2020 Republican National Convention Delegate Qualifying Information

Jan Face Glassman
Collier County State Committtewoman

There will be 3 Delegates and 3 Alternate Delegates from Congressional District 19 and Congressional District 25.

The convention will be held in Charlotte, NC from Monday, August 24, thru Thursday, August 27. As a reminder, Delegates and Alternates pay all their own travel, registration, and other expenses related to attend the Convention.

The CD 19 Caucus meeting to elect Delegates and Alternate Delegates for the 2020 Republican National Convention will be held on April 30 at 6 pm at the:
Barefoot Beach Club
5025 Bonita Beach Rd
Bonita Springs, FL

The CD 25 Caucus meeting will be held on Saturday, April 4, at 11 am at:
First Baptist Church of Labelle
330 North Main Street
Labelle, FL 33935

The information and forms can be accessed by clicking the forms below.

There will be opportunities for guests to attend as well. As soon as we have further information on guests, we will let you know.

As we receive additional information on the convention, we will share it with you. 2020 is a great year to be a Republican, to re-elect President Trump, and to retire Nancy Pelosi by taking back Congress!
Jan
Jan Face Glassman
CD19 Vice Chair
Collier County Republican State Committeewoman

RPOF Instruction Material

Qualifying Form Download

Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review February 21, 2020

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This week, Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed for the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald on why the United States must stand up for freedom, democracy and human rights throughout Latin America to protect America’s families, national security and economic stability.

In the op-edSenator Rick Scott wrote, “During the State of Union address, President Trump recognized the president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, and later received him at the White House as a head of state. It was a significant moment in today’s hyper-partisan Washington to see near universal, bipartisan support for Guaidó.

It also underscored the commitment to a future Latin America not plagued by despots like Nicolas Maduro, Raul Castro or Daniel Ortega. For those of us who advocate the importance of Latin America to U.S. national-security interests, it renews our hope that the region may finally be prioritized in our foreign-policy agenda.…
 
The crises we face across Latin America may seem like isolated, parochial conflicts in a faraway place, but the reality is that these crises reach our shores eventually. They always do. Each time there is political, social or economic instability, a natural disaster or rising dictatorship in the region, the movement of immigrants from any given crisis puts a strain on our immigration system and resources. There also are the devastating impacts on affected families. 

It’s a geopolitical reality that requires, from a simple cost-benefit analysis, a greater commitment to the stability of the region.…
 
We must be clear-eyed about the threats and understand their origin as well as their effect on the flow of migrants to our border, of drugs into our country and the rising influence of anti-American actors in the hemisphere. The degree to which our foreign policy truly reflects a commitment to freedom, democracy and human rights in the region will have a direct impact on our stability at home.”

Read the full op-ed in the Miami Herald HERE and the el Nuevo Herald HERE.

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

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Sen. Rick Scott Discusses Threat of Counterfeit Goods and Coronavirus from Communist China in Miami

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Senator Rick Scott visited the U.S. Customs and Border Protection International Mail Facility in Miami to discuss the work being done on the federal level to combat counterfeit goods from Communist China. Senator Scott also discussed the threat of the Chinese Coronavirus, and his call for increased screening and inspections on all products and produce coming into the United States from China.

The 25th season of the The Wall That Heals national tour honoring our nation’s Vietnam War veterans debuted in Marco Island this week. Thank you to the Marco Island American Legion Post #404 for hosting, and thank you to those who have served our great nation.

Come Visit Us at Mobile Office Hours!

The staff of Senator Rick Scott will be holding Mobile Office Hours to assist Floridians with federal services, including help with federal agencies and veterans’ resources. See a full list of federal services HERE. Next week’s Mobile Office Hours will be held at:


Indian River County

Monday, February 24, 2020
9:00AM – 11:00AM
Senior Resource Association
694 14th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960

St. Lucie County
Monday, February 24, 2020
12:00PM – 2:00PM
Fort Pierce City Hall
100 N U.S. Highway 1
Fort Pierce, FL 34950

Miami-Dade County 
Monday, February 24, 2020
10:00AM – 1:00PM
Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce
1920 Meridian Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Taylor County
Monday, February 24, 2020
11:00AM – 1:00PM
Taylor Senior Citizens Center, Inc.
800 West Ash Street
Perry, FL 32347

Charlotte County
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
9:00AM – 11:00AM
Heritage Oaks Assisted Living & Memory Care
7374 San Casa Drive
Englewood, FL 34224

Madison County
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
11:00AM – 1:00PM
Madison County Board of County Commissioners
229 SW Pinckney St., Room 107
Madison, FL 32340

Seminole County
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
11:30AM – 1:30PM
Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce
230 East 1st Street
Sanford, FL 32771

Flagler County
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
9:00AM – 12:00PM
Flagler County Government Services
1796 E. Moody Blvd., Building 2
Bunnell, FL 32110

Osceola County
Thursday, February 27, 2020
11:00AM – 1:00PM
Museum of Military History
5210 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy.
Kissimmee, FL 34746

 Palm Beach County
Friday, February 28, 2020
10:00AM – 12:00PM
Palm Beach Vet Center
4996 10th Ave N., Suite 6
Greenacres, FL 33463

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Sen. Rick Scott Applauds Treasury Department for Sanctioning Russian Oil Firm for Supporting Maduro Regime

Senator Rick Scott issued the following statement applauding the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) for designating Rosneft Trading S.A., the Swiss-incorporated, Russian-controlled oil brokerage firm pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13850, as amended, for operating in the oil sector of the Venezuelan economy. OFAC also designated the chairman of the board of directors and president of Rosneft Trading S.A., Didier Casimiro, for purporting to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, Rosneft Trading S.A.

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 and profiting off their suffering. I’m glad the Treasury Department is taking action against foreign entities that prop up the corrupt Maduro regime. The quickest way to end his brutal regime is to cut of the supply of money and this is an important step in that direction. We must remain vigilant. The United States and all freedom-loving nations around the world need to do everything in our power to isolate Maduro in Venezuela.” Read more HERE.

El senador Rick Scott aplaude al Departamento del Tesoro por sancionar a empresa petrolera rusa por apoyar al régimen de Maduro

El senador Rick Scott hizo la siguiente declaración aplaudiendo a la Oficina de Control de Activos Extranjeros (OFAC) del Departamento del Tesoro de los Estados Unidos por designar a Rosneft Trading SA, la firma de corretaje de petróleo controlada por Rusia y constituida en Suiza de conformidad con la Orden Ejecutiva (OE) 13850, según enmendada, por operar en el sector petrolero de Venezuela. La OFAC también designó al presidente de la junta directiva y al presidente de Rosneft Trading S.A., Didier Casimiro, por su pretensión de actuar para o en nombre de, directa o indirectamente, Rosneft Trading S.A..

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 y aprovechándose de su sufrimiento. Me alegra que el Departamento del Tesoro esté tomando medidas contra las instituciones financieras extranjeras que apoyan al corrupto régimen de Maduro. La forma más rápida de poner fin a su brutal régimen es cortar la flujo de dinero y este es un paso importante en esa dirección. Debemos permanecer vigilantes. Los Estados Unidos y todas las naciones amantes de la libertad en todo el mundo deben hacer todo lo que esté a nuestro alcance para aislar a Maduro en Venezuela”. Lea más AQUÍ.

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WPLG Local 10 News: Sen. Rick Scott Discusses Threat of Counterfeit Goods and Coronavirus from Communist China in Miami
Watch the clip below or HERE.

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WPLG: Sen. Rick Scott speaks about coronavirus concerns while touring CBP sorting facility

NBC 6: Senator Rick Scott Addresses Coronavirus Concerns in Miami Visit

WSVN: US Customs agents target counterfeit goods with mandatory screening

Florida Daily: Rick Scott: Medical License Verification Act Will Cut Down on Healthcare Fraud

Florida Daily: Florida Delegation Backs Sanctions on Russian Oil Company Backing the Maduro Regime

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WASHINGTON, D.C.
716 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5274

TALLAHASSEE
111 N. Adams Street, Suite 208
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: (850) 942-8415
Fax: (202) 228-4535

TAMPA
801 North Florida Avenue, Suite 421
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 225-7040

NAPLES
Collier County Government Center
3299 Tamiami Trail East, #106
Naples, FL 34112
Phone: (239) 231-7890

WEST PALM BEACH
415 Clematis Street, Suite 201
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: (561) 514-0189

ORLANDO
Landmark II Building
225 East Robinson Street, Suite 410
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (407) 872-7161


KISSIMMEE 
1 Courthouse Square, Suite 300
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Phone: (407) 586-7879

PENSACOLA 
221 Palafox Place, Suite 420
Pensacola, FL 32502
Phone: (850) 760-5151

MIAMI 
901 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Suite 505
Miami, FL 33134
Phone: (786) 501-7141

 

Legislative Update – February 22, 2020

Legislative Update – February 15, 2020

Senate Passes 2020-2021 Balanced Budget, Focusing Investments on Teachers, Environment and State Employees

The Florida Senate passed Senate Bill 2500: Appropriations, a proposed state budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

The proposed Senate budget, presented by Appropriations Committee Chair Rob Bradley, invests in Florida’s teachers, state employees, and environment, while maintaining $3.5 billion in total reserves.

The budget includes $500 million for a new teacher salary increase allocation and $325 million in increased flexible funding through the Base Student Allocation.  This provides funding for schools districts to increase the starting salary for classroom teachers while also investing in veteran teachers and other members of school district personnel who serve our children.

