Congressman Byron Donalds Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap-Up with
Congressman Byron Donalds
10/11/2021

As Democrats continue their scramble to come to find an agreement on their socialist spending packages, the House of Representatives stood in recess this past week allowing me ample time to tour our waterways, meet with our first responders, and meet with the great people of Southwest Florida.

In an interview with French reporters, John Kerry, the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, admitted to President Biden having no knowledge of the AUKUS submarine agreement. Since assuming office, Joe Biden has been a consistently absent president. However, for a President not to be made aware of a technology transfer of this magnitude, nor to have the knowledge of a fallout with a longstanding ally. This admission is highly alarming and raises serious concerns for every American: If President Biden isn’t properly briefed on foreign affairs of this severity, what else is he in the dark on? If not Joe Biden, who is actually leading the nation?

For expressing his First Amendment right to freedom of speech condemning the failed Afghanistan withdrawal, USMC Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller was unjustly placed in the brig as a partisan political prisoner. For speaking his mind against the Biden Administration and inept military leadership, 17-year USMC veteran Lt. Col. Scheller risks losing his rank, pension, and career. This week, after mounting political pressure, Lt. Col. Scheller was released from the big as he awaits a potential. This is the first step towards achieving overdue justice. Our military personnel, past and present, deserve our utmost respect, honor, and gratitude. And since taking the oath of office, the Biden Administration has done nothing but slander and disrespect our first responders and military heroes.

For important Capitol Hill updates, events occurring throughout Southwest Florida and more – keep reading!

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Legislative Updates

The radicalization and politicization of the Department of Justice, an agency intended to represent the law in a non-partisan and equal opportunistic manner, being weaponized to target law-abiding Americans will not stand.

My full statement on Attorney General Merrick Garland & the DOJ below:

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I was proud to join my colleague Rep. Lisa McClain (R-MI) in a letter to the Department of Justice demanding answers on the targeting of parents opposed to Critical Race Theory and arbitrary COVID-19 mandates.

Click the link below to read the letter in its entirety:

Rep. Donalds Signs On To Letter to DOJ

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Community Events

I had a great visit last week with the Greater Naples Fire District. These heroes answer the call and save lives day in and day out. Thank you to all our brave fire and EMT workers for all the great work they do for our community. Thank you isn’t enough.

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Last week, I had a great meeting with the heroes of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. I will always back the Blue & support the hard-working men & women of our law enforcement community.

We can NOT get rid of qualified immunity, & we must fully fund our police departments.

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Last week, my staff and I had the opportunity to tour a monoclonal antibody (MAB) treatment center in Bonita Springs. Thanks to Governor Ron DeSantis’ leadership, my constituents have access to this lifesaving therapeutic.

Thank you to all of our frontline workers – the heroes in this fight!

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Beach nourishment is essential to keeping Southwest Florida’s coast beautiful and enjoyable for our local economy to thrive. Last week, I had the opportunity to oversee the Captiva Island beach nourishment project in Florida’s 19th Congressional District with various local leaders.

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Yesterday, my office held a Town Hall in Fort Myers to provide constituents with a congressional update, provide an opportunity for residents to ask questions, and discuss ways I can best serve the Southwest Florida community.

I’d like to thank all of those who attended the Town Hall, contributed to a lively and passionate conversation, and are engaged in the legislative process. I’m looking forward to hosting more Town Halls in the future.

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In the Media

Last week, I joined Elizabeth MacDonald, the host of ‘The Evening Edit’ on Fox Business to discuss how Biden’s Build Back Better Act will push the United States towards socialism.

Click the link below to watch the full interview:

Rep. Byron Donalds Joins The Evening Edit on Fox Business

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ICYMI: I sat down with Sandra Smith, of America Reports on Fox News, to discuss House Democrats’ reckless spending and their desire to raise the debt limit in an effort to avoid their contribution to the national debt.

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I was happy to join ‘Varney & Co.’ on Fox Business last week to discuss the stalemate of Biden’s Build Back Better Act, Republicans voting to raise the debt ceiling, and the latest on Capitol Hill.

Watch the full interview below:

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Serving the hardworking men and women of Florida’s 19th Congressional District is my distinct honor and privilege. It’s time Washington works for our community’s values, and every day I will always strive to ensure your government is working for you.

Sincerely,

Byron Donalds
Member of Congress

Senator Rick Scott Update

Since being elected to the U.S. Senate, Senator Scott has repeatedly urged action to address America’s debt crisis. For months, Senator Scott has been warning of the dangerous consequences of Washington’s reckless spending and the nation’s rapidly growing debt. As the wasteful, reckless spending of the Biden administration and congressional Democrats leads to growing inflation and rising prices of every day goods, Senator Scott is urging members of Congress to protect the fiscal security of our nation by refusing to increase the debt ceiling unless it is accompanied by true structural spending reform. As Florida’s U.S. Senator, he’s introduced several pieces of legislation to reform Washington’s wasteful spending including the Federal Debt Emergency Control Act and the Full Faith and Credit Act.

Sen. Rick Scott Calls on Colleagues to Pass No Budget, No Pay Proposal

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement ahead of the Senate’s consideration of his and Senator Mike Braun’s No Budget, No Pay proposal. This common-sense No Budget, No Pay proposal requires members of Congress to do their job and work together to pass a budget and meet appropriations bill deadlines, or forgo their own salaries until the job is done.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Americans are sick and tired of Washington’s dysfunction hurting our families, causing economic chaos and inflation with wasteful spending, and government shutdowns that leave members of our Armed Services without paychecks. Families in Florida and across America deserve better. When hardworking Floridians fail at their job, they don’t get a paycheck. Why should Congress live in an alternate reality? If Congress fails at one of its most basic duties – passing a budget – our members shouldn’t get a taxpayer-funded paycheck. Period. Our No Budget, No Pay proposal simply holds Congress accountable and to the exact same standard as the families we proudly represent. I urge all of my colleagues to support this common-sense measure.”

