Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review: 8/1
This week, as Democrats in Congress pushed trillions in deficit spending on “infrastructure” with no accountability to American taxpayers, Senator Rick Scott spoke on the Senate floor on how the reckless tax-and-spending spree is causing rising inflation and hurting American families. Senator Scott also led several of his colleagues in a press conference on how Congress can work to get government spending under control, including passing his Federal Debt Emergency Control Act to require that two-thirds of the Senate vote to increase the debt before approving any bill with deficit spending, and his amendment to the Senate Rules to require that all committee reports include inflationary impact statements so Americans can see the true impacts of government spending. Watch his speech HERE or below.
Sen. Rick Scott & Colleagues: Trillion-Dollar Infrastructure Package Continues Washington’s Insane Deficit Spending
Senators Rick Scott, Mike Lee, Ron Johnson, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Marsha Blackburn and Mike Braun released the following statement on the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package announced this week:
“Congress can’t keep spending trillions of dollars we don’t have. The infrastructure package announced today continues the trend in Congress of insane deficit spending. Let’s not forget, this is just the first step in the Democrats’ plan to pass their $5.5 trillion tax and spend liberal wish list. Our nation is facing a nearly $30 TRILLION federal debt crisis. There are real infrastructure needs across the country. But, with growing inflation and many families struggling to financially recover from the events of the last year, it is not wise to throw fuel on the fire that is the raging inflation crisis and labor shortage we are seeing across America.
“Needless to say, we will not support this legislation.” Read more HERE.
Sen. Rick Scott on the Senate Floor: Biden’s Inflation is Hurting Families
Senator Rick Scott spoke on the Senate floor on how Democrats’ reckless tax-and-spending spree is causing rising inflation and hurting American families. Senator Scott also led several of his colleagues in a press conference today on how Congress can work to get government spending under control, including passing his Federal Debt Emergency Control Act to require that two-thirds of the Senate vote to increase the debt before approving any bill with deficit spending, and his amendment to the Senate Rules to require that all committee reports include inflationary impact statements so Americans can see the true impacts of government spending.
Senator Rick Scott said, “Biden and the Democrats say they care about Americans – but they have done absolutely nothing to help families struggling to keep up with inflation. We are nearly $30 TRILLION in debt, but Democrats have no plans to slow down their spending. Now, Biden and the Democrats want to spend another $5.5 trillion on their liberal priorities, with no consideration to how this might impact families. Their message to the American people is clear: they don’t care about inflation. They don’t care that their reckless spending is causing prices to skyrocket. If that’s the cost of getting their liberal wish list, so be it. It’s time to wake up and take action to get government spending under control – our children and grandchildren are depending on it.” See more in his speech HERE or below.
Sen. Rick Scott, Leader McCarthy and Colleagues Request Meeting with President Biden on Cuba
Senator Rick Scott joined House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senator Marco Rubio, Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart, Carlos Gimenez, Maria Elvira Salazar and other members of Congress in a letter to President Biden requesting a meeting as soon as possible to discuss how the White House and Congress can work together to end the oppressive Cuban regime and support the Cuban people’s fight for freedom and democracy. Read more HERE.
Sen. Rick Scott at Cuba Libre Rally: Where is Joe Biden?
Senator Rick Scott joined House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and several of his colleagues at American Conservative Union’s Cuba Libre Rally to stand with the brave freedom fighters in Cuba and demand action from the Biden administration.
Senator Rick Scott said, “The United States stands with the heroic freedom fighters across Cuba denouncing communism and saying ENOUGH to the brutal Castro Regime. The oppression must end now. President Biden’s time to review Cuba policy is over. Appeasement is over. Where is Joe Biden? Biden needs to immediately shut down the illegitimate Cuban Embassy and expel all regime thugs disguised as diplomats. Biden needs to implement all technology to facilitate the free flow of information to and from the island. He needs to show up. I’m proud to stand with the brave people of Cuba and won’t stop fighting until we see a new day of freedom for Cuba.” Read more HERE.
