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State Senator Debbie Mayfield – Mayfield Minute 10/24/2021

Good Morning!

 
This week, the Republican Caucus of the Florida Senate voted unanimously to nominate Senator Kathleen Passidomo as the Senate President-Designate for the 2022-2024 Legislative Term. I had the privilege of seconding President-Designate Passidomo’s nomination and sharing with our members why I believe she is the right choice to lead our chamber. For the official press release, click here.
 
On Wednesday, I traveled with Governor DeSantis to Brevard County to participate in a press conference on parental rights. During this press conference, Governor DeSantis denounced efforts by the United States Department of Justice to investigate parents who seek to speak in opposition of their local school boards. Governor DeSantis went on to say “I think one of the reasons we wanted to do this is just to make clear that any parent that may feel threatened or cowed into coming out and participating in civil discourse, they shouldn’t be, that you will be protected and that we’re going to make sure to stand with you at the state level,” he said during a news conference Wednesday.”
 
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If you or someone you know needs my assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact my office. My staff and I are here to serve you!

 

Statewide Updates

Senator Kathleen Passidomo Selected as President-Designate
On Tuesday, the Republican Caucus of the Florida Senate met in the Florida Senate Chamber to officially select Senator Kathleen Passidomo as the President-Designate for the 2022-2024 Legislative Term.
 
Senator Passidomo was elected to the Florida Senate in November 2016 after serving in the Florida House of Representatives since 2010. Senate President Wilton Simpson appointed her to serve as Chair of the Senate Committee on Rules for the 2020-2022 Legislative Term. During the 2018-2020 Legislative Term, she served as Republican (Majority) Leader under former Senate President Bill Galvano.
 
Senator Passidomo graduated in 1975 from Trinity College (now University) in Washington, D.C. In December 1978, she received her law degree from Stetson University’s College of Law. She built a law practice around Real Estate and Business Law and has been practicing law in Naples for more than 40 years. Senator Passidomo was in the first group of attorneys in the state to obtain Board Certification in Real Estate Law, and her peers elected her to serve as President of both the Collier County Bar Association and the Collier County Women’s Bar Association. Senator Passidomo and her husband John married in 1979. Together, they have three adult children, Catarina, Francesca, and Gabriella, and two grandsons, William and Emilio.
 
Senator Passidomo will be the third woman to serve as Florida’s Senate President. The previous two women that served as Senate President were Senator Gwen Margolis and Senator Toni Jennings.
 
In 1990, Senator Gwen Margolis, a former realtor, became the first woman to serve as President of the Florida Senate. President Margolis retired from the Senate in 2016, concluding more than four decades of elected service in state and local government. She passed away on June 9, 2020, at the age of 85.
 
In 1986, Senator Toni Jennings, a former elementary school teacher who later ran her family’s construction business, became the first woman to lead the Senate Republican Caucus, serving as Minority Leader during the 1986-1988 Legislative Term. Elected Senate President in 1996, she is the only person in modern history elected to serve two consecutive terms in the role. She later became the first woman to serve as Lt. Governor. President Jennings, 72, retired from elected office in 2007, upon the conclusion of her term as Lt. Governor. She continues to reside in Central Florida.
 
Presidents Margolis and Jennings were both inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.
 
 
Governor DeSantis Stands with Parents Against Biden Administration’s Attempt to Silence Free Speech through Intimidation
 
On Wednesday, Governor DeSantis held a press conference in Brevard County to discuss a recent memo from Attorney General Merrick Garland that attempted to silence parents who speak out to protect their children. During the press conference we heard from parents that had firsthand experience dealing with government overreach regarding mask mandates in schools. Also joining the Governor were members of local law enforcement including Sheriff Wayne Ivey and State Attorney Phil Archer who stated that they are capable of assessing threats in their community without meddling by federal bureaucrats.
 
Our children do not belong to the federal government nor to the school boards, they belong to their parents. Parents have every right to be involved in their child’s education and should not be silenced by the federal government. I want to thank Governor DeSantis for continuing to fight for Florida’s parents and children.
 
To watch the full press conference, click here.
 
 
Governor DeSantis Holds Press Conference in JAXPORT
 
On Tuesday, Governor DeSantis held a press conference to reiterate that Florida Seaports have the capacity to meet the upcoming holiday demand. Governor DeSantis made the announcement at JAXPORT, where he was joined by Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin Thibault and Florida Seaport executives. Seaports including JAXPORT, Port Everglades, Port Tampa Bay, and Port Panama City all have availability to handle more cargo.
 
Officials from JAXPORT announced that incentives will be offered to any company that chooses to bring its business to the port. This will ensure that capacity at other ports in the nation is relieved and that Americans can get the goods they need quicker than before.
 
“Year after year we continue to invest in our seaports, in infrastructure, and in workforce education to make sure our supply chain is resilient,” Governor DeSantis went on to say “I’m especially proud of Florida’s seaports. They are crown jewels in our state. While other U.S. ports are just now announcing around-the-clock operations, in Florida many of our ports are used to serving Florida farmers, families, and businesses with 24-hour operations. As the rest of the nation faces rampant inflation and businesses stare down unprecedented supply chain problems, our message is this: Florida is here, we have the capacity, we have incentive packages to help businesses who want to move here and we are going to make sure Americans get their Christmas gifts this season.”
 
To read the full press release, click here.

