Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review November 1, 2019

This week, Senator Rick Scott released another episode of his series, How Washington Wastes Your Money, in partnership with The Heritage Foundation. This week’s episode highlights No Budget, No Pay legislation: If members of Congress fail to do their jobs, which includes passing a budget on time, they shouldn’t get a taxpayer-funded salary.

Senator Scott is proud to sponsor the No Budget, No Pay Act, which simply requires Congress to pass an annual budget and meet appropriations bill deadlines, or forgo their own salaries until the job is done. There is no reason members of Congress should be held to a different standard than American families and businesses across the nation, and Senator Scott will continue to fight for this commonsense reform.

See more in the video HERE or 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 Statement on Baghdadi’s Death

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following President Trump’s announcement of the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Today’s announcement of the killing of Baghdadi – one of the most notorious terrorists in the world – is great news for the security of the United States and our allies. I want to thank our men and women in uniform that carried out this mission and continue to fight for freedom around the world. This is an important step in the fight to defeat ISIS, a terrorist group that inspired the Pulse terrorist attack and that is responsible for the deaths of thousands around the world, including Floridian Steven Sotloff. 

“To the enemies of the United States, this is yet another reminder that there is nowhere you can go, there is nowhere you can hide. We will not stop until justice is served. Today the world is a little safer, a little kinder, a little more free.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Introduces Amendments to Put American National Security First

Senator Rick Scott announced two amendments to the package of spending bills currently before the Senate to prohibit the U.S. Government from purchasing technology manufactured in Communist China.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Communist China is STEALING our technology and intellectual property, yet the U.S. Government continues to buy critical technology, like drones and communications equipment, with American tax dollars from Chinese companies backed by their government. For far too long, we have turned a blind eye to Communist China and allowed their technology into some of the most critical operations of the U.S. Government. We have to get serious about this, and I’m working to make sure American national security comes first.” Read more HERE.

Senators Rick Scott, Ron Johnson and James Lankford Introduce TIPS Act to Address FBI Failures

Senators Rick Scott, Ron Johnson and James Lankford introduced the Threat Information Protocol for Sharing (TIPS) Act to hold the FBI accountable for its failures to address critical deficiencies in its handling of actionable intelligence on the perpetrators of mass violence. This legislation is supported by Stand with Parkland, an organization founded by the family members of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Not a day goes by that I don’t think about the 17 souls that were taken from us in a brutal act of violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Following the tragedy, we all worked together to pass the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act to make our schools safer and prevent future tragedies, but we aren’t finished. We cannot accept the repeated failures of the FBI to properly investigate and act on specific tips received about the Parkland shooter, as well as other perpetrators of mass violence in Florida. I’m proud to introduce the TIPS Act, which bridges the gap between federal and state law enforcement agencies by mandating information sharing of all state-specific criminal intelligence tips. This is about getting information on threats into the hands of the right people, who can ultimately prevent violence and protect our families.” Read more HERE.

Senators Rick Scott, Jim Inhofe and Colleagues Introduce Down Syndrome Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act

Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Jim Inhofe and colleagues to introduce the Down Syndrome Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act, which would prohibit abortion based on an unborn child having Down syndrome.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Every child is born with dignity and deserves to be welcomed into the world. As a father and a grandfather, I am proud to fight for every life, and I hope all of my colleagues join me in protecting the most vulnerable among us.” Read more from Senator Inhofe’s office HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Applauds Interior Department’s Decision to Protect National Security and Ground Drones Made in Communist China

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following the Department of the Interior’s decision to ground its fleet of Chinese drones amid concerns of foreign surveillance. Last month, 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 has seen the light and reversed course. We should not, under any circumstances, put American national security at risk by using taxpayer dollars to purchase Chinese tech. 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 need to completely reassess our posture towards Communist China, and passing my bill is a good start.”  Read more HERE.

Senators Rick Scott, Josh Hawley and John Cornyn Introduce Legislation Condemning Communist China’s Human Rights Violations

Senators Rick Scott, Josh Hawley and John Cornyn introduced the Hong Kong Be Water Act condemning Communist China’s violation of human rights in Hong Kong. The legislation also calls for sanctions against the Hong Kong authorities and Communist Chinese government officials who are denying human rights to the people of Hong Kong under orders from President Xi.

