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US Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review 09/23/2022

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Senator Rick Scott released the following statement urging Floridians to stay alert and get prepared this weekend as the state monitors the path of Tropical Depression Nine, which currently the National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecasts to possibly become a major hurricane that could impact Florida as early as Tuesday, September 27.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Every Floridian needs to stay alert and take this storm seriously. If a major hurricane hits Florida, it could be absolutely devastating. We know how quickly severe weather can change and even though the current NHC forecast has a potential landfall days from now, it cannot be ignored. Starting today, I will be receiving regular briefings from Ken Graham, the Director of the U.S. National Weather Service, and my team and I will be in contact with local and state officials to make sure Florida is ready. Right now, my message to all Floridians is simple: get prepared. Florida is resilient because Floridians know how to prepare and now is the time for every family to make sure they have a plan, gas in their vehicles, seven days of food and water, medication and emergency supplies. Preparedness saves lives and Floridians must be ready.”

Read more HERE. Lea más en español AQUÍ.

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Sen. Rick Scott: Pete Antonacci Leaves a Remarkable Legacy of Service to Florida

Senator Rick Scott released the following statement following the passing of Pete Antonacci. During his two terms as Governor of Florida, Senator Scott appointed Mr. Antonacci as State Attorney for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, General Counsel in the Executive Office of the Governor, Executive Director of the South Florida Water Management District, Secretary of Commerce and CEO of Enterprise Florida, and Broward County Supervisor of Elections.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Pete Antonacci was a dedicated public servant and a devoted family man. Ann and I are devastated to learn of his loss and are praying for his family, friends and the countless Floridians who knew and loved Pete as we did. Pete was a proud Floridian, raised in Hialeah, and devoted decades of his life to serving Florida families as a prosecutor, master of the law and leader. When it came to his work, Pete could get anything done. From his time as my General Counsel in the Governor’s Office, to being the Broward County Supervisor of Elections, Pete worked hard, with total integrity, and knew how to bring people together and solve problems. I was honored to call him a friend and proud to work with him. Pete will be terribly missed, but leaves behind a remarkable legacy of honorable service to our great State of Florida.”

Read more HERE.

Sens. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio and Rep. González-Colón to FEMA: Puerto Rico’s Recovery from Hurricane Fiona Must be a Top Priority

Senator Rick Scott led a letter with Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Jenniffer González-Colón to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Deanne Criswell urging her to prioritize the recovery of Puerto Rico following the devastating impacts caused by Hurricane Fiona.

Read more HERE. Lea más en español AQUÍ.

Sen. Rick Scott, Sen. Marshall & Colleagues to FDA Commissioner: Quit Ignoring Baby Formula Applications

Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Roger Marshall and 11 of their colleagues in a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the agency’s ongoing strategy to replenish the supply of baby formula across the country. In particular, the Senators expressed their concerns that the FDA has not approved enough formula applications to restore national baby formula supplies or prevent another shortage from occurring.

Read more from Senator Marshall’s office HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: Kigali Amendment is Soft on Communist China, Fails to Protect U.S. Interests

Senator Rick Scott released the following statement slamming the proposed Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol for its failure to protect U.S. interests and softness on Communist China – the world’s largest polluter – which it classifies as a “developing nation.” The Senate is scheduled to vote on the Kigali Amendment today.

Senator Rick Scott said, “For far too long, Communist China has been granted ridiculous exemptions and access to precious U.S. taxpayer dollars because of its bogus classification as a ‘developing nation.’ It’s time to end this failed, soft-handed approach NOW. Communist China has one goal: to dominate the world. Under the tyrannical leadership of General Secretary Xi, the Communist Chinese government will continue to lie, cheat and steal to get ahead – but only if we let them. Bad policy, like the Kigali Amendment, enables this dangerous behavior and sets precedent for the continued phony classification of Communist China as a developing nation. We must put U.S. national security first and treat Communist China like the enemy it is. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to reject this amendment.”

Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott, Sen. Joe Manchin and Rep. French Hill Applaud Congressional Passage of Bill to Block IMF Financing for Russia & Belarus

Senator Rick Scott, Senator Joe Manchin and Congressman French Hill applauded the Senate’s final passage of their bipartisan, bicameral Russia and Belarus SDR Exchange Prohibition Act to prohibit the U.S. Treasury Secretary from exchanging dollars for International Monetary Fund (IMF) Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) held by Russia or Belarus. Russia and Belarus’ SDRs currently total more than $25 billion and represent unconditional liquidity for the Putin and Lukashenko dictatorships, which is being used to finance the invasion of Ukraine. This legislation previously passed the House and now heads to the president’s desk to become law.

Senator Rick Scott said, “As Russia wages war against Ukraine and threatens democracy in Europe, the United States cannot allow the IMF to be its piggy bank and finance these attacks. For too long, IMF countries were able to provide Putin and his thugs in Belarus with relief from the devastating sanctions that America and our fellow democracies have levied and open channels to funding from Communist China to fuel Russia’s genocide and unjust war. Passing this bill is an important step to again make clear that the United States stands firmly with the people of Ukraine and will continue to punish Russia, and its evil ally Belarus, until Ukraine fully wins this war and Russia retreats. I am proud to join Senator Manchin and Congressman Hill to lead this bipartisan, bicameral effort, and look forward to it becoming law.”

Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott & Rep. Victoria Spartz: POW Rights, Red Cross Mission Must be Protected

Senator Rick Scott and Congresswoman Victoria Spartz (R-IN) released the following statement after meeting with Ukrainian soldiers who were recently held by Russia as prisoners of war (POW), as well as the family members of current Ukrainian POWs.

Russian forces are denying Ukrainian POWs the right guaranteed to them under the Geneva Convention to be visited by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Congresswoman Spartz has been in contact with Patrick Hamilton, the Head of the ICRC’s Delegation to the United States and Canada, and yesterday, following his meeting with Ukrainian service members and families, Senator Scott also spoke with Mr. Hamilton to express his strong support for the ICRC’s mission and work to visit POWs and ensure proper treatment of these individuals in accordance with international treaties and laws.

“Since Russia’s unlawful and violent invasion of Ukraine began, we have heard horrific stories of brutal violence both on and off the battlefield. Putin has laid bare his evil intentions for the world to see, and we cannot ignore it. While we have received many briefings here in Washington on the battles across Ukraine, hearing firsthand from these Ukrainian POWs and the family members of those currently being held by Russian forces this week further exposed the unbelievable brutality of Russia’s war. It is essential that the ICRC have full access to all POWs. We fully support the ICRC’s work of ensuring the human rights of POWs are protected and will never tolerate action to hinder its access or otherwise strip the rights afforded to POWs and humanitarian organization under the Geneva Convention.”

Read the full letter HERE. 

Sens. Rick Scott, Marshall Bill Designates Drug Cartels as Foreign Terrorists

Amid the growing fentanyl crisis, Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Roger Marshall to introduce the Drug Cartel Terrorist Designation Act to formally designate drug cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations. As these cartels continue to invade our porous southern border with illicit guns and drugs that are killing hundreds of Americans each day, this designation is needed to ramp up efforts to combat them.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Fentanyl is a leading cause of death among young people in the United States—and those who knowingly distribute the highly lethal drug are declaring war on Americans. For far too long, people have suffered addiction and death because of this evil drug that is pouring across Joe Biden’s open southern border; and to put an end to this crisis, these cartels must be held accountable and classified as terrorists. I am proud to join Senator Marshall in standing up against this crisis and urge this commonsense legislation pass the Senate immediately.”

Read more from Senator Marshall’s office HERE.

Sens. Rick Scott and Rubio Push USACE to Expedite Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project

Earlier this week, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delayed the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project (LOWRP), a critical component of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Marco Rubio and colleagues in sending a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Army Michael Connor and Commanding General and Chief of Engineers Headquarters Lieutenant General Scott Spellmon to expedite their Chief’s Report to ensure the project’s authorization is included in the Water Resources Development Act.

Read more from Senator Rubio’s office HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Demands Answers from SBA Administrator on $1.3 Billion in COVID Aid to Foreign Businesses, Criminal Organizations

Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to the Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), Isabella Guzman, demanding a swift investigation and action from the SBA following reports that it wrongfully awarded $1.3 billion of taxpayer-funded COVID aid to foreign applicants and international criminal organizations.