Sen. Rick Scott: I Won’t Let Democrats’ Reckless Spending Drive Inflation & Put Taxpayers on the Hook

Senator Rick Scott spoke on the Senate floor to shine light on the Democrats’ reckless tax-and-spend spree that is already hurting families and businesses with skyrocketing inflation. Even as the President Biden’s inflation crisis rages, Democrats in Washington are pushing forward a partisan $5.5 TRILLION spending bill that will raise the national debt to $45 TRILLION. Senator Scott is fighting for real solutions to address Washington’s debt crisis and put the nation on a financially stable path, specifically with his introduction of the Federal Debt Emergency Control Act and Full Faith and Credit Act.

The Full Faith and Credit Act will ensure the federal government prioritizes funding for our military, veterans and seniors should the federal debt ceiling be reached with no action from Democrats to raise or suspend it. Senator Scott has been demanding that Congress take action to address America’s nearly $30 trillion current federal debt and get the reckless spending which fuels it under control. Senator Scott continues to urge his colleagues to refuse to increase the debt ceiling without also enacting true spending reform.

 

Sen. Rick Scott to OMB: Taxpayers Still Waiting for Answers on Trillions Allocated for COVID Relief

Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Shalanda Young requesting an update on the trillions in tax dollars that has been already allocated to in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As Democrats in Congress try to push through a $5.5 trillion reckless tax-and-spending spree that will further fuel rising inflation caused by wasteful government spending, Senator Scott is calling for accountability for every single tax dollar spent to ensure it’s in the best interest of Florida families.

Sen. Rick Scott: Democrats’ Socialist Agenda & Tax Increases Will Kill the American Dream

Senator Rick Scott, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the below statement on Congressional Democrats’ attempts to impose the largest tax increase on American families and businesses in decades.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Joe Biden and Democrats in Washington are shameless. Once again, they have shown they will do anything it takes to get their liberal, reckless multi-trillion dollar tax-and-spend wish list, even if it’s at the expense of the American people. As inflation rages and families across the nation struggle to keep up with skyrocketing prices, all Democrats want is to spend and tax more. Democrats claim their $2 trillion tax hike will only hit those making over $400,000 — it’s a complete lie. Projections from the Joint Committee of Taxation show that over the next decade the 40-plus tax hikes they are pushing will raise taxes on Americans making over $50,000. Adding insult to injury, the Democrat tax plan hammers small businesses and family farms with a double death tax and hikes the corporate tax rate, stunting American competitiveness on the global market.

“Of course, while Democrats are happy to punish hardworking families and job creators, they’re working hard to protect their rich friends and donors in blue states. That’s right, while small businesses get hammered, Democrats in Washington are bringing back the SALT carve out to let the wealthy in high-tax states like New York and California write off their sky-high state and local taxes, relying on taxpayers from Florida to bail them out. It’s insane. I will NOT let Florida taxpayers foot the bill to bail out blue states from their own failed policies. We need to call this out for what it is: pure and unadulterated systemic socialism from Biden and the Democrats. I won’t stand for it and will keep fighting every day to defeat the big government, high tax and debt-boosting plans of socialist liberals in Washington.”

Sen. Rick Scott: Democrats’ $5.5 TRILLION Tax-and-Spending Spree Drives America to $45 TRILLION Nightmare

Following Senate Democrats’ passage of their $5.5 TRILLION tax-and-spending spree package without any Republican support. The Democrats’ reckless $5.5 trillion tax-and-spending spree is estimated to drive the federal debt to more than $45,000,000,000,000 by 2031 – a more than $15,000,000,000,000 increase in just 10 years.

This comes as the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) this morning released the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) data showing that inflation has again risen significantly. Year-over-year, consumer prices increased 5.4% in July – matching the troubling increase reported for the 12-month period ending in June 2021, which was the largest 12-month increase since 2008. Annualized, the monthly CPI growth rate reached 5.9% in July.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Under unified Democrat rule, liberals in Washington have welcomed a socialist agenda that is drowning America in debt, fueling a raging inflation crisis and hiking taxes on Florida families. We know that reckless government spending causes higher inflation – raising prices and making life more expensive for every family, especially those on low and fixed-incomes, like mine growing up. Today’s CPI report shows that President Biden’s inflation crisis rages on, hurting more families every day.

“Bernie Sanders’ budget is driving America toward a $45,000,000,000,000 debt nightmare and killing jobs by hiking taxes that hurt every American family. Our nation can’t afford this socialist nightmare. If the Democrats insist on engaging in this reckless tax-and-spending spree, it’s up to them to own what they’ve done, find the courage to face the American people and raise the debt ceiling the same way they’ve passed this unbelievable spending – without a single Republican vote in support.”

