Congressman Rooney Cosponsors Bill that Enhances Coordination of Veteran Suicide and Mental Health Services

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney cosponsored H.R.3495, the Improve Well-Being for Veterans Act. This bill would provide financial assistance to nonprofits and organizations that provide and coordinate suicide prevention services for veterans.

Congressman Rooney stated, “It’s our government’s responsibility to care for the brave men and women who have served our country. Despite significant increases in VA funding for mental health and suicide prevention services, the veteran suicide rate has continued to remain unchanged as approximately 20 veterans lose their lives by suicide every day. We must do more to act on this national crisis.”

“I am proud to cosponsor this bipartisan measure which provides for a larger community that is focused on solving this crisis. Our freedom would not be possible without the service of America’s veterans and I am thankful for their hard work and sacrifice. I am committed to taking care of our veterans and active servicemen and women.”

Congressman Francis Rooney Officially Becomes Member of the Environment Subcommittee

Congressman Francis Rooney has officially become a member of the Environment Subcommittee on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Congressman Rooney joined the House Science Committee just prior to the August recess and participated in his first meeting this week.

Ranking Member Frank Lucas welcomed Congressman Rooney to the Subcommittee. “I’m pleased to have Francis Rooney as a member of our Environment Subcommittee,” said Ranking Member Frank Lucas. “Rep. Rooney has established himself as a strong voice on the issues that impact his district and I look forward to working with him on practical policy solutions to environmental challenges.”

Congressman Rooney stated, “Southwest Florida has a tourism-driven economy that depends on clean water and a healthy environment. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over much of the non-defense, Federal environment research programs that provide innovative solutions to our environmental challenges. One of the biggest challenges for our community is the threat of Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB’s). Serving on this subcommittee will allow for a more precise impact on the solutions to HAB’s and other challenges. I look forward to working with all of my colleagues on the committee to address these environmental challenges including the impacts of offshore drilling, rising sea levels and temperatures, and acidity in our air and waters.”

Senator Rick Scott Week in Review September 15, 2019

Just like he did as Governor, Senator Scott is working to make sure every student in the nation – no matter how they grow up – has access to a quality education at a price they can afford. This week, during a speech on the future of higher education, Senator Scott announced five proposals to lower the cost of higher education for our students:

  1. If a student defaults on their federal loan, the institution where they took classes should be responsible for a portion of that default.
  2. Apply the same rules to not-for-profit institutions as we do to for-profit institutions, so all institutions would be held to the same standards when it comes to preparing students for jobs, and ultimately be held accountable for their performance.
  3. If a college or university raises tuition or fees, they will be automatically cut off from ALL federal funding, including federally-guaranteed loan programs.
  4. Allow Pell Grants to be eligible for use at technical colleges. Current law arbitrarily limits Pell Grants. If a student has a Pell Grant, they should get to use it to get the job they want.
  5. Remove onerous Obama-era regulations that hinder private lenders from giving loans.

Senator Scott also introduced the Hurricane Dorian Charitable Giving Act this week, which will change the U.S. tax code to incentivize charitable giving to organizations supporting Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery. He also co-sponsored the Florida Shores Protection Act to help protect Florida’s coasts from off-shore drilling.

See more of what Senator Scott has been up to this week below.

Sen. Rick Scott: Florida’s Higher Education System Continues to be Best in the Nation

Senator Rick Scott released the following statement commending Florida’s public universities after the release of the 2020 Best Colleges rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Out of the Top Public Schools, the University of Florida is ranked #7, Florida State University is #18 and the University of South Florida is #44.

Senator Rick Scott said, “For three years in a row, U.S. News & World Report has rated Florida’s higher education system as the best in the nation, and I want to thank our universities and our students for continuing this success. Florida has experienced a 9.5 percent increase in its college graduation rate over the last five years, and our public universities, especially University of Florida, Florida State University and the University of South Florida, continue to score impressive ratings every year. We worked hard in Florida to provide our students with a world-class education that leads to a good-paying job at a price they can afford, and today’s rankings show Florida continues to be a leader in higher education. I look forward to working in the Senate to share Florida’s success with the nation and to make education more affordable for all families.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: Current Visa Situation in the Bahamas Must be Clarified

Following confusion in the Bahamas regarding current visa rules, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement.

