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RPOF Newsletter 05/23/2022


Historic funding for Florida cancer research

Almost every Floridian has known someone afflicted with the scourge of cancer. It is virtually tied with heart disease as the leading cause of death in the state.

Governor DeSantis knows this as well as anyone as First Lady Casey DeSantis is a cancer survivor. And so, putting Floridians first as always, he and the First Lady announced $100 million for cancer research and care in the coming year — a 60 percent increase from this year. 

“Cancer remains a leading cause of death in Florida, and we will continue to support those fighting this deadly disease,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. 

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Protecting Floridians from protesters at their homes

After the leak of a ruling that would overturn Roe v. Wade, we all watched in dismay as protesters tried to intimidate U.S. Supreme Court justices at their homes — at the instigation or indifference of Democrats and their media allies. 

But we won’t tolerate such anti-Americanism in Florida. Governor DeSantis signed HB 1571 this week, which prohibits picketing and protesting outside of a person’s residence. Such residential picketing will be punishable as a second-degree misdemeanor. 

“Sending unruly mobs to private residences, like we have seen with the angry crowds in front of the homes of Supreme Court justices, is inappropriate,” Governor DeSantis said. 

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$125 million for more nurses in Florida

The nursing shortage nationally is well known, which is why Governor DeSantis and the Republican Legislature are proactively adding $125 million for nursing education for the coming year. This brings the total investment in workforce education funding to more than $5 billion since the Governor took office in 2019.

This new funding will include student loan reimbursement and scholarships for nurses, expanding infrastructure at nursing colleges, and salary and recruitment incentives for nurses.

“We are investing in quality nursing education to increase the number of programs and jobs that prepare students for careers in nursing,” Governor DeSantis said. “We want to continue to support these front-line heroes.” 

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$3.2 million for manufacturing support in Okaloosa County

Governor DeSantis announced $3.2 million to Okaloosa County this week to expand roads, rail lines and utility infrastructure at the Shoal River Ranch, an industrial mega site. This investment is expected to bring more than 11,000 jobs to the Okaloosa County region.

“Today’s grant will lay the foundation for a dramatic expansion of manufacturing in Okaloosa County,” Governor DeSantis said.

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Enthusiastic crowd greets Senator Rubio in Seminole County

Senator Marco Rubio spoke at a grassroots event in Seminole County where Team Marco opened a field office.

“What’s happened in the last 16 months Democrats have been in charge? Gas prices today are almost double what they were at this time last year,” Senator Rubio said. “We have inflation…which was fed by $1.9 trillion in wasteful government spending in March of last year, passed down the partisan line by Democrats… We have a baby formula shortage in America. In the United States — we’re not talking about a third-world or a developing country or even a war zone — in the United States of America, because of incompetence. They knew this was going to be a problem last December, they did nothing about it.”

Moody calls out DHS chief Mayorkas for lying about the border

Attorney General Moody was on Fox Business with Maria Bartoromo this week and lit into the Biden administration and DHS Secretary Mayorkas.

“When he said they are enforcing the law, that is a lie, an outright lie,” Attorney General Moody said. “The lengths to which this administration is going to cover up the disaster at the border is astounding, and we have seen this from the beginning…This is a purposeful undermining of the border and a purposeful coverup.”

More than 234,000 people crossed the Southwest border in April — the highest ever. Yet Biden and Mayorkas are planning to end Title 42 next week, which by their own numbers will literally double the number of crossers, the Attorney General said.


CFO Patronis announces anti-fraud initiatives for Special Session

Florida’s home insurance market is in crisis and Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis is proposing five initiatives targeting fraud for the upcoming special session that Governor DeSantis called for insurance reform. A top proposal is to stand up three Anti-Fraud Homeowner Squads requiring 23 news positions for detectives, attorneys, and analysts. 

“As area policyholders know, Florida’s insurance market is in trouble. We are seeing more private carriers exit the market, and we’re seeing Citizens Insurance policies grow,” CFO Patronis said. “Florida communities are under attack by fraudsters who are willing to try anything to game the system.”

