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Following the tragic terrorist attack at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Senator Rick Scott visited the Naval Air Station, along with Baptist Hospital, the American Red Cross and the local OneBlood to thank the brave men and women who came together to support the victims, their families and the entire community. See more in the video HERE or below.


The terrorist attack at NAS Pensacola was entirely preventable, which is why Senator Scott is calling for a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with military, law enforcement and the intelligence community to get to the bottom of what went wrong and figure out how to improve the vetting process.

Also this week, Senator Scott was proud to co-sponsor:

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

Sen. Rick Scott Applauds Final National Defense Authorization, Including His Amendments to Hold Venezuela and China Accountable

Senator Rick Scott applauded the release of the final 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which was reported out by the conference committee on Monday. The final NDAA includes: 

  • Nearly $750 billion in defense spending;
  • A 3.1% pay raise for military members;
  • Senator Scott’s amendment to cut off funds to the Maduro regime;
  • Senator Scott’s amendment to hold China accountable; 
  • More than $1.5 billion to rebuild Tyndall Air Force Base following Hurricane Michael; and 
  • A ban on the purchase or use of foreign-made drones by the Department of Defense.

Senator Rick Scott said, “This year’s NDAA is a great win for our military and gives our men and women in uniform the resources they need to protect our nation. I’m proud we included nearly $750 billion to fund our military this year, including more than $1.5 billion in funding to rebuild Tyndall Air Force Base and a pay raise for military members, which are key components of my Fighting for Florida budget agenda. I’m also glad my amendments to hold China accountable and prohibit the DOD from doing business with anyone that supports the oppressive Maduro regime were included in the final version. We must always fight to make sure our military has every resource it needs to protect our nation, support our allies and stand up for freedom across the globe – and I look forward to the swift passage of this year’s NDAA.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: It’s Time to Hold Washington Accountable - Pass No Budget, No Pay Now

Senator Rick Scott spoke on the Senate floor about all the things Congress is not doing while Democrats in the House continue their obsession with impeaching the President to overturn the results of the 2016 election, like passing a budget. Senator Scott is working to hold members of Congress accountable by passing No Budget, No Pay to prevent them from getting paid if they fail to pass a budget.  Watch Senator Scott’s speech HERE or below. 


Sen. Rick Scott Statement on Call with Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the U.S.

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following his call with the Ambassador to the United States from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Senator Rick Scott said, "I spoke with the Ambassador to the United States from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Reema Al-Saud. I expressed my concern about the tragic shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday. I was glad to learn of the Kingdom’s commitment to cooperate fully with the United States in investigating Friday’s terrorist attack. Most importantly, the Ambassador expressed the Saudi government’s commitment that all Saudi students at NAS Pensacola will remain in the United States until the investigation is concluded.” 

Sen. Rick Scott Calls for More Transparency, End to Training of Foreign Nationals Who Haven’t Been Fully Vetted by U.S. Intelligence Agencies

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement calling for more transparency following last week’s attack at NAS Pensacola.

Senator Rick Scott said, “The safety and security of American men and women in uniform is my number one priority. It should be the number one priority of our entire government. While our alliances around the world are invaluable in defending American national security and our interests abroad, the tragic terrorist attack in Pensacola last week revealed an unnecessary risk. This terrorist should never have been allowed in our country, let alone on an American military base with easy access to American military men and women.
“Federal agencies have not been transparent about the vetting process used for foreign nationals training on U.S. military bases. I’m calling to end the training of any foreign nationals who haven’t been fully vetted by U.S. intelligence agencies. Any foreign national currently training on U.S. military bases that hasn’t been fully vetted by U.S. intelligence agencies should immediately be sent back to their home country, with the exception of those being held in connection with the terrorist attack in Pensacola. Every federal agency has a responsibility to be clear and transparent with the American people about what processes we use to vet foreign nationals training on our bases. We cannot continue to take unnecessary risks.”  Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott to Attorney General Barr: Keep Huawei Out of U.S. Markets

Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr following Huawei’s challenge to the FCC’s ruling that bans government funds from being used to buy Huawei equipment. Read more, including the full letter, HERE

Senator Rick Scott Calls for Hearing on Inadequacies in Vetting of Foreign Nationals

Senator Rick Scott called for a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, with a classified session if necessary, with U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies, as well as military leaders, to examine the failures in the vetting of foreign nationals training on U.S. military bases.

