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State Senator Debbie Mayfield – Mayfield Minute 02/27/2022

Good Morning!

This past week, we completed our seventh week of the 2022 Legislative Session. As President Simpson indicated in his opening day remarks, he is committed to continuing to improve Florida’s Child Welfare System. The Florida Senate passed SB 7034 Child Welfare on Wednesday, February 23rd. This bill builds on reforms passed during the 2021 Legislative Session to increase protections and consistency for children in out-of-home care, address critical gaps in investigations and information transparency, and expands benefits for foster families and relatives willing to take on the responsibility of raising children who cannot live with their parents. 
 
Please see President Simpson’s statement below:
 
“If a relative takes on the responsibilities of child-rearing, they ought to receive the same support from the state as a foster family. Similarly, the college tuition waiver has been an important tool for youth aging out of foster care, and children raised by their relatives should have the same benefit. These are modest investments for the state, but could mean all the difference for a family member or foster parent facing the prospect of taking in a vulnerable child. The earlier in life we can give a child a safe, permanent home, the better off that child will be in the long run. Childhood is way too short for any kid to spend years waiting in limbo.
 
I’ll be the first to say government can never replace the role of a safe, happy family, but we can, and we will continue to make these kids a priority. Governor DeSantis, our First Lady, and Speaker Sprowls have been amazing partners in this effort, and I am grateful for their support of pro-life policy reforms within our child welfare system.”
 
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

Information on Spring Turkey Season
The 2022 Spring Wild Turkey Season opens March 5th and ends on April 24th, for certain areas of the state. Mark your calendar with Spring Wild Turkey Season dates on lands outside of the Wildlife Management Areas: 
  • South of State Road 70: March 5 – April 10
  • North of State Road 70: March 19 – April 24 
 
If you need a place to hunt wild turkeys this spring, see the FWC’s 2022 Spring Turkey Hunt Guide. In addition to regulations information, the guide provides a list of wildlife management areas you can hunt without a quota permit (though you’ll still need a hunting license, turkey permit, and a management area permit unless exempt). Before heading afield, carefully review the WMA regulations brochure for the area you want to hunt.
 
 
Exploring Education Scholarship Program Sponsored by Florida Prepaid and Florida State Parks
 
Florida State Parks and Florida Prepaid have partnered to encourage families to explore Florida’s 175 award-winning state parks through the Junior Ranger Program, as well as prepare for their little ranger’s future with an award-winning college savings plan through a scholarship competition.
 
Through this scholarship competition, 10 Florida children will be awarded a one-year Florida university plan college scholarship valued at approximately $7,000, and 25 runners-up will be selected to receive a Florida State Parks Junior Ranger gift pack. To enter the competition, a parent or guardian must fill out a brief application consisting of first and last name, as well as provide an email and phone number. The contest runs through March 25th, 2022 and winners will be notified by March 31, 2022.
 
To submit an entry for the scholarship competition, click here.

2022 Legislative Session Update

The following bills were passed on the Senate Floor this past week:
 
Prohibits telephonic sales calls that use an automated system for the selection or dialing of telephone numbers or playing a recorded message to a number without the prior express written consent of the called party, fail to transmit the originating telephone number, and alter the voice of the caller in order to defraud, confuse, or injure the telephone call recipient.
  • Passed Favorably on the Senate Floor
  • In Messages to be considered by Florida House of Representatives
 
Updates definitions and references in the Florida Statutes to include the United States Space Force, the newest branch of the Armed Forces of the United States. The United States Space Force was created to conduct global space operations for the United States’ joint and coalition forces. There are two United States Space Force facilities in Florida operating under Space Launch Delta 45, a Space Force operational unit.
  • Passed Favorably on the Senate Floor
  • In Messages to be considered by Florida House of Representatives
 
Authorizes paramedics and Class III institutional pharmacies, a type of hospital pharmacy, to serve hospital patients at their homes. Under the bill, a paramedic, under the supervision of a physician or acting under other standing orders, may provide basic life support services and advanced life support services to a patient receiving acute and post-acute hospital care at his or her permanent residence. A Class III institutional pharmacy may dispense, distribute, compound, and fill prescriptions for medicinal drugs for these same patients.
  • Passed Favorably on the Senate Floor
  • In Messages to be considered by Florida House of Representatives
 
