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This week, Senator Rick Scott released a letter to the editors of Florida papers outlining steps that families can take to keep themselves safe and healthy, and help curb the spread of the Coronavirus in the U.S.

In the letter, Senator Rick Scott wrote, “The Coronavirus is a public health threat that is not going away anytime soon. Now is the time to get serious and take every precaution we can.

Always cover your cough, regularly wash your hands, and drastically limit your contact with others. 

If you’re sick, or even feel sick, don’t travel. Airports and schools must start checking the temperature of everyone coming through; travelers with fevers took unnecessary risks and flew to Florida, spreading the Coronavirus.

Localities must ensure those that our first responders and healthcare workers, who interact with the public, have the personal protective gear they need to keep themselves and the American people safe.

Florida, with its large population, needs an abundance of tests and testing centers. After I introduced the Coronavirus Mobile Collection Site Act to expand access to mobile Coronavirus testing, President Trump agreed with my plan and is now developing mobile sites across the nation.
We know seniors are especially susceptible to the Coronavirus, but young people are also not immune. It can infect anyone and cause them to become seriously ill; even if it doesn’t, young people can spread it to those with weaker immune systems.

Social distancing is the best way that every individual can limit the number of infections. Avoid restaurants, bars, and crowded events. With so many seniors in Florida, everyone has to avoid large groups and only leave their house when necessary.  

We can survive this and come out on the other side, and we can curb the current outbreak, but we all must make serious adjustments to our everyday lives.”

Keeping families safe and healthy is Senator Scott's #1 priority.
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See more of what Senator Scott has been up to this week below.

Sen. Rick Scott: No Bailouts for Big Businesses

Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed for Fox Business outlining why U.S. taxpayer dollars should not be used to bail out large corporations that have enjoyed years of growth and prosperity, and what steps the federal government should take instead to support Americans affected by the Coronavirus, especially small businesses, hourly workers and individuals whose livelihoods depend on tips.

Senator Scott is recommending the following steps:  

  • First, significantly increase federal assistance to state Unemployment Insurance programs, and change the corresponding regulations to allow states the ability to open the fund for workers to immediately access if they are out of work, temporarily out of work, or have reduced hours. Senator Scott believes this is the quickest, most effective, and most fiscally responsible way to get money to the people who need it most. 
  • Second, impose a 60-day moratorium on mortgages, rent, fees and utilities for both individuals making less than $75,000 a year and small businesses with less than 250 employees.Those payments would be postponed and paid out over the following 12 months. 

Read more in his Fox Business op-ed HERE.

Senador Rick Scott: No debemos usar el dinero de los contribuyentes para rescatar a grandes empresas

El senador Rick Scott escribió un artículo de opinión para Univision explicando por qué los dólares de los contribuyentes estadounidenses no deberían usarse para rescatar a grandes corporaciones que han disfrutado años de crecimiento y prosperidad, y los pasos que el gobierno federal debe tomar como alternativa. Apoyar a los trabajadores estadounidenses y las pequeñas empresas afectadas por el Coronavirus, especialmente a los trabajadores por hora y las personas cuyos salarios dependen de las propinas, debe ser la prioridad.

Algunas de las propuestas del Senador Scott incluyen:

  • Aumentar significativamente la asistencia federal a los programas estatales de Seguro de Desempleo, y cambiar las regulaciones correspondientes para permitir a los estados abrir el fondo para que los trabajadores tengan acceso de inmediato si perdieron su trabajo, están temporeramente desempleados o tienen horas reducidas. El senador Scott cree que esta es la forma más rápida, efectiva y fiscalmente responsable de hacer llegar el dinero a las personas que más lo necesitan.
  • Imponer una moratoria de 60 días a las hipotecas, alquileres y  servicios públicos para las personas que ganan menos de $75,000 al año y las pequeñas empresas con menos de 250 empleados. Esos pagos serían pospuestos y pagados durante los siguientes 12 meses.
Lea más en el artículo de opinión del senador Scott para Univision AQUÍ.