 

Constituent of the Week

 
Our Constituent of the Week is Sidney “Sid” Banack of Vero Beach. Mr. Banack has been actively involved in Indian River County community service organizations for over 50 years, along with his late wife, Donna Sue. Just to name a few of those organizations, the Banacks have been members of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Vero Beach Association of Life Underwriters, Vero Beach Beautification Society, Elks Club, Kiwanis Club, and the Chamber of Commerce. Along with this, the Banacks made a crucial donation of land to Indian River State College Mueller Campus located in Vero Beach.
 
Mr. Banack and his family have been involved in agriculture for generations dating as far back as to the 1800s. Mr. Banack was born and raised in Panama because his dad worked for United Food Company in Puerto Armuelles, Panama. After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in agronomy, Mr. Banack planned to start a plant nursery, however, he began a career in the insurance field. Mr. Banack worked for the Florida Farm Bureau for 25 years until he opened his own independent insurance agency, Sid Banack Insurance, in 1983. Concurrently, Mr. Banack had been pursuing his agriculture hobby. Mr. Banack planted his first citrus grove in the early 1960s and over the course of several years he turned this hobby into a second career. At the age of 89, Mr. Banack is still actively working in the family citrus business.
 
Thank you, Mr. Banack, for your contributions to economic development and agriculture in the Indian River County area. District 17 and our great state is blessed to have you as members of the community.
 

Upcoming Events

2021 Sea Turtle Friendly Certified Awards
Coastal Connections, Inc. will be hosting the 2021 Sea Turtle Friendly Certified Awards on Tuesday, November 9th at 5:00PM. The event will take place at the Costa d’Este Hotel and Spa located at 3244 Ocean Drive Vero Beach, Florida. This award highlights a hotel’s dedication towards protecting Florida’s sea turtles and bringing awareness to their guests about the natural resources around them. 

District 17 Highlights

 
Brevard County
City of Melbourne Recognizes Volunteer Board Members
 
 
On October 19th, the City of Melbourne held their annual reception honoring volunteer board members. The annual event provides an opportunity for the Mayor and City Council to recognize volunteer board members for their contributions to the city. In 2021, approximately 131 members served on 17 committees that guide a range of city services from architectural standards and affordable housing to code enforcement and pension planning.
 
 
Indian River County
Halo Animal Rescue Holding October Adoption Incentive
 
 
Halo is having “Adopt Your Boo” through November 1, 2021. All adoption fees are waived for all adult animals over 1-year-old. Halo’s rescues are spayed/neutered, up to date on all vaccines, heartworm tested, fecal tested and microchipped before being placed in a new home. They also come with the rabies tag required by Indian River County.
 
Halo Animal Rescue is a no-kill animal shelter located in Sebastian, Florida. Halo was created in 2006 with a mission to create a no-kill safe haven for abused and abandoned animals in Indian River County. Halo has successfully reduced euthanasia by 92%.
 
To view Halo’s adoptable animals, click here.

Contact Information

Melbourne Office

900 East Strawbridge Avenue
Melbourne, FL 32901
(321) 409-2025
 
Tallahassee Office
330 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5017
 
Vero Beach Office
Administration Building B
1801 27th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 226-1970
 
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US Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review 10/22/2021

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This week, Senator Rick Scott continued his fight against President Joe Biden’s proposal for unconstitutional vaccine mandates on America’s private businesses. For weeks, Senator Scott has been warning that Biden’s vaccine mandates will drive Americans out of their jobs, further fueling the devastating supply chain and inflation crises plaguing American families. This week, the United States Federal Reserve confirmed Senator Scott’s concerns in its latest report, showing that vaccine mandates were widely cited by businesses as the reason for low labor supply and hiring and retention issues.

Senator Scott also spoke on the Senate floor this week to request unanimous consent on four separate bills which would prevent the federal government from mandating vaccines for eligible Americans to receive federal benefits including Social Security and Social Security disability checks, Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP, public housing and other assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), food stamps, the federal Women, Infants and Children (WIC) food assistance program and free-and-reduced lunch. Senate Democrats blocked the passage of each of these bills.

Earlier this month, Senator Scott wrote an op-ed for Fox Business and spoke on the Senate floor on how the Biden administration’s latest vaccine mandate for private companies will further cause workforce shortages, continue to cripple supply chains, and worsen the ongoing inflation crisis that is to blame for the increase of prices on everyday goods.

Senator Scott continues to push for passage of his Prevent Unconstitutional Vaccine Mandates for Interstate Commerce Act which will protect the privacy of Americans’ personal health information and prevent the government from dictating what is best for Americans and their families in order to go to work.

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

Sen. Rick Scott: Mayorkas has Failed the American People and Should Resign Immediately

In a roundtable event focused on the Biden administration’s horrific and self-created border crisis, Senator Rick Scott called for the resignation of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Joined by Senators Ron Johnson and Rob Portman, Senator Scott heard from Americans who have dealt with Biden’s border crisis firsthand, including law enforcement, former Customs and Border Protection leadership and the parents of children who fell victim to this deadly crisis. Today’s roundtable comes on the same day as reporting from the Washington Post showed that under President Biden’s failed leadership, apprehensions at the southern border have reached an all-time record and jumped to nearly 1.7 million in Fiscal Year 2021.