Read the full letter HERE.

VIDEO RELEASE Sen. Rick Scott Leads Virtual Tour of Florida’s Hispanic Communities in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

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In recognition and celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Senator Rick Scott announced a video series to highlight the countless contributions of Florida’s Hispanic communities. During Hispanic Heritage Month, Senator Scott will take Floridians on a virtual journey around the Sunshine State to showcase and honor the incredible people, stories, traditions and contributions of the Hispanic community that have shaped Florida’s history and helped to make the state a great melting pot and the best place in the nation to live, work and raise a family. 

Senator Rick Scott said, “I’m honored to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and recognize the history, culture and countless contributions of the Hispanic community to the great state of Florida and our nation. The Hispanic community has helped shape Florida into the great state we know today – the best place in the nation to live, work and visit. Throughout the month, I will be leading a virtual journey to visit some of Florida’s vibrant and Hispanic communities and highlight what makes these places so important to our state. I invite all of you to join me on this journey to celebrate the Hispanic Heritage Month in the Sunshine State. ¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana!”

See more in the video HERE. Vea más en el video AQUÍ.

Sen. Rick Scott Brings Home Big Wins for U.S. National Security & Florida’s Coast Guard

Senator Rick Scott, a member of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, released the below statement following the passage of the U.S. Coast Guard Authorization Act (CGAA) which included five of his amendments—securing big wins for Florida, America’s national security and the Coast Guard bases that call the Sunshine state home. This year’s CGAA includes nearly $20.8 billion for FY 2022 and FY 2023 in authorized appropriations for the U.S. Coast Guard.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Florida plays an important role in America’s national defense and security, and as a member of the Commerce Committee, I’ve been proud to fight for major investments in our Coast Guard over the past four years. I am especially proud of the work we have done in this year’s authorization to improve enlisted families’ living quarters, combat foreign threats like Communist China and expand drug interdiction efforts to keep our communities safe from deadly drugs, like fentanyl. As our country continues to face serious threats at and beyond our borders, The U.S. Coast Guard stands ready to protect our nation, and the CGAA will ensure these brave men and women are equipped to win any battle that comes before them.”

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. Earlier this week, Senator Scott joined Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business to discuss the devastating impacts of President Biden’s inflation crisis on American families and businesses.

See more HERE or in the clip below:

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Tallahassee Democrat: Rick Scott, Marco Rubio urge FEMA to make Puerto Rico’s recovery from Fiona ‘top priority’

FL Politics: Rick Scott stands up for Ukrainian POWs

Sen. Rick Scott & Evan Hafer, Black Rifle Coffee Company CEO, in Fox News: Woke Wall Street is in for a Reckoning

Senator Rick Scott teamed up with Black Rifle Coffee Company CEO, Evan Hafer, to write an op-ed for Fox News about the dangers of woke Wall Street’s backwards priorities and the impacts on American ideals like personal freedoms and the free-market system.

In theop-ed, Senator Rick Scott and Evan Hafer wrote:

”There are two reasons socialism will never catch on in this country – Americans aren’t stupid and freedom can’t exist without free-market capitalism.

Freedom means choices, which are the result of ideas competing for money. As people who have both built large, successful companies, we know that consumers reward entrepreneurs by buying their products and services and institutional financing flows to the winners. 

But in recent years, Wall Street elites have tried to replace this system of free-market capitalism with the socialist cult of ‘ESG’ (Environmental, Social and Governance). Now, woke Wall Street money managers think that they should decide who wins and loses, based on politics not profitability.

As businessmen, we find this ridiculous. As conservatives, we find it downright disturbing. 

Wall Street tried to make Black Rifle’s veteran founders go woke. They told them to ‘tone down’ their gun-themed branding and delete shooting videos from their YouTube channel because it might offend snowflakes. 

The message was loud and clear – if you don’t behave, we will starve you of funds. 

Businesses which sell unconventional products or serve conservative-leaning customers are constantly under pressure to conform with ESG and are often refused capital if they don’t. This is not a warning about the future, this is the reality right now.

We’re not afraid to say what everyone is thinking – ESG is the slippery slope to a Chinese-style social credit system. 

Americans are starting to see through the hypocrisy and political control. We agree that it’s time for an ESG reckoning.