Expands benefits for foster families and relatives willing to take on the responsibility of raising children who cannot live with their parents. The bill builds on reforms passed during the 2021 Legislative Session to increase protections and consistency for children in out-of-home care and address critical gaps in investigations and information transparency. 
  • Passed Favorably on the Senate Floor
  • In Messages to be considered by Florida House of Representatives
 
Allows governmental agencies, during the employee hiring process, to substitute equivalent work experience as an alternative to a postsecondary education, if the applicant is otherwise qualified for the position. The bill specifies that work experience may not be substituted for any required licensure, certification, or registration as established by the employing agency and indicated on the position description. 
  • Passed Favorably on the Senate Floor
  • In Messages to be considered by Florida House of Representatives
 
Authorizes a county or municipal detention facility or the Department of Corrections (DOC) to contract with a Florida College System institution to provide education services to its inmates. The bill affirmatively provides that state funds provided for the operation of postsecondary workforce programs may be expended on a state inmate with 24 months or less remaining on his or her sentence, which prohibits state funds for the Florida College System Program Fund from being expended on the education of state or federal inmates.
  • Passed Favorably on the Senate Floor
  • In Messages to be considered by Florida House of Representatives
 
Requires the Departments of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and Health (DOH) to expedite the processing of professional and occupational licenses for the spouse of an active duty member of the Armed Forces. The DOH must waive application and renewal fees for those same licenses under certain circumstances. The DBPR and the DOH must also issue a temporary professional license which is valid while the applications are under review once specified application information has been verified.
  • Passed Favorably on the Senate Floor
  • In Messages to be considered by Florida House of Representatives
 
Directs water management district governing boards to work with local governments to develop a list of critical wetlands to be acquired through the Land Acquisition Trust Fund.
  • 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 several sections of law with the aim of reducing fetal and infant mortality. The bill adds a requirement to the Comprehensive Statewide Tobacco Education and Use Prevention Program to target information towards pregnant women and women who may become pregnant and requires the Department of Health (DOH) to contract with local Healthy Start coalitions to establish fetal and infant mortality review (FIMR) committees in all regions of the state. The bill prohibits a physician from performing an abortion after the fetus has reached 15 weeks of gestational age and redefines the term “gestation” to measure this time period from the first day of the pregnant woman’s last menstrual period (LMP). The bill applies current law exceptions to the 15-week ban for emergencies and to save the pregnant woman’s life or to prevent a serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function to the new prohibition. The bill also adds a new exception to the 15-week ban that applies if the fetus has a fatal fetal abnormality and has not reached viability. 
  • The bill was passed off the floor in the House of Representatives and sent to the Senate. The bill was referred to the Senate Appropriations committee and passed favorably.
  • The bill is ready to be heard on the Senate Floor
 
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 all Committees of Reference
  • The bill is ready to be heard on the Senate Floor
 
Establishes the Step Into Success Internship Program to connect eligible foster youth with internship opportunities at participating state agencies and requires that foster youth be given priority consideration for such internship positions. The program is established to assist foster youth to develop workforce and professional skills to be better prepared for their transition to independent living.
  • Passed favorably by the Senate Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs and Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
  • One committee stop remains–Appropriations
 
Establishes the Statewide Office of Resilience (office) within the Executive Office of the Governor. The bill provides that the office must be headed by a Chief Resilience Officer, who is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Governor. The bill requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) to develop a resilience action plan for the State Highway System.
  • Passed favorably by the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources and Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government
  • One committee stop remains–Appropriations
 
Establishes standards for processing step-therapy protocol exemptions. A step-therapy protocol is a written protocol used by a health insurer (insurer) or a health maintenance organization (HMO) that specifies the order in which certain medical procedures, treatments, or prescription drugs must be used to treat a condition.
  • Passed favorably by all Committees of Reference
  • The bill is ready to be heard on the Senate Floor
 
Defines the term “foreign national” and prohibits a “foreign national” from making a contribution or expenditure, directly or indirectly, in connection with any election held in the state. The term “foreign national” does not include a person who is a dual citizen of the United States and a foreign country.
  • Passed favorably by all Committees of Reference
  • The bill is ready to be heard on the Senate Floor
 
Establishes the Florida Young Farmer and Rancher Matching Grant Program within the
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (department) to support startup functions for new farming and ranching operations.
  • Passed favorably by the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government, and Appropriations
  • The bill is ready to be heard on the Senate Floor
 
