Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review

Senator Rick Scott released the first step of his 60 Day “Let’s Get Back to Work” plan. This plan outlines the roles and responsibilities of government, the private sector and individuals necessary to get Florida and the nation back to work.

Senator Rick Scott said, “As we bend the curve and stem the spread of the Coronavirus, we need to lay out the roles and responsibilities of government, the private sector and individuals that will help our country get back to a ‘new normal.’ Every American will play a part in helping our state and our country recover from the economic devastation brought on by this pandemic. That starts with explaining what the economic recovery will look like and the role every level of government, the private sector and individual families will play in that process.  

“We can and we will come back better and stronger than before. America has faced many challenges in our 244-year history and we’ve always overcome them. It will not be easy – it will take strategic foresight, determination and diligence, and most importantly a commitment from everyone, but I know that after we heal the sick, we can also heal our broken economy and get back to work.”

SENATOR RICK SCOTT’S “LET’S GET BACK TO WORK” PLAN:

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD IMPLEMENT THE FOLLOWING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES:

  • Do whatever is possible to support and fund research and expedited development of a vaccine.
    • Develop a detailed plan, in coordination with state and local governments, to make this vaccine available nationwide and free to all Americans.
  • Promote and fund efforts by state and local governments and the private sector to continue expanding testing capacity, including monoclonal antibody testing, and contact tracing without violating our privacy rights. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should develop a plan to allow for the hiring or contracting of health care workers to implement these improvements across the nation.
    • For the economy to get back to normal, the United States MUST have the capacity to test anyone who wants to be tested. Period. There is no excuse.
    • Federal agencies, working with private-sector labs and health care providers, should create a system to identify those who have received an antibody test and have Coronavirus antibodies.
  • Provide guidance through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) for responsible safety precautions for individual Americans and businesses to go about their daily lives. The following questions need to be addressed:
    • Should everyone wear a mask? How often should individuals wash their hands? Should groups larger than 10 still be avoided?
    • Should communities be categorized by risk levels, based on factors including number of cases, hospital capacity and testing ability, so areas with few or no cases can be re-opened sooner?
    • Should businesses test all their employees before allowing them to return to work? Should businesses take temperatures daily before allowing employees to enter a building?
    • Is it safe to use mass transportation, like airplanes, trains and cruise lines? Are providers of mass transportation taking the necessary precautions to protect employees and travelers? Should passengers be required to take their temperature before boarding?
  • Provide guidance to health care providers on what criteria they would need to meet to begin elective procedures. In areas outside of hot spots like New York, New Orleans and Detroit, hospitals sit empty and are unable to perform the majority of their services, causing them to have to lay off staff.
    • Every health care provider should have point-of-care rapid diagnostic testing.
    • Health care providers should also take this opportunity – with relaxed federal and state regulations – to expand their tele-health capacity.
  • Reform the public health system to allow for more efficient information-sharing among federal, state, and county public health departments. This would allow faster detection and response to emerging public health emergencies.
    • Hospitals and commercial insurers should transmit viral-related patient data, with appropriate privacy protections, in real-time to the CDC.
    • Hospitals should also share information on the medication given to patients with the virus and the results, as well as symptoms and underlying conditions of patients who have died from the virus.
    • Government should partner with telecommunication companies to use cellular data for opt-in contact-tracing.
  • Continue to expand the national stockpile of Personal Protective Equipment to provide the equipment necessary for health care workers and those on the frontlines of fighting the virus, especially in hot spots and nursing homes, that will see the impact of this virus for many months to come.
    • The United States must reduce its reliance on Communist China for the equipment necessary to address pandemics – many of which originate in China.
    • The federal government, working with the private sector, should strengthen American-made supply chains to address this crisis and any pandemics in the future.
  • Provide more clarity to banks and small businesses about the Paycheck Protection Program and available resources through the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of the Treasury and provide oversight to protect against potential fraud.
    • Small businesses and banks need to understand the regulations involved so that money can be disbursed quickly to the small businesses that need it.
    • Congress must also clarify that only small businesses that have seen their revenues substantially reduced by the Coronavirus should have access to taxpayer-funded loans, which will preserve these resources for those who truly need it.
  • FEMA must work with the CDC to update their guidance on how Emergency Managers can successfully keep their communities safe until the Coronavirus is completely gone.
    • This is particularly relevant to Florida due to the coming hurricane season, but also applies to tornadoes, fires, earthquakes, and other potential disasters.
  • Get serious about the threat of Communist China and the role the World Health Organization (WHO) played in helping China cover up the spread of the Coronavirus.
    • The American people need to see that the federal government is taking the threat from Communist China seriously – the federal government must hold Communist China accountable and liable for the thousands of American lives lost due to their negligence.
    • American tax dollars should not be used to purchase products made in Communist China. A new government-wide policy is needed.
    • Online sellers must be required to disclose where products are made, so consumers can choose to buy American-made products.
    • This pandemic should be the last straw. The United States needs to address the New Cold War occurring between the United States and China and be clear about the negative impacts of continuing to buy Chinese-made products.
  • Address our nation’s deficit by bringing spending in line with revenues once the current crisis ends. Even prior to Coronavirus, our nation was running trillion dollar yearly deficits. In order for America to be prepared for the next challenge, and ensure a prosperous economy for generations to come, Congress and the Administration must work together to bring spending under control.

STATE GOVERNMENTS SHOULD IMPLEMENT THE FOLLOWING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES:

  • Work with federal and local governments, as well as private-sector partners, to continue expanding testing capacity, including antibody testing.
  • Build their own stockpile of Personal Protective Equipment, and monitor existing and potential hot spots to quickly redirect health care resources.
    • States should pay particular attention to potential outbreaks in rural communities that don’t have significant testing capacity or health care resources.
  • Provide guidance through state agencies, in coordination with the CDC, to businesses in the state on responsible safety measures. The following questions need to be addressed:
    • Should restaurants continue to keep tables six feet apart for a period of time? Should they put plexiglass between booths? Should movie theaters leave seats between patrons? What cleaning regimens should amusement parks use? Should every business be required to have hand sanitizer available for patrons?
  • Create plans to consistently and continuously monitor senior centers and assisted living facilities.
  • Departments of Education and the Board of Governors should give clear guidance about this school year and provide regular updates on summer classes and the 2020-2021 school year.
    • Parents need this information so they can begin making plans and students need to have guidance on their current and future studies.
    • Teachers need the runway to continue developing digital learning lesson plans as well as professional development opportunities regarding remote-teaching.
    • Departments of Education must also create clear guidelines on whether all students should be tested before returning to school or have their temperature taken before entering school buildings, as well as proper cleaning procedures.
    • Higher education institutions should consider enhancing remote learning and developing alternate ways to allow students to continue their education, without putting additional financial burden on the students.
  • Create contingency plans for state budgets.
    • States should not and cannot rely on federal dollars to back-fill their budgets for lost revenue.
    • States MUST begin creating contingency plans that protect the most important functions of government. Sacrifices will have to be made, but vulnerable populations must be protected.
    • This recovery will not be complete by the end of 2020 – it will take a few years. State budgets must be structured to support the long-term recovery of vulnerable industries that drive economic growth in Florida, such as tourism and construction.
  • State Emergency Management officials need to communicate updated emergency protocols to citizens. The following questions need to be addressed:
    • What’s the plan for shelter? Where can I safely quarantine if I am sick? How do families evacuate? What’s the plan to prepare for a hurricane if there’s a new outbreak or hot spot?
  • State governments should lead the way in connecting job seekers with available jobs. While the small business landscape of Florida will certainly look different, there will be jobs available – people just need to know where to find them.

