Protecting Florida Jobs

Governor DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody announced a lawsuit today against the Biden Administration’s order requiring employees of federal contractors to be vaccinated by December 8. The Governor promised to take legal action to stop federal overreach and is keeping that promise, making Florida the first state in the nation to hold the President accountable.

The lawsuit seeks an immediate end to the unlawful requirement that federal contractors ensure that all employees are injected.

“Just months ago Joe Biden was saying that it wouldn’t be appropriate or lawful for the federal government to mandate these COVID shots,” Governor DeSantis said. “But now we have somehow gone from 15 days to slow the spread to 3 jabs to keep your job. The federal government is exceeding their power and it is important for us to take a stand because in Florida we believe these are choices based on individual circumstances.”

“I have never seen such blatant disregard for the Constitution or the laws governing our country,” said Attorney General Moody. “President Biden does not have the authority to force millions of Americans to receive a shot, nor does he have the ability to punish Florida economically for not abiding by his authoritarian, unlawful, and unconstitutional executive order.”

The Governor and Attorney General were joined at the announcement by Floridians who are facing consequences as a result of vaccine mandates.

Florida job growth soars. Covid cases plummet.

At the same time as Covid cases continue to plunge in Florida, to the lowest in the nation, the state’s job growth soars to the highest in the nation — demonstrating again the wisdom of Governor DeSantis’ freedom-first agenda.

Florida’s Covid case count is down 90 percent from two months ago, and 76 percent since Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo signed new rules about a month ago that empowered parental control over their children’s health, banned quarantining healthy people and kept kids in school mask-free. Florida’s case rate is currently half of California’s, which has the strictest mask and vaccine requirements in the nation and is mandating every child over five be vaccinated to attend school.

“Without mandates or lockdowns, COVID-19 cases in Florida have decreased 90% since August,” Governor DeSantis said. “In addition to cases, hospitalizations have plummeted in our state. This has been accomplished by making monoclonal antibody treatments and vaccines widely available throughout our state while protecting Floridians from government overreach.”

Draconian, freedom-squashing government mandates do not stop Covid and Florida’s path is shown to be the best in dealing with the virus while allowing people to freely make their own health decisions.

These freedoms have fueled Florida’s economy by allowing businesses and consumers to go about creating a thriving marketplace.

Florida’s economy rapidly accelerated in September, growing at three times the rate of the nation’s growth. Florida gained 84,500 total jobs, marking 17 consecutive months of private-sector job growth. Importantly, Florida has also seen 11 consecutive months of labor force increases, adding 50,000 workers in just the past month. Florida’s labor force growth of 5.4% is dramatically higher than the national rate of 0.8%.

In total, Florida has gained more than one million jobs since April 2020, and September’s job creation was almost twice that of California.

“While the entire nation gained 194,000 jobs in September, Florida gained 84,500 jobs in the same month – we are outpacing the nation in job growth and job opportunities because businesses know that Florida will stand up for them,” Governor DeSantis said. “We will continue to work hard to keep Florida open, free and built for opportunity.” 

Governor DeSantis was joined this week by representatives of three Florida-based businesses — Tervis, PGT Innovations, and Anna Maria Oyster Bar — to highlight the recent success of Florida’s job market and support Florida-based companies.

“Governor DeSantis has created a business environment that has enabled us to hire 115 people since June that has helped minimize the broader impact that the pandemic created, and Tervis is very fortunate to be in a state with a healthy economy,” said Rogan Donelly, President and CEO, Tervis. “Under the leadership of Governor DeSantis, Tervis was able to keep our headquarters open in order to manufacture our products, our employees were able to safely stay at work and provide for their families.”

“The pro-business atmosphere in Florida has been crucial for PGT innovations to prosper; specifically over the last 18 months, our business has benefited from low taxes from forward-thinking policies,” said Rod Hershberger, Chairman, PGT Innovations. “We’re able to stay open and continue working because of Governor DeSantis’ efforts to protect Florida jobs. This is the best place to work from a tax perspective and from the leadership that we have, and we intend to stay here for a long time.”