$643.6 million of the budget is appropriated to address Everglades restoration and protection of our water resources, and an additional $125 million will go toward Florida Forever for water and land conservation efforts.

The Senate budget also invests in hardworking state employees with $403 million to fund across-the-board salary increases for state employees, as well as health insurance and retirement benefits.

Other key investments include:

·         Full funding for affordable housing opportunities with $387 million from the Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Funds;

·         $110 million in new funding for the Department of Corrections;

·         Increased funding for home and community-based services for Floridians with unique abilities; and

·         A rate enhancement for the dedicated providers who serve Floridians living in nursing homes.

The Florida Senate’s budget continues to prioritize critical areas such as hurricane recovery, tax relief for Floridians, health and human services, transportation and elections security.

The House also passed its budget this past week, and the next step in the process is for the Senate and the House to convene in Conference to iron out the differences.

“We have a lot of challenges with explosive growth, a lot of challenges that come when you have to meet the needs of 21.8 million Floridians, and I think that this budget meets that challenge.” – Senate Appropriations Chairman Rob Bradley

Senate Committee Approves Tax Relief Legislation

The Senate Committee on Finance and Tax, chaired by Senator George Gainer, unanimously approved two bills establishing sales tax holidays that will save Florida families millions in tax dollars. 

Senate Bill 542, by Senator Keith Perry, creates a 10-day back-to-school sales tax holiday beginning July 31, 2020.

The legislation would eliminate taxes during the designated holiday on the following items:

·         Clothing;

·         Footwear;

·         Backpacks costing $60 or less;

·         School supplies costing $15 or less; and 

·         Personal computers or personal computer-related accessories costing $1,000 or less per item. 

This measure will help to ensure students have the tools and supplies necessary to be successful in the classroom.

Senate Bill 524, by Senator Joe Gruters, establishes an 18-day sales tax holiday beginning May 29, 2020, for disaster supplies.

Some examples of tax-free items include:

·         Flashlights and lanterns costing $20 or less;

·         Radios and tarps costing $50 or less;

·         Coolers and batteries costing $30 or less;

·         Generators costing $750 or less; and

·         Impact-resistant windows and doors.

This legislation allows Florida families to purchase critical disaster preparedness supplies tax-free so they are better prepared for the upcoming 2020 hurricane season.

Guardianship Reform Bill Heads to Senate Floor 

My guardianship bill, Senate Bill 994, passed out of the Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday.  The bill will now to the Senate Floor for a vote.

In the Rules Committee, I offered an amendment to the legislation to clarify the procedure for an expedited judicial intervention if the Do-Not-Resuscitate court approval is requested due to exigent circumstances.  If this occurs, Rule 5.900 of the Florida Probate Rules would then apply, and the court must hold a hearing within 72 hours.

What happened recently in Orlando is unforgivable.  The accused was charged of taking advantage of a number of vulnerable seniors under her care when they most needed protection.  Because of cases like these, Rep. Burton and I introduced the measure this session to protect the rights and lives of seniors under the care of professional guardians.  Our vulnerable seniors need to know they can find care and justice here in Florida.

Senate Approves Measure to “Keep Our Graduates Working”

As student loan debt continues to climb, House Bill 115: Keep Our Graduates Working Act prevents any state authority, including the Department of Health, from denying the issuance of or refusing to renew an individual’s professional license, certificate, registration or permit solely on the basis of defaulting on a student loan payment.

The bill does not forgive any student debt or remove the ability to suspend or revoke a health care professional license based on violations specified in law.  Senator Travis Hutson has championed this legislation that will help graduates remain in Florida’s workforce.

The Keep Our Graduates Working Act passed the full Senate and will now be sent to the Governor’s desk.

Measures Benefitting Disabled Veterans Advance 

The Senate Committee on Rules, chaired by Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto, approved Senate Bill 936: Disability Retirement Benefits, by Senator George Gainer.

This legislation improves access to benefits for disabled veterans by easing proof of disability requirements for a veteran in the Florida Retirement System who is receiving care at a federal Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facility.  Currently, a veteran is required to receive certification of proof of total and permanent disability from physicians licensed in Florida or the state in which the veteran works.

SB 936 would allow a veteran to obtain proof of disability from a VHA physician regardless of the state that physician is licensed in.

In the Senate Committee on Community Affairs, chaired by Senator Anitere Flores, senators voted to approve Senate Bill 1662: Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans, by Senator Ben Albritton.  This legislation expands the property tax exemption for a permanently disabled veteran, or his or her surviving spouse, to allow for a prorated refund of ad valorem taxes paid for newly acquired property.  Although current law provides a full property tax exemption for homestead property owned by disabled veterans, tax-exempt veterans may sustain some tax liabilities when moving homestead property.

SB 1662 resolves this issue by allowing a veteran or surviving spouse to keep their exempt status upon acquiring new homestead property through a rebate process.

These measures continue Florida’s efforts to remain the most-veteran friendly state in the nation.

Bill to Require E-Verify Passes Senate Judiciary Committee

Both federal and Florida law prohibit a business from employing a person who is not authorized to work in the United States.

SB 664 would require a private or public employer, as well as a contractor or subcontractor of a public employer, to use an E-Verify system to confirm that a newly hired employee is authorized to work in the United States.  At least 19 other states require the use of E-Verify by public employers, contractors or subcontractors of public employers or private employers.

Bill to Promote Holocaust Education Passes Senate Committee on Education

Senate Bill 1628 by Senator Book would expand the required instruction associated with the history of the Holocaust.  The legislation would authorize the Department of Education (DOE) to work with the Florida Holocaust Museum and other Holocaust educational organizations to develop standards for curriculum, training and resources for the instruction on the history of the Holocaust.

The bill passed the Senate Education Committee on Monday and will be heard next in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education.

Bill to Give Municipalities the Right to Ban Smoking in Parks Heads to Senate Floor

Senate Bill 630 by Senator Debbie Mayfield, which would allow counties and cities to restrict smoking in a park that they own, passed the Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday.

Currently, smoking is preempted to the State under the ‘Florida Clean Indoor Air Act.’  This bill would give counties and cities the ability to ban the practice for the purpose of protecting the environment.

Committee Approves Legislation to Save Florida ABLE, Inc. Program from Repeal

The Senate Committee on Rules unanimously voted to approve Senate Bill 828: Florida ABLE Program, by Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto.

The bill saves Florida ABLE, Inc., the direct-support organization that administers the Florida ABLE Program, from repeal.

The Florida ABLE Program was created in 2015 to encourage and assist individuals and families with tax-free savings and an investment to support individuals with unique abilities in maintaining health, independence and quality of life.  The program serves over 4,000 Florida families and helps families with children with unique abilities to better prepare for the future.

Update on Vacation Rental Legislation

On Tuesday, Senate Bill 1128 by Senator Diaz passed in the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee.  The bill was amended after input from communities from across the state.

Specifically, some of the changes made in the Commerce and Tourism Committee include:

·         Requiring the advertising platform to verify  the validity and application of the vacation rental license number provided by the owner or operator before publishing the advertisement and at the end of each calendar quarter;

·         Requiring the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) to maintain license information in an accessible electronic format to facilitate prompt compliance with the advertising requirements; and

·         Requiring advertising platforms to collect and remit sale and tourist development taxes if the guest pays for the rental on or through the advertising platform. This also permits advertising platforms to exclude service fees when calculating the taxes to be collected and remitted, and authorizes the DOR to adopt rules.

The amendment provides that the application of the act “shall not” supersede any current or former governing document of a community association.

The bill, most importantly, authorizes local governments to continue to pass zoning ordinances and regulate activities that arise when a property is used as a vacation rental so long as the regulation applies uniformly to all residential properties without regard to whether the property is used as a vacation rental or as a long-term rental.

Senate Bill 1128 still has to pass the Rules Committee before it can be heard on the Senate Floor.

Vulnerable Investors Bill Moves Forward

Senate Bill 1672, by Banking and Insurance Chair, Doug Broxson, would add additional protections for investors who are vulnerable adults who may be victims of suspected financial exploitation.

A vulnerable adult is a person 18 years of age or older whose ability to perform the normal activities of daily living or to provide for his or her own care or protection is impaired. This could be due to a mental, emotional, sensory, long-term physical, or developmental disability or dysfunction.  This also includes an individual living with brain damage or the infirmities of aging.

In Florida, an estimated 20 percent (or 4,129,854) of the population is age 65 or older.  Studies show that financial exploitation is the most common form of elder abuse and yet few incidents are reported.  It is estimated that annual losses to older adults have ranged from $2.9 billion to $36.5 billion in the United States.

The bill would require securities dealers, investment advisers and associated persons to report knowledge or suspicion of abuse, neglect or exploitation of vulnerable adults to the Department of Children and Families’ central abuse hotline immediately.  The bill also allows securities dealers and investment advisers to delay disbursements or transaction of funds or securities from an account of a specified adult or a vulnerable adult if suspicious activity arises.

The bill unanimously passed the Judiciary Committee and will be heard next in the Senate Committee on Rules.

Honoring MSD Victims

On Thursday, we honored the victims whose lives were lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018.

We join the families, the survivors and the Parkland community as a whole, as they continue to mourn this devastating loss.

Welcome to the Florida Senate

The Florida Senate welcomed the following groups to the Capitol:

·         ABATE of Florida, Inc.

