Senator Rick Scott Week in Review September 15, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sen. Rick Scott Applauds DHS for Bahamian Visa Clarification

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

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

Congressman Spano Joins Senator Scott to End Surprise Medical Billing 

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

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

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

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

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

Sen. Rick Scott: Update on Bahamas Recovery Efforts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sen. Rick Scott Visits Red Cross Ahead of Hurricane Dorian

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

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

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

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

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

Were you or your loved ones affected by Hurricane Dorian? 

Visit www.rickscott.senate.gov/hurricanes/resources for resources and information to help your family recover from the storm.

Judicial Vacancies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review August 10, 2019

This week, Senator Rick Scott introduced the Disaster Contract Transparency Act to improve the disaster contracting process on the federal, local and state levels of government following natural disasters. The bill will protect victims of natural disasters by ensuring post-disaster services are delivered quickly and taxpayer dollars are spent solely on helping impacted communities.

On Thursday, Senator Scott urged Attorney General Barr to seek answers from the FBI on what steps the agency has taken to address critical deficiencies in its handling of actionable intelligence on the perpetrators of acts of mass violence in Florida, including the tragic shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and Pulse Nightclub. This follows the FBI’s inadequate response to the Senator’s continued requests for this information.

Also this week, following a request from Senator Scott and Senator Marco Rubio, President Trump issued a Presidential determination certifying Colombia’s commitment to working with the U.S. to combat illegal drug trafficking. Senator Scott also applauded the Trump Administration’s strong stand against Nicolas Maduro’s genocide in Venezuela by imposing a total economic embargo against the government of Venezuela.

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

Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio Urge President Trump to Certify Colombia’s Commitment to Combating Illegal Drug Trade

Senator Rick Scott and Senator Marco Rubio sent a letter to President Trump urging him to certify Colombia’s commitment to working with the United States to combat illegal drug trafficking. This follows Senator Scott’s trip to Colombia in April, where he met with President Duque and other leaders to discuss the issue of narco-trafficking and the shared goal of freedom and democracy in Venezuela. Read more in Senator Scott’s op-ed HERE. See more on the letter from Senator Rubio’s office HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott on Venezuela Embargo: U.S. Will Not Tolerate Genocide

Senator Rick Scott released the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order imposing a total economic embargo against the government of Venezuela.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I’m proud the United States is taking a strong stand against Nicolas Maduro’s genocide. I’ve been calling for the Administration to use every option available – including an embargo – to end Maduro’s brutal regime, and I applaud the President and national security adviser John Bolton for taking action. Now the countries that continue to prop up Maduro, including Cuba, Russia and China, will face economic consequences for their support. This is an important day in the fight for freedom for the people of Venezuela and signals to Maduro and his supporters in Cuba, Russia and China that the United States will not tolerate genocide.”  Read more HERE.

Senators Rick Scott and James Lankford Introduce Bill to Protect Victims of Natural Disasters

Senators Rick Scott and James Lankford announced their introduction of the Disaster Contract Transparency Act to improve the disaster contracting process on the federal, local and state levels of government following natural disasters. The bill will protect victims of natural disasters by ensuring post-disaster services are delivered quickly and taxpayer dollars are spent solely on helping impacted communities. Last year, the Government Accountability Office reported that, as of May 31, 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) executed $4.5 billion in advance contract obligations – about 56 percent of the total obligations made by these agencies for response and recovery efforts – for three hurricanes and California wildfires in 2017.

Senator Rick Scott said, “In Florida, we experienced firsthand the devastation and destruction massive storms have on families, communities and businesses across our state. During my time as Governor, we were faced with many hurricanes, and I always appreciated the assistance FEMA provided to Florida families and businesses. However, despite the good work done by our federal partners, one thing was clear: the federal contracting process is full of waste, inefficiencies, and bloated spending that didn’t always directly help the people in Florida who were impacted. When I ran for Senate, I promised to fight waste and make Washington work – and this landmark legislation will make sure the federal response to storms gets rid of the inefficient and costly bureaucracies in response efforts and keeps it focused on helping the victims and communities impacted.” Read more HERE.