Senator Rick Scott said, “This border crisis is not just a Texas or Arizona problem, every state is a border state when the savage cartels are given a free pass to human traffic and smuggle lethal drugs into this country. Every American is put in harm’s way because of the Biden administration’s dangerous policies that have wreaked havoc across our nation. But, there are more people responsible for this growing disaster besides the occupants of the White House and Senate Democrats who have refused to hold a proper hearing on this crisis—and they must all be held accountable. The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, has refused to do his job and has completely abdicated his duty to the country and the millions of American lives he swore to protect. It should start with Mayorkas. He has failed Americans—he should resign TODAY. He cannot and has not led DHS through this crisis effectively. He’s actively making this crisis worse.” See more from Senator Rick Scott’s opening statement and remarks HERE and HERE or below.

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Senador Rick Scott: Mayorkas le ha fallado al pueblo estadounidense y debería renunciar de inmediato

En una mesa redonda enfocada en la terrible crisis fronteriza creada por la administración Biden, el Senador Rick Scott pidió la renuncia del Secretario del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS, por sus siglas en inglés), Alejandro Mayorkas. Junto con los Senadores Ron Johnson y Rob Portman, el Senador Scott escuchó a los estadounidenses que han lidiado con la crisis fronteriza de Biden de primera mano, incluyendo los agentes del orden, líderes de la agencia de Protección de Aduanas y Fronteras (CBP, por sus siglas en inglés) y los padres de niños que fueron víctimas de esta crisis mortal. La mesa redonda tiene lugar el mismo día en que los informes del Washington Post mostraron que, bajo el liderazgo fallido del Presidente Biden, las detenciones en la frontera sur alcanzaron un récord histórico y aumentaron a 1,7 millones en el año fiscal 2021.

El Senador Rick Scott dijo: “Esta crisis fronteriza no es solo un problema de Texas o Arizona, cada estado es un estado fronterizo cuando a los cárteles salvajes se les da un pase libre para el tráfico de personas y contrabando de drogas letales en este país. Todos los estadounidenses se ven perjudicados debido a las peligrosas políticas de la administración Biden que han causado estragos en toda nuestra nación. Pero, hay más personas responsables de este creciente desastre además de los ocupantes de la Casa Blanca y los demócratas del Senado, que se han negado a celebrar una audiencia adecuada sobre esta crisis, y todos deben rendir cuentas. El Secretario del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional, Alejandro Mayorkas, se ha negado a hacer su trabajo y ha abdicado por completo de su deber con el país y con las millones de vidas estadounidenses que juró proteger. Debería comenzar con Mayorkas. Le ha fallado a los estadounidenses; debería renunciar HOY. No puede y no ha dirigido al DHS de manera efectiva durante la crisis fronteriza. Está empeorando activamente esta crisis”. Lea mas AQUÍ.

Senators Rick Scott & Kyrsten Sinema Introduce Legislation to Crack Down on Drug and Human Trafficking

Senators Rick Scott and Kyrsten Sinema introduced the bipartisan Extending Limits of U.S. Customs Waters Act to extend the customs waters territory of the United States from 12 to 24 nautical miles from the baselines of the United States, allowing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) and the U.S. Coast Guard the jurisdiction necessary to keep American families safe from drug and human traffickers. Law enforcement across the nation have reported how the growing drug crisis is hurting families. According to CBP data, double the amount of fentanyl has been brought into the country compared to last year – killing thousands of Americans in part due to growing trafficking activity in surrounding waters.

Senator Rick Scott said, “The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations keeps families in Florida and around our nation safe by patrolling the beaches, shore waters and maritime territory, conducting search and rescue operations and intercepting vessels transporting illegal drugs and the victims of human trafficking. Our state is safe and secure because of the hard work and sacrifices our brave men and women in uniform make to defend our coastline. My bill, the Extending U.S. Customs Waters Act will extend the United States’ customs waters territory to help ensure our Coast Guard has the jurisdiction and authority needed to cut down on drug and human trafficking so that families everywhere remain safe. I am thankful for the bipartisan support and I urge all my colleagues to support this important bill.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: Empower Patients, Help Americans Access Affordable Quality Health Care

At the request of the Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Rick Scott gave testimony regarding the federal government’s role in America’s health care system.

Senator Rick Scott has been a strong advocate for greater access to quality, affordable health care. As Governor of Florida, he led numerous initiatives to provide more information to Floridians about the real prices of health care services and protect patients from price gouging, including legislation to prohibit surprise medical bills. In the Senate, Senator Scott continues working on solutions to help lower health care costs and improve access to care and price transparency for every American. Watch Senator Rick Scott’s testimony HERE or in the video below.

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Sen. Rick Scott Applauds Senate Passage of Bill to Allow Unspent COVID Relief Dollars to Pay Down America’s $30 Trillion Federal Debt

The Senate passed the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure, and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act, led by Senators John Cornyn and Alex Padilla to make several categories of infrastructure investments and disaster relief eligible for unspent COVID-19 relief dollars. This legislation also included Senator Rick Scott’s proposal to allow these dollars to be used to pay down the nation’s $30 trillion federal debt crisis.

Earlier this year, Senator Scott and Senator Cynthia Lummis introduced the Pay Down the Debt Act to allow any federal grant funds refused by a fiscally responsible state government to be used instead to reduce our nearly $30 trillion national debt and put the nation back on an economically stable path. 

