State Senator Debbie Mayfield – Mayfield Minute 06/16/24

Happy Father’s Day!

This week, we celebrate all the wonderful fathers who impact our lives every day. Thank you to all the biological fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, and father figures for your guidance, support, and love.

As we honor Father’s Day, we recognize the countless sacrifices fathers make for their families, putting their own needs aside to support their loved ones.

Ronald Reagan stated, ” On Father’s Day, we pay tribute to all in our society who have taken on the responsibilities and joys of fatherhood. Whether our fathers are near at hand or a continent away, with their families or watching from the light of eternity, we take this day to remember them, to say thanks for the years they have given us and ask that they receive God’s blessing.”

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the amazing fathers. Today, we celebrate you and the remarkable difference you make in our lives. I hope everyone has a blessed Father’s Day spent making memories with family.

This week, Governor DeSantis signed the Focus on Florida’s Future budget for the 2024-2025 fiscal year. The budget, featuring a $17 billion surplus, emphasizes key investments in the environment, education, health care, law enforcement, and more.

For more information on the 2024-2025 budget, see the ‘ Statewide Update’ and ‘District Highlights’ sections below.

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Bill Action by Governor DeSantis

Since the close of the 2024 Legislation Session, Governor DeSantis has signed 250 bills into law, vetoed 3 bills, 22 remain pending his action, and 37 have not yet been sent for his consideration.

Below you will find underlined links to recently signed bills and bills pending. If you have any difficulty navigating the Senate website, please contact my office at 321-409-2025 and we will assist you.

Upon receipt of a bill, the Governor has seven days to sign, veto, or take no action at which point the bill will automatically become law.

Bills signed by Governor DeSantis last week include:

HB 5001 – General Appropriations Act

SB 2518 – Health and Human Services

HB 5003 – Implementing the 2024-2025 General Appropriations Act

HB 5005 – Collective Bargaining

HB 5101 – Education

SB 702 – Attorney Fees and Costs

CS/SB 984 – Judgement Liens

CS/HB 923 – Wills and Estates

CS/CS/SB 1420 – Department of Commerce

CS/CS/HB 1267 – Economic Self – Sufficiency

HB 823 – North Okaloosa Fire District, Okaloosa County

HB 897 – Dorcas Fire District, Okaloosa County

HB 741– Town of Hillsboro Beach, Broward County

CS/HB 103 – Pub. Rec./County and City Attorneys

HB 521 – Equitable Distribution of Marital Assets and Liabilities

CS/HB 379 – Pub. Rec./Financial Information Regarding Competitive Bidding

CS/HB 983 – Pub. Rec./ Clerks of the Circuit Court, Deputy Clerks, and Clerk Personnel

Bills received and pending consideration include:

HB 73 – Supported Decision making Authority

HB 87 – Taking of Bears

CS/CS/HB 273 – Pub Rec./ Animal Foster or Adoption

CS/HB 303 – Rabies Vaccination

CS/HB 429 – Real Property

CS/HB 755 – Canaveral Port District, Brevard County

HB 1117 – City of North Port, Sarasota County

HB 1115 – Three Rivers Stewardship District, Sarasota County

CS/CS/HB 1165 – Town of Sneads, Jackson County

HB 1483 – Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board, Pinellas County

CS/HB 1571 – Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, Monroe County

HB 1573 – Pace Fire Rescue District, Santa Rosa County

HB 1575 – Avalon Beach – Mulat Fire Protection District, Santa Rosa County

HB 1577 – Midway Fire District, Santa Rosa County

CS/HB 6007 – Relief/Julia Perez/St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office

CS/HB 7019 – Exemption of Homesteads

CS/CS/HB 7021 – Mental Health and Substance Abuse

CS/SB 362 – Medical Treatment Under the Workers Compensation Law

CS/SB 692 – Public Records/ Florida Gaming Control Commission

CS/CS/HB 975 – Background Screening Requirements for Health Care Practitioners

CS/CS/CS/HB 1021 – Community Associations

HB 849 – Veterinary Practices

If you have an interest or concern regarding any of the above bills, you can also reach out to the Governor’s office directly here or contact my office at [email protected].

