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State Senator Debbie Mayfield – Mayfield Minute 01/30/2022

Good Morning!

 
This past week, we completed our third week of the 2022 Legislative Session. I had the opportunity to meet with various individuals and groups that travelled to Tallahassee as part of Brevard Day and Space Day at the Capitol.
 
I would like to thank the following groups and individuals for taking time to visit with me while in Tallahassee:
 
  • Brevard Family Partnership
  • Indian River County Property Appraiser, Wesley Davis
  • Brevard Physician Associates, Dr. Adam Fier
  • Florida Association of Insurance Agents – Brevard and Indian River Chapters
  • Marine Resource Council, Dr. Leesa Souto
  • Indian River County Mosquito Control District
  • Space Coast and Treasure Coast Homebuilders Associations
  • Florida Brewers Guild and local brewery “The Walking Tree”
  • Brevard County’s Chambers of Commerce
 
The Florida Senate passed SB 620 Local Business Protection Act and SB 280 Local Ordinances. The Local Business Protection Act creates a process by which an established business can recover losses caused by new ordinances imposed by local governments. SB 280 improves transparency by requiring local governments to provide an estimate on the front end of how a new regulation would impact local businesses before an ordinance is passed.
 
“Private sector businesses, not the government, create the jobs and provide the goods and services our communities need to thrive,” said Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson. “We want to make sure our communities, and in particular our business owners, have the chance to understand the impact of local ordinances before new regulations are put in place. In the event a local ordinance causes an existing business owner to lose profits, it is important that we have a fair process for that business owner to recover damages.”
 
I consider it a great honor to represent District 17. Please share this link with your friends and family so that they, too, can sign up for the Mayfield Minute.
 
If you or someone you know needs my assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office. My staff and I are here to serve you!

Statewide Updates

 
First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces 2022 Black History Month Student and Educator Contests
 
Black History Month is celebrated each year in the month of February. First Lady Casey DeSantis announced that the theme for the 2022 Black History Month contests will be Celebrating African-American Contributions to Florida’s History and released information regarding the student art and essay contests, as well as the Excellence in Education awards.
 
First Lady DeSantis is inviting students to participate in academic and creative contests throughout the month. Students in grades K-3 can participate in an art contest while students in grades 4-12 can participate in an essay contest. Additionally, students, parents, teachers and principals are invited to nominate full-time educators of all student grades for the Black History Month “Excellence in Education Award.”
 
All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 18th, 2022.
 
For more information about the contests, click here.
 
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis Advises Floridians to Stay on Guard for Scams During Tax Season
 
With recent reports that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) expecting backlogs, staffing shortages and delays in returns, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis warns Floridians to be aware of scam artists looking to use this news as their latest play to steal your sensitive financial information for personal gain. To help taxpayers safeguard themselves from scams, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides tips and resources so individuals and families can stay protected.
 
To read tips on how to protect yourself from tax related scams, click here.

2022 Legislative Session Update

 
The following bills were passed on the Senate Floor this past week:
 
This is a memorial to the U.S. Congress urging them to recognize the epidemic of suicide among veterans and to fully fund suicide prevention activities of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Passed Favorably on the Senate Floor
  • In Messages to be considered by Florida House of Representatives
 
Disallows emergency orders issued under the State Emergency Act, which prohibited a religious organization from conducting regular religious services or activities.
  • Passed Favorably on the Senate Floor
  • In Messages to be considered by Florida House of Representatives
 
Creates a cause of action for an established business to recover loss of business damages from a county or municipality whose regulatory action has caused a significant impact on the business.
  • Passed Favorably on the Senate Floor
  • In Messages to be considered by Florida House of Representatives
 
Requires counties and cities to produce a “business impact estimate” prior to passing an ordinance. The estimate must be published on the local government’s website and include certain information, such as the proposed ordinance’s purpose, estimated economic impact on businesses, and compliance costs.
  • Passed Favorably on the Senate Floor
  • In Messages to be considered by Florida House of Representatives
 
