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RPOF Newsletter 06/26/2022

Registration is now open for the exciting 2022 Sunshine Summit HERE.

Governor Ron DeSantis and the Republican Party of Florida announced program details for the RPOF 2022 Sunshine Summit and Victory Dinner at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, on July 22-23, 2022.

This special event will include a robust agenda of guest speakers, panel discussions and other programming featuring top Florida Republican officials and our nation’s leading conservative voices. The Summit program will also include four Republican primary debates in the following Florida congressional districts: CD-4, CD-7, CD-13, and CD-15.

Featured speakers include Governor Ron DeSantis, First Lady Casey DeSantis; best-selling author and conservative radio and television host Mark Levin; New York Post columnist Karol Markowicz; “The Rubin Report” host Dave Rubin; journalist, political analyst and Fox News host Lisa Boothe; founder of Outkick.com and Fox News contributor Clay Travis; Editor-in-Chief of The Federalist and Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway; and Heritage Foundation distinguished fellow and Fox News contributor Stephen Moore.

In addition to Governor DeSantis, Florida Republican officials speaking at the events include Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, Congressman Byron Donalds, Congresswoman Kat Cammack, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, Florida Senate President-Designate Kathleen Passidomo, and Florida House of Representatives Speaker-Designate Paul Renner.

To receive updates about the 2022 Sunshine Summit, click HERE

To register and attend these exciting events, click HERE.

We thank you for your support and hope to see you in Hollywood, Florida!
 
Onward to Victory!  

Senator Marco Rubio, Congressman Byron Donalds, and Congresswoman Kat Cammack are appearing as featured speakers only and are not soliciting any funds associated with this event.  All funds solicited in connection with the Sunshine Summit and Victory Dinner are being solicited solely by the Republican Party of Florida.

 

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Governor DeSantis Adds More Protections for Floridians from Biden’s Border Crisis

Governor DeSantis announced three significant actions Florida is taking to protect residents from the Biden Border Crisis. 

  • First, Governor DeSantis announced that Florida has formed a strike force of state and local law enforcement to interdict human smuggling and human trafficking, and to seize illegal weapons being transported through the state.
  • Second, Governor DeSantis filed a petition with the Florida Supreme Court to impanel a statewide grand jury to examine international human smuggling networks that bring aliens to the southern border, and ultimately to Florida.
  • Third, Governor DeSantis signed Senate Bill 1808, sweeping legislation he proposed to further protect Floridians from the Biden Border Crisis.

“Illegal aliens are being smuggled across the border in record numbers, which the reckless policies of the Biden administration facilitate,” Governor DeSantis said. “Today, Florida has taken additional action to protect our state from the effects of what is a full-fledged border crisis.”

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2022/06/17/governor-ron-desantis-takes-additional-actions-to-protect-floridians-from-bidens-border-crisis/

 

Casey DeSantis Launches Mamas for DeSantis

Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis announced this week the launch of Mamas for DeSantis. Through the First Lady’s leadership, Mamas for DeSantis will work to support Governor DeSantis’s re-election campaign as a movement for Florida moms, grandmas, abuelas, nanas and more to get involved in the re-election campaign.

With the goal of signing up a million mamas across the state of Florida, this initiative will be the largest movement of parents in Florida history.

“Here in Florida, we have a true leader looking out for mamas, families, and our children: my husband, Governor Ron DeSantis. It is more important than ever for us to support him this November, and Mamas for DeSantis are fired up to do just that,” First Lady DeSantis said.

Join up or learn more: https://mamasfordesantis.com/

Read more here: https://mamasfordesantis.com/first-lady-casey-desantis-mobilizes-a-million-mamas-for-desantis/ 

 

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Governor DeSantis Provides $28.4 Million for Economic Growth

Governor DeSantis awarded $28.4 million for economic growth and community resiliency to 23 Florida communities this week. The awards were made through the Community Development Block Grant – CV (CDBG-CV) program, and the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Hazard Mitigation Grant Match Program.

“Supporting the growth and resilience of Florida communities is the best way to ensure Florida’s strong future,” Governor DeSantis said. “Investments made today will provide 23 communities with access to the resources they need to diversify their economies, increase public safety, and mitigate future risks.”