Senator Rick Scott said, “The terrorist attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola was entirely preventable. It’s clear that there were failures in the vetting of this individual. What’s not clear is how the vetting process works, who does the vetting, and how much we’re able to monitor foreign nationals training in the U.S. We need to seriously reconsider the value of training foreign nationals on U.S. military bases, but in the meantime, it’s important that we get to the bottom of what went wrong so we can figure out how to improve the vetting process.” Read more HERE.

Senator Rick Scott Leads Colleagues in Urging Congressional Leadership to Pass His No Budget, No Pay Proposal

Senator Rick Scott, Senator Kyrsten Sinema, Representative Jack Bergman and Representative Gil Cisneros led a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Congressional leadership urging them to pass No Budget, No Pay to prevent members of Congress from getting paid if they don’t pass a budget. Read more, including the full letter, below or HERE.


Senators Rick Scott, Steve Daines and Mike Braun: If Members of Congress Can’t Do Their Job, They Shouldn’t Get Paid

Senators Rick Scott, Steve Daines and Mike Braun wrote an op-ed in Fox News about their No Budget, No Pay proposal to prevent members of Congress from getting paid if they fail to pass a budget.

n the op-ed, Senators Scott, Daines and Braun wrote, “We come from the business world. In business, you create a budget. You control the rate of spending. You make sure to invest in priorities that strengthen your company’s future. And employees know that if they don’t do their work, then they don’t get paid.

Why should it be any different for Congress?

… Withholding paychecks from members of Congress who fail to pass a budget is an important step to prevent government shutdowns, which hurt the economy and millions of everyday Americans. But it’s also an important step to promote fiscal responsibility. 

… If you’re a member of Congress – rich or poor – and you don’t believe that Congress can or should pass a budget every year, then go home. Quit. There are lots of other competent people who can have your job.

As senators on Capitol Hill, we represent the citizens of our states. When they don’t do their job, there are consequences. It’s time we make Washington just a little bit more like the real world.

Let’s pass ‘No Budget, No Pay.’”

Read the full op-ed in Fox News HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Calls for Suspension and Review of U.S. Military Programs to Train Foreign Nationals  
Watch the full interview HERE or below.


Sen. Rick Scott on Fox Business: If Congress Can’t Do Its Job and Pass a Budget, It Shouldn’t Get Paid 
Watch the full interview HERE or below. 


The Hill: Senator calls for review of US military programs for foreign nationals after Florida shooting

Military Times: Senator calls for review of US military programs training foreign nationals

The Epoch Times: Senator Demands Florida Universities Report How They Defend Against Chinese Influence

Breitbart: Sen. Rick Scott Pens Letter Warning of Chinese Influence on Campus

Fox Business: Budget not passed yet, so Congress shouldn’t get paid: Sen. Rick Scott

WKRG: Training programs for foreign nationals under scrutiny following NAS mass shooting

South China Morning Post: In the crosshairs: Chinese drones a target for US ban as security risk

WTSP: National Defense Authorization Act takes aim at military mold

WFLA: Pensacola shooting prompts questions about vetting of foreign students on U.S. Military bases

WEAR: Sen. Scott demanding answers in NAS Pensacola deadly shooting

WEAR: Sen. Rick Scott visits Naval Air Station Pensacola

WEAR: Senator Rick Scott calls for hearing to examine vetting process of foreign nationals

WFLA: Rick Scott: Send foreign nationals on military bases back home unless fully vetted

NewsRadio 1620: Senator Scott joins the Pensacola Morning News to discuss the aftermath of the shooting at NAS Pensacola and the handling of the shooting at the national level.

North Escambia: Scott, Rubio, DeSantis Visit Pensacola; Call For Tougher Vetting Of International Trainees

Florida Daily: Rick Scott: After Terrorist Attack in Pensacola, Feds Need to Be More Transparent on Vetting Foreign Nationals

Pensacola News Journal: Rick Scott calls for accounting of U.S. vetting protocols for foreign military students

Immokalee Bulletin: Senator Scott visits Immokalee

Florida Daily: Rick Scott Helps Shape NDAA, Including Funds for Tyndall AFB and Military Pay Raise

Florida Daily: Rick Scott Continues to Take Aim at the Green New Deal

Florida Daily: Marco Rubio, Rick Scott Call on International Olympic Committee to Push China on Human Rights

CQ: Florida lawmakers seek assurance offshore drilling plan is dead

Sen. Rick Scott Holds Roundtable Discussion with Community Leaders in Immokalee


Senator Rick Scott joined community leaders in Immokalee for a roundtable discussion on issues important to the community, including the economy and workforce development. Senator Scott will always work to make sure local families have all the resources they need to succeed.

Congratulations to Madison County High School on winning their third consecutive FHSAA Class 1A State Championship! Keep up the good work!










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