|This week, on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Michael, Senator Rick Scott released the following video and statement:
“One year ago, Hurricane Michael devastated Florida’s Panhandle and Tyndall Air Force Base, leaving a path of destruction our communities are still working to rebuild. I was there the day after the storm hit and for months afterwards. I saw heartbreaking destruction. But I also saw people coming together. Because that’s what we do in times of crisis – Floridians come together to rebuild. Floridians are resilient.
See more of what Senator Scott has been up to this week below.
Senator Rick Scott released the following statement requesting a meeting with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after the league reiterated its support of Communist China and refused to stand for the people of Hong Kong.
Senator Rick Scott said, “I am requesting a meeting with Commissioner Silver immediately to discuss the NBA’s involvement in Communist China. I was the first U.S. Senator to travel to Hong Kong since the protests began. What I saw was devastating. Men and women are risking their lives to fight for the same freedom we take advantage of in this country. As Americans, it is our duty to stand together against injustice, and that means standing up to Communist China and President Xi as he violates the rights guaranteed under the 1997 handover of Hong Kong.
“We must all put human rights above profit. And that means standing with Hong Kong. The NBA’s refusal to denounce Communist China for what it is – our adversary – is shameful. The NBA should stop playing games in Communist China, and I look forward to meeting with Commissioner Silver to discuss the importance of supporting the brave individuals fighting to free themselves from the grip of Communist China.” Read more HERE.
Senator Rick Scott joined Senators Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio, Mike Braun, and Josh Hawley in a letter to Microsoft President Brad Smith in response to his comments that the U.S. government should provide more evidence of wrongdoing by Huawei so that business leaders can decide whether to continue doing business with the Chinese telecommunications company. Read more, including the full letter, from Senator Tom Cotton’s office HERE.
Senator Rick Scott met with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and leaders on ways to strengthen the economic and trade partnership between the United States and Brazil. Senator Scott also discussed how Brazil and the United States can continue working together to promote freedom throughout Latin America and end Maduro’s ruthless regime in Venezuela. Read more HERE.
Senator Rick Scott tweeted the following statement after reports that ESPN explicitly discouraged any political discussion about China and Hong Kong.
Senator Rick Scott released the following statement after Peace Corps Director Dr. Jody Olsen refused Senator Scott’s request to terminate all Peace Corps programs in Communist China by October 1, 2019, and use those resources to help the Bahamas.
Senator Rick Scott said, “I’m disappointed that the Peace Corps ignored my request to get out of Communist China. President Xi is a Communist dictator and human rights violator. Communist China is supporting Maduro’s genocide of young children in Venezuela, killing over a million of its own citizens a year with hazardous air pollution, and attacking religious freedom by detaining possibly more than one million Uyghurs, a Muslim ethnic minority group in China, in internment and re-education camps. There is no reason the Peace Corps should be using taxpayer dollars to prop up one of our greatest adversaries – a wealthy nation that can fund its own initiatives. Our friends in the Bahamas are still hurting, and it makes no sense that the Peace Corps would rather do the work of Communist China than help our neighbors in need.” Read more HERE.
Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to the President of NonLethal Technologies, Inc. requesting a meeting after learning that the company has provided the Hong Kong police with tear gas that is now being used to suppress and violate the rights of the people of Hong Kong.
Last week, Senator Scott returned from Hong Kong, where he met with pro-democracy leaders, business leaders and religious leaders – all fighting for their freedom and human dignity, and standing strong against Beijing’s aggression. Senator Scott was the first U.S. Senator to visit Hong Kong since the protests started. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.
Senator Rick Scott sent letters to the Governors of Illinois, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Delaware, Connecticut and New Jersey outlining his concerns about rising debt in their states, and the actions he took as Governor to turn around Florida’s economy. In Washington, Senator Scott is fighting at the federal level to rein in the out of control spending that is putting our country’s future at risk. Read more, including the full letters, HERE.
Senator Rick Scott released the statement below after the announcement that the U.S. Coast Guard will grant an extension to Panama City-based Eastern Shipbuilding’s Offshore Patrol Cutter contract. Eastern Shipbuilding requested this extension following the devastating impacts of Hurricane Michael to its shipbuilding facilities and available labor last year.