·         Boy Scouts of America

·         Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

·         Florida Building and Construction Trades Council

·         Florida Developmental Disabilities Council

·         Florida Professional Firefighters

·         Florida Public Transportation Association

·         Florida State University

·         Florida Undergraduate Research Association

·         Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

·         The Arc of Florida, Inc.

·         Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

I enjoyed meeting with Stacie Wiesenbaugh from Bonita Springs this week.  Stacie traveled to Tallahassee to take part in the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking Program.

Members of the Southwest Florida League of Cities paid a visit to my office earlier this week.

It was wonderful to meet with Fred Forbes and Daphne Saunders from the city of Bonita Springs.

I was pleased to have had the opportunity this week to sit down with visitors from the city of Fort Myers.

Randy Martin, City Manager for ‘America’s Sweetest Town,’ the city of Clewiston, also joined us in Tallahassee this week.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office any time that I can be of assistance.
 
Sincerely,

Kathleen C. Passidomo

Senate Majority Leader
State Senator, District 28

Naples Office:

3299 East Tamiami Trail
Suite 203
Naples, FL 34112
239-417-6205

LaBelle Office:

25 East Hickpochee Avenue
Room J-126
LaBelle, FL 33935
863-674-7122

Tallahassee Office:

330 Senate Office Building
Tallahassee, FL 32339
850-487-5028

Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review February 14, 2020

This week, Senator Rick Scott and Senator Marco Rubio introduced a resolution honoring the 17 victims of the senseless attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018. The resolution passed the United States Senate by unanimous consent.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Today marks two years since the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about the 17 lives we lost far too soon, and I’m proud to introduce this resolution honoring them with Senator Rubio. Over the past two years, I’ve worked closely with the families of the victims to make our schools safer and prevent future tragedies. We passed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act while I was Governor and now I’m fighting for improvements on the federal level, including the Luke and Alex School Safety Act. While our hearts are still heavy with loss we cannot undo, we must do everything in our power to honor the memory of the victims and ensure no family has to go through this pain again.”

Also this week, Senator Rick Scott introduced:

  • A resolution applauding the University of West Florida Argonauts football team for its National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II national championship victory;
  • Legislation to close a loophole that has allowed U.S. technology companies to sell products to Huawei, which the U.S. Government has determined to be a national security threat;
  • The Taiwan SOS Act, which would allow diplomats and service members in the Taiwanese military to display their flag and wear their uniforms while in the U.S. on official businesses; and
  • The Medical License Verification Act to prevent fraud in the healthcare system.

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

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Sen. Rick Scott Applauds President Trump’s Commitment to Protecting Everglades

Senator Rick Scott applauded President Trump for including $250 million for Everglades Restoration in his Fiscal Year 2021 budget requests to Congress. This follows the letter Senator Scott and Senator Rubio sent to President Trump requesting the $250 million.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I applaud President Trump for working with the Florida delegation to commit to fight for $250 million in federal funding for Everglades restoration projects this year. This funding builds on the $200 million in construction funding for the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration we fought for and secured last year, as well as the $2 billion in state funding invested in restoring the Everglades throughout my time as Governor. Everglades restoration is critically important to the State of Florida and enjoys broad bipartisan support in Congress. I applaud the Administration’s commitment to protecting Florida’s natural treasures for generations to come.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Calls on World Health Organization to do Independent Analysis of Coronavirus

Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) urging the WHO to do its own in-depth analysis on the extent of the Coronavirus. Since Communist China cannot be trusted to coordinate in a transparent and efficient manner when it comes to combatting the threat of the virus, every resource must be available to contain the disease and keep Americans healthy. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Calls on General Secretary Xi to Extradite Perpetrators of the Equifax Breach

Senator Rick Scott released the following statement calling on General Security of the Communist Party Xi to hold four members of Communist China’s military accountable after the Justice Department charged them with the massive Equifax data breach in 2017.

Senator Rick Scott said, “China continues to steal our intellectual property and personal information. While General Secretary of the Communist Party Xi claims that his goal is to improve relations between our two countries, his actions send another message. If he’s serious about working with the United States to improve our relationship, he should immediately extradite the military officials that were charged by the Justice Department for the Equifax breach in 2017. If General Security Xi and Communist China fail to do so, it will just be another sign that their promise of improved economic and political relations was more empty rhetoric from an adversary intent on competing with the United States on a global scale.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Questions Pandemic Experts on Efforts to Protect Americans from Coronavirus

During a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs roundtable on global pandemics, Senator Rick Scott questioned experts regarding the threat of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Senator Scott continues to work with the administration to protect the health of American families. Watch video from the roundtable HERE or below.

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Sen. Rick Scott Introduces the Medical License Verification Act

Senators Rick Scott, John Cornyn, Chris Van Hollen and Catherine Cortez Masto introduced the Medical License Verification Act to prevent fraud in the healthcare system by requiring the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to verify that an applicant’s medical license is valid and in good standing prior to issuing them a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number, which is required by healthcare providers to bill for insurance.

Under current law, CMS issues NPI numbers without verification of the licensure information submitted, which allows non-physicians to obtain NPI numbers and opens up the possibility that they may fraudulently bill commercial health insurance.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Under our current system, loopholes exist that have allowed non-doctors to fraudulently bill health insurance companies to the tune of millions of dollars, which ultimately gets passed along to the consumer. This is unfair and it has to stop. The Medical License Verification Act is a small and commonsense step to address this weakness and prevent bad actors from defrauding families.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Joins Sen. Ted Cruz and Colleagues to Introduce the Taiwan SOS Act

Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Ted Cruz and colleagues in introducing the Taiwan Symbols of Sovereignty (Taiwan SOS) Act, which would allow diplomats and service members in the Taiwanese military to display their flag and wear their uniforms while in the United States on official businesses.

Senator Rick Scott said, “As Communist China continues to try to crack down on Taiwan’s freedoms, it’s more important than ever that the United States stand strong with our ally. Taiwan is an incredible reminder of the power of democracy around the world, and I’m proud to co-sponsor this important bill to support our friends in Taiwan.” Read more from Senator Ted Cruz’s office HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Introduces Legislation to Crack Down on U.S. Companies Selling to Huawei

Senator Rick Scott introduced legislation to close a loophole that has allowed U.S. technology companies to sell products to Huawei, which the U.S. Government has determined to be a national security threat and continues to be a bad actor across the globe. U.S. exports to Huawei have been banned, but some U.S. companies are finding ways around the blacklisting, including supplying Huawei through subsidiaries or partners in foreign countries.

Senator Rick Scott said, “We know Huawei is supported and controlled by the communist regime in Beijing, which continues to violate human rights and steal our data, technology, and intellectual property. Companies in the United States should not be allowed to sell to Huawei, and my legislation will further restrict their ability. I look forward to all of my colleagues and the Administration joining in support of my proposal to crack down on U.S. exports to Huawei, protect our national security and the security and growth of the U.S. technology industry.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Calls on FDA to Confirm Pharmaceutical Imports from Communist China are Safe Amid Coronavirus

Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following the FDA’s recent decision to remove the agency’s inspectors of Chinese pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities from the country in response to the Chinese Coronavirus outbreak. Senator Scott is focused on making sure that all products being imported from China are safe for American families. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.

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Sen. Rick Scott: Communist China Can’t Be Trusted; We Must Take Action to Protect Americans from Chinese Coronavirus 
Watch the interview HERE or below.

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Globe and Mail: U.S. senator says Congress will cut off intelligence sharing with Canada if it approves Huawei 5G

The Hill: GOP senator offers bill to restrict US sales to Huawei

ProPublica: We Showed How Easy It Is to Commit Health Care Fraud. Now Senators Want to Close the Loophole.

Taiwan News: Taiwanese diplomats and military allowed to display national flag: US Senators

Townhall: China Is Lying About the Coronavirus and Senators Are Demanding Answers

Newsmax: Rick Scott Honors Parkland School Massacre Victims

Florida Daily: Senate Honors Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Victims on Two-Year Anniversary of the Attack

Florida Politics: Rick Scott, still not trusting China, has several questions about U.S. efforts to protect Americans from coronavirus

Florida Politics: Rick Scott calls for World Health Organization analysis on coronavirus

Florida Daily: Florida Republicans Call on Justice Department to Investigate China Daily

Florida Daily: Rick Scott: WHO Needs to Do an Independent Analysis on Coronavirus

Diario Version Final: Rick Scott: “Maduro y sus matones detuvieron al tío de Guaidó arbitrariamente”

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Come Visit Us at Mobile Office Hours! 