As Maduro Regime’s Repression Worsens, Senators E.U. to Strengthen Sanctions to Match Those Imposed by the U.S. and Canada

Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and colleagues in a letter to European Union leadership. In the letter, the senators urge the E.U. to stand strong against Maduro’s oppressive regime in Venezuela by aligning its sanctions with those of the U.S. and Canada.

On July 5th, Senator Scott spoke at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe to urge the European Union and all member nations to do more to support the fight for freedom and democracy in Venezuela. And just last month, Senator Scott wrote an op-ed for Fox News saying that “Europe needs to stand for freedom in Venezuela.” Read more, including the full letter, from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott to AG Barr: I’m Still Waiting on Information and Accountability on FBI Failures

Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr urging him to seek answers from Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray. Senator Scott has been seeking information on what steps the FBI has taken to address critical deficiencies in its handling of actionable intelligence on the perpetrators of acts of mass violence in Florida, including the tragic shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and Pulse Nightclub. This letter follows an inadequate response from the FBI to Senator Scott’s continued requests for this information. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.

Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio Applaud Certification of Colombia in Fight Against Drug Trafficking

Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio applauded President Trump’s Presidential determination certifying Colombia’s commitment to working with the United States to combat illegal drug trafficking. This announcement follows the Senators’ letter to the President urging him to certify the United States’ joint efforts with Colombia.

Senators Scott and Rubio said, “President Trump’s certification of Colombia’s commitment to combat the illegal drug trade reiterates the joint effort between our nations in the fight against narco-trafficking in the Western Hemisphere. We welcome this certification as a step for both of our countries to continue working together to counter the threat of Maduro’s narco-terrorist tyranny in Venezuela.”  Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: Puerto Rico Has an Opportunity to Thrive Economically

Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel on Puerto Rico’s opportunity to turn its economy around and prosper under new leadership.

In the op-ed, Senator Rick Scott wrote,Over the past few decades, we’ve seen many Puerto Rican families move to Florida for the chance at a more prosperous future — but they deserve that future on the island.

Just like Florida families, Puerto Rican families want great jobs, they want their kids to get a world-class education and they want to live in safe neighborhoods. 

Puerto Rico has an opportunity to usher in a new wave of leadership that will focus on turning around the island’s economy and investing in the island’s future.…

There are many opportunities for Puerto Rico to invest in its economy and its people. I’m certain that many hard-working people there have better ideas than I do about opportunities for economic growth. But they need strong, responsible leadership to have a chance to see the future the people deserve.

As the new U.S. Senator from Florida, I am committed to fighting for Puerto Rico in Congress and making sure families on the island have their shot at living the American Dream. I vowed to be Puerto Rico’s voice in the U.S. Senate, and that will never change.”

Read the full op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott on TV Venezuela: U.S. Should Use Naval Assets to Block Oil Between Venezuela and Cuba

Senator Scott joined TV Venezuela last week to discuss his ongoing call for the United States to use naval assets to block the flow of oil from Venezuela to Cuba. Cutting off the supply of oil to the Castro Regime would be the most effective action the United States can take to end the brutal regime of Nicolas Maduro.

In the clip, Senator Rick Scott said, “I spoke to President Trump about a week and a half ago at the White House about cutting the flow of oil [to Cuba]… We need to understand that Cuba is key to the problems in Venezuela. The thugs in Cuba have shown they are violent and dangerous.” See more in the clip HERE.