Reenacts provisions of law establishing and implementing the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (Compact) and provides for future legislative review and repeal of the Compact on July 1, 2025. Participation in the Compact enables member states to address educational transition issues faced by military families as they transfer from a state or school district pursuant to official military orders.
  • Passed Favorably on the Senate Floor
  • In Messages to be considered by Florida House of Representatives
 
Designates Strawberry Shortcake as the official state dessert.
  • Passed Favorably on the Senate Floor
  • In Messages to be considered by Florida House of Representatives
 
 
The following bills were considered by committees in the Senate this past week:
 
Amends the federal immigration enforcement laws that were enacted in 2019. The laws prohibit sanctuary policies and seek to ensure that state and local entities and law enforcement agencies cooperate with federal government officials to enforce, and not obstruct, immigration laws.
  • Passed favorably by the Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Two committee stops remain—Appropriations and Rules
 
Establishes a mandatory structural inspection program for multi-family residential buildings in the state of Florida. Under the bill, multi-family residential buildings greater than 3 stories and larger than 3,500 square feet are required to have a “milestone inspection” once the building reaches 30 years in age, and every 10 years thereafter. The bill provides for a two phase milestone inspection process including a visual inspection and a structural distress inspection if a visual inspection warrants a second phase.
  • Passed favorably by the Senate Committee on Community Affairs
  • Two committee stops remain—Regulated Industries and Rules
 
Requires the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to establish and oversee the Veteran Suicide Prevention Training Pilot Program. The purpose of the program is to provide training and certification in preventing veteran suicide to agency claims examiners and county and city veteran service officers.
  • Passed favorably by the Senate Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security
  • Two committee stops remain–Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services and Appropriations
 
Directs the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to implement a pilot program to provide incentives to Florida agricultural companies to contribute high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables to food recovery entities in Florida.
  • Passed favorably by the Senate Committee on Agriculture
  • Two committee stops remain–Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government and Appropriations 
 
Modifies Florida’s statewide standardized assessment program to include a computer-based progress monitoring tool and an end-of-year comprehensive assessment in English Language Arts and mathematics. The bill specifies that progress monitoring results must provide teachers and parents with actionable feedback to tailor instruction and develop programs and supports, and the end-of-year assessment must be used for all existing accountability purposes specified in law. The bill provides for a one-year transition period to the new statewide standardized assessments, which will hold students and schools harmless during the transition.
  • Passed favorably by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
  • One committee stop remains–Appropriations

Constituent of the Week

This week, our constituent of the week is Vero Beach resident and valued community partner, Karen Deigl. Ms. Deigl is the current President and CEO of the Senior Resource Association, a nonprofit which provides services to support and advocate for the independence and dignity of older adults in Indian River County. Since 2006, Ms. Deigl has strived to provide services to keep seniors healthy and in their own homes for as long as safely possible. As President and CEO, Ms. Deigl is responsible for a $10 million dollar budget and has over 100 employees. Aside from her leadership responsibilities at Senior Resource Association, Ms. Deigl is also an elected Indian River County Hospital Trustee. As a trustee, she has the duty of ensuring that fiscally sound and responsible resolutions are made to provide healthcare and better quality of life for Indian River County residents.
 
Ms. Diegl has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Administration from Florida Atlantic University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Florida. Karen has repeatedly been recognized throughout Indian River County as a leader and partner in the nonprofit care industry. A few of her recognitions include the Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award from the Florida Public Transportation Association, Indian River County Civic Professional Woman of the Year, Florida Transportation Commission Urban Community Transportation Coordinator of the Year, and Indian River County Chamber of Commerce Director of the Year.
 
Thank you, Karen Diegl, for the work you have done in Indian River County. District 17 and the great State of Florida is privileged to have you as a positive member of the community.


District 17 Highlights

City of Palm Bay Offering E-Sports Leagues
 
The City of Palm Bay Recreation Department is digitally connecting the Palm Bay gamer community through online video game leagues. The City of Palm Bay partnered with Mission Control to bring online gamers in the community together to compete against each other in Rocket League, FIFA 22, Super Smash Brothers, and more.
 
