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Florida and Alaska Republicans Push Senate Bill to Restart Cruises

Republican senators from Florida and Alaska, two states hurt by the government’s pandemic-related restrictions on cruises, introduced a bill Tuesday allowing voyages to restart by July 4.

The so-called Cruise Act, backed by senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio of Florida and Dan Sullivan of Alaska, faces long odds for passage but could help pressure federal regulators to relax curbs they imposed on the industry over a year ago when the Covid-19 pandemic forced ship owners to shut down.