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Republican Florida Senator Rick donating his U.S.  Senate salary… for social media and website posts:

Sen. Rick Scott has made a significant contribution to children’s reading programs with a hefty donation. The first-term Republican announced this week he is donating his second-quarter salary to the Literacy Council Gulf Coast, based in Bonita Springs.

“Growing up, my mom taught me that a good education was the foundation for success, and she was right — it’s what gave my wife, Ann, and I a shot at the American dream,” Scott said in a news release.

“We want everyone to have that same opportunity to live their dreams, which is why, as Gov., I invested record funding for our K-12 schools and Ann spent her days as Florida’s First Lady promoting literacy and traveling across the state to read with students.”

U.S. Senators earn a gross salary of $174,000 per year, meaning the Literacy Council Gulf Coast will soon receive $43,500, courtesy of the Scotts.

“I believe there is nothing more important than investing time in Florida’s children who will one day become our state and national leaders, and I’m proud to support this wonderful organization and its incredible work to promote literacy,” said Ann Scott.

Republican Congressmen Vern Buchanan (FL -16) & Greg Steube (FL - 17)on USMCA legislation

As the pending trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, the United States Canada Mexico Agreement (USMCA), is yet to be ratified by Congress, concern for Florida agriculture persists. That does not mean the agreement will not be approved, but separate legislation is pending in the House and Senate that would protect domestic produce from unfair competition from Mexico.

Longboat Key Republican Vern Buchanan and Tallahassee Democrat Al Lawson introduced the Defending Domestic Produce Production Act in January. The bill would lower requirements for American farmers to call for inquiries into potential illegal dumping of fruits and vegetables by Mexican farmers.

Sarasota Republican Greg Steube, whose district produces more citrus than any other, is urging his House colleagues to move on the bill. He cites an influx of oranges from other countries as a problem and cities his alliance with a citrus trade organization.

“I’m working on a number of issues important to groups like the Gulf Coast Citrus Growers Association, including the Defending Domestic Produce Production Act which will allow for seasonal growers to collectively petition and lodge trade complaints to help combat Mexican, Chinese, and Brazilian oranges that come into the United States,” Steube said in a news release.

“I’m a co-sponsor of this bill, and I know the importance of getting provisions like this passed for our farmers.”

Every member of the delegation is co-sponsoring the bill. Rubio is sponsoring the Senate version with Scott among three co-sponsors.