Senator Rick Scott said, “With an unsustainable $30 trillion federal debt crisis maxing out America’s credit card, it is critical that every single tax dollar is spent in the best interests of American families. I’ve been saying for months that if states and local communities don’t need the billions of dollars in federal funding they received for COVID relief, these tax dollars should absolutely be used to pay down the U.S. debt, settle our past-due bills and put this country back on a path to economic freedom. I’m glad this common sense provision was unanimously approved in the U.S. Senate and look forward to this important legislation quickly passing in the House of Representatives.” Read more from Senator Cornyn’s office HERE.

Democrats Block Sen. Rick Scott’s Legislation to Prevent Vaccine Mandates for Government Assistance

Senator Rick Scott spoke on the Senate floor to request unanimous consent on four separate bills which would prevent the federal government from mandating vaccines for eligible Americans to receive Social Security and Social Security disability checks, Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP, public housing and other assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and food stamps, the federal Women, Infants and Children (WIC) food assistance program and free-and-reduced lunch. Senate Democrats blocked the passage of each of these bills.

Senator Rick Scott said, “As recently as July, the Biden administration said it wouldn’t issue federal vaccine mandates. Of course, as President Biden has done again and again, he broke his word. Not only are Democrats now eager to issue unconstitutional vaccine mandates, but today, they went even further and blocked my bills to say that the vaccine shouldn’t be a requirement for critical government services that help our most vulnerable and at-need American families. Democrats today said they are willing to revoke your social security checks, take away health care for the poor, elderly and vulnerable children, kick folks out of their homes and deny needed food assistance – all because of a personal medical decision to not receive a vaccine. Growing up, I watched my mom struggle and we lived in public housing. I can’t imagine someone from the federal government coming to my mom and saying that if she didn’t get a shot, she was going to be homeless. It’s insane.

“I had COVID and I got the vaccine. I encourage everyone to talk with their doctor and consider being vaccinated, but getting the vaccine is a choice everyone gets to make for themselves. It is NOT the role of the federal government to say ‘comply with unconstitutional mandates or go without Social Security, health care, housing or food benefits.’ What we are seeing under the Biden administration is gross overreach by the federal government across the board. From vaccine mandates to massive intrusion by the IRS into our bank accounts. It’s not what the American people want and I won’t stand for it.” See more in the videos HEREHEREHERE and HERE or below.

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Sen. Rick Scott: Federal Reserve Proves Biden’s Unconstitutional Vaccine Mandates are Killing Jobs

Following the Federal Reserve publishing its latest Beige Book report for October 2021, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement. In its report, the Federal Reserve found that vaccine mandates were widely cited by businesses as the reason for low labor supply and hiring and retention issues. The report states, “Transportation and technology firms saw particularly low labor supply, while many retail, hospitality, and manufacturing firms cut hours or production because they did not have enough workers. Firms reported high turnover, as workers left for other jobs or retired. Child-care issues and vaccine mandates were widely cited as contributing to the problem, along with COVID-related absences.” For weeks, Senator Scott has called for President Joe Biden to reverse his decision to implement unconstitutional vaccine mandates on America’s private businesses.

Senator Rick Scott said, “The Federal Reserve admitted what I have been warning about for weeks: Joe Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandates are causing higher turnover, driving Americans out of their jobs and further fueling the devastating supply chain and inflation crises plaguing American families. I had COVID and got the vaccine. While I encourage others to do the same, that was my personal choice. Getting the vaccine should be the personal choice of every American and government has no right to force this decision on them. Everything Joe Biden does makes things worse for families and businesses in Florida and across America. President Biden must rescind his proposed unconstitutional vaccine mandate. I’ll never stop fighting to stop Biden’s fear-mongering, socialist madness.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: Senate Democrats’ Spending Bills Highlight Biden’s Socialist Priorities

After Senate Democrats released the text of their spending bills, Senator Rick Scott issued the following statement highlighting the failures of these proposed budgets which attack pro-life protections and lay bare the socialist priorities of the Biden administration and Congressional Democrats which are devastating for Florida families.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Senate Democrats seem to be all in for big government and big debt and have shown they’ll do anything to fund a radical progressive wish list. Democrats in Washington continue down a path of radical tax-and-spend policies that waste American taxpayer dollars and fuel an already raging inflation crisis. The proposals introduced by Senate Democrats will have disastrous impacts for families in Florida and across the nation. These reckless proposals halt construction of the border wall at our southern border, even though we’ve already paid for the materials and arrests at the border have soared to an all-time high. They raise the budget of the inefficient and ineffective IRS by 14% so they can spy on the bank accounts of nearly every American. And they remove bipartisan pro-life protections, like the Hyde Amendment, which have been in place for more than four decades to prohibit taxpayer dollars from funding abortions, in a blatant attempt to force Floridians to fund the widespread destruction of life.

