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Four Issues Debbie Wasserman Schultz Should Be Working On Instead Of “Drawing Media Attention” To Herself Today

STATEMENT FROM RPOF CHAIRMAN LENNY CURRY: “It’s ridiculous that Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is spending her Saturday in her home state determined to create a political sideshow rather than working on the issues that matter to her constituents. She should take lessons in leadership from Rick Scott, who is laser-focused on protecting the interests of Floridians every day. The Congresswoman’s attempt at drawing attention to herself today further proves that Florida Democrats and her liberal buddies in Washington have no positive agenda to offer to Floridians.”


DNC OFFICIAL SAYS DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ’S GOAL IS TO “DRAW MEDIA ATTENTION” TO HERSELF: “With New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Slated To Appear At Fundraisers In Florida This Weekend With Gov. Rick Scott, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman And Broward County U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz Plans To Trail The Duo And Lob Some Attacks … A DNC Official Said Details Are Still Being Worked Out, But Wasserman Schultz Plans To Travel To One Or More Of The Fundraising Sites To Draw Media Attention.” (George Bennett, “Wasserman Schultz To Follow Christie-Scott Money Trail In Florida,” Palm Beach Post, 1/15/14)




FLOOD INSURANCE RATE HIKES: Rick Scott Has Asked President Obama To Use His Executive Authority To Prevent The Damaging Flood Insurance Rate Hikes.“Gov. Rick Scott today sent a letter to President Obama seeking a meeting to discuss flood insurance rates and calling on him to prevent increases on Florida homeowners. Scott says that Obama used executive authority to delay parts of the Affordable Care Act, which some Republicans say he did not have the power to do. ‘Why is keeping Floridians in their homes less important?'” (Alex Leary, “Rick Scott Seeks Obama Action On Flood Insurance, Ignores Congress,” The Tampa Bay Times, 1/15/14)

  • President Obama Has Used Executive Action To Change Major Provisions Of Obamacare, But Has Refused To Prevent Or Delay Flood Insurance Rate Hikes. “‘You already used your executive authority to delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and undo health insurance laws that were costing Floridians the health care plans they liked and wanted to keep.  Why is keeping Floridians in their homes less important? Floridians are suffering.  I would like to meet with you as soon as possible to discuss how we can resolve this unfair insurance rate hike on Florida families.'” (Alex Leary, “Rick Scott Seeks Obama Action On Flood Insurance, Ignores Congress,” The Tampa Bay Times, 1/15/14)

IMPROVING FLORIDA’S PORTS: Rick Scott Proposed Record Funding For Transportation, Including Florida’s Ports. “Gov. Rick Scott will ask lawmakers to increase funding to $8.8 billion for roads, bridges, ports and other transit needs in Florida as he continues to slowly roll out different aspects of his budget plan for next year … Scott said Monday his ‘record’ transportation funding proposal, $200 million more than in the current year, will further spur economic development and create jobs … ‘When I came in, I said how do you get this economy growing?’ Scott said during an appearance at the Jacksonville port, known as JAXPORT. ‘Tourism will do it, but the other thing was that we have to focus on building things.'” (Jim Turner, “Scott Seeks ‘Record’ Boost To Funding For Florida Ports, Roads,” News Service of Florida, 1/13/14)

  • Obama Administration Has Failed To Live Up To Its Promises On Funds For Florida’s Ports. “Gov. Rick Scott is on board … State funding, though, can only go so far. What Florida really needs is a federal partner … Lately, Washington hasn’t helped much. Federal funding for the port’s dredging project still appears illusory.” (Editorial, “Port Everglades Needs More Federal Muscle,” South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 10/20/13)

CLEANING UP LAKE OKEECHOBEE: Rick Scott Has Been A Leader In Proposing State Funds To Clean Up Lake Okeechobee. “Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday pledged $40 million to speed up a project intended to help clean up polluted Lake Okeechobee water that has poured into the St. Lucie River this summer … Scott said he would ask lawmakers for $40 million next year to speed up completion of the C-44 reservoir and stormwater treatment area in western Martin County, which is intended to clean runoff before sending it to the estuary.” (Curtis Morgan, “Scott Urges Feds To Step Up Funding For Damaging Lake Okeechobee Release,” Miami Herald, 8/20/13)

  • Federal Government Has Continually Failed To Act To Prevent The Harmful Environmental Effects Of Their Action. “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releases water from the lake to reduce pressure on the aging Herbert Hoover Dike. Parts of the earthen dike date back to the 1930s … Critics of the dumping say polluted freshwater from the lake has ravaged the ecosystems of the Caloosahatchee River and the St. Lucie estuary … In his letter Scott chides the Obama administration for not prioritizing federal aid including money to repair the aging dike. He says that the president’s budget recommendations for 2014 call for reducing the amount of money spent on the dike.” (“Scott Chides Obama On Reduced Lake Okeechobee Funding,” Associated Press, 9/25/13)

OBAMACARE NAVIGATORS AND PRIVACY CONCERNS: In An Effort To Protect Floridians’ Private Healthcare Information, Governor Scott Raised Concerns About The Obamacare Navigators After Reports Of Privacy Breaches.  “At a Cabinet meeting in August, Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty expressed concerns that the Obama administration would amass a huge databank of Americans’ health information. They also worried the navigators might steal personal information.” (Carol Gentry, Patricia Borns and Kathleen McGrory, “State Tells ‘Navigators’ To Stay Away From County Health Departments,” Miami Herald, 9/12/13)

  • Obama Administration Admitted There Were Concerns That Would Be Studied, But Failed To Act. “The Obama administration announced a high-level effort to reassure Americans about the privacy and security of the information submitted under the new health care law, hoping to blunt complaints from Republican opponents that enough isn’t being done to protect consumer data … The law’s Republican opponents, including Florida Gov. Rick Scott, have recently warned of lax security in relaying personal information such as Social Security numbers, birth dates and income statements, as people sign up under what many call ‘Obamacare.'” (Jesse J. Holland and Kellie Kennedy, “White House Pushing Health Care Security Measures,” Associated Press, 9/18/13)
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