US Senator Rick Scott October 16 update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to President Joe Biden ahead of the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing. In his letter, Senator Scott again demands that the president join the his call to move the games from Communist China, a country that is committing genocide and blatant human rights abuses, to a country that respects human rights. Following months of complete silence and inaction from President Biden, Senator Scott is calling on him to outline his plan to protect the safety and personal information of American athletes and team members from Communist China’s invasive surveillance, including data and DNA collection, under the guise of COVID protocol.
Eight months ago, Senator Scott sent a letter to President Biden requesting a meeting to discuss the horrific human rights atrocities occurring across Communist China and the Senator’s continued calls for the International Olympic Committee to select a new site for the 2022 Winter Olympics Games. Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Issues Weekly Update on Biden’s Inflation Crisis

Senator Rick Scott released a weekly update on his actions to address America’s debt crisis and rising inflation following the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ announcements that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 5.4% and the Producer Price Index (PPI) rose 8.6% in September as a result of the reckless spending spree and unconstitutional mandates the Biden administration is pushing on the American people and their businesses. Read more HERE.

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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

Byron Donald’s Demands Accountability from Gen. Milley

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

 

 

Freedom Friday on Fifth at Aqua Seafood Restaurant

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

Freedom Friday on Fifth at Aqua Seafood Restaurant

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

Special Guests:

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

Live musical entertainment with Jason Beal.

Featuring Elected officials, and Republican candidates

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

More details to come.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Representative Byron Donalds

Weekly Wrap-Up with

Congressman Byron Donalds

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

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Calling on President Biden to Resign

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

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Community Engagement

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Statement on the Passing of Fort Myers Community Activist Anthony Thomas

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In the Media

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

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

 

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

Rep. Byron Donalds Joins ETN News Nightly 

 

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

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

 

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

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

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Legislative Updates

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

Watch my full speech at this press conference below:

Rep. Donalds Accuses Pelosi of Stealing From Our Children

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

Sincerely,

Byron Donalds
Member of Congress

Mario’s Message: August 30, 2021

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

Remembering 13 Fallen Heroes

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

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Office Hours Near You

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

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$3.5 Trillion Reckless Spending Bill

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

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Cuban-American Community in Naples

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

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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

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

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

Warm Regards,

Mario Diaz-Balart
Member of Congress

Republican Party of Florida: RPOF Update

Chairman’s Message

Another Media Hit Job Collapses On Itself

Apparently, the corporate media will continue to try to smear Governor Ron DeSantis with baseless, ignorant hit jobs. It is an acknowledgment of the effectiveness of our Governor’s leadership, and the fear he creates in his political opponents.

In the latest installment, after the widely debunked 60 Minutes attack piece, the Florida Associated Press took its shot with a story that not only was a political attack on the Governor, but worse it jeopardized the health of its readers. The article, titled “DeSantis top donor invests in COVID drug governor promotes,” was framed in dangerous political insinuations that will undoubtedly lead some people to decline seeking the life-saving treatment. 

After the Governor’s staff rightly dispelled the misleading narrative and exposed the partisan agenda of the Associated Press story, the media outlet sent a letter to Governor DeSantis August 20, criticizing him for his staff’s efforts to correct the record. That’s when the Governor responded personally to the brazen AP, writing a letter not only defending his staff, but once again calling on the Associated Press and corporate outlets to stop creating conspiracy theories, publishing clickbait headlines, and circulating partisan political narratives, at the expense of readers and their health.

In his letter to Daisy Veerasingham, the AP’s incoming CEO, Governor DeSantis said he expected Veerasingham was writing to notify him they were retracting their story, not whining that his Press Secretary had done her job and rightly pushed back on the partisan story.

“Instead, you had the temerity to complain about the deserved blowback that your botched and discredited attempt to concoct a political narrative has received. This ploy will not work to divert attention from the fact that the Associated Press published a false narrative that will lead some to decline effective treatment for COVID infections.”