Establishes Clear Framework for Investigating Elections Violations, improves the accuracy of Florida’s voter rolls, continues commitment to protecting vote-by-mail (vbm) ballots, increases and expands penalties when individuals and organizations illegally interfere in elections, and enhances transparency of citizens’ initiatives. 
  • Passed favorably by the Senate Committee on Ethics and Elections and Appropriations
  • The bill is ready to be heard on the Senate Floor

Constituent of the Week

This week we recognize two constituents, John P. (Jack) Gander, IV and Matthew Naberhaus. In a memorable Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony, Jack and Matthew, lifelong friends and students at Viera High School, were honored with the highest advancement rank the Boy Scouts of America awards, the Eagle Scout.
 
Jack has been scouting since the age of five as a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 373. He demonstrates a responsibility of community service and compassion for others as a member of the Life Teen and Lead Crew leadership at Ascension Catholic Church. While serving as an active volunteer at Family Promise of Brevard and the Children’s Hunger Project, he also excelled in academics and athletics. Jack is a member of his high school’s National Honor Society and a standout athlete on the cross country and golf teams. As a well-rounded leader and well-prepared Eagle Scout, Jack is poised to succeed.
Matthew is a sophomore in high school and his commitment to the Scouts dates back to first grade. He too leads in community service, sports and academics. He is a valued member of the cross country and track team and a two-year Varsity Letterman. Matthew is certified in several Microsoft computer programs and a member of the Academy of Business and Finance. He dedicated his scouting volunteer service to benefit the New Life Mission, an organization that provides housing and specific programs for struggling mothers working to break the cycle of homelessness.
 
In their journey to become Eagle Scouts, both Matthew and Jack served as Patrol Leaders and earned Ad Altare Dei awards, a premier scouting recognition. Combined with the merit of Eagle Scout, their talent, education, and proven work ethic, ensures Jack and Matthew are destined to for success and leadership in their chosen careers and our community.
 
On December 31, 2021 and February 4, 2022, American flags flew over the Florida State Capitol in honor of the accomplishments of Jack and Matthew.
In the last 110 years, two million Boy Scouts have earned the Eagle Scout rank. We are fortunate to have two of the most recent, right here in District 17. Thank you to Jack, Matthew, your families, and Scout Masters for your dedication and service. We wish you great success!

District 17 Highlights

Indialantic Plans Community-Built Playground At Nance Park
 
In June 2020, the Indialantic Town Council established the Indialantic Playground Advisory Committee to organize and fundraise for a community-built playground at Nance Park, located where Fifth Avenue meets A1A in Indialantic Beach. The previous playground was deteriorated beyond repair. The playground construction will incorporate environmentally and maintenance-friendly materials and design, all of which meet ADA standards.
 
The playground will be named the Mikey Goodwin Playground at Nance Park. The Town of Indialantic is partnering with the Mikey Strong Foundation to name the Nance Park Playground in Mikey’s honor. Mikey was a vibrant 19-year-old student athlete when he was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a rare and deadly form of brain cancer. Unfortunately, Mikey lost his battle with DIPG in 2020. 
 
The actual construction will take approximately five days and require volunteers and donations of supplies and materials. Donations in any amount are welcomed and may be given by clicking here.
 
 
Canaveral Port Authority and Volusia County Partner to Promote Logistic and Trade Advantages to Attract New Business
 
The Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) and Volusia County’s Division of Economic Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that establishes a working relationship promoting each other’s geographical and business advantages. The agreement aims to attract more global business by bringing more Florida-bound cargo to the region.
 
Port Canaveral and Volusia County each maintain a Foreign Trade Zone (“FTZ”) for the benefit of the Central Florida region. Under this MOU, the CPA and Volusia County’s Division of Economic Development will work together to attract new business development initiatives that require use of a deep-water port and access to the maritime shipping industry which the Port can provide. Such cooperation may involve participating in outreach events with organizations and potential business entities to promote logistics, transportation, and manufacturing benefits. 
 
For more information about Port Canaveral Foreign Trade Zone #136, click here.
 
 
Palm Bay Police Department Held Annual Award Ceremony
 
On Wednesday, February 16th, the Palm Bay Police Department held it’s Annual Award Ceremony. The annual event serves as an opportunity to highlight the outstanding work and exemplary accomplishments made by the men and women of the department while serving the citizens of Palm Bay.
 