Sen. Rick Scott to Biden & Harris: Communist Cuba is Major Cause of Instability in Latin America
Senator Rick Scott issued the below statement following the release of the White House’s new report, Strategy to Address the Root Causes of Migration in Central America, which completely fails to mention the influence of the illegitimate communist Cuban regime on instability in Latin America. Earlier this week, Senator Scott pressed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on when the Biden administration will address the Cuban regime’s violence against its people and actions to create instability throughout Latin America.
Senator Rick Scott said, “The Biden administration’s utter failure to address the massive border crisis it created is remarkable. First, President Biden fueled his border crisis with failed policies of open borders and amnesty – driving apprehensions at the border to record highs. Now, Vice President Harris, the so-called ‘Border Czar,’ has again missed the mark in her new report. The illegitimate communist Cuban regime is undermining democracy throughout Latin America, yet Harris’ report doesn’t mention Cuba once. As the communist Cuban regime continues to prop up the dictatorships of Maduro in Venezuela, Ortega in Nicaragua and narco-terrorists throughout the region, it spreads its tyranny, oppression and violence like wildfire. Biden and Harris need to wake up. Continuing to ignore the facts will do nothing but bring more suffering to families in Latin America and across the United States as their border crisis rages on.” Read more HERE.
Sen. Rick Scott and The Heritage Foundation Release Episodes 3 and 4 in ‘Road Trip on a Budget’ Video Series
Senator Rick Scott released the third and fourth episode of Road Trip on a Budget, his video short series in partnership with The Heritage Foundation. Episode 3 highlights how Washington’s reckless spending is causing rising inflation, which means the prices of every day goods are going up for families in Florida and across the nation. Episode 4 discusses how Congress can work to rein in wasteful spending and why we must fight Democrats’ tax-and-spending spree agenda to put America back on a strong fiscal path. See previous Road Trip on a Budget episodes HERE and HERE.
Senator Rick Scott said, “Reckless government spending has driven America’s federal debt to nearly $30 trillion. Now, thanks to the insane tax-and-spending spree of President Joe Biden and Democrats in Washington, we are seeing six straight months of raging inflation. It’s time to face reality, ditch these foolish and wasteful multi-trillion dollar plans and protect American families from rising inflation. With the debt ceiling suspension expiring this week, on July 31, we need real spending reform, like my Federal Debt Emergency Control Act, before we consider raising the debt ceiling. We cannot allow Congress to continue mortgaging the futures of our children and grandchildren.” Read more HERE.
Watch the third episode HERE or below.
Watch the fourth episode HERE or below.
Ahead of Debt Ceiling Suspension Expiration, Sen. Rick Scott and The Heritage Foundation Release Final Episode in ‘Road Trip on a Budget’ Video Series
Senator Rick Scott released the final episode of Road Trip on a Budget, his video short series in partnership with The Heritage Foundation. In the final episode, Senator Scott discusses how, as Governor of Florida, he worked to completely turn Florida’s economy around by cutting taxes and regulations and supporting job growth. Senator Scott uses Florida’s success story to show how Washington should model Florida’s playbook to rein in wasteful spending and put America back on a strong fiscal path. See previous Road Trip on a Budget episodes HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
Senator Rick Scott said, “Congress has ignored the consequences of reckless spending, like raging inflation which increases the price of living for American families, for too long. The American people deserve better. With the current debt ceiling suspension expiring this weekend, our ‘Road Trip on a Budget’ series highlights how Washington got to nearly $30 trillion in debt, but more importantly, shows that we can get this spending under control. We have to stop spending recklessly on things we don’t need and invest in the things we do. We need to make government more efficient, cut taxes, reduce regulations and focus on creating an economy where businesses can thrive and create more jobs for American families. That’s the playbook. It worked in Florida and it will work for the entire nation.” Watch the final episode HERE or below.
