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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-ed, Senator 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.
Washington Post: Sen. Scott proposes changing Constitution to make impeachment harder
Independent Journal Review: GOP Senator Introduces Constitutional Amendment to Require Super Majority in the House for Impeachment
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
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
Florida Politics: Florida lawmakers react to the State of the Union address
Sen. Rick Scott Meets with Interim President Juan Guaidó in Miami
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
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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