Awards were presented to sworn and non-sworn personnel by Chief Nelson Moya and members of the Command Staff.
 
This year, Mayor Rob Medina was presented with a Life Saving Award. The Mayor earned the prestigious commendation thanks to his quick response on a ride along with Officer Caitlynn Trenor. While on patrol, Mayor Medina and Officer Trenor responded to a call reporting an individual suffering a heart attack. The duo was able to move the man and render CPR until EMS officials arrived. The man was taken to the hospital where he recovered.
 
To view a full list of the recipients, click here
 
 
Leatherback Sea Turtle Nest is the Earliest on Record for Indian River County
 
On February 22nd, a female leatherback sea turtle emerged north of Wabasso Beach Park and successfully deposited a clutch of eggs. She is the earliest Leatherback to lay her eggs in the 17 years since the Indian River County monitoring program began, according to an announcement by the Coastal Division of the Public Works Department. This breaks the County’s previous season record for the earliest nest, which was laid on February 28, 2014. 
 
County staff did not see the actual turtle, but they did identify her tracks. The nest will now be checked daily until it hatches in about 70 to 90 days, according to the Coastal Division.

Upcoming Events

Free Movie in the Park
 
The City of Palm Bay is hosting a free movie in the park on Saturday March 5th at Knecht Park located at 1380 Glenham Dr NE in Palm Bay, Florida. The movie will be shown on our outdoor movie screen beginning at 6:30 PM. Seating begins at 5:30 PM. The free movie featured will be Sprit Untamed (PG). Remember to bring chair, blankets, snacks, and bug spray. 
 
In the event of bad weather, call the Special Events Rain-Out Hotline at (321) 726-5682.
 
 
MRC’s Lagoon Castaway Summer Camp
 
This summer the Marine Resource Council is offering 8 weeks of summer camp, which will include a variety of hands-on activities to enable campers to explore and connect with science and nature. Explorers from 8 to 13 years old are welcome to participate. From June 6th to August 5th MRC will be offering weekly camps from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lagoon House located at 3275 Dixie Highway NE in Palm Bay, Florida.
 
To register, 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 02/25/2022

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This week, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement after Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military to carry out an unlawful and violent invasion into Ukraine.

Senator Scott has been clear that the United States must respond with devastating sanctions and severe consequences that cripple the Russian economy, the oligarchy and Putin’s thugs and cronies both in and outside of the Kremlin.

Senator Rick Scott said, “We must be clear about what has occurred over the last 24-hours: at the direction of Vladimir Putin, Russia has violated the sovereignty of a free country and American partner, committed a blatant act of war and unlawfully and violently invaded Ukraine. Freedom in Europe is under attack and we must acknowledge that Putin’s goal is to seize further control of wealth and power across the continent. The United States must respond with devastating sanctions and severe consequences that cripple the Russian oligarchy and Putin’s thugs and cronies both in and outside of the Kremlin. Joe Biden has spent the last year driving America backward. Oil prices are surging while American energy independence has suffered under this administration’s continued attacks. Biden’s total failure of political leadership and foreign policy incompetence, which has been on full display since his botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, not only emboldens dictators like Putin, but has direct consequences for the financial security and safety of American families and hurts the poorest Americans first and most. Things will only get worse now that Biden has failed to prevent this Russian aggression and allowed this invasion. The world is watching. Communist China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Venezuela are watching. Now more than ever, America must stand with Ukraine, as well as Lithuania, Taiwan and all countries standing with us and against evil thugs trying to control the world. We must show an unyielding commitment to freedom. Anything less is dangerous and unacceptable weakness.” Read more HERE.