“Everybody in our industry feels we’ve got a governor that’s got our back, that’s working with us, that’s working to help us,” said John Horne, President & Owner, Anna Maria Oyster Bar. 

These three represent the sentiments of thousands of thriving and grateful Florida businesses.

FL Senator Kathleen Passidomo – Elected Senate President

“Entering public service amid a long legal career in the private sector, President-Designate Passidomo knows what it takes to run a successful business.  She also knows that more often than not, success in politics is getting government out of the way of decent, honest people who are just trying to work hard and make a living,” said Senate President Wilton Simpson.

The third week of Florida’s committee hearings proved to be an exciting time in Tallahassee.  While several committees continued to meet this week to discuss Florida’s child welfare system, student literacy and more, I was selected as the next Florida Senate President for the 2022-2024 legislative term.

On Tuesday, October 19, the Republican Caucus of the Florida Senate met in the Senate Chamber.  We were joined by Governor Ron DeSantis, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez, Attorney General Ashley Moody, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Senate President Wilton Simpson, House Speaker Chris Sprowls, Speaker-designate Paul Renner, and many other current and former legislators.

On Tuesday, I was most proud to be joined by my 98-year-old father, Dr. Alfonse Cinotti; my husband of 42 years, John Passidomo; my three daughters, Catarina Passidomo Townes, Francesca Passidomo and Gabriella Passidomo; my sister, Carol and my aunt, Doris Cinotti.  I was also honored to have my fellow law partners and legal staff from the Kelly, Passidomo & Kelly firm in Naples.  The Senate Gallery was also filled with many friends and supporters from District 28 who traveled over six hours to Tallahassee for the ceremony.

I am extremely humbled to have been selected by my colleagues in the Senate for this statewide leadership role.  I am ready and willing to serve our great state.  The Florida Dream is alive and well, and we’re going to fight to protect it.  I look forward to working with each and every one of my fellow lawmakers in the years ahead and I’m grateful for the opportunity you’ve given me.  I will not let you — or our state — down.

Governor DeSantis calls for quick legislative action to block vaccine mandates

Governor DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo, and Floridians threatened with job loss due to vaccine mandates stood together today as the Governor called a Special Session of the Florida Legislature to provide protections for employees.

“Your right to earn a living should not be contingent upon COVID shots,” Governor DeSantis said. “When the vaccines first came out, we worked very hard to provide them, particularly to our elderly, but we said from day one: we will make it available for all, but we will mandate it on none because ultimately we want individuals to make the determinations about what is right for them. I want a state in which people are able to maintain their livelihoods, earn a living, and provide for their families. And if the federal government or big corporations are hurting people, then we have a responsibility to step up and lead.”

During this Special Session, Governor DeSantis is asking the Florida Legislature to provide protections for employees facing termination because of discriminatory vaccine mandates and to make clear that government entities, including school districts, may not fire any employee based on vaccine status. Employers’ broad liability protections should also be reevaluated if they harm their employees through vaccine mandates.

Further, the Governor is asking the Florida Legislature to provide greater protections to parents to manage the health care decisions of their children, including the freedom to opt their children out of mask mandates. According to Florida Department of Health data over the last twelve to fourteen months, COVID-19 infection data from Florida counties reflects no meaningful difference between counties with parent opt-outs for mask requirements.

There is strong support for these freedom-protecting steps in Florida leadership.

Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez: “Mandates have no place in the free state of Florida.”
Attorney General Moody: “We will always fight illegal government actions that negatively impact first responders, America’s workers, and public safety.”
Dr. Joseph Ladapo: “Condemning Americans to financial instability is detrimental to the well-being of this country and to public health.”