Read more and see the list of communities here: https://www.flgov.com/2022/06/21/governor-ron-desantis-awards-more-than-28-4-million-in-funding-for-economic-growth-to-23-florida-communities/

$4 Million to Callahan for Industrial Park Job Growth

Governor DeSantis awarded $4 million to the Town of Callahan to construct a clean water supply plant at Crawford Diamond Industrial Park, an 1,800-acre industrial megasite served by two major rail lines and is near multiple interstate highways and shipping ports.

This infrastructure project will enable the site to support about 500 jobs directly and 2,158 total jobs in high-wage, sustainable industries, including manufacturing, with an economic impact of more than $25 million.  

“I am happy to support a project that will spur economic growth and create long-term value,” Governor DeSantis said.

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2022/06/20/governor-ron-desantis-awards-4-million-to-the-town-of-callahan-through-the-florida-job-growth-grant-fund/

 

Senator Rubio’s Anti-Slavery Bill Kicked in This Week

Senator Rubio continues to be one of the strongest voices against despots around the world, particularly China. He led passage of a bill that will block importation of goods from companies using slave labor in China. He wrote about it this week at Real Clear Politics:

“Slavery has been illegal in the United States for nearly 160 years. And yet, over the past two decades, American businesses and consumers have once again begun to benefit from the horrific practice. 

“It’s an extremely uncomfortable truth, and for most Americans, it likely comes as a surprise. Until recently, they probably had no idea that the clothes they wear, the phones they cannot put down, and the solar panels on their roofs were made, in part, by slaves. The same cannot be said of the companies that eagerly ship jobs overseas to China and source materials from concentration camps.

“Thankfully, all of that is about to change. Starting on June 21, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will block any company seeking to import goods mined, produced, or manufactured, either in whole or in part, by Uyghurs and other persecuted ethnic groups – unless the company can provide conclusive evidence that no forced labor was used at any point in the international supply chain. It is a high burden of proof, but it is necessary given the lack of transparency in China and America’s unwillingness to enforce a 1930 law prohibiting the importation of goods made by slaves.

“The implementation of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which I led with Sen. Merkley and Reps. McGovern and Smith, will also be the most significant change in America’s relationship with China since 2001, when the communist nation joined the World Trade Organization.” 

Read the entire column here:https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2022/06/21/biden_administration_must_enforce_uyghur_forced_labor_prevention_act_147773.html

AG Moody’s Priority Legislation Combating Organized Retail Theft Signed by Governor DeSantis 

Attorney General Ashley Moody thanked Governor DeSantis this week for signing her priority legislation to help Florida prosecutors dismantle organized retail theft rings. During the 2022 Florida Legislative Session, Attorney General Moody worked with lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 1534 to provide more tools to prosecute members of organized retail theft rings.  

“We continue to be proactive in making sure organized retail theft rings do not have a free pass to pillage retailers in Florida,” Attorney General Moody said. “While prosecutors in other states may turn a blind eye to these massive retail crimes, in Florida we enforce the law to protect our citizens and visitors. This new law will help us continue this important work and enhance public safety. I want to thank Gov. DeSantis and state lawmakers who fought for this important legislation to help us build a Stronger, Safer Florida.”

Read more: http://www.myfloridalegal.com/newsrel.nsf/newsreleases/303FA628D2919F06852588670051F1B9

 

Patronis fights for legal precedent for firefighters getting PTSD support

The Florida Department of Financial Services, led by Florida CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis, filed an Amicus Curiae Brief in support of Brevard County firefighter Roger Williams and his battle for job-induced PTSD benefits under Florida’s Workers’ Compensation laws.  

“As Florida’s State Fire Marshal, I have made it my top priority to support our first responders,” said CFO Patronis. “This case is especially important, as the 1st DCA has an opportunity to set a legal precedent of support for our brave firefighters statewide. PTSD is a serious challenge for many of our first responders, as they see and deal with unthinkable things in the line of duty.”

In 2018, CFO Patronis worked with the Florida Legislature to pass Senate Bill 376 to provide vital PTSD benefits for first responders to give them the support they need as they protect Florida communities. 

Read more: https://www.myfloridacfo.com/sitePages/newsroom/pressRelease.aspx?id=6209

Read the full Brief here: https://www.myfloridacfo.com/documents/Williams-Amicus-Curiae-Brief.pdf 

LG Nuñez Joins Governor DeSantis Endorsing Pro-Parent, Pro-Student School Board Candidates

Lieutenant Governor Nuñez joined Governor DeSantis this week in endorsing 10 local school board candidates in Florida who will put children’s education and parental rights ahead of woke agendas that strip parents of rights and endanger children’s well-being. 