THE PRIVATE SECTOR: 

  • Businesses should start creating plans NOW for re-opening and getting back to a “new normal.”
    • Each business needs to make a decision for itself and its employees and customers about whether they will test all their employees before allowing them to return to work and whether they will take temperatures before allowing anyone into their facilities.
    • This will require the businesses themselves, in consultation with federal, state and local officials, to ensure the testing capacity is available.
    • Businesses will also need to ensure they have access to the necessary Personal Protective Equipment and sanitizing products.
    • Businesses should evaluate their business practices to make sure appropriate social distancing is continued to encourage patrons to feel comfortable visiting their establishment.
    • Businesses should also disclose where their products are produced, and promote American-made products.
  • Businesses should create, and make public, a crisis plan to address future pandemics or the re-emergence of the Coronavirus.

FLORIDA FAMILIES:

  • Every family needs to think through the basic guidelines and safety precautions that would make them feel comfortable going about their normal lives. Our state back can’t get back to work until Florida families feel SAFE going back into their communities, shopping at local stores, dining at local restaurants and going on vacation.
  • Every Florida family should make sure they have received access to programs that address their needs – including expanded Unemployment Insurance, direct cash payments, Paycheck Protection Program loans for small businesses, and deferment of financial transactions provided by many major financial institutions, utilities, and property owners.
  • Utilize local manufacturers and local stores to obtain simple Personal Protective Equipment, particularly masks.
  • Focus on buying American and Florida-made products to build American jobs.
    • Every family needs to understand that Communist China is responsible for this pandemic. China is our adversary who has exploited the spread of the virus to gain a strategic advantage over the world.
    • This pandemic has exposed the need to vastly reduce consumer reliance on products made in Communist China. Every family needs to understand that when they purchase products made in China, they are supporting the Chinese Communist Party and their efforts to control the world and destroy freedom.
    • Whenever possible, every family should try to buy American and buy local!

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

Sen. Rick Scott, Sen. Ron Johnson and Colleagues Request Information on World Health Organization’s Role in Helping China Cover Up Coronavirus

Senators Rick Scott, Ron Johnson, Martha McSally, Kevin Cramer, Steve Daines, Todd Young and Joni Ernst sent a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) requesting information ahead of a Congressional hearing to investigate the WHO’s role in helping Communist China cover up information regarding the threat of the Coronavirus. In case you missed it, Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed for FOX News last week on how the WHO should be held accountable for its role in helping Communist China cover up the Coronavirus pandemic, which cost thousands of lives around the world. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Releases Daily Update on Coronavirus Growth Rate by State and Florida County 

This week, Senator Rick Scott continued to release updates on the growth rate of cases of the Coronavirus by state, and by county in Florida, according to Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering and Florida Department of Health data. Senator Scott is releasing this information daily to show which states are slowing the growth of Coronavirus. See updates from this week HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Requests Information on PAHO’s Response to Coronavirus and Cooperation with the WHO

Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr. Carissa Etienne requesting additional information on PAHO’s response to the Coronavirus and any coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Communist Party of China, whose efforts to cover up the pandemic cost thousands of lives around the world. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: Don’t Let Your Guard Down, Prepare for Hurricane Season NOW

Senator Rick Scott wrote a letter to the editors of Florida’s papers urging families to stay vigilant and get prepared now for the 2020 Hurricane Season, beginning June 1, as our nation continues working to end the spread of the Coronavirus. Last week, Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issue guidance to address the CDC’s Coronavirus guidelines and procedures to keep Floridians safe and healthy in the event of a storm. Read more HERE.

In the letter, Senator Rick Scott wrote, “As Floridians, we know better than anyone that preparedness saves lives. Complacency is the enemy. As we continue to do everything we can to stop the spread of the Coronavirus so we can get back to our everyday lives – we must also prepare for what lies ahead. 

The 2020 hurricane season is quickly approaching, and preparing for a storm this year might look a little different. You’re probably asking questions like: How can I evacuate if I’m socially distancing? What would a hurricane shelter look like if we’re avoiding crowds? How do I build a disaster preparedness kit for my family if I can’t go to the store?

Hurricane season begins June 1, and while we all hope that in two months the threat of Coronavirus is over, we must prepare for the worst and have a plan.

Federal, state and local officials are going to have to address how to keep families safe while adhering to CDC guidelines on the Coronavirus. Floridians are going to have to get creative in their preparedness efforts. And the time to start thinking about this is now.

To the extent that your family is financially able to – consider purchasing supplies for your disaster supply kits online. That includes vital supplies, like food, water, flashlights, batteries and other necessities. Every family and business needs to make or revisit their emergency plans. You can find resources and information on creating a personalized emergency plan at www.ready.gov.

As your Senator, I’ll do everything I can at the federal level to protect Florida’s families and businesses. I’m working with FEMA to issue guidance to states, local governments, tribes and territories regarding how to address hurricane preparedness in the wake of Coronavirus.

I know everyone is exhausted from the effects of the Coronavirus, but we cannot let our guards down. In case of a storm, always stay tuned to your local news reports and follow the direction of local law enforcement and emergency management officials. As I always say, you can rebuild your home, but you cannot rebuild your life.

We must keep doing everything we can to take care of each other and protect our families. Don’t wait to take action. Start getting prepared TODAY.”

Senador Rick Scott: No baje la guardia, prepárese para la temporada de huracanes AHORA

El senador Rick Scott escribió una carta a los editores de los periódicos de la Florida instando a las familias a mantenerse vigilantes y prepararse ahora para la Temporada de Huracanes 2020, que comienza el 1 de junio, mientras nuestra nación continúa trabajando para terminar con la propagación del Coronavirus. La semana pasada, los senadores Rick Scott y Marco Rubio solicitaron que la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés) a orientar a los estados en los procedimientos y guías del CDC para el Coronavirus para mantener a los floridanos seguros y saludables en caso de tormenta. Puede leer la carta AQUÍ.

En la carta, el senador Rick Scott escribió: “Como floridanos, sabemos mejor que nadie que la preparación salva vidas. La complacencia es el enemigo. A medida que continuamos haciendo todo lo posible para detener la propagación del Coronavirus para que podamos volver a nuestra vida cotidiana, también debemos prepararnos para lo que nos espera.

La temporada de huracanes 2020 se acerca rápidamente, y prepararse para una tormenta este año podría ser un poco diferente. Probablemente esté haciéndose preguntas como: ¿Cómo puedo evacuar si me estoy distanciando socialmente? ¿Cómo serán los refugios de huracanes si tenemos que evitar a las multitudes? ¿Cómo preparo un kit de materiales para desastres para mi familia si no puedo ir de compras?

La temporada de huracanes comienza el 1 de junio, y aunque todos esperamos que en dos meses la amenaza del Coronavirus haya terminado, debemos prepararnos para lo peor y tener un plan.

Los funcionarios federales, estatales y locales tendrán que decidir cómo mantener a las familias seguras mientras se adhieren a las guías del CDC sobre el Coronavirus. Los floridanos tendrán que ser creativos en sus esfuerzos de preparación. Y el momento de comenzar a pensar en esto es ahora. 

En la medida en que su familia pueda financieramente, considere comenzar a comprar suministros para desastres en línea. Eso incluye suministros vitales, como alimentos enlatados, agua, linternas, baterías y otras necesidades. Toda familia y empresa necesita hacer o revisar sus planes de emergencia. Puede encontrar recursos e información sobre cómo crear un plan de emergencia personalizado en www.ready.gov/es

Como su Senador, haré todo lo que pueda a nivel federal para proteger a las familias y empresas de la Florida. Estoy trabajando con FEMA orientas a los estados, gobiernos locales, tribus y territorios sobre cómo abordar la preparación para huracanes a raíz del Coronavirus.