Statewide Update

 Focus on Florida’s Future Budget for Fiscal Year 2024-2025 Signed by Governor DeSantis

Last week, Governor DeSantis signed the Focus on Florida’s Future Budget for Fiscal Year 2024-2025. This year’s budget totals $116.5 billion, reflecting a reduction in overall state spending while maintaining $17 billion in budgetary reserves. It highlights the Legislature’s and Governor’s dedication to addressing Florida’s top needs.

The budget includes $1.5 billion in tax relief for Florida families, featuring $450 million in toll relief and sales tax holidays. Key investments include $1.25 billion for teacher salary increases, $4.1 billion for the State University System, and $237 million for residential home mitigation programs.

Significant funding has also been directed towards environmental conservation, with over $1.5 billion for Everglades restoration and water quality projects. The budget supports law enforcement and the military, allocating $17 million for the Law Enforcement Recruitment Bonus Program and $7 million for the Defense Infrastructure Grant Program.

For budget items approved for Brevard and Indian River Counties, see below in District Highlights. To learn more about the 2024-2025 budget, including detailed highlights and the full veto list, click here.

Historic Teacher Salary Increase in Florida: A Commitment to Education

In a press conference on Monday, June 10th, Governor DeSantis pledged to approve a historic increase in teacher salary funding, with $1.25 billion allocated for the Fiscal Year 2024–25 budget. This decision marks a significant milestone in Florida’s ongoing efforts to enhance educator compensation. Since taking office in 2019, DeSantis has overseen an investment of over $4 billion in teacher pay increases, boosting starting salaries by nearly $10,000.

“Florida’s education system is number one in the nation, and we want to make sure good educators are attracted to Florida with attractive compensation,” DeSantis stated. His administration, in collaboration with the Florida Legislature, has been instrumental in establishing and increasing the Teacher Salary Increase Allocation, which has grown from $500 million in 2020 to the current $1.25 billion.

Florida’s commitment to its educators is reflected in the average starting teacher salary, which now exceeds $48,000, and the average overall teacher salary, which is over $54,000. These figures are expected to rise further with the new funding. Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz, Jr., praised the state’s dedication, stating, “Florida continues to attract some of the best educators in the country thanks to these investments.”

For more information, click here.

Constituent of the Week

Kyle Canamore

We are honored to feature Kyle Canamore as our constituent of the week. Mr. Canamore is a Veteran and an incredible father.

Originally from Pekin, Illinois, Mr. Canamore’s childhood dream was to serve in the military. He pursued this ambition with determination, graduating high school early to enlist in 2007.

During his military career as a Sergeant in the Army from 2007 to 2016, Mr. Canamore served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was a paratrooper, completing about 50 jumps, and had the opportunity to train with foreign militaries, including the Canadian Army, the French Legion, and the Chilean Army, earning Jump Wings from them.

Raised by his mother and grandparents, Mr. Canamore was inspired by his grandfather, an Air Force Veteran who flew C-130s, the same planes he completed his jumps from. Mr. Canamore describes serving in the military was one of the greatest experiences of his life, stating that it was an honor to serve his country.

During his service, Mr. Canamore completed two tours in Iraq and a humanitarian mission to Haiti. Two of his most notable military awards are the Expert Infantryman Badge and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

Mr. Canamore is father to three beautiful daughters. He enjoys taking his daughters to parks and theme parks, cherishing every moment spent with them. His family is also an active part of Calvary Chapel Church community in Titusville.

After being honorably discharged, Mr. Canamore successfully transitioned to a career in Information Technology and has thrived in this field since 2016. While IT is one of his dream jobs, Mr. Canamore says being a father is the best job he could ever have, and he loves watching his daughters learn and grow into their own personalities.

On Father’s Day, District 19 is proud to recognize Kyle Canamore, a veteran and a devoted father, for his service and his unwavering commitment to his family.

District Highlights

Funding Secured for Local Initiatives in the 2024-2025 Budget

Environment

  • Treasure Coast Food Bank – $1,500,000
  • Palm Bay Indian River Lagoon Baffle Boxes Project – $750,000
  • Brevard County Indian River Lagoon Septic Upgrades to Advanced Treatment Units- $450,000
  • West Melbourne Flood Risk Reduction – Connect Canal 70 to Canal 63 – $400,000
  • West Melbourne Flood Risk Reduction – Technology Drive – $150,000
  • Palm Bay Indian River Lagoon Water Quality Improvement Project – Baseflow and Pond Improvements – $550,000
  • Sebastian River SAV Restoration Project – $1,000,000
  • Kilroy Monitoring System in the Indian River Lagoon – $250,000

Education

  • Eastern Florida State College Advanced Technologies Center – $10,000,00

Health and Human Services

  • Veteran Housing and Homelessness Intervention Program – $250,000
  • Who We Play For: Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention – $975,000
  • Lifetime Counseling Center – Thrive Within Program – $650,000

If you have any questions about the appropriations that passed or questions about any items vetoed, please reach out to my office at 321-409-2025 anytime.

