Scott Celebrates Bill Averting Government Shutdown as a Win for Floridians

Scott Celebrates Bill Averting Government Shutdown as a Win for Floridians

Mateo Guillamont
Mateo Guillamont
October 2, 2023

Washington, D.C.- Senator Rick Scott (R) has lauded Congress’s passage of a temporary budget bill that averted a government shutdown by allocating funds until November 17. 

Senator Scott had been demanding that the next appropriations measure include provisions proposed in his Federal Disaster Responsibility Act

In total, Scott was requesting $16.5 billion to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to replenish its Disaster Relief Fund (DRF), as well as provide block grants to Florida’s citrus growers affected by natural disasters.

Today’s vote was a major win for Florida & America. We kept government funded while securing the $16B in disaster aid that I’ve demanded since #Idalia hit FL,” said Scott. 


According to a press release from Scott’s office, the temporary funding bill represents a win for conservatives as disaster relief funds, previously conditioned on approval of Ukraine funds, were able to pass without the latter. 

In effect, as Sec. 129 of the 71-page temporary funding bill demonstrates, Scott’s $16 million in requested funding for FEMA’s DRF was obtained without any additional Ukraine funding. 

Notwithstanding Scott’s appraisal of the bill, a political divide among congressional republicans, especially in the House of Representatives, has erupted in response to the bill’s passage. Some Republicans are frustrated at the omnibus temporary funding bill they believe contained separate funding issues that should have been individually considered. 

Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida (R) is leading such criticism, even going as far as claiming he will file a motion to vacate current House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. 

Rep. Gaetz is accusing Speaker McCarthy of “violat(ing) our conference rules” by filing the temporary spending bill. 

McCarthy is seemingly undisturbed by Gaetz’s challenge, claiming Gaetz is only interested in media attention. 

Whether McCarthy survives this internal Republican row, the overarching funding disagreement will remain. Unless Congress agrees on another funding measure, the government could again be headed towards a shutdown.

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Mateo Guillamont

Mateo Guillamont

Mateo is a Miami-based political reporter covering national and local politics

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