Rep. Scott Franklin: The Ready Room – December 23, 2021

Hello Friend,

Welcome to my e-newsletter, the Ready Room. As a retired Naval Aviator, the Ready Room is special to me because it’s where fellow aviators meet to brief and debrief missions. This is my weekly briefing to you on my mission in Congress. Please follow me on Facebook Twitter Instagram  and YouTube for regular updates on how my team and I are working to serve you in Congress.


Franklin & Congressional App Challenge Winner, Varun Patel
The Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is an effort to inspire STEM, coding, and computer science education. Last week, I was pleased to announce our FL-15 winner, Varun Patel, a Junior at Strawberry Crest High School. His app is Py-iMessenger, an iMessage chatbot that allows users to execute various functions through text messaging. Congratulations, and keep up the great work! The winners are invited to showcase their winning app to Congress during our annual House of Code festival. For students interested in competing next year, please click here .
Protecting our Afghanistan Allies from the Taliban
Marines and the Danish mentor team with Afghan National Army soldiers
In the seven months since Joe Biden withdrew our military personnel from Afghanistan, reports of Americans and allies still stuck in the country continue to come out. Thousands of Afghans who assisted the United States military are being hunted by the Taliban. More than 17,000 Afghans who worked with U.S. forces have applied for visas, but bureaucratic delays plague the program. I joined several of my House colleagues in writing a letter to the State Department urging our government to do all we can to help those Afghans who fought side by side with American’s. Read the letter here .
Constituent Corner  
1045 IRS form, calculator, pen, piggy bank, and glasses
Jessica S. is a constituent from Clermont. She was not receiving her Child Tax Credit payments and had trouble accessing her IRS portal. After several unsuccessful attempts to contact the IRS, Jessica reached out for help. Our office contacted the Taxpayer Advocate Service to help her receive the Child Tax Credit payments the IRS owed her. If you need assistance with a government agency, please call my Lakeland office at (863) 644-8215 or visit my website at .
Test Your Knowledge #CivicsWithScott!  
When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
a. 1619
b. 1776
c. 1969
d. 1791
Last Week’s Question
Who was President during World War I?
a. Woodrow Wilson – Correct Answer
b. William McKinley
c. Benjamin Harrison
d. Lyndon B. Johnson
I’m honored to represent you in Congress. For more information on constituent services, current legislation and to sign up for my e-newsletter, please visit my website at 

Best regards,


C. Scott Franklin