Senator Rick Scott said, “It’s important Customs and Border Protection and the Bahamian government work together to clarify the current rules regarding visas in the Bahamas. As hundreds of thousands of Bahamians seek refuge or start to rebuild after Hurricane Dorian, we cannot have the kind of confusion that occurred in Freeport. Senator Rubio and I continue to urge President Trump to waive some visa requirements for those in the Bahamas that have family in the United States. But until that happens, there needs to be clarity on the current rules.”

“I also encourage Customs and Border Protection to work with the Bahamian government to set up a temporary site at their ports of entry. Professionals should be on site to help the many Bahamians trying to leave destruction.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Statement on CBP Commissioner Morgan Announcement Regarding Bahamian Refugees

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan’s announcement that Bahamian refugees fleeing the devastation of Hurricane Dorian can temporarily stay in the United States.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I’m glad Commissioner Morgan has agreed to allow Bahamians fleeing the destruction on the islands to temporarily come to the United States. We should all be there to support our friends from the Bahamas. I would urge everyone at the state and local level of government to join us in supporting those fleeing the Bahamas. If the American Red Cross asks any county in Florida for temporary assistance housing refugees, I hope they will accommodate. We all have a responsibility to help our neighbors…” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Applauds DHS for Bahamian Visa Clarification

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released clarification regarding visa requirements for Bahamian citizens traveling to the United States. This announcement follows Senator Scott’s call for Customs and Border Protection and the Bahamian government to work together to clarify the current rules regarding visas in the Bahamas.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I applaud DHS for responding to our request and clarifying visa requirements for Bahamians fleeing the destruction on the islands to temporarily come to the United States. We should all be supporting our friends from the Bahamas, and we want to make sure there is no confusion. I look forwarding to further discussions about my proposals to help the people of the Bahamas.” Read more HERE.

Congressman Spano Joins Senator Scott to End Surprise Medical Billing 

Congressman Ross Spano announced his sponsorship of the House companion bill to Senator Scott’s Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills Act.

Senator Rick Scott said, “One way we can lower the cost of healthcare for American families is to force hospitals to be more transparent in their medical billing. There is no reason patients should be surprised by unconscionable charges for simple procedures and every patient should know what the price will be up front. I fought for and signed similar legislation as Governor of Florida, and this common sense idea will help all American families.” Read more from Congressman Spano’s office HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: Time for Administration to Sanction Turkey for Dealings with Russia

As the Administration considers imposing sanctions related to Turkey’s purchase of the Russian-made S-400 air defense missile system, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I’ve been greatly concerned about Turkey siding with Russia over NATO, culminating in their purchase of the Russian-made S-400 air defense missile system. As I have previously stated, it is time for the Administration to declare this sale a significant transaction under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), and fully implement the sanctions required under CAATSA. NATO exists to safeguard freedom and democracy – in particular because of the threats from Russia – and Turkey’s actions actively undermine these goals.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: Update on Bahamas Recovery Efforts

Senator Scott is committed to doing everything he can on the federal level to help families in the Bahamas recover and rebuild, and has released four proposals to help families on the islands. On Tuesday, Senator Scott spoke to UN Secretary General António Guterres to get an update about the UN’s relief efforts in the Bahamas following his letter urging their support. Last week, Senator Scott also joined Senator Rubio in urging President Donald Trump to waive or suspend certain visa requirements for Bahamian citizens with relatives residing in the United States. Read more updates on efforts to help families and businesses in the Bahamas impacted by Hurricane Dorian HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: Under No Circumstance Should Nicolas Maduro be Issued a Visa to Come to the U.S.

Senator Rick Scott issued the following statement on the current situation in Venezuela and requested information from the Department of Defense about the flow of oil between Venezuela and Cuba.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Nicolas Maduro is not the legitimate leader of Venezuela. He is a thug and a dictator who is perpetrating a genocide on his people. Under no circumstance should he be issued a visa to enter the United States. The United Nations General Assembly should not be an excuse to allow Nicolas Maduro to cover up his crimes and promote his propaganda. We should also be very careful about what Cuban officials we allow to enter the United States.”

“I’m also very concerned with the continued flow of oil between Venezuela and Cuba. I’ve requested information from the State Department and the Defense Department about how much oil continues to flow between the two countries and what schemes are being used to circumvent U.S. and international sanctions.” Read more HERE.