“Shockingly, as threats from Communist China and other dangerous regimes grow more serious, Democrats want to shortchange our military, failing to give it enough funding to even keep up with their inflation crisis. While Democrats want to increase domestic spending by 13% to fund their liberal priorities, they only propose a 5% increase for defense spending – again, not even enough to keep up with inflation. There’s no question that this proposal is completely unfit for serious consideration. At a time when American families, especially those on low and fixed incomes, are suffering from inflation there is no time to play games and pretend we have unlimited funds to pay for a reckless, socialist tax-and-spending spree.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Presents John S. McCain Freedom Award to the Cuban People

100 days after pro-democracy demonstrations began in Cuba, Senator Rick Scott presented the 2021 John S. McCain Freedom Award to the People of Cuba at the International Republican Institute (IRI) 2021 Freedom Award Celebration. Willy Chirino, Cuban Grammy Award-winning artist, accepted the award on behalf of the Cuban people. Since 1995, the International Republican Institute’s Freedom Award Celebration has honored individuals whose commitment to the advancement of democracy, freedom and human liberty has created opportunity for millions of people around the world. As IRI’s highest honor, the Freedom Award exemplifies the goals and accomplishments of strengthening democracy for a safer, more secure world.

Senator Rick Scott said, “This year, we have seen the Cuban people organize and rise up fearlessly against the oppressive, illegitimate communist Cuban regime. 100 days ago, in a show of unity and strength, demonstrators began marching in the streets and voicing their opposition against communist rule. Castro and Díaz-Canel are terrified of their people’s resolve, and are doing everything they can to silence them. Even as oppression and censorship increases, the Cuban people continue to bravely fight for freedom. Their devotion to democracy is an inspiration for all of us, and I am honored to present the 2021 John S. McCain Freedom Award to the Cuban people in recognition of their bravery, resilience and strength. We won’t stop fighting until there is a new day of freedom on the island.” Read more HERE.

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El Senador Rick Scott Otorga el “John S. McCain Freedom Award” al Pueblo Cubano

100 días después de que comenzaran las manifestaciones a favor de la democracia en Cuba, el Senador Rick Scott entregó hoy el “John S. McCain Freedom Award” al pueblo de Cuba en la Celebración del Premio a la Libertad 2021 del Instituto Republicano Internacional (IRI). Willy Chirino, artista cubano ganador del Grammy, recibió el premio en nombre del pueblo cubano. Desde 1995, la Celebración del Premio a la Libertad del Instituto Republicano Internacional, ha honrado a personas cuyo compromiso con el avance de la democracia, la libertad y la dignidad humana ha creado oportunidades para millones de personas en todo el mundo. Como el mayor honor de IRI, el Premio a la Libertad ejemplifica los objetivos y logros de fortalecer la democracia para un mundo más seguro y protegido.

El Senador Rick Scott dijo: “Este año, hemos visto al pueblo cubano organizarse y levantarse sin miedo contra el opresivo e ilegítimo régimen comunista cubano. Hace 100 días, en una muestra de unidad y fuerza, los manifestantes comenzaron a marchar por las calles y a expresar su oposición al régimen comunista. Castro y Díaz-Canel están aterrorizados por la determinación del pueblo y están haciendo todo lo posible para silenciarlos. Incluso a medida que aumenta la opresión y la censura, el pueblo cubano continúa luchando valientemente por la libertad. Su devoción por la democracia es una inspiración para todos nosotros, y es un honor para mí otorgar el premio “John S. McCain Freedom Award” al pueblo cubano en reconocimiento a su valentía, resistencia y fuerza. No dejaremos de luchar hasta que haya un nuevo día de libertad en la isla”. Lea más AQUÍ.

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Sen. Rick Scott to Secretary Blinken: Investigate PAHO for Human Trafficking Charges

Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken requesting information about the Biden administration’s efforts to investigate charges into the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Last year, a federal judge ruled PAHO could be held liable in a human-trafficking lawsuit brought by Cubans who were victims of human trafficking. In 2018, four Cuban doctors, who were trafficked by the communist Cuban regime, sued PAHO for arranging fraudulent “medical missions” during which physicians are subjected to restricted movements, unwarranted surveillance and loss of income which is stolen from them by the regime. PAHO is an arm of the United Nations and receives the majority of its funding from the United States. Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Joins Rubio and Colleagues to Introduce the Clean Water Allotment Modernization Act

Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Marco Rubio and colleagues to introduce the bipartisan Clean Water Allotment Modernization Act to update the current funding formula used to allocate state funding to ensure quality waterways across the nation. 

Senator Rick Scott said, “This legislation will help ensure Florida receives the funding it deserves to preserve our waterways, environment and natural resources. The current funding formula hasn’t been updated since 1987, yet Florida’s population has grown by nearly 10 million since then. It’s time to make this important change. People come from around the world to enjoy our state’s natural beauty, and I will always work to protect our environment for generations to come.” Read more from Senator Marco Rubio’s office HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott to HHS Inspector General: American Families Demand Answers on COVID-19 Origins

Senator Rick Scott wrote a letter to Christi Grimm, Principal Deputy Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), demanding answers on what the Biden administration knows regarding the origins of COVID-19. Senator Scott is also requesting the status of any Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation into COVID origins and the role that HHS, or its agencies, may have had. Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Applauds Local Leaders Rejecting Unspent COVID Funding

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement applauding fiscally-responsible local leaders following reports that they are rejecting billions in unused, unneeded funding received in the COVID-19 relief packages passed by Congress. This also follows a report that states have only spent 2.5% of their initial allotment and large cities have spent 8.5%, after claiming to be in desperate need of this funding just months ago.

