Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review December 6, 2019

Following the shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, Senator Rick Scott visited the Naval Air Station to receive a briefing from local and federal law enforcement and military leaders and thank volunteers from the American Red Cross. Senator Rick Scott also stopped by Baptist Hospital to visit victims and their families.

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Senator Rick Scott released the following statement:

Senator Rick Scott said, “I’m extremely concerned by the reports that this shooter was a foreign national training on a U.S. military base in Florida. Whether this individual was motivated by radical Islam or was simply mentally unstable, this was an act of terrorism. It’s clear that we need to take steps to ensure that any and all foreign nationals are scrutinized and vetted extensively before being embedded with our American men and women in uniform.

“I’m calling for a full review of the U.S. military programs to train foreign nationals on American soil. There is no reason we should be providing state-of-the-art military training to people who wish us harm. And most importantly, there is no reason to risk the safety and security of our American men and women in uniform. If not for the bravery displayed by the military personnel on the ground and local law enforcement, this tragedy could have been much worse. We must be vigilant against those who wish our country and our people harm.” 

Also this week, Senator Scott cosponsored:

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

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Sen. Rick Scott: The Green New Deal is Best Example of Washington’s Waste

This week, Senator Rick Scott released an episode of his series in partnership with the Heritage Foundation: How Washington Wastes Your Money. See previous Washington Waste Wednesday features HERE.

This week’s episode covers the Green New Deal, a socialist Democrat proposal that would cost as much as $93 trillion and destroy the nation’s economy. What socialist Democrats fail to understand is that you don’t have to choose between caring about the environment or growing the economy – you can do BOTH. Throughout his time as Governor of Florida, Senator Scott made record investments in the environment, which he was able to do because of Florida’s booming economy. See more in the video HERE or below.

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Sen. Rick Scott: UN Cooperation with Communist China is Dangerous

Senator Rick Scott made the below statement following reports that the United Nations’ standards for facial recognition, video monitoring, and city and vehicle surveillance are being shaped by Chinese tech groups.

Senator Rick Scott said, “By putting Nicolas Maduro on its human rights council, the UN proved that it has no respect for human rights. Now, the UN is highlighting its complete disregard for privacy and national security by allowing Communist China to control facial recognition standards. Communist China, which is now partnering with Russia in its quest for global dominance, is stealing our personal information and intellectual property to use against us. The UN’s willingness to hand over control of setting privacy standards to Communist China is yet another example of why the United States needs to reconsider our financial support.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: International Olympics Committee’s Cowardly Failure to Stand up for Human Rights

Senator Rick Scott released the following statement after receiving a response from the International Olympic Committee to a letter he sent in October. In the letter, Senator Scott called on the International Olympic Committee 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, “The response I received from the International Olympic Committee is shameful and embarrassing for an organization that prides itself on ‘uniting the world in peaceful competition.’ Are they naïve enough to think Communist China wants to unite the world? Secretary of the Communist Party Xi is violating human rights and stealing intellectual property and technology from the United States in an effort to dominate the world – the opposite of unity. The Committee claims to be politically neutral, but the fight for human rights transcends politics. It’s sad they cannot see this.

“On top of that, the Committee provided no information on how they will prevent Communist China from stealing personal information and data of athletes and leaders from around the world who come to the Olympics. This kind of cowardice is shameful and disappointing, and the world needs to speak out against every organization that refuses to defend freedom and human rights.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott to Florida Universities: Protect National Security by Safeguarding U.S. Research from Communist China

Senator Rick Scott sent a 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. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.

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Sen. Rick Scott: Communist China Has Created the New Cold War  
Watch the full interview HERE or below.

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WEAR: Sen. Rick Scott visits Naval Air Station Pensacola

Politico: Defense secretary orders review of security and vetting procedures following Pensacola shooting

Bloomberg: Sen. Rick Scott Doesn’t See U.S.-China Trade Deal Happening

Gray TV: Livid lawmakers confront high-ranking military officials over poor housing conditions for service members

WFLA: Military leaders grilled by Senators over housing issues at MacDill, other bases

The Epoch Times: US Senator Says IOC Fails to Stand Up for Human Rights Over 2022 Beijing Olympics

Real Clear Politics: Sen. Rick Scott: There Is Not Going To Be A Deal With China

Florida Politics: Rick Scott declares new cold war with China, turns up the heat

Florida Daily: Rick Scott Rips International Olympics Committee for Letting China Host 2022 Winter Games

Federal News Network: Senators bring concerns with TSP’s planned I fund expansion directly to Trump

Campus Reform: Sen. Rick Scott demands answers from Florida universities on Chinese influence

 

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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. The Mobile Office Hours will be:

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 
11:00AM – 1:00PM
West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce
132 Treemonte Dr.
Orange City, FL 32763

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Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 
11:00AM – 1:00PM

West County Senior Center
2916 State Road #15
Belle Glade, FL 33430

Congratulations to Army veteran James Bross from Putnam County who received a free roof through KayCo Roofing’s “Shingles for Heroes” program this week. Thank you for your service, James!

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