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

Sens. Rick Scott and Jim Risch to Leader Schumer: We Must Delay Postal Bill, Prioritize Support for Ukraine, Holding Russia Accountable Upon Senate’s Return

Senator Rick Scott and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch wrote a letter to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer urging him to delay consideration of the H.R. 3076, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022, until it has been reviewed by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to determine the legislation’s long-term budgetary effects and negative fiscal impacts on the Medicare program. Instead, upon the Senate’s return session next week, Senators Scott and Risch are calling on Leader Schumer to prioritize immediate consideration of legislation, like their NYET Act, to provide urgently needed support for Ukraine and hold Russia accountable for its violent and unlawful invasion. Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: TRUCKERS Act Will End Vaccine Mandates for International Truck Drivers

Senator Rick Scott led Senators Marsha Blackburn, Mike Braun, Kevin Cramer, Josh Hawley, John Hoeven, Mike Lee, Roger Marshall and Marco Rubio in introducing the Terminating Reckless and Unnecessary Checks Known to Erode Regular Shipping (TRUCKERS) Act. The TRUCKERS Act would exempt non-U.S. citizen commercial truck drivers traveling from Canada or Mexico who are seeking to temporarily enter the United States for business through a land port of entry from proof of vaccination requirements. Congressman Carlos Giménez will introduce companion legislation in the House of Representatives this week.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Truck drivers are the backbone of America’s economy. My dad was a truck driver and I know firsthand how critical these men and women are to getting products flowing to American families and businesses again. President Biden’s inflation and supply chain crises are devastating so many Americans, especially our poorest families like mine growing up. By pushing these ridiculous mandates, he is only making things worse. The government has no business pushing mandates on families and our hardworking businesses and my TRUCKERS Act will help stop this nonsense in its tracks. Joe Biden would be wise to take note of what’s happening in Canada and see that the top-down, ‘government controls all’ approach doesn’t work. I also urge Canada’s government to drop its ridiculous mandates on foreign drivers. I hope all of my colleagues will work with us to quickly pass this good and urgently needed bill.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Introduces Broadband Buildout Accountability Act to Increase Transparency in Public Investment in Broadband Deployment

Senator Rick Scott introduced the Broadband Buildout Accountability Act with Ranking Member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Senator Roger Wicker, to increase transparency for a $42 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Package (BIF) broadband buildout grant awarded to the National Technology Information Administration (NTIA), which is currently exempted from transparency requirements under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Senator Scott’s Broadband Buildout Accountability Act would remove the FOIA exemption and require proof of how the $42 billion is spent to ensure taxpayer dollars are not misused. Senators Marsha Blackburn, Roy Blunt, Shelley Moore Capito, Ted Cruz, Deb Fischer, Ron Johnson, Mike Lee, Cynthia Lummis, Jerry Moran, Dan Sullivan, John Thune, Roger Wicker, and Todd Young have also cosponsored the bill.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Americans deserve to know how the government is spending their money—especially on a $42 billion grant that will help get essential internet services to those that need it most. My Broadband Buildout Accountability Act will increase transparency and help ensure this taxpayer money is spent with maximum accountability and return on investment. Spending taxpayer dollars should be a crystal clear process. I thank every Republican colleague of mine on the Commerce, Science and Transportation committee for their support and I urge my colleagues to support this bill which increases government accountability and transparency to Americans everywhere.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: Sanctions on Russia Must be Swift & Devastating

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following President Joe Biden’s announcement of financial sanctions against Russian leaders and banks as Russia begins its invasion of Ukraine.

Senator Rick Scott said, “After weeks of doing next to nothing to support our ally, Ukraine, at the risk of hurting Putin’s feelings, I’m glad Joe Biden is finally taking steps to hold Russia accountable. But these sanctions are not enough – the United States needs to implement maximum sanctions, just as we have on Iran. Now is the time to implement all measures to destroy the Russian economy, which predominately serves Putin and his thugs, and eliminate their ability to reshape European borders. We don’t have time for Biden’s weakness.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Requests Full Funding for Everglades Restoration in Biden Budget Recommendations

Senator Rick Scott wrote a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to continue critical funding for projects to restore the Everglades, including for the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration, in his upcoming budget requests to Congress. Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Calls on SEC Chair to Protect American Investors from Risks Posed By Communist Chinese-Controlled Companies

Senator Rick Scott wrote a letter to Gary Gensler, Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), urging him to address the threats posed by Communist Chinese-controlled companies operating on U.S. exchanges to American investors and our markets. 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 6.1 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, “Under Joe Biden’s failed leadership, America’s poorest families, like mine growing up, are really struggling to make ends meet. They are having to choose between gas and groceries. Shelves are empty. Gas prices are skyrocketing. What has Biden done to fix it? NOTHING. Biden’s failures at home and abroad have created miserable uncertainty for families in Florida and across America. Our country can’t afford another year of his missteps and failures.” Read more HERE.

