Senator Rick Scott Voting History

Rick Scott Cheers Donald Trump’s Executive Order on Healthcare Price Transparency: This week, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., applauded President Donald Trump for offering an executive order directing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to have hospitals and insurance companies reveal service rates and out-of-pocket expenses. Trump issued the executive order on Monday. “We are fundamentally changing the nature of the health care marketplace,” Trump said. Scott, who worked in healthcare before being elected governor of Florida in 2010, cheered the news.

Rick Scott Backs Permanent Authorization of 9/11 Victim Compensation FundU.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., announced he was cosponsoring U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s, D-NY, bill funding the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund to help 9/11 survivors and first responders who have experienced health issues after the terrorist attack.

After comedian and talk show host Jon Stewart testified on Capitol Hill last week to urge Congress to do more for the fund, Scott threw his support behind Gillibrand’s “Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act.”

Scott pointed to his experiences on 9/11. “I was in New York City on September 11, 2001, and saw the terror and devastation inflicted on our nation,” Scott said on Tuesday. “Americans around the world felt this attack. But for the survivors, first responders, and families of the victims, the tragedy continues each and every day. I will always stand with the survivors, our brave first responders, and the families and loved ones of the innocent victims who were lost that day. I’m honored to support them through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.”

Rick Scott Backs Bipartisan Push to Rein in Prescription Drug Prices: U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., announced he was backing a bipartisan proposal to control the price of prescription drugs. Last month, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., brought out the “Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Act” which, the Texas Republican’s office insisted, “would curb major drug companies’ anti-competitive use of patents to protect their prescription drugs and prevent generic and biosimilar competition from coming to market” and would “encourage competition and give patients greater access to prescription drugs at a cheaper cost without stifling innovation or infringing on patent rights.”

Scott threw his support behind the bill:

“For years, pharmaceutical companies have been abusing the patent system to prevent competition and force American consumers to pay more for life-saving medicine,” Scott said. “That’s wrong. I’m proud to sponsor the Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Act to force pharmaceutical companies to play fair in a free and competitive market. Washington should have addressed the soaring costs of prescription drugs a long time ago, and I’m fighting every day to make sure we do.”

Rick Scott Has Unlikely Allies as Ted Cruz, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Ban Ex-Members of Congress From Lobbying: Two prominent members of Congress with sharply contrasting politics could be lining up behind U.S. Sen. Rick Scott’s, R-Fla., proposal for a permanent lobbying ban for former members of Congress.

Back in March, Scott and U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., brought out the Banning Lobbying and Safeguarding Trust (BLAST) Act” which, they insist, “implements a permanent lobbying ban for members of the House of Representatives and the Senate.” Scott has made the lobbying ban on Congress part of his reform agenda in Washington.

“I’m proud to introduce this bill that imposes a permanent ban on members of Congress becoming lobbyists,” Scott said when he introduced the bill. “Rather than serving the public, too many in Washington spend their political careers preparing for a lucrative job at a DC lobbying firm where they can cash in on their connections and their access. Congress should never serve as a training ground for future lobbyists, and putting an end to the revolving door is a common sense way to make Washington work for families.”

Marco Rubio, Rick Scott Urge Commerce Department Declare Fishery Disaster in Southwest Florida: Florida’s two U.S. senators–Republicans Marco Rubio and Rick Scott–urged the U.S. Commerce Department to approve the state of Florida’s request for a “federal fishery resource disaster declaration as a result of recent significant and persistent red tide events off Southwest Florida’s coast.”

The two senators wrote U.S. Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross on the matter on Wednesday.

Rick Scott Brings Out the Prescription Drug Price Reporting Act: U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., unveiled a proposal to offer more transparency on prescription drug prices.

Scott introduced the “Prescription Drug Price Reporting Act” which, he insists, will “provide much-needed transparency for prescription drug process” by creating a “consumer-friendly database of prescription drug prices, which will empower American families to make informed healthcare choices.”

On Friday, Scott showcased the bill which U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Col., are cosponsoring.

“There’s no reason patients shouldn’t know exactly what their prescription drugs cost before they get to the pharmacy. Today, I’m introducing the Prescription Drug Price Reporting Act to give patients the information they need to make informed decisions for themselves and their families. Even in the hyper-partisan, dysfunctional world of Washington, D.C., creating more transparency in the healthcare system is something we must get done now to help families across our nation,” Scott said.