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LG Nuñez predicts “red tsunami” in November in Florida

Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez told Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade that Democrats are “delusional” if they actually believe they can flip Florida blue in the upcoming midterm elections. She said rapidly increasing support from Hispanic voters will help create a “red tsunami” in November.

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State Senator Debbie Mayfield – Mayfield Minute 05/22/2022

Good Morning!

As previously announced by Governor DeSantis, Special Session on property insurance will start Monday, May 23rd and run no later than Friday, May 27th.

Special session will be streamed live on the Florida Channel.

To view the Special session calendar, click here.

Summer is approaching and I hope you will take advantage of what our Indian River Lagoon has to offer. National Safe Boating Week begins May 22nd through May 28th. Please be mindful of boating safety while on the water. 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has compiled safe-boating tips. View the list by clicking here.

I consider it a great honor to represent District 17. Please share this link with your friends and family so they too, can sign up for the Mayfield Minute.

If you or someone you know needs my assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office. My staff and I are here to serve you!

Legislative Update

Governor Ron DeSantis Protects Floridians from Protests Outside Their Homes

On Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 1571, which prohibits picketing and protesting outside of a person’s place of residence.

“Sending unruly mobs to private residences, like we have seen with the angry crowds in front of the homes of Supreme Court justices, is inappropriate,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “This bill will provide protection to those living in residential communities and I am glad to sign it into law.”

Once this law takes effect, law enforcement officers will provide a warning to any person picketing or protesting outside of a dwelling and will make arrests for residential picketing only if the person does not peaceably disperse after the warning. Residential picketing will be punishable as a second-degree misdemeanor.

For more details on HB 1571, click here.

In Addition to the Above Legislation, Governor DeSantis Signed the Following Bills this Week: 
  • HB 0471- Town of Lake Clarke Shores
  • HB 0927- Downtown Crystal River Entertainment District
  • HB 1047- Cedar Hammock Fire Control District
  • HB 1049- Trailer Estates Fire Control District
  • HB 1097- Florida Citrus
  • HB 1189- Firefighters’ Relief and Pension Fund of the City of Pensacola
  • HB 1497- City of Jacksonville, Duval County
  • HB 1571- Residential Picketing
  • SB 0336 – Uniform Commercial Code
  • SB 0352 – Construction Liens
  • SB 0518 – Private Property Rights to Prune, Trim, and Remove Trees
  • SB 0754 – Mobile Home Registration Periods
  • SB 1140 – Alarm Systems
  • SB 1526 – Public Records/Annuity Contract Payees
  • HB 0095- Controlled Substances 
  • HB 0899- Mental Health of Students
  • HB 0909- Pollution Control Standards and Liability
  • HB 0915- Commercial Motor Vehicle Registration
  • HB 1103- North River Ranch Improvement Stewardship District
  • HB 1429- City of Ocala
  • HB 1591- Hernando County

Statewide Updates

Governor Ron DeSantis Approves Over $125 Million for Nursing Education to Provide Scholarships and Expand Infrastructure at Colleges and Universities for Clinical Training

On May 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his approval of over $125 million for nursing education for the 2022 – 2023 Fiscal Year, bringing the total amount of investment in workforce education funding to more than $5 billion since 2019. Additional funding for nurses in this year’s budget will include student loan reimbursement and scholarships for nurses, expanding infrastructure at colleges and universities that provide nursing education, and salary and recruitment incentives for nurses within the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Two major programs will lead the funding Governor DeSantis has allotted for nurses and nursing students this year: 


  • $100 million to establish the Prepping Institutions, Programs, Employers, and Learners through Incentives for Nursing Education (PIPELINE) program to financially reward colleges and universities for their nursing education programs, based on student success. 
  • $25 million to establish the Linking Industry to Nursing Education (LINE) fund for schools to recruit faculty and clinical preceptors for their nursing programs, to work toward combating the shortage of nursing instructors, with funds matched dollar-to-dollar by health care partners in their community. 

