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.

Fox News: Sens. Scott, Ernst introduce bill to protect US bases after terrorism at NAS Pensacola

Fox Business: Schumer’s Supreme Court attack warrants an apology: Sen. Rick Scott

Pensacola News Journal: Sen. Rick Scott proposes changes for foreign military students after NAS Pensacola attack

Washington Free Beacon: In Wake of Terror Attack, New Legislation Would Tighten Security Screening for Foreign Military Students

Stars and Stripes: Two senators want more vetting of foreign military students in wake of Pensacola attack

WEAR: Sen. Rick Scott introduces ‘Secure U.S Bases Act’ following NAS Pensacola attack

North Escambia: Scott Introduces Secure U.S. Bases Act Follow NAS Pensacola Attack

Breitbart: Josh Hawley, 14 GOP Senators Move to Censure Chuck Schumer for Threatening Justices

One America News: Wall To Wall: Sen. Rick Scott Discusses Huawei Bill And Coronavirus

Tampa Bay Times: Marco Rubio and Rick Scott want 10-year ban on drilling off Florida coast in Senate energy bill

Washington Times: Bipartisan bill urges Olympic committee to move 2022 winter games out of China

WPEC: Senator Rick Scott wants IOC to move 2022 Olympic games out of China

Florida Politics: Rick Scott blasts China human rights violations in bipartisan effort to move the 2022 Olympics

Florida Daily: Rick Scott: Feds Should Investigate Lobbying Firm Working for Maduro Regime

Florida Politics: Rick Scott wants Treasury, DOJ to investigate D.C. firm representing Nicolás Maduro government

Florida Daily: Rick Scott: We Should Offer Free Tests for Americans Showing Coronavirus Symptoms

Florida Daily: Florida’s Senators Urge British Parliament to Reconsider Letting Huawei Expand 5G

NTN24: “Todos los demócratas son socialistas”: Rick Scott

El Político: Rick Scott pide se investigue a la firma de DC que representa al régimen de Maduro

NotiTotal: Rick Scott rechazó los acontecimientos ocurridos en Barquisimeto contra Juan Guaidó

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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

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