Sen. Rick Scott Leads Colleagues in Rule Change to Expose the Impacts of Reckless Government Spending on Inflation
Senators Rick Scott, Jim Risch, Thom Tillis, Roger Marshall, Marco Rubio and Joni Ernst introduced an amendment to the Senate Rules to require that all bills passed by Senate committees include inflationary impact statements so Americans can see the true impacts of government spending. Congressman Jim Banks introduced the companion bill in the House last month.
Senator Rick Scott said, “American families are worried about growing inflation. I’ve heard countless stories from families across Florida that are having to cut back on purchases because of rising costs. We know that reckless government spending causes inflation, but President Biden and the Democrats have absolutely no plans to slow down spending or get our debt under control. It’s shameful and I won’t just stand by while they try to drive our nation further into the ground with these horrible policies. Congress must get real about the true cost on every American family that this recklessness brings and start spending responsibly. That’s why I’m introducing a proposed rule change in the Senate today to require every piece of legislation passed by a committee to include a report on how it will impact inflation. The American people deserve to know how their tax dollars are being spent and each bill’s impact on inflation. I look forward to my colleagues supporting this measure to increase spending transparency.” Read more HERE.
Sen. Rick Scott: No Excuse for Biden’s Inaction on Moving the 2022 Olympic Games out of Communist China
As the 2020 Olympics Games continue, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement reiterating his call for a meeting with President Biden to discuss the horrific human rights atrocities occurring across Communist China and the Senator’s continued calls for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to select a new site for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
Senator Scott also introduced a resolution in February calling on IOC to move the 2022 Winter Olympics out of Communist China and rebid it to another country unless Beijing immediately addresses its egregious and numerous violations of human rights.
Senator Rick Scott said, “It’s been five months since I asked President Biden for a meeting to discuss my call to move the 2022 Olympic Games out of Communist China. Since my request he’s been totally silent. It’s shameful. As our nation watches the 2020 Olympic Games and cheers on our great athletes competing on the world stage, we can’t ignore the fact that in just seven months, the International Olympic Committee is choosing to host the games in Communist China – which is committing a genocide against the Uyghurs. President Biden has immense power to help facilitate the relocation of the games, and is refusing to do anything. He’s ignored my calls and he’s choosing to ignore General Secretary Xi’s horrific human rights abuses. If Biden truly stands for human rights, he will take the meeting with me and immediately begin this process by offering to host the games in the United States and providing the necessary federal resources to get this done. There’s no excuse.” Read more HERE.
Sen. Rick Scott to CDC & Biden Administration: Vaccine Mandates Are Latest Attempt to Try to Control Americans
Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following news that President Biden is mandating vaccines for federal employees and contractors.
Senator Rick Scott said, “Democrats think government knows better than you about what is good for your family. That’s wrong. I got the vaccine, and encourage everyone to get it, but that is a decision Americans get to make. It’s none of government’s business. This is about personal freedoms and we all need to stand up against this gross overreach.” Read more HERE.
Sen. Rick Scott: Buying American Supports U.S. Jobs, Shuts Out Communist China
In recognition and support of the annual Made In America Week, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement calling on all American families and businesses to support our local and national economies by buying U.S.-made products. Last year, the U.S. Senate passed Senator Rick Scott’s bipartisan “Buy American” resolution calling on Americans to support U.S. businesses and jobs by buying products made in America, from any American manufacturer.
Senator Rick Scott said, “As we celebrate this year’s Made In America Week, I encourage all Americans to support their local communities, our great small businesses and American jobs by buying products made here in the USA. While I’m glad to see President Biden continue this tradition, if he really cared about American families and jobs, he’d abandon his job-killing agenda and out-of-control tax and spend spree that’s bankrupting our nation and leading to inflation. President Biden and all Americans must also remember that every time we buy a product ‘Made in China,’ we are putting another dollar into the pockets of Communist China, bankrolling its oppressive government, which is actively committing genocide against the Uyghurs and attacking democracy in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The best way to grow and support American jobs is to cut taxes and regulations, pay down the debt and stop doing business with Communist China.” Read more HERE.
