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Gov. Scott: Taking Real Action to Help our Friends and Neighbors from Puerto Rico

Accepts Endorsements of Nearly 50 Puerto Rico Officials

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced endorsements of nearly 50 Puerto Rican officials.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Helping Puerto Rico has never been about politics – it is about helping the island recover and ensuring every family displaced to Florida has the resources they need to succeed. Governor Rosselló is a friend and I will continue to work with him in any way I can to support Puerto Rican families both in Florida and on the island. Senator Nelson can talk all he wants about writing letters or filing bills that never pass, but my focus has always been – and will always be – taking real action to help our friends and neighbors from Puerto Rico.”

The following Puerto Rican officials have recognized Governor Scott’s efforts to support Puerto Rico and Florida’s Puerto Rico community, and have since endorsed the Governor’s Senate campaign. The representatives and mayors starred* below are announcing their endorsements today:

  1. Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón
  2. Fmr. Gov. Luis Fortuño
  3. LG Luis Rivera Marin
  4. Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz*
  5. Senate Vice President Larry Seilhamer Rodriguez*
  6. Speaker Johnny Mendez
  7. Fmr. Attorney General Jose Fuentes
  8. Committeewoman Zoraida Fonalledas
  9. Rep. Jose Aponte-Hernandez
  10. Rep. Eddie Charbonier
  11. Rep. Maria Ramos
  12. Rep. Angelo Cruz
  13. Rep. Jorge Navarro
  14. Rep. Gabriel Rodriguez
  15. Rep. Michael Abid Quiñones
  16. Rep. Maria Charbonier
  17. Rep. Manuel Claudio
  18. Rep. Jackie Rodriguez
  19. Rep. Lourdes Ramos
  20. Rep. Jose “Quiquito” Melendez
  21. Rep. Felix Lassalle
  22. Rep. Georgie Navarro
  23. Rep. Gabriel Rodriguez
  24. Rep. Juan Oscar Morales*
  25. Rep. Victor Pares*
  26. Rep. Tony Soto*
  27. Rep. Junior Perez*
  28. Rep. Yashira Lebron*
  29. Rep. Nelson Del Valle*
  30. Rep. Pelle Santiago*
  31. Rep. Guillermo Miranda*
  32. Rep. Jose Gonzalez*
  33. Rep. Joel Franqui*
  34. Rep. Maricarmen Mas*
  35. Rep. Victor Torres*
  36. Rep. Jose Alberto Banchs*
  37. Rep. Urayoan Hernandez*
  38. Rep. Rey Vargas*
  39. Rep. Angel Bulerin*
  40. Rep. Nestor Alonso*
  41. Rep. Pichy Torres Zamora*
  42. President of Mayors Federation and Mayor of Arecibo Carlos Molina*
  43. Mayor of Bayamon, Ramon Luis Rivera*
  44. Mayor of Guaynabo Angel Perez*
  45. Mayor of Aguadilla Carlos Mendez*
  46. Mayor of Camuy Edwin Garcia*

Actions Taken by Governor Scott following Hurricane Maria:

  • September 28th, 2017: at the request of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, Governor Scott traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico to help coordinate response and recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria.
  • October 2nd, 2017: Governor Scott directed the opening of Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARC) at airports in Orlando and Miami for Puerto Rican families displaced by Hurricane Maria. More than 36,000 individuals visited these centers, which had representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Children and Families, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Department of Health, Department of Economic Opportunity, American Red Cross and Catholic Charities to offer services that included help with registering for FEMA Individual Assistance, crisis counseling, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) information, assistance with unaccompanied minors and agency social services, assistance with animal services, medical attention and health concerns, employment information and training services, food and water resources, language guidance and spiritual care.
  • October 5th, 2017: the Governor entered into a host-state agreement with FEMA – Florida is the only state willing to enter into this type of agreement to help families displaced by Hurricane Maria.
  • October 11th, 2017: Governor Scott met with Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture Congressman Mike Conaway, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security Congressman Michael McCaul, and Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón.
  • October 30th, 2017: the Governor’s office sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget. See the letter HERE.
  • November 3rd, 2017: Governor Scott led a delegation of Florida utility providers to Puerto Rico at the invitation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló.
  • November 9th, 2017: the Governor activated the State Emergency Response Team to assist families displaced by Hurricane Maria. See the Governor’s press release HERE.
  • November 13th, 2017: Governor Rick Scott hosted a roundtable with Florida mayors, community officials and volunteer organizations to discuss the ongoing relief efforts for Puerto Ricans.
  • November 15th, 2017: the Governor sent a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan urging them to support Florida’s efforts to support those displaced from Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. See the Governor’s letter HERE.
  • December 21st, 2017: Governor Scott spoke with Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón regarding Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria.
  • December 22nd, 2017: Governor Scott spoke with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen regarding recovery efforts for Florida and Puerto Rico.
  • January 2nd, 2018: Governor Rick Scott hosted a roundtable at the Albizu University Miami Campus with Florida education leaders, community officials and volunteer organizations to discuss the ongoing relief efforts for those who have been displaced by Hurricane Maria.
  • January 3rd, 2018: Governor Scott sent a letter to the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations urging the Senate to immediately pass a significant Hurricane Irma and Maria disaster relief package. See the Governor’s letter HERE.
  • January 4th, 2018: Governor Rick Scott hosted a roundtable at the Multi-Agency Resource Center in Orlando with Florida education leaders, community officials and volunteer organizations to discuss the ongoing relief efforts for those who have been displaced by Hurricane Maria.
  • January 11th, 2018: Governor Scott spoke with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long regarding the FEMA Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program and the importance of continued communication between federal, state and local partners as families continue to recover from Hurricane Maria.
  • January 12th, 2018: Governor Scott met with Governor Ricardo Rosselló and joined him for a Puerto Rico recovery town hall meeting to discuss ongoing relief efforts.
  • January 24th, 2018: Governor Scott, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, California Governor Jerry Brown and Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló issued a joint letter urging the U.S. Senate to improve and expeditiously pass supplemental disaster funding, and for Congress to send the bill to the President. See the letter HERE.
  • January 25, 2018: Governor Scott hosted a roundtable with Florida education leaders, community officials and volunteer organizations to discuss the ongoing relief efforts for those who have been displaced by Hurricane Maria.
  • February 5th, 2018: Governor Scott visited Puerto Rico with Governor Ricardo Rosselló to assist with ongoing Hurricane Maria recovery efforts.
  • February 7th, 2018: Governor Scott spoke with FEMA Administrator Brock Long regarding Governor Scott’s recent trip to Puerto Rico.
  • February 7th, 2018: Governor Scott announced a new partnership to connect families displaced by Hurricane Maria with jobs in Florida. See the announcement HERE.
  • March 5th, Governor Scott traveled to Puerto Rico to meet with Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón and attend the Puerto Rico State of the State Address.
  • April 18th, Governor Scott met with Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón in Washington D.C. to discuss how Florida is working to help Puerto Rican evacuees in the state.
  • April 18th, Governor Scott also spoke with FEMA Administrator Brock Long to discuss the FEMA Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program and the importance of keeping the FEMA case managers the Governor previously requested on the ground across the state.
  • May 18th, Governor Scott announced that Florida Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart would travel to Puerto Rico on May 20th to meet with Puerto Rico Department of Education Secretary Dr. Julie Keleher and offer continued guidance and support. See the Governor’s announcement HERE.
  • May 31st, 2018: Governor Scott traveled to Puerto Rico at the invitation of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló to continue to offer guidance, advice and assistance regarding ongoing Hurricane Maria recovery efforts. During his visit, Governor Scott met with Governor Rosselló, Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State Luis G. Rivera-Marin, and Speaker of the House Carlos Johnny Méndez.
  • June 6th, 2018: Governor Scott announced that Florida has donated 25 Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) vehicles to the Puerto Rico Police Department to support law enforcement needs and Hurricane Maria recovery.
  • June 19th, 2018: at the invitation of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, Governor Scott traveled to Puerto Rico to continue to offer guidance, advice and assistance regarding ongoing Hurricane Maria recovery efforts. During his visit, Governor Scott participated in the Puerto Rico P3 Summit regarding hurricane recovery.
  • June 28th, 2018: Governor Scott met with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, and discussed the importance of affordable housing and business assistance funding in helping those displaced by Hurricane Maria. Governor Scott also highlighted additional available resources for housing and other needs of families displaced by the storm.
  • September 20th, 2018: Governor Rick Scott traveled to Puerto Rico at the invitation of the Puerto Rican government to join Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, Puerto Rico Lt. Governor Luis Rivera Marín and other officials in paying tribute to those who lost their lives during Hurricane Maria.

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