Senator Rick Scott said, “Since Hurricane Michael hit last year, I’ve been fighting to make sure Florida families and businesses have everything they need to fully recover and get back to their normal lives. I applaud the Coast Guard’s decision to continue the Offshore Patrol Cutter project in Panama City as the community keeps working to rebuild from the storm. This is incredible news for the local economy and the many families who depend on these jobs, and ensures the Coast Guard has the resources it needs to protect our national security.” Read more HERE.
In the op-ed, Senator Rick Scott wrote, “… I just returned from Hong Kong, where I met with pro-democracy, business and religious leaders who are fighting for their freedom and human dignity. They are standing strong against Beijing’s aggression.…
I met with protesters — students, parents and grandparents — who are fighting to regain the freedom they were once promised. I heard their stories — horrible and frightening stories of police brutality, threats against individuals and their families and mysterious disappearances. I heard how injured protesters can’t go to the hospital for fear of retaliation. But in all the horrific tales, there are brave and heroic souls fighting for freedom.
All of this is happening because President Xi is a human-rights violator. He is yet another Communist leader trying to be the dominant world power. It’s Hong Kong now, then it will be Taiwan and soon America itself. China believes that in order for them to be stronger, America and other freedom-loving countries must be weaker.…
It’s important to be clear-eyed about this. We must be vigilant. We must be aggressive. America’s role of fighting for freedom and liberty worldwide depends on it. The future of our children and grandchildren depends on it.
To the brave and resilient people of Hong Kong: The United States is with you. Your fight will not be in vain, and doesn’t go unnoticed.
I won’t stop fighting until America’s economic and political future — and the freedom of nations across the globe — is secure from the threat of Chinese influence.”
Read the full op-ed in the Miami Herald HERE.
Politico: Pols blast NBA for ‘kowtowing’ to China
Sunshine State News: Rick Scott Calls Out NBA for Ties to Communist China
International Business Times: Senators Slam NBA For Seemingly Siding China In Hong Kong Protests
Florida Politics: Rick Scott: ‘NBA’s refusal to denounce Communist China is shameful’
American Military News: Beto, Sens. Cruz, Scott, others slam NBA for bowing to and begging Communist China
Sinclair Broadcast Group: Sen. Rick Scott wants more out of travel advisory to China
Florida Politics: Rick Scott heading to Brazil
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in Florida
Florida is a melting pot with incredible and vibrant Hispanic communities. Senator Rick Scott is proud to join all Floridians to recognize the many Hispanic business owners, community members and Floridians that make a difference in our great state.
See how Senator Scott celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month below.
Celebrando el Mes de la Herencia Hispana en la Florida
La Florida es un estado con un sinnúmero de comunidades hispanas increíbles y vibrantes. El senador Rick Scott se enorgullece en unirse a todos los floridanos para reconocer a los muchos propietarios de negocios hispanos, miembros de la comunidad y floridanos que marcan la diferencia en nuestro gran estado.
Vea cómo el senador Scott celebró el Mes de la Herencia Hispana a continuación.
Senator Rick Scott recognized veterans of the “Borinqueneers,” the 65th Infantry Regiment of the United States Army from Puerto Rico, to thank them for their outstanding service to our nation.
September was an extremely busy month around District 80 and in Tallahassee as well. From traveling around the state, new Committee assignments, working with Senator Marco, Rubio, exciting announcements from the Capitol and much more- keep reading to find out more on all the fun and informative things that took place this past month!
2020 Legislative Session Committee Appointments
For the upcoming 2020 Legislative Session, I am proud to announce that I will be serving on the following Committees:
· Insurance & Banking Subcommittee, Chairman
· Criminal Justice Subcommittee
· Education Committee
· Commerce Committee
· Appropriations Committee
I am extremely thankful to Speaker Oliva for entrusting me to be the Chair of such a vital Committee. I also have to thank all of the Committee members for their support and their eagerness to get to work. I’m excited to see all the good we can accomplish for Floridians!
Florida Chamber of Commerce 2019 Honor Roll
I am extremely honored to be named to the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Honor Roll! I am a proud supporter of Florida businesses and all the work we’ve done together thus far. I’m looking forward to we can continue to help Florida businesses thrive!