He pointed out that clinical trials of monoclonal antibody treatments result in a 70% reduction in hospitalization and death. That’s a hugely beneficial treatment, and the AP story undermined people’s confidence in it. 

Read the Governor’s full letter: https://www.nationalreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/AP-Letter-from-Governor-DeSantis-2.pdf 

Read more from the Governor here: https://www.flgov.com/2021/08/23/governor-desantis-responds-to-the-associated-press-regarding-the-publications-failure-to-retract-brazen-political-attack/ 

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Speaking of the monoclonal rapid response teams, Governor DeSantis continues to travel our state for the opening of new treatment centers targeted at high-need areas. There are now 18 such centers open. It’s a lot of work but the Governor knows it’s worth it to get the information to Floridians that this can be a life-saving treatment.

Monoclonal antibody treatments can be prescribed by health care providers to individuals 12 years of age and older who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are at high risk for severe illness and hospitalization. However, at Governor DeSantis’ direction, there is currently a standing order in Florida signed by the State Surgeon General that allows patients to receive this treatment without a prescription or referral if administered by an eligible health care provider. Such referrals are not required at any of the State of Florida monoclonal antibody treatment sites and treatments are available at no cost to patients.

The antibodies help the immune system recognize and respond effectively to the virus. According to the treatment guidelines, they should be administered as soon as possible after diagnosis. By providing access to these treatments at these new sites, Governor DeSantis is alleviating demand on hospital resources and further making sure that Floridians have access to all potential treatments that can help them recover from COVID-19. 

Find locations to receive monoclonal antibody treatments here: floridahealthcovid19.gov.

Additionally, Governor DeSantis and the Florida Department of Health continue to encourage Floridians to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Find where vaccines here: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines/vaccine-locator/ 

Read more here: https://www.flgov.com/2021/08/25/governor-ron-desantis-announces-opening-of-new-monoclonal-antibody-treatment-state-site-at-the-villages/

 

Florida

Once again, Governor DeSantis was correct in his approach to Covid. A new CDC study shows there is no rationale to forcibly mask children. After analyzing 90,000 Georgia elementary students, the CDC confirmed no significant statistical difference between optional and mandatory masked schools.

So, while the Biden Administration continues to fixate on Florida and Governor DeSantis, their own CDC study vindicates our Governor’s approach. And doing what makes him such a strong leader, Governor DeSantis refused to bow to the baseless White House attacks and chastised the administration for its obsession with using the federal government to forcibly mask children. 

“I mean, you’ve got to wonder, where are your priorities that you’re so obsessed with this issue and so obsessed with taking away parents’ rights?” the governor asked. “And you’re letting Afghanistan burn, our border burn, and so many other things in our country fall to pieces.”

Read the story here: https://thefederalist.com/2021/08/24/desantis-vindicated-theres-no-science-behind-masks-on-kids/ 


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Even New York Magazine reported that, “Children are less likely to have severe disease from SARS-CoV-2, and when infected less likely to be symptomatic, which correlates with lower contagiousness. Those facts alone may account for part of the reason why the Georgia study found no clear benefit for a masking requirement for kids in schools.”

Read it here: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/08/the-science-of-masking-kids-at-school-remains-uncertain.html?utm_source=tw&utm_campaign=nym&utm_medium=s1

Governor DeSantis announced Florida will host the upcoming Hula Bowl at the University of Central Florida’s Bounce House Stadium in 2022. The game, set for January 15, 2022, will be the ninth NCAA bowl game in Florida during the upcoming college football season. The Hula Bowl, which started in 1946, is a postseason “All Star” bowl game, featuring standout NCAA football players from all divisions. 

“On behalf of our entire state, I’m proud to welcome the Hula Bowl to Florida,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “Our state continues to attract premier athletic events, which is great news for our economy, Florida families, and the fans who come here from all over the world for world-class experiences.”