Sé que todos están exhaustos por los efectos del Coronavirus, pero no podemos defraudar a nuestros guardias. En caso de tormenta, manténgase siempre atento a los informes de noticias locales y siga las instrucciones de las autoridades locales y los funcionarios de gestión de emergencias. Como siempre digo, puedes reconstruir tu hogar, pero no puedes reconstruir tu vida.

Debemos seguir haciendo todo lo posible para cuidarnos unos a otros y proteger a nuestras familias. No esperes para tomar medidas. Comience a prepararse HOY”.

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Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review March 6, 2020

This week, Senator Rick Scott and his colleagues worked to pass the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, which provides $8.3 billion to combat the threat of the Chinese Coronavirus. The bill includes funding for laboratory testing to detect positive cases, an expansion of telehealth services in Florida, vaccine research and development, medical supplies for states and localities for emergency health response, and mitigation of shortages of medical products in the supply chain.

Senator Rick Scott said, “The threat of the Chinese Coronavirus is not going away. In the face of a public health crisis, I’m proud my colleagues joined together to give the Administration the resources it needs to protect Americans. This funding is critical to help federal, state and local governments continue to do everything possible to prepare for and prevent the spread of the Chinese Coronavirus in the United States.”

Also this week, Senator Rick Scott introduced:

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

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Sen. Rick Scott to DHS: Increase Screenings at Florida Airports to Protect Against Spread of Chinese Coronavirus

Senator Rick Scott released the following statement calling for increased screening at all of Florida’s international airports following reports of two individuals testing  positive for the Chinese Coronavirus in Florida, as well as the increased number of cases in Latin America to include two cases in Mexico, two cases in Brazil, one case in the Dominican Republic and one case in Ecuador.

Senator Rick Scott said, “My top priority is the health of Floridians. I’m calling on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to immediately increase screening procedures at every one of Florida’s international airports. We must also work with the newly-infected countries to make sure they are conducting proper screenings of outgoing passengers. With new cases reported in Florida, as well as the increased threat of the Chinese Coronavirus from Latin America, we have to do everything we can to prevent the virus from spreading in our state – and that starts with the thorough screening of travelers. I’ve been in constant contact with federal, state and local officials, and am confident they have the resources to keep families safe, but everyone must stay vigilant.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Calls on DOJ, Treasury to Investigate Lobbying Firm Representing Maduro Regime

Senator Rick Scott wrote a letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and Attorney General Barr calling for an investigation of the lobbying firm Amsterdam & Partners LLP after the firm took over a contract to work on behalf of Nicolas Maduro’s brutal regime in Venezuela. Senator Scott wants the agencies to look into the services to be performed and the source of the money paid to Amsterdam & Partners to determine if it violates the sanctions imposed against the Maduro regime and whether there is any effort to circumvent FARA regulations. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: Anyone with Symptoms Should be Able to Get Tested for Chinese Coronavirus for Free

As cases of the Chinese Coronavirus continue to climb in the United States, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement calling for free tests for anyone experiencing symptoms.

Senator Rick Scott said, “We are facing a public health crisis. Nothing should get in the way of Americans’ ability to protect themselves and get tested for the Chinese Coronavirus – especially cost. Anyone experiencing symptoms should be able to get a test for free, and I’m calling for Congress to include funding for the tests in the emergency supplemental appropriations bill and pass this funding now.” Read more HERE.

Senator Rick Scott joins Colleagues in Urging Lithuanian Ambassador to Stand in Support of the Cuban People

Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Bob Menendez in a letter to Lithuanian Ambassador to the United States and Mexico, Rolandas Kriščiūnas, urging the Lithuanian parliament to reject the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA) treaty between the European Union (EU) and Cuba. Read more, including the full letter, from Senator Rubio’s office HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott joins Bipartisan Group of Colleagues in Calling for U.K. to Reconsider Huawei Decision 

Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Ben Sasse, Senator Chuck Schumer and a bipartisan group of colleagues in a letter urging the United Kingdom’s Parliament to reconsider the decision to allow Huawei to supply some of the U.K.’s 5G telecommunications structure. In case you missed it, Senator Scott wrote an wrote an op-ed for the Washington Examiner warning the U.K. about the extreme risks associated with this decision. Read more, including the full letter, from Senator Sasse’s office HERE.

Senators Rick Scott and Ed Markey Lead Colleagues in Bipartisan Resolution Demanding Olympic Committee Move 2022 Olympic Games Out of China Unless Country Address Human Rights Abuses

Senators Rick Scott and Ed Markey introduced a bipartisan resolution calling on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to move the 2022 Winter Olympics out of China and rebid it to another country unless Beijing addresses its violation of human rights. This resolution was also sponsored by Senators Jim Inhofe, Dick Durbin, Martha McSally, Doug Jones, Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton, Todd Young, Marsha Blackburn and Mike Braun.

This resolution follows Senator Scott’s continued calls on the IOC to stand for freedom and urge Communist China to stop violating human rights, or find a new home for the 2022 Olympic Games.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Communist China should not be allowed to host the 2022 Olympic Games while simultaneously running concentration camps, violating human rights and oppressing the people of Hong Kong. The Olympic Games are an incredible opportunity to allow the world’s best athletes to represent their countries and unite our nations, and should not be hosted by one of the world’s worst human rights abusers. Today, the Senate is sending a clear message to the IOC: stand up for freedom and urge Communist China to do the right thing, or find a new home for the 2022 Olympic Games. It’s not about politics, it’s about human rights.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: Bernie Sanders’ Support for Castro is Shameful

Senator Rick Scott released the following statement after reports that Bernie Sanders told a political prisoner in Cuba that he didn’t understand why others criticized Cuba.

Senator Rick Scott said, “This is just another disgusting example of Bernie Sanders’ ignorance and undying support for the Castro regime. His continued refusal to stand up for freedom and for the people of Cuba who have endured six decades of atrocities, oppression and misery at the hands of the regime is shameful. This is not what America stands for, and every Democrat needs to do what is right – stand for freedom and condemn Sanders.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott to DHS Secretary: Increase Protections at Florida Airports and Seaports to Combat Spread of Chinese Coronavirus

During a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, Senator Rick Scott questioned U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf on the agency’s plan to increase protection at Florida’s airports and seaports in response to the Chinese Coronavirus. On Monday, Senator Scott called on DHS to immediately increase screening procedures at every one of Florida’s international airports, as well as work with the newly-infected countries to make sure they are conducting proper screenings of outgoing passengers.See video from the hearing HERE or below.

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Sen. Rick Scott Introduces Secure U.S. Bases Act to Improve Foreign Military Student Programs Following NAS Pensacola Attack

Senator Rick Scott and Senator Joni Ernst introduced the Secure U.S. Bases Act to reform and improve foreign military student training programs following the terrorist attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola on December 6th, 2019. After the attack, Senator Scott called for a hard reset of the program and for all Saudi nationals training in the U.S. to be sent home until the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) completed a thorough review of the program. The Secure U.S. Bases Act requires a thorough vetting process before a foreign student enters the U.S.; creates a special, limited visa for foreign students; and establishes a review process so that DOD is not operating training programs in the U.S. that would be better operated abroad. 

Senator Rick Scott said, “The safety and security of American men and women in uniform is always a priority for me, and it should be a priority of our entire government. The tragic terrorist attack in Pensacola last year revealed an unnecessary risk. This terrorist should never have been allowed in our country, let alone on an American military base with easy access to American military men and women. The Secure U.S. Bases Act will make sure foreign military students training at U.S. bases are thoroughly vetted and monitored, and that our troops are protected and never have to experience a tragedy like this again.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott on Senate Floor: We Must Keep Our Bases and Military Members Safe

Senator Rick Scott spoke on the Senate floor about his Secure U.S. Bases Act, cosponsored by Senator Joni Ernst, to reform and improve foreign military student training programs following the terrorist attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola on December 6th, 2019. Watch Senator Scott’s speech HERE or below.

