Speaking in Tampa this week as he continued his “Make Washington Work Tour” to focus on his priorities in the next two years, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., turned his attention to foreign policy.
At a roundtable event in Tampa, Scott focused on “several of his proposals to fight for freedom and democracy and stand against evil regimes in Communist China, Venezuela, Cuba and around the world” and stressed the “need for the U.S. to stand with our allies, including Israel and Taiwan, for the betterment of U.S. national security.”
Scott warned about the dangers of several nations while saying President Joe Biden has offered a weak foreign policy.
“It was great to be in Tampa today and hear from great community leaders who care so deeply about preserving and protecting freedom, democracy and human rights around the world. We all must unfortunately acknowledge that America’s enemies, like Iran, Communist China, Venezuela, Cuba and Russia, want to destroy our way of life. Uniting these evil regimes is their shared commitment to stamp out freedom and democracy wherever it is found. Today, we once again heard why the fight for freedom and democracy is not just a noble cause for us, it is an essential one. America’s national security depends on it. Where freedom and democracy exist, America has strong allies. Where freedom and democracy exists, America has trusted trade partners. Where freedom and democracy exist, America has stability. And where there is tyranny and oppression, America has none of these things. These are facts and while Joe Biden has ignored them and focused on appeasing dictators and dangerous regimes, I’ll keep fighting for freedom, democracy and human rights in Latin American and around the globe, stand up for our great ally, Israel, and stand with Taiwan as it counters Communist China’s aggression,” Scott said.
Scott’s office noted that he would champion the following bills over the next two years:
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.
Banning Operations and Leases with the Illegitimate Venezuelan Authoritarian Regime (BOLIVAR) Act
· To prohibit federal agencies from doing business with anyone that supports the oppressive Maduro regime.
Stop Taxpayer Funding of Hamas Act
To ensure no American taxpayer dollars with be authorized to the territory of Gaza until the President certifies to Congress that these funds can be spent without benefitting terrorist organizations.
Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act
· To protect Taiwan from Communist China’s growing aggression. The Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act further reinforces the U.S.-Taiwan relationship and strengthens Taiwan’s ability to resist Communist China’s aggressive policies and military actions.
Scott’s office noted that the senator backed the “Russia and Belarus SDR Exchange Prohibition Act” which has cleared Capitol Hill and been signed into law by Biden.
“The Russia and Belarus SDR Exchange Prohibition Act prohibits the U.S. Treasury Secretary from exchanging dollars for International Monetary Fund (IMF) Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) held by Russia or Belarus. Russia and Belarus’ SDRs currently total more than $25 billion and represent unconditional liquidity for the Putin and Lukashenko dictatorships, which is being used to finance the invasion of Ukraine,” Scott’s office noted.
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