She wrote on Twitter: “Excited to announce the endorsement of these school board candidates across Florida. With a strong pro-student and pro-parent agenda, these future school board members will ensure our children are educated and not indoctrinated.”

 

Read more: http://DeSantisEducationAgenda.com

 

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State Senator Debbie Mayfield – Mayfield Minute 06/26/2022

Good Morning

This week was the first official week of summer. During the 2022 Legislative Session, our state passed legislation to provide both short and long-term tax relief to Floridians and their families. The six tax holidays starting in summer of 2022 are:

  • Freedom Week: July 1, 2022 to July 7, 2022
  • ENERGY STAR Appliances: July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023
  • Children’s Diapers: July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023
  • Baby and Toddler Clothing: July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023
  • Home Hardening: July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2024
  • Back to School: July 25, 2022 to August 7, 2022

For the full list of items exempt under each tax holiday, click here.

I consider it a great honor to represent District 17. Please share this link with your friends and family so 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!

Legislative Update

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Record-Breaking Alzheimer’s Funding and Innovative Florida Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence

On Thursday, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted record funding for Alzheimer’s and related dementias and signed Senate Bill 806, to establish the Ramping up Education of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia for You (READY) Act. Additionally, the Governor announced that the final pillar of the five-part Dementia Action Plan, created in 2019, has been fulfilled with the establishment of the Florida Alzheimer’s Center for Excellence. The Freedom First Budget signed this month by the Governor included record funding for Alzheimer’s and dementia care, marking a nearly 60% increase in funding since the Governor took office in 2019.

Governor DeSantis went on to say “Supporting Floridians suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia is an important part of supporting our seniors. We are working to make sure that any Floridian suffering from this terrible disease can access resources while also supporting innovative technologies that will open up doors for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients in the future.”

In Addition, Governor DeSantis Signed the Following Legislation This Week:
  • SB 144 – Identification Cards
  • CS/SB 254 – Religious Institutions
  • SB 288 – Electronic Dissemination of Commercial Recordings and Audiovisual Works
  • CS/SB 1190 – Two-Way Radio Communication Enhancement Systems
  • CS/CS/SB 1798 – Sexually Related Offenses
  • CS/HB 105 – Regulation of Smoking by Counties and Municipalities
  • HB 535 – Barefoot Bay Recreation District, Brevard County
  • CS/CS/CS/HB 965 – Environmental Management
  • CS/CS/HB 1057 – Evidence of Vendor Financial Stability
  • HB 1119 – Grandparent Visitation Rights
  • HB 1161 – Manatee County
  • CS/CS/CS/HB 1349 – Guardianship Data Transparency
  • HB 1469 -Transportation Facility Designations
  • CS/CS/HB 1563 – Homestead Property Tax Exemptions for Classroom Teachers, Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, Child Welfare Professionals, and Servicemembers
  • CS/HB 7055 – Cybersecurity
  • CS/HB 7057 – Public Records and Public Meetings
  • CS/SB 196 – Florida Housing Finance Corporation
  • CS/CS/SB 596 – Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsels
  • CS/SB 606 – Boating Safety
  • CS/SB 1764 – Municipal Solid Waste-to-Energy Program
  • HB 357 – Pharmacies and Pharmacy Benefit Managers
  • CS/HB 397 – Court Fiscal Administration
  • CS/CS/CS/HB 967 – Golf Course Best Management Practices Certification
  • CS/HB 1475 – Cleanup of Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances

To read more about these bills, click here.

Statewide Update

Florida’s 2022 Summer Literacy Institute Celebrates Educators and Champions Reading Instruction in K-12 Schools

On Tuesday, Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr. and the Florida Department of Education kicked off the Summer Literacy Institute, a three-day professional learning event that celebrates educators and supports districts and schools with effectively implementing literacy instruction. The Institute is organized to provide professional development for literacy leadership teams at the early childhood, school, and district levels.

The goals of the Summer Literacy Institute include increasing educator knowledge of Florida’s B.E.S.T. (Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking) English Language Arts Standards, sharing evidence-based best practices, and providing access to associated literacy resources, including those that promote at-home reading and family engagement.

