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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