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Senators Rick Scott, Marco Rubio and Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Honoring Las Damas de Blanco

Ahead of International Women’s Day, Senator Rick Scott joined Senators Marco Rubio, Bob Menendez, Ted Cruz and Ben Cardin to introduce a resolution honoring Las Damas de Blanco, a women-led peaceful nonviolent movement in support of freedom and human rights in Cuba, and calling for the release of all political prisoners in Cuba.

Senator Rick Scott said, “The Ladies in White have stood up against the oppressive Cuban regime for almost two decades and serve as a bastion for human rights in the face of communist tyrants. Their example inspires countless Cuban-Americans living in Florida, and they deserve our unyielding support as we continue to fight for freedom and democracy around the world.” Read more from Senator Rubio’s office HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Calls on World Bank for Plan to End Lending to Communist China

Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to World Bank Group President David Malpass asking for information on the steps the World Bank is taking to reduce lending to Communist China. There is no reason the World Bank should be lending to Communist China, a developed and wealthy nation that oppresses its people and denies their human rights. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.

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Sen. Rick Scott: Communist China Cannot be Trusted to be Honest About Coronavirus

Senator Rick Scott wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Times in response to a recent op-ed by China’s foreign affairs commissioner in Hong Kong praising Communist China as a world leader in combatting the Chinese Coronavirus.

In the letter to the editor, Senator Rick Scott wrote, “Communist China cannot be trusted, and has not been honest about the coronavirus.

Mr. Xie claims that China responded to the coronavirus outbreak in record time. Yet he conveniently doesn’t mention that when the virus first began to spread, the Chinese government did what it does best: silence critics and detain people accused of spreading rumors. It was his Communist Party that reprimanded and threatened a doctor in Wuhan for warning others about the initial outbreak; the same doctor later died from the disease.…

No amount of propaganda can distract from the truth: China is willing to sacrifice the health of its citizens if it means that it can maintain its global image.”

Read the full letter to the editor in the New York Times HERE.

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Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio Hold Roundtable Discussion on Coronavirus in West Palm Beach

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Senator Rick Scott and Senator Marco Rubio joined Florida Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez and community leaders in West Palm Beach to discuss local, state and federal efforts to protect Americans from the Chinese Coronavirus.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Just as we saw with Zika, local communities are the first to respond, and I was proud to join Senator Rubio, Lt. Governor Nuñez and local leaders in West Palm Beach to hear firsthand what resources and information they need from the federal government to prevent the spread of the Chinese Coronavirus. I was glad to see the President approve $8.3 billion in critical funding to help continue to prepare for and combat the Chinese Coronavirus in the United States. However, the threat of the Chinese Coronavirus is not going away, and we must keep working to protect Americans.”

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:

Miami-Dade County 
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 
10:00AM – 1:00PM

Milander Center for Arts & Entertainment, Garden Plaza Hall
4800 Palm Avenue
Hialeah, FL 33012

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Pasco County
Friday, March 13, 2020 
10:00AM – 1:00PM 
Hugh Embry Library
14215 4th Street
Dade City, FL 33523

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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

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

 

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”

El Nacional: Rick Scott sobre desaparición del tío de Guaidó: «Es el acto de un tirano desesperado»

Noticia al Dia: Rick Scott responsabiliza al presidente Maduro por la detención del tío de Guaidó

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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
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

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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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

Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review January 31, 2020

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This week Senator Rick Scott continued releasing episodes of his “Let’s Get Back to Work” video series, featuring Floridians highlighting everything Congress is not getting done for the American people throughout the impeachment trial, like lowering the cost of prescription drugs, passing No Budget, No Pay and securing the border.

Also this week, Foley & Lardner decided to drop the Maduro regime in Venezuela as a client and return the $12.5 million they received to represent the illegitimate regime after Senator Scott said he would no longer meet with anyone from that firm. Senator Scott will always stand with those fighting for freedom, and will never stay quiet if any business decides to support Maduro and his gang of thugs.

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 Pass No Budget, No Pay

The fourth episode of Senator Rick Scott’s “Let’s Get Back to Work” video series featured Floridian and business owner Peter Vivaldi of Orlando, who wants Congress to focus on passing No Budget, No Pay, which says that if members of Congress can’t do their job and pass a budget, they shouldn’t get paid. See HERE or below.

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Sen. Rick Scott: Let’s Get Back To Work and Lower the Cost of Prescription Drugs for American Families

The fifth episode of Senator Rick Scott’s “Let’s Get Back to Work” video series featured Floridian and retired law enforcement officer Marjorie Grossman, of Coral Gables, who wants Congress to get back to tackling the rising cost of prescription drugs. See HERE or below.

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Sen. Rick Scott: Let’s Get Back To Work and Help American Businesses Succeed

The sixth episode of Senator Rick Scott’s “Let’s Get Back to Work” video series featured Floridian and small business owner Ashley Tripp, of Belle Glade, who wants Congress to stop wasting time on impeachment and focus on growing the economy and helping businesses across the nation succeed. See HERE or below.

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Sen. Rick Scott: Let’s Get Back To Work and Secure the Border

The seventh episode of Senator Rick Scott’s “Let’s Get Back to Work” video series featured Floridian and veteran Bob Dye, of Pensacola, who wants Congress get back to working on issues important to American families, like supporting our military and securing the border. See HERE or below.

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Sen. Rick Scott: Let’s Get Back To Work and Do What Americans Elected Us to Do

The eighth episode of Senator Rick Scott’s “Let’s Get Back to Work” video series featured Floridian and small business owner, Tierney Brumana, of Lakeland, who wants members of Congress to do their most basic job – pass a budget – or forgo their paychecks. See HERE or below.

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Sen. Rick Scott Applauds Passage of Resolution Recognizing National School Choice Week

Senator Rick Scott joined his colleagues in celebration of the passage of the resolution declaring this week as National School Choice Week.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I’m proud to join Senator Tim Scott and my colleagues to recognize National School Choice Week. As a father and grandfather, I know firsthand that every child learns differently and should have the opportunity to attend a school that best fits their needs. That’s why, throughout my time as Governor, I worked to make Florida a national leader in school choice, and as Senator, I’m working to build on these efforts to help our students succeed.” Read more from Senator Tim Scott’s HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Releases Questions to House Democrats

Ahead of the question-and-answer phase of the impeachment trial, Senator Rick Scott released a list of questions he would like answered by the House Democrats and White House Counsel. Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Applauds Interior Department’s Decision to Adopt No-Fly Rule for Drones Made in Communist China

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following the Department of the Interior’s plan to formally adopt a no-fly rule aimed at drones made in China or with Chinese parts. Senator Scott introduced the American Security Drone Act of 2019, which prohibits the U.S. Government from purchasing drones manufactured in countries identified as national security threats, like Iran and China.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Following many conversations between my office and the Interior Department, I’m glad to see the Department is putting national security first and adopting a no-fly rule for drones made in Communist China. The Trump administration sees the risks associated with using taxpayer dollars to purchase tech from a Communist government that is trying to spy on us. This is great news for our security. Now, we must pass my bill to codify this policy and extend it to all federal agencies, as well as local law enforcement agencies that use federal grants. We must take the threat from Communist China seriously.” Read more HERE.

Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio Urge President Trump to Include $250 Million for Everglades Restoration in Budget

Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Marco Rubio in a letter to President Trump urging him to include $250 million for Everglades Restoration in his Fiscal Year 2021 budget requests to Congress.

