US Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review 08/05/2022

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This week, Senator Rick Scott, a member of the Senate Aging Committee, called on Democrats to hold an immediate hearing on their partisan, reckless tax-and-spending spree that launches a war on seniors by cutting $280 BILLION from Medicare, raising the tax burden on almost all Americans and supersizing the IRS to go after families and small businesses.

Senator Rick Scott said, “American families are sick and tired of listening to Joe Biden’s lies. He lied about Afghanistan. He’s lied about inflation. He’s lied about his crisis on the border. Now he’s lying about this bill. Here’s the truth: Democrats have launched a WAR ON SENIORS and WAR ON AMERICAN JOBS in their latest reckless tax-and-spending spree. Think about this…Democrats are cutting Medicare by $280 BILLION and raising taxes in a recession. And their attack on American innovation will mean the creation of fewer life-saving drugs. It’s terrible for our seniors, many of whom are on fixed incomes, who are already being hit by Biden’s raging inflation crisis. This is the worst idea imaginable, but it shouldn’t surprise anyone. Biden’s been supporting cuts to Medicare and Social Security for DECADES. Sadly, the Democrats aren’t stopping there. As Biden’s inflation rages and his recession begins, does the Democrat’s tax-and-spending spree help small businesses? NO. It sends a bigger, badder IRS after every penny they have. Florida families and businesses, and the millions of seniors that call the Sunshine State home, have had enough of Democrats stealing from them to appease the radical liberal elites.”

See more from Fox News HERE or in the video below:

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

Sen. Rick Scott Votes to Pass the PACT Act

Senator Rick Scott released the following statement applauding the U.S. Senate’s passage of the Honoring our PACT Act, known as the PACT Act.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Tonight, I was proud to once again vote to pass the PACT Act which will deliver needed and deserved care and resources to veterans in Florida and across the nation. As both Florida’s governor and U.S. Senator, I have fought to make sure the Sunshine State is the most military and veteran-friendly state in the nation, and my vote tonight continues this work. We owe our veterans endless gratitude for their service and sacrifice to protect our freedoms, and while we can never repay them, especially those who have suffered life-long health impacts from their service, the PACT Act upholds our commitment to ensure these men and women have the care, support and service they have earned and are owed.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Calls for Hearing on Democrats’ Reckless Tax-and-Spend Spree: It’s a War On Seniors

Senator Rick Scott, a member of the Senate Aging Committee, released the following statement calling on Democrats to hold an immediate hearing on their partisan, reckless tax-and-spending spree that launches a war on seniors by cutting Medicare, raising the tax burden on almost all Americans and supersizing the IRS to go after Americans.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Democrats have launched a WAR ON SENIORS in their latest reckless tax-and-spending spree. Before it moves forward, we must have a hearing in the Aging Committee to get answers on how this hurts American seniors. Think about this…Democrats are cutting Medicare and raising taxes in a recession. It’s terrible for our seniors, many of whom are on fixed incomes, who are already being hit by Biden’s raging inflation crisis. This is the worst idea imaginable, but it shouldn’t surprise anyone. Biden’s been supporting cuts to Medicare and Social Security for DECADES. Sadly, the Democrats aren’t stopping there. As Biden’s inflation rages and his recession begins, does the Democrat’s tax-and-spending spree help small businesses? NO. It sends a bigger, badder IRS after every penny they have. Florida families and businesses, and the millions of seniors that call the Sunshine State home, are sick and tired of Democrats stealing from them to appease the radical liberal elites.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott’s Bipartisan END FENTANYL Act to Help Border Patrol Stop Drug Smuggling Advances in Senate

Senator Rick Scott’s bipartisan legislation, the Eradicating Narcotic Drugs and Formulating Effective New Tools to Address National Yearly Losses of Life (END FENTANYL) Act, passed out of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and advances in the Senate. This legislation would require the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to update its policies at least once every three years to ensure drug interdiction guidance is up to date. This legislation builds off the 2019 GAO report, “Land Ports of Entry: CBP Should Update Policies and Enhance Analysis of Inspections,” that found drug interdiction guidance has not been updated in 20 years. This legislation is co-sponsored by Senators Mike Braun, Maggie Hassan, Dianne Feinstein and Jacky Rosen.

Senator Rick Scott said, “For too long, the crushing heartbreak felt from losing a loved one to a drug overdose, and the opioids that cause them, have plagued American families. This epidemic, fueled by the massive amounts of fentanyl flowing illegally over our southern border into our communities, has only grown worse under Joe Biden’s failed open border policies. Every life taken by an accidental drug overdose is a preventable tragedy and we must do everything in our power to stop them. Today, is a big win in our fight against the lethal opioid epidemic, but it is not the end. We must see the END FENTANYL Act passed and signed into law, and continue our work to support our brave CBP agents, and all who are on the frontlines of this battle, ensuring they have every tool needed to fight back, keep these dangerous drugs out of our country and save lives.” Read more HERE.

Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio Join Colleagues in Introducing the Lifting Local Communities Act

Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Marco Rubio and colleagues in introducing the Lifting Local Communities Act to make it easier for faith-based organizations to apply for, and receive, government grants and other types of funding without fear of arbitrary religious limitations and vindictive litigation. Currently, faith-based organizations are some of our nation’s best social service providers, but they often face unjust barriers and uncertainty when applying to administer federally-funded services in their communities.

Senator Rick Scott said, “During my years as both Governor and Florida’s U.S. Senator, I’ve seen the incredible positive impact that faith-based groups and charities have on Florida’s families and communities in times of need. These groups deserve more of our support, not less. The Lifting Local Communities Act ensures that federal grant programs respect the First Amendment and do not unfairly discriminate against religious groups that dedicate themselves to serving others.” Read more from Senator Rubio’s office HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Joins Sen. Tim Scott in Introducing Bill to Empower Parents to Solve the Learning Loss Crisis

Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Tim Scott and their colleagues in introducing the Raising Expectations with Child Opportunity Vouchers for Educational Recovery (RECOVER) Act to empower parents to solve the learning loss crisis facing today’s students. Read more from Senator Tim Scott’s office HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott joins Sen. Cotton and Colleagues in Demanding Biden Deny Iranian President Raisi Visa to New York

Senator Rick Scott joined Senators Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio, Chuck Grassley, Joni Ernst, Marsha Blackburn and Ted Cruz in sending a letter to President Joe Biden demanding that he deny visas for Iranian President Raisi and his delegation to attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York City in September. Read more from Senator Cotton’s office HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Leads Colleagues in Resolution Recognizing One-Year Anniversary of Cuban Freedom Protests

Senator Rick Scott led a resolution with Senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Mike Braun marking the one-year anniversary of last July’s historic democracy demonstrations in Cuba and condemning the illegitimate communist Cuban regime’s horrific oppression aimed at silencing Cubans as they demand freedom on the island. Senator Scott continues to be a voice for the Cuban people, bringing awareness to the inhumane treatment they face and calling for support of freedom fighters like José Daniel Ferrer and the hundreds of others, including children, who have been unjustly imprisoned for months by the regime. A companion resolution was introduced by Representatives Mario Díaz-Balart, María Elvira Salazar, Carlos A. Giménez, Rick Crawford and Michael McCaul in the U.S. House of Representatives. Read the full resolution HERE.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Since the July 11th demonstrations, the Cuban people’s fight for ‘patria y vida’ and democracy in Cuba has only grown stronger. We will never rest until the freedom-loving people of Cuba are liberated from the illegitimate communist regime that continues to oppress and torture them. For decades, we have seen how the cowardly regime attacks, kidnaps, tortures, jails and murders the brave people of Cuba whose only ask is for their God-given basic human rights. These attacks and oppression must end. A new day of freedom in Cuba is closer than ever before, and I won’t stop fighting until we see an end to the Castro/Díaz-Canel regime.” Read more HERE.

El Senador Rick Scott lidera a sus colegas en una resolución que reconoce el primer aniversario de las protestas por la libertad de Cuba

El Senador Rick Scott encabezó una resolución con los Senadores Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz y Mike Braun para conmemorar el primer aniversario de las históricas manifestaciones democráticas de julio en Cuba y condenar la horrible opresión del ilegítimo régimen comunista cubano que busca silenciar a los cubanos que exigen libertad en la isla. El Senador Scott continúa siendo una voz para el pueblo cubano, creando conciencia sobre el trato inhumano que enfrentan los cubanos y pidiendo apoyo para los luchadores por la libertad como José Daniel Ferrer y los cientos otros, incluidos niños, que han sido encarcelados injustamente durante meses por el régimen. Una resolución complementaria fue presentada por los Congresistas Mario Díaz-Balart, María Elvira Salazar, Carlos A. Giménez, Rick Crawford y Michael McCaul en la Cámara de Representantes de los Estados Unidos. Lea la resolución completa AQUÍ.

El Senador Rick Scott dijo: “Desde las manifestaciones del 11 de julio, la lucha del pueblo cubano por democracia, ‘patria y vida’ en Cuba no ha hecho más que fortalecerse. Nunca descansaremos hasta que el pueblo cubano amante de la libertad sea liberado del ilegítimo régimen comunista que continúa oprimiéndolo. Durante décadas, hemos visto cómo el régimen cobarde ataca, secuestra, tortura, encarcela y asesina al valiente pueblo de Cuba que exige sus derechos humanos básicos otorgados por Dios. Estos ataques y la opresión deben terminar. Un nuevo día de libertad en Cuba está más cerca que nunca y no dejaré de luchar hasta ver el fin del régimen de Castro/Díaz-Canel”. Lea más AQUÍ.

Senator Rick Scott: The United States Stands with Taiwan, Will Not Bow to Communist China’s Threats

Senator Rick Scott released the following statement after Communist China announced economic sanctions on Taiwan and ordered three days of live fire drills in six maritime areas surrounding the island immediately after Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit there.

