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.
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.