Florida Ports helping break supply chain logjam

Governor DeSantis is making it clear that Florida Seaports have the available capacity to help unclog the supply chain in America and meet holiday demand, while other seaports across the country, particularly in California, are struggling to keep up.
At an event with the Governor, Jaxport officials announced this week that they will be offering incentives to any company that chooses to bring its business to the port, freeing up backlogs at other ports while ensuring Americans are able to receive the goods they order.
“Year after year we continue to invest in our seaports, in infrastructure and in workforce education to make sure our supply chain is resilient,” Governor DeSantis said. “I’m especially proud of Florida’s seaports. They are crown jewels in our state.”
While California is just now opening their ports 24/7, that is the norm in Florida.
“While other U.S. ports are just now announcing around-the-clock operations, in Florida many of our ports are used to serving Florida farmers, families and businesses with 24-hour operations,” Governor DeSantis during a press conference at Jaxport. “As the rest of the nation faces rampant inflation and businesses stare down unprecedented supply chain problems, our message is this: Florida is here, we have capacity, we have incentive packages to help businesses who want to move here and we are going to make sure Americans get their Christmas Gifts this season.”
The Governor pointed out that at least one European container ship supplier has chosen Jaxport for its U.S. unloading destination bringing an extra 1,000 shipping containers a week through the port, highlighting an incentive package aimed at gaining more customers to the state.
The Governor also said that Port Everglades unloaded nearly 7,000 containers from a ship this past weekend, and a second ship from India is coming to the port with more than 9,000 containers.
“We in Florida have the ability to help alleviate the logjams and help ameliorate the problems with the supply chain,” the Governor said. “Part of it is because we’ve long been committed to reliable, modern and accessible port facilities.”

Fixing the City of Naples from Dysfunction and Resignations

Russell Tuff
Chairman, CCCVPAC

The dysfunction is getting worse with Naples City Council members. The city manager resigned, the new interim city manager resigned, and a couple of high ranking supervisors have left as well.

Naples government is falling apart. Action needs to take place to change the dysfunctional city council. The long marathon meetings with no meaningful outcomes are tiring. The change can only come through elections.

We’ve been here before.

Were you around in the early 1990’s? If you weren’t here, you didn’t witness the severe deterioration of 5th Ave South in Naples. It became depressing to walk what was once a vibrant downtown.

It became run down with many open storefronts. There was a group of city council people nicknamed the “Three Amigos” who were against investing in downtown and let the deterioration continue.

To meet consumer demand, new shopping locations were built to meet consumer demand. The mall expanded, we saw Waterside Shops, Village Walk, and later Mercato.

Improving Naples

It was determined at that time something had to change in City Hall. A few vision projects took place across the community to get the public engaged with names like FOCUS and other planning programs.

Eventually, Andres Duany was hired to create a new vision for downtown Naples, and we see the result of that.

Businesses always need to be changing, adapting, and investing to remain vibrant. People began to proudly walk downtown with great dining and shopping. It became one of the jewels of Naples again.

Once again we are see the area get a little tired and the need to revitalize certain areas is becoming apparent if we are to maintain the strength and jewel of Naples.

There is resistance and dragging of feet with the current city council members, who want to focus on “affordable housing’ and other ventures, while the streets need better lighting to keep residents safe and planned improvements are delayed.

What we are seeing is a good example in Naples of what is happening in the US now that Democrats have taken control – Complete dysfunction.

The Cure for Naples

Why are we here again? It is because we elected Democrats who changed their political affiliation in order to be more palatable to the Naples Republican base.

We have the ability to remove those formerly Democrat candidates. We just have to show up to vote.

We will disclose who the Republicans are in the election to help you vote to right the ship.

We have a Ratings committee set up to evaluate the current candidates and any new people putting their hat in the ring. We will keep you informed of the findings, based on voting records, experience and remaining true to Republican values.

We need to send out postcards, emails, electronic and social media advertisements to change the dysfunction in Naples City Council. If you agree, we could use your help.

Please donate $20.22 for the 2022 election cycle and keep Naples as the crown jewel it is today.

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Congressman Byron Donalds Weekly Wrap Up

For most of last week, the House of Representatives stood in recess with Speaker Pelosi calling back members for just one day to pass legislation raising the debt ceiling.

The reckless spending passed by Democrat leadership is further bankrupting our children, increasing inflation to record highs, and burdening the American people. The supply chain crisis we are seeing is seeping into all aspects of our economy and hurting the livelihoods of all Americans. Look no further to companies like Waffle House who announced a new company policy to offer a limited menu in the wake of skyrocketing inflation and continued hiring issues.