This funding would build on the $200 million in construction funding for the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Senator Scott, Senator Rubio and Governor Ron DeSantis fought for and secured last year, as well as the $2 billion in state funding invested in restoring the Everglades throughout Senator Scott’s time as Governor. Read more, including the full letter, from Senator Rubio’s office HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott to Florida Ports and Airports: We Must Take Action to Protect Americans from the Coronavirus

Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to the Directors of Florida’s Seaports and Airports urging them to take action and remain vigilant to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Last week, Senator Scott urged the Trump Administration to declare a national public health emergency for the coronavirus to protect the health of Americans families. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Asks Peace Corps Director for Plan to Immediately Get Out of Communist China

Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to the Director of the Peace Corps requesting a detailed outline of the Peace Corps’ plan for a speedy withdrawal from Communist China. Since the Peace Corps announced its decision to wind down operations in Communist China this month, the Director has refused to take a meeting with the Senator to discuss next steps. This decision follows months of Senator Scott calling for the Peace Corps to get out of Communist China, and the introduction of Senator Scott’s Peace Corps Mission Accountability Act, which prohibits all Peace Corps activity in hostile countries, including Communist China. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.

Senator Rick Scott: If Anyone Supports Maduro, I Won’t Stay Quiet

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement after the law firm of Foley & Lardner heeded the Senator’s call to drop its client, Inspector General Reinaldo Muñoz, the top lawyer for Nicolas Maduro’s brutal regime in Venezuela.

Senator Rick Scott said, “This week, I raised questions about the $12.5 million Foley & Lardner received to represent the illegitimate Maduro regime and announced that I would no longer meet with anyone from that firm. I’m glad they made the right decision to drop the Maduro regime as a client and return the money. It’s unfortunate they made the decision to give this murderous dictator legitimacy in the first place. I would recommend to Foley & Lardner that they get involved in support of the people of Venezuela. 

“Nicolás Maduro is perpetrating a genocide on the people of Venezuela. I’ve been to the border between Venezuela and Colombia. I met young mothers who trek hours through the jungle just to get their only meal of the day. I met children who travel through FARC-controlled territory to Colombia to go to school – the only way they can get an education. Thousands have died, millions have fled, and Maduro and his cronies have gotten fat and rich. I hope the last few days will serve as a lesson to any other lobbying firms, consultants or organizations that if you support Maduro and his gang of thugs, I won’t stay quiet.” Read more HERE.

Senador Rick Scott: Si alguien apoya a Maduro, no me quedaré callado

El senador Rick Scott hizo la siguiente declaración luego de que el bufete de abogados Foley & Lardner respondiera al llamado del senador de abandonar a su cliente, el inspector general Reinaldo Muñoz, el principal abogado del brutal régimen de Nicolás Maduro en Venezuela.

El senador Rick Scott dijo: “Esta semana, hice preguntas sobre los $12.5 millones que recibió Foley & Lardner para representar al régimen ilegítimo de Maduro y anuncié que no me reuniría con nadie de esa firma. Me alegra que hayan tomado la decisión correcta de abandonar al régimen de Maduro como cliente y devolver el dinero. Es lamentable que hayan tomado la decisión de dar legitimidad a este asesino dictador en primer lugar. Le recomendaría a Foley & Lardner que se unan en apoyo al pueblo de Venezuela.

“Nicolás Maduro está perpetrando un genocidio contra la gente de Venezuela. He estado en la frontera entre Venezuela y Colombia. Conocí a madres jóvenes que caminan durante horas por la jungla solo para obtener su única comida del día. Conocí a niños que viajan a Colombia a través del territorio controlado por la FARC para ir a la escuela, la única forma en que pueden obtener una educación. Miles han muerto, millones han huido y Maduro y sus amigos se han engordado y enriquecido. Espero que los últimos días sirvan como una lección para cualquier otra firma de cabildeo, consultores u organizaciones que si apoyan a Maduro y su banda de matones, no me quedaré callado “. Lea más AQUÍ.

Sen. Rick Scott Applauds Trump Administration For Heeding His Call to Declare Coronavirus a Public Health Emergency 

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following President Trump’s decision to declare the 2019 Novel Coronavirus a public health emergency in the United States, and announcement that people who pose a risk of transmitting the disease will temporarily be suspended entry into the United States. This decision follows Senator Scott’s call last week for the Administration to declare a national public health emergency to stop the coronavirus from spreading within the United States.

Last Wednesday, Senator Scott sent a letter to the CDC Director requesting information about the agency’s plan to combat the threat of the coronavirus and urging quick action to protect the health of American families.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Last week, I called on the Administration to declare a national public health emergency to stop the coronavirus from spreading within the United States, and I am glad they heeded that call today. Just like we did in Florida to curb the spread of the Ebola and Zika viruses, we must take action to make every resource available to contain the disease and keep Americans healthy. We still need to take additional steps to protect Americans, including increased screening and inspections on all products and produce coming into the United States from China.

“China needs to do more to keep the world community accurately informed about the spread of the virus and follow America’s lead to ground Chinese commercial flights.” Read more HERE.

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Sen. Rick Scott Warns UK: Allowing Communist China in Your Networks is a Mistake

Ahead of the United Kingdom’s decision to allow Huawei, a China-based company backed by the Communist Party of China, to build part of its 5G infrastructure, Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed for the Washington Examiner warning the U.K. about the extreme risks associated with this decision.

In the op-edSenator Rick Scott wrote, “…Johnson and other U.K. leaders must be extremely careful when it comes to the threat of communist China and the implications for the United States’ relationship with the U.K.

Put simply, the U.K. allowing Huawei to gain a foothold would be a grave mistake.

Huawei is a bad actor across the globe. It’s a company that aids the communist regime in Beijing, which continues to violate human rights, steal our data, technology, and intellectual property, and build up their military to compete with us and other freedom-loving countries.…

Countries that do business with Huawei eliminate their citizens’ and their country’s privacy rights.…

Huawei and the Chinese Communist Party are one and the same. We can’t forget that.

If the U.S. is going to consider a trade agreement with the U.K., it is imperative that Huawei is recognized as a threat to our national security partnership. The U.S. must put any trade deal with the U.K. on hold until Johnson commits to take swift action to ensure Huawei will not be used in their transition to 5G networks. This is for the security of both the U.S. and the U.K.…”

Read the full op-ed in the Washington Examiner HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: Peace Corps Needs to Stop Wasting Taxpayer Dollars and Get Out of Communist China Immediately 

Senator Rick Scott wrote a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal in response to a recent op-ed on the Peace Corps’ decision to end its programs in Communist China. Senator Rick Scott also sent a letter to the Director of the Peace Corps requesting a detailed outline of the Peace Corps’ plan for a speedy withdrawal from Communist China.

In the letter to the editor, Senator Rick Scott wrote, “…I’ve met with the Peace Corps director multiple times and asked her what the volunteers did in Communist China and why they were there….

When I asked what the return on investment was for the U.S. taxpayers, the director (shockingly) had no answer….

The Peace Corps finally came to its senses this month and said it is leaving Communist China. Since then, the director has refused to meet with me. I would love to hear its plan for a speedy withdrawal from Communist China, but I’m not holding my breath.”

Read the full letter to the editor in the Wall Street Journal HERE.