Senator Rick Scott said, “During my trip to Hong Kong earlier this month, I met with protesters who are fighting to regain the freedom they were promised by Communist China. I heard horrible stories of police brutality, threats, and intimidation. As Americans, we cannot allow this to continue. I’m proud to sponsor the Hong Kong Be Water Act as we stand with the brave Hong Kongers fighting for freedom and basic human rights that are being suppressed by Communist China.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott on Senate Floor: Let’s Work Together to Lower the Cost of Healthcare for Americans

Senator Rick Scott spoke on the Senate Floor about the Democrats’ latest attempt to prevent states from having any flexibility to provide better healthcare services to their citizens. Senator Scott is working on real solutions to lower the cost of healthcare for Americans.

Read excerpts of Senator Scott’s remarks as prepared for delivery below or his full speech HERE.

What we’ve heard this week from my Democrat colleagues on healthcare is just more of the same. More fear-mongering, more misinformation. 

The issue this week is what’s called 1332 Waivers. 

These waivers allow states flexibility in how they implement healthcare programs. 

It’s a simple concept. Every state is different. Every state should have the flexibility to design their healthcare programs and regulations in a way that best fits the needs of their citizens.…

But here’s the problem…the Democrats don’t believe in state’s rights, or allowing state taxpayers and citizens ANY flexibility to provide better healthcare services to their citizens.

The Democrats want these top-down, one-size-fits-all federal programs. If there is choice and flexibility, they want to restrict it. It’s how big government works, and the Democrats love big government, restrictive mandates, and socialism.…

We need to reduce healthcare costs and provide a safety net for those who cannot afford their healthcare, not create a federal government-organized healthcare market, which causes healthcare costs to skyrocket.

Giving flexibility to the states is an easy way to increase access and quality of care for the American people.…

Enough with the misrepresentations. Enough with the nonsense. Enough with the fear mongering. The American people deserve better. 

Let’s work together to lower the costs of healthcare, so all taxpayers can get the care they need at a price they can afford.  

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Sen. Rick Scott: We Need to Fight for the Values that Made America Great

Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed for the Washington Examiner to share his personal story and priorities as a United States Senator.

In the op-ed, Senator Rick Scott wrote, “… Even though my Mom had no money, she was optimistic and hopeful. She told us we were blessed because God and our founders created the greatest country ever, where anything was possible.…

While I didn’t always appreciate my tough-love, my-way-or-the-highway Mom growing up, I now thank God every day for my Mom and this country. She gave me the opportunity to experience every lesson this country had to offer before I was 20.

Unfortunately, the left has worked hard over the last 50 years to discredit the values of the America I was raised with and the values of the America I want my grandsons to grow up with. We all acknowledge that Americans, our country, and our institutions have flaws, but the left has worked to discredit our founders, our institutions, our churches, our law enforcement, our morals, and almost everything my mom taught me.… 

The values that I grew up with, the ones my tough-love mom taught me, are becoming a way of the past. But I believe these values, these virtues, can and should be part of our country’s future.…

In the meantime, let’s fight for the country I was raised in because that is the country our children and grandchildren deserve.”

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

Florida Daily: Vern Buchanan Renews Fight to Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent

Fox Business: Senators push federal employees retirement savings plan to stay away from China

Fox News: Trump impeachment inquiry continues to be ‘three-ring circus,’ Rick Scott says

Bloomberg: China Won’t Comply With a Trade Deal, Sen. Scott Says

The Hill: Republicans to introduce legislation condemning China’s actions in Hong Kong

Florida Daily: Rick Scott Backs Proposal to Cut Off Selling Crowd Control Equipment to Hong Kong

Florida Daily: Rick Scott Proposes Tax Credit to Help Americans Deal With Tariffs on Chinese Goods

Bloomberg: Interior Department Will Stop Using Non-Essential Chinese Drones

Florida Daily: Florida Republicans Want to Hold FBI More Accountable When Dealing With Intelligence on Mass Violence

Florida Daily: Rick Scott Takes Aim at Bernie Sanders, Medicare-for-All in Speech on the Senate Floor

Acción 97.9: Senador Rick Scott presenta la Ley de Crédito Tributario Arancelario

El Nacional: Rick Scott: Maduro es un ladrón, un asesino y un narcotraficante

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As the best state in the nation to live, work and raise a family, it’s no wonder everyone wants to move to Florida. This week, the State of Florida was proud to welcome a new resident…

President Donald J. Trump

 

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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
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Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 225-7040

NAPLES
Collier County Government Center
3299 Tamiami Trail East, #106
Naples, Florida 34112
Phone: (239) 231-7890

ORLANDO
Landmark II Building
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Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (407) 872-7161

WEST PALM BEACH
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West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: (561) 514-0189

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