Senator Bill Nelson

Senator Bill Nelson Bill Nelson: A voice for all Floridians. Sen. Bill Nelson is a true son of Florida, his family coming to the Panhandle in 1829, and his grandparents homesteading in the early 20th Century on land that today is the Kennedy Space Center.

Bill and Grace NelsonFrom a spot near there Nelson would launch into space in 1986 and spend six days orbiting the Earth aboard the space shuttle Columbia. Nearly three decades later he still vividly recalls looking back at our planet from the window of the shuttle and not seeing any political, religious or racial divides. "From that perspective, you can see how we’re all in this together," he says. "If we could just remember that, we’d sure get a lot more done." It's that kind of perspective that has earned Nelson a reputation as a thoughtful, moderate voice in an increasingly partisan political world. Nelson's public service career began in 1972, with his election to the Florida Legislature. He then served six terms in the U.S. Congress representing Orlando and the Space Coast, becoming an early champion of the environment. In 1994, Nelson was elected to the Florida Cabinet as state Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner and Fire Marshal. During his six years in the post, he showed he was a common-sense problem solver and strong consumer advocate. Nelson was first elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2000. Since then, he's stood up to the insurance companies, Wall Street banks and Big Oil. He's exposed the lies of BP about the Gulf spill. And he's created a blueprint forward for our nation’s space agency. Now in his third term, he's continuing to fight for lower taxes, better education, Medicare and Social Security. He's someone who thinks public service is a noble calling - which is why he has devoted his life to serving his community, his state and his country.

12/12/2018
Senator Nelson's Farewell Words

It has been the great honor of my life to serve our country and the people of Florida. It’s hard to say goodbye to the work and people that I love, but I intend to keep fighting for all that we’ve worked so hard for on behalf of my fellow Floridians and all Americans.

12/10/2018
Senator Nelson on the Space Program

Our space program has a spectacular and exciting future. It's a future full of opportunity, and it is a future that will require everyone -- industry, Congress, and the agency, as well as our international partners – to come together to make it a reality.

Heading to the National Cathedral this morning to remember the life of George H.W. Bush, a true statesman who served the...
12/05/2018

Heading to the National Cathedral this morning to remember the life of George H.W. Bush, a true statesman who served the American people with honor and integrity.

12/01/2018

George H.W. Bush modeled the best of public service. He was a servant leader. And that’s why the nation unanimously mourns for him.

11/29/2018
Sen. Nelson on Climate Change

For the good of our planet, our children, and future generations— we must take climate change seriously, listen to the experts, and come together to work on solutions. We have to act, and have to act now.

11/28/2018
Senator Nelson on health care

We’ve got to keep up the fight to improve access to health care and protect Floridians with pre-existing conditions like J.J. and Elizabeth. The Trump administration should be working with us to improve the existing health care law, not dismantle it.

11/26/2018
Sen. Nelson's remarks on the Senate floor

I took to the Senate floor today for the first of a number of speeches I intend to give over the next couple of weeks on various matters I have been working on in the Senate. There are important decisions ahead that will shape the course and character of America in the 21st century. And whether an institution such as this Congress will be effective in the future is dependent on whether the people that make up this institution can get along.

11/14/2018
Sen. Nelson on the Coast Guard Reauthorization Bill

The Senate today passed a bill I co-authored to make sure the Coast Guard has the resources it needs to carry out its many important missions, including responding to disasters and preventing illegal drugs from entering the U.S.

11/13/2018

The Senate is back in session today, and we're set to vote on a bill this evening that keeps the Coast Guard funded and provides it with the tools they need to accomplish its important missions.

11/11/2018

Today we honor our veterans who have sacrificed so much to preserve and protect our freedoms throughout our nation's history. America remains a beacon of democracy.

11/03/2018

Grace and I are saddened and shocked, and praying tonight for the victims and their families in Tallahassee of yet another senseless act of violence.

USAF Sec. Wilson assured me again today that they are on the path to rebuilding Tyndall.
11/02/2018
Air Force announces return of units to Tyndall AFB

USAF Sec. Wilson assured me again today that they are on the path to rebuilding Tyndall.

The Air Force announced the return of several key Tyndall Air Force Base missions, as the base begins its long-term recovery following Hurricane Michael.

I'm making sure all federal resources are flowing to Florida and was in Lynn Haven today, a small panhandle town hit har...
10/25/2018

I'm making sure all federal resources are flowing to Florida and was in Lynn Haven today, a small panhandle town hit hard by Michael. What I found there was a lot of destruction, but also neighbors helping neighbors and law enforcement officers from across the state pitching in.

As Americans, we must hold to our common values as a civil and caring people. There is no place in our society for polit...
10/24/2018
Explosive Devices: News and updates on pipe bombs sent to multiple locations.

As Americans, we must hold to our common values as a civil and caring people. There is no place in our society for political vitriol or violence of any kind.

Find the latest on the explosive devices sent to the homes of the Clintons and Obamas, CNN offices in the Time Warner Building, and elsewhere on NBCNews.com.

I met with local residents and business leaders in Ft. Myers today to talk about how red tide is hurting our local busin...
10/18/2018

I met with local residents and business leaders in Ft. Myers today to talk about how red tide is hurting our local businesses and the Florida economy, especially the real estate market and tourism industry.

Just got a response from TDS Telecom – they will provide a 60 day moratorium on late fees for anyone in Gadsden County i...
10/18/2018

Just got a response from TDS Telecom – they will provide a 60 day moratorium on late fees for anyone in Gadsden County impacted by the hurricane. They will also provide credits for time out of service for customers that reach out to them directly.