For more information on this initiative, click here.

Attorney General Moody and Federal Communications Commission Announce New Robocall Investigation Partnership

Attorney General Ashley Moody and the Federal Communications Commission on officially teamed up on Thursday, May 19th in the fight against robocalls. A new Memorandum of Understanding between state and federal robocall investigators establishes critical information sharing and cooperation structures to allow both agencies to better investigate illegal caller ID spoofing and robocall scams nationwide. The MOU will allow the Florida Attorney General’s investigators to access information that may have been previously unobtainable and will assist with ongoing efforts to protect Floridians from scams involving illegal robocalls.

Attorney General Ashley Moody went on to say “By combining efforts and utilizing FCC resources, we are bolstering our fight to stop scams involving illegal robocalls. This new state-federal partnership will allow our office to more quickly obtain information to expedite and strengthen investigations—while eliminating any duplicative efforts. We share a common goal with the FCC to protect consumers from robocall scams. This new partnership will help us both advance this important mission.”

To Learn more about this initiative, click here


Constituent of the Week

Our constituent of the week is Brevard resident and respected U.S. Army Veteran, Stuart Smith. Stuart is the Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Association of Veteran Owned Businesses. As CEO, he is responsible for promoting veteran-owned businesses to continue Florida’s recognition as the “Veteran State of Choice” to own and operate businesses.

Stuart entered U.S. Army active duty in 1986 from Brevard County, serving for six years with distinction during two enlistments as an infantry soldier. During his service, Stuart was regularly promoted above his peers and held positions of increasing responsibility and grade. Stuart’s success afforded him the position of Chief of Instructor Development in the Non-commissioned Officers Education System. He was recognized in 1987 as the 9th Infantry Division, I Corps and US Forces Command (FORSCOM) Soldier of the Year.  To this day, Stuart still resides in Cape Canaveral. 

Stuart has deep military roots, as he is the son of an Airforce retired veteran, husband to Janice Smith, a fellow retired army soldier, brother to a Navy veteran, and father to a U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter Crew Chief. 

Stuart is a 100% service-connected disabled veteran and now focuses his volunteer efforts on Veterans’ advocacy in employment and entrepreneurship. To solidify these efforts, he became a a founding board member of the Florida Association of Veteran Owned Businesses (FAVOB), Space Coast Chapter, and has led the Military Affairs Council of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, and life member of the Brevard County Veterans Center.  In addition to his veteran advocacy, Stuart served as a past Board Member of the Atlanta Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), SHRM National, and is a previous member of the International Association of Facilitators, the Association of Strategic Planners (ASP), and the American Society for Quality.

Just a few of Stuart’s special recognitions include being honored as the 2022 Small Business Association (SBA) South Florida Veterans Advocate of the Year, 2018 inductee into the Space Coast Public Service Hall of Fame, Outstanding Military Service Award honoree, 2017-2020 Small Business of the Month winner and Small Business of the Year finalist, 2012 Awarded the SHRM Atlanta Presidential Volunteer Leadership Award for leading SHRM Atlanta’s Veteran Hiring Initiative, Named the Pat Adkins “Rotarian of the Year” award in 2010, and honored in 1995 as a Governor Executive Fellow by Governor Mike Lowry of Washington 

Thank you, Stuart Smith, for your service to this country and you dedication to serving the veterans of this great state. District 17 is privileged to have you as a member of the community.

District Highlights

Space Coast Economic Development Commission Launches Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone

The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC) has partnered with the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes to launch the Space Coast Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone (MSEEZ) at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex.

Established to connect military spouses with companies committed to hiring and help tackle military spouse employment issues head-on, the Space Coast MSEEZ working group will bring together businesses, community partners, and nonprofit organizations to identify opportunities as well as barriers to entry for military spouses seeking meaningful employment within Brevard County. Led by Julia Williford of Leonardo DRS, The Space Coast MSEEZ will become the 22nd working group in the nation since 2018, and only the second in the state of Florida.

