US Senator Rick Scott NEWS ALERT! 11/18/2021

NEWS ALERT!

Sen. Rick Scott is Fighting to Support & Protect America’s Military

Sen. Rick Scott: NDAA Must Immediately Come to the Senate Floor

Senator Rick Scott joined his colleagues in a press conference about Senator Schumer’s decision to continue delaying the Senate’s vote on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which includes nearly $768 billion in defense spending, a $25 billion increase over President Joe Biden’s inadequate budget request. Senator Scott is also calling for the NDAA to include his legislation which would establish a joint select committee tasked with investigating Biden’s failed withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Senator Rick Scott said, “The top priority of government is to keep our country safe, but it’s been nearly four months since the Armed Services Committee passed the NDAA, and Senator Schumer has yet to bring the bill to the floor. We all saw the Biden administration’s utter failure in Afghanistan. Hundreds of Americans are still stuck behind enemy lines. That’s why the NDAA must include my bill establishing a joint select committee to investigate Biden’s failed Afghanistan withdrawal and to hold him accountable. Our adversaries are getting stronger while Joe Biden is letting our reputation wither and Senator Schumer plays political games. It’s time to take decisive action and give our military the resources they need. We can’t put our national security at risk.”

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Sen. Rick Scott: I’m Fighting to Protect Florida’s Future 

Senator Rick Scott released the following statement after the Senate Armed Services Committee passed the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes nearly $778 billion in defense spending, a $25 billion increase over President Joe Biden’s inadequate budget request, and protects national security by prioritizing the next generation technology and capability of Florida’s F-35 squadrons – which are critical to Tyndall Air Force Base and Florida’s panhandle communities.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Florida has 20 military bases and three unified commands, more than almost any other state, and we are proud of its critical role in national defense. As the United States faces increasing threats from Communist China and other adversaries around the world, it is critical that the U.S. military has every resource needed to protect America’s interests and our national security, as well as our allies. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, we successfully defeated President Biden’s radical efforts to cut the military’s budget and secured big wins for Florida’s military interests, our national military readiness and security in the 2022 NDAA. I was also proud to work with Senator Marco Rubio to ensure that Tyndall Air Force Base, which is being reconstructed after Hurricane Michael, has all the resources it needs to continue its critical mission as a strategic hub of the future for F-35 based air warfare. I will never stop fighting to put national security first, protect Florida families and ensure that America’s military remains the strongest in the world as it fights to defend our freedoms.”

The 2022 NDAA includes:

  • $768 billion in national defense spending – $25 billion above President Biden’s inadequate request;
  • A 2.7% pay raise for America’s brave men and women in uniform;
    Critical funding to support the continued mission of F-35 squadrons at Tyndall Air Force Base;
  • Funding and resources to improve military readiness and protect against threats from America’s enemies, including Communist China; and
  • Key support for America’s allies, including Taiwan and Israel.

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Sen. Rick Scott Fighting to Support & Protect America’s Military in 2022 NDAA

As the Senate finally begins consideration of the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Senator Rick Scott released the following statement announcing his proposed amendments to this important legislation. The package currently includes critical funding to support the continued mission of F-35 squadrons at Tyndall Air Force Base, a 2.7% pay raise for America’s brave men and women in uniform, and $768 billion in national defense spending – a $25 billion increase over President Biden’s inadequate defense budget proposal.

Full consideration of the NDAA by the Senate has been needlessly and inexplicably delayed by Senator Chuck Schumer for months. Only twice in the past 60 years has the NDAA had Senate consideration occur this late in the year.

Senator Rick Scott said, “As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I have fought throughout this year to ensure the Fiscal Year 2022 NDAA includes big wins for Florida’s military interests. In the Senate Armed Services Committee, we successfully defeated Joe Biden’s radical efforts to cut the military’s budget and secured critical funding for Tyndall Air Force Base – a strategic hub for the future of F-35 based air warfare – to have the necessary resources to continue this critical mission.

“But the battle for Florida and our military isn’t over yet. With the NDAA now finally being considered on the Senate floor, I am fighting to protect our national security interests by offering amendments to hold Biden accountable for his botched and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan, ban the purchase of drones from our adversaries, and stand with our democratic partner Taiwan against Communist China’s growing aggression. Furthermore, I am fighting to protect Floridians by offering amendments to keep the ban on oil drilling off the coasts of Florida – maintaining vital military readiness capabilities in the Gulf of Mexico – and give the Coast Guard the jurisdiction it needs to bring drug dealers and human traffickers to justice.

“With 20 military bases and three unified commands, Florida is proud of its critical role in America’s national defense. I won’t stop fighting for what matters to our state and to protect and support America’s military. As threats from our enemies grow more dangerous, now is not the time for appeasement or weak leadership. I urge my colleagues to stand with me and support these vitally important amendments.”

Senator Scott introduced four critically-needed amendments to the NDAA:

  • An amendment to establish a Joint Select Committee on Afghanistan, which would conduct a full investigation and compile a joint report on President Biden’s failed and tragic withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan;
  • The American Security Drone Act, which would ban the U.S. Government from purchasing drones manufactured in countries identified as national security threats, like Iran and Communist China;
  • The Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which would reinforce the U.S.-Taiwan relationship and strengthen Taiwan’s ability to resist Communist China’s aggressive policies and military actions; and
  • The Extending Limits of U.S. Customs Waters Act, which would extend customs waters to 24 miles to give the Coast Guard and law enforcement the jurisdiction necessary to keep American families safe from drug and human traffickers.

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