To urge that reckoning forward, Senator Scott has worked with his colleagues to bring the fight against ESG into the United States Senate. He has introduced the Transaction and Sourcing Knowledge (TASK) Act to require the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as part of its evaluation of any ESG guidance to report on sourcing activities and transactions with companies done within the Xinjiang province in Communist China—known for human rights abuses, specifically against the Uyghur community. He is also urging ESG fund managers and state pension plan administrators to not prioritize ESG ideals, but do their intended job and responsibly manage investor dollars to provide a return on investment.

We will continue to fight this ridiculous practice, but the reality is that as long as woke Wall Street can continue to force conservative companies to conform, there can be no equal access to capital markets. 

A reckoning is coming for woke Wall Street. Let’s make them face the music.”

Read the full op-ed in Fox NewsHERE.

Sen. Rick Scott in The Washington Times: Biden’s open borders fuel America’s deadly fentanyl crisis

Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed for The Washington Times on how the Biden administration’s policy of open borders is fueling the fentanyl crisis which is ravaging America’s communities.

Senator Scott has introduced the END FENTANYL Act, the STOP FENTANYL PACKAGE Act, and the UPDATED USPS Act to curb fentanyl deaths, protect American families from deadly drugs, and provide state, local and federal agencies much-needed tools and resources to combat the opioid crisis.

In the op-edSenator Rick Scott wrote, “Earlier this year, I spoke with a mom in Kissimmee who tragically lost her son to an opioid overdose. The young man, who happened to be a member of our Armed Forces, had returned home for Mother’s Day. While there, he met up with some old friends and was offered a Xanax to help with his anxiety. The pill he took was laced with fentanyl and it killed him.

Today, because of the raging crisis on our border and the deadly opioid crisis it is fueling, too many American families now know what this terrible loss is like. I’m fighting in the Senate to end this crisis and stop the suffering it’s causing across America.

While our brave border patrol agents are doing everything they can to stop the flow of these deadly drugs into America’s neighborhoods, the Biden administration has left them understaffed and under-resourced.

What is President Biden doing to stop the fentanyl killing spree? Nothing.

Since the very day he took office, Joe Biden has worked to dismantle our border protection policies. His amnesty agenda and open border policies have led to record-breaking illegal immigration, and with it, an unchecked deluge of drugs pouring into the United States.

We need political leaders who are willing to stand up, enforce our laws and protect Americans. That’s why I continue to demand that Joe Biden reverse course and secure the border, and why I’ve introduced multiple pieces of legislation to improve our federal response to the opioid epidemic.

First, I’m fighting to pass my bipartisan END FENTANYL Act to require U.S. Customs and Border Protection to update its policies at least once every three years to ensure the drug interdiction guidance is up-to-date.

Second, I’ve introduced the STOP FENTANYL PACKAGE Act.

Finally, I will be fighting to pass the UPDATED USPS Act to curb the flow of fentanyl through the mail.


We don’t have time to wait, and I won’t stop fighting in the Senate to bring an end to this horrible crisis.”


Read the full op-ed in The Washington Times HERE.

 

Sen. Scott’s Team in Orlando

This week, members of Senator Scott’s team attended the Casa De Mexico’s 212th Independence Day Celebration.

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Sen. Scott’s Team in Lee County

Senator Scott’s team also attended the Do The Right Thing for Lee County Sheriff’s Office and saw 28 kids receive awards.

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Sen. Scott’s Team in Pensacola

Additionally, Senator Scott’s team attended the unveiling of the new U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility at the Pensacola International Airport. 

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US Senator Marco Rubio Newsletter 09/23/2022

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

THIS WEEK IN THE OFFICE OF SENATOR MARCO RUBIO

SEPTEMBER 19-23, 2022

“This is not immigration … this is mass migration.”
  • Senator Rubio joined America’s Newsroom to discuss how illegal migrants and narco-terrorists, including Foreign Terrorist Organizations like Colombia’s FARC and ELN, are taking advantage of the border crisis under the Biden Administration. 

  • Senator Rubio went into more detail in his op-ed in El American exposing Democrat hypocrisy and mishandling of the southern border crisis. 