Florida Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz, Jr. expressed his gratitude for the Institute’s dedication, “We know that literacy scores as early as third grade can predict a student’s future success or failure. Nearly ninety percent of students who failed to earn a high school diploma were struggling readers in third grade. The fact that this week’s Institute is at full capacity during educators’ summer vacation is a testament to our commitment to have every single child in school reading on grade level. Thank you to our incredible teachers and administrators whose hard work and passion help make Florida the Education State.”

For more information about the Summer Literacy Institute and the 2022 event, click here.

Constituent of the Week

Our constituent of the week is inspiring Brevard community member and Founder/CEO of New Life Mission, Stacia Glavas. New Life Mission works to permanently break the generational cycle of homelessness for women with children. Under Mrs. Glavas’ leadership, New Life Mission is improving lives in a safe setting by providing housing, access to health care, transportation, education, nutrition, job training, and life skills education.

Mrs. Glavas began her career on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide handling international trade policy, agriculture, and women’s issues. She received a Bachelors degree in Organizational Administration from Oklahoma State University in 1985, a Masters in Business Administration from George Washington University in 1988, and a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2009.

Mrs. Glavas started New Life Mission after witnessing firsthand the impact of homelessness. While Stacia and her husband Pete Glavas were walking one day, they saw a young mother experiencing an asthma attack while her young daughter was beside her. Pete and Stacia were prompted to help this mother and child back to their apartment so she could get her breathing treatment. Upon entry, they noticed the unfathomable conditions Julia and her daughter were living in. After this encounter, Stacia was inspired to befriend, guide, and support Julia as she learned to live a healthy, self-sufficient life. Stacia fostered a loving friendship with Julia; they are still friends to this day. This experience fueled Stacia’s passion for breaking the cycle of homelessness in families permanently.

With a tremendous amount of community support, “Brevard Rescue Mission”, now New Life Mission, was officially founded in 2008. The first campus, “Casa Carol,” opened in 2009 with three retrofitted apartments. Since 2009, nine apartments have been repaired, furnished, and house formerly homeless families. New Life Mission was able to purchase the “Casa Carol” campus in 2012, and after a hugely successful Capital Building Campaign, the mortgage was paid off in the summer of 2014. In 2018, New Life Mission purchased a five-unit apartment complex debt-free. The new campus, “Joy’s Place,” was purchased just two blocks away from “Casa Carol”. The campus was named after Fred Sutton’s eldest daughter. “Joy’s Place” permits New Life Mission to assist five homeless mothers with up to twelve children additionally.

In 2019, New Life Mission purchased the Life Transformation Center. Located just south of the intersection of US1 and Eau Gallie Blvd, the new location not only serves eight additional families, but also extends services to non-resident families – with the goal to help prevent them from becoming homeless. New Life Mission hopes to expand its services to over 100 families within the next few years.

Thank you, Mrs. Glavas, for the service you have provided the Brevard County community. District 17 thanks you for your work and wishes you the best in your well-earned retirement.

District Highlights

Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Satellite Beach Attorney to the Office of Compensation Claims

On Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Jill Jacobs, of Satellite Beach, to serve as a Judge of Compensation Claims. Jacobs has served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Palm Beach since 2015. Previously, she worked in private practice for over 25 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and her law degree from the University of Miami. Jacobs fills one of the vacancies in the Orlando office.

Congratulations to Jill Jacobs on her appointment! 

Three Space Explorers Inducted into Astronaut Hall of Fame at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

The Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction served as the backdrop for the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame induction ceremony on June 11th at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Former astronauts Chris Ferguson, David Leestma, and Sandra Magnus were inducted into the class of 2022. This year’s induction brings the total number of AHOF members to 105.

Kennedy Space Center’s Director, Janet Petro, went on to say, “Next month, Kennedy will celebrate its 60th anniversary, and with it, the six decades of innovation and exploration, and the off-world work that has improved life here on our planet. Today, we honor three people who have had a part in building that legacy through their contributions to human spaceflight.” During the ceremony, each of the inductees received an official medal and were inducted as members of the 21st class of astronauts.

Congratulations to the inductees for their vast accomplishments!

Indian River County Chamber Celebrates 100th Anniversary

The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce celebrated a century of supporting positive economic growth at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. During the event, the Chamber President, Dori Stone, highlighted the chamber’s history, beginning with its founding in 1915 as the Board of Trade. Early initiatives by the chamber included the creation of the Mosquito Control District, the development of State Road 60, the Vero Beach Airport, and the Hospital District.