Verizon has now agreed to expand its offer to customers in Calhoun, Franklin, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Wakulla and Wash...
10/18/2018

Verizon has now agreed to expand its offer to customers in Calhoun, Franklin, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Wakulla and Washington counties. They will be automatically credited for three months of monthly access charges for each line.

I’ve urged all the phone, wireless and cable companies in NW Florida to restore service ASAP in areas affected by the storm – and to provide a 60-day moratorium on late fees, interest, penalties and any other unnecessary costs to give folks time to recover.

Comcast just responded to my request. They will suspend billing for customers hardest hit by Hurricane Michael. They wil...
10/18/2018

Comcast just responded to my request. They will suspend billing for customers hardest hit by Hurricane Michael. They will also suspend some account fees, including late payment and missing equipment fees for impacted customers, and will replace damaged/missing equipment for free.

The red tide that appeared around Ft. Pierce recently had some of the highest levels of toxicity reported on Florida's E...
10/17/2018

The red tide that appeared around Ft. Pierce recently had some of the highest levels of toxicity reported on Florida's East Coast. Meeting with researchers and scientists at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute today about what we can do to help mitigate the toxic red tide's effect on people’s health.

The red tide that appeared around Ft. Pierce recently had some of the highest levels of toxicity reported on Florida's E...
10/17/2018

The red tide that appeared around Ft. Pierce recently had some of the highest levels of toxicity reported on Florida's East Coast. Meeting with researchers and scientists at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute today about what we can do to help mitigate the toxic red tide's effect on people’s health.

We’ve got to get to the bottom of what’s causing these car fires. Owners deserve to know if their vehicles are safe, so ...
10/17/2018
UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate panel wants Hyundai, Kia to testify on engine fire reports

We’ve got to get to the bottom of what’s causing these car fires. Owners deserve to know if their vehicles are safe, so we’ve called on the heads of Kia and Hyundai to testify in front of Congress.

Neither Hyundai nor Kia had any immediate comment. In May 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, opened a formal investigation into the recall of nearly 1.7 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles over engine defects. The letter to the....

In St. Pete this morning meeting with business owners and scientists about the economic and health impacts of the contin...
10/17/2018

In St. Pete this morning meeting with business owners and scientists about the economic and health impacts of the continuing red tide off of Pinellas' beaches.

After giving huge tax breaks to the wealthiest, now GOP leadership wants to cut Social Security and Medicare. No way.  W...
10/16/2018
Senate Republicans Set Sights On Cutting Social Security

After giving huge tax breaks to the wealthiest, now GOP leadership wants to cut Social Security and Medicare.

No way.

We need to preserve and protect our seniors' safety net.

A key part of financial planning is understanding the roles the major government social insurance programs, Social Security, Medicare (and Medicaid) will play in your later years. Consider this: They are worth almost a million dollars to a middle-income American.

Good news, just learned that Verizon will provide every customer in Bay and Gulf county with a credit for 3 months of se...
10/16/2018

Good news, just learned that Verizon will provide every customer in Bay and Gulf county with a credit for 3 months of service for each line.

I’ve urged all the phone, wireless and cable companies in NW Florida to restore service ASAP in areas affected by the storm – and to provide a 60-day moratorium on late fees, interest, penalties and any other unnecessary costs to give folks time to recover.

I’ve urged all the phone, wireless and cable companies in NW Florida to restore service ASAP in areas affected by the st...
10/16/2018

I’ve urged all the phone, wireless and cable companies in NW Florida to restore service ASAP in areas affected by the storm – and to provide a 60-day moratorium on late fees, interest, penalties and any other unnecessary costs to give folks time to recover.

10/16/2018

Many schools in Florida’s Panhandle have suffered severe damage as a result of Hurricane Michael. I just spoke to the Secretary of Education and urged her to do whatever she can to help get these kids back in school as soon as possible.

Countless people still aren’t able to return to their homes after Hurricane Michael. I urged FEMA to offer temporary hot...
10/16/2018

Countless people still aren’t able to return to their homes after Hurricane Michael. I urged FEMA to offer temporary hotel rooms for those who need somewhere to stay while our communities rebuild and recover.

Tyndall Air Force Base is a vital part of our national security and our Florida economy. Sen. Rubio and I asked for the ...
10/16/2018

Tyndall Air Force Base is a vital part of our national security and our Florida economy. Sen. Rubio and I asked for the president’s full commitment to rebuild the entire base.

In Blountstown today meeting with local officials like the Calhoun County Sheriff and school superintendent to get an up...
10/15/2018

In Blountstown today meeting with local officials like the Calhoun County Sheriff and school superintendent to get an update on the recovery efforts here.

Met with Gadsden County Sheriff Morris A. Young and emergency management officials in Gadsden and Leon Counties today to...
10/15/2018

Met with Gadsden County Sheriff Morris A. Young and emergency management officials in Gadsden and Leon Counties today to get an update on the recovery effort.

Meeting with officials and surveying the damage in Bay, Jackson and Gadsden Counties today in an effort to get necessary...
10/14/2018

Meeting with officials and surveying the damage in Bay, Jackson and Gadsden Counties today in an effort to get necessary federal resources to the hardest hit areas.

10/12/2018
Sen. Nelson on Hurricane Michael recovery

We’ve got a lot of work to do to help these communities recover, but Sen. Rubio and I are doing everything we can to make sure folks affected by this storm get access to all the federal resources they need.

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