To participate in the City of Palm Bay Recreational E-Sports Leagues, individuals can download the free Mission Control App at missioncontrol.gg/play. Matches will begin on Monday, January 31st, 2022. All current leagues are free to join.
 
For more information, check out the mission control website at www.missioncontrol.gg or email Daniel Waite, Palm Bay Special Events Coordinator, at Daniel.Waite@PBFL.org.
 
 
Vero Beach Choral Society Seeking New Singers
 
The Vero Beach Choral Society is welcoming new singers to audition. Under the guidance of Music Director Dr. Jacob Craig, the Vero Beach Choral Society is now located at the First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach. The Choral Society is scheduled for their spring concert on Sunday, April 24th, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary.
 
To audition for the VBCS, click here.
 
Additionally, the Vero Beach Choral Society also offers a scholarship competition open to Indian River County’s graduating high school seniors and current Indian River State College students. Applications for the scholarship competition are due by Thursday, March 31st, 2022, and can be found on the website.
 
 
Free Income Tax Preparation Assistance Offered
 
The United Way of Indian River County and the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation and E-filing services to qualified residents with an annual household income at or below $58,000. All United Way VITA volunteers are IRS-trained and certified every year.
 
Appointments can be made online at UnitedWayIRC.org/taxes or by calling (772) 203-5766. Tax filing will start on Monday, January 31st.
 
To learn more, click here.

Upcoming Events

 
Florida Department of Transportation Public Information Meeting
 
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is hosting a public meeting regarding project plans on 5th Avenue (U.S. 192) from Riverside Place to Miramar Avenue (State Road (S.R.) A1A) in Indialantic on Tuesday, February 22nd, at 5:30 p.m. The purpose of this project is to repave this segment of 5th Avenue (U.S. 192) and enhance pedestrian safety along the corridor. The public meeting is being held to present information and receive community feedback.
 
The Department is offering multiple ways for the community to participate in the meeting:
 
  • Virtually via attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3688496893575431435. Once registered, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting online.
  • Phone Option (Listen Only): Participants may join the meeting in listen-only mode by dialing 1-866-952-8437 and entering the passcode 798-225-653.
  • In-Person: Azan Shriners Center, 1591 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32935 anytime between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
 
 
Brevard Cultural Alliance and Symphony Orchestra Host Annual “BCA Day” Celebration
 
The BCA Day Annual Celebration is on Saturday, February 5th, 2022 at the Maxwell C. King Center in Melbourne. This years celebration is titled “Wondrous World of John Williams: a 90th Birthday Tribute.” The concert will include selections from some of his award-winning film scores such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Schindler’s List, The Cowboys, and more.
 
To purchase tickets, click here.
 
 
Indian River County Land Use Visioning Workshop
 
The Indian River County Metropolitan Planning Organization will host the second Land Use Visioning workshop on Thursday, February 3rd, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The workshop will take place at the IRC Intergenerational Recreation Center (IG Center), which is located at 1590 9th St. SW Vero Beach, FL 32962. The workshop will build on the activities from the first workshop which was held in October of 2021. Individuals are invited to participate in a discussion of alternative land use plans for Indian River County.
 
To view a summary report of the October 2021 meeting, click here.
 
For more information, click here.
 
 
Brevard County Farmers Market in Melbourne
 
The Brevard County Farmers Market will take place every Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Wickham Park Pavilion, located at 2500 Parkway Drive in Melbourne, Florida. The market is free to attend and open to all in the community.
 
The Brevard County Farmers Market was created to provide a direct-marketing outlet for consumers to purchase from local growers and producers. All market vendors are screened before being accepted. This process ensures that products sold are grown or produced in Florida, and are agricultural or culinary in nature. The Brevard Farmers Market is operated through a joint partnership with Brevard County Parks & Recreation, Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County.
 
For more information, click here.