Sen. Rick Scott: Biden’s Inflation Crisis Continues to Hurt Florida Families

Following the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Senator Rick Scott released the below statement highlighting the need to implement substantive fiscal reforms to end the ongoing inflation crisis fueled by the Biden administration’s tax-and-spend agenda. August’s CPI data shows that there has been a notable increase in inflation every month of Biden’s presidency. Year over year, consumer prices increased 5.3% in August after increasing 5.4% for the 12-month period ending in July 2021.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I can’t say it enough: reckless and wasteful government spending causes inflation, and we’re seeing that play out month after month under unified Democrat rule in Washington. Today’s CPI release shows that for eighth straight months, our nation has experienced significant increases in prices. That’s eight months of families struggling. I grew up poor and saw my parents struggle to stretch every dollar to put food on the table. Now, too many families are going through that same thing in Joe Biden’s America. Every dollar that Democrats add to the debt, every massive, reckless spending package they push forward, only further fuels Biden’s raging inflation crisis. We won’t stand for it, and neither will the American people. The data speaks for itself – America’s credit card is maxed out and it’s past time to get America’s financial situation back under control.”

According to today’s CPI release, all price increases over the year in August were:
• Gasoline: +42.7%
• Used Cars: +31.9%
• Gas Utilities: +21.1%
• New Cars: +7.6%
• Overall CPI: +5.3%
• Electricity: +5.2%
• Food Away from Home: +4.7%
• Transportation: +4.6%
• Apparel: +4.2%
• Core Inflation: +4.0%
• Food at Home: +3.0%
• Shelter: +2.8%
• Medical Care Service: +1.0%
Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: Congress Cannot Increase the Debt Ceiling Without Major Spending Reform

Senator Rick Scott released the following statement demanding Congress take action to get America’s nearly $30 trillion federal debt under control and urging his colleagues to refuse to increase the debt ceiling without also enacting true spending reform. For months, Senator Scott has been warning of the dangerous consequences of Washington’s reckless spending and the nation’s rapidly growing debt. Today, the Congressional Budget Office released a report highlighting the dire nature of the federal debt crisis.

In April, Senator Scott secured an amendment to the rules of the Senate Republican Conference resolving that any increase in the debt ceiling should be accompanied by cuts in federal spending of an equal or greater amount as the debt ceiling increase, or meaningful structural reform in spending.

Senator Rick Scott said, “America’s nearly $30 TRILLION debt crisis cannot be ignored. Today, I am urging every member of Congress to protect the fiscal security of our nation by refusing to increase the debt ceiling unless it is accompanied by true structural spending reform. We must end the reckless waste of taxpayer dollars.

“We need real spending reform before we consider increasing the debt ceiling. We need reform like my Federal Debt Emergency Control Act, which prevents Washington politicians from mindlessly spending by requiring that two-thirds of the Senate vote to increase the debt before approving any bill. This isn’t political, it’s good government and it’s commonsense. Every fiscally responsible Republican and Democrat should be focused on the debt crisis before us. We cannot allow Congress to continue mortgaging the futures of our children and grandchildren.”

Senators Rick Scott & Pat Toomey Lead Colleagues in Reintroducing Full Faith and Credit Act to Address Federal Debt Crisis

Senator Rick Scott and Senator Pat Toomey were joined by Senators Thom Tillis, Ron Johnson, Mike Braun, Bill Hagerty, Ted Cruz, Kevin Cramer, Shelley Moore Capito, Marco Rubio, John Barrasso and John Hoeven in reintroducing the Full Faith and Credit Act to ensure the federal government prioritizes funding for our military, veterans and seniors should the federal debt ceiling be reached with no action from Democrats to raise or suspend it. Senator Scott has been demanding that Congress take action to address America’s nearly $30 trillion federal debt and get the reckless spending which fuels it under control. Senator Scott continues to urge his colleagues to refuse to increase the debt ceiling without also enacting true spending reform.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Washington’s reckless spending is completely out of control. The United States is nearing $30 trillion in debt and Democrats are pushing a radical, socialist tax-and-spending agenda that will push us to an unimaginable $45 trillion. Too many in Washington have accepted deficit spending, blank checks, tax hikes and skyrocketing inflation as the status quo. We need to be clear: there will be a day of reckoning for this and unfortunately American families will pay the price. It’s time for Congress to take significant action to put our nation back on a path of economic success. I did it in Florida and we can do it in Washington.

“Our bill, the Full Faith and Credit Act, would require the U.S. government to fulfill critical payments to the debt to avoid default and full fiscal calamity if Democrats refuse to take accountability for their wasteful spending and address the debt ceiling. It also ensures Americans depending on Social Security, Medicare, veteran benefits, as well as our service members, are not punished for Washington’s dysfunction. I want to thank my friend and colleague, Senator Pat Toomey, for previously introducing this bill and allowing me the opportunity to lead this effort with him at this critical moment. It’s time for Washington to start living within its means, just like every family and business across the nation does, and preserve the American dream—this bill is a great start.”

Sen. Rick Scott Introduces Federal Debt Emergency Control Act to Fight Washington’s Spending & Debt Crisis

Senator Rick Scott led Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Braun, Marsha Blackburn, Ron Johnson, John Barrasso, Joni Ernst and Tommy Tuberville in introducing the Federal Debt Emergency Control Act to rein in Washington’s out-of-control spending and provide a concrete path forward to tackle the nation’s nearly $30 trillion debt. The Federal Debt Emergency Control Act is endorsed by the National Taxpayers Union, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Prosperity, FreedomWorks, and Club for Growth.