Senador Rick Scott: Bajo ninguna circunstancia se le debe emitir una visa a Nicolás Maduro para venir a los EE. UU.

El senador Rick Scott hizo la siguiente declaración sobre la actual situación en Venezuela y le solicitó información al Departamento de Defensa sobre el flujo de petróleo entre Venezuela y Cuba.

El senador Rick Scott dijo: “Nicolás Maduro no es el líder legítimo de Venezuela. Es un matón y un dictador que está perpetrando un genocidio contra su pueblo. Bajo ninguna circunstancia se le debe emitir una visa para entrar a los Estados Unidos. La Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas no debería ser excusa para permitir que Nicolás Maduro encubra sus crímenes y promueva su propaganda. También debemos tener mucho cuidado con los funcionarios cubanos que permitimos que entren a los Estados Unidos. 

“También estoy muy preocupado por el flujo continuo de petróleo entre Venezuela y Cuba. He solicitado información al Departamento de Estado y al Departamento de Defensa sobre la cantidad de petróleo que continúa fluyendo entre los dos países y qué esquemas están utilizando para evadir las sanciones estadounidenses e internacionales”. Lea más AQUÍ.

Sen. Rick Scott Sends Letter to FAA Administrator Following Security Concern at MIA

Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Steve Dickson following the arrest of an airline employee accused of attempting to sabotage a flight departing from Miami International Airport to the Bahamas. In the letter, Senator Scott requests that the FAA provide information on the certification and oversight of commercial airline mechanics. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.

Senators Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham and Johnny Isakson Introduce the Hurricane Dorian Charitable Giving Act

Senators Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham and Johnny Isakson introduced the Hurricane Dorian Charitable Giving Act, which will change the U.S. tax code to incentivize charitable giving to organizations supporting Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart will be introducing the bill in the House.

Senator Rick Scott said, “What happened to the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian is absolutely devastating. Our friends in the Bahamas have a long road to recovery, and I am working to make sure they have the support they need. Additionally, many of our friends in the Carolinas are also working on rebuilding their homes and businesses. One thing we can do to help today is get rid of any restriction on the amount an individual or business can give towards recovery efforts. I’m proud to work with Senators Rubio, Graham, and Isakson, and Congressman Diaz-Balart, on this common-sense proposal.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Applauds Committee Passage of $200 Million for Florida Everglades Restoration

Senator Rick Scott applauded the Senate Appropriations Committee’s passage of the Energy and Water spending bill, which includes $200 million in construction funding for the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration (SFER). In May, Senator Scott joined Senator Marco Rubio and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in a letter urging President Trump to include this vital funding in his budget requests to Congress.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I was the first Governor to put state funding towards fixing the federal dike at Lake Okeechobee and I’ve consistently fought for federal funding for projects to help restore and protect Florida’s Everglades, including this $200 million SFER project. I’d like to thank Senator Marco Rubio and his colleagues on the Senate Appropriations Committee for their commitment to protecting Florida’s natural treasures for generations to come. I hope the full Senate will join in support of this vital project to protect the Everglades and pass this funding quickly.” Read more HERE.

This Week in the Office of Senator Marco Rubio – September 15, 2019

This Week in the Office of Senator Marco Rubio


On Thursday, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee passed the FY2020 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations bill and the FY2020 Department of Defense Appropriations bill. I am proud to have secured critical funding for Florida in both bills through my role on the committee. Read more here.



On Thursday, I wrote an op-ed in The New York Times urging for the passage of my bipartisan red flag legislation, which would give law enforcement the ability to restrict gun access for unstable, potentially violent people, without infringing on the rights of responsible gun owners. Read more here.



On Wednesday, I reintroduced the Sand Acquisition, Nourishment, and Development (SAND) Act, which could make it more cost-effective to replenish Southeast Florida’s economically-valuable beaches. The SAND Act would give the Army Corps of Engineers greater flexibility in assessing and obtaining non-domestic sand for federal beach renourishment projects. Read more here.



On Sunday, I sent a letter to United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green requesting that the United States Naval Ship (USNS) Comfort be repositioned to the Bahamas as soon as possible, as well as any assets needed from the Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group. Read more here.