The Biden administration’s encouragement of permanent government handouts is causing a widespread worker shortage and an unmotivated workforce. Yet, despite crisis after crisis created by this President, he’s absent. Joe Biden has been missing at the border, absent following the Afghanistan crisis, and now his absence as POTUS has caused one of the worst supply chain crises this nation has ever experienced. Rather than encourage the American workforce to get back to work to grow our economy, this administration would instead pass socialist spending programs that increase the power and purview of the federal government, ultimately systemically transforming the United States of America. When Washington bureaucrats meddle with the economy, economic success falters rapidly, and any hope of keeping the American Dream alive diminishes.

As we approach the 2021 holiday season, our country is experiencing another massive blow to its wallets: inflation. Gas prices are up 42%, electricity more than 5%, used cars up nearly 25%, and other household essentials are increasing by the day. The holidays are already an economically stressful time for most American families; however, thanks to Joe Biden’s rising inflation and the supply chain shortage, families across the nation are going to feel the burden of Bidenomics this holiday season. Frankly, the American people can’t afford Joe Biden.

Continue reading below for an update on events throughout Southwest Florida, important legislation on Capitol Hill, and more!

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Honoring the Life & Legacy of
General Colin Powell

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National Police Week

This National Police Week, we honor and memorialize the brave officers whose courage and bravery embodies the very best of America. For committing each and every day to protect and serve our communities, we are a grateful nation. For their sacrifices, selflessness, and dedication to service – we honor all of those we have lost. These men and women are heroes and we must never forget their bravery, nor their valor.

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Legislative Updates

The Cuban people need & deserve the full support of the United States in their relentless and righteous fight for liberation.

Last week, I introduced the DEMOCRACIA Act- this legislation will hold the communist Cuban regime accountable for its human rights violations.

For a list of House Co-Sponsors and more on this important legislation, click here.

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The supply chain crisis is just another crisis on the long and growing list of problems on the desk of President Biden.

I’m proud to join my Republican colleagues on the House Oversight and Reform Committee in demanding answers and accountability for the national security crisis Biden created. Read more on this letter below:

Fox News: House Oversight Republicans call on Biden admin to address ‘ongoing supply chain crisis’

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Community Engagement

I was honored to receive the Job Creator’s Defender of Small Business Award last week. As a member of the House Small Business Committee, and a constitutional conservative, I’ll always defend our small businesses from mandates, bureaucratic red tape, and increased taxes.

Thank you!

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In the Media

Our country can’t survive the division the radical left is spewing in the form of Critical Race Theory. Children should be free to learn our entire history without leftist bias.

We need to empower our children to lead our nation, not divide our country.

More of my thoughts on Fox News’ ‘Ingraham Angle’:

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At the risk of political persecution, the Cuban protestors are sending a message to the rest of the world: The dream of liberty is worth the sacrifice and is worth the fight.

Read my newest Op-Ed on the brave Cuban people fighting the evils of communism, featured exclusively in the Fort Myers News-Press:

Rep. Byron Donalds: In a Nation Deprived and Starved of Optimism, There is Hope

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ICYMI: I joined Steve Varney, host of ‘Varney & Co.’ on Fox Business last week to discuss vaccine mandates and Florida’s Leon County opposing Governor DeSantis’ Executive Action vaccine mandates, and more.

Watch the interview below:

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Last week, I joined ‘The Evening Edit’ on Fox Business to discuss the ongoing supply chain crisis created by Joe Biden, how Washington bureaucrats hindered Americans economic success, and the disastrous impacts permanent government checks have on the American economy.

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

FL Senator Kathleen Passidomo Update

We just completed the second week of committee hearings in Tallahassee. Several committees met this week to hear briefings about the data-driven efforts to regrow Florida’s economy and strengthen tourism in the state. We also received updates on the modernization of Florida’s highways.