Rubio Bills Head to President’s Desk
  • Senator Rubio’s bill to reauthorize the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom was passed by the House of Representatives and heads to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature. 

  • Senator Rubio and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)’s legislation to relieve domestic abuse survivors of former partners’ student loan debt is also on its way to become law.

Asking the Press Questions 
  • After reporters questioned Senator Rubio for supporting legislation to align America’s abortion practices with those of European nations, he challenged the press to find out where Democrats stand on abortion. Senator Rubio’s office then published a report noting that only three out of 55 reporters responded.  

Assessing Foreign Intelligence Threats

  • Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Vice Chairman Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) released a redacted, bipartisan report of foreign intelligence threats facing our country.

  • Vice Chairman Rubio gave opening remarks at an open hearing discussing efforts to protect American innovation.  

Helping American Manufacturers
  • Senator Rubio voted to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which will benefit American manufacturers by opening up additional export markets.   

Resolutions and Recognitions
  • Senator Rubio and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) celebrated the Senate’s passage of their resolution commemorating the week of September 12, 2022 as “National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week.” 

  • Senator Rubio and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) applauded the Senate’s passage of their bipartisan resolution recognizing September 2022 as “National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month.”

Rubio Joins La Voz 1440 AM
  • Senator Rubio spoke with Luis Hernández on La Voz 1440 AM about Hurricane Fiona’s impact on Puerto Rico, the border crisis, and the continued effects of inflation.    

Letters
  • Senator Rubio, Senator Rick Scott (R-FL), and U.S. Representative Jennifer González-Colón (R-PR), sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Deanne Criswell urging her to prioritize the recovery of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Fiona’s devastation. 

  • Senator Rubio and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding that U.S. Attorney David Weiss, who is leading the ongoing investigation into Hunter Biden, be given special counsel authority free from political interference.

  • Senator Rubio and Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) sent a letter to U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power demanding the agency end taxpayer-funded awards to EcoHealth. 

  • Senator Rubio and Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) sent a letter to the CEOs of Visa, Mastercard, and American Express in response to their creation of a new subcategory for gun purchases on Americans’ credit card statements. 

  • Senator Rubio, along with bipartisan Florida members, sent a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Army Michael Connor and Commanding General and Chief of Engineers Headquarters Lieutenant General Scott Spellmon to expedite the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project’s Chief’s Report, a critical step needed to authorize the project.  

  • Senator Rubio sent a letter to Juan Gabriel Valdés, the Chilean Ambassador to the United States, condemning President Gabriel Boric’s dismissive behavior toward Israel’s ambassador to Chile and warning of the rising rate of antisemitic incidents in Chile.

  • Senator Rubio, along with Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) sent a letter to U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines to review the risk Chinese chipmaker YMTC poses to national security. 

  • Senators Rubio, Jim Risch (R-ID), and Rob Portman (R-OH) sent a letter to IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi urging continued investigation into Iran’s illegal nuclear activities. 

Legislation 
  • Senator Rubio, Senator Rick Scott (R-FL), and U.S Representative Michael Waltz (R-FL) introduced a bill to protect Florida’s waters and gulf test range our military’s Gulf Test Range. 

  • Senator Rubio and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the Preventing Adversary Influence, Disinformation and Obscured Foreign Financing Act to prevent foreign adversaries from influencing U.S. policy. 

  • Senator Rubio and Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), along with U.S. Representative Michael Waltz (R-FL), introduced a bill to sanction Iran for plotting to assassinate Americans. 

  • Senator Rubio and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the bipartisan Non-Recognition of Russian Annexation of Ukrainian Territory Act to ban U.S. recognition of any Ukrainian territory annexed by Russia. 

  • Senator Rubio, along with Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Josh Hawley (R-MO), introduced legislation to ensure political organizations receiving online contributions require a customer verification value (CVV) number.  