This Week With Senator Scott – July 27, 2019

This week, following a recent report on how some Florida school districts are refusing to enact safety measures Senator Rick Scott signed into law as Governor after the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Senator Scott sent a letter to school district leadership demanding action to keep schools safe. In the letter, Senator Scott wrote:

I am not writing to you just as a current U.S. Senator and as your former Governor; but as a parent, a grandfather, and a Florida resident. The recent report from the Grand Jury on the progress of many school districts’ implementation of the safety measures passed by the state for our students can only be described as disheartening…

We worked together to provide the support needed to make our schools the safest in the nation. As the report notes, many districts have not followed through on what we fought so hard to secure. It appears many districts have abandoned the most critical mandate constituents expect from you: to make sure our schools are safe….

I am deeply disappointed in how many school districts failed to respond in the wake of a tragedy when presented with an opportunity. Just remember, 17 lives were lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, and the lives of their families and loved ones are forever changed.”  

 
Senator Scott also attended a Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on enhancing school safety this week to discuss what federal resources and actions must be taken to make sure our students and teachers are protected. Watch video from the hearing below or HERE.

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

Sen. Rick Scott: Let’s End Washington’s Bad Investments

Senator Rick Scott released the second episode of his series in partnership with the Heritage Foundation: How Washington Wastes Your Money. Every Wednesday, Senator Scott highlights how Washington is failing the American people with its wasteful spending. See previous Washington Waste Wednesday features HERE and HERE.

This week’s episode focuses on return on investment. Every year, Washington automatically spends 70% of its total spending – $3 trillion in taxpayer dollars – on programs that do not receive regular Congressional review. In the video, Senator Scott highlights the “Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program,” which received $8.2 billion in federal funding and was expected to create 3,384 jobs for families in rural areas. The program ended up creating only 415 jobs – a horrible return on investment for American taxpayers. See more in the video below or HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Introduces PRIME Act to Promote Transparency by Online Retailers

Senator Rick Scott introduced the Promoting Responsibility In Markets and E-Retailers (PRIME) Act of 2019 to require online retailers to list the country of origin for each product they sell. Following recent privacy concerns surrounding a popular Russia-based app, the bill also requires digital apps to disclose their country of origin.

Senator Rick Scott said, “We have to get serious about where our money is going. There are nations around the world, like China, that are trying to compete with America. By buying products made by our adversaries, we are sending them money without a second thought and supporting their efforts to compete with us on the global stage. Consumers should know where the products they buy online are made and where the apps they download to their phones are developed. I introduced the PRIME Act to create more transparency in the online retail space so consumers can make informed choices for themselves and their families.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Statement on Confirmation of Mark Esper as Secretary of Defense

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following Senate confirmation of Mark Esper as Secretary of Defense.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I was proud to support Mark Esper’s confirmation as Secretary of Defense today. Secretary Esper’s years of dedicated service to this country have prepared him to lead in this role, and I am confident he will continue to serve our nation well. I look forward to working with him to keep American families safe. Now, we need to make sure he has the resources needed to do the job we’ve hired him to do. It’s time for the House of Representatives to move forward on a NDAA bill that the Senate and the White House can support.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Statement on Passage of 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

Senator Rick Scott released the following statement after the Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass the Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act. This bipartisan legislation, co-sponsored by Senator Scott, provides funding for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, which supports 9/11 survivors and first responders who have experienced health issues following the attack.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I applaud the passage of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, which supports survivors, our brave first responders, and the families and loved ones of the innocent victims who were lost in the attack. I was in New York City on September 11, 2001, and saw the terror and devastation inflicted on our nation. The tragedy continues each and every day for the survivors, first responders, and families of the victims. We must continue to do everything we can to honor the heroes lost, and stand with the victims and their families – and I’m glad we were able to pass this important funding today.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Sponsors Student Empowerment Act to Expand School Choice

Senator Rick Scott announced his co-sponsorship of the Student Empowerment Act to allow all students – including public, private, religious, and homeschool students – to use tax-exempt distributions from qualified tuition programs (known as 529 plans) to cover eligible educational expenses, including books, tutoring, and testing fees.