Contact Information

Melbourne Office
900 East Strawbridge Avenue
Melbourne, FL 32901
(321) 409-2025
 
Tallahassee Office
330 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5017
 
Vero Beach Office
Administration Building B
1801 27th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 226-1970
 
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US Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review 01/29/2022

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This week, as Communist China prepares to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, Senator Rick Scott hosted a press conference with Boston Celtics Center and human rights activist Enes Kanter Freedom, as well as members of the Uyghur and Hong Kong communities to highlight the horrific human rights abuses committed by the Chinese Communist Party.

For more than two years, Senator Scott and numerous human rights groups have called on the International Olympic Committee and others to move the games out of Communist China and to a nation that truly respects human rights.

Joining Senator Scott at the press conference were members from Hong Kong Watch, Hong Kong Social Action Movement, Hong Kong Professional Network, DC4HK, the Hong Kong Democracy Council, the Campaign for Uyghurs, the Uyghur American Association and the Uyghur Human Rights Project.

Watch the full press conference HERE or below.

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

Sen. Rick Scott Slams Biden Admin for Secretly Resettling Illegal Aliens as 2021 Border Crossings Topped 2 Million

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following reports that, as more than two million illegal aliens unlawfully crossed the U.S. southern border in 2021, the Biden administration is continuing to ignore U.S. law and secretly resettle them in neighborhoods across America. Last week, Senator Rick Scott and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik led more than 100 of their colleagues in sending a letter to the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct a comprehensive review of the decisions by the Biden administration that have led to the worst border crisis in United States history. This followed the introduction of their Upholding the Law at Our Border Act, which requires the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security to investigate the vetting and processing of illegal aliens apprehended along the southwest border and to ensure that all laws are being upheld.

Senator Rick Scott said, “President Biden and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas have shown a reckless disregard for U.S. immigration law and the consequences of their failed leadership are devastating. It’s no wonder that our brave border patrol agents have completely lost faith in this administration. In Joe Biden’s first year, more than TWO MILLION illegal aliens unlawfully entered the United States. That’s about equal to the ENTIRE population of Washington, D.C. illegally crossing the border THREE TIMES. If that wasn’t bad enough, the Biden administration is continuing to secretly resettle illegal aliens in the middle of the night in neighborhoods all across America. That’s right, your tax dollars are being used to charter private flights in the middle of the night to take illegal aliens from the southern border to neighborhoods all across our nation. It’s a disgusting misuse of taxpayer money and it must end now, and exactly why I am urging the DHS Inspector General to immediately launch an investigation into the Biden administration’s horrific mismanagement and blatant ignorance of U.S. immigration law.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Leads Senate Colleagues in Demanding Transparency on Biden’s Botched Afghanistan Withdrawal

Senator Rick Scott led 17 of his Senate colleagues in a letter to Senator Jack Reed and Senator Bob Menendez, the chairs of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee, ahead of a closed joint hearing to receive testimony from Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on President Biden’s botched and deadly withdrawal of U.S. Armed Forces from Afghanistan.

In the letter, Senator Scott and his colleagues called for a portion of this joint hearing be open to the public so that American families and all impacted by the botched withdrawal can hear directly from Secretaries Blinken and Austin. Senator Scott was joined by Senators John Barrasso, Marsha Blackburn, Bill Cassidy, Tom Cotton, Joni Ernst, Deb Fischer, Ron Johnson, Bill Hagerty, Josh Hawley, James Lankford, Roger Marshall, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Dan Sullivan, Thom Tillis, Tommy Tuberville and Roger Wicker. Read more HERE.

Sens. Rick Scott and Rubio Urge Biden to Approve Florida Request for Major Disaster Declaration in Tornadoes’ Wake

Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio urged President Joe Biden to approve Governor Ron DeSantis’ request for a major disaster declaration to be issued for Charlotte and Lee Counties as a result of a severe weather system last week. The storm produced two tornadoes of EF-1 and EF-2 strengths. The request also includes a request for Individual Assistance for the two Florida counties. Read more from Senator Rubio’s office HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: Communist China Cannot Whitewash Genocide with Olympic Games

As Communist China prepares to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, Senator Rick Scott hosted a press conference with Boston Celtics Center and human rights activist Enes Kanter Freedom, as well as members of the Uyghur and Hong Kong communities to highlight the horrific human rights abuses committed by the Chinese Communist Party.

