During his Senate run against Senator Bill Nelson, Senator Rick Scott gained the support of Puerto Ricans who perceived his time as Governor in a favorable way. When polled against Senator Bill Nelson, Senator Rick Scott was both better known and better liked among Puerto Ricans.
Scott’s office noted this week that the Senator had filed an amendment to the Republican leadership’s government funding bill that would provide $600 million in disaster recovery funding for Puerto Rico.
Commenting on the move, Senator Scott explained that “the most important thing to every American is action over words. In Florida, we took aggressive action to support Puerto Rick and the Puerto Rican community since before Hurricane Maria even made landfall, but our work isn’t done. Puerto Rico’s success is American’s success and Puerto Rico’s recovery is America’s recovery. Today, I’m introduce an amendment to ensure Puerto Rick has the resources they need to continue to rebuild and recover.”
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The Senator added that “Puerto Rico does not have a voice in the United States.” However, Scott assured that he will “be that voice,” saying that he is “proud to fight for the people of Puerto Rico and will continue to do everything I can to take action for the Puerto Rican community, both in Florida and on the island.”
Congresswoman Jenniffer González Colón, who represents Puerto Rico, praised Senator Scott for his effort, saying that she’s grateful “to have a partner in the U.S. Senate who makes Puerto Rico a priority. As Governor, Senator Scott was there when Puerto Rico needed it most – and he has already proven that he will be a voice for Puerto Rico in the Senate.”
González Colón added that “this funding is so important to help Puerto Rico continue to recover after Hurricane Maria,” and she thanked the Senator “for taking quick action to make this happen. I look forward to working closely with him to support the Puerto Rican community.”