Senator Rick Scott said, “During my time as Governor of Florida, I worked to make Florida a national leader in school choice options for all students, with hundreds of thousands of families taking advantage of these opportunities. The Student Empowerment Act builds on our efforts by expanding access to 529 savings accounts so that all Florida families have the opportunity for the best education for their children.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott and Jenniffer González-Colón Call For More Transparency and Accountability in Puerto Rico Disaster Relief

Senator Rick Scott and Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón sent a letter to President Trump asking the Administration to appoint a Federal Coordinator to oversee responsible implementation of Puerto Rico’s disaster funding. The Coordinator will ensure disaster relief funding gets to the Island’s families in a transparent and efficient manner.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Recent events in Puerto Rico demonstrate just how much the Island needs real leadership. A Federal Coordinator will make sure that families in Puerto Rico get the help they need following the devastation of Hurricane Maria and that U.S. taxpayer money is spent wisely. I was proud to work with Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón to secure disaster relief funding for Puerto Rico, and I’m proud to work with her and the Administration to make sure that funding gets to those who need it.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Statement on Puerto Rico Governor Rosselló Resignation

Senator Rick Scott made the below statement following the announcement of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s resignation.

Senator Rick Scott said, “My focus is on the families of Puerto Rico. I vowed to be their voice in the United States Senate and that will never change. I’m glad Governor Rosselló finally made the decision to resign. The conduct from the island’s leadership has been unacceptable. Puerto Rico has the opportunity to move forward with new leadership. My hope and my prayer is that the new leaders focus on improving the lives of Puerto Rican families and rebuilding trust by creating jobs, improving education and enhancing security. I will always stand with the families of Puerto Rico and do everything I can in the United States Senate to fight for them.” Read more HERE.

Declaración del senador Rick Scott sobre la renuncia del gobernador de Puerto Rico, Rosselló

El senador Rick Scott hizo la siguiente declaración luego del anuncio de la renuncia del gobernador de Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló.

El senador Rick Scott dijo: “Mi enfoque está en las familias de Puerto Rico. Juré ser su voz en el Senado de los Estados Unidos y eso nunca cambiará. Me alegra que el gobernador Rosselló finalmente haya decidido renunciar. La conducta del liderazgo de la isla ha sido inaceptable. Puerto Rico tiene la oportunidad de seguir adelante con un nuevo liderazgo. Mi esperanza y mi oración es que los nuevos líderes se enfoquen en mejorar la vida de las familias puertorriqueñas y en reconstruir la confianza del pueblo creando empleos, mejorando la educación y la seguridad de la isla. Siempre estaré con las familias de Puerto Rico y haré todo lo posible en el Senado de los Estados Unidos para luchar por ellos”. Lea más AQUÍ.

 

Sen. Rick Scott in RealClearPolitics: Time for Colleagues to Join Me in Fight to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs

Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed on his efforts to make healthcare more affordable for families across the nation, and that starts with addressing the soaring cost of prescription drugs.

In the op-ed, Senator Rick Scott wrote, “…As a member of the U.S. Senate, it is my job to protect Floridians every day, and especially in times of crisis. The soaring costs of prescription drugs are hurting Americans, and it is incumbent upon my colleagues in Washington to stand up and fight for what is right.
 
There are solutions to this problem. I’m working on four that we can and should get done now, and I will not stop fighting until healthcare is affordable and accessible for all Americans.”

Read the full op-ed in RealClearPolitics HERE.

Wall Street Journal: Lawmakers Press Trump on Sanctions Against Turkey

Sunshine State News: Rick Scott Would Sanction Turkey for Increased Ties to Russia

Breitbart: GOP Sen. Scott: All Around the World ‘People Are Fed Up with Their Government’

The Verge: A new bill would make online sellers and app stores post their products’ origin countries

Tampa Bay Times: After Russian FaceApp goes viral, Rick Scott wants online stores to say where apps came from

Florida Daily: After FaceApp Questions, Rick Scott Wants More Transparency From Online Retailers and Apps