Brevard Public Schools Expand Guardian Program for Enhanced Security

On Tuesday, June 11th, the Brevard Public School Board voted to expand the Sheriff Training on Site Marshall Program (S.T.O.M.P.) to include district personnel who meet specific qualifications. This initiative demonstrates Brevard Public Schools’ (BPS) commitment to safety as the number one priority for all students and staff.

The expansion allows employees the opportunity to be school-based Guardians, provided they are not classroom-assigned and meet the criteria outlined in the Brevard Federation of Teacher bargaining contract.

Participation in the program is voluntary. The employee must undergo evaluations and complete the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office S.T.O.M.P. training requirements. Once trained, these Guardians will not have law enforcement authority except to prevent or stop active assailant incidents at any Brevard Public School site.

“This is an additional layer of security for our schools. While this program is new to Brevard, it is not new to Florida as numerous other districts have had Guardians in schools for several years,” stated BPS Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.

S.T.O.M.P. was established by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with Brevard Schools following the tragic Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in 2018. This program aligns with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act and oversees all School Resource Officers and Security Specialists within Brevard Public Schools. Training for the expanded Guardian program is scheduled to begin in July 2024.

For more information about the S.T.O.M.P. Program, contact the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office at 321-264-5201.

Upcoming Events

 Cocoa Beach Art Wave Festival 2024

On Saturday, June 22nd, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Minutemen Causeway in Downtown Cocoa Beach (S 6th St) will host the 2024 Art Wave Fest.

Organized by Cocoa Beach Main Street in collaboration with Breakers Art Gallery, this event features artists from across the state. The art will be displayed along the Minutemen Causeway, transforming the street into an open gallery.

Visitors will have the opportunity to engage with artists as they showcase their work. The Art Wave Fest will display various kinds of art from paintings and sculptures to photography and more.

In addition to the art exhibition, the festival will feature live music performances as well as food truck vendors.

For those interested in learning more, please contact Kenne Wells at [email protected] or call 321-693-3159.

Lunch and Learn Event for International Women in Engineering Day

On Thursday, June 20th, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Astronauts Memorial Foundation (405 NASA PKWY W, Merritt Island), Brevard Women Connect (BWC) will host a special Lunch and Learn event in celebration of International Women in Engineering Day. This event is designed to inspire, empower, and connect women in engineering and STEM fields.

BWC is dedicated to professional women in Brevard County. The event will include a panel discussion, allow networking with your peers and include an interactive Q&A session. The event is open to all female engineers and STEM students, with free admission for current STEM students.

Attendees will hear from successful female engineers about their career paths and challenges, see innovative projects from robotics teams, and connect with professionals, peers, and mentors. During the event, participants will have time to ask questions and get personalized advice.

For more information on how to register for the event, click here.

City of Rockledge Food Truck Friday

On Friday, June 28th, the City of Rockledge is hosting Food Truck Friday! The event will take place at the Civic Hub/City Hall parking lot located at 1600 Huntington Lane in Rockledge beginning at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy a variety of delicious foods from local food trucks accompanied by live music and DJ performances.

Parking is available at the City Hall parking lot and in the Subway lot south of the restaurant.

For more information, call 321- 221-7540 or click here.

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US Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review 06/07/24

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Dear Fellow Floridian,

With inflation still sky-high and our southern border still wide open for criminals, cartels and terrorists to come across, Senator Schumer and Senate Democrats chose to dedicate this week to political stunts over solving these pressing problems.

You might have heard about the so-called “Right to Contraception Act,” which misleads the public on the accessibility of contraception and threatens the religious freedoms and parental rights of millions of Americans.

Really, it’s just another way for Democrats to use activist attorneys and our courts to advance their radical agenda instead of focusing on the issues that are impacting American families’ way of life every single day. It’s unacceptable, and that is why I led a majority of Senate Republicans in a statement to oppose this bill.

