From Governor to U.S. Senator, Rick Scott makes move to Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Floridians have new representation in Washington, DC. For the first time in nearly 150 years, the Sunshine State has two sitting Republican Senators. Gray DC Correspondent Alana Austin tracks down Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) on Capitol Hill.

On his first official day in office, Senator Scott’s tenure begins under a partial federal government shutdown. He says Floridians shouldn’t have to choose between having government up and running – and border security.

In the spotlight, Florida’s new Senator promising to push forward amid a political showdown on Capitol Hill. Met by a crush of cameras, Scott wouldn’t say whether Congress should re-open the government as the debate over the border plays out.

“I’m going to talk to people to see how I can be helpful. I’ll reach out to the President. I’m going to do everything I can to move the process along. I want government to work,” said Scott.

Scott and his family traveled from the Florida Governor’s Mansion, to Washington Tuesday. He had just enough time to see a new Republican sweep into office in Tallahassee, but then had to hit the road.

“I didn’t get to stay to listen to the speech because I wanted to make sure I wasn’t late for this, but I’m excited for him,” said Scott.

After eight years in charge of Florida, Scott will work with Republican Governor Ron DeSantis and fellow GOP Senator Marco Rubio. Following one of the most competitive elections in the country, and a vicious recount battle, Scott says he’s focused on the issues that matter to the Sunshine State: jobs, education and safety.

“There’s no way in the world we shouldn’t have border security. We need to do it,” proclaimed Scott.

While Scott ran the state of Florida, he declined the Governor’s salary. The multi-millionaire says he will donate his Senate salary to charity.

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