Florida Daily: Rick Scott Backs Ted Cruz’s Student Empowerment Act

WESH: ‘It’s pretty broken’: Sen. Scott talks state of affairs in D.C., Venezuela and Puerto Rico

Miami Herald: Rick Scott calls on Puerto Rico Gov. Rosselló to resign, as protests rage on island

Florida Daily: Members of the Florida Delegation Glad to See Ricardo Rosselló Resign as Puerto Rico’s Governor

CBS Miami: Florida Senators Marco Rubio & Rick Scott On Puerto Rico Governor Richardo Rosselló’s Resignation

El Nuevo Dia: Jenniffer González, Rick Scott y Sean Duffy piden a Trump un coordinador federal de reconstrucción

El Nacional: Rick Scott: Es más fácil para Maduro culpar que asumir su responsabilidad

Florida Daily: Florida Senators Back 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Bill Which Now Heads to President’s Desk

Spectrum News 13: Senators Rubio, Scott Highlight Small Businesses’ Role in Space Innovation

WFSU: Rick Scott Calls On School Superintendents To Comply With Safety Measures

Sunshine State News: Rick Scott: Florida Districts Need to Enact School Safety Measures

Rick Scott’s Week in Review – June 22, 2019

Senator Rick Scott campaigned on a plan to Make Washington Work for Florida families – and a key component of that plan was passed out of committee this week!

Senator Scott’s proposal to prevent Congress from getting paid during a government shutdown was successfully added to the Government Shutdown Accountability Act in this week’s Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting. Senator Scott will continue fighting to reform the dysfunctional ways of Washington so that it actually works for Americans – not for career politicians in D.C.

“If members of Congress cannot work together to pass a budget, they should not be getting paid. It’s pretty simple. If we can’t do our jobs, we shouldn’t get a taxpayer-funded salary. My No Budget, No Pay amendment simply requires Congress to pass an annual budget and meet appropriations bill deadlines, or forgo their own salaries until the job is done. There is no reason members of Congress should be held to a different standard than American families and businesses across the nation. Accountability shouldn’t be controversial.”
– Senator Rick Scott

This week, Senator Scott hosted a Hurricane Preparedness Conference that brought together federal, state, local and private-sector partners to discuss hurricane preparedness and recovery. Senator Scott also spoke at the Atlantic Council on Russia’s continued support of the genocide in Venezuela under Nicolás Maduro.

Senator Scott also sponsored legislation to provide funding for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, which supports 9/11 survivors and first responders who have experienced health issues following the attack, the Defending Domestic Produce Production Act to protect Florida farmers, along with a resolution celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

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

Sen. Rick Scott Co-Sponsors Bill to Support Victims of 9/11 Terrorist Attack

Senator Rick Scott announced his co-sponsorship of the Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act. This bipartisan legislation provides funding for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, which supports 9/11 survivors and first responders who have experienced health issues following the attack.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I was in New York City on September 11, 2001, and saw the terror and devastation inflicted on our nation. Americans around the world felt this attack. But for the survivors, first responders, and families of the victims, the tragedy continues each and every day. I will always stand with the survivors, our brave first responders, and the families and loved ones of the innocent victims who were lost that day. I’m honored to support them through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott to House Dems: Stop Stalling on Robocall Fix

Senator Rick Scott released the following statement calling on the House to pass the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act to combat abusive robocalls. This legislation was co-sponsored by Senator Scott and passed the Senate last month.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Every day, Americans across the nation, especially our seniors, are inundated with abusive and potentially fraudulent robocalls. I’m glad the Senate overwhelmingly passed the TRACED Act, which I’m proud to co-sponsor. But now it’s been almost a month and the House still hasn’t acted. I can’t understand why Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats don’t want take common sense action to solve this problem for Americans. They need to stop focusing on political games and actually accomplish something like they were elected to do. The House needs to take up and immediately pass the TRACED Act.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott’s No Budget, No Pay Passes Out of Committee

Senator Rick Scott’s proposal to prevent Congress from getting paid during a government shutdown was successfully added to the Government Shutdown Accountability Act in today’s Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting. Senator Scott originally co-sponsored the No Budget, No Pay Act with Senator Mike Braun in January. See more HERE and in the video below.