The staff of Senator Rick Scott will be holding Mobile Office Hours to assist Floridians with federal services, including help with federal agencies and veterans’ resources. See a full list of federal services HERE. Next week’s Mobile Office Hours will be held at:

Dixie County
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
9:00AM – 12:00PM
Dixie County Public Library
6328 SE Hwy 19
Cross City, FL 32628

Hillsborough County
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
12:00PM – 3:00PM
Bruton Memorial Library
302 W McLendon Street
Plant City, FL 33563

Miami-Dade County
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
10:00AM – 1:00PM
CAMACOL
1401 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33135

Orange County 
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
11:30AM – 1:30PM
Excellence Senior Living
2250 S. Semoran Blvd
Orlando, FL 32822

Collier County
Thursday, February 20, 2020 
12:00PM – 2:00PM
Everglades City Hall
102 N. Copeland Avenue
Everglades City, FL 34139

Hardee County
Friday, February 21, 2020
9:00AM – 12:00PM
Hardee County Public Library
315 North 6th Avenue
Wauchula, FL 33873

Jefferson County
Friday, February 21, 2020
12:00PM – 2:00PM
Monticello City Hall
245 S. Mulberry St.
Monticello, FL 32344

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WASHINGTON, D.C.
716 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5274

TALLAHASSEE
111 N. Adams Street, Suite 208
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: (850) 942-8415
Fax: (202) 228-4535

TAMPA
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Tampa, FL 33602
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NAPLES
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3299 Tamiami Trail East, #106
Naples, FL 34112
Phone: (239) 231-7890

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West Palm Beach, FL 33401
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Landmark II Building
225 East Robinson Street, Suite 410
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (407) 872-7161


KISSIMMEE 
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Kissimmee, FL 34741
Phone: (407) 586-7879

PENSACOLA 
221 Palafox Place, Suite 420
Pensacola, FL 32502
Phone: (850) 760-5151


MIAMI 
901 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Suite 505
Miami, FL 33134
Phone: (786) 501-7141

Trump Accomplishments February 14

Economy

President Trump’s policies have put the American economy into high gear.

  • Since President Trump was elected 7.1 million jobs have been created.
    • For the first time on record, there are more job openings than unemployed Americans.
  • In 2019, 2.1 new jobs were created.
    • In 2019, 1.5 million jobs were added for women. This accounts for more than 50% of total job gains for the first time ever
  • Over 500,000 manufacturing jobs have been created since the President was elected.
  • The current unemployment rate is 3.6%, a near generational low.
  • Highlights of January’s jobs report:
    • 225,000 jobs were created in January.
    • January marked the 23rd consecutive month that the unemployment rate has been at or below 4%.
    • o For 23 consecutive months, wage growth has been near or above 3%.
  • Throughout the Trump Administration we have seen record low unemployment for women, African Americans, Latino Americans, and Asian Americans. In January:
    • African American unemployment rate was at 6%.
    • The Hispanic American unemployment rate remained at a near record low of 4.3%.
    • The Asian American unemployment rate was 3%.
    • The unemployment rate for women remained at near generational lows of 3.5%.
      • Women outnumber men in the workforce occupying more than 50% of non-farming positions.
  • The stock market has reached record highs under President Trump.
    • The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit record highs over 100 times.
    • The S&P 500 and NASDAQ have all repeatedly notched record highs.
  • Under President Trump, 7 million people have come off food stamps.
  • Since President Trump took office 2.4 million Americans have been lifted out of poverty.
    • 1.4 million American children have been lifted out of poverty.
  • Under President Trump’s leadership, Congress passed historic tax cuts and relief for hard-working Americans. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the first major tax reform signed in 30 years and the largest tax reform package in history.
    • As a result of the historic tax cuts, nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones were created in all 50 states, DC, and 5 territories. Opportunity Zones will spur $100 billion in private capital investment and impact nearly 35 million Americans.
    • The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act doubled the Child Tax Credit.
      • In tax year 2019, nearly 40 million families benefitted from the child tax credit (CTC), receiving an average benefit of $2,200 – totaling credits of $88 billion.
      • In tax year 2019, nearly 6 million families benefitted from the child and dependent care tax credit (CDCTC), receiving an average benefit of $551 – totaling credits of $3 billion.
  • Economic confidence rebounded to record highs under President Trump because his pro-growth policies have and continue to put American workers and businesses first.
  • President Trump has rolled back unnecessary job-killing regulations at a historic pace.
    • The Administration has cut nearly 8 regulations for every new rule.
      • This far exceeds the promise made to cut 2 regulations for every 1 regulation added.
    • Regulatory costs have been slashed by nearly $50 billion and have saved taxpayers $220 billion once actions are fully implemented.
    • The deregulation efforts will save American households an estimated $3,100 per year.
    • President Trump took action to increase transparency in Federal agencies and protect Americans from administration abuse.
    • The Administration formed the Governors’ Initiative on Regulatory Innovation which aims to better align state and Federal efforts to cut additional unnecessary regulations and costs.

Immigration

President Trump is working to secure our border.

  • President Trump is fulfilling his promise to build a border wall, with sizable portions already finished or under construction.
    • It’s expected that 450 miles will be finished by the end of 2020.
    • 100 miles of border wall have already been completed.
  • Under President Trump, the U.S. Border Patrol has arrested hundreds of members of dangerous gangs.
  • The President has strongly enforced our nation’s immigration laws by cracking down on illegal immigration and taken aim at “sanctuary cities.”
  • President Trump has called on Congress to close dangerous loopholes such as “Catch and Release,” end chain migration, and end the visa lottery program which enables illegal immigration.
  • The Administration is looking to close the Flores Settlement Agreement that requires the government to release families into the country after 20 days. This loophole has been exploited by smugglers who use children as pawns to enter our country.
  • We are closing asylum loopholes – recently, the Administration instituted a new rule requiring migrants who come to our border to have previously applied and been denied to a country they passed through.
  • President Trump was successful in his efforts to get Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries to step up and help stop the crisis at the border.
    • President Trump’s successful negotiations led to border apprehensions falling more than 70% from May (the peak of the crisis) to November 2019.
  • In May 2019, President Trump announced a new immigration proposal that would modernize our system and secure the border.
  • The Administration has made it a priority to end human trafficking and is using many resources to do so.
    • The Administration provided funding to support the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
    • The Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team (ACTeam) initiative more than doubled convictions of human traffickers and increased the number of defendants charged in ACTeam districts.

Foreign Policy

President Trump has restored our nation’s standing in the world and is standing up to bad actors.

  • The United States has successfully decimated ISIS.
  • Under President Trump, the number one terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was taken out.
  • President Trump ordered the killing of Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force and an evil, ruthless, and deadly terrorist.
  • President Trump fulfilled his promise to name Jerusalem Israel’s capital city and moved the U.S. Embassy.
    • The President removed the U.S. from the U.N. Human Rights Council due to the group’s blatant anti-Israel bias.
  • President Trump released a bold vision for peace in the Middle East.
  • President Trump held two historic summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, further demonstrating the Administration’s commitment to a denuclearized Korean peninsula.
    • The Administration has maintained tough sanctions on North Korea while negotiations have taken place.
  • President Trump’s maximum pressure campaign is countering Iran’s influence and pressuring the regime to abandon its malign activities.
    • President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Iran Nuclear Agreement and instituted the toughest sanctions in history to drive the regime’s oil exports to zero.
    • President Trump authorized crippling sanctions on the Iranian regime.
  • The Trump Administration has imposed sanctions on Russian entities and individuals previously indicted for their roles in Russian interference in our election.
  • To better promote democracy across the globe, President Trump imposed sanctions on regimes in Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua.
  • President Trump reversed the previous administration’s policy on Cuba.
  • President Trump urged NATO members to increase defense spending.

Trade

President Trump is delivering on his promise to correct trade imbalances.

  • The Trump Administration had taken unprecedented steps to modernize and improve trading practices and negotiate freer, fairer, and reciprocal trade agreements with our global allies.
  • President Trump has kept his promise to deliver a modern and rebalanced trade deal to replace NAFTA. The United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA)
    • The USCMA will spur economic growth, create 176,000 jobs, add $68.2 billion to the U.S. economy, and raise wages.
  • President Trump negotiated a new United States-Japan trade deal with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Japan is one of our strongest economic partners and this trade deal builds on that partnership. It is a big win for American farmers, ranchers, workers, and businesses.
  • The Administration revised the United States -Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) to make it more beneficial to American workers.
  • The President and European Union President Juncker agreed to a new trade deal that strengthens and reforms our trade relationship. The agreement:
    • Works toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, zero subsidies on non-automotive industrial goods.
    • Makes it easier for the EU to purchase liquefied gas.
    • Reduces trade and bureaucratic obstacles between the U.S. and the EU.
    • Addresses unfair trade practices.
  • President Trump signed a historic phase one trade deal with China that includes key commitments from China on stopping unfair trading practices and increasing purchases of U.S. goods.
    • President Trump withdrew the United States from the flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership.
    • President Trump has forced our allies to recommit to NATO.

Judicial

President Trump continues to reshape the Federal judiciary at a record pace and is following through on his promise to appoint judges who will uphold the Constitution and rule of law.

  • President Trump continues to reshape the Federal judiciary at a record pace.
  • President Trump has installed more federal court judges than any president in the past four decades.
  • The President is following through on his promise to appoint judges who will uphold the Constitution and rule of law for generations to come.
  • President Trump has nominated, and the Senate has confirmed a grand total of 192 Article III judges.
    o 2 Supreme Court Justices – Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh.

    • 51 Circuit Court judges.
    • 137 District Court judges.
    • 2 Court of International Trade Judges
  • President Trump’s judicial confirmations have “flipped” 3 – 2nd, 3rd, 11th Circuits – federal appeals courts to Republican.
  • In 2018, President Trump broke the record for the most circuit court of appeals judges (29) confirmed in the first 2 years of a presidency.

Law Enforcement

President Trump’s policies are supporting our brave law enforcement officers and making our communities safer.