President and CEO of the Economic Development Commission, Linda Weatherman went on to say, “Florida’s Space Coast has long prioritized the wellbeing of military families because it’s the right thing to do. In the case of military spouses, there is also a significant economic development component. The military brings these talented individuals to our community, and we want to utilize those talents to help grow our economy.”

For more information, click here.

Space Coast Office of Tourism Continues Year-Long Streak of Growth

The Space Coast Office of Tourism is celebrating one year of tourism development tax (TDT) collection growth per their March 2022 report. March 2022 was also the highest in history of Brevard County TDT collection at $2.797 million. This is 27% higher than March 2021 ($1.93M), when pandemic recovery kicked off, and higher than the next best March from 2019 ($2.12M). Due to Spring Break, March is typically the highest of the year. April is expected to be a record for that month but likely will not exceed February or March numbers.

Year to date, TDT is at $11.346 million, compared to $6.8 million the prior year and $8 million in 2018/19. This makes it the strongest six months in any year by over $3 million. Looking at TDT by type, hotels represented 65% of the total for the month and vacation rentals were 34% of TDT which typically has been around the 30% range. In terms of hotel/motel revenue by city, Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral (33%) were, as usual, slightly ahead of Melbourne and the Beaches (29%) as a percentage of the total. 

For more information about Visit Space Coast, click here.

Upcoming Events

Veterans Memorial Center to Host Memorial Day Ceremony

On Monday, May 30th at 9:30 a.m., the Veterans Memorial Center (VMC) in Merritt Island will host a Memorial Day ceremony to include moving stories of veterans, VMC tenant organizations, Ruck March stop & reflect, a fallen first responders presentation by Sheriff Wayne Ivey and a Sea Cadet Color Guard. This event is open to veterans, active duty and any other interested members of the community.

For more information about this event, click here.


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US Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review 05/20/2022
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This week, as families in Florida and across the nation struggle to find baby formula due to the an unacceptable and completely preventable nationwide shortage, Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Marco Rubio to introduce the Urgently Feeding America’s Babies Act directing the Biden administration to invoke the Defense Production Act and establish a process to approve the sale of European-approved infant formulas to stock U.S. shelves. Even as moms and dads are forced to travel hours away from home to find food for their babies, it wasn’t until after Senator Scott and Rubio’s bill was introduced that President Biden followed their lead and took action.

The fight to get baby formula back on the shelves continues and Senator Scott will keep fighting for Florida families and to hold the Biden administration accountable for its failures.

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


After news broke that the Biden administration is easing sanctions on the illegitimate communist Cuban regime, Senator Rick Scott released the below statement and announced his intention to hold all relevant Biden nominees until the decision is reversed. The Díaz-Canel/Castro regime continues to brutally oppress and murder innocent Cubans, and is unjustly jailing more than 1,300 political prisoners, some as young as 14 years old. Last week, during a hearing in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Senator Scott questioned Emily Mendrala, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, who refused to rule out easing sanctions on the illegitimate communist Cuban regime.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Joe Biden’s appeasement of the illegitimate communist Cuban regime is DISGUSTING. The administration claims they are helping the people but have done NOTHING to secure the freedom of political prisoners like José Daniel Ferrer, who are subjected to physical and psychological torture in an attempt to end their life. Since the July 11th protests, instead of standing with the freedom-loving people of Cuba, Joe Biden has shown weakness and cowardice – bowing to the demands of a murderous regime instead of standing for democracy and human rights. It is sickening and why I will be holding ALL relevant nominees that have been reported favorably by committees to the Senate Floor until the decision is reversed.