The Federal Debt Emergency Control Act:
• Requires the Office of Management and Budget to declare a “Federal Debt Emergency” in any fiscal year where the federal debt exceeds 100% of that year’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
• This emergency designation would trigger several provisions to help control and reduce the federal debt to levels below 100% of GDP, including:
o Terminating any unobligated funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, and any previous stimulus bills, and sending it back to the Treasury General Fund immediately for deficit reduction.
o Requiring all legislation that increases the federal deficit, as determined by the Congressional Budget Office, to carry its own offsets. If it does not, the legislation shall be considered out of order and will require at least two-thirds of all Senators to vote to increase federal debt before even being able to consider the bill.
o Fast-tracking any legislation that would reduce the federal deficit by at least 5 percent over ten years.
Senator Rick Scott said, “America is in a debt crisis. Our nation is barreling toward $30 trillion in debt – an unimaginable $233,000 in debt for every family in America. It’s a crisis caused by decades of wasteful and reckless spending by Washington politicians. Now, President Biden is continuing this way of governing by pushing for trillions in wasteful spending, raising the U.S. federal debt by 60% to $39 trillion and the debt-to-GDP ratio to 117% in 2030, the highest level ever recorded in American history. Spending beyond our means has consequences. We’re already seeing rising inflation, which disproportionately hurts the poorest families, like mine growing up.

“That’s why today, I am leading my colleagues in introducing the Federal Debt Emergency Control Act to rein in Washington’s out of control spending. This includes preventing Washington politicians from mindlessly spending by requiring that two-thirds of the Senate vote to increase the debt before approving any bill. I look forward to every fiscally responsible Republican and Democrat working with me to quickly pass the Federal Debt Emergency Control Act.”
Watch Senator Scott introduce the Federal Debt Emergency Control Act on the Senate floor HERE or below.

Sen. Rick Scott in Orlando Sentinel: GOP Won’t Fuel Inflation Crisis by Raising Debt Limit

Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed for the Orlando Sentinel on why Senate Republicans will not support raising the debt ceiling and excuse the Democrats’ massive spending that is already hurting families by fueling a raging inflation crisis. Today, U.S. debt is nearly $30 TRILLION. Under the reckless tax-and-spending spree proposal drafted by socialist Bernie Sanders, Democrat spending would increase federal debt by more than $15 TRILLION, taking it to $45 TRILLION by 2031.

In the op-ed, Senator Rick Scott wrote, “In 2019, Congress voted to suspend the debt limit, letting the federal government rack up unlimited debt for two years. Now, the debt limit suspension has expired and congressional Democrats are pitching this as a decision point with only two options: vote to suspend the debt limit again or increase it.

Republicans won’t stand for it. As spending bills by Democratic leadership rage out of control, we won’t vote to bail them out and cut them more blank checks to bury us in debt, increase America’s interest expense and fuel an already raging inflation crisis hurting families across Florida. It’s time for Democrats to own the debt crisis they created.

Reckless spending has consequences, like rising inflation and growing government interest expenses. Recently, my office heard from a family in Kissimmee who is feeling the impacts of inflation firsthand. They are having a harder time putting food on the table and balancing the ability to keep their vehicle. That’s the effect of this irresponsible and dangerous path the Democrats are on.

With interest rates at historic lows, the U.S. government is already spending nearly $345 billion annually on interest. Instead of funding infrastructure, defense or the environment, nearly $345 billion is just paying interest which provides zero return to American families. As the debt grows, this will only get worse.

How can Congress justify that? No family or business would keep spending more when you can’t afford the bills you already have. In the real world, it’s not the number of checks you have in your checkbook, it’s how much money you have left in the bank. But, for Congressional Democrats, it’s about spending until the checks are gone, ignoring the overdraft warnings, and then ordering more.

It’s time to show President Biden and the liberals that their debt crisis has dangerous consequences that are wasting the hard-earned tax dollars of Florida families. I’ll keep fighting every day to put our nation on a successful path and ensure our future generations have every opportunity to live the American dream.”

Read the full op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott, FGA President in Tampa Bay Times: Approaching debt limit deadline presents golden opportunity for fiscal responsibility
Senator Rick Scott and Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) President and CEO Tarren Bragdon wrote an op-ed for the Tampa Bay Times on how Senator Scott’s Federal Debt Emergency Control Act can rein in Washington’s out-of-control spending and provide a concrete path forward to tackle the nation’s nearly $30 trillion debt.

 

US Senator Rick Scott October 16 update

As President Biden’s raging inflation crisis pushed prices higher and higher for Florida families, Senator Rick Scott continues to highlight how the president’s reckless tax-and-spend agenda of systemic socialism is sending prices up and demand a change in policy. This week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose to 5.4% in September, the highest since January 1991, and the Producer Price Index (PPI) increased to 8.6% over the year, the largest advance since the 12-month change was first calculated in 2010.
Following the this week’s CPI report, Senator Rick Scott said, “Joe Biden and Democrats are leading our nation down a dark economic path of fewer jobs, higher prices and less opportunity. The question is, how many months will Joe Biden’s complete ignorance go on before he realizes his socialist agenda is killing our economy and hurting American families? I grew up poor, and watched as my parents struggled to stretch every penny to support our family. Now, we’re seeing families all across America deal with that same hardship. I’m hearing from Florida families and businesses every day. They’re worried. They’re worried about not being able to afford to put food on the table when surging gas and food prices make budgets even tighter. They’re worried their own government is working against their best interests with overreaching socialist policies that take their choice and opportunity away. Joe Biden’s presidency has been an unmitigated disaster for families and businesses. He has failed them over and over. The American people have had enough. I won’t let Joe Biden and his systemic socialism kill the American Dream.”

Senator Scott is also calling for Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to testify in the Senate Commerce Committee on how the Biden administration is addressing supply chain issues that are causing empty shelves and further fueling Biden’s inflation crisis.