Next week, the Republican Caucus of the Florida Senate will meet to elect a Senate President for the 2022-2024 legislative term. I am extremely humbled and honored to be nominated. I am also grateful for the support of my colleagues in the Senate, my professional staff in the office and the constituents of District 28. Thank you for the opportunity to serve our great state. If you are interested to tune into the ceremony next week, I’ve included information below on how to view the livestream.

The Senate Republican Caucus Meeting and Senate President Designation is Next Tuesday

The Republican Caucus of the Florida Senate will meet on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. in the Florida Senate Chamber to officially select the next President-Designate for the 2022-2024 Legislative Term.
You may tune in to watch the event at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19 at https://thefloridachannel.org.

History of Women Presidents of the Florida Senate

Next Tuesday, during the Senate President designation ceremony, I will be the third woman ever elected to serve as Senate President of the state of Florida.
In 1990, Senator Gwen Margolis (D-Miami), a former realtor, became the first woman to serve as President of the Florida Senate. President Margolis retired from the Senate in 2016, concluding more than four decades of elected service in state and local government. She passed away last year on June 9, 2020, at the age of 85.
In 1996, Senator Toni Jennings (R-Orlando), a former elementary school teacher who later ran her family’s construction business, became the second woman to serve as Senate President in Florida. She later became the first woman to serve as Lt. Governor. President Jennings, 72, retired from elected office in 2007, upon the conclusion of her term as Lt. Governor. She continues to reside in Central Florida.
Presidents Margolis and Jennings were both inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.

Reapportionment and Redistricting

The Florida Constitution directs the Legislature to redraw district boundaries during the Regular Session in the second year following each decennial census. When the Legislative Session convenes on January 11, 2022, this once-in-a-decade process of updating congressional, state House and Senate boundaries will be on the agenda. The new maps will be completed in compliance with both the U.S. and Florida constitutions.
Senate President Wilton Simpson created three committees to conduct the redistricting and reapportionment processes: The Senate Committee on Reapportionment, chaired by Senator Ray Rodrigues; The Select Subcommittee on Congressional Reapportionment, chaired by Senator Jennifer Bradley; and the Select Subcommittee on Legislative Reapportionment, chaired by Senator Danny Burgess. These committees will meet during the 2022 Legislative Session and during the preceding interim committee weeks to discuss the process, consider maps and receive public testimony.

During this interim committee week, the Senate Committee on Reapportionment held a meeting to hear a presentation from legal counsel regarding redistricting law, to watch a walkthrough and demonstration of the new www.FloridaRedistricting.gov website and mapping tool, and to hear public testimony.
The 2022 Redistricting website is a joint website created in coordination with the Florida House of Representatives. Through this website, members of the public have access to all of the same data and map-drawing application used by the Legislators and staff, and after creating a free account can submit redistricting plans for Senators to consider. The website also provides extensive information about the 2022 redistricting process and how the public can get involved.
Each committee meeting can be watched live at www.TheFloridaChannel.org. If you wish to provide online feedback, you may do so at www.FloridaRedistricting.gov/pages/public-input.

Florida’s Long-Range Financial Outlook is Bright

Florida remained free and open for business in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. As members of the Senate Committee on Appropriations begin to develop Florida’s budget for the 2022-23 Fiscal Year, they are analyzing the effects of these data-driven recovery efforts on our state’s economy. This week, Amy Baker, the Office of Economic and Demographic Research Coordinator, presented Florida’s Long-Range Financial Outlook and Revenue Forecast.
Appropriations Chair Kelli Stargel and committee members received updates on Floridians’ personal income, unemployment, the housing market, sales tax and general revenue. Following an economic downturn in FY 2019-20, Florida has rebounded stronger than expected largely due to swiftly re-opening our economy.
Ms. Baker reported that Florida’s general revenue is on track to substantially surpass pre-pandemic economic estimates. The revenue forecast even received a significant increase from estimates made in April, with estimates revised upward to the tune of $2.6 billion over the next two years. Florida’s unemployment rate continues to remain below the national average, with approximately 77 percent of the 1.27 million jobs lost during the pandemic already restored.
Additionally, Florida’s personal income is expected to continue to increase as more Floridians find new opportunities in the workforce.
While some economic uncertainty and challenges still remain, Florida is in a far better position than other states.