Thank you to the Florida Chamber of Commerce!
Regional Round-table with Senator Marco Rubio
On Friday, September 27th, I attended and participated in a regional round-table in LaBelle hosted by Senator Marco Rubio.
I was there to witness Senator Rubio’s office present a Congressional Record to a great community restaurant in LaBelle. Afterwards, along with some other officials in Hendry County, we got together and discussed local issues impacting this community.
Thank you Senator Rubio for inviting me to be a part of such a great event. It’s an honor to work with you!
Amendment 4 Informative Event
On Tuesday, September 24th, I was honored to join my colleague Representative Chip LaMarca, alongside Neil Volz, in speaking to members of the Broward County community on all things Amendment 4, and Returning Citizens and the process of getting their right to vote restored.
Thank you to the organizers of this great informative event, and to all of those who came out to hear up speak!
Tour of the South Florida Water Management District Headquarters
My colleague, Representative Toby Overdorf, organized and hosted a tour of the South Florida Water Management District headquarters, which is located in West Palm Beach, Florida. Several other of my colleagues in the Florida House and West Palm Beach community were in attendance to have comprehensive knowledge of the massive work it takes to manage Florida’s water ways.
We received a tour of the facility, the command center, and even participated in an exercise to determine the best course of action for balancing Lake Okeechobee’s water levels.
Thank you to Representative Overdorf for organizing this event, and a huge thank you to everyone at the SFWMD for hosting us today and giving us a firsthand account of all the great work you to manage the water in South Florida!
Hendry County Legislative Delegation Hearing
On Thursday, September 26th, alongside Senator Kathleen Passidomo, we hosted the annual Hendry County Legislative Delegation Hearing, a formal hearing to hear the financial and legislative needs of Hendry County organizations. This past October, the entire Collier County Legislative Delegation, Senator Passidomo, Representative Rommel, Representative Rodriguez, and myself, attended the Collier County Legislative Delegation Hearing. These Hearings give our offices insight and clarity as to what our communities need most. We then take those needs with us to Tallahassee, and fight to make sure those financial needs get funded in this year’s budget.
The month of October brings (hopefully) cooler weather, Halloween, and back-to-back Committee Weeks in Tallahassee. Stay tuned for more exciting news, announcements, legislative updates, and events happening in your community and in Tallahassee!
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The Collier County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for positions on several advisory committees. Members of committees must reside in and be registered to vote in Collier County. Instructions on how to apply are below.
The Board of Building Adjustments and Appeals has two vacancies. Applicants must represent one of the following professions: a licensed plumbing or mechanical contractor, or a state licensed architect or structural engineer. This five-member board hears appeals on rejections or refusals by the Building Code Compliance Director to approve mode of construction or materials to be used in construction or alteration of a structure. Members must be knowledgeable in the following Collier County Codes: Florida Building Codes, Electrical Code, Fire Prevention Code, Gas Code, Mechanical Code and Swimming Pool Code. Terms are four years. This is a Quasi-Judicial Board.
The Code Enforcement Board has two currently vacant seats for alternates. This seven-member board with two alternates is composed of individuals representing the occupations of architect, business owner, engineer, general contractor, subcontractor and realtor, who are considered on the basis of their experience or interest in the areas of the codes and ordinances to be enforced. Members are required to file a Form 1 Statement of Financial Interest each year with the Supervisor of Elections. Terms are three years. This is a Quasi-Judicial Board.
The Conservation Collier Land Acquisition Advisory Committee has one vacancy. This committee’s primary responsibility is to recommend to the BCC an Active Properties Acquisition List with qualified purchase recommendations of environmentally sensitive lands consistent with the goals of the Conservation Collier Land Acquisition Program. Membership of the committee shall comprise broad and balanced representation including environmental and conservation interests, agricultural and business interests, educational interests, and general civic and citizen interests within the County. Members shall have expertise, knowledge or interest in ecology, conservation of natural resources, real estate or land acquisition, land appraisal, land management, eco-tourism or environmental education. Terms are three years.