Sen. Rick Scott to Congress: Split Up Phase 3 Coronavirus Stimulus Package and Focus on Helping Individuals and Small Businesses

As Congress begins consideration of the 'Phase 3' Coronavirus rescue plan, which would provide relief to Americans and big industries, Senator Scott released the following statement calling on Congressional leaders to break up the stimulus package and focus on getting relief to those Americans who need it the most.

Senator Rick Scott said, “We have to solve the spread of the Coronavirus. And until we do, we cannot get a true handle on the economic impact and what will be needed to energize our economy. All levels of government – federal, state, and local – need to be careful before they make major decisions impacting their budgets until we understand the true cost and effect of this virus. Right now, Congress needs to focus on the Americans that are hurt most by the Coronavirus – our small businesses, hourly workers and individuals whose livelihoods depend on tips. I’ve heard from countless Floridians and small business owners about the devastating impact this virus is having on their lives... These are the people we should be helping. We shouldn’t be bailing out large corporations that have enjoyed years of growth and prosperity. That’s wrong and that’s why I’m calling on leadership to split up these bills, think critically about each proposal, and help American families that are struggling FIRST." Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Announces Legislation to Protect Healthcare Workers and First Responders and Limit Chinese Supply Chain to U.S.

Senator Rick Scott announced his plan to introduce the American-Made Protection for Healthcare Workers and First Responders Act to ensure the United States builds its stockpile of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) so our first responders and healthcare workers have everything they need to keep themselves safe from Chinese Coronavirus as they care for the sick. Senator Scott is focused on ensuring we promote American-made goods and get Communist China out of the U.S. supply chain. The American-Made Protection for Healthcare Workers and First Responders Act would address the current PPE shortage and build the national stockpile of goods from American-based producers to eliminate our dependence on foreign adversaries’ supply chains during a crisis.

Senator Rick Scott said, “It is unacceptable that we are running a shortage of PPE for our nation’s healthcare workers and first responders as they work to combat the Coronavirus and any future outbreaks. We have to do everything we can to quickly get them the gear they need to stay safe. We cannot continue to rely on countries like Communist China, who lied about the Coronavirus and refuses to be a partner in solving this crisis, for critical supplies. This outbreak has shown why we need to end our reliance on foreign supply chains. As a nation, we need to finally take a stand and demand that Communist China is removed from our supply chain. We need to build our own strategic stockpile of American-made protective gear to make sure we don’t face a shortage again.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Calls on Attorneys General to Take Action Against Price-Gouging

Senator Rick Scott released the following statement calling on the attorneys general in all 50 states to take action against bad actors that are taking advantage of this crisis and price-gouging on personal protective equipment, which is desperately needed to save lives and keep our healthcare workers and first responders safe from the Coronavirus. 

Senator Rick Scott said, “Personal protective equipment is one of the most important tools our healthcare workers and first responders have to protect themselves, and I continue to hear from hospitals and law enforcement officials that there is a limited supply and they are being price-gouged. This is unacceptable. I am calling on the state attorneys general to use their authority to go after these bad actors. I am also asking Attorney General Barr to immediately implement a federal process to take action against these criminals. We must do everything we can to protect our healthcare workers and first responders so they can focus on caring for the sick.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott to Trump Administration: Our Law Enforcement and First Responders Need More Resources to Protect Themselves from Coronavirus

Following a call with Florida’s sheriffs and police chiefs, Senator Rick Scott sent a letter to Vice President Pence urging the administration to increase domestic production of personal protective equipment and make sure local public safety and law enforcement agencies have all the resources they need to stay safe from Coronavirus while helping others. Read more, including the full letter, HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Statement on Coronavirus Assistance Package

Senator Rick Scott released the following statement regarding the Coronavirus assistance package that was considered by Congress earlier this week.

Senator Rick Scott said, “We can’t forget that the best economic stimulus package is to stem the spread of Coronavirus. If we solve this problem, the economic problems will become much easier to solve. I’m glad both parties are coming together to help those affected by Coronavirus. Congress often acts slowly and it’s a real positive to see the urgency with which Congress is acting to get something done. There are many good things in this bill, including ramping up testing to ensure people who need a test can get one. 