Chamber President Stone went on to say, “During the ’40s and ’50s, the chamber saw the construction of the first hospital, the Dodgers coming to town, bringing major economic impact to our businesses, and Piper Aircraft relocating to Vero Beach. During the ’60s and ’70s, the Miracle Mile corridor was developed, along with the 17th Street Bridge and I-95/State Road 60 interchange.”

Later, the IRC Chamber supported the construction of the Vero Beach Museum of Art, was identified as the county’s tourism agency, established the Economic Council, and opened its 21st Street location. IRCCC Board Chair Michael Kissner had announced that the Alma Lee Loy Community Service Award was being presented in absentia to Ross Cotherman, the Chamber’s Vice Chairman. The award was named after the late Alma Lee Loy, who was the first woman elected to serve as its board chair. 

Congratulations to the Indian River County Chamber on 100 years of community support!

For more information about the chamber, click here

Upcoming Events

Dean Mead and Space Coast EDC to Host Legislative Update

On June 29th from 7:45 to 9:00 a.m. at the Hotel Melby Landing Rooftop, the Space Coast Economic Development Commission will be hosting its Annual Legislative Update featuring a panel comprised of the Brevard Legislative Delegation. The panelists will include Senator Debbie Mayfield, Senator Tom Wright, Representative Tyler Sirois, and Representative Thad Altman. 

During the event, community members will have the opportunity to hear about the accomplishments made during the 2022 Legislative Session. The event is free for those who register.

To register for the event, click here.

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US Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review 06/24/2022

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Dear Floridian,

Following the tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that took the lives of 19 children and two teachers, I heard from so many in our state about the need to support commonsense legislation that follows the action I took as Governor of Florida after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018. I cannot tell you how much I truly appreciate hearing from you.

Since the tragedy in Uvalde, many people have been eager to compare the bill passed by Congress this week to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act that we passed in Florida. These bills are not the same at all and I think it is important to explain the differences.

Our response in Florida was the product of a collaborative, well-defined and transparent process. The bill passed by Congress this week was the result of secret backroom dealings that did not include input from the majority of Republican members, committee hearings, nor opportunities for amendments, giving members of the Senate barely an hour to read the legislative text before we were asked to vote on it the first time.

In Florida, we used a thorough process that included meetings with mental health, education, and law enforcement experts to get valuable feedback on our bill. At the conclusion of that process, I signed a bill that improved school safety and has kept guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals and those suffering with mental illness, all while ensuring strong due process protections that stop unlawful infringement on the constitutional rights of law-abiding Floridians.

The risk protection order provisions in the law we passed in Florida ensure that law enforcement is involved from the very beginning, requiring police to evaluate a complaint before bringing it before a judge. This is important for two reasons. First, it ensures that law enforcement professionals who are trained to evaluate threats are the ones who make determinations about the risk an individual poses to themselves or others. Second, it ensures that these determinations about whether to limit access to a firearm are made by an entity that can be held accountable for civil rights violations. This is important because it puts protections in place against a law enforcement agency abusing its power and unlawfully infringing on the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Floridians. I will never accept anything less.

The bill passed by Congress this week abandons Florida’s model for risk protection orders and allows even the most radical policies with the weakest due process protections, like California’s red flag law, to be implemented and supported with federal funding. That is simply not acceptable. Ironclad due process protections are essential to protecting the constitutional rights of Americans and we can never compromise on that.

This bill also allows convicted domestic abusers to have the opportunity to automatically get a gun. This has been grossly under-reported and was not included in the “framework” of the bill that was published last week, but it demands our attention.

When I was Governor of Florida, I always weighed past domestic abuse when considering a restoration of gun rights through the clemency process. I will never support soft-on-crime policies like this. Let me be clear, any man that abuses a woman is a coward, and he should not automatically be able to own a firearm after any set amount of time.

While there are elements of the bill passed this week that I support, like its incorporation of the Luke and Alex School Safety Act that I’ve been fighting to pass for years, the lack of specific and ironclad due process protections, and soft on crime policies for convicted domestic abusers, cannot be ignored. As Florida’s U.S. Senator, I remain committed to pursuing commonsense measures to protect our communities and our schools from acts of targeted criminal violence, and continue to advocate for the passage of the EAGLES Act to provide the tools and resources needed to prevent future tragedies.

Looking forward, I will continue to pursue policies that will keep our families and communities safe while zealously defending the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans. That is the promise I made to the families of our state when you elected me to this office, and I will never waiver from that responsibility.