For more than two years, Senator Scott and numerous human rights groups have called on the International Olympic Committee and others to move the games out of Communist China and to a nation that truly respects human rights. Joining Senator Scott at today’s press conference were members from Hong Kong Watch, Hong Kong Social Action Movement, Hong Kong Professional Network, DC4HK, the Hong Kong Democracy Council, the Campaign for Uyghurs, the Uyghur American Association and the Uyghur Human Rights Project.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Next week, the 2022 Olympics will begin in Beijing and the world will watch as Communist China tries to whitewash its crimes and churns its propaganda machine to make the world forget just how evil its regime is. Today, I was proud to bring together powerful and important partners and voices to send a clear message to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP): WE WILL NOT LET ANYONE FORGET ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN COMMUNIST CHINA. I want to thank Enes Kanter Freedom, Samuel Chu, Joey Siu, Mustafa Aksu and Elfidar Iltebir for joining me to deliver that message. America must be clear that Communist China’s abuses will not be tolerated. We must call out these crimes and we stand by the brave advocates for freedom and democracy in China, Hong Kong, Tibet and around the world. And every day we must show that the United States is an unyielding and unapologetic advocate for human rights – and unafraid of speaking the truth and upsetting General Secretary Xi and his communist party thugs. We won’t stop this fight.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Issues Weekly Update on Biden’s Inflation Crisis

Senator Rick Scott released a weekly update on his actions to address America’s debt crisis and rising inflation following the announcement that the Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) price index increased 5.8 percent from one year ago, the highest reading since 1982—a clear indication that Democrats’ reckless, socialist spending agenda is only further fueling President Biden’s raging inflation crisis.

Senator Rick Scott said, “We’ve now seen a year of America under Joe Biden’s leadership and one thing is abundantly clear: families are far worse off now than they were then. Inflation is at a 40-year high and still RAGING higher. Poor families, like mine growing up, can’t get by. Millions more are struggling to make ends meet while store shelves are empty. More folks are relying on food banks and it’s getting harder and harder to help them as prices climb.

“This is Joe Biden’s America. This is what happens when you foolishly push a socialist agenda, pay people not to work, waste TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS in taxpayer money and then lie to the American people and tell them everything is okay. It’s time for Joe Biden to wake up, listen to the American people, remember that he is the President of the United States and lead. Our country can’t afford another year of his miserable missteps and failures.” Read more HERE.

El Senador Rick Scott en Actualidad Radio: Inflación, fronteras abiertas y alto costo de la vida; el legado del primer año de Biden en la Presidencia

En una entrevista la semana pasada con Yoli Cuello en Actualidad Radio 1040 AM, el Senador Rick Scott habló sobre el primer año de Joe Biden en la Presidencia y cómo las familias en Florida, Estados Unidos y en todo el mundo se han visto afectadas por la incompetencia de Biden y sus políticas fallidas de fronteras abiertas, gasto masivo y apaciguamiento. Durante la entrevista, el Senador también condenó la debilidad de esta administración ante los dictadores y regímenes opresivos del mundo e hizo un llamado a defender la libertad y la democracia en Latinoamérica, apoyar a nuestros aliados democráticos en el hemisferio como Colombia y Brasil y seguir luchando por Cuba, Venezuela y Nicaragua.

Escuche la entrevista completa de Actualidad Radio AQUÍ.

