To the editor:
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson this past week achieved a unanimous vote passing his legislation in the Senate to help lower the veterans' unemployment rate, The Veterans Skills to Jobs Act of 2012 will facilitate veterans' getting licenses required for civilian jobs.
Federal agencies will have 180 days to streamline licensing procedures from the date the bill is signed by President Obama. The U.S. House has passed a companion bill on this. This bill is supported by all veterans' groupssomething, at last, that both houses of Congress can agree upon.
On a different note, Florida is to receive $20 billion from BP's oil spill fine. Sen. Nelson is advocating that Florida's share will be spent on bridge and road construction and other transit issues in the state. (Five states will receive money, including Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.) Florida law dictates that 75 percent of monies received go to eight Panhandle counties, as they were the most affected by the spill. Twenty-five percent will go to other counties that were impacted.
In addition, a provision to extend low interest rates on student loans was passed by both houses, with Sen. Nelson's support.
Recapping recent accomplishments of Bill Nelson shows he is getting things done in spite of a difficult political climate. Bill's bills have included:
- The veterans' help for jobs
- Construction jobs from the oil spill
- Student loan rate relief for one year
- Support for women in small business (a bipartisan Nelson-Snowe bill)
Thanks, Bill Nelson, for your lifetime of service.