Sincerely,

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Rick Scott
U.S. Senator for Florida

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

Sen. Rick Scott Introduces Bill to Get Americans Back to Work

Senator Rick Scott introduced the Let’s Get to Work Act. This legislation would encourage Americans who are able to work to return to the workforce by ending the current suspension of work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which was put in in place during the pandemic, and expanding these requirements to apply to all able-bodied adults receiving benefits who are under 60-years-old and do not have children under the age of six or care for incapacitated individuals. This legislation also establishes similar work requirements for individuals receiving federal benefits through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Public Housing and Tenant-Based Rental Assistance programs. Read more about Senator Scott’s proposal in his Wall Street Journal op-ed HERE.

Senator Rick Scott said, “For too long, the Left has waged a war on work. That needs to end today. Policies put in place during the pandemic to pay people more to sit at home than go back to work are the radical Left’s latest and boldest move to boost government dependency. If we let it go on, it will ruin our country. That’s why, today, I am introducing the Let’s Get to Work Act. Americans know that a job is the very best thing for a family. A job creates income, independence and security – it’s the foundation of the American Dream. But living your dreams in this country takes work and I know that firsthand. I grew up poor, lived in public housing and watched my mom work hard every day just to put food on the table. I thank God that she never told me or my siblings to expect a handout and instilled in us the value of hard work. For our country to thrive, we need every American who can work to do so. I believe that any able-bodied, working-age adult who receives government benefits ought to work. This requirement means that those who receive benefits paid for with taxpayer dollars have skin in the game and contribute to our economy.

“The American people want to work. People want to support themselves and their families, and be independent, not reliant on government programs. It’s time to get America back on track and leave the disastrous social and economic policies of Joe Biden and the radical leftists in power in the past where they belong. If we’re going to rescue America, it’s time to get back to work and I’ll be fighting every day to get the Let’s Get to Work Act passed and signed into law.” Read more HERE.

Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio Honor Surfside Community Ahead of One Year Anniversary of Tragic Building Collapse

Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio welcomed the Senate’s unanimous passage of their resolutioncommemorating one year since the partial collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida that took the lives of 98 people. 

Senator Rick Scott said, “Nearly one year ago, the Surfside community experienced an unimaginable tragedy with the sudden collapse of Champlain Towers South. We lost children, mothers, fathers, grandfathers and grandmothers, friends, aunts, uncles and cousins. We continue to pray for and mourn with the Surfside community, the families and loved ones of the lost, particularly members of our Jewish community who were especially affected by this tragedy, and thank all from around the world who came to support the Surfside community when they needed it most. I join Senator Rubio today to recognize this solemn day and remember those lost far too soon.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: SCOTUS is Right to Protect Life, Respect Federalism & Reverse Roe

Senator Rick Scott released the following statement after the United States Supreme Court ruled in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey to return the authority to regulate abortion to the states. Since the Court ruled in Roe in 1973, more than 60 million unborn children have lost their lives to abortion.

Last year, Senator Scott joined more than 200 of his colleagues in Congress in an amicus brief asking the Court to uphold Mississippi’s law restricting elective abortions of unborn children after 15 weeks.

Senator Rick Scott said, “The importance of today’s decision by the Supreme Court cannot be overstated. For nearly 50 years, our country endured flawed legal reasoning that invented an implied constitutional right to abortion while stripping authority from lawmakers according to the will of the people. Today, the Court correctly interpreted the Constitution, defended human dignity and the foundational principle of federalism, and rightly declared that there is no constitutional right to end the life of an unborn child.

“I firmly believe that life begins at conception and that every child deserves to be welcomed into this world with open and loving arms. Abortion ends a life. It is abhorrent and has no place in our society. While we celebrate the Court’s latest ruling, the fight to protect the sanctity of life is not over. Lawmakers and the pro-life movement have the responsibility to make adoption more accessible and affordable, and do everything in our power to meet the needs of struggling women and their families so they can choose life. We cannot stop fighting until every life, born and unborn, is valued.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: Senate Bill Not Like Florida Law & Weakens Due Process

As the Senate continues to consider hastily drafted legislation, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement on his objections to the bill’s unacceptably weak language on protecting due process and a provision to automatically restore gun rights to convicted domestic abusers.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Since the tragic shooting in Uvalde that took the lives of 19 children and two teachers, I have heard from many Floridians about the need to support common sense legislation that follows the action Florida took after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018. While there are elements of the bill now being considered in the Senate that I support, like the Luke and Alex School Safety Actthat I have been fighting to pass for years, the Senate also unfortunately decided to take action that is not consistent with the aggressive due process protections that I fought for when I was Governor.