Senator Rick Scott said, “When I was in Taiwan, Communist China flew sorties over the Taiwan Strait to show its displeasure with my visit. Now Xi Jinping is huffing and puffing again because Speaker Pelosi rightly traveled to Taiwan and again expressed America’s unwavering commitment to the security of our democratic partner. Xi is showing the world exactly what he plans to do when he attempts to take Taiwan by force, but the United States will never be intimidated by weak, overly-sensitive dictators. No American is going to be intimidated by Xi, or allow his threats to weaken our resolve to support democracy in Taiwan and security in the Indo-Pacific. Here is my message to Xi and the People’s Liberation Army: these actions earn you nothing but embarrassment and worldwide condemnation. It is now more important than ever for the Senate to quickly pass my Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act and Deterring Communist Chinese Aggression against Taiwan through Financial Sanctions Act. We must be absolutely clear about where we stand, end our policy of strategic ambiguity and put Beijing on notice that the consequences of invading Taiwan will be devastating.” 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. Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott in National Review: Standing with Taiwan Means Delivering Strength in Both Arms and Trade

Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed for National Review about his recent trip to Taiwan, the need for the United States to demonstrate support for thus democratic partner with action, and the legislation he introduced to end the policy of strategic ambiguity toward Taiwan. The op-ed comes as Communist China levies economic sanctions on Taiwan and has ordered three days of live fire drills in in six maritime areas surrounding the island.

Read Senator Scott’s full op-ed in National Review HERE or below:

“Last month, I traveled to Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan to meet with high-level government officials, business leaders, and members of the U.S. Armed Forces. My trip to Asia underscored the peril and promise that this part of the world holds for us as Americans, and served as a reminder that in Taipei, Seoul, and Tokyo, we are blessed with strong partners who share our commitment to freedom and democracy. Perhaps most important, my discussions revealed how important it is for our own national interest that we do everything possible now to support our partners and allies — diplomatically, militarily, and commercially.

Since February, the world has watched Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine with horror. Freedom-loving nations, such as the United States and our NATO allies, have met this moment with unprecedented support for Ukraine and brutal punishment of Vladimir Putin’s evil Russian regime. Russia’s war has not only reminded the world of the true intentions of thugs such as Putin, but has also served as a preview of communist China’s likely invasion of Taiwan. Furthermore, it has shown that “integrated deterrence” only works when taken up early, comprehensively, and with a steely eye toward meaningful leverage.

My years in business taught me that measurement and results are what move us ahead, not mere visions and rhetoric. Although it occupies an island just one quarter the size of my home state of Florida and is separated from the growing threats of communist China by no more distance than is between Miami and Havana, Taiwan has grown to be America’s eighth-largest global trade partner. Its strategic trade importance is just another reason why we cannot leave any doubt that the United States fully supports Taiwan. We must demonstrate this support with action.

One way to do this is through strong economic agreements such as the new U.S.–Taiwan Initiative for 21st Century Trade. Our trade negotiators in the United States Trade Representative’s Office (USTR) must aim high with this new initiative to strengthen Taiwan’s economy, maximize technology collaborations with the United States, and further cement Taiwan’s place in a free and stable Pacific. But trade agreements alone are not enough. That’s why we must pass my Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which pairs military strategy with clear trade policy, a pairing meant to strengthen Taiwan and improve its standing on the world stage.

For decades, the United States has fully supported the military operations of Israel, with the understanding that Israel will fight for itself so long as it has the resources and support to effectively do so. Similarly, the chief responsibility to equip, train, and deter must continue to rest with Taiwan. Thankfully, like the Israelis, the Taiwanese are stepping up. In addition to ending the United States’ current policy of Strategic Ambiguity with Taiwan and making clear that the U.S. will militarily intervene in the event of a Chinese invasion of the island, my Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act urges USTR to initiate a bilateral free-trade agreement with Taiwan. Again, trade agreements without strong military strategy will never be enough to deter communist China, and the Biden administration’s reluctance to embrace this needed two-prong strategy threatens the national security of the United States as well as the future of democracy in Taiwan.

In addition to its failure to embrace my pro-Taiwan legislation, the administration missed an opportunity when it neglected to include Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) — a free and open economic alternative to communist China’s extractive and domineering model. While the administration will claim that the U.S.–Taiwan Initiative for 21st Century Trade is a worthy alternative, I fear that, like many of President Biden’s foreign-policy initiatives, it will be nothing more than lip service. A weak attempt to say something has been done when there is actually no intention for real change. I urge the administration to prove these fears wrong and take strong action to unapologetically support Taiwan.

Standing with Taiwan and employing a truly effective strategy of “integrated deterrence” means delivering strength in both arms and trade. It is essential to the national security of the United States, and the preservation of freedom and democracy in Asia, that we seize the opportunity before us to deter and combat communist China’s aggression. I urge President Biden to support the immediate passage of my Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act and make it clear that America will no longer appease China’s communist regime.

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Florida Daily: Rick Scott Gets END FENTANYL Act to the Senate Floor

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Sen. Rick Scott’s Office in Fort Lauderdale

This week, members of Senator Scott’s office attended the commissioning ceremony of USS Fort Lauderdale in Fort Lauderdale.

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Sen. Rick Scott’s Office in Jacksonville

Members of Senator Scott’s office also met with the Venezuelan Ambassador to the United States, Carlos Vecchio, and Hispanic leaders in Jacksonville.

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