U.S. Sen. Rick Scott

COMMENTARY

This Crisis Won’t Wait, So Neither Should Congress

BY: - July 21, 2020

There are now nearly 370,000 COVID-19 cases in Florida. These are uncertain times, particularly for families with low income and few resources, as the health and economic crisis has disrupted every facet of daily life in the Sunshine State. On May 15 the U.S. House passed the (HEROES) Act, which would help states preserve crucial […]

COMMENTARY

Our Gov is hiding in the Mansion trying to figure out how to talk to people of color who appear to be upset

BY: - June 8, 2020

The American Empire is disintegrating before our very eyes, but what the hell? This is Florida: The beaches are open, baby! Still, a little guidance, some stirring words from the white folks in charge, wouldn’t go amiss. The state’s racking up between 600 and 1,400 new COVID-19 cases every day, totally messing up football practice […]

The next big clash on Capitol Hill: state bailouts

BY: - April 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — State and federal lawmakers alike want Congress to send more cash in the next round of coronavirus legislation to aid ailing cities and states. But some high-profile Republicans have bristled at the idea, signaling a coming clash over the issue on Capitol Hill. The debate comes as state and local governments around the […]

FL workers struggle to claim unemployment benefits, even as feds increase aid during COVID-19 crisis

BY: - March 30, 2020

Maxine Jackson worked as a housekeeper at the posh St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Miami-Dade County until March 20, when she was laid off. Now Jackson, is a single mother raising five children, needs help in the form of unemployment benefits that Florida pays workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their […]

Military at risk from COVID-19: ‘Anxieties are really high’

BY: - March 26, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Defense is on course to get a major funding boost as the U.S. military is drawn into the nation’s war against an “invisible enemy.” The issue is of special concern in Florida — home to nearly two dozen military bases and a large military population. As of last year, […]

Congress clears 2nd major coronavirus package; 3rd in the works

BY: - March 18, 2020

WASHINGTON — A second major coronavirus package cleared the U.S. Senate Wednesday and is now headed to President Donald Trump for his signature. The bill passed 90-8, with overwhelming bipartisan support. The multi-billion dollar measure aims to slow the spread of a new coronavirus and stimulate the economy as a major recession looms. Florida’s U.S. […]

FL appears to be on a list for coronavirus test kits; UF students on alert

BY: - February 13, 2020

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has sent coronavirus diagnostic test kits to select states – but officials would not confirm that Florida is on the list, though the Miami Herald has reported that the state did receive some testing kits. “I don’t have a detailed breakdown…the Florida Department of Health should have […]

FL officials still silent on potential coronavirus cases; U.S. Sen. Rick Scott weighs in on transparency

BY: - February 10, 2020

As federal health officials release more updates on confirmed cases of the deadly coronavirus in the United States, Florida health authorities have revamped their website to give more information to the public. However, the state agency has not been informing the public about potential cases in Florida, with officials concerned about a panic. Those potential […]

U.S. Sens. Rubio, Scott, push for tax law changes to boost Dorian donations

BY: - September 13, 2019

U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott of Florida want to change the U.S. tax code to encourage businesses to donate to Hurricane Dorian relief, co-sponsoring legislation that would temporarily suspend existing limitations on qualified charitable contributions for individuals and corporations. The Category 5 hurricane killed at least 50 people, and more than 1,000 people […]

One Year Anniversary Parkland tragedy

FL Congressional Republicans helped pass a landmark gun safety bill in 1993. What will they do now?

BY: - September 5, 2019

UPDATED WASHINGTON — When Congress passed landmark gun violence prevention legislation known as the Brady Bill back in 1993, eight Florida Republicans were among the 54 GOP lawmakers in the U.S. House who voted to send the bill to President Bill Clinton’s desk. They were: ex-Reps. Tillie Fowler, Cliff Stearns, Michael Bilirakis, Bill Young, Porter […]

Florida U.S. Representatives are backing marijuana reforms

BY: - July 12, 2019

WASHINGTON – Six U.S. Reps from Florida – Democrats Charlie Crist, Al Lawson, Darren Soto and Ted Deutch, along with Republicans Matt Gaetz and Greg Steube – have signed on to bipartisan legislation to overhaul federal marijuana laws. The U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security held a congressional hearing on the […]

Finally: After 7 months, disaster aid appears to be forthcoming for devastated Panhandle

BY: - May 24, 2019

The U.S. Senate has passed long-awaited legislation to provide $19.1-billion in disaster relief for Puerto Rico, Florida and other areas crippled by hurricanes, floods and other catastrophes. The House is moving to act as well, but Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio tweeted today that it won’t be until next week at the earliest. Rubio tweeted: […]