“There is no threat to access to contraception, which is legal in every state and required by law to be offered at no cost by health insurers, and it’s disgusting that Democrats are fearmongering on this important issue to score cheap political points. This bill infringes on the parental rights and religious liberties of some Americans and lets the federal government force religious institutions and schools, even public elementary schools, to offer contraception like condoms to little kids. It’s just another way for Democrats to use activist attorneys and our courts to advance their radical agenda and that is why we oppose this bill.”

Next week, Democrats are going to try and lie to you again and say that Republicans want to ban in vitro fertilization (IVF). Not true. I am actually leading a resolution in the Senate supporting IVF, with Florida Congresswoman Kat Cammack leading it in the House. My daughter is using IVF and so do countless Floridians and Americans. So while IVF remains available in all 50 states, I introduced this resolution so we can make clear our unwavering support for current and aspiring parents using IVF to start and grow their families.

There are so many real problems facing our country that have been caused by the failed policies of the Biden administration, and Democrats’ stunt votes and lies to fearmonger on issues like contraception and IVF are both unproductive and dangerous. No matter what political roadblocks Washington Democrats try to throw in our way, I’ll keep fighting to solve problems and make Washington work for you.

Sincerely,

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Rick Scott

United States Senator

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Sen. Rick Scott Hosts Families & Advocates on Capitol Hill Marking June 6th Naloxone Awareness Day

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Senator Rick Scott hosted families and advocates on Capitol Hill to mark June 6th as Naloxone Awareness Day and share remarks highlighting the life-saving drug, Naloxone, bringing attention to the lethal opioid epidemic that continues to plague American families. Yesterday, Senator Scott was proud to announce the unanimous passage of his and Senator Ed Markey’s bipartisan resolution recognizing June 6th as Naloxone Awareness Day. The resolution promotes awareness of the life-saving drug, Naloxone, which reverses opioid overdoses and prevents unnecessary deaths. It also aims to educate members of the public about the importance of recognizing the signs of overdose, and equipping themselves with the life-saving antidote. This resolution has been endorsed by Victoria’s Voice, a Florida-based foundation that aims to bring Naloxone awareness to the national stage. Yesterday, following the passage of the resolution, Senator Scott released the following statement.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Too many mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and friends have been lost to opioid poisoning in America. Naloxone saves lives and it is a critical tool in our fight to stop the loss caused by opioids in communities across our nation. I am proud to again lead and secure the Senate passage of this resolution with Senator Markey to designate June 6th as Naloxone Awareness Day, helping raise awareness and educate Americans about this life-saving drug. I also want to highlight the Victoria’s Voice Foundation and the Siegel Family for the lifesaving work they do on advocacy and education about the dangers of opioids. This organization was started following a parent’s worst nightmare – the loss of a child – and they have made it their mission to ensure folks are educated and prepared to save lives.”

Jackie and David Siegel, co-founders of Victoria’s Voice Foundation, said, “We continue to be grateful to Senator Scott, Senator Markey, and their colleagues for passing a bipartisan resolution designating June 6 as National Naloxone Awareness Day. This helps ensure awareness of and access to the lifesaving opioid overdose medicine that will save numerous lives. We believe that our daughter, Victoria, would still be alive today if the first responders who arrived on the day she accidentally overdosed had been equipped with naloxone.”

Read more HERE

Sen. Rick Scott Joins Sen. Marco Rubio & Rep. Carlos Giménez to Introduce Bipartisan Bill Keeping Airports Secure From State Sponsors of Terrorism

Following a delegation of the illegitimate, criminal and communist Cuban regime touring the TSA facilities at Miami International Airport last month, Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Marco Rubio, Representative Carlos Giménez and their colleagues to introduce the bicameral and bipartisan Secure Airports From Enemies (SAFE) Act to restrict State Sponsors of Terrorism, including Cuba, from accessing TSA areas. Last month, Senator Scott joined his colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and TSA Administrator David Pekoske regarding this serious national threat. 

Joining Sens. Scott, Rubio and Representative Giménez are Representatives Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL), María Elvira Salazar (R-FL), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), and Jared Moskowitz (D-FL).