In the News

“Rubio puts conservation high on his priority list | Opinion” (South Florida Sun Sentinel , 9/21/2022)

“Republican Sen. Marco Rubio confirmed that this week when he ‘emailed 55 different reporters from 40 major news outlets’ asking if they ever bothered to press Democrats on whether they support any restrictions on abortion, when a baby in the womb is considered viable, and whether Planned Parenthood is qualified to declare a pregnant mother’s life is in danger.” (Media Activists Won’t Grill Democrats On Unpopular Abortion Extremism Because They Agree With It, The Federalist , 9/20/2022) 

“Sen. Rubio: Terrorists Aren’t Turning Themselves in to Border Agents” (cns news , 9/21/2022)

“Marco Rubio: Leftists Angry over Martha’s Vineyard Migrants Are ‘Hypocrites’” (Breitbart , 9/21/2022)

“Rick Scott, Marco Rubio urge FEMA to make Puerto Rico’s recovery from Fiona ‘top priority’” (Tallahassee Democrat , 9/21/2022)

“Marco Rubio Backs Effort to Reform the Foreign Agents Registration Act” (Florida Daily , 9/23/2022)

“Rubio, Ernst, Waltz Intro Bill To Sanction Iran For Plotting To Assassinate Americans”(Tampa Free Fress , 9/22/2022)

“Mark Warner, the Democratic chair of the Senate intelligence committee, and the Republican vice-chair Marco Rubio wrote to director of national intelligence Avril Haines requesting a review just days after the Financial Times reported that Apple was considering buying memory chips from YMTC for the new iPhone 14.” (US senators increase pressure on Apple over possible Chinese chipmaker deal, Financial Times , 9/22/2022)  

“‘Every company in China, no matter how private they claim to be, is controlled by the Communist Party because they wouldn’t exist if the Communist Party didn’t want them to exist,’ Rubio said.” (US military leaders warn China could militarize the ports it owns in Latin America, Fox News , 9/22/2022) 

“Marco Rubio Gets Bill to Reauthorize U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Through Congress” (Florida Daily , 9/21/2022)

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Chairman’s Message

Governor DeSantis Follows Through on Promise to Relocate Illegal Immigrants to Sanctuary Cities

Governor Ron DeSantis’ message to illegal immigrants who are illegally entering our country is clear: Florida is not a sanctuary state, and Florida will gladly facilitate the transport of illegal immigrants to sanctuary jurisdictions. President Biden needs to do his job and secure the border.

Governor DeSantis is making good on his promise to relocate illegal immigrants to places that welcome illegal immigration with open arms, such as sanctuary cities and states, and they can bear the strain on resources and to public safety that these open border policies bring.

Governor DeSantis requested funds in the state budget to transport illegal aliens to sanctuary states. It’s paid for using interest from federal funds. Meanwhile, Biden used our tax dollars to pay contractors to smuggle thousands of illegal immigrants to our cities in the dead of night for months, and the federal government has completely lost control of the southern border.

 

Florida Ranks Number One in Education Freedom

Governor DeSantis highlighted Florida’s number one ranking in education freedom at the unveiling of The Heritage Foundation’s 2022 Education Freedom Report Card. The report lauds Florida’s dedication to education transparency, regulatory freedom and return on investment, while praising the state’s rejection of critical race theory and championing of school choice and educational savings accounts.

“When other states were locking people down and keeping their kids out of school, we made sure kids were in school because we put their well-being before politics,” Governor DeSantis said. “While states like California, New York, and Illinois that denied in-person education to their children are now suffering from plummeting educational outcomes, Florida’s schoolchildren are thriving because we invest in our students and we empower parents to decide what learning environment is best for their kids.”

Throughout his time in office, Governor DeSantis has made education a top priority. By enshrining parents’ rights, expanding school choice, raising teacher pay, promoting civics education, bolstering workforce education and holding higher education accountable, Florida is leading the way as an educational model for the nation.

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2022/09/09/governor-ron-desantis-highlights-floridas-number-one-ranking-for-education-freedom/

Florida Public Universities Ranked Among the Nation’s Best

Governor DeSantis announced that Florida public universities earned top spots in multiple categories in U.S. News and World Report’s 2022-2023 Best Colleges rankings.

  • The University of Florida is ranked number 5;
  • Florida State University is number 19;
  • The University of South Florida was ranked among the top 50 public universities in the country at number 42; and
  • The University of Central Florida and Florida International University came in at 64 and 72 respectively.

As of 2021, Florida has been ranked the number one state for higher education for five consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report. 