AP: AP Exclusive: Law firm dumps Maduro ally amid outcry

Politico: Law firm scraps contract to work for Maduro government after criticism

Florida Daily: Rick Scott: Lobbying Firm Hired by Maduro Regime Should Be Ashamed of Itself

Fox News: Sen. Rick Scott: I believe we’ll see no impeachment witnesses

Fox News: Sen. Scott: I believe President Trump will be acquitted tomorrow

Breitbart: Exclusive – Rick Scott: Senate to ‘Hopefully’ Acquit Trump by Friday Night

Washington Examiner: Rick Scott: I believe Trump will be acquitted on Friday

Newsmax: Rick Scott: ‘Tired’ of Impeachment Going on ‘Forever’

Military Times: Senators want Purple Hearts for victims of Florida Navy base shooting

Florida Daily: Rick Scott Has Questions for House Democrats On Impeachment

Florida Daily: Marco Rubio, Rick Scott Ask Trump for $250 Million for Everglades Restoration

Florida Daily: Marco Rubio, Rick Scott, Michael Waltz Want to Change Water Quality Allocation to the States

WPEC: Sen. Rick Scott asks seaport and airport directors to take action with Coronavirus

Florida Daily: Rick Scott Wants Info from the Peace Corps About Plans to End Operations in China

VPI TV: Senador Rick Scott saludó que Foley & Lardner haya dejado de representar al régimen en EEUU

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Congratulations to part-time Floridian Derek Jeter on being recognized for his incredible MLB career and being elected to the Hall of Fame!

Florida is home to the best airport in the nation! This week, Orlando International Airport was ranked the best large airport by USA Today in its 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel awards.

Chipola College’s baseball field was named after long-time Coach Jeff Johnson, who is in his 23rd season with the school – congratulations, Coach Johnson!

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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

Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review January 24, 2020

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This week, Senator Rick Scott launched his “Let’s Get Back To Work” video series. Throughout the impeachment trial, Senator Scott will release videos of Floridians highlighting everything Congress is not getting done for the American people, like lowering the cost of prescription drugs, passing No Budget, No Pay and securing the border.

Senator Rick Scott said, “The House Democrats have made a mockery of our government. And you know who gets hurt the most during this trial? The American people, who are getting nothing from the federal government as long as this goes on. I knew Washington was dysfunctional, but this is a whole new level. While the Democrats continue their impeachment obsession, I remain focused on getting back to work on all the things Floridians care about, and I won’t stop fighting.”

Watch more in the video below.

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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 Lower the Cost of Health Care for the American People

Episode 1 of Senator Rick Scott’s “Let’s Get Back to Work” video series features Floridian Bill Wheelen of Wellington, who is concerned about the skyrocketing rising cost of health care for his family. See HERE or below.

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Sen. Rick Scott: Let’s Get Back To Work and Support American Business Owners

Episode 2 of Senator Rick Scott’s “Let’s Get Back to Work” video series features Floridian, veteran and business owner Gaston Merideth of Tampa, who wants Congress to stop focusing on impeachment and start tackling real issues to help our nation’s families and businesses. See HERE or below.

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Sen. Rick Scott: Let’s Get Back To Work and Support Our American Heroes

Episode 3 of Senator Rick Scott’s “Let’s Get Back to Work” video series features Floridian Dan McCort of Pensacola, who wants Congress to focus on supporting our military, veterans and their families, and give our Armed Forces the resources they need to protect and defend our nation. See HERE or below.

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Senators Rick Scott, Marco Rubio Urge Army Corps to Prioritize Projects That Help Protect Florida’s Environment

Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio wrote a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urging them to prioritize projects that will help protect Florida’s environment. This includes projects that build on Senator Scott’s efforts to restore Florida’s Everglades, like the Central Everglades Planning Project and Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir.  Read more, including the full letter, HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Urges CDC to Take Swift Action to Combat Threat of the Coronavirus

Senator Rick Scott wrote a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director requesting information about the agency’s plan to combat the threat of the coronavirus and urging quick action to protect the health of American families. Considering China’s position as a global adversary and their general unwillingness to share information, Senator Scott is urging the CDC to take extra precautions against the spread of this deadly virus. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Leads Colleagues in Urging American Hospitals to Protect U.S. Research from Communist China’s Influence

Senators Rick Scott, Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton sent a letter to American Hospital Association President Richard Pollack requesting information on the steps they have taken to safeguard U.S. research and intellectual property from the influence of foreign adversaries, including Communist China. This follows Senator Scott’s letter to Florida university presidents last month urging them to protect national security by safeguarding U.S. research from Communist China. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.

Senators Rick Scott, Ron Johnson and Marco Rubio Request Information on NAS Pensacola Shooter’s A-2 Visa Approval Process

Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Ron Johnson and Senator Marco Rubio in a letter to Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf requesting information on the process through which the NAS Pensacola shooter received a visa to participate in military training in the United States. Read more, including the full letter, from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Applauds Trump Administration for Action to Combat Counterfeit Goods from Communist China 

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following the decision by the Trump Administration to crackdown on counterfeit goods sold online. This decision comes after Senator Scott sent a letter to the President in November asking him to work to make sure that counterfeit goods from Communist China do not enter our country. Senator Scott also has a bill, the Promoting Responsibility In Markets and E-Retailers (PRIME) Act, which will require online retailers to list the country of origin for each product they sell and requires digital apps to disclose their country of origin.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I applaud the Administration for taking swift action to combat the growing threat of counterfeit goods from Communist China. We have to get serious about where our money is going, and we must remain vigilant about where our products come from. Protecting Americans from counterfeit goods is a positive step, but we must keep working. American consumers should know where the products they buy online are made, and my PRIME Act will 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: I’m Committed to Protecting Life

Senator Rick Scott released a video in recognition of the 47th annual March for Life. Watch the video HERE or below.

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Sen. Rick Scott Urges Trump Administration to Protect Americans by Declaring Coronavirus a Public Health Emergency

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement amid reports of more confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States and following a briefing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On Wednesday, Senator Scott sent a letter to the CDC Director requesting information about the agency’s plan to combat the threat of the coronavirus and urging quick action to protect the health of American families.

Senator Rick Scott said, “We have to get serious about the threat of coronavirus coming from China. I don’t trust Communist China to coordinate in a transparent and efficient manner when it comes to combatting the treat of the virus, so we have to do everything we can to protect Americans. Today, I’m calling on the Administration to declare a national public health emergency to stop the coronavirus from spreading within the United States. While all of the cases are still travel-related, we must take every precaution. Just like we did in Florida to curb the spread of the Ebola and Zika viruses, we must take action to make every resource available to contain the disease and keep Americans healthy.
 
“At the same time, we must examine the ways the virus is transmitted – including outside the body. Until we have a greater understanding of how the virus is transmitted, we must increase screening and inspections on all products and produce coming into the United States from China.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott to SEC: Protect American Businesses from the Growing Threat of Communist China

Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman expressing concerns about how Communist China’s recently enacted cryptology laws will affect the security of American businesses and urging the SEC to require disclosures for investors, outlining the alarming reality of the risks they face by investing their hard earned dollars in companies doing business with Communist China. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.

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WEAR: Florida Sen. Scott to release video series during Senate impeachment trial

Accion 97.9: Senador Rick Scott lanza serie de videos “Regresemos a Trabajar

Fox Business: Impeachment trial will be fair in Senate: Sen. Rick Scott

Fox News Radio: Senator Rick Scott On Impeachment & Falling Frozen Iguanas

Washington Examiner: Republican senators demand DHS to explain why Pensacola shooter was granted a visa

Washington Times: Senate Republicans demand to know how Pensacola shooter was approved for visa

Florida Daily: Florida’s Senators, Ted Deutch Call on White House to Pressure Iran to Return Hostages

The Hill: Senators press DHS over visa approval for Pensacola naval base shooter

Florida Daily: Rick Scott, Marco Rubio Urge Hospitals to Protect U.S. Research from Communist China’s Influence

Florida Daily: Rick Scott Urges CDC to Take Swift Action to Combat Threat of the Coronavirus

WPLG: Sen. Rick Scott fears threat of deadly Wuhan coronavirus

The Floridian: Rick Scott guilts Europeans for visiting Cuba

Florida Politics: Rick Scott warns CDC not to trust China, be on high alert for coronavirus

The Floridian: Scott Invites Sec. Wilkie to address Veterans’ Issues

WPEC: Sen. Rick Scott urges Trump administration to declare Coronavirus public health emergency

