The Ready Room – Representative Scott Franklin 5/7/2024

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.


Big Cypress National Preserve (the Preserve) has been home to the Miccosukee Tribe and plays a vital role in Southwest Florida. This Florida gem attracts visitors and provides recreating for local communities. However, the Department of Interior is proposing to designate the Preserve as a “wilderness area.” This designation places severe restrictions on how preserve lands can be accessed. It would prevent Tribal citizens from visiting their ceremonial sites, destroy local small businesses and restrict access to Floridians who have used the land for generations. That’s why I introduced H.R. 8206 to block the Biden Administration from finalizing any wilderness designation of Big Cypress. Click here to read more. 



Last week, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) finalized a new 600-page rule that will raise costs on Florida agricultural produces and allow non-citizen farmworkers to unionize. The regulation also creates a dangerous loophole ripe for abuse, allowing legal and labor activists to trespass onto private farm and ranch property to organize. In 2021, the Supreme Court held that granting access to third-party union organizers threatens agricultural producers’ sacred private property rights. To protect Florida’s Heartland and ensure the Biden Administration can never enforce such a burdensome regulation, I introduced H. J. Res. 135 last week alongside 17 of my colleagues. My bill utilizes the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which is a special legislative procedure that allows Congress to overturn agency action while prohibiting the agency from any similar action in the future. Click here to learn more. 





It was a privilege to welcome WWII veterans from Polk County last week in Washington, D.C. Flight to Honor Polk is organized by the Polk County Veterans council and gives disabled and aging war veterans a unique opportunity to visit America’s war memorials free of charge. As a fellow veteran, I’m pleased to welcome these heroes and support this meaningful effort. Interested veterans can apply here.



Test Your Knowledge #CivicsWithScott!

Former Vice-President Aaron Burr was tried for what crime in 1807?

  1. Murder
    B. Tax evasion 
    C. Fraud
    D. Treason

Last Week’s Question

Which act gave settlers 160 acres of land if they agreed to live on it for five years?

  1. Public Lands Act
    B. Homestead Act – Correct answer
    C. Bounty Land Act
    D. Land Act




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Best regards,

C. Scott Franklin
Member of Congress



Franklin In the News

House Republicans mount challenge to Biden administration ‘crippling’ labor rule – Washington Examiner

Florida Lawmakers Counter Biden Admin Proposal to Change Status of Big Cypress – The Floridian

Key Social Media Posts

@RepFranklin Amy and I continue to pray for their speedy recovery. God Bless our brave law enforcement officers.


@RepFranklin It’s true – in my experience, no matter the operation, accountability is essential to mission success—the VA is no exception. Glad my initiative, the Personnel Integrity in Veterans Affairs Act, passed through the @HouseVetAffairs


@RepFranklin “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)


@RepFranklin I just introduced legislation to combat Biden DOL’s new H-2A rule that: 

  • Increases costs for ag producers 
  • Threatens private property rights 
  • Allows H-2A workers to unionize 
  • Requires labor activists to have access to private farm & ranches



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