El Senador Rick Scott en Al Punto Florida en Univisión: Es claro dónde radica la lealtad de Biden; con el candidato presidencial socialista de extrema izquierda en Colombia, Gustavo Petro

En una entrevista la semana pasada, con Ambrosio Hernández en Univisión 23, el Senador Rick Scott habló sobre la importancia del liderazgo de los Estados Unidos en la lucha por la libertad, democracia, paz y estabilidad en el hemisferio occidental, el apoyo a nuestro más grande aliado democrático en América Latina, Colombia, y enfrentar a los regímenes comunistas y opresores de Cuba, Venezuela y Nicaragua. El Senador Scott continúa apoyando a los pueblos de Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba y Nicaragua en su lucha por la paz, estabilidad, libertad y democracia y hace un llamado al Presidente Biden y a la comunidad internacional para que se unan a su causa.

Durante la entrevista, el Senador Rick Scott dice: “En lugar de unirse a nosotros en la lucha por la paz y la estabilidad en nuestro hemisferio, la administración Biden eliminó a las FARC de la lista de Organizaciones Terroristas Extranjeras, sin absolutamente ninguna prueba de que se pueda confiar en ellos o justificación para esta decisión, y especialmente durante la campaña presidencial de Colombia en 2022. Esta movida mostró claramente dónde radica la lealtad de Biden: con el candidato socialista de extrema izquierda Gustavo Petro”.

Vea la entrevista completa del Senador Rick Scott con Ambrosio Hernández AQUÍ.

El Senador Rick Scott en “En Perspectiva” en Acción 97.9: Las acciones del Caucus Hispano del Congreso para censurar a los medios hispanos provienen directamente del libro de jugadas de los dictadores de Venezuela, Cuba y Nicaragua

En una entrevista con Dania Alexandrino en Acción 97.9, el Senador Rick Scott condenó las acciones del Caucus Hispano de la Cámara de Representantes y de los demócratas para intentar silenciar las voces conservadoras y medios de comunicación hispanos en los Estados Unidos, señalando que estas mismas tácticas opresivas son utilizadas en Venezuela, Cuba y Nicaragua, y no tienen cabida en los Estados Unidos.

Durante la entrevista, el Senador Rick Scott dice: “Creo firmemente en la libertad de expresión y, como Senador de los Estados Unidos, lucho todos los días para defender nuestras libertades; por eso deberíamos llamar este ataque como lo que es: CENSURA. Los demócratas no creen en la libertad de expresión, no quieren que nadie hable sobre capitalismo u oportunidades, solo quieren que los medios hablen sobre cómo las personas deberían depender del gobierno.”

Escuche la entrevista completa del Senador Rick Scott con Dania Alexandrino AQUÍ.

Fox News: GOP senators introduce TRUCKERS Act to eliminate proof of vaccination for non-citizen drivers

Newsmax: Rick Scott Drops Anchor on Postal ‘Reform’ Bill That Would Sink Medicare

Commerical Carrier Journal: Bills introduced in Congress would end Biden’s cross-border vax mandates for truckers

BizPacReview: GOP senators introduce ‘TRUCKERS Act’ to end Biden’s vaccine mandate for international drivers

Breitbart: GOP Senators Push Measure to End Vaccine Mandates for International Truck Drivers

The Daily Signal: ‘Media Need to Start Showing Up’ on Evidence of Democrats’ Spying, Sen. Rick Scott Says

Newsmax: Sen. Rick Scott: US Must Do More for Ukraine

Forbes: ‘We Cannot Tolerate This Kind Of Behavior’: Rick Scott Calls Out Chinese Communist Party

Landline Magazine: Truckers Act would grant drivers cross-border vaccine exemption

One America News Network: Senate GOP Introduce ‘Truckers Act’ To Repeal COVID Vaccine Mandate For Foreign Truckers

The Heritage Foundation: Sen. Rick Scott Digs Into the Durham Investigation

Florida Daily: Florida’s Senators Want Answers From SEC Chairman on China Evergrande Group

Florida Daily: Florida Republicans Push Bill Ending Vaccination Requirement for Canadian, Mexican Truckers

Sen. Rick Scott’s Office Holds Mobile Office Hours

This week, Senator Rick Scott’s office held mobile office hours in Wauchula, Apopka, DeBary, Panama City Beach, Miami Lakes and Live Oak to help Floridians with issues related to federal agencies.