The Contractors Licensing Board has three vacant seats: one for a building professional, and two for consumer representatives. Consumer applicants should have no ties to the construction industry. Building professional applicants should be either a licensed architect, a licensed general contractor, a licensed engineer, a licensed electrical contractor, a licensed plumbing contractor, a licensed mechanical contractor, a licensed roofing contractor, a licensed residential, or a licensed building contractor. This nine-member board was created to determine the qualifications of applicants for the various categories of the Contractors’ Certificates of Competency. They also hold hearings to determine if a certificate of competency of any contractor, master or journeyman should be revoked. Terms are three years. This is a Quasi-Judicial Board.
The Development Services Advisory Committee has six seats expiring in December. Members must be one of the following: architect, attorney, land developer, land planner; environmentalist; professional engineer; general contractor; residential/commercial contractor; or utility, plumbing, or electrical contractor. This 15-member committee represents the various aspects of the development industry. The purpose of this committee is to provide reports and recommendations to the BCC to assist in the enhancement of operational efficiency and budgetary accountability within the Growth Management Department and to serve as a primary communication link between the Growth Management Department, the development industry and the citizens of Collier County. Terms are four years.
The Educational Facilities Authority has one vacancy. The purpose of this five-member authority is to assist institutions for higher education in the construction, financing, and refinancing of projects. One member shall be a trustee, director, officer, or employee of an institution for higher education located in Collier County. Terms are five years.
The Floodplain Management Planning Committee has one vacancy for a citizen representative from the rural region of the county (east of 951). The committee reviews and provides recommendations for floodplain management regulations, and for surface water and watershed management issues brought before it including but not limited to, matters dealing with water quality and quantity. They will also develop and, at least annually, evaluate and update the Collier County Floodplain Management Plan. Members serve at the will of the County Manager.
The new Golden Gate City Economic Development Zone Advisory Board is seeking applications for seven open seats. Applicants must either be residents of Golden Gate City or represent business and commercial interests in the Golden Gate City Economic Development Zone. This seven-member committee was formed for the purpose of advising the BCC concerning policies and programs to attract businesses or industries to the Economic Development Zone and reviewing and making recommendations on applications for funding through the Trust Fund. Initial terms shall be one or two years.
The Haldeman Creek Dredging Maintenance Advisory Committee has one vacancy. Applicants must reside within the boundaries of the MSTU. This five-member committee was created to aid and assist the Board of County Commissioners in carrying out the MSTU, to prepare and recommend an itemized budget, and to recommend work programs and priorities. Members will be appointed from different parcels, subdivisions and/or communities within the MSTU. Terms are four years.
The Health Facilities Authority has a seat expiring in October. The purpose of this five-member authority is to assist health facilities in the acquisition, construction, financing and refinancing of projects in any incorporated or unincorporated area within the geographical limits of Collier County. Members must be Collier County residents. Terms are four years.
The Historic/Archaeological Preservation Board has two seats expiring October 1. Applicants shall have demonstrated interest in the field of historical and archaeological preservation, with expertise in one of the following categories: 1) History; 2) Archaeology; 3) Real Estate, Land Development, or Finance; 4) Architecture; 5) Law or Urban Planning; or 6) citizen-at-large. This seven-member committee is vested with the power, authority, and jurisdiction to designate, regulate, and administer historical and archaeological resources in Collier County. Terms are three years.
The Immokalee Local Redevelopment Advisory Board has one vacancy, in the category of: representative of an Immokalee business. This nine-member committee assists in the implementation of the redevelopment plan for the Immokalee area. Terms are three years.
The Industrial Development Authority has two current vacancies. This five-member authority has the power to sell industrial revenue bonds. Money generated from the bonds is used to construct industrial plants, equipment and other facilities which would then be leased or sold to private industry. Terms are four years.
The Infrastructure Surtax Citizen Oversight Committee has one vacant seat, representing Commission District 1. Applicants must reside in District 1 and should have background and experience related to financial or business management. This seven-member committee provides citizen review of the County’s expenditure of the proceeds from the Collier County and Municipal Infrastructure One-Cent Sales Surtax. Terms are two years.
The Public Transit Advisory Committee has a vacancy for a member representing health care services, social services, or large employers. This seven-member committee makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners in matters related to transit policies, issues, programs and plans to provide mass transit services to the citizens of Collier County. Terms are three years.