Senator Rick Scott said, “What the Biden administration allowed to happen at Miami International Airport (MIA) is absolutely insane. Everything this administration does puts America at risk and it must end. I’m proud to join my colleagues in introducing the SAFE Act to keep State Sponsors of Terrorism, like the illegitimate, communist Cuban regime, out of secure TSA areas. This is common sense but necessary to keep the lawless, appeasement-obsessed Biden administration from putting Americans at further risk. The House and Senate should pass this bill ASAP.”

Read more HERE. Lea más en español AQUÍ. 

UPDATE: Sen. Rick Scott Leads Majority of Senate Republicans in Slamming Democrats’ Attacks on Religious Freedoms & Parental Rights, Political Games on Contraception

Senator Rick Scott announced the additions of Senator Jerry Moran, Senator Tommy Tuberville, Senator Roger Marshall and Senator Pete Ricketts to the statement he is leading slamming Senate Democrats for pushing stunt legislation, the so-called Right to Contraception Act, which misleads the public on the accessibility of contraception and threatens the religious freedoms and parental rights of millions of Americans. This bill was first passed by Nancy Pelosi’s Democrat-controlled House in 2022 and now Senate Democrats are trying to revive it in a desperate attempt to deceive the American people. These additions bring the total number of signers to 26 senators, a majority of the Senate Republican Conference.

Joining Senator Scott in signing the statement are Senators Ron Johnson, Eric Schmitt, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Kevin Cramer, Ted Budd, James Lankford, Jim Risch, Mike Rounds, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Katie Britt, Bill Hagerty, Cynthia Lummis, John Thune, Lindsey Graham, Thom Tillis, Mike Crapo, Steve Daines, Jerry Moran, Tommy Tuberville, Roger Marshall and Pete Ricketts.

Read more HERE

Senate Passes Sen. Rick Scott’s Bipartisan Resolution Designating June 6th Naloxone Awareness Day

Senator Rick Scott announced the passage of his and Senator Ed Markey’s bipartisan resolution recognizing June 6th as Naloxone Awareness Day. The resolution promotes awareness of the life-saving drug, Naloxone, which reverses opioid overdoses and prevents unnecessary deaths. It also aims to educate members of the public about the importance of recognizing the signs of overdose, and equipping themselves with the life-saving antidote. This resolution has been endorsed by Victoria’s Voice, a Florida-based foundation that aims to bring Naloxone awareness to the national stage.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Too many mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and friends have been lost to opioid poisoning in America. Naloxone saves lives and it is a critical tool in our fight to stop the loss caused by opioids in communities across our nation. I am proud to again lead and secure the Senate passage of this resolution with Senator Markey to designate June 6th as Naloxone Awareness Day, helping raise awareness and educate Americans about this life-saving drug. I also want to highlight the Victoria’s Voice Foundation and the Siegel Family for the lifesaving work they do on advocacy and education about the dangers of opioids. This organization was started following a parent’s worst nightmare – the loss of a child – and they have made it their mission to ensure folks are educated and prepared to save lives.”

Read more HERE

Sen. Rick Scott to HSGAC Chairman Gary Peters: Investigate NIH Royalty Payment Profits

In case you missed it, back in May 2022, Senator Rick Scott wrote a letter to the Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Senator Gary Peters, requesting an investigation be launched into the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and their policies for royalty payments collected by NIH employees financially benefitting from their discoveries commercialized by outside pharmaceutical or medical device makers. In his letter, Senator Scott also requests that the committee conduct oversight of taxpayer-funded royalty payments to NIH researchers and the potential conflicts of interest that could exist. This investigation is top of mind for Senator Scott as Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies before Congress regarding his mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic where Dr. Fauci personally profited.

Additionally, earlier this Congress, Senator Scott and Senator Rand Paul’s Royalty Transparency Act of 2024 advanced out of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on a bipartisan vote of 12-0. The bill increases transparency on royalty payments paid to Executive Branch officials and makes the financial disclosure forms public for federal advisory committee members such as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Under current law, federal employees are not required to publicly disclose the source or amount of royalty payments received in service of their official duties. Additionally, the financial disclosures of members of federal advisory committees are not available to the public, despite the fact that these committees make recommendations to federal agencies that have a significant impact on the day-to-day lives of Americans. This lack of transparency prevents taxpayers from holding individuals accountable within the federal government for conflicts of interest and other abuse. Read more HERE.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Researchers at the NIH serve the American taxpayer first. The recent news reports that have emerged showcasing the continued lack of transparency with royalty payments is absolutely absurd. NIH employees should not be personally profiting from their discoveries, and it is beyond time for accountability. We must take action against this gross misuse of taxpayer-funded resources TODAY.”

