Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review November 22, 2019

Senator Rick Scott campaigned on a promise to reform the broken ways of Washington to make it work for Americans. Since taking office, he’s been working every day to address real issues that help families across the nation, like supporting our military and veterans, lowering the cost of healthcare, securing the border, and reigning-in excessive government spending.

See more on what Senator Scott has been up to on Spectrum News 13’s “Day in the Life” special below. Watch more HERE and HERE.

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This week, Senator Scott co-sponsored:

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

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Sen. Rick Scott: Congress Should Immediately Pass Bipartisan, Bicameral American Security Drone Act

Last week, Rep. Mike Gallagher and colleagues introduced the House companion to Senator Rick Scott’s bipartisan American Security Drone Act of 2019 in the House of Representatives. The American Security Drone Act prohibits the U.S. Government from purchasing drones manufactured in countries identified as national security threats, like Iran and China.

Senator Rick Scott said, “We have to get serious about the national security threat we face from Communist China, who is STEALING our technology and intellectual property. Yet, the U.S. Government continues to buy critical technology, like drones, from Chinese companies backed by their Communist government. We cannot allow this, and Congress should immediately pass the American Security Drone Act.” Read more from Representative Gallagher’s office HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: Michael Bloomberg’s Support of President Xi Puts Profits Over Human Rights 

Senator Rick Scott released the following statement after Michael Bloomberg ignored Senator Scott’s request to change the location of the New Economy Forum, which was set to take place in Communist China this week.

Senator Rick Scott said, “President Xi continues to violate human rights and go back on every commitment he has made to the United States. How can someone who is running for President think it is acceptable to host a large scale event in Communist China? As Michael Bloomberg makes his case to the American people, he will have to answer for his support of a Communist government and his decision to put profits over human rights.” Read more HERE.

Senators Rick Scott, Chris Van Hollen Urge NASEM to Study Role of NIH in Drug Development and Patient Access

Senators Rick Scott and Chris Van Hollen wrote a letter to the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) asking them to issue a report on its recent workshop examining the role of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the development of new drug treatments and its impact on patients. The Senators have introduced the We PAID Act, which would ensure that the prices of drugs developed using federally funded research are set at reasonable levels. Read more, including the full letter, from Senator Van Hollen’s office HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Statement on U.S. Senate Confirmation of Robert Luck

Senator Rick Scott released the statement below following the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Robert J. Luck, of Florida, to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I’m proud the Senate voted to confirm Justice Robert Luck to serve on the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Justice Luck is a native Floridian who has dedicated himself to a career in public service. As Governor, I had the distinct pleasure to appoint Justice Luck to the bench twice – first to the Miami-Dade circuit court in 2013, and later to Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal in 2017. I’m confident Justice Luck will continue to serve our state and nation well, and I am honored to support his confirmation to the federal bench.”  

Sen. Rick Scott Applauds Passage of Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

Senator Rick Scott spoke on the floor in support of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019, which will give the United States more authority to re-evaluate Beijing’s influence on Hong Kong. Senator Scott is a proud co-sponsor of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, and won’t stop fighting until America’s economic and political future — and the freedom of nations across the globe — is secure from the threat of Chinese influence.

Watch Senator Scott’s speech HERE or below. 

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Sen. Rick Scott Statement on U.S. Senate Confirmation of Barbara Lagoa

Senator Rick Scott released the statement below following the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Barbara Lagoa, of Florida, to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I’m glad the Senate voted today to confirm Justice Barbara Lagoa to serve on the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Justice Lagoa has a long history of honorably serving our state. She was appointed to Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal in 2006, and to the Florida Supreme Court last year, as the first Cuban American woman to serve on that court. I look forward to Justice Lagoa’s continued service to the people of Florida and am confident she will honorably and faithfully serve the Eleventh Circuit for many years to come.”

Senators Rick Scott, Tom Cotton and Colleagues Request Suspension of Licenses Allowing U.S. Exports to Huawei

Senators Rick Scott, Tom Cotton and colleagues sent a letter to the President expressing deep concern that the U.S. Department of Commerce has begun issuing export licenses to U.S. firms looking to resume business with Huawei Technologies, a China-based company backed by the Communist Party of China. In the letter, the Senators requested that the President take immediate action to suspend these approvals to protect national security.  Read more, including the full letter, from Senator Tom Cotton’s office HERE.

Senator Rick Scott’s Prescription Drug Price Reporting Act Introduced in the House

This week, Congressman Dave Joyce introduced the companion bill to Senator Rick Scott’s Prescription Drug Price Reporting Act in the House of Representatives. The Prescription Drug Price Reporting Act will create a consumer-friendly database of prescription drug prices, which will empower American families to make informed healthcare choices.

Senator Rick Scott said, “There’s no reason patients shouldn’t know exactly what their prescription drugs cost before they get to the pharmacy. The Prescription Drug Price Reporting Act gives patients the information they need to make informed decisions for themselves and their families. Even in the hyper-partisan, dysfunctional world of Washington, D.C., creating more transparency in the healthcare system is something we must get done now to help families across our nation.” 

Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio to President Trump: Protect American Taxpayers’ Retirement Funds from Communist China

Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio sent a letter to President Trump asking him to replace members of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) after their reckless decision to shift billions of dollars from the Thrift Savings Plan retirement fund to an index fund that includes Chinese companies. Senators Scott and Rubio introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Taxpayers and Savers Protection (TSP) Act, which would prevent the FRTIB from steering federal retirement savings to Communist China. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.

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Sen. Rick Scott on CNBC: Communist China Wants to Control the Entire World 
Watch the full interview HERE or below.

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NewsRadio 1620: Senator Scott joins the Pensacola Morning News to discuss the impeachment hearings against President Trump, China and Huawei, and the Hong Kong Bill.

The Hugh Hewitt Show: Senator Rick Scott On Impeachment Circus and the Revolution in Bolivia

Reuters: U.S. senators urge Trump administration to halt Huawei license approvals

TMJ4 Milwaukee: ‘This technology will save thousands and thousands of lives:’ New bill could help curb drunk driving

Money and Markets: Sen. Rick Scott: ‘China Wants to Control the Entire World’

Florida Daily: Rick Scott’s Drone Security Proposal Introduced in House by Mike Gallagher, Ted Yoho

Gray TV: Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) discusses impeachment and Gov. DeSantis’ budget proposal

Florida Daily: Rick Scott, Chris Van Hollen Urge NASEM to Study Role of NIH in Drug Development and Patient Access

CNBC: ‘China wants to control the entire world’ — GOP senator says US must ‘live in reality’ on trade

Florida Daily: Senate Confirms Two Conservative Florida Supreme Court Justices to Federal Bench

The Epoch Times: Trump Would Be Making a ‘Mistake’ If He Doesn’t Support Hong Kong Bill: GOP Senator

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Sen. Rick Scott Holds Roundtable with Jewish Community Leaders in South Florida

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Sen. Rick Scott Recognizes Florida Veterans in Sarasota

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Thank you to a true Florida hero, Christian Garcia, who didn’t think twice before putting his own life in danger to help those in need. Read Christian’s story HERE.

Great news for Central Florida families – Amazon announced its plans to open a new distribution center in Auburndale, creating up to 500 new jobs!

Epps Christian Center, a Pensacola nonprofit, worked this week to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for more than 500 local families in need – thanks for all you to do help your fellow Floridians!

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