 

Sen. Rick Scott Statement on Confirmation of Florida Judge Allen Winsor

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Judge Allen Winsor to serve as a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I’m thrilled the Senate voted to confirm Allen Winsor to serve as a district judge in the Northern District. Throughout his career, Judge Winsor has demonstrated a respect for the separation of powers and a devotion to the role of the judiciary in our democratic system. As Governor, I had the honor of appointing Judge Winsor to the First District Court of Appeal in 2016, and I know he will continue to fairly uphold the rule of law and serve our state and nation well.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: The U.S. Stands with Those Fighting for Freedom in Venezuela; Russia Must Take Heed

Senator Rick Scott spoke at the Atlantic Council on the genocide in Venezuela under Nicolás Maduro and Russia’s continued support of Maduro’s oppressive regime.

Read excerpts of his remarks as prepared for delivery below or his full speech HERE.

There’s a genocide happening in Venezuela right now. You know, I’ve actually been criticized for using that word. But I ask my critics, how many children have to die before you call it what it is?

And there is one man responsible for inflicting this genocide on the people of Venezuela: Nicolas Maduro….

The sanctions we’ve placed on Venezuela are starting to have an effect…. 

And yet, Maduro remains in power. The people of Venezuela continue to suffer. And the influence of Cuba, Russia, China, Iran and international terrorist organizations grows.

We MUST do more.

If Russia stops propping up the regime in Caracas, I believe that the dominoes will fall and the people of Venezuela will be free from the evil and tyranny of Maduro.…

Right now, President Putin is an active participant in Maduro’s genocide.

  • Russia has welcomed the Petroleos de Venezuela of­fice to Moscow to strength­en its strate­gic part­ner­ship with Venezuela;
  • Russia’s oil company, Rosneft, has provided more than $17 billion in loans to the Chavez-Maduro regime in the last ten years;
  • Russia has taken more than 3 million tons of Venezuelan oil in the past two years; and
  • Russia has helped Maduro export oil to Asia once U.S. sanctions against Venezuela’s oil threatened to dry up revenues.…

We cannot allow hostile regimes like Russia, China, and Cuba to continue to train killers, distribute weapons and place military assets in Venezuela.…

We need to make Nicolas Maduro a pariah. If we dry up the support coming into Venezuela from Russia, China, Cuba and Iran, Maduro will have no choice but to step aside and let freedom and democracy reign once again.…

Russia must take heed: the United States is committed to protecting our national security and preserving the freedoms and democratic government that the people of Venezuela deserve.

We will remember who is with us, and we will remember who is not.

Read more HERE.

 

Sen. Rick Scott on CNN International: Maduro Should Do the Right Thing and Step Aside 
Watch the full interview below or HERE.
 

 

Sen. Rick Scott in Sarasota Herald-Tribune: I’m Fighting to Give Floridians Every Opportunity to Succeed and Live Their Dreams 

Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed on his co-sponsorship of the DRIVE-Safe Act, which aims to alleviate the nation’s truck driver shortage by creating a training program for young adults.

In the op-ed, Senator Rick Scott wrote, “Right now, our trucking and logistics industry is facing a 50,000-driver shortage that threatens to stunt economic growth. Current federal regulations on interstate commerce prevent trucking companies from hiring entry-level drivers out of high school, adding to the shortage. 

I’m proud to be working to eliminate this unnecessary regulation by co-sponsoring the Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy (DRIVE-Safe) Act, originally introduced by my friend and colleague Sen. Todd Young.…

My story is not unlike that of many Americans. I grew up in the Midwest and was raised by two hard-working parents.

