ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Senator Rick Scott was in Pinellas County to meet with the Tampa Bay Sheriff on Tuesday. The meeting was primarily focused on the raging opioid epidemic with the senator introducing a new bill aimed at improving the federal government’s response.
“Since the Biden administration has allowed the border to be open and unsecured, we’ve seen an incredible amount of fentanyl,” Scott said.
Scott announced the new bill called the “End Fentanyl Package Act” during his meeting in Pinellas. The bill will increase federal grant opportunities for local law enforcement on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. He could also elevate the director of the office of national drug control policy to a White House cabinet position.
This drug wreaked havoc across the country. According to the CDC, more than 107,000 people died from a drug overdose last year and nearly 70% were related to fentanyl. In Pinellas County alone, drug seizures have tripled since 2020.
Scott was also questioned about his recent comments attacking the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.
“I think what the Justice Department has done for itself is that they’ve done political things,” Scott said. “If you’re going to raid a former president, a potential political appointment, you better be transparent about what you’re doing. It hasn’t been.”
Senator Scott is asking for the hearing and Trump’s full affidavit to be released. The DOJ said it would hurt its investigation and potentially harm national security.