In March, Senator Scott sent an open letter to governors and mayors across the United States urging them to commit to reject any federal funding in excess of their federally-reimbursable COVID-19 related expenses so this funding can be used to pay down the federal debt. Senator Scott and Senator Cynthia Lummis also introduced the Pay Down the Debt Act to allow any federal grant funds refused by a fiscally responsible state government to be used instead to reduce our nearly $30 trillion national debt.

Senator Rick Scott said, “America’s credit card is maxed out, and this dangerous cycle of taxing and spending that Washington Democrats are obsessed with is not sustainable. I applaud the fiscally responsible local leaders across America who are rejecting the federal government’s reckless spending and handouts they don’t need. This is exactly why Congress must immediately pass my and Senator Lummis’ Pay Down the Debt Act so that these tax dollars can be used to pay down the debt, pay our past-due bills and put this country back on a path to economic freedom.” 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, and continued his call for President Joe Biden reverse his decision to implement unconstitutional vaccine mandates on America’s private businesses that’s killing the U.S. economy and further fueling rising inflation. This week, following a recent report by the Federal Reserve confirming Senator Scott’s concerns that vaccine mandates were widely cited by businesses as the reason for low labor supply and hiring and retention issues, the Senator released the statement below.

Senator Rick Scott said, “The Federal Reserve admitted what I have been warning about for weeks: Joe Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandates are causing higher turnover, driving Americans out of their jobs and further fueling the devastating supply chain and inflation crises plaguing American families. I had COVID and got the vaccine. While I encourage others to do the same, that was my personal choice. Getting the vaccine should be the personal choice of every American and government has no right to force this decision on them. Everything Joe Biden does makes things worse for families and businesses in Florida and across America. President Biden must rescind his proposed unconstitutional vaccine mandate. I’ll never stop fighting to stop Biden’s fear-mongering, socialist madness.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott in the Financial Times: Biden Should Turn to the Florida Playbook

Senator Rick Scott wrote a letter to the editor of the Financial Times in response to a recent editorialon how Democrats should accept a “lighter” version of Biden and Democrats’ multi-trillion dollar tax-and-spending spree that pushes a massive expansion of government through deficit spending. In his letter, Senator Scott argues that if Democrats actually care about doing what’s best for Americans, they’d follow Florida’s playbook: Cut taxes, get Americans back to work and stop their insane socialist policies and deficit spending.

In the letter, Senator Rick Scott wrote, “There’s a popular saying that’s especially true in Washington: garbage in, garbage out. It’s a perfect fit for President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” package. 

“While every president has the right to push their own agenda, Biden has shown that to fulfil his liberal wishlist, he is willing to bury our nation in a debt so massive that we will never be able to pay it off. 

“Too many American families, especially poor families like mine growing up, are suffering from rising costs due to inflation. We don’t need a lighter bill. We need a hard reset.

Biden and his Democrat pals in Congress should take the proven playbook we used in Florida when I was governor. Cut taxes, get Americans back to work, stop with the insane mandates on families and businesses and boost the economy so we can pay down the debt and fund our priorities without increasing deficits.”

Read the full letter to the editor in the Financial Times HERE.

Fox News: Senate Republicans slam Biden for border crisis, allege Dems won’t hold a hearing on migrant surge

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US Senator Rick Scott News Alert 10/22/2021

NEWS ALERT!

Sen. Rick Scott: Unconstitutional Vaccine Mandates Hurt American Businesses and Families

As President Biden’s latest overreaching vaccine mandate on private businesses and reckless socialist policies cripple the United States’ supply chain and worsen the ongoing inflation crisis that’s leaving families with less and less money to feed their families, Senator Rick Scott continues to stand up for the rights and opportunities of every American family.

Senator Scott received the COVID-19 vaccine, and encourages every American to talk with their doctor and consider doing the same, but believes it is NOT the government’s job to mandate. Government’s job is to inform the American people and let them make their own decisions about their health. President Biden’s unconstitutional mandates are forcing Americans into an impossible ultimatum to comply, quit or be fired. That’s unacceptable, and Senator Scott is fighting against these insane, socialist policies that are hurting American families and businesses.

Read about Senator Scott’s efforts below. 

Sen. Rick Scott: Federal Reserve Proves Biden’s Unconstitutional Vaccine Mandates are Killing Jobs

Following the Federal Reserve publishing its latest Beige Book report for October 2021, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement. In its report, the Federal Reserve found that vaccine mandates were widely cited by businesses as the reason for low labor supply and hiring and retention issues. The report states, “Transportation and technology firms saw particularly low labor supply, while many retail, hospitality, and manufacturing firms cut hours or production because they did not have enough workers. Firms reported high turnover, as workers left for other jobs or retired. Child-care issues and vaccine mandates were widely cited as contributing to the problem, along with COVID-related absences.” For weeks, Senator Scott has called for President Joe Biden to reverse his decision to implement unconstitutional vaccine mandates on America’s private businesses.

Senator Rick Scott said, “The Federal Reserve admitted what I have been warning about for weeks: Joe Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandates are causing higher turnover, driving Americans out of their jobs and further fueling the devastating supply chain and inflation crises plaguing American families. I had COVID and got the vaccine. While I encourage others to do the same, that was my personal choice. Getting the vaccine should be the personal choice of every American and government has no right to force this decision on them. Everything Joe Biden does makes things worse for families and businesses in Florida and across America. President Biden must rescind his proposed unconstitutional vaccine mandate. I’ll never stop fighting to stop Biden’s fear-mongering, socialist madness.”