I never knew my natural dad, but my adopted father was a World War II veteran, a city bus driver and then a truck driver. He was an American hero who completed all four combat jumps in World War II as a member of the 82nd Airborne.…

The DRIVE-Safe Act gives young adults across the nation a chance to enter a high-paying career immediately out of high school. As senator and a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, I will fight to give Floridians every opportunity to succeed and live their American dream — just like my dad.”

Read the full op-ed in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune HERE.

New York Post: Rick Scott becomes latest senator to support 9/11 victim fund

Florida Daily: Rick Scott Backs Permanent Authorization of 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

Breitbart: Mike Braun and Rick Scott’s ‘No Budget, No Pay’ Bill Advances Out of Committee

WWSB: Senator Scott’s ‘No Budget, No Pay’ proposal added to Shutdown Accountability Act

Daily Signal: To Whip Congress Into Shape, Withhold Their Pay

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Scott: Filling the truck-driver gap

Florida Politics: Rick Scott co-sponsors bill to provide relief, school choice to military families

WMFE: Senator Rick Scott Says He Wants To Make Sure Nursing Homes Get Generators Before The First Hurricane Of The Season

Florida Politics: Rick Scott to Donald Trump: Talk about border security

Florida Politics: Rick Scott hosting ‘Hurricane Preparedness Conference’ Monday in Orlando

Atlantic Council: US Senator Condemns Putin’s Complicit Role in Venezuela

Florida Politics: ‘Russia must take heed’: Rick Scott blames Moscow for Venezuelan ‘genocide’

NTN 24: Rick Scott: “Si las sanciones no son suficientes, estaremos dispuestos a hacer lo que sea necesario”

Florida Politics: U.S. Senate confirms Allen Winsor to be next federal judge for north Florida

Sen. Rick Scott Hosts Hurricane Preparedness Conference in Orlando

Senator Rick Scott hosted a Hurricane Preparedness Conference at Valencia College in Orlando that brought together federal, state, local and private-sector partners to discuss hurricane preparedness and recovery. Click HERE for video from the conference.

Sen. Rick Scott Highlights Tamiami Trail Project Investment in Miami

Senator Rick Scott visited Everglades Safari Park to highlight the U.S. Department of Transportation’s $60 million investment to raise the unbridged sections of the Tamiami Trail. This announcement follows the letter Senator Scott sent in March to DOT Secretary Elaine Chao urging funding for the project, which is critical to the health of Florida’s Everglades.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I’m honored to be in the Everglades today to celebrate the beginning of Phase II of the Tamiami Trail project, which is vital to increasing freshwater flows to the Everglades. As Governor, I fought to fund the Tamiami Trail Modification Next Step Phase I, and I thank President Trump and DOT Secretary Elaine Chao for building on our efforts by awarding the $60 million I requested for this vital project. I also want to thank Senator Rubio and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, who put a lot of work into this project. I look forward to continuing this strong federal-state partnership to finish the Tamiami Trail and continue our mission of preserving Florida’s historic Everglades National Park.” Read more HERE.

Also this week in Florida…

Boeing is officially moving their space division to Florida’s Space Coast! The space industry has long been an important and iconic part of Florida’s history and economic success, and with our incredible business climate and low taxes, it’s no surprise that Boeing chose our great state to grow and create more jobs!

Academy Nominations

Interested in serving our great country? Senator Scott has the honor to nominate candidates for appointment to U.S. Military Academies.Visit our website HERE and spread the word to all individuals seeking appointment to a service academy TODAY!

Judicial Vacancies

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

 

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Senator Rick Scott Week in Review June 14 2019

This week marked three years since 49 lives were lost too soon in the senseless terror attack at Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016. Senator Rick Scott and Senator Marco Rubio introduced a resolution, which was passed by unanimous consent, and Senator Scott spoke on the Senate floor honoring the 49 victims.

Watch his speech and read his full remarks for delivery below or HERE.

On June 12, 2016, our state was attacked.

49 innocent and beautiful lives were senselessly lost and the lives of countless families and loved ones were forever changed.