The Vanderbilt Beach Beautification MSTU Advisory Committee has two seats expiring in November. Members must be permanent residents within the MSTU boundaries. This committee assists the BCC in carrying out the purposes of the MSTU, prepares and recommends to the BCC an itemized budget for the MSTU, and recommends work programs and priorities to the County Manager. Terms are four-years.
How to Apply:
To apply for an advisory committee vacancy, submit an application online at https://www.colliercountyfl.gov/your-government/advisory-boards/online-advisory-board-application. After you complete the application, click on “Submit Form.” To receive an immediate e-mail confirmation that your application was received, you must include your e-mail address in the application.
Residents interested in applying for advisory committee positions may also obtain an application by calling 239-252-8400, or from https://www.colliercountyfl.gov/home/showdocument?id=25235. Please email to DL-AdvisoryBoardOn-LineApplications@colliercountyfl.gov, or mail to the attention of Wanda Rodriguez, County Attorney’s Office, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Suite 800, Naples, Florida 34112-5746.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Albio Sires (D-NJ), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), and Steve Chabot (R-OH), co-chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, released the following statement on the 108th National Day of Taiwan:
“As co-chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, we send our best wishes to the people of Taiwan as they celebrate the 108th National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
“This year marks a special milestone in the close friendship shared by the United States and Taiwan – the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA). Our countries share many core values including a commitment to democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. The relationship between the U.S. and Taiwan has benefited the global community and is critical to prosperity in the region. The Taiwan Relations Act has facilitated decades of economic, security, and trade relations. Taiwan is the United States’ 11th largest trading partner and one of the largest markets for American agricultural products. In September 2019, Taiwan sent an Agricultural Trade Goodwill Mission to visit Washington D.C. and 11 other states to sign letters of intent with related U.S. exporters sealing its purchase of U.S. soybean, corn, wheat, and meat worth about $3.7 billion dollars in the next two years. Our close partnership is key to the prosperity of both the United States and Taiwan.
“As Taiwan faces direct and increasing challenges to its democracy and security, it is important that the United States remain a strong ally. All four co-chairs cosponsored a resolution reaffirming the importance of the TRA and our bilateral relationship, and supported its unanimous passage by the House of Representatives earlier this year.
“It is an honor to serve as co-chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus and to celebrate Taiwan’s thriving democracy. Congratulations again to the people of Taiwan on your 108th National Day.”
Laura D. Hernandez
Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)
“The administration’s decision to remove our remaining troops from Syria is strategically short-sighted, erodes our credibility amongst our regional partners and fortifies Russia’s position in the conflict. The Syrian Kurds have been a critical ally in the fight to eradicate ISIS, and they continue to be a crucial partner in the stabilization of the region—holding thousands of foreign ISIS prisoners that our European allies refuse to accept and administering refugee camps that ISIS holdouts hope to infiltrate and exploit. Abandoning the Kurds at this time and supporting by default Turkey’s offensive military action will divert Kurdish resources now being used to stabilize the region and will erode global confidence in the US.
“I urge the President to reverse his decision of removing our troops, and to send a strong message to Turkey—along with our other NATO partners in Europe—that we support the Kurds who have been fighting with us.”
John Dugan, Collier Republican Executive Committeeman has volunteered to chair the Fundraising Committee.
We are forming a fundraising committee because we urgently need to raise funds for next year.
Our first initiative will be selling advertisements in the February 15th Lincoln Reagan Dinner Program. Our goal is to have all members participate by being responsible for selling an ad for the program. We have priced the ads in a range from $100 to $1000 for a full page.
The goal is to create an annual fundraising process rather than continuing to be an event based, reactionary fundraising organization.
Volunteers are needed to help the fundraising committee in developing a list of business or individual prospects.
We aspire to double our bank balances by year-end, which can be accomplished if each member ensures the equivalent of one full-page ad.
Contact John Dugan (978) 376-6073, firstname.lastname@example.org, to get involved.