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

Sen. Rick Scott, Rep. Byron Donalds to Introduce DEMOCRACIA Act Sanctioning Communist Cuban Regime for Human Rights Abuses
Senator Rick Scott announced the bicameral Denying Earnings to the Military Oligarchy in Cuba and Restricting Activities of the Cuban Intelligence Apparatus (DEMOCRACIA) Act to hold the illegitimate communist Cuban regime accountable through severe sanctions and unprecedented financial pressure.
Senator Rick Scott and Representative Byron Donalds are joined by Senators Marco Rubio, Roger Marshall, Tommy Tuberville and Mike Braun, and Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart, Carlos Gimenez, Maria Elvira Salazar, Brian Babin and Alex Mooney.

Senator Rick Scott said, “For decades, Cuba has been the root of instability in Latin America and a constant threat to the national security of the United States. The Castro regime harbors terrorist groups, has eliminated free and fair elections, threatens and arbitrarily arrests critics, journalists and political activists, and props up other ruthless dictators, like Maduro in Venezuela and Ortega in Nicaragua. As the Cuban people’s fight for freedom from the oppressive and illegitimate communist Cuban regime continues, the United States must stand up for Cuban democracy. The DEMOCRACIA Act implements severe sanctions against Communist Cuba and closes existing sanctions gaps. The bill makes clear that the United States will not sit on the sidelines during this critical fight. It’s time for President Biden to stop his failed appeasement and punish the communist regime for its crimes. I urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to immediately take up and pass the DEMOCRACIA Act and send a clear message to President Biden that the time for strength in the fight for freedom in Cuba is now.”

El Senador Rick Scott y el Congresista Byron Donalds presentarán la ley DEMOCRACIA que sanciona al régimen comunista cubano por las violaciones a los derechos humanos
El Senador Rick Scott anunció hoy la Ley bicameral de Negación de Ingresos a la Oligarquía Militar en Cuba y Restricción de Actividades del Aparato de Inteligencia Cubano (DEMOCRACIA) para responsabilizar al ilegítimo régimen comunista cubano a través de severas sanciones y una presión financiera sin precedentes.

Al Senador Rick Scott y al Congresista Byron Donalds se unen los Senadores Marco Rubio, Roger Marshall, Tommy Tuberville y Mike Braun, y los Congresistas Mario Diaz-Balart, Carlos Gimenez, Maria Elvira Salazar, Brian Babin y Alex Mooney.

El Senador Rick Scott dijo: “Durante décadas, Cuba ha sido la raíz de la inestabilidad en América Latina y una amenaza constante para la seguridad nacional de los Estados Unidos. El régimen de Castro alberga grupos terroristas, ha eliminado las elecciones libres y justas, amenaza y arresta arbitrariamente a críticos, periodistas y activistas políticos, y sostiene y apoya a otros dictadores despiadados, como Maduro en Venezuela y Ortega en Nicaragua. Mientras continúa la lucha del pueblo cubano por liberarse del opresivo e ilegítimo régimen comunista cubano, los Estados Unidos deben defender la democracia cubana. La Ley DEMOCRACIA implementa severas sanciones contra la Cuba comunista y cierra las brechas de las sanciones existentes. El proyecto de ley deja en claro que los Estados Unidos no se quedarán al margen durante esta lucha crítica. Es hora de que el Presidente Biden detenga su fallido apaciguamiento y castigue al régimen comunista por sus crímenes. Insto a mis colegas de la Cámara y el Senado a que de inmediato adopten y aprueben la Ley DEMOCRACIA y envíen un mensaje claro al Presidente Biden de que ahora es el momento de fortalecer la lucha por la libertad en Cuba”. Lea más AQUÍ.

Sen. Rick Scott Leads Letter to Attorney General Garland Condemning Misuse of FBI to Discourage Parents’ Free Speech in Public Schools

Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio, joined by Representatives, and fellow members of the Florida Delegation, Kat Cammack, Michael Waltz, Carlos Gimenez, Bill Posey, Neal Dunn, Brian Mast, María Elvira Salazar, Gus Bilirakis and John Rutherford sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland. In the letter, Senator Scott and his colleagues condemn the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) recent directive to deploy federal law enforcement resources in a thinly veiled effort to intimidate and silence parents. Across the nation, parents have rightfully exercised their constitutionally protected free speech to protect their children from harmful curricula like critical race theory being implemented by radical school board members and school administrators. In the letter, the members call for the DOJ to immediately explain its clear misuse and weaponization of federal agents and resources to intervene in matters best handled by local law enforcement.

Sen. Rick Scott: Joe Biden is Killing the American Dream, Inflation Crisis Continues to Rage

Following the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Senator Rick Scott released the below statement highlighting the need to implement substantive fiscal reforms to end the ongoing inflation crisis fueled by the Biden administration’s tax-and-spend agenda. September’s CPI data shows that there has been a notable increase in inflation every month of Biden’s presidency. Year over year consumer prices increased 5.4% in September—the highest it has been since January of 1991.
Senator Rick Scott said, “Joe Biden and Democrats are leading our nation down a dark, economic path of fewer jobs, higher prices and less opportunity. The question is, how many months will Joe Biden’s complete ignorance go on before he realizes his socialist agenda is killing our economy and hurting American families? I grew up poor, and watched as my parents struggled to stretch every penny to support our family. Now, we’re seeing families all across America deal with that same hardship. I’m hearing from Florida families and businesses every day. They’re worried. They’re worried about not being able to afford to put food on the table when surging gas and food prices make budgets even tighter. They’re worried their own government is working against their best interests with overreaching socialist policies that take their choice and opportunity away. Joe Biden’s presidency has been an unmitigated disaster for families and businesses. He has failed them over and over. The American people have had enough. I won’t let Joe Biden and his systemic socialism kill the American Dream.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: The Only Person Joe Biden Can Blame for Inflation Crisis is Himself