“Florida schools are some of the best in the nation, and these rankings show that our investments in higher education and our focus on providing an affordable, quality education are paying off,” Governor DeSantis said. “I am especially proud that we have not allowed tuition increases since I have been Governor, making higher education in Florida as affordable as virtually anywhere in the nation.”

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2022/09/14/florida-public-universities-ranked-among-the-nations-best/

 

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Governor DeSantis Again Thanks Florida’s First Responders with $1,000 Bonus

Governor DeSantis met with members of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department to deliver $1,000 bonuses that reward our first responders, recognizing them for their dedicated public service. 

“Florida supports our first responders because these men and women put on their uniforms every day to serve and protect,” Governor DeSantis said. “These bonuses are a token of our appreciation for the work that they do and the sacrifices they make to keep Florida safe.” 

Eligible recipients of the first responder recognition bonus payments are police officers, sheriff’s deputies, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and firefighters employed by local governments throughout the state.

Learn more information about the First Responder Recognition Bonuses:  www.FloridaJobs.org/Recognition-and-Recruitment

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2022/09/12/governor-ron-desantis-awards-recognition-payments-for-floridas-first-responders/

Governor DeSantis Activates the Florida National Guard to Assist the Department of Corrections

Governor DeSantis activated the Florida National Guard to help the Florida Department of Corrections reduce overtime and provide relief for correctional officers on a temporary basis. 

During the 2022 Legislative Session, Governor DeSantis approved record pay increases to recruit and retain corrections officers. These historic pay increases and other incentives have shown early signs of success, with a net gain of nearly 640 officers since the conclusion of the 2022 session, compared to a net loss of more than 465 in the same amount of time prior.

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2022/09/09/memorandum-executive-order-22-213-activating-florida-national-guard-to-assist-the-department-of-corrections/

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AG Moody Collects Devastating Evidence of Biden’s Plans to Immediately Release Masses of Illegal Immigrants into U.S.

Attorney General Ashley Moody continues to obtain devastating evidence of President Joe Biden’s failed immigration policies. Through aggressive litigation efforts, AG Moody’s office obtained a memo outlining the federal government’s plan to simply mass-release immigrants into the United States once Title 42 is repealed.

During the Attorney General’s Office deposition of U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz, the chief testified that he had never before, during a 31-year career, seen or issued an order like the emergency memo. 

“The Biden administration’s failed immigration policies are disastrous. Expecting to be overrun, Biden’s Border Patrol drafted a plan to hunker down and allow inadmissible immigrants to flood into the country,” Attorney General Moody said. “But for the efforts of our office and other responsible-minded, public-safety oriented attorneys general, Title 42 would have been repealed and Biden would have released untold thousands of additional immigrants into the interior of our country — outrageous!” 

Read more:http://www.myfloridalegal.com/newsrel.nsf/newsreleases/967FAEA6A500F3DC852588BC00535F64?Open&

Watch deposition comments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=If6NtwjbtZU

CFO Patronis: “Not On My Watch.”

Releases Bill to Yank Licenses from IRS Vendors Who Discriminate

Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis released draft legislation this week for the upcoming legislative session to take the licenses of IRS vendors who discriminate. The legislation would establish anti-discrimination provisions on state licensed debt collectors.

“With 87,000 new IRS personnel, there is absolutely no doubt that some of those new agents are going to target Floridians based on their political beliefs, and it’s likely they could hire state licensed debt collectors to go after you,” CFO Patronis said. “Not on my watch. If a debt collector wrongly discriminates against, or targets, Floridians based on their political affiliation, ideology, viewpoint or conduct, we’ll yank their license to do business in Florida.”

Read more: https://www.myfloridacfo.com/sitePages/newsroom/pressRelease.aspx?id=6268

LG Nuñez on Newsmax: A Pedophile is a Pedophile

Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Núñez told Newsmax this week that the push to rebrand pedophiles as “minor-attracted persons” is “disgusting” and Florida won’t stand for it.

“A pedophile is a pedophile and they’re a pervert, and so that’s what we need to refer to them as,” she said. “There is no wokeism in our book that is going to allow a pedophile to be cast in a positive light.

Watch here: https://www.newsmax.com/newsmax-tv/jeanette-nunez-florida-pedophiles/2022/09/12/id/1087062/

 

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