Rick Scott Says His Transparent Drug Pricing Act is America First: U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., continues to pitch his “Transparent Drug Pricing Act” with language used by his ally President Donald Trump.

At the start of April, Scott introduced the bill, which, he claimed, “promotes transparency in drug pricing and reduces the cost of prescription drugs for American consumers.” U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., is the main cosponsor.

The proposal would attempt to make prices more transparent, offer more choices to consumers by having insurance companies inform them about the costs of prescriptions and try to ensure drug companies keep prices in line with the discounts they offer in the international market.

Scott made the case for his proposal in an op-ed published at the Sun Sentinel on Tuesday. In the op-ed, Scott called his bill the “America First Drug Pricing Plan.”

Sen. Rick Scott: We Cannot Allow Venezuela to Turn into Syria; Don’t Blink:

Senator Rick Scott spoke at the 2019 Concordia Americas Summit in Colombia on his commitment to ending Maduro’s ruthless dictatorship in Venezuela to bring a new day of freedom for all of Latin America. Scott said the following on Monday:

“It’s such an honor to be back in Bogota with such an incredible group of leaders from around the world. I was just here a few weeks ago meeting with President Duque and other officials. We discussed the issue of narco-trafficking and our shared goal of freedom and democracy for the people of Venezuela. It’s been a distinct honor to get to know President Duque over the last few years. As governor of Florida, I had the honor of attending his inauguration. It was rainy, windy and chilly. Not exactly Florida weather. President Duque said it was “holy water.”

Rick Scott Floats Naval Blockade of Cuba to Cut Off Oil Sales From Venezuela: Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., opened the door to stopping the Maduro regime in Venezuela exporting oil to Cuba.

Scott weighed in on the matter on Wednesday, insisting he was open to a naval blockade.

“It’s clear the sanctions meant to block the flow of oil from Venezuela to Cuba aren’t working,” Scott said. “Cuba is the most powerful force propping up the Maduro regime in Venezuela in large part because of the free oil they’re receiving in return. It’s oil for repression. Cutting off the supply of oil to the Castro regime would be the most effective action we can take to end the brutal regime of Nicolas Maduro.

“It’s clear that the United States needs to consider using naval assets to block the flow of oil between the two dictatorships,” Scott added. “The president has floated the idea of a full embargo on Cuba. I agree with him wholeheartedly. We need to take action now to capitalize on Maduro’s weakness and end his brutal regime. Cut off Cuba, and you cut off the political forces supporting genocide in Venezuela.”

Rick Scott: My Transparency Pricing Bill is the ‘America First Drug Plan’ :

While the U.S. Senate continues to debate the rising prices of prescription drugs, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is doubling down on his proposed “Transparent Drug Pricing Act.”

Scott brought out the bill, which, he claimed, “promotes transparency in drug pricing and reduces the cost of prescription drugs for American consumers,” at the start of last month with U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., as the original cosponsor.

The proposal would attempt to make prices more transparent, offer more choices to consumers by having insurance companies inform them about the costs of prescriptions and try to ensure drug companies keep prices in line with the discounts they offer in the international market.

Marco Rubio, Rick Scott Champion Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitism : Florida’s two U.S. senators–Republicans Marco Rubio and Rick Scott–are backing a resolution from U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., condemning all forms of anti-Semitism.

Rubio and Scott join a host of senators backing the proposal which is as follows:

“Whereas anti-Semitism is a unique form of prejudice stretching back millennia that attacks the equal humanity of the Jewish people;

Marco Rubio, Rick Scott Bring Out Fishing Tax Relief Proposal : Florida’s two U.S. senators teamed up to offer a proposal offering tax relief for fishing companies.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., brought out the “Fishing Equipment Tax Relief Act” on Thursday, insisting the bill “would create excise tax fairness for potable, electronically-aerated bait containers to be the same as the parts used to assemble it.”

“Throughout my eight years as governor of Florida, we turned Florida’s economy around. We cut taxes and eliminated burdensome regulations, saving Floridians more than $10 billion. I’m proud to build on those efforts by supporting the Fishing Equipment Tax Relief Act. This bill would save families more of their hard-earned money as they enjoy Florida, the fishing capital of the world,” Scott said.

Rick Scott: ‘The U.S. Military Must be Ready to…Defend Freedom and Democracy in Venezuela’ : Scott, a leading critic of the Maduro regime, weighed in on the uprising on Tuesday and sounded ready for military action in Venezuela.

