Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review November 8, 2019/0 Comments/in Senator Rick Scott /by Frank Schwerin
As a Navy veteran and the son of a World War II veteran, Senator Rick Scott knows firsthand the sacrifices made by military members and their families. That’s why, throughout his time as Governor, he worked to make Florida the most military and veteran friendly state in the nation. Now as U.S. Senator, fighting for our heroes continues to be his top priority. See more in the video below.
“On this Veterans Day, we join together to reflect and honor our American heroes who bravely served our state and our nation. Our men and women in uniform are true heroes – they risk their lives every day to protect our freedoms and our way of life. We must take every opportunity, not just today, but every day, to thank them for their service. And as a United States Senator, I will never stop fighting to support our American heroes and their families. Thank you, and God Bless America.”
– Senator Rick Scott
Also this week, Senator Scott cosponsored:
- A resolution designating November 4th – 8th, 2019, as National Veterans Small Business Week; and
- Legislation honoring the United States Army Rangers Veterans of World War II for their extraordinary service to our nation.
See more of what Senator Scott has been up to this week below.
Sen. Rick Scott to Michael Bloomberg: Reconsider Supporting President Xi; Pull the New Economy Forum from Beijing
Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to Michael Bloomberg urging him to re-consider his decision to host the New Economy Forum in Communist China. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.
Sen. Rick Scott Gets Answers from FBI Director, Urges Him to Meet with Parkland Families
Senator Rick Scott released the following statement after questioning FBI Director Christopher Wray at the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on “Threats to the Homeland.” Senator Scott questioned Director Wray on his Threat Information Protocol for Sharing (TIPS) Act and whether anyone at the FBI was held accountable for its failures to address critical deficiencies in its handling of actionable intelligence on the perpetrators of mass violence.
Senator Rick Scott said, “I appreciate Director Wray’s response on steps the FBI has taken to hold individuals accountable and make changes following the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The FBI’s failure to investigate and act on specific tips about the shooter is inexcusable, and I am glad, after more than a year of demanding answers, that we were finally able to get information on accountability and changes being made at the FBI.
“I look forward to taking Director Wray up on his invitation to visit the FBI’s tip center and learn more about how they are preventing future tragedies. The next step for Director Wray is to meet with the families of the Parkland victims and give them as much information as legally possible about what happened leading up to the attack and how those responsible have been held accountable. They deserve an explanation in person.”
Watch video from the hearing HERE or below.
Senators Rick Scott, Ron Johnson and Marco Rubio Introduce School Safety Legislation in Memory of Parkland Students
Senators Rick Scott, Ron Johnson and Marco Rubio introduced the Luke and Alex School Safety Act in honor of Luke Hoyer, Alex Schachter and the 15 other victims of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year. This legislation will create a Federal Clearinghouse on School Safety Best Practices to help schools and their faculty, parents and community officials identify school safety measures and resources for implementing them.
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, I worked with the families of the victims, including Max Schachter and Tom and Gena Hoyer, to pass the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act to make our schools safer and prevent future tragedies. I’m proud to sponsor the Luke and Alex School Safety Act, which honors two of the victims, Luke Hoyer and Alex Schachter, and continues our efforts to keep our schools safe so no family ever has to experience a tragedy like this again.” Read more HERE.
Senator Rick Scott and Colleagues Introduce Legislation Banning TSP Board from Steering Federal Retirement Savings to Communist China
Senator Rick Scott joined Senators Marco Rubio, Jeanne Shaheen, Kirsten Gillibrand, Mitt Romney, Josh Hawley and Mike Braun to introduce the Taxpayers and Savers Protection (TSP) Act, which would prevent the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board from steering federal retirement savings to Communist China.
Senator Rick Scott said, “There’s absolutely no reason we should be using U.S. taxpayer dollars to prop up companies under the control of Communist China, which continues to steal our technology, abuse human rights and build up its military to compete with us. We have to take a stand against Communist China, and I’m proud to co-sponsor the Taxpayers and Savers Protection (TSP) Act to protect the retirement savings of federal employees from investments tied to China. No one should be doing business with Communist China, and the TSP Act is a logical step.” Read more from Senator Rubio’s office HERE.
Sen. Rick Scott to U.S. Media: Stop Collaborating with Communist Chinese Publication China Daily
Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to David Chavern, President and CEO of the News Media Alliance and American Press Institute, asking him to urge his members to reconsider their collaboration with China Daily, a publication owned by the Communist Party of China. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.
Sen. Rick Scott: Florida is the Best State in the Nation; It’s No Surprise the President is Moving Here
Senator Rick Scott wrote a letter to the editor of the Orlando Sentinel in response to a recent guest column mocking the President’s decision to move to Florida.
In the letter, Senator Rick Scott wrote, “I find it interesting that a Florida paper would choose to publish a guest columnist mocking his own state just to make a political point…
The truth is, Florida is the best state in the nation — to live, to work, and to raise a family. It’s ridiculous that someone would try to diminish the fact that our state has low taxes, as if that wouldn’t be motivation for a family to move here. Anyone who would argue otherwise has clearly never had to struggle to support a family.…
I’m glad the president is choosing to make Florida home, just like I’m glad every time a family or business chooses Florida. So let’s stop making everything about politics and just take a minute to appreciate what a great state Florida truly is…”
Read the full letter in the Orlando Sentinel HERE.
Caloosa Belle: Expressing local concerns over espresso with Senator Rick Scott
Miami Herald: FBI director says two employees were disciplined for botched Parkland shooter tips
WPTV: 3 lawmakers, including Florida Senators Scott & Rubio, sponsor school safety act
Palm Beach Post: Congress introduces resolution honoring Miami Dolphins legend Nick Buoniconti, who is under consideration for Presidential Medal of Freedom
Bloomberg: U.S. Retirement Fund Would Face China Investment Ban Under Bill
Pensions and Investments: Bill introduced to block TSP investment in China
Florida Daily: Rick Scott Urges Michael Bloomberg to Pull New Economy Forum From China
Fox Business: High-tax New York in ‘death spiral,’ Florida Sen. Rick Scott says
Florida Daily: Florida Senators Back Ron Johnson’s Proposal to Create Federal Clearinghouse on School Safety
Miami Herald: Members of Congress ask about ‘drastic’ plans to cut staff at Radio and TV Martí
Florida Daily: Marco Rubio, Rick Scott Want to Ensure Federal Retirement Savings Not Funding Chinese Government
Noticia al Día: Rick Scott: Me alegra ver a Guatemala y El Salvador unirse a la lucha contra Maduro
El Nacional: Rick Scott: Me alegra ver a Guatemala y El Salvador unirse a la lucha contra el régimen de Maduro
Sen. Rick Scott meets with Hendry and Glade County Community Leaders
Senator Rick Scott visited LaBelle to meet with leaders from Hendry and Glades Counties to discuss issues important to their communities and make sure local families have all the resources they need to succeed.
Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, where NASA employs more than 300 veterans, was recognized as a Purple Heart entity this week. Congratulations, and thank you for supporting our nation’s heroes.
U.S. Small Business Association Economic Injury Disaster Loans are now available for small businesses and nonprofit organizations impacted by the March 27, 2019 hailstorm in the following Florida counties: Alachua, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Suwannee and Taylor. Find out more HERE.
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