Fox News: Sen. Rick Scott accuses Biden admin of supporting China’s ‘genocidal regime’ with ‘Made in China’ COVID tests

C-SPAN: Senator Rick Scott News Conference on Winter Olympics and Human Rights Abuses in China

Forbes: Uyghur Activist Asks How World Can Stand By ‘Do Business As Usual’ With Chinese Government

Forbes: IOC Deserves ‘All The Disdain And Disgust’ It Receives For Awarding Olympics To China: Activist

Florida Daily: Rick Scott, Elise Stefanik Want Answers From DHS on the Border Crisis

Florida Daily: Florida’s Senators Call on Joe Biden for Major Disaster Declaration After Tornadoes Hit Charlotte, Lee Counties

Alberto News: Senador Rick Scott: Siempre apoyaré a Venezuela en la lucha por la libertad y la democracia

Alberto News: Senador Rick Scott: Inflación, fronteras abiertas y alto costo de la vida; el legado del primer año de Biden en la Presidencia

Sen. Rick Scott Speaks with Latin Builders Association

Senator Rick Scott spoke with members of the Latin Builders Association in Coral Gables to thank them for all they do to support Florida’s economy and provide an update on his fight to make Washington work for all Florida businesses and families. Read more HERE or en español AQUÍ.

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Sen. Rick Scott Meets with South Florida’s Jewish Leaders 

Senator Scott met with members of South Florida’s Jewish community to thank them for their support, especially their strength and guidance in the aftermath of the Surfside building collapse and recent anti-Semitic attacks. Read more HERE.

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Sen. Rick Scott Tours Herbert Hoover Dike and Remarks on His Continued Commitment to Florida’s Everglades 

Senator Rick Scott joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local officials to tour the Herbert Hoover Dike and discuss his commitment to Florida’s environment and the Everglades.

Senator Rick Scott said, “It was good to be with the Army Corps and our strong local leaders today to see the great progress being made at the Herbert Hoover Dike. By prioritizing Florida’s environment we know that generations to come will grow up in the Sunshine State we all know and love. While I was governor, we really put an emphasis on the importance of our environment by investing one billion dollars in Florida’s natural resources. I was the first governor to dedicate state funding to make the critical repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike at Lake Okeechobee and am proud that Senator Rubio and I were able to help secure an unprecedented one billion dollars for Everglades restoration, the largest single amount ever allocated by the federal government. Now, I’m working to make sure that every dollar of this funding will go toward the most critical projects that build on our restoration efforts and provide a good return on investment for Floridians and all American taxpayers.” Read more HERE.

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Sen. Rick Scott: We Proudly Stand for Freedom & Democracy in Latin America

Senator Rick Scott met with Colombian community leaders in Doral to hear about the issues facing the Colombian community in South Florida and discuss federal efforts to promote freedom and democracy in Latin America. Senator Scott was joined by Congressman Carlos Giménez, Congresswoman María Elvira Salazar, Doral Mayor Juan Carlos “JC” Bermudez and Mayor of Weston Margaret “Peggy” Brown.

Senator Rick Scott said, “The constant attacks threatening the Colombian people and their government are dangerous and reprehensible. It’s clear that ELN, FARC, and terrorist organizations backed by the Castro/Diaz-Canel and Maduro regimes are behind these despicable attacks, which are nothing but a disgusting attempt to destabilize Colombia’s democracy. It makes me furious that in the face of these vicious assaults on democracy, Joe Biden has again and again chosen appeasement over the security and stability of our hemisphere. His lack of support is a complete betrayal of the United States and Colombia’s commitment to promoting security, prosperity, human rights and democracy across the Western Hemisphere. Last year, I was proud to introduce a resolution in the U.S. Senate that makes clear that America stands with Colombia in the fight to defend freedom, condemns efforts to undermine democracy and urges the international community to join the United States in supporting Colombia. I will always support the people of Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua in the fight for freedom and democracy. We won’t stop until all of Latin America sees the freedom and liberty its people deserve.” Read more HERE or en español AQUÍ.

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Sen. Rick Scott Tours Patrick Space Force Base

Senator Scott toured Patrick Space Force Base and met with members of Space Launch Delta 45. Read more HERE.

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Sen. Rick Scott’s Office Holds Mobile Officer Hours

This week, Senator Rick Scott’s staff held mobile office hours in DeBary, Bunnell, Spring Hill and Okeechobee to connect with constituents and help with issues involving federal federal agencies.

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