Rep. Scott Franklin: The Ready Room – May 10, 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.

 

Rejecting Government Monitored Speech

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced the rollout of a new “Disinformation Governance Board,” an advisory board seeking to monitor (or censor) speech under the guise of securing the homeland. In response, I led a letter with more than 170 of my colleagues opposing the creation of this board. In the letter, we expressed ethical concerns about DHS engaging in activities that could impact free speech. Creation of this board is an alarming attempt to use DHS as a political tool. This is especially concerning as Americans continue to suffer a drug epidemic and have safety concerns with DHS’s failure to properly secure our border. Rest assured, I will continue to oppose this government overreach. To learn more and read the full letter, click here .


Admonishing an Egregious Supreme Court Leak

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The U.S. Supreme Court

Last Monday evening, we saw a shocking leak out of the Supreme Court. A draft opinion from the Mississippi abortion case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization , was published online. This leak was an unprecedented breach of trust designed to pressure the Court in advance of a final opinion. As a defender of the unborn, I would welcome a Supreme Court decision that overturns Roe v. Wade and restores the sacred right to life. However, the leak was deliberate and clearly designed to intimidate the independent judicial integrity of the Court. Tactics like this are reprehensible and serve only to further politicize and erode faith in our judicial system. To read my full statement, click here .


Weekly Survey Results

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In last week’s survey, we asked for your input on whether the issue of abortion should be addressed at the state or federal level. 54% of respondents said they believe abortion should be handled by state governments. 43% of respondents said they believe abortion should be handled by the federal government. I thank those who participated in this survey and will continue to ask for your input and share the results.


Constituent Corner

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Keila from Lakeland submitted a reconsideration for a loan but had trouble contacting the Small Business Administration (SBA). The COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program helps small businesses recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19 by providing accessible and borrower-friendly capital. She asked our office for assistance, and we helped her set up a meeting with the SBA. If you need help with a federal agency, please call our Lakeland office at (863) 644-8215 or visit my website at franklin.house.gov .


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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