Rick Scott seeking U.S. Senate add-ons for Everglades, hurricanes, pre-existing conditions

Florida Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Scott is introducing federal budget amendments seeking to provide the full $200 million that Florida asked for Everglades restoration and to assure that the federal government will financially back pre-existing conditions coverage in health care insurance.

Scott announced Wednesday he is proposing five budget amendments that would address the issues he campaigned on or has taken up since settling into the U.S. Senate: Everglades restoration, disaster relief funding, coverage of pre-existing conditions, support for the U.S. Coast Guard, and money for military base reconstruction and renovation, particularly for military family housing.

The amendments are in addition to proposals for what he had dubbed his “Fighting for Florida Budget Agenda”, which included a call for $140 million for Florida’s ports. That agenda also had included asks for Everglades, disaster relief, and military base money.

Scott is a member of the Senate Budget Committee, which meets Thursday and Friday to consider the fiscal year 2020 budget resolution.

“This budget resolution is an important step to reign in out-of-control spending that has our country headed for a debt crisis. I’m introducing several amendments to the budget resolution that support priorities important to Florida,” Scott stated in a news

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