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Congratulations to the Florida-based soldiers of the 2nd Battalion and 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) who were recognized with valor medals for their actions in support of Operation Resolute Support, and thank you for your service!
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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

Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review January 17, 2020

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While the House Democrats focus all their attention on trying to impeach the President, Senator Scott continues to push hard to get things done for the people of Florida. This week, the Senate passed the USMCA to support American businesses, President Trump released disaster funding for Puerto Rico at Senator Scott’s urging, and Senator Scott continued to push for answers on exactly what led to the terrorist attack at NAS Pensacola so we can make sure our men and women in uniform are safe.
Also this week, Senator Scott co-sponsored:

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

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Senator Rick Scott Applauds Decision to Make Bases Safer, Pushes for Hard Reset of Foreign National Training Program

Senator Rick Scott released the following statement after an update on the findings of the FBI investigation into the shooting at NAS Pensacola last month.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I’m glad federal officials are taking steps to make our bases safer, including sending a number of potentially dangerous individuals back to their home country. This is a positive step, but more must be done when it comes to addressing the failures in this program that led to the tragic terrorist attack at NAS Pensacola. Given the FBI’s confirmation that a number of Saudi nationals engaged in troubling conduct, it’s clear we need a hard reset. I’m calling on the Saudi government to recall all Saudi nationals training in the U.S. back to their home country until the Department of Defense can conduct a full review of the program. I will continue to work with Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Inhofe and administration officials to get to the bottom of exactly what went wrong so we can figure out if these training programs are safe to continue.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott to 82nd, 101st Airborne Divisions: You Should Be Incredibly Proud of Your Mission

Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions recognizing their significant and historic role in World War II and thanking them for their work to protect our nation, our allies, our families and our freedoms. Senator Scott visited Belgium and Luxembourg last month to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge and honor the soldiers who proudly served our nation during World War II, including the Senator’s father. Read more, including the full letters, HERE.

Senator Rick Scott Urges Florida Universities to Submit Responses on Plan to Combat Threat of Chinese Influence

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following his letter to Florida university presidents requesting information on the steps they have taken to safeguard technology and intellectual property from the influence of foreign adversaries, including Communist China.
Senator Rick Scott said, “We cannot take the threat from Communist China lightly. They are actively trying to use strategic relationships to advance their geopolitical and economic goals, which threatens our nation’s security. I appreciate the responses I’ve received from some Florida universities detailing the steps they are taking to protect their information from Communist China. But I’m still waiting to hear from many universities in Florida. Everyone needs to understand this risk, and I look forward to hearing back from every institution as we work to protect our universities and our students.” Read more HERE.

Senator Rick Scott Statement on China Trade Deal

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following the President’s signing of Phase 1 of the China trade deal.
Senator Rick Scott said, “I applaud the President for trying to negotiate deals that put American businesses first. But Communist China never lives up to its commitments and I don’t believe they will honor this deal. Communist China is militarizing the South China Sea, breaking the agreement to give Hong Kong autonomy and freedom, and attacking religious freedom by detaining possibly more than one million Uyghurs in internment and re-education camps. Our relationship with China is about more than just trade. We have to talk about human rights and we have to talk about China’s growing influence around the world. The United States has been down this road before with Communist China. They never live up to their agreements, so why should we believe them now?” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott on the Peace Corps Ending Programs in Communist China: I’m Glad They Finally Came to Their Senses

Senator Rick Scott released the following statement after the Peace Corps announced its decision to wind down operations in Communist China. This decision follows months of Senator Scott calling for the Peace Corps to get out of Communist China, and the introduction of Senator Scott’s Peace Corps Mission Accountability Act, which prohibits all Peace Corps activity in hostile countries, including Communist China.
Senator Rick Scott said, “I’m glad the Peace Corps has finally come to its senses and sees Communist China for what it is: the second largest economy in the world and an adversary of the United States. Communist China continues to be a horrible human rights violator, one of the largest polluters in the world and a geopolitical threat. There is no reason we should prop up our adversaries with U.S. tax dollars. I’ve repeatedly asked the Peace Corps to pull all volunteers and resources from Communist China immediately, and I’m glad they finally decided to start protecting both taxpayer money and the American people. I will also be asking the Peace Corps to present their plan to me to ensure a speedy withdrawal of their resources in Communist China.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Applauds Senate Passage of USMCA

Senator Rick Scott applauded the Senate’s passage of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA). Senator Rick Scott spoke about his support of the USMCA in a meeting of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation this week after receiving commitment from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that Florida’s seasonal produce growers will be protected. Watch video from the hearing HERE.
Senator Rick Scott said, “I’m proud the Senate passed the USMCA as we work with the Administration to negotiate trade agreements that put American businesses first. I want to thank President Trump and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer for all the work they did to get this deal done. While the deal is not perfect, I have received written commitments from USTR that they will work to make sure all Florida growers’ concerns are properly addressed and domestic seasonal producers in Florida are protected. I will not stop fighting until Florida growers have what they need to succeed.” Read more HERE.

Senator Rick Scott joins Senator Daines and Colleagues in Resolution Recognizing Religious Freedom Day

Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Steve Daines and colleagues to introduce a resolution designating January 16th as Religious Freedom Day.
Senator Rick Scott said, “As countries around the world, like Communist China and Iran, refuse to respect religious liberty. It is more important than ever that the United States recognize this basic right, and I will always fight to protect our religious freedoms.” Read more from Senator Daines’ office HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Applauds Trump Administration for Releasing Puerto Rico Disaster Relief Funds and Heeding His Call for Transparency and Accountability 

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) release of $8.3 billion in disaster relief funding to help Puerto Rico’s ongoing recovery after Hurricane Maria. HUD will also appoint a Federal Financial Monitor, which follows Senator Scott and Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón’s 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, “I am proud the Trump Administration is releasing disaster aid funding for Puerto Rico to help the Island recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. I’ve spoken to President Trump multiple times about the importance of getting Puerto Rico the resources they need in a transparent and efficient manner. I’m glad the Administration decided to appoint a Federal Financial Monitor, which I fought for to 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 will continue to do everything I can to support our brothers and sisters on the island.” Read more HERE.

El senador Rick Scott aplaude a la administración Trump por liberar fondos de ayuda para desastres en Puerto Rico y atender su llamado a la transparencia y rendición de cuentas

El senador Rick Scott hizo la siguiente declaración luego de que el Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano de los Estados Unidos (HUD) liberara $8.3 billones en fondos de ayuda para desastres y así continuar ayudando a Puerto Rico en la recuperación en curso luego del huracán María. HUD también designará un monitor federal, como solicitado en la carta del Senador Scott y la Congresista Jenniffer González-Colón al Presidente Trump pidiéndole a la administración que designara un coordinador federal para supervisar la implementación responsable de los fondos para desastres en Puerto Rico. El coordinador se asegurará de que los fondos de ayuda para desastres lleguen a las familias de la isla de manera transparente y eficiente.
El senador Rick Scott dijo: “Estoy orgulloso de que la administración Trump esté liberando fondos de ayuda para desastres para Puerto Rico y así continuar ayudando a la isla a recuperarse de la devastación del huracán María. He hablado varias veces con el presidente Trump sobre la importancia de que Puerto Rico obtenga los recursos que necesita de manera transparente y eficiente. Me alegra que la administración haya decidido nombrar un monitor federal, el cual solicité para asegurarme de que las familias en Puerto Rico reciban la ayuda que necesitan después de la devastación del huracán María y que el dinero de los contribuyentes estadounidenses se gaste sabiamente. Continuaré haciendo todo lo posible para apoyar a nuestros hermanos y hermanas en la isla”. Lea más AQUÍ.