The Collier County Republican Party is proud to announce Donna Wagner will be launching a Faith Engagement Committee. Wagner attended the Republican Party of Florida and was introduced to the state wide effort to put a Faith Engagement Committee in every Florida County. She is a life long Republican and was active in Kentucky politics, and active in Naples politics since moving here in 2005. She currently serves as 2nd Vice President of the Women’s Republican Club Federated, Naples.
Wagner is dedicated to the effort and in the past year has attended:
Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans
- Southern Region Republican Women’s Conference in Atlanta
- RPOF Quarterly Meeting in Miramar Beach
- FFRW Quarterly Meeting in Sandestin
- NFRW Annual Meeting in Indianapolis as a Delegate at Large and a Regent Member
- Will be attending the FFRW Annual Meeting in Orlando
The RPOF Faith Engagement Committee was re-established in May 2019. The committee rationale can be summarized as follows:
- People of faith turned out for the 2016 election in large numbers and they voted by a huge margin in favor of President Trump & Vice President Pence! Possibly as high as 81%.
- In the 2018 Mid-terms, Republicans again had a good turnout of faith-based voters but their participation was less and as a result Governor DeSantis and Senator Scott won by razor-thin margins.
- In order to win Florida in 2020, we will need faith-based voters to register and vote in support of the re-election of President Trump & Vice President Pence in equal or greater numbers than in 2016.
90 Million Christians in American are eligible to vote, but as many as 40 million fail to vote in Presidential elections. And 15 million are not even registered to vote. Even though Collier County is predominantly Republican and has a high percentage of voter turnout, that is not necessarily true for the entire state. And as a matter of fact, in Florida we have close to 250,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans. We have to work hard to change that.
The RPOF has asked each county REC to form a Faith Engagement Committee. The Mission is “to encourage people of faith to become involved in the election process through voter registration, encouraging the vote and voting.”
We want to focus on churches that have conservative values. We need your help! Please let me know if you would like to serve as the host/hostess for your church and coordinate voter registration events with Jennifer Edwards’ office or if you are interested in being trained to being involved in the registration process.
Email me at email@example.com
This week, Senator Rick Scott released another episode of his series in partnership with The Heritage Foundation: How Washington Wastes Your Money. See previous Washington Waste Wednesday features HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.
This week’s episode focuses on zero-based budgeting. Government should be transparent and held accountable for how they spend taxpayer money. Every year, the federal government should examine the budget, item by item, to make sure the programs being funded – with taxpayer money – are getting a good return on investment. Senator Scott is focused on reforming the budget process so it works more effectively and efficiently for all Americans.
See more HERE or watch the video below.
See more of what Senator Scott has been up to this week below.
Sen. Rick Scott Returns from Hong Kong; Denounces China as they Celebrate 70th Anniversary
On the 70th Anniversary of the Republic of China, Senator Rick Scott released the below statement condemning China for denying freedom to Hong Kong. Senator Scott returned from a trip to Hong Kong this week, where he met with pro-democracy leaders, business leaders and religious leaders – all fighting for their freedom and human dignity, and standing strong against Beijing’s aggression. Senator Scott was the first U.S. Senator to visit Hong Kong since the protests started.
Senator Rick Scott said, “On my trip to Hong Kong, I met with protestors who are fighting every day for their basic human rights. I heard terrible stories of police brutality, imprisonment and intimidation. President Xi is a human rights violator and a Communist dictator set on world domination. But 70 years of China’s Communist oppression is too long. I’m glad the United States is finally standing up to China as they threaten the security of America and all freedom-loving nations across the globe. We stand with the brave men and women fighting in Hong Kong, and will always fight for freedom and democracy.” Read more HERE.
Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin thanking him for his efforts to reverse the Obama-era government takeover of the housing finance market, which put taxpayers on the hook for nearly half of all mortgages. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.
Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio sent a letter to the Chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts, Mary Anne Carter, raising concerns on the use of U.S. taxpayer dollars to fund an exhibit at Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art and Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art, which feature portraits of the infamous Ernesto Ché Guevara. Ché Guevara was an Argentine revolutionary whose sadistic role during the Cuban Revolution included founding Cuba’s first forced labor camp where he tortured innocent civilians. Read more, including the full letter, from Senator Rubio’s office HERE.