“But I am very concerned about some of the mandates in this bill that will hurt small businesses. And I’m concerned that adding layers of government bureaucracy, regulation and mandates will make it harder for help to get to the people that need it most – hourly workers, people who rely on tips, and workers in the gig economy. Whatever we pass should limit the unintended consequences for American job creators. After all, we’ll be looking to them soon to help us rebuild our economy and recover from this crisis.” Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott: Every County Across U.S. Needs to Have Mobile Testing NOW

Senator Rick Scott called on the American people to come together and take action NOW to stop the spread of the Coronavirus in the United States. Senator Scott is urging every level of government to immediately take the following steps to keep families safe from the Coronavirus:

  • SOLVE THE TESTING ISSUE. Every county in the country should have at least one mobile testing site – counties in hot spots like New York and South Florida need more than one. There’s no excuse anymore.
    • National Guard units as well as active-duty military personnel should be called upon to support these efforts. 
  • Governors in states with community spread need to take extreme measures to prevent large social interactions. As a former Governor, Senator Scott knows that they’re best-equipped to make these decisions for their states. 
    • A national quarantine is difficult to enforce and a waste of much-needed resources. But in hot spots, social distancing measures need to be strictly enforced.
  • Protect supply chains for protective equipment for healthcare workers and first responders.
  • Crack down on price-gouging of healthcare equipment.

Sen. Rick Scott on Fox News: We’re in a Crisis; Americans Must Come Together to End Coronavirus 
Watch the interview HERE or below.


Senador Rick Scott: Tenemos que tomar medidas agresivas para proteger a los ciudadanos americanos 
Mira la entrevista completa con Telemundo 49 AQUÍ.


Sen. Rick Scott on CNN: Americans Must Take Personal Responsibility and Get Off Florida’s Beaches 
Watch the interview HERE or below.


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Fox News: Sen. Scott on calls for Americans to practice social distancing, Florida's decision to proceed with primary

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Fox Business: Coronavirus needs to be handled before worrying about economic stimulus: Sen. Rick Scott

Fox Business: Everyone should take coronavirus seriously: Sen. Rick Scott

New York Daily News: Florida Sen. Rick Scott says ‘get off the beaches’ amid coronavirus even as governor refuses to close them

The Hill: Florida senator: 'Get off the beach'

Biz Pac Review: Rick Scott contrasts Cuomo’s whining, urges states to step up: Federal govt can’t solve every problem

Breitbart: Rick Scott Calls for Closing U.S. Borders, Mobile Testing by Friday

Breitbart: FL Sen. Rick Scott: ‘Get Off the Beach,’ ‘Take Some Personal Responsibility’

The Daily Caller: Quarantined Sen. Rick Scott Says Congress Needs ‘To Do More’ To Help The Economy

The Daily Caller: Sen. Rick Scott Does Not Support U.S. Airline Bailouts

Markets Insider: A Republican senator just called for a 60-day national moratorium on housing and utility payments for people earning below $75,000

Miami Herald: Rick Scott says large corporations shouldn’t be part of a coronavirus bailout package

Sun Sentinel: Sen. Rick Scott says Trump, Congress should not bail out big business. He’s right.

Sun Sentinel: Sen. Rick Scott pleads for people to get off Florida beaches as spring breakers party on

WJXT: Rick Scott speaks from self-quarantine, ‘optimistic’ Senate will pass COVID-19 bill

WEAR: Sen. Rick Scott calls on Attorneys General to take action against price-gouging

Florida Daily: Rick Scott: Ban TikTok on Government Phones Due to Cybersecurity, Chinese Spying Concerns

Florida Daily: Florida’s Senators Want More Transparency from Chinese-Government Run Confucius Institutes

Florida Daily: Rick Scott Urges Mike Pence to Offer More Protection for Law Enforcement and First Responders From Coronavirus

Florida Daily: Rick Scott: Families Should Take Every Precaution to Stay Safe and Stop the Coronavirus

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