“Over the last two weeks, I’ve seen many people compare the bill being considered in the Senate to what we did in Florida. These bills are not the same at all. One was the product of a collaborative, well-defined and transparent process. The other was the result of secret backroom dealings that did not include input from the majority of Republican members, committee hearings, nor opportunities for amendments, giving members barely an hour to read the bill before we were asked to vote on it.

“In Florida, we used a thorough process that included meetings with mental health, education and law enforcement experts to get valuable feedback on our bill. At the conclusion of that process, I signed a bill that improved school safety and has kept guns out of the hands of dangerous people and those suffering with mental illness, all while ensuring strong due process protections that stop unlawful infringement on the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Floridians. The bill the Senate is considering abandons Florida’s model and allows even the most radical policies, like California’s red flag law, to be implemented and supported with federal funding. Ironclad due process protections are essential to protecting the constitutional rights of Americans and we can NEVER compromise on that.

“This bill also allows convicted domestic abusers to have automatic restoration of their gun rights. People who have been accused, tried and convicted of beating their significant other would automatically get their gun rights back after just five years. I will not support soft-on-crime policies like this. As Governor of Florida, I always weighed past domestic abuse when considering a restoration of gun rights through the clemency process and I do not support efforts to allow someone who has been convicted of domestic abuse to have the opportunity to automatically get a gun.

“I was hopeful the Senate would follow an open and thorough process like we did in Florida. That is unfortunately not the case with the current bill and why I will vote no.” 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 caused by President Biden and Democrats’ reckless government spending and socialist policies.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I hope Joe Biden finally starts to pay attention. Just this week, Fed Chair Powell FINALLY admitted what I have been saying for months: inflation has been skyrocketing higher each month since Biden took office. It is Biden’s reckless policies that are destroying the American Dream for families and he has no plan to fix it. More inflation equals less prosperity—and right now, parents are having to make the tough choice between buying gas to get to work or groceries to feed their kids. That is unacceptable. Today is the day Joe Biden must take responsibility and get this country back on track. Americans deserve better.” Read more HERE.

El Senador Rick Scott publica una actualización semanal sobre la crisis inflacionaria de Biden

El Senador Rick Scott publicó hoy su actualización semanal sobre sus acciones para abordar la crisis de la deuda de Estados Unidos y el aumento de la inflación causados ??por el gasto gubernamental imprudente y las políticas socialistas del Presidente Biden y los demócratas.

El Senador Rick Scott dijo: “Espero que Joe Biden finalmente comience a prestar atención. Justo esta semana, el Presidente de la Reserva Federal, Powell, FINALMENTE admitió lo que he estado diciendo durante meses: la inflación se ha disparado cada mes desde que Biden asumió el cargo. Son las políticas imprudentes de Biden las que están destruyendo el Sueño Americano para las familias y Biden no tiene ningún plan para solucionarlo. Más inflación equivale a menos prosperidad y, en este momento, los padres tienen que decidir ente poner gasolina para ir al trabajo o comprar alimentos para sus hijos. Eso es inaceptable. Hoy es el día en que Joe Biden debe asumir sus responsabilidad y volver a encarrilar a este país. Los estadounidenses merecen algo mejor”. Lea más AQUÍ.

Sen. Rick Scott Joins Sen. Rubio and Colleagues in Letter to POTUS: NATO Strategy Must Prioritize Threat of the Chinese Communist Party

Senator Rick Scott joined Senators Marco Rubio and Joni Ernst in sending a letter to President Joe Biden urging his administration to work with our North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to update NATO’s strategic concept to reflect the reality of great power competition with the Chinese Communist Party even as the alliance contends with Vladimir Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. Next week, NATO members will meet in Madrid, where they are expected to release a new strategic concept that will guide NATO decision-making for the next several years. Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott in the Wall Street Journal: A Plan to Get Americans Back to Work

Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal sharing his newly introduced Let’s Get to Work Act that would encourage able-bodied, working-age Americans to return to the workforce by reintroducing work requirements for those on government benefits like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Public Housing and Tenant-Based Rental Assistance programs. Read more about the Let’s Get to Work Act in Senator Scott’s announcement HERE.