“Biden can frame this however he wants, but this is the truth: this is nothing but an idiotic attempt to return to Obama’s failed appeasement policies and clear sign of support for the evil regime. Maybe Joe Biden is hoping that he, like his pal Obama, will also get to sit front row with the regime at a baseball game. There is no reasonable justification for this. It will funnel tons of cash to the regime and its military forces – giving it even more power to keep the Cuban people under its communist control. And the cost of this disastrous policy choice? More brutal oppression for the Cuban people. If you don’t know how this works, just ask Sirley Ávila León. After Obama made his sweetheart deal with the regime, the secret police in Cuba came to her house with a machete and chopped her hand off and then stuck in the mud so she would get an infection. Why? Because she complained that a school in her neighborhood was getting shut down. That’s the evil regime Joe Biden is cozying up to. Obama’s deal didn’t change the regime’s oppression and neither will Biden’s. Unfortunately, we knew this was coming. Last week, I asked Biden’s State Department in committee if the administration was planning to ease sanctions. They said, ‘No comment.’ It was a shameful admission and now we know what we must do. This appeasement cannot stand and I will do everything in my power to fight it every single day.” Read more HERE.


El Senador Rick Scott dijo: “El apaciguamiento de Joe Biden con el régimen cubano comunista ilegítimo es ASQUEROSO. La administración afirma que los está ayudando, pero no ha hecho NADA para garantizar la libertad de los presos políticos como José Daniel Ferrer, que son sometidos a torturas físicas y psicológicas en un intento de acabar con su vida. Desde las protestas del 11 de julio, en lugar de apoyar al pueblo cubano amante de la libertad, Joe Biden ha mostrado debilidad y cobardía, inclinándose ante las demandas de un régimen asesino en lugar de defender la democracia y los derechos humanos. Es repugnante y por eso retendré a TODOS los nominados relevantes que han sido aprobados por los comités para el Pleno del Senado, hasta que se revierta esta decisión.

“Biden puede plantear esto como quiera, pero esta es la verdad: esto no es más que un intento idiota de volver a las fallidas políticas de apaciguamiento de Obama y una clara señal de apoyo al malvado régimen. Tal vez Joe Biden espera que él, como su amigo Obama, también pueda sentarse en primera fila con el régimen en un juego de béisbol. No hay una justificación razonable para esto. Canalizará toneladas de efectivo al régimen y a sus fuerzas militares, dándole aún más poder para mantener al pueblo cubano bajo su control comunista. ¿Y el costo de esta desastrosa elección de política? Opresión brutal para el pueblo cubano. Si no sabes cómo funciona esto, pregúntale a Sirley Ávila León. Después de que Obama hiciera su trato amoroso con el régimen, la policía secreta de Cuba llegó a su casa con un machete y le cortó la mano y luego la metió en el barro para que se infectara. ¿Por qué? Porque se quejó de que iban a cerrar una escuela en su vecindario. Ese es el régimen malvado con el que Joe Biden se está acomodando. El acuerdo de Obama no cambió la opresión del régimen y tampoco lo hará el de Biden. Desafortunadamente, sabíamos que esto vendría. La semana pasada, le pregunté al Comité del Departamento de Estado de Biden si la administración planeaba aliviar las sanciones. Dijeron: ‘Sin comentarios’. Fue una admisión vergonzosa y ahora sabemos lo que debemos hacer. Este apaciguamiento no puede sostenerse y haré todo lo que esté a mi alcance para combatirlo todos los días”. Lea más AQUÍ.

Sen. Rick Scott: Biden’s Negotiations with Maduro, Appeasement of Dictators Undermines Human Rights and Democracy in Latin America

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following reports that President Joe Biden will ease sanctions against murderous dictator Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela. This comes just one day after the Biden administration announced it is easing sanctions on the illegitimate communist Cuban regime, which continues to brutally oppress and murder innocent Cubans, and is unjustly jailing more than 1,300 political prisoners, some as young as 14 years old.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Joe Biden’s appeasement of brutal dictators is disgusting and undermines America’s national security and commitment to protecting democracy around the world. Nicolás Maduro is a brutal dictator who is committing genocide against his citizens and depriving them of democracy. Yet, just one day after easing sanctions on the murderous and illegitimate communist regime in Cuba, President Biden has decided to further abandon democracy in Latin America by easing sanctions on Maduro and his evil thugs while getting NOTHING in return. No commitment to democracy. No commitment to freeing political prisoners or the remaining U.S. citizens being unjustly imprisoned by Maduro’s regime. It’s absolutely unconscionable. The ONLY thing the Biden administration should discuss with the regime is when Maduro will step down. The United States has rightfully recognized Juan Guaidó as the legitimate President of Venezuela, and our efforts, as well as the entire international community, should be focused on ending Maduro’s regime, protecting human rights and helping the Venezuelan people achieve freedom and democracy.” Read more HERE.