“Today, the people of Venezuela are rising up against the brutal regime of Nicolas Maduro. I’ve already called on the Venezuelan military to stand for freedom and democracy in Venezuela and support Juan Guaidó,” Scott said on Tuesday. “The United States must also be ready to answer that call. Guaidó and the people of Venezuela have taken this critical step. We cannot abandon them. Inaction is not an option.

“The U.S. military must be ready to supply humanitarian aid and defend freedom and democracy in Venezuela,” Scott added. “The Maduro regime is starving its own people while our enemies are using Venezuela as a foothold in the Western Hemisphere.

Rick Scott Calls on White House to Get Tougher With Trafficking Stolen Properties in Cuba: U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is calling on the Trump administration to get tougher when it comes to stolen properties in Cuba.

On Tuesday, Scott urged the administration to fully enact parts of the Libertad Act.

“This action would allow American citizens to sue companies and their subsidiaries for trafficking in stolen properties, and deny entry to the United States to foreign nationals involved in the trafficking of stolen properties in Cuba,” Scott’s office noted.

Rick Scott: Americans With Preexisting Conditions Need to Remain Covered:

With President Donald Trump weighing another challenge to Obamacare, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., stressed that Americans with preexisting conditions need to remain protected.

This week, Scott, who worked as a healthcare executive and who Trump has said is a key GOP leader in the field, threw his support behind the “Protect Act” from U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-NC. The bill “ protects Americans with preexisting conditions so they can get the healthcare coverage they need. During his three and a half months in the Senate, Scott has maintained that Americans with preexisting conditions remain covered and successfully amended a budget resolution including that point.

“It is absolutely necessary that we protect people with preexisting conditions. This is personal for me,” Scott said when he announced his support Tillis’s bill. “I remember my mom, who didn’t have insurance, struggling to find care for my brother who had a serious disease. She eventually found a charity hospital four hours away where he could get treatment. I’m proud to co-sponsor Senator Tillis’s bill that guarantees protections for preexisting conditions. No matter what happens in the courts, it’s imperative that we guarantee these protections and continue working to reduce healthcare costs for American families.”

Rick Scott Backs Effort to Expand Suicide-Prevention, Mental Health Services for Law Enforcement: U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is backing a proposal offering “grant funding for law enforcement family-support services and allow grant recipients to use funds to establish suicide-prevention programs and mental health services for law enforcement officers.”

Scott announced this week he was backing U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley’s, R-Mo., “Supporting and Treating Officers In Crisis Act.”

“Florida’s decreasing crime rate – now at a 47-year low – is a reminder of the dedication and hard work of Florida’s law enforcement officers. These brave men and women risk their lives to keep our communities safe, and we must always do everything we can to give them the support and resources they need,” Scott said on Thursday.

Rick Scott Introduces Transparent Drug Pricing Act:

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., continued to push his “Transparent Drug Pricing Act” on Tuesday which, he claimed, “promotes transparency in drug pricing and reduces the cost of prescription drugs for American consumers.”

After highlighting his proposal last week, Scott teamed up with U.S. Sen. John Hawley, R-Mo., on Tuesday to introduce it.

“American consumers are facing a crisis of rising drug costs and we can’t wait any longer. I urge every senator to put themselves in the shoes of a family or a senior living on a fixed income who’s seen their drug costs triple in just a few years. This is about the lives of real people that hang in the balance,” Scott said. “Every American should know exactly what their prescriptions cost and it’s unfair that consumers in other countries get a better deal than patients in America. That must change. There is no justification for waiting, we need to address the soaring costs of prescription drugs right now. Drug prices are a serious problem – a problem Washington should have addressed long ago.”

Marco Rubio, Rick Scott Call on TSA Extension from FEMA for Floridians Displaced by Hurricane Michael: With the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program for residents in Bay, Gulf and Jackson Counties displaced by Hurricane Michael expiring on April 9, Florida’s two U.S. senators are urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to extend it for 90 days.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., wrote Acting FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor on the matter on Wednesday.
“We write in support of the state of Florida’s request for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to extend the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program for an additional 90 days for all Florida counties designated for direct housing in response to Hurricane Michael. TSA is currently set to expire on April 9, 2019. An extension of 90 days will be crucial for the state to continue to execute a long-term housing recovery strategy, as hundreds of victims remain in need of assistance under the TSA program due to the magnitude of this storm,” the senators wrote.