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which showed inflation continued to rise in September increasing 8.6% over the year. Senator Scott is demanding President Joe Biden address the impact of his reckless spending and unconstitutional mandates which are fueling his inflation crisis and massive supply chain disruptions across America.
Senator Rick Scott said, “Joe Biden can’t seem to grasp basic economics. We now have simultaneous crises: a crippled supply chain that can’t deliver on time, or at all, and massive inflation that’s crushing Americans with skyrocketing prices. Inflation hurts everyone, but it’s most devastating for America’s poorest families, like mine growing up. Thanks to Biden’s failed agenda of systemic socialism and unconstitutional mandates, businesses cannot produce the goods that Americans need while keeping their prices low, and families cannot afford to buy these products when they finally find them on the shelves. The American people need answers. Last week, I called for Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to testify in the Senate Commerce Committee on how the Biden administration is addressing supply chain issues that will only further fuel inflation. It’s time for Biden to stop pointing fingers and take responsibility. This crisis is his fault, and he needs to put American families first and fix it now.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Demands President Biden Confront the Threat of Communist China; Protect American Athletes at 2022 Olympics

Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to President Joe Biden ahead of the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing. In his letter, Senator Scott again demands that the president join the his call to move the games from Communist China, a country that is committing genocide and blatant human rights abuses, to a country that respects human rights. Following months of complete silence and inaction from President Biden, Senator Scott is calling on him to outline his plan to protect the safety and personal information of American athletes and team members from Communist China’s invasive surveillance, including data and DNA collection, under the guise of COVID protocol.
Eight months ago, Senator Scott sent a letter to President Biden requesting a meeting to discuss the horrific human rights atrocities occurring across Communist China and the Senator’s continued calls for the International Olympic Committee to select a new site for the 2022 Winter Olympics Games. 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 following the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ announcements that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 5.4% and the Producer Price Index (PPI) rose 8.6% in September as a result of the reckless spending spree and unconstitutional mandates the Biden administration is pushing on the American people and their businesses. Read more HERE.

Newsmax: Sens. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio Condemn Using DOJ to Probe School Board Protests
New York Post: GOP demands Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg act amid supply chain crisis
Sky News: Microsoft to shut down LinkedIn in China after being criticised for censoring Western journalists
Florida Daily: Rick Scott, Byron Donalds Lead the Charge on Capitol Hill to Impose Tougher Sanctions on Cuban Regime
Florida Daily: Rick Scott, Senate Republicans: Why is DHS Releasing Illegals in the U.S. Instead of Removing Them?
Univision: Marco Rubio y Rick Scott presentan proyecto de ley que amplía sanciones al régimen cubano

América Tevé: El senador Rick Scott denuncia que el régimen cubano está torturando a José Daniel Ferrer

Sen. Rick Scott Releases “Un cafecito con George Harris” in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

As part of his “Un cafecito con” video series in recognition and celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Senator Rick Scott released “Un cafecito con George Harris.” George Harris, originally from Venezuela, is an influencer and stand-up comedian who hosts the Miami-based “El Show de George Harris.” Harris is recognized as the pioneer of stand-up comedy in Venezuela, and has packed theaters in more than 70 cities around the world. Throughout the month, Senator Scott is sitting down with Hispanic leaders from across Florida to highlight their incredible stories and recognize the countless contributions of the Hispanic community to the great state of Florida and to our country. See Senator Scott’s original video HERE. See “Un cafecito con George Harris” in the video HERE or below, and more in Spanish HERE.


Sen. Rick Scott Releases “Un cafecito con Liliam López” in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

As part of his “Un cafecito con” video series in recognition and celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Senator Rick Scott released “Un cafecito con Liliam López.” Liliam López is a Cuban-American entrepreneur and serves as president of the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SFLHCC) and the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which she founded in 1994 and 1995. Through her leadership, the SFLHCC has become one of the most influential chambers in the U.S. with over 1,650 members. See “Un cafecito con Liliam López” in the video HERE or below, and more in Spanish HERE.


Sen. Rick Scott Releases “Un cafecito con Máximo Álvarez” in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month
As part of his “Un cafecito con” video series in recognition and celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Senator Rick Scott released “Un cafecito con Máximo Álvarez.” Máximo “Max” Álvarez is a successful Cuban-American entrepreneur who has become one of the most recognized businessmen in Florida’s Hispanic community. Today, Max owns Sunshine Gasoline Distributors, Inc. and devotes much of his time to giving back to his community. See “Un cafecito con Máximo Álvarez” in the video HERE or below, and more in Spanish HERE.


Sen. Rick Scott Releases “Un cafecito con Norma Reno” in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month
As part of his “Un cafecito con” video series in recognition and celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Senator Rick Scott released, “Un cafecito con Norma Reno.” Norma Reno is a Venezuelan-American advocate for freedom and human rights who is a staple in the Hispanic community of Tampa. Norma serves as president of Casa de Venezuela Tampa. Norma’s hard work in the community and in the fight for freedom in Latin America has led to numerous recognitions, including Hispanic Woman of the Year, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year, the Casa Cuba de Tampa José Martí award and the “Feria de la Chinita” Citizen of the Year. See “Un cafecito con Norma Reno” in the video HERE or below, or more in Spanish HERE.