Senator Rick Scott released the following statement ahead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and South Florida Democrats’ meeting with the Venezuelan community in Florida. This meeting comes after Senate Democrats blocked Senator Scott’s amendment that would immediately grant TPS to Venezuelans. His amendment has the support of Senate Republicans and is the only measure that has any chance of becoming law.
Senator Rick Scott said, “Democrats say they want to support Venezuelans escaping Maduro’s ruthless regime, but like many issues before us, they are all talk, no action. Last week, when presented with my amendment that would grant TPS to Venezuelans and reform the TPS program, Senate Democrats came to the floor to block it. It is shamefully clear that Senate Democrats are using the Venezuelan community to play politics instead of actually working together to get something done. Hopefully, this meeting will finally convince the Democrats to come to the table and work with us to help the Venezuelan people.” Read more HERE.
El senador Rick Scott hizo la siguiente declaración antes de la reunión de la presidenta de la Cámara de Representantes, Nancy Pelosi, y demócratas del sur de la Florida con la comunidad venezolana en el estado. Esta reunión se produce luego de que los demócratas del Senado bloquearan la enmienda del senador Scott que inmediatamente otorgaría TPS a los venezolanos. Su enmienda cuenta con el apoyo de los republicanos del Senado y es la única medida que tiene alguna posibilidad de convertirse en ley.
El senador Rick Scott dijo: “Los demócratas dicen que quieren apoyar a los venezolanos que escapan del régimen asesino de Maduro, pero como en muchos asuntos, solo hablan, no actúan. La semana pasada, cuando presenté mi enmienda que otorgaría TPS a los venezolanos y reformaría el programa de TPS, los demócratas del Senado vinieron al hemiciclo para bloquearlo. Es vergonzosamente claro que los demócratas del Senado están utilizando a la comunidad venezolana para jugar a la política en lugar de realmente trabajar juntos para hacer algo. Mi esperanza es que esta reunión finalmente convenza a los demócratas a venir a la mesa y trabajar con nosotros para ayudar al pueblo venezolano ”. Lea más AQUÍ.
Senator Rick Scott released the following statement after receiving a letter from Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam. The letter follows Senator Scott’s trip to Hong Kong, where he met with business leaders, pro-democracy figures, and government leaders, including Chief Executive Carrie Lam, to discuss the path forward for Hong Kong amid China’s growing threat.
Senator Rick Scott said, “On my trip to Hong Kong, I met with Chief Executive Carrie Lam and establishment leaders, who are nothing more than puppets for Beijing and President Xi. Chief Executive Lam wouldn’t even answer basic questions about the rights of her people. I received a follow-up letter today from Chief Executive Lam filled with more empty words. She claims to value freedom, democracy, and Hong Kong’s partnership with the United States, but her inaction demonstrates how little she values the rights of the people of Hong Kong – even denying her citizens the right to protest peacefully. As Chief Executive Lam wrote this letter to me, a Hong Kong teenager was shot in the chest while protesting for freedom. Now, her government is considering banning people from wearing masks that are used to protect themselves from tear gas or hide their identities. Chief Executive Lam is just another pawn in Communist dictator Xi’s game of global domination. It is disappointing that Hong Kong does not have a strong leader standing for them, but the United States is committed to this fight and won’t back down.” Read more HERE.
Sen. Rick Scott: I’ve Been Blessed to Live the American Dream – We Can Never Let Socialism Replace It
Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed for Fox Business about how Democrats’ socialist proposals will bankrupt the nation and deprive future generations the chance to live the American dream.
In the op-ed, Senator Rick Scott wrote, “… I worry about future generations and the freedoms that they might lose if we allow socialism to flourish in our country, and it’s time for you to worry about it, too.
Right now, extreme liberals, both in Congress and in the campaign for president, are promoting a socialist agenda that would reverse the progress of our country and strip American families of freedom and opportunity.…
As the saying goes, the problem with socialism is that eventually, you run out of other peoples’ money.
Socialism produces a weak economy that hurts everyone. It deprives individuals of freedom and opportunity, kills innovation and would destroy the American experiment as we know it.…
Our children and grandchild deserve the opportunity to pursue their dreams in a free country – dreams that do not and cannot exist under socialism.”
Read the full op-ed in Fox Business HERE.
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