The 10 Democratic members of Florida's Congressional delegation sent a letter to House Speaker Will Weatherford today asking him to accept federal Medicaid expansion funds. The letter expresses support for Sen. Joe Negron's proposal, which would provide subsidized private insurance for 1 million Floridians and draw down an estimated $51 billion in federal aid.
Weatherford says the House will not accept the federal funding and is backing an alternative plan that uses only state funds to subsidize basic coverage for 130,000 people. The Democratic congressmen and woman said that is wrong for Florida.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration asked Congress on Wednesday to pay for a longer bridge on Tamiami Trail and for research to control Burmese pythons and other invasive species — all part of $192.5 million of proposed spending on the Everglades.
Florida environmentalists were pleased with the bridge proposal, intrigued by the snake-research money but a little disappointed that the administration did not seek more from Congress for restoration projects.