  • President Trump has supported our law enforcement officers and their families.
  • A new commission was established to evaluate best practices for recruiting, training, and supporting law enforcement officers.
  • Violent crime fell in 2017 and 2018 after rising each of the two years prior to President Trump taking office.
  • President Trump signed the historic FIRST STEP Act into law, making our communities safer and reformed our criminal justice system fairer.
  • President Trump and his administration have promoted second chance hiring.
  • The administration revived Project Safe Neighborhoods, which brings together prosecutors, police, sheriffs, and citizens groups to put the most dangerous violent crime offenders behind bars.
  • The President signed legislation that permanently funds the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
  • President Trump signed the Fix NICS Act into law in 2018, strengthening the background check system to ensure we keep guns out of the hands of criminals.
  • President Trump signed STOP School Violence Act and created a Commission on School Safety to examine ways to make our schools safer.
  • President Trump and his administration have taken critical steps to end human trafficking.
    • The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act was signed into law. The legislation tightens criteria for whether countries are meeting standards for eliminating trafficking.
    • President Trump signed an executive order to establish a position in the White House policy office that is solely devoted to work on combatting human trafficking.

Health Care

President Trump has reduced the cost of health care and taken significant steps to fight the opioid epidemic.

  • President Trump has prioritized fixing our broken health care system and worked with Congress to implement a system that works for all Americans.
  • The President has made it clear patients with preexisting conditions will be protected.
  • The individual mandate penalty has been eliminated.
  • Association Health Plans have been expanded.
  • Short-term, limited duration insurance plans have been extended. • President Trump is working to implement his plan to lower prescription drugs.
  • Under the Trump Administration, we have seen the first ever decline of average benchmark premiums on the federal health care exchange.
  • The President signed an Executive Order to improve seniors’ health care and improve the fiscal sustainability of Medicare.
  • Reforms to expand Medicare Advantage options and Health Reimbursement Accounts have been expanded.
  • President Trump mobilized his entire Administration to address the drug addiction and opioid abuse by declaring a Nationwide Public Health Emergency.
    • President Trump signed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act to fight the opioid epidemic.
  • The Administration launched FindTreatment.gov a public resource to help combat substance abuse.
  • President Trump signed an Executive Order that increases price and quality transparency.
  • The Administration has committed to ending surprise billing.
  • HHS is finalizing a rule that will require hospitals to make prices publicly available online and in a more consumer-friendly format.
  • The Administration has proposed a rule to require insurance companies and group health plans to provide enrollees with cost estimates.
  • The Trump Administration has promoted innovation and solutions to expand treatment options for Americans living with disease including HIV/AIDS, kidney disease, pediatric cancer, Alzheimer’s, and more.
  • The Administration launched a program to provide the HIV prevention drug PrEP to uninsured patients for free.
  • Signed the bipartisan Tobacco-Free Youth Act to raise the nationwide age for purchasing tobacco and vaping products to 21 years old.
  • Costly Obamacare taxes were repealed including the “Cadillac tax” and the Medical Device Tax.

Environment

President Trump is promoting a clean and healthy environment for all Americans.

  • The President and the Administration are continuing to pursue policies that encourage environmental protection while promoting economic growth.
    • Since 2005, our energy related carbon emissions have declined more than any other country. This is expected to decrease in 2019 and 2020.
  • Our nation’s environmental record is one of the strongest in the world.
    • According to the White House, from 1970 to 2018, the combined emissions of the most common air pollutants fell 74% while the economy grew over 275%.
  • We have the cleanest air on record and remain a global leader for access to clean drinking water. The President has taken important steps to restore, preserve, and protect our land, air, and waters.
    • The Save our Seas Act was signed into law in 2018. This law reauthorized the NOAA Marine Debris Program, promoting international action to reduce marine debris and authorizing cleanup and response actions that may be needed.
    • The EPA has taken significant steps to clean up our contaminated sites and hazardous sites.
    • The EPA is more efficiently implementing air quality standards that will better protect the environment and human health.
  • President Trump announced the U.S. will join the 1 trillion trees initiative.
  • The President’s management of our nation’s lands promotes conservation while encouraging good stewardship and expanding recreational opportunities.
  • Just this year, President Trump signed legislation designating 1.3 million new acres of wilderness – the largest public lands legislation in a decade.
    • The Department of the Interior proposed to open more than 1 million acres of land for expanded hunting and fishing access.
    • The President took important action to improve management of forests to help prevent devastating forest fires.
  • President Trump issued changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to reduce regulation and allow for infrastructure and transportation projects to move forward.

Energy

President Trump’s policies have begun to unleash our nation’s energy potential.

  • President Trump signed an Executive Order to expand offshore oil and gas drilling and open more leases to develop offshore drilling.
  • The U.S. is the largest producer of oil and natural gas in the world.
  • The Administration acted aggressively to increase exports of energy resources to the global market and allowed financing for coal and fossil energy projects.
  • President Trump has approved the infrastructure and provided the resources needed to unleash Oil and gas production in the U.S.
    • The Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines were approved, supporting an estimated total of 42,000 jobs and $2 billion in wages.
    • The New Burgos Pipeline, a cross-border project that will export U.S. gasoline to Mexico, was approved.
    • The Trump Administration reversed President Obama’s moratorium on new leases for oil and gas development on Federal lands.
  • The President proposed the Affordable Clean Energy Rule to reduce greenhouse gasses, empower states, promote energy independence, and facilitate economic growth and job creation.
  • The President rescinded President Obama’s costly Clean Power Plan.
  • The Administration has rescinded many costly Obama-Era regulations including the methane emissions rule that would cost American energy developers an estimated $530 million annually.
  • The President announced his intent to withdrawal the U.S. from the unfair Paris Climate Accord.

Agriculture

President Trump and his Administration continue to help our farmers.

  • In 2018, President Trump signed a sweeping new Farm Bill into law.
    o The Farm Bill provides support and stability to our farmers, expands crop insurance, doubles how much farmers can borrow and helps open new markets for our farmers.
  • The President authorized the year-round sale of E15 gasoline which provided a boost to America’s corn growing communities.
  • Red tape that has harmed American farmers have been rolled back.
  • This includes eliminating the burdensome Obama-era Waters of the United States rule.
  • The historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act protected family farmers from the estate tax.
    • Thanks to the President’s historic tax cuts legislation, the effective tax rate for farmers is expected to fall from 17.2% to 13.9%.
    • President Trump is standing up for America’s farmers by negotiating fairer, freer, and more reciprocal trade deals that remove barriers and open markets for American farmers.
      • President Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) into law.
        • The USMCA will increase America’s Agricultural exports by $2.2 billion.
        • The USMCA will eliminates Canada’s discriminatory programs that allow low-priced dairy products to undersell our nation’s dairy producers.
        • USMCA includes expanded market access for dairy products, eggs, and poultry.
    • In a deal with the European Union, American soybean exports will be increased.
    • President Trump reached a new trade agreement with Japan. As a result, Japan will eliminate or reduce tariffs on approximately $7.2 billion in U.S. agricultural exports.
    • President Trump continues to stand up to China and their unfair trade practices which target our farmers.
  • The Trump Administration has authorized a total of $28 billion in aid for farmers who have been subjected to unfair trade practices.
  • The Trump Administration continue to support and expand markets for America’s farmers.
  • Japan’s market has been opened to all American beef.
  • Restrictions have been eliminated on:
    • American pork exports to Argentina.
    • American beef to Brazil.
    • Idaho chipping potatoes to Japan.
    • American poultry to South Korea.
  • President Trump signed an Executive Order directing Federal agencies to streamline the agricultural biotechnology regulatory process.
  • The Trump Administration is working to promote connectivity in rural American by investing in rural broadband.
  • President Trump is working to protect our Nation’s forests.
    • In 2018, the President signed an Executive Order aimed at increasing responsible forest management and coordinating Federal, State, tribal, and local assets to prevent and combat wildfires.
    • In order to preserve the health of our forests, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 was signed into law.
  • President Trump and his administration continue to provide necessary disaster relief to impacted areas.

Education

President Trump and his administration are putting students and families first.

  • The President understands the importance of education and continues to declare the last week in January National School Choice Week.
  • The President signed a historic Executive Order that promotes and protects free speech on college campuses.
  • President Trump and his Administration support the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act.
  • In 2019, President Trump signed a memorandum that eliminates 100% of student loan debt for permanently disabled veterans.
  • The President continues to work with the Department of Education to expand transparency and give students expanded access to vital information about the career outcomes of the programs they enroll in.
  • President Trump has made Historically Black Colleges and Universities a priority, including appropriating more money to HBCUs in one year than any other president and establishing a Presidential Board of Advisors on HBCUs.
    • President Trump signed the FUTURE Act into law. The law permanently funds HBCUs and simplifies the FAFSA application
  • The President is committed to expanding and strengthening education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM).
    • President Trump issued a presidential memorandum encouraging the Department of Education to promote STEM, especially Computer Science.
    • President Trump directed more than $200 million per year to technology education grants for women and programs that encourage participation in STEM careers.
    • The President signed the bipartisan reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. This law provides the necessary training for students and workers to succeed in the 21st century economy.
    • The President donated his 2017 second quarter salary to the Department of Education. The funds were used to host a STEM focused camp for students.
    • President Trump signed the INSPIRE Act which encourages NASA to have more women and girls participate in STEM and pursue careers in aerospace.
  • The President signed an Executive Order to expand apprenticeships in America.
  • President Trump has encouraged state and federal lawmakers to expand school choice.
  • The administration lowered regulatory hurdles and restored flexibility to schools with respect to menus in their cafeterias.
  • President Trump is committed to making our schools safer.
    • President Trump encouraged passage of the STOP School Violence Act to provide funding grants to schools to improve security measures.
    • The Administration established a Commission on School Safety to examine ways to make schools safer for all students and teachers.
  • Additionally, the Administration proposed a new $5 billion annual tax credit to promote school choice. This move is supported by 2/3rds of black Americans.