Florida is Everyone’s Favorite Destination

Unlike other states, Florida remained open for business in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it shows. VISIT FLORIDA President and CEO Dana Young outlined to the Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism, chaired by Senator Ed Hooper, the ongoing efforts that have generated record tourism numbers and a historic return on investment (ROI).
VISIT FLORIDA is Florida’s official tourism and marketing corporation that promotes our state around the country and internationally as a premier destination.
The presentation by CEO Young highlighted that following 10 years of consecutive record visitation in 2019, our state saw a 40-percent dip in visitations during the 2020 pandemic year.
Florida is now beating out destinations like New York, Hawaii, California and Las Vegas as a favorite destination among American travelers. At the onset of the pandemic in March of last year, VISIT FLORIDA began working on a comprehensive plan to bring visitors back to the state. This aggressive and well-timed marketing, while other states remained closed, resulted in Florida receiving a return on investment (ROI) of $3.27 for every dollar invested in VISIT FLORIDA according to the Legislature’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research —the highest ROI calculation for VISIT FLORIDA to date.

The presentation also highlighted that between April and June of this year, Florida welcomed 31.7 million total visitors, an increase of more than 220 percent from 2020. Florida also consistently outperforms the national average on key performance indicators including hotel demand, traveler spending and domestic air capacity. At the U.S. Travel Association’s Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations, the president and CEO of Visit California admitted, “Florida is eating our lunch.”

Modernizing Florida’s Roadways

The Senate Committee on Transportation, chaired by Senator Gayle Harrell, is working to continue the modernization of Florida’s roadways. Soon residents will be able to download digital versions of their drivers’ licenses and identification cards to their mobile devices as an additional option for proof of age, identity and driving privileges. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) updated the committee on the implementation of these electronic credentials, known as Florida Smart ID.
Last session, Chair Harrell championed the passage of House Bill 1313, Digital Drivers Licenses and Identification Cards. The innovative law directs DHSMV to establish a secure and uniform system to issue optional digital IDs to Floridians with verified IDs and builds on the department’s multi-phased program to make digital IDs contactless and secure.
The Smart ID serves as an identification “proof” with a limited profile, so only specific information will be available to requesters of a Smart ID through the electronic credentialing system. The law also protects the privacy of users by prohibiting private entities from storing, selling or sharing personal information collected by scanning a digital driver’s license or ID unless consent is provided.

The Florida Smart ID app will be available for use on IOS and Android phones and tablets. To ensure these digital IDs will be recognized and accepted throughout Florida and the country, DHSMV reported the Florida Smart ID meets American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards.
The committee also heard updates from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on the efforts to strengthen the resiliency of Florida’s transportation system, the backbone of our economy’s supply chain. The implementation of the resiliency policy will center on the ability to adapt to changing conditions, withstand and recover from natural disasters which will continue to build on the solid foundation of our state.

$5.8 Million to Collier County Public Schools

On Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis announced more than $5.8 million in Florida Job Growth Grant Funds to Collier County Public Schools to open iTECH Glades Technical College in Moore Haven, a new location of Immokalee Technical College.
I worked closely with Secretary Dane Eagle of the Department of Economic Opportunity to secure funding for the program.
The new iTECH Glades campus in Moore Haven will serve an area that does not have any post-secondary training programs within 30 miles. The $5.8 million award will cover five years of startup costs for the technical college and will allow the campus to offer 12 career training programs. Workforce training will be offered in high-demand fields such as HVAC, diesel systems, accounting, nursing, welding and healthcare, and will be available to Floridians in Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Okeechobee and Collier counties.
“I am proud to award $5.8 million through the Governor’s Job Growth Grant Fund to create a new technical college campus in Moore Haven,” said Governor DeSantis. “This new campus will provide the area with access to workforce education that actually helps Floridians find high-paying jobs without being saddled by debt. By investing in projects that make a meaningful difference to Florida’s workforce, we have been able to keep our economy growing month-after-month, and we are continuing to build an even stronger industrial base in our state.”