On Wednesday, I named Rethreaded of Jacksonville, Florida as the U.S. Senate Small Business of the Week. This social entrepreneurship venture creates dignified work opportunities for survivors of human trafficking. Watch my video message here.



On Thursday, I commended the SBA Office of Advocacy for holding a roundtable to address the overregulation of small businesses in the premium cigar industry. Read more here.



On Wednesday, I joined CNBC to discuss U.S. investments in China, and the importance of passing my Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. Watch the full interview here.



On Thursday, I sent a letter to Attorne General William Barr to encourage the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to ensure that the Brazilian construction conglomerate, Odebrecht, observes the terms of the 2016 plea agreement with the DOJ. Read more here.



On Wednesday, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) joined me in applauding the Senate’s passage of our bipartisan Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act (S.178). The bill is an important step in countering the totalitarian Chinese government’s extensive and horrifying human rights abuses in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Read more here.



On Tuesday, I joined Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and other colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross requesting an assessment of the adequacy of U.S. export controls with respect to Hong Kong. Read more here.


On Monday, I issued a statement following the announcement that the Organization of American States (OAS) has begun the process of invoking the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, also known as the Rio Treaty, in support of the restoration of democratic order and the rule of law in Venezuela. Read more here.



In Case You Missed It…


“A Strong Bipartisan Path to Tackle Gun Violence” (New York Times, 9/12/2019)


“DeSantis, Rubio, Scott travel to Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian” (News4Jax, 9/6/2019)


“Florida senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott address media after touring Andros Town in the Bahamas” (Miami Herald, 9/6,2019)


“Marco Rubio honors Jacksonville firm in human trafficking fight” (Florida Politics, 9/11/2019)


“When the institute exits this fall, it will be the last in Florida – the universities of South Florida, West Florida and North Florida had branches when US Sen. Marco Rubio began a drive to stamp them out, saying China was trying to ‘infiltrate American classrooms, stifle free inquiry and subvert free expression.’” (Reaffirm college’s academic freedom after China pressuring, Miami Today, 9/11/2019)


“After Miami Herald investigation, Rubio asks DOJ to look into Odebrecht’s plea agreement” (Miami Herald, 9/12/2019)


“Marco Rubio requests USNS Comfort be moved to Bahamas post-Dorian” (Florida Politics, 9/8/2019)


“Marco Rubio: Dirección política de EEUU sobre Venezuela no será debilitada” (El Tiempo Latino, 9/12/2019)


“Sen. Marco Rubio wants to make sure federal worker retirement dollars are not invested in China” (CNBC, 9/11/2019)


“On Friday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R.-Fla.) tweeted a push for U.S. military involvement. Only active-duty forces have the heavy helicopters needed to quickly transport supplies to devastated areas, he said. Within hours, Rubio added in another tweet that he had “good news”: USAID had made a request for heavy helicopters.” (Pentagon’s involvement in Hurricane Dorian relief effort in the Bahamas expected to remain small, Washington Post, 9/10/2019)


“Marco Rubio Backs OAS Getting Tougher on the Maduro Regime in Venezuela” (Florida Daily, 9/120/2019)


“Marco Rubio: State, Commerce Departments Should Review U.S. Export Controls Regarding for Hong Kong” (Florida Daily, 9/11/2019)


“Marco Rubio apoya invocación del TIAR en Venezuela” (, 9/10/2019)


“Marco Rubio. Val Demings Want More Diversity in the Media” (Florida Daily, 9/12/2019)


Legislation Introduced…

·     On Wednesday, I reintroduced the Sand Acquisition, Nourishment, and Development (SAND) Act , which could make it more cost-effective to replenish Southeast Florida’s beaches.

·     On Thursday, I joined Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Doug Jones (D-AL) to introduce bipartisan legislation to reauthorize a trade law that has benefited the United States, and 23 countries in the Caribbean basin, for nearly 20 years.

·     On Thursday, I joined Senators Rick Scott (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) to introduce the Hurricane Dorian Charitable Giving Act , which seeks to modify the U.S. tax code to incentivize charitable giving to U.S.-based organizations supporting Hurricane Dorian relief. U.S. Representative Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL) will be introducing the companion bill in the House of Representatives.

·     On Tuesday, Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and I joined U.S. Representatives Val Demings (D-FL) and Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR) to introduce a bipartisan, bicameral resolution calling for increased diversity in American media.


