Rep. Scott Franklin: The Ready Room – March 1, 2022

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.

 

Standing Up For Florida Farmers

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Strawberry fields being harvested (Courtesy of Canva)

Florida farmers rely on seasonal labor to cultivate the crops that feed America. The visa process for farmers is already costly and cumbersome. Now the State Department plans to raise fees on H-2A temporary agricultural worker visas from $190 to $310. This is a costly 63% increase at a time when supply chain challenges and the labor shortage are already driving up the cost of doing business. That’s why I was pleased that Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24) joined me, along with more than 40 colleagues urging Secretary of State Antony Blinken to halt the fee increase. Click here for more on this important issue.

Accepting Applications for Summer Interns

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View of the Capitol Building from the west (Courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol)

Are you or someone you know interested in interning in our Washington, DC or Lakeland office? We are currently accepting applications from college students or recent graduates. A congressional internship provides a valuable opportunity to learn more about the legislative branch and to serve constituents from Florida’s 15th Congressional District. Click here for information on how to apply.

Constituent Corner

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Donald K. – Army Veteran from Lakeland, FL

Donald is a decorated U.S. Army Veteran from Lakeland who lost his medals and military records. After several unsuccessful attempts to contact the VA for help replacing them, Donald reached out to our office for help. We contacted the National Personnel Records Center and obtained his medals and military records. If you need assistance with a federal agency, please call our district office at (863) 644-8215 or visit my website at franklin.house.gov.

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 franklin.house.gov .

Best regards,

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C. Scott Franklin
Member of Congress