Republican Party of Florida Newsletter

Chairman’s Message

President Trump: Florida Ran a Clean Election

When it comes to elections, Florida is the model to follow, and President Trump agrees!

During the Evander Holyfield-Vitor Belfort promotional fight, President Trump praised Florida’s 2020 elections, saying “Florida has been great. And they ran the election clean and that’s very important.” 

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Governor DeSantis: No further Florida election reviews

Governor DeSantis made it clear this week that Florida will not be doing any more reviews or audits of the 2020 general election. The state is considered by many to be the gold standard of clean elections with quick results, as was shown again in 2020.

“What we do in Florida is, there’s a pre- and post-election audit that happens automatically,” DeSantis said. “So, that has happened. It passed with flying colors in terms of how that’s going.”

 

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Governor DeSantis was asked about an audit by reporters during an appearance in St. Pete Beach. After the 2000 election, we have continued to improve our elections to the point where many Republican states have taken to copying what Florida does.

The Governor pointed out that Florida took more measures to secure the process after the 2018 elections were closely contested, and this year the Legislature passed more laws to further ensure the security and trustworthiness of the election process, providing confidence for all voters.

“Going forward, we did a great election package,” DeSantis said. “And I think some of the things that we did in there to make sure that there’s a voter ID, for not only in-person, but also when you’re doing absentee voting, also making sure there’s no ballot harvesting — that is totally toxic and that really undermines confidence.”

Of course, our new election laws that make it easy to vote and hard to cheat are being challenged in court by the normal leftist organizations that always fight against the basics of secure elections.

Read more here: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/fl-ne-nsf-desantis-will-not-audit-2020-election-20211012-jpsrekzmsrb4badfuktm6mjdkm-story.html

 

Real infrastructure done right in Florida

Florida is continuing to invest in real infrastructure around the state, unlike the fake infrastructure bill in Congress that is actually a giant, leftist giveaway program to establish yet more entitlements to earn Democrats’ votes with taxpayer dollars.

Governor DeSantis is traveling the state this week to highlight many of those investments.

In St. Pete Beach, he announced that the state is awarding $2 million in Florida Job Growth Grant Funds to the City of St. Pete Beach that will be used to finalize the overhaul of the City’s wastewater system to restore capacity for hotel and lodging expansion. The project is expected to create 1,316 permanent jobs and generate nearly $13 million annually for the local economy.

“This infrastructure will serve a vital role in protecting the incredible environment here while allowing the area to expand accommodations and welcome more visitors, which will bolster all parts of the local economy,” Governor DeSantis said. “By investing in projects like this one, we continue to make Florida the top destination in the country for job growth and economic activity.”

Read more here: https://www.flgov.com/2021/10/12/governor-ron-desantis-announces-2-million-job-growth-grant-fund-award-to-city-of-st-pete-beach-to-elevate-local-businesses/

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The Governor announced more than $9 million in awards to the City of Winter Haven for road improvements at the Intermodal Logistics Center. The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund is providing $6.4 million, with the Florida Department of Transportation providing an additional $3 million, for road construction to improve access to more than 1,200 acres of industrial land, attract new businesses and generate nearly 5,000 jobs over the next several years.

“Winter Haven is a great and fast-growing community, and we understand to keep this area growing, it needs strong infrastructure,” Governor DeSantis said. “Today’s announcement builds upon the $60 million in investments we have already made in Polk County in 2021, because we know this area will help drive our state now and into the future. While there are worrying trends on the national level, we are going to keep doing our job in Florida and we will continue to capitalize on Florida’s strong economic momentum.”

Read more here: https://www.flgov.com/2021/10/11/governor-ron-desantis-announces-over-9-million-in-awards-to-city-of-winter-haven-for-road-improvements-at-the-intermodal-logistics-centers/

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Governor DeSantis announced more than $3.1 million for 12 projects through the Rebuild Florida Hazard Mitigation Grant Match Program at the three-year anniversary of Hurricane Michael’s landfall.