Coming up…

·     My staff will host Mobile Office Hours next week to assist constituents with federal casework issues in their communities. More information and locations near you here.

Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review

Although Florida families were spared from most impacts of Hurricane Dorian, our neighbors in the Bahamas experienced complete devastation, and Senator Scott is committed to helping them recover and repair.

Senator Rick Scott said, “At times of crisis, we come together. That’s exactly what we’re going to do to help our Bahamian brothers and sisters. I’m working on what we can get done on the federal level right now to help the Bahamas, and I will do everything in my power to help the Bahamas recover and rebuild.”

This week, Senator Scott released four proposals to help the Bahamas recover:

  • Changing the U.S. Tax Code to Incentivize Charitable Giving
    Senator Scott will file a bill to eliminate the cap on deductibility of individual and corporate charitable contributions to organizations doing disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. Families and businesses should not have restrictions on how much they can donate to relief efforts.
  • Providing Humanitarian Assistance
    Senator Scott is thankful for all the work by the U.S. Coast Guard to help with search and rescue and medical evacuations in the Bahamas. Senator Scott is also supporting efforts by NORTHCOM to provide additional humanitarian assistance to the Bahamas.
  • Redirecting Foreign Aid to the Bahamas
    Senator Scott is proposing that the U.S. redirect some foreign aid currently being distributed to our adversaries, including Russia, North Korea, China, Iran, Syria, Cuba and Yemen, to support Bahamian recovery efforts.
  • Transferring Peace Corps Resources to the Bahamas
    Senator Scott is calling on the Peace Corps to terminate all activities in China and instead use those resources to support recovery in the Bahamas. All Peace Corps personnel and resources should be transferred from China to the Bahamas by October 1, 2019.

See more of what Senator Scott has been up to this week below.

Sen. Rick Scott: I’m Committed to Helping our Neighbors in the Bahamas Recover Following Hurricane Dorian

Senator Scott is committed to doing everything he can on the federal level to help families in the Bahamas recover and rebuild. This afternoon, Senator Scott joined Senator Marco Rubio in urging President Trump to waive or suspend certain visa requirements for Bahamian citizens with relatives residing in the United States.

Senator Rick Scott said, “What happened in the Bahamas is absolutely devastating. Your heart goes out to all the families impacted. I want to thank all of those that are coming together to quickly provide relief for families in the Bahamas – your efforts mean so much. The people of Florida are generous and the outpouring of support for our neighbors in the Bahamas has been inspiring. I’m committed to doing everything I can on the federal level to help the Bahamas rebuild and recover following Hurricane Dorian.”

See below for more details on efforts to help families and businesses in the Bahamas impacted by Hurricane Dorian:

  • The United States Coast Guard is positioned in the Bahamas to conduct medical evacuations, support search and rescue operations and provide humanitarian aid. The U.S. Coast Guard has also taken the Prime Minister and Bahamas opposition leader to survey damage.
  • The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to the Bahamas to assess damage, identify humanitarian needs, and bring urgently needed assistance to those affected by this hurricane.
  • USAID is working with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) of the Bahamas to pre-position personnel in Nassau to help the Bahamian government with providing aid.
  • The Bahamian government has announced that any relief supplies being shipped or brought by boat to the Bahamas will be exempt from duties and fees.

Senators Rick Scott, Marco Rubio Urge President Trump to Waive Some Visa Requirements for Bahamian Citizens with U.S. Relatives

Following the devastation of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio urged President Donald Trump to waive or suspend certain visa requirements for Bahamian citizens with relatives residing in the United States. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Visits Red Cross Ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Following a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, ahead of Hurricane Dorian, Senator Rick Scott stopped by the American Red Cross on Saturday to receive an update on their efforts to prepare for and respond to Hurricane Dorian and keep Floridians safe.

Sen. Rick Scott Thanks Law Enforcement for Hurricane Dorian Preparedness and Response Efforts

Senator Rick Scott visited the Atlantic Beach Police Department, Neptune Beach Police Department, and Duval County Emergency Operations Center to thank law enforcement officers and employees for their incredible work to keep Florida families safe before, during, and after Hurricane Dorian.