Military and Veterans

President Trump is protecting America and our allies by rebuilding our military and ensuring our veterans receive the care they deserve.

  • President Trump has restored American military strength.
  • Under President Trump’s leadership, Congress passed three historic National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA).
    • The FY2020 NDAA authorized a historic $738 billion in defense spending.
    • The FY2020 NDAA includes a much needed 3.1% pay raise for our troops, the largest in a decade.
    • The FY2020 NDAA establishes the United States Space Force to ensure American dominance in space.
  • President Trump signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act to allow senior officials in the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) to fire failing employees and establish safeguards to protect whistleblowers.
  • The President signed the V.A. Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 to authorize $2.1 billion in additional funds for the Veterans Choice Program (VCP).
  • The President signed the V.A. MISSION Act revolutionizing the VA system, increasing choice, and providing quality care for our nation’s veterans.
  • The Trump Administration created a new White House V.A. Hotline, staffed by veterans and family members.
  • The administration expanded telehealth access for veterans.
  • Veterans Affairs increased transparency and accountability by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool.” This provides veterans a way to access wait time and quality of care data.
  • The VA and DOD are working to seamlessly align electronic health records.
  • President Trump signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 to expedite the appeals process.
  • The Administration has secured a record $8.6 billion in funding for mental health services with the goal of ending the tragedy of veteran suicide.
  • The Trump Administration has created the PREVENTS initiative, a task force aimed at unifying the efforts of government, businesses, and nonprofit groups to help our veterans.
  • The President has secured $73.1 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs – the highest funding for the VA in history.
  • In 2019, President Trump signed a memorandum that eliminates 100% of student loan debt for permanently disabled veterans.
    • The President also called upon all 50 states to ensure that disabled veterans do not pay state tax on their forgiven debts.
  • The unemployment rate among veterans is at a record low of 2.8%.
    • 9.1 million veterans are employed.
    • The number of unemployed veterans has been reduced by 40% under President Trump.
  • In November 2019, President Trump became the first president to walk in the New York City Veterans Day Parade.

Women

Under President Trump’s administration, women have been empowered to reach their economic potential.

  • Women have experienced record low unemployment under President Trump.
  • In January, the unemployment rate for women remained at near generational low of 3.5%.
  • The unemployment rate among women has been under 4% for 22 straight months.
  • Since he was elected, President Trump has created over 4.2 million new jobs for women.
    • In 2019, 1.5 million jobs were added for women. This accounts for more than 50% of total job gains for the first time ever.
  • Women now hold more jobs than men.
  • During the President’s first year in office, the number of American women in poverty fell by nearly 600,000.
  • Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the child tax credit was doubled to $2,000 per child.
  • President Trump was the first president to include a paid family leave policy 2 budget proposals.
  • The FY2020 NDAA included paid parental leave for federal workers.
  • Over the past two years, the President has signed into law the largest ever expansion of the Child Care and Development Block Grants (CCDBG) to States – from $3.9 to $5.8 billion.
  • Childcare wait lists have greatly decreased and have been eliminated in dozens of states.
  • The President and his Administration are committed to keeping families and communities safe.
  • The Trump Administration has prioritized empowering women to pursue careers and realize their economic potential.
    • President Trump directed more than $200 million per year to technology education grants for women and programs that encourage participation in STEM careers.
    • President Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the National Council For The American Worker.
    • Over 300 companies and associations of all size and industry have signed the Administration’s Pledge to America’s Workers, promising to create more than 14 million education, training, and skill-building opportunities over the next 5 years.
    • Ivanka Trump created the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP) to help 50 million women in 22 developing countries realize their economic potential by 2025.
      • In the first year, the W-GDP initiative reached 12 million women.
      • Nearly 2 million women participated in United States Government-supported workforce training and development programs.
      • More than 9,000 women-led businesses received more than $1.6 billion in United States Government-backed loans.
  • Additional Trump Administration efforts to empower women globally include:
    • The Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi): Aims to mobilize more than $2.6 billion in capital for women entrepreneurs in 26 developing countries.
    • The WomenConnect Challenge: Seeks to growth women’s access to digital technology and bridge the digital gender divide.
    • The 2X Women’s Initiative: Aimed at mobilizing $1 billion in capital to support women living in the developing world. This initiative has already mobilized more than $140 million from the private sector to support women in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Black Americans

Black Americans have a true champion in President Trump.

  • 1.4 million new jobs have been created for black Americans since President Trump was elected. o In January, the black unemployment rate was at 6%.
    • The black American unemployment rate has been at or below 7% for 24 consecutive months.
    • Prior to President Trump’s administration, the black unemployment rate had never dipped below 7%.
    • In 2019, the African American unemployment rate hit a record low and remained below 7% for the entire year.
  • Under President Trump, incomes for black Americans have increased by 2.6%.
  • Under the Trump Economy, wages are continuing to rise which significantly benefits the lowest-paid workers.
  • The poverty rate among black Americans is at its lowest level in history.
    • Under President Trump, 350,000 fewer black Americans are living in poverty.
  • During the President’s first year in office, the black American poverty rate fell to 21.2% down from 22% the year before.
  • As a result of the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones were created in all 50 states, DC, and 5 territories.
    • Opportunity Zones which will create jobs and spur investment in disadvantaged communities.
    • These Opportunity Zones will spur $100 billion in private capital investment and impact 1.4 million minority households.
  • President Trump signed the historic FIRST STEP Act into law.
    o The FIRST STEP ACT has been widely hailed as the most meaningful criminal justice reform in a generation.

    • This landmark legislation included necessary reforms to our justice system, improves our prison system, and prepares inmates for reentry in our communities.
    • As a result of the First Step Act, more than 3,000 Americans have been released from prison and 90% of those who have had their sentences reduced are black Americans.
    • The First Step Act shortens mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug crimes and provides judges greater liberty to go around mandatory minimums.
    • The law also allows offenders sentenced under racially motivated mandatory minimums to petition for their cases to be re-evaluated.
    • President Trump was awarded the 2019 Bipartisan Justice award by the nonprofit 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center. The President received this award for his “ability to work across the aisle to achieve meaningful progress in reforming our criminal justice system.”
  • President Trump has committed his Administration to advancing second chance hiring for former prisoners. This includes launching a “Ready to Work Initiative.”
  • The Trump Administration has fought for a federal tax credit on donations that fund scholarships to private schools, a proposal supported by 64% of African Americans.
  • President Trump has made supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) a top priority.
    • In February 2017, President Trump announced the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs.
    • The President signed an Executive Order on HBCUs in February 2017, the earliest any President has signed an Order on HBCUs.
    • The EO established an Interagency Working Group to advance and coordinate work regarding HBCUs.
    • The federal HBCU initiative office was moved back into the White House, a move that leaders had requested under President Obama.
    • President Trump has appropriated more money than any other president to HBCUs.
    • The President signed legislation to increase federal funding for HBCUs by 13%, the highest level ever.
    • President Trump signed the FUTURE Act into law. The law permanently funds HBCUs and simplifies the FAFSA application.
    • The President worked with Congress to lift the ban on Pell Grants on summer classes.
    • Through the Capital Financing Program, the Administration has provided more than $500 million in loans to HBCUs.
    • The President directed the entire federal government to develop a strategy to support HBCUs. To date, this has been supported by 32 departments and agencies.
    • The Administration has forgiven more than $300 million in outstanding debt for four schools impacted by natural disasters and the budget provided $10 million to defer loan payments for 6 school facing financial difficulties.
    • The Department of Education worked with HBCUs to protect $80 million in Title III carryover funding.
    • President Trump took a big step to end discriminatory restrictions to prevent faith based HBCUs from accessing federal support.
    • The Administration continues to work with HBCUs to expand apprenticeship opportunities, career choices, and ensure they are receiving adequate support.

Latino Americans

Under President Trump’s leadership the Latino American community has thrived.

  • Under President Trump, Latino Americans have experienced record low unemployment.
  • More than 3 million jobs have been created for Latino Americans since the President was elected.
    • In January, the Latino American unemployment rate remained at a near record low of 4.3%.
    • The Hispanic American unemployment rate hit several record lows in 2019, including falling below 4% for the first time in history.
  • The median Latino American income rose by $1,786 during President Trump’s first year in office.
    • In 2017, the median Latino American income hit its highest ever recorded level ($50,486).
  • Since taking office, the Latino American homeownership rose by more than a percentage point (46.3% to 47.4%).
  • In addition to the booming economy, President Trump renegotiated freer and fairer trade deals such as the USMCA.
  • President Trump has stood up to socialism and communism in Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua.
    • Thanks to pressure from President Trump, 50 countries followed President Trump’s leadership in recognizing Juan Guaidó as the legitimate leader of Venezuela.
    • The Trump administration has rolled back President Obama’s disastrous rapprochement with Cuba, which only benefited the country’s dictatorship instead of its people.
    • At the direction of President Trump, the Treasury Department has imposed sanctions against senior officials in the Nicaraguan regime for their role in human rights abuses and undermining democracy.
  • The President has made it clear that American interests do not align with failed socialist policies.

Asian Americans

Under President Trump’s leadership Asian American unemployment has reached record lows.

  • The Asian American unemployment rate was at 3%.
  • The lowest ever record unemployment rate for Asian Americans (2.1%) came in June 2019.