These awards mark more than $228 million in total funding to date from the state to hurricane-impacted communities for long-term disaster recovery funding, rebuilding all of the required infrastructure for the area to thrive into the future.

Read more here:

https://www.flgov.com/2021/10/08/governor-desantis-announces-over-3-1-million-in-hazard-mitigation-awards-for-florida-panhandle/

 

Fines for those breaking Florida’s vaccine law

The Florida Department of Health is fining Leon County more than $3.5 million for its blatant violation of Florida statutes outlawing vaccine passports in our state.

In July, Leon County Administrator Vincent Long announced that all employees of Leon County would be required to be fully vaccinated and had to provide documentation by October 1. By October 2, 700 county employees had complied, but 14 employees had not and were fired on October 4. The fine covers all 714 violations at $5,000 per transgression.

“It is unacceptable that Leon County violated Florida law, infringed on current and former employees’ medical privacy, and fired loyal public servants because of their personal health decisions,” Governor DeSantis said. “We will continue fighting for Floridians’ rights and the Florida Department of Health will continue to enforce the law. We’re going to stand up for Floridians’ jobs, stand up for Floridians’ livelihoods, and stand up for freedom.”

“Firing hard working employees over vaccine passports has real and lasting consequences,” Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo said. “It leads to resentment in the workplace, and loss of employment impacts individual and public health. Individuals have every right to choose how to best protect themselves and their families, and the Department will continue to enforce this law.”

It’s worth noting that while Leon County has flagrantly broken the law and received notice of their fine, other local Florida governments have reversed course. Last week, after alerting the City of Gainesville of their possible violation of the vaccination passport ban, the Florida Department of Health received a response indicating the City of Gainesville rescinded its employee vaccine mandate. This reversal also follows an Eighth Judicial Circuit Court temporary injunction preventing vaccine mandates for city employees.

Read more here: http://www.floridahealth.gov/newsroom/2021/10/20211012-fdoh-issues-notice-of-fine-to-leon-county.pr.html

Read more here:
https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/florida-fining-leon-county-3-5-million-over-employee-vaccine-mandate/2571861/

ICYMI

The Florida School Boards Association opposes the national organization’s call for the FBI to be used as an intimidation tool to silence parents speaking out at school board meetings.

The infamous September 29 letter from the National School Boards Association, reportedly sent at the urging of the White House, caused U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to launch the FBI into local school board meetings. That spurred Governor DeSantis to respond that the U.S. Justice Department was being weaponized to intimidate concerned parents.

And the Florida School Boards Association is siding with Governor DeSantis against its national organization. The FSBA wrote:

“Several elements of your [NSBA] letter run counter to the tenets embraced by the FSBA, and this communication has caused serious concerns, conflict, and consternation for many of our members within the FSBA,” FSBA Executive Director Andrea Messina wrote to the national organization. “It has strained important local and state collaborative relationships our members have worked hard to build and maintain for years. This includes our Governor, Legislature, local law enforcement, communities and our members questioning our commitment to First Amendment rights of citizens.”

https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/news/state/2021/10/12/florida-school-boards-association-blasts-request-security-aid/8423016002/

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A Biden administration proposal to snoop on your bank account is an invasion of privacy that could cause severe disruptions and result in few local community banks, adding to the already outsized too-big-too-fail national banks.

Under the plan being pushed by the White House, banks would be required to share your account information including what went in, what came out, and where it went. The original plan was to regularly track and report transactions of $600 or more, although that specific number now is being negotiated.

“You’ll encourage more underground economy,” said Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, one of nearly two dozen state financial officers who have written to Congress to oppose the plan. “At the end of the day, I don’t think having Uncle Sam sitting in my bedroom, finding out what I’ve purchased over the last thirty days is any of their business.”

Florida Bankers Association President Alex Sanchez called the plan expensive and disruptive.

“It’s just wrong,” said Sanchez. “It’s an incredible invasion of privacy by the Biden Administration, by the Internal Revenue Service.”

Read more here: https://www.news4jax.com/news/florida/2021/10/12/florida-bankers-in-uproar-over-biden-plan/

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.