In the op-edSenator Rick Scott wrote, “The American dream is rooted in a simple principle: If you’re willing to work hard, anything is possible. What’s troubling is that our leaders have lost sight of this. For our country to thrive, we can’t let their toxic plan of increased handouts and getting something for nothing continue.



 I believe in the American dream because I’ve lived it. I grew up poor, lived in public housing, and watched my parents struggle every day to feed our family.



 I believe that any able-bodied, working-age adult who receives government benefits ought to work. That means those who receive benefits paid for with taxpayer dollars would have skin in the game and contribute to our economy.

That’s why I’m introducing the Let’s Get to Work Act. This legislation would end the current suspension of work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for able-bodied adults without dependents, which was put in place at the start of the pandemic… [it] would establish work requirements for public housing provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, applying the same standards currently in place for SNAP, plus the new standards I’ve outlined here, to all HUD housing and tenant-based rental assistance programs.



Let’s talk about who isn’t included in what I am proposing. Parents of children under 6, those who care for incapacitated people, and those over 60 wouldn’t be subject to work requirements for the federal benefits I’ve outlined. I am not proposing getting rid of any current federal benefits…



These are common-sense proposals, but I can already hear those on the left shouting them down. The same people who oppose work requirements decided that paying people more to sit at home than to go back to work was the best way for our economy to recover from the pandemic. This was the left’s boldest move in its government-backed war on work.



For the country to thrive, we need every American who can work to do so. We need as many Americans as possible to have skin in the game, participate in our great system, pay taxes, and not sit at home waiting for a government check.



Americans want to support themselves and their families. They don’t want to rely on government handouts.



If we’re going to rescue America, it’s time to get back to work.” Read more HERE.

Newsmax: Rick Scott’s Warning: Senate Gun Bill Not Like Florida’s Law

AP: ‘Inadequate’: Florida Senators oppose bipartisan gun violence bill in Senate

The Hill: Rick Scott says he’ll vote no on gun legislation

Washington Times: NRSC Chair Rick Scott declares ‘I will vote no’ on bipartisan gun bill

The Epoch Times: ‘Weakens Due Process’: Sen. Rick Scott Announces Opposition to Gun Control Bill

Huff Post: Rick Scott Calls Bipartisan Gun Deal ‘Soft On Crime’

Daily Caller: GOP To File FEC Complaint Over Dems’ Alleged ‘Illegal Activities’ In Colorado

Forbes: ‘The Biden Administration Is Just Tone-Deaf’: Rick Scott Takes Aim At POTUS

Forbes: Rick Scott: ‘Joe Biden And The Democrats Have A War Against Work’

Miami Herald: Florida Senators Rubio, Scott vote ‘no’ on bipartisan gun bill

WFLA: Sen. Rick Scott proposes changes to SNAP, welfare eligibility

WFLA: Senator Rick Scott Speaks Out Against Bipartisan Gun Bill

WFLA: Rubio, Scott praise unanimous passage of Surfside commemoration in Senate

WESH: We won’t go back’: Florida leaders react to US Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade

WTVJ: Florida Lawmakers React to Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision

WTSP: Florida lawmakers react to SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

KGPE: Florida, Georgia leaders react to Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade

The Floridian: Rubio, Scott Sponsor Bill Aimed at Stopping the Export of Oil to China

Florida Daily: Florida Delegation Rallies Behind the Defending Domestic Orange Juice Production Act

Florida Daily: Rick Scott on NDAA: ‘Great Win for Florida’s Military Communities, Families and Our National Security’

Florida Daily: Florida’s Senators Back GOP Bill to Stop Political Emails From Automatically Being Classified as Spam

NTN24: “Hay preocupación con la victoria de Gustavo Petro, es un socialista radical”: Rick Scott

Sen. Rick Scott Visits Surfside Ahead of the One-Year Anniversary of the Tragic Surfside Building Collapse

Ahead of the one-year anniversary of the tragic Surfside building collapse, Senator Rick Scott, along with Senator Marco Rubio, met with Jewish community leaders in Surfside and joined them in honoring the 98 lives lost too soon. Senator Scott met with the local and international teams of first responders who were deployed in the aftermath of the devastating collapse. He also joined Surfside Mayor Shlomo Danzinger and local officials to pay their respects at the Surfside memorial site.

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