Why I Support President Trump (and am voting for him again!)

Jan Face Glassman
Collier County State Committtewoman

We all have our short ‘who we are’ introduction ready when asked ‘what do you do’ or ‘where are you from’? We may focus on our career, education, hobbies, or favorite sports team.

Each of us have been asked why we support President Trump. The rudest may ask with negative emphasis ‘How can you support him?’ The simplest answer is ‘How can you not support President Trump after all that he has accomplished?!’ However, most people are not rude, are interested, and will listen to you, especially if they know you and if you respond politely and professionally.

Each of us has our own personal reasons for supporting President Trump. We all know and are proud of his long list of accomplishments. They are truly amazing and cross a broad spectrum of issues and solutions to solve those issues. For each of us, the ‘Top 10’ will vary based on our personal priorities. The landscape changes daily along with the immediate issues. With them, our personal attention and priorities change. One month national security may be our #1 personal priority. Another month, it may be infrastructure, and so on.

It is not as important to rank the President’s accomplishments as it is to understand what they are and why they are important. They all have Made American Greater! It is important to know which accomplishments mean the most to you and to be ready to speak passionately about them when someone asks ‘why do you support President Trump’. Be positive and talk about why you feel the accomplishment is so important and have your #2 priority ready. Your passion is contagious. Being concise will give the other person a talking point to carry with them and share.

My top priority has always been national security. I moved into NYC on September 12, 2001 and have been active with the Center for Security policy for many years because of what I saw first hand. President Trump has kept America safe and has implemented strategies to keep us safe in the future. We are a military family. Our son-in-law serves in the Army as a Lt. Col. Our military was neglected under the Obama administration. From day one, President Trump started to improve our military and has consistently shown his support for the military command and for our troops. He is giving them what they need to protect America!

My second priority is growing women’s involvement in running our country. I serve on a Federal PAC, Maggie’s List, that endorses and supports conservative women running for the U.S. House and Senate. When I was invited to a small breakfast with Ivanka days before the 2016 election, it was obvious that the her father fully supported her ideas and that, as President, has continued that support of her work on behalf of women including programs for young working mothers. The President’s choice of Kellyanne Conway as his campaign manager and then as his Counselor demonstrates his belief in having the best person fill a role, as did his choice of fmr. Gov. Nikki Haley for U.N. Ambassador. We all see his continued reliance on ‘Florida’s own’ Pam Bondi for her expertise, most recently in her role on his defense team. His administration is filled with women all chosen for their skills, every choice well made.

These are only two of hundreds of major accomplishments from this great President. They are MY two top reasons for supporting our President. I know YOU have two great ones as well and look forward to hearing yours when we meet.

Congressman Rooney Votes Against Unnecessary and Irresponsible Spending – “Congress Must Start Paying Attention to Our Unconscionable National Debt”

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney voted for fiscal responsibility and against an unnecessary and irresponsible appropriations bill, H.R. 5687, that would have provided over $20 billion in additional aid for disaster relief in Puerto Rico.

Congressman Rooney stated, “Once again, Congress has shown its inability to control spending, even though our nation is now over $23 trillion in debt. Over the last three years, over $40 billion has already been allocated to disaster relief in Puerto Rico – less than half of that has been spent, to date. Additionally, the FEMA Disaster Relief Fund has more than $40 billion available now that the President has declared a disaster in Puerto Rico.

“In Congress I have consistently criticized the excessive, irresponsible appropriations promoted by both parties, which has taken our national debt to a stratospheric level. Since elected, I have consistently voted against legislation like this and I intend to continue my opposition to out of control Washington spending.”

English/Español: Diaz-Balart on U.S. Banning the Entry of Meliá Hotels’ CEO

Diaz-Balart on U.S. Banning the Entry of Meliá Hotels’ CEO

 WASHINGTON, D.C. ­­–– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after the United States banned Meliá Hotels CEO, Gabriel Escarrer, from entering the country in accordance with the Trump administration’s full implementation of Title IV of the Helms-Burton Act.

“This is a prime example of the Trump Administration’s ongoing commitment to protecting Americans whose properties have been confiscated and upholding the rule of law. Unscrupulous businesses who continue to partner with the anti-American, illegitimate, and oppressive regime in Cuba have no right to enjoy the freedoms and opportunities the United States has to offer. This is only the beginning of the Title IV enforcement, and I commend President Trump for this admirable action.”

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Diaz-Balart sobre la prohibición de entrada a EE.UU. al CEO de la cadena Hotelera Meliá

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— El congresista Mario Díaz-Balart (FL-25) emitió la siguiente declaración después de que Estados Unidos le prohibió la entrada al CEO de Meliá Hotels, Gabriel Escarrer, de acuerdo con la implementación total del Título IV de la Ley Helms-Burton por parte de la administración Trump.

“Este es un excelente ejemplo del compromiso de la Administración Trump con proteger a los americanos cuyas propiedades han sido confiscadas, y con defender el estado de derecho. Empresas inescrupulosas que continúan colaborando con el régimen antiamericano, ilegítimo y opresivo en Cuba no tienen derecho a disfrutar de las libertades y oportunidades que ofrece Estados Unidos. Este es solo el comienzo de la aplicación del Título IV, y felicito al presidente Trump por esta admirable acción”.

Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review February 7, 2020

This week, after the Senate’s vote to acquit President Trump of all impeachment charges, Senator Rick Scott announced a constitutional amendment that would raise the threshold to approve articles of impeachment in the House of Representatives. The amendment would require a super-majority vote of three-fifths in the House to impeach a public official

Senator Rick Scott said, “The partisan charade Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats made of this impeachment process over the last few months shows that the fears of our Founding Fathers were realized. They warned that impeachment could be used as a partisan tool by partisan actors. The Democrats used the impeachment process as a tool to hurt President Trump, regardless of the outcome of the Senate trial. It’s a dangerous precedent and the process has to change.

“Our country should never again have to suffer from this partisan hackery. An act as divisive as impeachment must have bipartisan backing and overwhelming support. It should be harder – much harder – for either political party to take the process our Founders created as a last resort against a tyrannical leader and use it instead as a tool for the tyranny of a political majority. I look forward to all of my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, joining me in this effort to protect the integrity of our nation and our constitution.”

Also this week, Senator Rick Scott cosponsored the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act to establish 9-8-8 as the universal telephone number for a national suicide prevention and mental-health crisis hotline.

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

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Sen. Rick Scott: Let’s Get Back To Work and Support our Nation’s Veterans

On Monday, Senator Rick Scott released another episode of his “Let’s Get Back to Work” video series featuring Florida veteran and business owner Joel Hawksley, of Orlando, who wants Congress to stop spending time on the impeachment charade and focus on making sure our military members, veterans and their families have the resources they need to succeed. See HERE or below.

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Sen. Rick Scott: Let’s Get Back to Work and Support our Nation’s Economic Growth

On Tuesday, Senator Rick Scott released the final episode of his “Let’s Get Back to Work” video series featuring Floridian and small business owner Travis Horn, of Tampa, who wants Congress to focus on priorities that matter to small businesses, like reducing burdensome regulations, supporting economic growth and creating opportunities for families. See HERE or below.

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Hong Kong Democracy Activist Nathan Law to Join Sen. Rick Scott as Guest at State of the Union

Senator Rick Scott announced Nathan Law as his guest to the President’s State of the Union Address. Nathan Law is the founding Chair of Demosisto, a youth activist group in Hong Kong that promotes freedom and democracy. Nathan was forcefully unseated as a Hong Kong lawmaker under suppression from Communist China, and is currently a Yale graduate student.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I am honored to have Nathan as my guest at the State of the Union. Nathan is an inspiration in the fight for freedom and democracy, and he has sent a powerful message to Communist China that the people of Hong Kong will not back down or be silenced. The United States will always stand with fighters like Nathan to rise up against injustice and fight for freedom. We cannot let Communist China and General Secretary Xi continue to silence the people of Hong Kong, and the world must stand together to present a unified front against Communist China’s aggression.”  Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Releases Video Ahead of President Trump’s State of the Union Address

Ahead of the President’s State of the Union, Senator Rick Scott released the following video highlighting what he hoped President Trump would address in his speech, and contrasting the success of the nation under President Trump and the dysfunction of the House Democrats’ impeachment charade. See the video HERE or below.

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Sen. Rick Scott to EU: Do More to Enforce Sanctions on Maduro Regime 

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following reports that Spain’s Transport Minister Jose Luis Abalos met with Maduro’s illegitimate vice-president, Delcy Rodriguez, in Spain this week. Members of Maduro’s ruthless regime are banned from entering the European Union (EU). During Senator Scott’s meeting with Interim President Juan Guaido on Saturday, Senator Scott discussed the need for the EU to do more to enforce sanctions against the Maduro regime.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I called on the EU to join the United States and do more to help the Venezuelan people, and I was encouraged when the EU joined as a partner in this worldwide fight against evil. But allowing a Maduro official to enter the EU shows they are not strongly enforcing their own sanctions. More must be done. If we are serious about helping the people of Venezuela and getting Maduro to step aside, the EU needs to do a better job of enforcing their sanctions. And Spain, as a member of the EU, needs to do their part and not allow members of its government to legitimize Maduro’s regime. People are dying. Europe, the United States and freedom-loving nations around the world need to do everything in our power to isolate Maduro in Venezuela and cut off the supply of money from Cuba to Caracas.” Read more HERE.