Senator Scott has received his COVID-19 vaccine, and he encourages everyone consider doing the same. The COVID-19 vaccine works and is critical to ending the pandemic and saving lives.
For more information and to find out where you can get the shot, visit floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines.

Byron Donald’s Demands Accountability from Gen. Milley

Last week, Alongside House Committee on Oversight & Reform Ranking Member Rep. James Comer (R-KY), Congressman Donald’s sent a letter to Lloyd Austin, the Secretary of Defense, requesting the transcript of General Mark Milley’s alleged phone call with China. This request ensures transparency for the American people, as the integrity of our Republic, lies within these transcripts.

 

 

Freedom Friday on Fifth at Aqua Seafood Restaurant

Join us at Naples newest and finest seafood and steak restaurant on 5th Avenue, Aqua Seafood Restaurant.

Freedom Friday on Fifth at Aqua Seafood Restaurant

Enjoy plated appetizers, beer and wine (cocktails available at cash bar)

Special Guests:

  • Drew Steele (morning dj on 92.5)
  • Brenden Leslie (Conservative Voice of Florida)
  • John Di Lemme (Conservative Business Journal)

Live musical entertainment with Jason Beal.

Featuring Elected officials, and Republican candidates

$75 per person, includes food, beer and wine, rubbing shoulders with top political figures, plus a great time while contributing to the cause of getting out the vote for solid Republicans.

More details to come.

Rep. Donalds Announces Water-Focused Tele-Town Hall with ACOE Col. James Booth

Congressman Byron Donalds (FL-19) announced a Tele-Town Hall taking place on Tuesday, September 21st at 7 PM EDT.

The Tele-Town Hall will primarily focus on water-related issues and policy. The 61st Cmdr. of the Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District Col. James Booth will join Rep. Donalds for this live event.

This Tele-Town Hall serves as an opportunity for the people of Southwest Florida to receive an update on Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM), the current state of Southwest Florida’s waters, hear from leaders on the pathway moving forward, and ultimately for the people to share their concerns. Rep. Donalds and Col. Booth will both address participants and take questions.

“Since taking office, my goal has been to always be transparent on the issues that matter to the people of Southwest Florida, and there is no more important issue than preserving our waters,” said Rep. Donalds. I’m thankful to Col. Booth for joining me to provide insight and to share with the public updates and developments from the Army Corps of Engineers on water projects. I’m looking forward to sharing and discussing with participants my office’s legislative efforts to protect our waters for generations to come.”

Interested parties can join the live Tele-Town Hall by dialing 833-998-0906. The Tele-Town Hall will also be streamed for free online at donalds.house.gov/live.

Weekly Wrap-Up with Congressman Byron Donalds: August 30, 2021

Representative Byron Donalds

Weekly Wrap-Up with

Congressman Byron Donalds

Last week, Speaker Pelosi called Session for a number of days requiring Members of Congress to return to Washington, D.C. to vote on President Biden’s outrageous $3.5 trillion spending package. Upon returning back to Southwest Florida, I was grateful to be provided ample time to meet with constituents, local leaders, and our first responders. 
Just days ago, we honored and celebrated one of the most prolific & defining moments in our nation’s history: Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have A Dream” speech. His words and their impact created monumental change for all Americans. 58 years later, we celebrate & honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr and his work towards equality & justice for all. For we are a better nation, a stronger and more free nation, because of MLK and his fierce belief that we can all be free.
As the crisis in Afghanistan worsens, we mourn the loss of 12 U.S. Marines and 1 Navy Medic. Erika and I are praying for the mothers & fathers who are grieving the loss of their children, for their spouses left behind, and for their brothers and sisters in uniform. As the names, faces, and stories of those we lost begin to be shared with the public, we as a nation are reminded of just how fragile life is, how grateful we are to live in America, and the harrowing price of freedom. The honorable service and sacrifice of these fallen Americans will never be forgotten. As our nation mourns this devastating attack on our service members, we must remember Home of the Free, Because of the Brave. 
To every veteran – of Afghanistan or otherwise – your service and sacrifice doesn’t go unthanked or unappreciated. If you need extra support during this difficult time, please know you are never alone. Please reach out, ask for help, and talk to someone. Call the Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 or text 838-255. 
Continue reading below for important legislative updates from Capitol Hill, community events, and more! 

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Calling on President Biden to Resign

Calling on the leader of the free world to resign his office immediately weighs heavy on my heart, but due to the recent events that have taken place in Afghanistan, this must happen to restore American’s safety both at home & abroad, our honor, & faith in the Chief Executive to faithfully execute the duties of the Presidency.
 
See my full statement below: 

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Community Engagement

This past week, I held a Town Hall in Estero. The first of many, this Town Hall served as an opportunity for residents to ask questions and hear from me directly on the most pressing issues facing our community and our nation. Thank you to all of those who attended the meeting to share their concerns and discuss ways my office can work to best serve you and the Southwest Florida community.

To the Lee County Sherriff Deputies who attended to ensure the safety of myself, my staff, and every attendee – thank you! Their attention to detail, great work, and service for our community does not go unappreciated.

