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Florida Chamber writes to Bill Nelson, Fla. Congressional delegation over understaffed MIA terminal

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is asking Sen. Bill Nelson to beef up government spending at Miami International Airport in order to address a problem of delays and missed flights.

Gov. Rick Scott sent a letter to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano last month asking for more customs officials at MIA, and the Chamber backed him up this week with a letter to Nelson and other members of the Florida Congressional delegation.

"As Gov Scott noted in his letter, the customs problem at MIA makes Florida less competitive on the international stage," Florida Chamber president David Hart wrote. "More than 30,000 international travelers missed their connecting flights at MIA after waiting for customs in August 2012."

It's not clear if the Chamber sent similar requests to Sen. Marco Rubio, or the other Republican members of congress who are from South Florida, where MIA is located.

Update: The Florida Chamber said it sent similar letters to other members of the Florida congressional delegation.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has targeted Nelson with millions of dollars in attack ads as he faces Republican challenger Rep. Connie Mack.

Read the Chamber's letter, which was re-posted by Scott's press office today, here.

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naplesbob

The bill killed in the Senate on retraining Combat veteran's, from Iraq and Afghanistan; would have addressed this issue. Instead of helping Veteran's and helping America remain safe; these G.O.P. Clowns called it a stunt!!! Then what does the Governor's office hope to maccomplish by posting this letter on his website? I think it shows clearly that the G.O.P. and Gov. Scott care more about politics than it does it's Veterans and "our" Country!!!

joe blow

since DICK Scott doesn't like federal money or government workers Senator Nelson is going to tell DICK he can shove it up his doo doo hole!

Can't take anymore

I guess it is clear to the COC that their boy Marcito is too busy campaigning for other Republicans all over the country to be any use to them in gaining additional resources for MIA. He is proving to be just as useless at the federal level as he was at the state level. Marcocito is all about self-promotion and hustling up campaign contributions, not constituent services. Sen. Nelson needs to tell the COC to take a hike since they are part of the Republican machine trying to run him out of office.

homer. gallo

nelson waived our represention to Harry Reid

vcobbs

Connie Mack for US Senate in November!!
Bill Nelson is useless!! He is part of the problem, just like Reid, Pelosi, and Corrine Brown!!!

Frankie

Maybe we would have money for a whole lot of things if Bill Nelson didn't spend his career spending massive amounts of taxpayer dollars. Enough is enough, its time we vote out Bill Nelson. You can check out his high spending voting record at billnelsonrecord.com.

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