El senador Rick Scott a la UE: Deben hacer más para hacer cumplir las sanciones al régimen de Maduro

El senador Rick Scott hizo la siguiente declaración tras los informes de que el ministro de Transporte de España, José Luis Abalos, se reunió con el vicepresidente ilegítimo de Maduro, Delcy Rodríguez en España esta semana. Los miembros del malvado régimen de Maduro tienen prohibido ingresar a la Unión Europea (UE). Durante la reunión del senador Scott con el presidente interino Juan Guaido el sábado, el senador Scott discutió la necesidad de que la UE haga más para hacer cumplir las sanciones contra el régimen de Maduro.

El senador Rick Scott dijo: “Le hice un llamado a la UE a unirse a los Estados Unidos y hacer más para ayudar al pueblo venezolano, y me animé cuando la UE se unió como socio en esta lucha mundial contra el mal. Pero permitir que un funcionario de Maduro ingrese a la UE muestra que no están aplicando fuertemente sus propias sanciones. Deben hacer más. Si tomamos en serio ayudar a la gente de Venezuela y lograr que Maduro se retire del poder, la UE debe hacer un mejor trabajo y hacer cumplir sus sanciones. España, como miembro de la UE, debe hacer su parte y no permitir que los miembros de su gobierno legitimen el régimen de Maduro. La gente se está muriendo. Europa, los Estados Unidos y las naciones amantes de la libertad en todo el mundo deben hacer todo lo que esté a nuestro alcance para aislar a Maduro en Venezuela y cortar el suministro de dinero desde Cuba a Caracas”. Lea más AQUÍ.

Sen. Rick Scott Applauds President Trump for Standing with Venezuela’s Rightful Leader Juan Guaidó

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement applauding President Trump for inviting Interim President of Venezuela Juan Guaidó to the White House. On Saturday, Senator Scott met with President Guaidó in Miami to discuss how the U.S. can continue to help the fight for freedom and democracy and end Maduro’s murderous regime.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I encouraged President Trump to meet with Interim President Guaidó when we spoke Monday, and I am glad President Trump is taking this historic step. This meeting, as well as having President Guaidó as his guest to last night’s State of the Union, sends a clear message to Maduro that his time is up. We will never stop fighting to free the people from Maduro’s brutal regime, and the United States will always stand with those fighting for freedom, democracy and human rights.” Read more HERE.

Senador Rick Scott aplaude al presidente Trump por apoyar al legítimo líder de Venezuela, Juan Guaidó

El senador Rick Scott hizo la siguiente declaración aplaudiendo al presidente Trump por invitar al presidente interino de Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, a la Casa Blanca. El sábado, el senador Scott se reunió con el presidente Guaidó en Miami para discutir cómo los Estados Unidos pueden continuar ayudando en la lucha por la libertad y la democracia y terminar con el régimen asesino de Maduro.

El senador Rick Scott dijo: “Animé al presidente Trump a reunirse con el presidente interino Guaidó cuando hablamos el lunes, y me alegra que el presidente Trump haya dado este paso histórico. Esta reunión, en adición de tener al presidente Guaidó como invitado en el Estado de la Unión anoche, envía un mensaje claro a Maduro de que su tiempo ha terminado. Nunca dejaremos de luchar para liberar a la gente del brutal régimen de Maduro en Venezuela, y los Estados Unidos siempre estarán con aquellos que luchan por la libertad, la democracia y los derechos humanos”. Lea más AQUÍ.

Sen. Rick Scott to Chairman Powell: Take Action to Roll Back Growing Size of Federal Reserve’s Balance Sheet

Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Jay Powell, highlighting his concern about the growing size of the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet and ongoing purchases of U.S. Treasuries to finance U.S. federal deficits. Senator Scott continues to work to address the nation’s staggering national debt and rein in the out-of-control spending that is putting America’s future at risk. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Requests Transparency in Combatting Coronavirus in United States

Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to President Trump requesting that the administration remain as open and transparent as possible in the United States’ efforts to combat the Coronavirus. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Statement on Acquittal Vote

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following the Senate’s vote to acquit President Trump of all impeachment charges.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Finally. I’m glad that charade is over. Let’s get back to work.” Read more HERE.

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Sen. Rick Scott in USA Today: It’s Time to Raise the Threshold of Impeachment in the House of Representatives

Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed in USA Today making the case for his constitutional amendment to raise the threshold to approve articles of impeachment in the House of Representatives. The amendment would require a super-majority vote of three-fifths in the House to impeach a public official. The current threshold is a simple majority.

In the op-edSenator Rick Scott wrote, “Our Founding Fathers feared that impeachment would be used as a partisan tool by partisan actors.

In the impeachment of President Donald Trump, their fears have been realized.…

Pelosi’s impeachment circus has shown that bad-faith partisans will use the impeachment process as a tool to hurt their political opponents, no matter the outcome of the Senate trial. It’s a dangerous precedent. House majorities have no reason to prove — or even attempt to prove — their case if their goal is to simply use impeachment as a political attack against the president.…

It’s wrong, and the process needs to change.

It should be harder — much harder — for either political party to take the process our Founders created as a last resort against a tyrannical leader and use it instead as a tool for the tyranny of a political majority.”

Read the full op-ed in USA Today HERE.

Fox News: Rick Scott announces Constitutional amendment to raise threshold for impeachment

Washington Post: Sen. Scott proposes changing Constitution to make impeachment harder

National Review: Rick Scott Announces Constitutional Amendment Raising Impeachment Voting Threshold in the House

Fox Business: Sen. Rick Scott: 2020 Democrats are ‘the socialists or the more socialists’

Washington Examiner: GOP senator readies constitutional amendment to raise House threshold for impeachment

Newsweek: Senators Propose New Impeachment Rules Requiring Supermajority In House, Witness Testimony In Senate

Florida Daily: Rick Scott Proposes Amendment Making it Tougher to Impeach President, Other Federal Officials

Tampa Bay Times: Rick Scott pitches constitutional amendment to make impeachment even harder

The Hill: GOP senator proposes constitutional amendment to raise threshold for impeachment

The Hill: Senators push for new rules now that Trump impeachment battle is over

Epoch Times: Rick Scott Calls for Constitutional Amendment to Raise Threshold for Impeachment

Independent Journal Review: GOP Senator Introduces Constitutional Amendment to Require Super Majority in the House for Impeachment

WEAR: Sen. Rick Scott announce amendment to raise impeachment voting threshold in the House

Sun Sentinel: Florida’s senators Rubio and Scott vote to acquit Trump

Florida Politics: Florida lawmakers react to the Senate’s acquittal of Donald Trump

Washington Examiner: ‘An inspiration’: Rick Scott invites Hong Kong democracy activist to Trump State of the Union speech

South China Morning Post: Hong Kong activist Nathan Law to attend Trump’s State of the Union address

The Daily Caller: Sen. Rick Scott Brings Unifying Guest To State Of The Union

WESH: Central Florida lawmakers react to State of the Union address

Florida Daily: Rick Scott: Time to Roll Back Growing Size of Federal Reserve’s Balance Sheet

WEAR: Florida senators vote ‘not guilty’ in President Trump impeachment trial

Miami Herald: Marco Rubio, Rick Scott vote to acquit Donald Trump of impeachment charges

McClatchy: Trump to host Venezuela’s Juan Guaidó at the White House for the first time

Florida Politics: Florida lawmakers react to the State of the Union address

NBC Miami: Sen. Scott, Rubio on Caucus, Etc. Ahead of State of the Union

Florida Daily: Florida Delegation Continues to Ask Trump for $250 Million for Everglades Restoration

Florida Daily: Rick Scott Calls on Florida Ports and Airports to Take Action to Protect Americans from the Coronavirus

Diario 2001: Rick Scott: Habrá severas consecuencias si algún estadounidense es perjudicado en Venezuela

El Nacional: La advertencia de Rick Scott al régimen por la detención de los directivos de Citgo

Venepress: Rick Scott crítica a CNN por trato a Juan Guaidó

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Sen. Rick Scott Meets with Interim President Juan Guaidó in Miami

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Senator Rick Scott joined Interim President of Venezuela Juan Guaidó and South Florida lawmakers at a rally to promote freedom in Venezuela. Senator Scott and Interim President Guaidó also met to discuss how the U.S. can continue to help the fight for freedom and democracy and end Maduro’s murderous regime.

Senator Rick Scott said, “It was an honor to join Interim President Guaidó in Miami as we continue working to bring freedom to the people of Venezuela. We will never stop fighting for an end to Nicolas Maduro’s brutal regime, and the United States will always stand with those fighting for freedom, democracy and human rights.”

Come Visit Us at Mobile Office Hours! 

The staff of Senator Rick Scott will be holding Mobile Office Hours to assist Floridians with federal services, including help with federal agencies and veterans’ resources. See a full list of federal services HERE.

Next week’s Mobile Office Hours will be on:

Monday, February 10th, 2020

at the following locations:

Union County Board of County Commissioners 
9:00AM – 12:00PM
55 West Main Street
Lake Butler, FL 32054

AND

The C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library 
10:30AM – 1:30PM
2607 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33610

Lockheed Martin launched a small business and innovation program in Orlando this week – great to see companies investing in Florida’s entrepreneurs and encouraging innovation throughout the industry!

The USS Little Rock and 90 sailors deployed from Naval Station Mayport to the Caribbean, Central America and South America. Best of luck for a successful deployment and thank you for your service!

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