Senador Rick Scott: Negociaciones de Biden con Maduro, apaciguamiento de dictadores socava los derechos humanos y la democracia en América Latina

El Senador Rick Scott emitió la siguiente declaración luego de los informes de que el Presidente Joe Biden aliviará las sanciones contra el dictador asesino Nicolás Maduro en Venezuela. Esto ocurre solo un día después de que la administración de Biden anunciara que suavizará las sanciones contra el ilegítimo régimen comunista cubano, que continúa oprimiendo brutalmente y asesinando a cubanos inocentes, y está encarcelando injustamente a más de 1300 presos politicos, algunos de tan solo 14 años.

El Senador Rick Scott dijo: “El apaciguamiento de dictadores brutales por parte de Joe Biden es repugnante y socava la seguridad nacional de Estados Unidos y el compromiso de proteger la democracia en todo el mundo. Nicolás Maduro es un dictador brutal que está cometiendo genocidio contra sus ciudadanos y privándolos de la democracia. Sin embargo, solo un día después de aliviar las sanciones contra el ilegítimo régimen comunista cubano, el Presidente Biden decidió abandonar aún más la democracia en América Latina al aliviar las sanciones contra Maduro y sus malvados matones sin obtener NADA a cambio. Sin compromiso con la democracia. Ningún compromiso de liberar a los presos políticos o a los ciudadanos estadounidenses restantes que están injustamente encarcelados por el régimen de Maduro. Es absolutamente desmesurado. Lo ÚNICO que la administración de Biden debería discutir con el régimen es cuándo renunciará Maduro. Estados Unidos ha reconocido legítimamente a Juan Guaidó como el Presidente legítimo de Venezuela, y nuestros esfuerzos, así como los de toda la comunidad internacional, deben centrarse en poner fin al régimen de Maduro, proteger los derechos humanos y ayudar al pueblo venezolano a alcanzar la libertad y la democracia”. Lea más AQUÍ.

Sen. Rick Scott: We Must Deliver Lethal Military Aid to Ukraine & Take Care of American Families

Senator Rick Scott released the following statement ahead of his vote to support U.S. funding for lethal military aid to Ukraine as it fights to defeat Russia and push back on Vladimir Putin’s unjust invasion. Senator Scott has been clear that while the United States must continue to provide Ukraine with the aid it needs, we cannot allow that action to deprioritize or slow progress on solving urgent domestic issues such as securing the border, fighting inflation and fixing major supply issues like the current baby formula shortage that is devastating parents across the nation. Last week, Senator Scott wrote to FDA Commissioner Robert Califf urging his agency to take immediate action to fix the supply crisis and get infant formula back on shelves.

Senator Rick Scott said, “As Russia wages war against Ukraine, murders innocent families and threatens democracy in Europe, the United States must continue to stand strongly with Ukraine and provide the lethal military aid it needs to win this war. Russia is a cancerous, evil regime that wants to destroy human rights and democracy in eastern Europe. Putin’s murderous attacks are a threat to our national security and the security of our democratic allies. America must always protect our interests and support democracy over tyranny. That’s why I am voting to support the aid package being considered in the Senate today. However, this cannot be allowed to delay needed action to address the multitude of crises Joe Biden has caused here at home. I fully expect Democrats to show the same urgency as they did with this package on action to secure the border, stop the reckless spending that’s fueling inflation and pressure the Biden administration to immediately fix major supply chain crises, like the massive shortage of baby formula, that are devastating families in Florida and across America. Inflation remains at 40-year highs, over two MILLION people illegally crossed the border last year, 107,000 Americans died of drug overdoses and shelves remain empty in stores nationwide. Congress can take immediate action to solve these issues and we owe it to the American people to do so. There is no excuse for inaction.”