Sen. Rick Scott Visits Bahamian Hurricane Relief Donation Sites in Miami

Senator Rick Scott joined City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez to tour donation and relief supplies collection sites for Bahamian families impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Senator Scott was also joined by Senator Rubio at the American Red Cross in Miami to learn about how they are helping families and business impacted in the Bahamas. Read more HERE.

Were you or your loved ones affected by Hurricane Dorian? 

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Judicial Vacancies

Senator Scott remains committed to filling Florida’s federal judicial vacancies in Florida’s Southern District and Middle District with the best-qualified candidates to serve our state and nation. Interested candidates may contact our office or find more information on current federal judicial vacancies HERE.

Politico: Rubio, Scott ask Trump to waive visa requirements for Bahamians

Fox News: Rubio, Scott ask Trump to waive visa requirements for Bahamians to seek refuge in US

USA Today: Florida senators call for help for the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian devastates country

News Service of Florida: Senators Marco Rubio, Rick Scott call for aiding Bahamas storm victims

Breitbart: Marco Rubio, Rick Scott Ask Trump to Provide U.S. Refuge to Bahamians Hit by Hurricane Dorian

Cox Media Group: GOP Senator calls for foreign aid to be redirected to the Bahamas

Sun Sentinel: Florida lawmakers ask Donald Trump to ease visa rules for Bahamians after Hurricane Dorian

Sunshine State News: Rubio, Scott Plead with Trump: Waive Some Visa Rules for Bahamian Citizens with U.S. Relatives

Florida Daily: Florida Senators Want Trump to Suspend Visa Requirements for Some Bahamian Citizens After Hurricane Dorian

Florida Politics: Marco Rubio, Rick Scott want visa waivers for some Bahamians

The Floridian: Rubio, Scott ask Trump to “suspend certain visa requirements” for Bahamians

Florida Daily: Marco Rubio, Rick Scott Want Feds to Do More to Help the Bahamas Recover From Hurricane Dorian

Fox News: Florida Sen. Rick Scott urges residents to remain vigilant as Hurricane Dorian looms

Fox News: Rick Scott urges Floridians to take Dorian seriously: ‘This is about your survival’

Fox News: Florida Sen. Rick Scott on Hurricane Dorian: ‘Don’t take a chance’

Fox News: Officials issue stern warnings as Dorian nears U.S.: ‘Take this storm seriously’

Fox News: Sen. Scott expects flooding, wind and tornadoes to accompany Hurricane Dorian

Fox News: Sen. Rick Scott urges Floridians to evacuate as Hurricane Dorian approaches

Fox Business: Sen. Rick Scott: Hurricane Dorian’s storm surges matter more than its category

The Floridian: Scott and Trump monitor Hurricane Dorian from FEMA HQ

Fort Myers News-Press: Hurricane Dorian: U.S. Senator Rick Scott visits the National Hurricane Center in Miami

Politico: Rick Scott: Florida ‘not off the hook’ when it comes to Hurricane Dorian

The Daily Caller: Florida Sen. Rick Scott Says Dorian Could Bring Destruction On The Level Of Mexico Beach

Newsmax: Fla.’s Sen. Rick Scott Warns Dorian Has Deadly Disastrous Potential 

Newsmax: Sen. Rick Scott to Fla.: Heed Dorian Evacuation Orders

WPEC: Sen. Rick Scott speaks at National Hurricane Center in Miami

WPEC: Florida Sen. Rick Scott speaks with CBS 12 as Dorian tracks north

WSVN: Gimenez, Scott visit Doral warehouse amid supply collections for Dorian survivors

Florida Today: Hurricane Dorian: Sen. Rick Scott talks about the expected storm surge

Diaz-Balart Commends the OAS for Supporting the Venezuelan People, Protecting Regional Stability

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart issued the following statement after the OAS member states determined, by a passing vote of 12-0, with 5 countries abstaining, to approve the call for a consultation body pursuant to the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, which affirms the responsibility of the OAS to work toward “the maintenance of the peace and security of the Continent” (Art. 6).

“Today, the OAS has agreed to invoke the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance. I commend the Trump Administration, U.S. Ambassador to the OAS Carlos Trujillo, as well as Venezuelan Ambassador to the OAS Gustavo Tarre Briceño and OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro, for joining together to support the rule of law, regional security, and the rights of the Venezuelan people. The Lima Group also has been instrumental in strengthening international solidarity with the Venezuelan people and the legitimate government of Guaido.”