Rick Scott Urges Transportation Department to Complete Tamiami Trail, Calls it Vital to Everglades: U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., wrote U.S. Transportation Sec. Elaine Chao, calling on her to grant funding through the Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects Program to complete Phase II of the Tamiami Trail Modification Next Step project. Scott insisted this is a “critical project, which will significantly increase the flow of water and provide vital health to the Everglades National Park.” Scott’s letter is below:

Dear Secretary Chao:

People from across the world come to Florida because of the state’s natural beauty. Over my eight years as governor, I championed record funding for the Everglades, Florida’s springs, beaches and state parks. That included more than $2 billion to restore the Everglades and South Florida’s ecosystem.

Marco Rubio, Rick Scott Divide Over Bill Ending Trump’s Emergency Declaration: Despite the GOP controlling the chamber, the U.S. Senate backed a proposal from Democrats overturning President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the border due to illegal immigration. Trump has already promised to veto the measure.

The Senate passed the measure on Thursday on a 59-41 vote with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joining more than ten other Republicans to back it.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., voted against the proposal and said he continued to back Trump’s efforts to crack down on illegal immigration.

“For years, everyone in both parties has said they want to secure our border, but they never did anything about it. It’s time to get serious about border security and the safety of American families. That’s why I support the president’s efforts to secure the border and voted against the resolution of disapproval today,” Scott said on Thursday.

Rick Scott Calls on USDA to Help Florida Timber Industry Hurt by Hurricane Michael: After meeting with representatives from the timber industry and local officials from the Panhandle, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is calling for federal assistance to the timber industry which was hurt badly by Hurricane Michael back in October.

Scott sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Monday to ask for help for the timber industry.

“Last year, Hurricane Michael devastated Florida’s Panhandle and left a path of destruction in its wake for thousands of families and businesses. Michael wreaked havoc on our state’s agricultural resources, and wiped out much of Florida’s important timber industry. The storm damaged 2.8 million acres with approximately 72 million tons of timber, leaving more than 16,000 forest landowners with few options for recovery,” Scott wrote Perdue.

Rick Scott Calls on Trump Administration to Hit Cuba, Venezuela With More Sanctions: U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., called on the Trump administration to place more sanctions on Cuba and Venezuela.

Scott wrote U.S. Sec. of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Treasury Sec. Steven Mnuchin on the matter, urging them “to consider all options in the fight to begin a new day of freedom for Cuba and Venezuela” which includes “stronger sanctions on Cuba, Venezuela and their allies as the United States works to spread democracy in Latin America and across the globe.” In the letter, Scott showcased his record in Tallahassee to push back against the Cuban and the Venezuelan regimes.

Rick Scott: Time to End Congressional Pensions and Have Term Limits:

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is pushing a proposal to end congressional pensions.

Scott joined with U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., to unveil the “End Pensions in Congress (EPIC) Act” on Tuesday.

The Florida Republican’s office explained the rationale behind the proposal and took aim at U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

“Currently, members of Congress are eligible for their federal pension after just five years of service,” Scott’s office noted. “The amount of the pension depends on years of service and the average of the highest three years of salary. For example, career politician Nancy Pelosi has been in Congress for 33 years, and if she were to retire today, her annual taxpayer funded pension would be over $102,000. This legislation would end taxpayer-funded congressional pensions, aligning with President Trump’s agenda of draining the swamp in Washington.”

Rick Scott Goes to Bat for Ben Sasse’s Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act: Scott announced last week that he was joining more than 45 Senate Republicans, including U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, to back U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse’s, R-Neb., “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” and noted that he signed similar legislation into law back in 2013 when he was governor.

“I’m proud to support the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and will always fight to protect children,” Scott said before turning his fire to Democrats on the issue. “The recent embrace of late-term abortion by the New York State Legislature and infanticide by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is shocking, and exactly why we must take action to protect the most vulnerable among us.”

Rick Scott: Trump Should Use Emergency Powers, if Needed, to Build the Wall: While the longest federal shutdown in American history ended last week, another one could be on the way next month as President Donald Trump continues to call for a wall on the southern border–something that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., shows no sign of backing.

Trump has thrown open the possibility of declaring an emergency to get the funds for the wall and U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said on Thursday that he backs the idea to help “keep the government open, secure our border, and provide adequate disaster relief funding for Florida and Puerto Rico.”

At a media event on Thursday, Scott urged Trump “to use his emergency powers to fund border security and find a permanent solution for DACA and TPS if Congressional