This week, Senator Scott spoke on the Senate floor and requested unanimous consent on four separate bills which would prevent the federal government from mandating vaccines for eligible Americans to receive federal benefits including Social Security and Social Security disability checks, Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP, public housing and other assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), food stamps, the federal Women, Infants and Children (WIC) food assistance program and free-and-reduced lunch. Senate Democrats blocked the passage of each of these bills.

Earlier this month, Senator Scott wrote an op-ed for Fox Business and spoke on the Senate floor on how the Biden administration’s latest vaccine mandate for private companies will further cause workforce shortages, continue to cripple supply chains, and worsen the ongoing inflation crisis that is to blame for the increase of prices on everyday goods. In Washington, Senator Scott continues to fight for the rights of every American family. His Prevent Unconstitutional Vaccine Mandates for Interstate Commerce Act will protect the privacy of Americans’ personal health information and prevent the government from dictating what is best for Americans and their families in order to go to work.

Read more HERE.

 

Democrats Block Sen. Rick Scott’s Legislation to Prevent Vaccine Mandates for Government Assistance

Senator Rick Scott spoke on the Senate floor to request unanimous consent on four separate bills which would prevent the federal government from mandating vaccines for eligible Americans to receive Social Security and Social Security disability checks, Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP, public housing and other assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and food stamps, the federal Women, Infants and Children (WIC) food assistance program and free-and-reduced lunch. Senate Democrats blocked the passage of each of these bills.

Senator Rick Scott said, “As recently as July, the Biden administration said it wouldn’t issue federal vaccine mandates. Of course, as President Biden has done again and again, he broke his word. Not only are Democrats now eager to issue unconstitutional vaccine mandates, but today, they went even further and blocked my bills to say that the vaccine shouldn’t be a requirement for critical government services that help our most vulnerable and at-need American families. Democrats today said they are willing to revoke your social security checks, take away health care for the poor, elderly and vulnerable children, kick folks out of their homes and deny needed food assistance – all because of a personal medical decision to not receive a vaccine. Growing up, I watched my mom struggle and we lived in public housing. I can’t imagine someone from the federal government coming to my mom and saying that if she didn’t get a shot, she was going to be homeless. It’s insane.

“I had COVID and I got the vaccine. I encourage everyone to talk with their doctor and consider being vaccinated, but getting the vaccine is a choice everyone gets to make for themselves. It is NOT the role of the federal government to say ‘comply with unconstitutional mandates or go without Social Security, health care, housing or food benefits.’ What we are seeing under the Biden administration is gross overreach by the federal government across the board. From vaccine mandates to massive intrusion by the IRS into our bank accounts. It’s not what the American people want and I won’t stand for it.”

See more in the videosHEREHEREHERE and HEREor below.

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Sen. Rick Scott on the Senate Floor: Struggling Families & Businesses Can’t Afford Biden’s Unconstitutional Mandates and Systemic Socialism

Senator Rick Scott spoke on the Senate floor on how President Joe Biden’s overreaching and unconstitutional vaccine mandates for private companies trample on the personal freedoms of Americans and will cause massive shortages throughout American supply chains, further fueling Biden’s inflation crisis and higher prices on everyday goods for families already struggling to keep food on their tables.

Senator Scott is calling on President Biden to take immediate action to ensure the United States’ supply chains won’t completely crumble under his failed policies and mandates, and is urging the President to have Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo testify to the Senate Commerce Committee on this issue.

Senator Rick Scott said, “President Biden and the Democrats’ radical agenda of systemic socialism is crushing American families and businesses. It’s clear that Democrats want to control your life and their latest vaccine mandate on private companies is indisputable proof of that. Biden’s mandate forces people into an impossible ultimatum to comply, quit or be fired. This unconstitutional mandate tramples on the personal freedoms of Americans, will push more workers out of the workforce, devastate our economy with product and service shortages that cripple supply chains and throw America into a stagflation crisis not seen since the 1970’s.

“When I think about the impact of burdensome government regulations, I think about my dad who was a truck driver. Biden’s new mandate would not only put an insane burden on truck drivers and the trucking industry, but also fuel inflation hurting poor families, like mine growing up, who are already struggling to put food on the table with the massive inflation caused by Washington’s reckless spending. Americans can’t afford this. We need more jobs, not less; lower prices on everyday goods, not higher. The role of government is to inform, not mandate. Biden’s systemic socialism has to stop.”

See Senator Scott’s Floor SpeechHERE or below.

 

Sen. Rick Scott: Hypocritical Democrats Push Americans to “Do As I Say, Not As I Do”

Senator Rick Scott released the following statement on hypocritical Democrats pushing vaccine mandates for private sector businesses.

Senator Rick Scott said, “What is happening with Democrats in Washington needs to be called out. For years, Democrats have made decision after decision that shows they want one set of rules for American families and another set of rules for themselves. When Democrats passed Obamacare over a decade ago, they forced Americans to change doctors and insurance plans, but wanted to exempt Congress from the law. Now, President Biden and the Democrats want to mandate vaccines for everyone in the private sector, but not members of Congress. Let me be clear: I think the vaccine is the best way to defeat COVID. That’s why I got the vaccine and encourage all Americans to talk with their doctor and consider doing the same. But mandates imposed by the government are wrong and what Democrats in Washington are doing is insane. This isn’t just hypocrisy. It’s a disgrace and a naked socialist power grab. That’s what systemic socialism is: a whole bunch of rules the American people have to follow that the ruling class doesn’t.”

Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: We Will Not Allow Vaccine Mandates to Hurt American Businesses

Senator Rick Scott was joined by Senators Ron Johnson, Cynthia Lummis, Roger Marshall and Mike Lee to introduce the Prevent Unconstitutional Vaccine Mandates for Interstate Commerce Act. As the Biden administration is reportedly considering enforcing vaccine mandates for businesses merely seeking to engage in interstate commerce, the Prevent Unconstitutional Vaccine Mandates for Interstate Commerce Act would protect the privacy of Americans’ personal health information and prohibit the Department of Transportation and other federal agencies from requiring proof of vaccination or the use of a vaccine passport for such activities. Representative Dan Crenshaw is introducing companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Senator Rick Scott said, “While American businesses are working hard to recover from the devastating impacts of COVID-19, President Biden is set on implementing more mandates, lockdowns and restrictions that are holding them back. I got the COVID-19 vaccine, and encourage everyone who feels comfortable to get it too, but government has no business pushing mandates on the American people and our hardworking businesses. It’s the government’s job to inform Americans and then let every family make the right choices that will keep themselves, their businesses and their employees safe. My Prevent Unconstitutional Vaccine Mandates for Interstate Commerce Act ensures that the Biden administration cannot require anyone to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to do business across state borders, and protects Americans’ rights and privacy.”

The Prevent Unconstitutional Vaccine Mandates for Interstate Commerce Act would prohibit any of the following federal agencies from requiring Americans to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to engage in interstate commerce or travel:

  1. The Department of Transportation, including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
  2. The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (commonly referred to as “Amtrak”).
  3. The Surface Transportation Board,
  4. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
  5. The National Transportation Safety Board.
  6. The Federal Maritime Commission.
  7. The Department of Commerce.

Read more HERE.

 

Sen. Rick Scott Introduces Freedom to Fly Act Banning TSA from Requiring Vaccine Passports

Senator Rick Scott introduced the Freedom to Fly Act, which would prohibit the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from requiring Americans to show proof of vaccination or produce a vaccine passport for domestic flights and protect the privacy of personal health information.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Americans are working hard to recover from the devastation of COVID-19 and travel is critical to getting our economy fully re-opened. While I continue to encourage everyone who wants one to get the vaccine, the federal government has no business requiring travelers to turn over their personal medical information to catch a flight. My Freedom to Fly Act ensures families in Florida and across the country can travel freely and without the ridiculous government bureaucracy created by vaccine passports.”

Read more HERE.

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Sen. Rick Scott in Fox Business: Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Will Push Workers out of the Workforce, Cripple Supply Chain

Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed for Fox Business on how the Biden administration’s latest vaccine mandate for private companies will further cause workforce shortages, continue to cripple supply chains, and worsen the ongoing inflation crisis that is to blame for the increase of prices on everyday goods. In Washington, Senator Scott continues to fight for the rights of every American family. His Prevent Unconstitutional Vaccine Mandates for Interstate Commerce Act will protect the privacy of Americans’ personal health information and prevent the government from dictating what is best for Americans and their families in order to go to work.

In the op-edSenator Rick Scott wrote, “Biden’s latest vaccine mandate for private companies tramples on the personal freedoms of Americans, will push more workers out of the workforce, devastate our economy with product and service shortages that cripple supply chains and throw America into a stagflation crisis not seen since the 1970’s. 

By forcing some working Americans to choose between keeping their jobs, or doing what they believe is best for their health, Biden’s mandate hurts the very people they claim it will help – workers, low-income Americans and seniors on a fixed income who will all either be hit with higher unemployment, higher prices or a shortage of available goods. 

When I think about the impact of burdensome government regulations, I think about my dad. My adopted father was a truck driver. Anyone who has driven trucks or been close to someone in that line of work knows how demanding the job can be. It’s hard work and it’s one of the most critical jobs in our country.

Truck drivers are like the offensive linemen of America’s supply chain – often overlooked but absolutely essential to get things moving. There is already a driver shortage in this country and we can’t afford to lose any more.

In a weak economy where simply keeping shelves stocked is an everyday challenge, losing workers in almost any critical industry will have catastrophic impacts across our supply chains and drive prices higher.

We can never forget that as inflation worsens and prices surge higher, it’s the poorest Americans, like my family growing up and seniors on fixed income, that are hurt the most. Right now, we already have families across America having to make hard choices. There’s single moms wondering if they can put an extra few gallons of gas in the car and still afford to put dinner on the table this week. Or, a mom like mine who took on odd jobs to make ends meet and watched the smallest price changes at the grocery store to make sure we could still get by.

If President Biden actually talked with small and mid-size employers and hardworking families, like I have, he’d quickly learn that massive federal mandates aren’t the solution to any of our problems. I got the vaccine and I encourage others to talk with their doctor and consider doing the same. But getting the vaccine is a choice everyone gets to make for themselves.

Restoring our supply chains is critical to getting the American economy rolling again and it’s time for President Biden to acknowledge massive unconstitutional mandates on private companies won’t do anything but hurt American business and throw gasoline on the already raging inflation crisis he has created.”

Read the full op-ed in Fox Business HERE.

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