Sen. Rick Scott: In Defending Democracy, America has Strong Partners in Poland & Lithuania

Following his recent trip to Europe, Senator Rick Scott sent letters to leaders of Poland and Lithuania. In April, Senator Scott visited Germany, Poland and Lithuania, where he meet with service members, high-ranking officials and community members to reinforce the United States’ unwavering commitment to Ukraine and NATO allies in the face of Russia’s murderous invasion. Read more HERE and HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott joins Sen. Rubio in Introducing Legislation to Increase Supply of Infant Formula

Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Marco Rubio and colleagues to introduce the Urgently Feeding America’s Babies Act (S. 4226). The bill would direct the Biden Administration to invoke the Defense Production Act and establish a process to approve the sale of European-produced infant formulas to address the ongoing shortage.

Senator Rick Scott said, “The baby formula shortage is heartbreaking and infuriating. Families are having to travel far just to get food for their babies. Moms and dads are already hurting from Biden’s inflation crisis and shortages of formula are a kick while they’re down. Just like with every issue this administration faces, they have no immediate solutions, but this urgent issue deserves urgent action. Our bill, the Urgently Feeding America’s Babies Act, will direct the Biden administration to take action NOW to bring European-approved baby formula to stock U.S. shelves. Families can’t wait any longer.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott joins Sen. Sullivan & Colleagues in Introducing INDEX Act to Empower Investors and Neutralize Wall Street’s Biggest Investment Firms

Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and their colleagues in introducing the Investor Democracy is Expected (INDEX) Act to address problems stemming from the consolidated corporate ownership and voting power within Wall Street’s largest investment advisers and their index funds.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Hardworking Florida families deserve to have their investments under their control and used according to their interests. I’m proud to join Senator Sullivan and our colleagues in this important fight to return power back to where it belongs – with individual investors.” Read more HERE.

Heartless Democrats Block Sen. Rick Scott’s Urgent Request to Combat Inflation Crisis

As record-breaking inflation continues to devastate families in Florida and across America, Senator Rick Scott asked for unanimous consent on the Senate floor to pass his bill establishing a budgetary point of order that stops reckless, inflation-fueling spending. Senator Scott’s bill, which would not apply to funding for the Armed Forces, Social Security or Medicare, would halt any non-defense discretionary spending that increases the deficit over the ten-year budget window when the average annual CPI inflation is 3% or higher. Senate Democrats rejected his initial proposal, as well as his subsequent counter proposals to pin the point of order at 8% and 12% inflation. The Federal Reserve targets a 2% inflation rate, far lower than any of the levels rejected today by Senate Democrats.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Senate Democrats are heartless and proved again today that they don’t care about reversing Joe Biden’s record-breaking inflation crisis. After three years in the Senate, I’ve become familiar with seeing Democrats reject commonsense policy, but their decision today to greenlight reckless deficit spending, even when inflation rises above 12%, is absolutely insane. Families all across America are suffering. For our poorest families, like mine growing up, Biden’s raging inflation crisis is totally devastating. This crisis was created by Joe Biden, but the only response to skyrocketing prices we’ve seen from him is blaming others. Sadly, Biden’s blame-game has been enabled by weak Democrats in Congress who would rather provide political cover for a confused and failed president than actually help struggling families. Floridians are sick and tired of it and I’ll never stop fighting to stop Biden’s disastrous inflation agenda.” Watch more in the videos HEREHERE, and HERE or below.

Part 1: 3% Inflation


Part 2: 8% Inflation


Part 3: 12% Inflation



In a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Senator Rick Scott questioned Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on the Biden administration’s failed energy policies and received a major commitment: the United States will not import oil from genocidal regimes in Iran and Venezuela. Since Joe Biden took office, Senator Scott has warned about the dangers of working with evil regimes like those in Venezuela, Iran, Cuba and China. For months, Senator Scott has been demanding that the Biden administration prioritize American energy independence and support legislation like his Furthering Resource Exploration and Empowering (FREE) American Energy Act to expedite the federal agencies’ review process of applications for permits, waivers, licenses, or other authorizations related to energy production. Watch more in the video HERE or below.