“The state of Florida has been amazing in welcoming our game to the Sunshine State and Governor DeSantis made it clear to us that the state of Florida is indeed open for business,” said Jennifer Logan, Executive Vice President of the Hula Bowl. “The Governor’s support for Floridians is clear.”

Read more here: https://www.flgov.com/2021/08/20/governor-desantis-announces-florida-will-host-the-hula-bowl-in-2022/

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The South Florida Water Management District held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of an underground seepage wall in the 8.5 Square Mile Area (Las Palmas Community). The underground concrete wall will help mitigate flooding in the area, keep water in Everglades National Park, and support increased flows of water south which are necessary for Everglades restoration.

“When I took office, I made Everglades restoration and protection of Florida’s water resources a top priority,” Governor DeSantis said. “My administration has provided record investments and expedited key projects to restore the Everglades and send more water south. Today’s groundbreaking is yet another example of my administration’s commitment to Florida’s natural resources.”

Seepage walls are well-established engineering structures that help to limit the flow of water underground that can lead to above-ground flooding. 

Read more here: https://www.flgov.com/2021/08/20/governor-ron-desantis-celebrates-groundbreaking-of-underground-wall-to-support-everglades-restoration/

 


Washington, D.C.

The FBI very quietly exonerated President Trump and his supporters of any organized plot at the Capitol on January 6.

According to Reuters, which “broke” the story last Friday: “The FBI has found scant evidence that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was the result of an organized plot to overturn the presidential election result, according to four current and former law enforcement officials.” Reuters also reported: “Senior lawmakers have been briefed in detail on the results of the FBI’s investigation so far and find them credible, a Democratic congressional source said.”

To sum up, the entire Democrat/media narrative of insurrection and organized plots against the United States government was false. Most Republicans have known that to be the case all along, and now the rest of the country knows. Sort of.

It must be pointed out that the FBI leaked this late Friday — for decades a favored moment for politicians to release something they want to bury. In this case, it was also a Friday afternoon when the glaring story was the fall of Kabul and total hand over of Afghanistan to the Taliban by the Biden Administration. This timing was an obvious political act by federal law enforcement and should worry all Americans.

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday night that the Biden administration likely violated federal law in trying to end President Trump’s Remain in Mexico program that had partnered with Mexican authorities to stabilize the border by requiring people to wait in Mexico while seeking asylum in the U.S. The Biden administration simply ended it with no other plan, kneecapped the Border Patrol and created a quasi-open Southern Border that has since been overrun.

A federal judge in Texas had previously ordered the Remain in Mexico program be reinstated. Both he and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused the Biden administration’s request to put the ruling on hold. 

So, the Supreme Court ruling requires the Biden administration to make a “good faith effort” to restart the program. However, the administration already essentially ignored a Supreme Court ruling on its eviction ban, so it’s hard to know if it will ignore this ruling, too, continue its policy under a different program or obey the ruling. 

Read the short ruling: https://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/082421zr_2d9g.pdf

 

 

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Help Us Keep Florida Red – Join Us – Labor Day Weekend Clambake

Kick off your Labor Day weekend by Joining us Saturday, September 4th, from 6 to 9 pm at Kensington Country Club for a Clambake Dinner and dance.

Hear from elected Republican officials, enjoy great food, great camaraderie with fellow patriots, and music and dancing  provided by Jason Beal.

Special Guests: 

  • State Representative Bob Rommel – Speaking about Hurricane Insurance price reductions and what’s next.
  • State Representative Lauren Melo – Speaking on what’s coming in the next session.
  • County Commissioner Bill McDaniel – Speaking about the upcoming budget and how you can help bring it down.
  • Multiple candidates on the 2022 Ballot

We will be serving up Clams, Mussels, Shrimp and Sausage along with Corn and Potatoes. There will be a chicken dish for those who can’t eat shell fish. Beer, Wine and Soft Drinks will be provided.

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