted then we would seriously start to diminish some of this migration to the north,” Nelson said on the Senate floor Monday.

VERO BEACH, Fla. - The 160-mile Indian River lagoon is filled with dark brown polluted water, miles of dead zones vacant of sea life, and as CBS 12 first reported a potentially-fatal bacteria.  The Florida legislature is funding $300 million for water projects, and today Senator Bill Nelson announced new bi-partisan backed help and research. 
Lawmakers and top military officials on Wednesday expressed fears that friction with Russia could someday leave the United States without the power to launch rockets into space.  Reliance on a single Russian engine to launch many critical military satellites could come back to haunt the U.S., officials said, if tensions between the two nations continue to rise.
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.