Senator Rick Scott to Tourists: Stand up for Freedom; Don’t Travel to Cuba

Senator Rick Scott released an open letter to all European and Canadian tourists traveling to Cuba. The letter urges all tourists to stand for freedom and reconsider plans to visit Cuba, since a trip to Cuba supports the ruthless Cuban regime, which denies Cubans their basic rights and controls everything and everyone on the island. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.

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Sen. Rick Scott on Fox: Congress Needs to Stop Wasting Time on Impeachment and Get Back to Work
Watch the full interview HERE or below.

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Sen. Rick Scott: My Father’s Fight for Freedom During World War II Continues to Inspire Me

Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed for Fox News about his father, a World War II hero, who inspires him to fight for freedom every day.

In the op-ed, Senator Rick Scott wrote, “My dad’s story is the story of many in his generation. Born in 1925. Kicked out of his house at 9 because his parents got divorced and neither could afford to feed him. He grew up during the Depression with almost nothing by moving in with family and friends. He joined the Army as a teenager.…

But I often wonder if he recognized how important he, and those like him, were to the fabric of American society. I think for my dad, a man who never had any financial success, World War II was a time he felt important.

We seldom give credit to the men and women who struggle financially and simply show up, day in and day out, doing the best they can. I think that’s a mistake. They are the foundation of a country that always yearns for more, for better. The forgotten men and women not only must not be forgotten, but they must also be appreciated, valued.…

Last month, I went to Luxembourg for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.

I learned about the German surprise attack on American troops. About how American troops were initially outnumbered three to one. About Germans massacring unarmed American prisoners of war. About the lack of food and medicine. About the bitter cold and snow. About sleeping in foxholes with no winter clothing.…

I always loved my dad. I was always proud of him. But as I learned more about what he and others did to make sure we have the freedoms we enjoy, I was even more awe-inspired.…

Freedom is fleeting and worth fighting for. I hope we will never forget the primary goal of the federal government is to provide for the common defense, so our children and grandchildren live in freedom and peace, and our sons and daughters and grandsons and granddaughters never have to fight in the dead of winter for American freedom.”

Read the full op-ed in Fox News HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott to Floridians: Thank You for the Opportunity to Work on Your Behalf

Senator Rick Scott wrote and op-ed reflecting on his first year in the United States Senate and thanking Floridians for the opportunity to fight for them in Washington.

In the op-ed, Senator Rick Scott wrote, “…This year, we got some big wins for Florida. Following my questions at a Homeland Security Committee hearing, the FBI finally acknowledged they held their employees accountable for mistakes prior to the Parkland shooting, and revamped and improved their tip center process.

The Federal Department of Transportation made significant investments in Florida’s infrastructure and I fought to secure the full $200 million for Everglades restoration.

In December, President Trump signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act, which included a number of provisions that I fought for, such as an authorization of over $1.5 billion to rebuild Tyndall Air Force Base, a well-deserved raise for our military, a provision to hold Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro accountable and a restriction on buying Chinese products that are a risk to our safety and security.

I know my job: make life better for the 22 million who call Florida home.

Forcing the federal government to embrace competence, efficiency and common sense will not be easy. But we have to do it. Thank you for the opportunity to work on your behalf.”

Read the full op-ed in the Florida Times-Union HERE.

WFLA: Sen. Scott ahead of Senate trial: Time for Democrats to ‘sit down and shut up’

Florida Daily: Marco Rubio, Rick Scott Back Trump’s Efforts But Warn China Won’t Follow Through on Trade Deal

Gray TV: Sen. Rick Scott wants to restructure training program after NAS Pensacola shooting

CNBC: Sen. Rick Scott: I don’t believe China will ever comply on trade

CNBC: GOP senator blasts Pelosi for trying to control the impeachment trial — ‘she just hates Trump’

Florida Daily: Rick Scott Visits Puerto Rico to See How Island is Recovering From Earthquakes

Washington Post: Scott says he’s ‘absolutely’ prepared to dismiss case against Trump

Breitbart: Rick Scott: ‘I Didn’t Get Elected to Have Nancy Pelosi Play Games’ — ‘She Hates Donald Trump’

Florida Daily: Rick Scott: 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions Should Take Pride in Their World War II Service

The Epoch Times: Florida Calls for Greater Protections Against Chinese Espionage at Universities

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Sen. Rick Scott Attends Florida Sheriffs Association Winter Conference

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Congratulations to the Wounded Warriors who participated in this year’s Soldier Ride through the Florida Keys last Saturday! Thank you to everyone involved, and to our veterans – thank you for your service.

It’s no secret that the space industry has long been an important and iconic part of Florida’s history. Last week, Kennedy Space Center’s Vehicle Assembly Building was designated a National Historic Civil Engineering landmark last week – congratulations!

Congratulations to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on being named #1 in the nation among 97 schools providing online undergraduate degree programs specifically tailored for veterans, and thank you for your work to support our American heroes.

Thank you to all of Florida’s law enforcement officers who work every day to serve and protect our families. A special thank you to Martin County Sheriff’s Office Sgt.Timothy Baltes and Walton County Sheriff’s Office’s newest K-9 officer, Colt, for going above and beyond the call of duty! Keep up the good work!

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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

In case you missed it, Rick was just named No. 1 on the list of “Florida Politicians of the Decade” by Florida Politics!

Senator Rick Scott: It’s Been an Incredible Decade Serving Florida Families

This week, after being recognized as Number 1 on the list of Florida Politicians of the Decade by Florida Politics, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement.

“It’s been an incredible decade. From getting elected Governor in 2010, serving as your Governor for eight years and now as your US Senator, I’ve loved every minute of working for the state I love. When I ran for Governor, my goal was to turn Florida’s economy around. The naysayers said it wouldn’t work; they said a businessman can’t make government work. But, we did it. During my eight years as Governor, we made things better for families. Florida businesses added nearly 1.7 million jobs and the state unemployment rate went from over 11% to 3.3%. We cut over $10 billion in taxes and paid off nearly one-third of state debt.
 
When I was sworn in as the 100th United States Senator nearly a year ago, I came determined to bring the success we had in Florida to the federal government. I know my job: make life better for the 22 million who call Florida home. I will continue to fight to keep your tax dollars from being wasted, to keep our military strong so it can defend the freedoms we cherish, and to be certain that America stands for freedom worldwide. We’ve accomplished a lot since 2010, but we’re just getting started, and I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to continue working on behalf of the great State of Florida. Here’s to another decade of good fortune and success for our beautiful Florida!” 

Sincerely, 

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Read more about Senator Scott’s accomplishments throughout the decade in Florida Politics HERE or below:

“U.S. Sen. Rick Scott’s role in Florida politics this decade has been more impactful than any other elected official since 2010.

Scott is not only undefeated in elections — he’s three for three — he also reshaped the state’s political climate and economy. He led Floridians through the most challenging economic recovery since the Great Depression.… 

Early on, Scott dubbed himself the “Jobs Governor,” pledging to create 1 million jobs throughout two terms, a goal he met nearly two years ahead of schedule.

Scott aggressively ensured Florida maintained a low-tax state image with business-friendly policies and limited, but not reckless, regulations.

Scott also sought to improve the state’s bond rating. By the end of his tenure as Governor, the state’s credit rating jumped to an AAA, one of the highest scores possible, with a stable outlook to eventually achieve Moody’s highest bond rating. 

Scott accomplished that by paying down state debt — he claims he paid off $9 billion — and putting more money into state reserves.

Scott had other lasting effects on the state, too.

Scott grew up poor and lacked access to the type of education he would later be able to provide for his own children. Because of that, he made growing and improving Florida’s public college system, including community colleges, a priority….”

Read the full article in Florida Politics HERE.

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