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On Monday, February 28th, Senator Scott’s office will hold mobile office hours in Fort Pierce and Everglades City. See below for more information.

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US Senator Marco Rubio Newsletter 02/25/2022

Marco Rubio - U.S. Senator for Florida E-Newsletter

This Week in the Office of Senator Marco Rubio 


On Thursday, I visited L3 Harris in Melbourne, Florida to meet with senior leaders, tour the Global Innovation Center, and deliver remarks. Read more here

On Friday, I delivered remarks at Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2022 in Orlando, Florida.

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On Friday, I issued a statement following President Joe Biden’s nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more here

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On Thursday, I joined Hannity to discuss the latest on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Watch the full interview here

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On Thursday, I joined The Sean Hannity Show to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Read excerpts here and listen to the full interview here

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On Thursday, I issued a statement commemorating 26 years since the murder of four Brothers to the Rescue humanitarian missionaries by the Castro dictatorship. Read more here

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On Wednesday, I joined Hannity to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Watch the full video here


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On Wednesday, I joined Jesse Watters Primetime to discuss the latest on Russia and Ukraine. Watch the full interview here

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On Wednesday, I joined Spicer & Co. to discuss the crisis in Ukraine and why I will not be attending this year’s State of the Union address. Watch the full interview here

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On Wednesday, I joined The Lead with Jake Tapper to discuss the latest on Russia and Ukraine. Watch the full interview here

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On Wednesday, I released a statement following the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) decision to end the China Initiative, a national security program designed to curtail Chinese espionage in the United States. Read more here

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On Tuesday, I joined CBS Mornings to discuss Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Watch the full interview here

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On Tuesday, I joined Fox & Friends to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Democrats’ COVID hypocrisy. Watch Part I and Part II of the full interview. 

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Last Friday, I joined Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) and U.S. Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), along with 124 bicameral colleagues, in sending a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting the FDA immediately restore more stringent oversight of chemical abortion bills, including the in-person dispensing requirement the FDA suspended in December. Read morehere

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Last Thursday, I introduced the South Florida Ecosystem Enhancement Act to reauthorize and reform the South Florida Geographic Program (SFGP) to support ecosystem restoration and monitoring efforts across the contiguous aquatic ecosystems of southern Florida. Read more here

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In Case You Missed It…


“Rubio Wants Biden to Back $725 Million for Everglades Restoration and Fund EAA Reservoir Construction” (Florida Daily , 2/20/2022)


“Marco Rubio, Carlos Gimenez Champion the South Florida Ecosystem Enhancement Act”(Florida Daily , 2/23/2022)


“Marco Rubio Lays Out Putin’s Three Objectives Over The Next 72 Hours” (The Daily Wire , 2/24/2022)


“Rubio: Putin ‘Not Going to Stop’ in Eastern Ukraine” (Breitbart , 2/22/2022) 


“Senator Marco Rubio and Congressman Jim Banks recently proposed offering workers a voluntary, non-union way to organize at work.” (The Right Is Starting to Represent Workers Outside of Unions | Opinion, Newsweek , 2/21/2022)


“In his tweet, Rubio, a Republican from Florida, a state that has long been without any COVID restrictions, called the president’s requirements “#COVIDTheater rituals” adding ‘No thank you, maybe next time.’” (Biden’s State of the Union Will Require Strict COVID Restrictions for Attendees, The Epoch Times , 2/18/2022)  


“Marco Rubio Introduces Bill to Expedite Natural Gas Exports” (Florida Daily , 2/22/2022)


“Rubio Warns of Possibility of Price of Oil Going ‘Up to $110, $115 a Barrel’” (Breitbart , 2/22/2022)


“While Rubio’s view is a common one on the left and right, there are some lawmakers troubled by Biden’s inflexibility on the issue of troops.” (The line Biden won’t cross on Ukraine, Politico , 2/23/2022)


“‘Rather than telling viewers the truth about Beijing’s oppression and ongoing genocide, NBC has opted for a ‘both sides’ approach that makes the CCP out to be as trustworthy as our own government,’ Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wrote for Fox News Digital.” (NBC Sports honcho irked staffers after ‘tone deaf’ claim about ‘dumpster fire’ Beijing Olympics, insider says, Fox News , 2/23/2022)

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