Our firefighters, paramedics, and first responders are the backbone of our community and it was an honor to visit the San Carlos Fire Department this past week. Thank you to Fire Chief David Cambareri for giving my staff and I a tour of the station, to hear more about the work you do to keep our community safe, and ways in which the federal government can better serve you. Being able to sit down with firefighters and paramedics about the work they do, their mental health, and how COVID-19 has impacted them was extremely beneficial and eye-opening. I’m extremely thankful for the great work they do each and every day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To learn more about how COVID-19 is impacting Southwest Florida, our doctors and nurses, and how my office can help, I had the opportunity to tour the NCH Baker Hospital in South Naples and Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers. Meeting with the doctors, ICU nurses, and administration staff who are on the front lines combatting COVID-19 was extremely crucial to understand the magnitude of this virus and the importance of getting vaccinated.

To those on the frontlines working overtime to keep our communities and loved ones safe, we appreciate you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This past week, I was thankful for the chance to meet & talk with SWFL’s own law enforcement officers. Today & every day, I’m appreciative of the work they do to keep our community safe.

To all of the brave men & women in uniform across the country, we thank you for your tireless service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Statement on the Passing of Fort Myers Community Activist Anthony Thomas

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In the Media

Earlier this week, I called on President Biden to resign immediately following the initial botched withdrawal from Afghanistan. In a matter of days, this haphazard departure took a drastic turn. I stand firm in my decision to call for his resignation. We need new leadership. Click the link below for my interview with The National Desk last week:

Rep. Donalds:  Nobody Would Be As Incompetent as Joe Biden

 

Last week, I joined EWTN News Nightly to discuss the $3.5 trillion so-called Infrastructure bill that my Democrat colleagues passed in the House. This disastrous piece of legislation will bankrupt our children, raise inflation, increase our national debt, and place an unbearable financial burden upon the next generation. Click below for my full interview:

Rep. Byron Donalds Joins ETN News Nightly 

 

ICYMI: Yesterday, I joined OAN’s Real America with Dan Ball to discuss Biden’s abysmal handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal. Joe Biden has failed our troops, nation, and authority on the world stage. Watch my full remarks below:

Rep. Donalds Joins OAN’s Real America with Dan Ball 

 

Last week, I joined John Roberts, host of Fox News’  “America Reports”  to discuss President Biden’s extreme mishandling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, how he has failed as Commander In Chief, and the need for him to resign the Office of the Presidency. Click below for the full interview:

Fox News: Rep. Byron Donalds Blasts Biden’s Afghanistan Deadline

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Legislative Updates

Last week, as my Democrat colleagues voted to pass a $3.5 trillion Infrastructure bill, they were voting to bankrupt our children in order to pass their radical liberal agenda. I joined several of my Republican Study Committee colleagues in a joint press conference addressing the financial dangers of this bill, how it will impact our children and our economy, and how this spending package will bankrupt our nation.

Watch my full speech at this press conference below:

Rep. Donalds Accuses Pelosi of Stealing From Our Children

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Serving the hardworking men and women of Florida’s 19th Congressional District is my distinct honor and privilege. It’s time Washington works for our community’s values, and every day I will always strive to ensure your government is working for you.

Sincerely,

Byron Donalds
Member of Congress

Mario’s Message: August 30, 2021

Welcome to another edition of Mario’s Message. Here are the latest updates on all things happening in Washington and Florida’s 25th Congressional District.

Remembering 13 Fallen Heroes

On August 26, 2021, American troops, civilians, and Afghan allies were injured and killed by an Islamic State suicide bombing outside Kabul airport. The actions and lack of planning and forethought by the Biden Administration these last few weeks have irrevocably damaged our national security and our standing with our allies while putting Americans in harm’s way. Right now, our priority should be to do everything we can to bring all American citizens and Afghan allies back to safety. Once this is done, Congress must use its constitutional powers to hold this Administration accountable for this dangerous and damaging catastrophe that cost the lives of 13 U.S. Marines. We will never forget these brave heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice. Our nation mourns for them. I pray for their families and loved ones.

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Office Hours Near You

Every week, to make our services more accessible, we bring our office to you by hosting outreach hours in neighborhoods all over our community. Residents of Florida’s 25th District are welcome to meet with a member of my staff to discuss federal issues or any problems that they may have with a federal agency. To find the nearest office hours, click here.

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$3.5 Trillion Reckless Spending Bill

Last week, House Democratic Leadership pushed forward a $3.5 trillion spending bill that is filled with nothing but socialist policies and wasteful spending that will kill American jobs, prop the Chinese Communist Party by sending American businesses overseas, escalating taxes on hardworking Americans, and increase the already-growing inflation. If signed into law, this would have catastrophic, long-term effects on the livelihood of hardworking American families and businesses. Our nation is already feeling the effects of rising inflation, and small businesses continue to face a dire labor shortage. Further increasing our national debt will not only extend the duration and magnitude of this problem, but it will also have devastating implications on our nation’s economy.

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Cuban-American Community in Naples

It was an honor to meet with the Cuban-American community in Collier County to discuss the ongoing situation in Cuba and to stand in solidarity with the Cuban freedom movement.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The state is hosting mobile, one-day vaccination clinics in partnership with local community organizations to increase vaccine access to all Floridians. 
Mobile vaccine locations can be found here.
There are also State and Federally-supported vaccination sites near you!
Visit my website for additional details and a comprehensive list of COVID-19 vaccine distribution sites in our community.
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Stay Connected

To keep up with live updates, connect with me on FacebookTwitterYouTubeand Instagram, or visit my website for any constituent services I am able to provide you with.

As always, it’s a pleasure to serve you.

Warm Regards,

Mario Diaz-Balart
Member of Congress