“The world is increasingly united around the restoration of freedom, human rights, and security for Venezuela and our hemisphere. Today’s action was the next necessary step in achieving that goal.”

Rooney bill to ban offshore drilling in Eastern Gulf of Mexico passes House of Representatives

The House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 205, the Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act, which would make permanent the moratorium on drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, east of the Military Mission Line. The bill passed by a vote of 248 – 180 and will now head to the Senate for consideration.

Congressman Rooney said, “Offshore drilling off the coast of Florida would create an industrial coastline less appealing to visitors, hinder our military readiness, and adversely affect our environment. I want to ensure that all areas east of the Military Mission Line in the Gulf of Mexico are permanently protected from offshore drilling, so these negative consequences do not transpire. Floridians overwhelmingly support the idea as evidenced by the 69% approval of a 2018 state constitutional amendment banning offshore drilling off the coast of Florida. The military has supported this as well, since the Eastern Gulf is America’s largest testing ground.”

“I thank Speaker Pelosi and House Leadership for taking up this bill and my colleagues who voted in favor. Hopefully our Florida Senators Rubio and Scott can accomplish moving this legislation to passage in their chamber and that President Trump will support Florida’s critical imperative by signing it into law.’


  • The Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act, H.R. 205, was introduced by Congressman Francis Rooney in January of this year.
  • The Eastern Gulf of Mexico hosts the Gulf Test Range, a 120,000 square mile range that stretches from the Florida panhandle to the Keys. The vast size allows the testing of hypersonic weapons, combat maneuvers training, drone testing, and untold future operations of weapons and platforms that will not only need space for testing, but also restricted access areas for classified operations.
  • The moratorium on drilling and exploration in the eastern gulf will expire in 2022 unless the Senate and President act.
  • Floridians overwhelmingly voted in favor of Florida Amendment 9, which would ban offshore drilling for oil and natural gas off the coast of Florida, by 69% to approve this amendment.

Episode #21 of the Rommel Report

Episode #21 of the Rommel Report

Listen to the latest podcast from the Rommel Report!

Bob welcomes David Lawrence Center CEO, Scott Burgess to the podcast.  Bob and Scott dive deep into a number of topics ranging from mental health awareness to addiction issues and how the David Lawrence Center can help those people in need, along with the community.  A good counselor is so important. With Collier County growing at a rapid pace, the number of mental health cases is poised to rise quickly. Bob and Scott talk about a number of stats and preventive measures you can examine to find out whether someone you love may need attention.

Find out on this informative episode of The Rommel Report!


Women for Trump

Left to Right: Wendy Pepe, Maggie’s List Board Member, Karen Pittman, Maggie’s List Member, Sandra Murman, Hillsborough County Commissioner Jan Face Glassman, Collier County, Republican State Committeewoman Leslie Saunders, Maggie’s List Board Member

On Thursday, August 22nd, women from all over Florida travelled to the Tampa Convention Center for ‘An Evening to Empower’.

In spite of the late notice, there was a standing-room only audience filled with women and some men. The room was electric with energy before and during the event. In the parking garage afterwards, no one could contain their excitement over the presentation and the word that Vice President Mike Pence is on the ticket!

Kathy King, Florida’s National Committeewoman, introduced the evening which was an extremely interesting conversation with former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Kellyanne Conway on the women and the 2020 election.

The evening was one of thirteen held by Women for Trump Advisory Board members in venues across the country to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the suffragettes and women’s right to vote.

Women for Trump had earlier announced its national leadership Advisory Board made up of 36 Women. One of them, a Naval reserve officer and former Congressional candidate, shared with me that she had a phone message one day on her phone from Lara Trump. The woman ignored the call as scam. Then she received another message from Lara Trump, so she called the number still assuming it was a scam. To her surprise, it really was Lara Trump asking her to serve on the Women for Trump Advisory Board!

There is only one official Women for Trump organization. Any other organizations with similar names are not part of the campaign.

Only women authorized by Women for Trump speak officially on behalf of the campaign. Women for Trump merchandise should only be purchased through the Women for Trump website at

It is the only official merchandise for women that supports the Trump 2020 campaign.

Submitted by

Jan Face Glassman

State Committeewoman

Collier County Republican Executive Committee