The attack – an attack on America, our state, the City of Orlando, our Hispanic and gay communities – was a terrorist attack. This act of terrorism was an attempt to rip at the seams of our society, to divide us and to instill fear in our hearts.

But, Floridians are strong. Floridians are selfless. Floridians are fighters. 

The days I spent in Orlando following the shooting will always be with me. I talked to many parents who lost their children. I went to funerals and wakes. And I sat in hospitals. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done as Governor, and as a parent.

And through one of our state’s most challenging times, we also saw incredible bravery and heroism.

We saw it in the brave members of law enforcement that selflessly ran into danger to help those in need. We saw it in the doctors and nurses who tirelessly worked to save lives.

And we saw it in the community that came together after this horrific tragedy to repair and rebuild.

Three years removed from this unimaginable loss, our state is forever changed. Every year on this day, the State of Florida stands united with heavy hearts to honor the victims.

We vow to never forget that evil exists in this world, and we must always stand up against those that wish to harm us.

And we vow to always remember the beautiful lives taken far too soon.

Thank you.

Also this week, Senator Scott sponsored legislation to commemorate Christa McAuliffe, a teacher tragically killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster, legislation to increase education options available to military members and their families, and a resolution designating May as Older Americans Month.

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

Sen. Rick Scott Co-Sponsors Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Act

Senator Rick Scott announced his co-sponsorship of the Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Act as part of his continued efforts to make healthcare more affordable for families. The Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Act prevents anti-competitive behavior from pharmaceutical companies by giving the Federal Trade Commission authority to fight against prescription drug patent abuse. This will open the market for more affordable prescription drugs.

Senator Rick Scott said, “For years, pharmaceutical companies have been abusing the patent system to prevent competition and force American consumers to pay more for life-saving medicine. That’s wrong. I’m proud to sponsor the Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Act to force pharmaceutical companies to play fair in a free and competitive market. Washington should have addressed the soaring costs of prescription drugs a long time ago, and I’m fighting every day to make sure we do.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Honors the 49 Lives Lost in Attack on Pulse Nightclub

Senator Rick Scott and Senator Marco Rubio introduced a resolution, which was passed by unanimous consent, honoring the 49 lives lost in the terror attack on Pulse Nightclub in Orlando three years ago today. Senator Scott spoke on the Senate floor honoring the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy. See more, including video of his speech and full remark as prepared for delivery, HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott to Homeland Security: Americans Need Answers on CBP Data Breach

Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which oversees U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), requesting information and transparency about the agency’s recent data breach of U.S. travelers’ information. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Statement on Confirmation of Florida Judges Thomas Barber and Rodney Smith

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Judge Thomas Barber to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida and Judge Rodney Smith to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I’m thrilled the Senate voted to confirm Thomas Barber to serve as a district judge in the Middle District of Florida and Judge Rodney Smith to serve as a district judge for the Southern District of Florida. Our state and nation needs qualified individuals committed to fairly and accurately interpreting our Constitution and laws, not activist judges. These two men have demonstrated their commitment to the principles of this nation and constitutional jurisprudence. Judge Barber and Judge Smith have impressive records of honorably serving the State of Florida, and I am proud to support their appointment to the federal bench today.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Sponsors Legislation to Increase Education Options for Military Families

Senator Rick Scott announced his co-sponsorship of the Education Savings Accounts for Military Families Act of 2019. This legislation would increase education options for active duty military members and their families by creating an Education Savings Account to give families the opportunity to choose the school or education provider that works best for them.

Senator Rick Scott said, “During my time as Governor of Florida, we worked hard to support our military members, veterans and their families both during and after their service. That included securing funding and legislation to help veterans get a great education, find jobs and open their own businesses. The Education Savings Accounts for Military Families Act builds on our efforts to help make Florida the most military and veteran-friendly state in the country – and provides military families the flexibility to choose which educational opportunities are the best fit for their family.” Read more HERE.