Read more HERE

Senate Approves Senators Rick Scott, John Boozman & Chris Coons Resolution Commemorating 80th Anniversary of D-Day

In advance of the 80th anniversary of D-Day, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution led by Senator Rick Scott, Senator John Boozman and Senator Chris Coons commemorating this historic operation and expressing gratitude and appreciation to the members of the U.S. Armed Forces and Allied troops responsible for carrying out this unprecedented maneuver that proved decisive in securing victory in Europe.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Eighty years ago, American soldiers stormed the beaches of France or parachuted behind enemy lines. My father was one of them, ultimately doing all four combat jumps with the 82nd Airborne in Sicily, Italy, Normandy and Market Garden. While my father was lucky enough to return home, he certainly didn’t think he would that day. But that didn’t stop him and so many others from putting their lives on the line to fight for freedom and stand against tyranny. Every year on this day, we remember and honor members of the Allied forces and say thank you to the Greatest Generation for their bravery and sacrifice who are truly an inspiration to us all.” 

Read more HERE

Sen. Rick Scott Joins Sen. Tom Cotton in Letter to AG Garland: Investigate ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan

Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Tom Cotton, along with Senators Mike Braun (R-Indiana) and J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), in sending a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland urging him to investigate International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan. The senators wrote that Khan has broken American law by materially supporting terrorism through his targeting of Israeli officials.

The senators wrote, “The ICC’s action against Israel—which Hamas requested and now applauds—manifestly provides ‘material support’ to Hamas by attempting to isolate Israel politically and diplomatically through legal advocacy for Hamas. The extent of ICC-Hamas coordination is unknown, but express statements by Mr. Khan and others associated with the prosecution suggest that the coordination may have been extensive.”

Read more HERE

Sen. Rick Scott Shares Weekly Update on Biden’s Inflation Crisis

Following the release of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May jobs report showing that year over year, part-time employment is up 1.5 million jobs in May—a 5.8% increase, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement along with a weekly update on his actions to address America’s debt crisis and rising inflation. This jobs report confirms that the Biden administration’s handling of the economy has continued to increase inflation, and forced hardworking American’s into taking on multiple jobs to make ends meet. In addition to this staggering fact, native-born employment fell while foreign-born employment increased. Meanwhile, veteran employment decreased over the year, while government jobs at all levels continue to rise. This jobs report is another reminder that the Bidenomics agenda is working against the American people, and ripping the chance of the American Dream away them.

Senator Rick Scott said, “It’s time for fiscal responsibility at the White House and in Congress and for the Biden administration to stop lying about job growth. Under Joe Biden’s watch and his so-called economic plan, known as ‘Bidenomics,’ full-time jobs have decreased while the price of groceries, gas, rent and mortgages have skyrocketed. Unemployment is now 4% and we now have more Americans working multiple jobs and part time jobs. In what world can the administration say their handling of the economy is good? The Biden administration has killed jobs and the American people are feeling the consequences every day. Americans shouldn’t have to work two and three jobs just to make ends meet. It’s time Washington started living within its means and I won’t stop fighting until that happens.”

Read more HERE. Lea más en español AQUÍ. 

Fox News: ‘Parental rights’: GOP warns Dem Senate bill is about more than contraception

The Hill: Race to replace McConnell heats up over response to Democratic ‘show’ votes 

Newsmax: Sen. Rick Scott Calls for Govt Probe Into EV Payoffs

Daily Caller: EXCLUSIVE: Rick Scott Leads Senate GOP In Ripping Dems Contraception Lies, Attacks On Parental, Religious Rights 

Florida Daily: Rick Scott Slams Biden For Continual Inflation Crisis

Florida Daily: Senator Rick Scott Begins Hurricane Preparedness Tour

The Floridian: Scott Commemorates American Heroes on Eve of 80th D-Day Anniversary

Tampa Free Press: Florida Sen. Rick Scott, Colleagues Challenge Democrats’ Contraception Bill

WFTV9: June 6 declared National Naloxone Awareness Day, 9 years after Victoria Siegel’s death

Senator Scott’s Team at Kennedy Space Center

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This week, Senator Scott’s team attended the launch of the Boeing Starliner at Kennedy Space Center.