Sens. Rick Scott, Tom Cotton and Colleagues Call on President Biden to Deny Entry to Iranian President, Senior Iranian Officials
Senator Rick Scott joined Senators Tom Cotton, Chuck Grassley, Marsha Blackburn, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz in a letter to President Biden calling on him to deny entry visas to Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi and other senior Iranian officials to attend the UN General Assembly in September. Read more from Senator Cotton’s office HERE.
Sens. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio and Colleagues Introduce Bill to Require Big Tech Disclosure of Government Censorship Requests
Senator Rick Scott joined Senators Marco Rubio, Bill Hagerty, Cynthia Lummis and Ron Johnson in introducing the PRESERVE Online Speech Act to combat the censorship coordination between big tech companies and governments across the globe, including the Biden Administration.
Senator Rick Scott said, “We already know that Big Tech companies pick and choose which viewpoints are allowed on their platforms, and now the Biden administration expressed their willingness to help them censor the American people. That’s unacceptable. The federal government’s role should be to promote free speech of the American people, as protected by our Constitution, not limit it. This bill will hold Big Tech accountable and protect Americans’ rights.” See more From Senator Rubio’s office HERE.
Sen. Rick Scott Joins Sen. Jim Risch, Colleagues in Introducing UNRWA Accountability and Transparency Act
Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Jim Risch and colleagues in introducing the United Nations Relief and Works Agency Accountability and Transparency Act . This legislation outlines a comprehensive approach to cease U.S. contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), a successor entity, or to the U.N. regular budget for the support of UNRWA unless the Secretary of State certifies every 180 days to Congress that UNRWA meets strict accountability and transparency criteria.
Senator Rick Scott said, “Just a few months ago, we saw Hamas terrorists attack our great ally, Israel. American taxpayer dollars should never be used to fund terrorist organizations like Hamas through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. It’s common sense. This bill works to cut off funding for this organization until significant reforms are made and we can guarantee that no taxpayer dollar will support terrorism or dangerous anti-Semitic activity.” Read more from Senator Risch’s office 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. 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 the president to end his failed economic policies and address rising inflation on American families. Read more HERE.
Fox News: Rick Scott: Democrats ‘reckless’ spending causing inflation
Politico: Republicans urge Gensler to investigate Chinese companies
Newsmax: GOP Lawmakers Join Pro-Cuban Marchers at DC Rally of Support
Independent Journal Review: Sen. Rick Scott on CDC Mask Guidance: ‘Democrats Want To Use Fear To Control Us’
RealClearPolitics: GOP, Activists Press Biden to Do More on Cuban Uprising
The Hill: Republicans press White House on communications with social media platforms
The Daily Wire: ‘Alarmed And Suspicious’: Senators Tell Biden To Explain Crackdown On ‘Misinformation’
The Epoch Times: Thousands Join Cuba Freedom March Near White House
WFLA Radio: Senator Scott says Biden Administration is Ignoring Cuba
Spectrum News: Senators vote to begin debate on $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill
WFOR: Calls Continue For Cuban Embassy In DC To Be Shut Down
WFOR: ‘Libertad’: Thousands March In DC To Demand Change & Show Support For Freedom Fighters In Cuba
WPLG: Conservatives hold SOS Cuba demonstration in front of Capitol
The Floridian: Republicans Calls For Meeting With Biden To ‘Liberate The Cuban People’
Florida Daily: Florida’s Senators Want a VA Hospital Built in the Panhandle
Sen. Rick Scott Speaks at Florida Sheriffs Association Summer Conference
Senator Rick Scott thanked Florida’s law enforcement officers for their bravery and hard work to keep families and communities safe.
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