Sen. Rick Scott: Congress Must Continue to Support Israel, Fund Security & Defense Initiatives

Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs about the importance of America’s security relationship with Israel. Senator Scott urged the subcommittee to include $3.3 billion in security assistance to Israel for Fiscal Year 2023, to display unity with America’s great ally Israel and show the world that the United States’ commitment to defending Israel’s democracy is unyielding. Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Joins Bipartisan Colleagues in Letter to POTUS Championing Taiwan’s Inclusion in Proposed Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF)

Senator Rick Scott joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), and 49 of their Senate colleagues in penning a letter to President Joe Biden to urge the Administration’s inclusion of Taiwan as a partner in the proposed Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF). In addition to recognizing Taiwan’s importance to the United States as an important trading partner, the senators underscored that failing to include Taiwan in IPEF runs counter to U.S. economic interests in the region. 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. Since being elected to the U.S. Senate, Senator Scott has urged government accountability to the American taxpayer. Read more HERE.

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

El Senador Rick Scott publicó una actualización semanal sobre sus acciones para abordar la crisis de deuda de Estados Unidos y el aumento de la inflación. Desde que fue elegido para el Senado de los EE. UU., el Senador Scott ha instado a que el gobierno rinda cuentas al contribuyente estadounidense. Lea más AQUÍ.

Fox News: Rick Scott torches ‘incompetent’ Biden admin for baby formula shortages: All they do is ‘blame people

OANN: Sen. Scott: Biden Must Not Give ‘Chinese Puppet’ WHO Sovereignty Over Americans Lives

Daily Wire: Sen. Rick Scott: ‘Biden’s Appeasement Of Brutal Dictators Is Disgusting’

Breitbart: Republicans Propose Bill to Fight Back Against Woke Capitalism

Forbes: Rick Scott: ‘This Socialist Agenda That The Democrats Are Pushing, It’s Not Working’

Tampa Free Press:  Sen. Scott Says Biden Relaxing Sanctions On Cuba Is “Disgusting” And “Idiotic”

Tampa Free Press: Rubio, Scott And Buchanan Seek To Force Biden On Formula Imports

WPTV: U.S. Senator Rick Scott doesn’t regret comments about President Biden

WKMG: Florida lawmakers introduce bill to address baby formula shortage

The Floridian: Scott Calls Democratic Letter “slap in the face” to the Venezuelan People

The Floridian: Republicans Slam Biden and ‘Brutal Cuban Dictatorship’

The Floridian: Scott Chides ‘Heartless’ Democrats on Senate Floor

The Floridian: Scott: Squad’s Anti-Israel Resolution is “Horrific”

The Floridian: Scott, Rubio Respond to Title 42 Hypocrisy

Florida Daily: Florida’s Senators Back Diane Feinstein’s Bill Creating Space Force National Guard

Florida Daily: Florida Delegation Reacts as Biden Starts Lowering Sanctions on Maduro Regime

Florida Daily: Florida’s Senators Back Bill Cassidy’s Resolution Urging Biden Work With Congress Against Violent Crime

Florida Daily: Florida Republicans Slam Biden’s New Cuba Policies

Alberto News: Rick Scott carga contra Biden por aliviar sanciones a Maduro: “El repugnante apaciguamiento no hará nada más que amenazar la estabilidad de América Latina”

La Patilla: Rick Scott calificó de “asqueroso” la decisión de Biden de relajar sanciones a Cuba

Efecto Cocuyo: Secretaria de Energía de EEUU descarta importar petróleo de Venezuela o Irán

Sen. Rick Scott’s Office Attends Local Events
Senator Rick Scott’s team hosted a Mobile Office Hours event in Miami and attended an Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration in Orlando.



Sen. Rick Scott’s Office Hosts Mobile Office Hours