Senator Scott’s Team in Orlando

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Senator Scott’s team also attended the Orlando Torah Academy’s 14th Annual Dinner. 

Senator Scott’s Team in Pensacola

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In Pensacola, Senator Scott’s team toured the VA Joint Ambulatory Care Center (JACC) and Naval Hospital.

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US Senator Marco Rubio Newsletter 06/07/24

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THIS WEEK IN THE OFFICE OF SENATOR MARCO RUBIO

June 3-7, 2024

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Rubio on Air

  • Senator Rubio joined The Ingraham Angle to discuss the dangers of the border crisis, the Biden Administration’s meaningless executive order on illegal immigration, and more.
  • Senator Rubio joined Mornings with Maria to discuss President Biden’s too little, too late executive order to secure the border, Tren de Aragua and other criminal groups entering our country, and more.
  • Senator Rubio joined the Washington Examiner’s “Restoring America” series to discuss how the national economy under President Biden is eroding our social fabric.
  • Senator Rubio joined The Greg Kelly Show to discuss risks to the credibility of the U.S. intelligence community, whether former President Trump could be sentenced to prison, and more with guest host Joe Concha.
  • Senator Rubio joined The Benny Show to discuss the rise of extremism in the Democratic Party, the conviction of former President Trump, and more.

Rubio Bills

  • Senator Rubio was joined by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) in introducing the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Reauthorization Act of 2024 to ensure continued U.S. support for Uyghurs and other ethnic minority groups in China. 
  • Senator Rubio and Representative Carlos Giménez (R-FL) led colleagues in introducing the Secure Airports From Enemies (SAFE) Act to restrict State Sponsors of Terrorism, including Cuba, from accessing TSA areas.  
  • Senator Rubio introduced the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Reauthorization Act of 2024 to ensure continued U.S. support for citizens facing oppression from Communist China and Hong Kong officials.
  • Senators Rubio, Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced a resolution commemorating the fallen victims of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. The resolution condemns the Chinese Communist Party’s widespread use of transnational repression against Chinese citizens and activists. 

Rubio Sends Letter Regarding MSCI Misclassification

  • Senator Rubio, along with Senator Chris Coons (D-CT) and U.S. Representatives John Moolenaar (R-MI) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), sent a letter to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MSCI, Henry Fernandez, regarding the company’s misjudgement of Volkswagen’s use of forced labor in Xinjiang.

Statement on Mexico

  • Senator Marco Rubio issued a statement following the recent presidential election in Mexico.

In the News

“Rep. Carlos Gimenez, R-Fla., and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., are introducing legislation in the House and Senate, first seen by Fox News Digital, that would prohibit countries designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism from touring sensitive parts of airports.” (‘It’s absurd’: Congress takes bipartisan action after Cuban officials’ tour secure parts of major airport, Fox News, 6/5/24)

“A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers led by Sen. Marco Rubio has written to the financial index provider MSCI to question why it withdrew a “red flag” warning for Volkswagen stock over claims the automaker used forced Uyghur labor in China’s Xinjiang region. (Radio Free Asia, 6/3/24) 

“Florida Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio, both Republicans, wrote a letter to FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell highlighting the issue last month, where they called the potential funding shortage ‘unacceptable.” (Miami Herald, 6/4/24)

“Joe Biden was elected on the promise of making it easier to come illegally and easier to stay if you do, and the result is we’ve seen close to 10 million people now cross the border of Bay the United States illegally in just three years.” (Tampa Free Press, 6/4/24)

“Biden’s economy erodes the social fabric.” (Washington Examiner, 6/5/24)

“Even if Biden actually enforced it fully (which he won’t) it would still allow close to a million people a year to cross illegally ON TOP OF the 10 million he has already allowed in over the last 3 years.” (The Hill, 6/4/24)

“Faith, family, community—teach us who we are and what we’re here for.” (The Daily Signal, 5/29/24)

“Gone are the days of reaffirming ‘faith in fundamental human rights.’ Instead, the U.N.’s primary mission now seems to be bashing America, Israel, and any other nation that shares our values” (National Review, 6/6/24) 

“It’s the right place to be, it’s the right position to have. I think it would send a strong message.” (The Hill, 6/6/24)

“The American people deserve to know the negative effects caused by chemical abortion drugs.” (Fox News, 5/29/24) 

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