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Rick Scott: Give Coast Guard More Drones, Planes to Fight Drugs

July 19, 2019 - 9:00am
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U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is championing a proposal to expand how the U.S. Coast Guard can use planes and drones to crack down on drug smuggling. 

On Thursday, Scott teamed up with U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., to showcase the “Coast Guard Drug Detection and Interdiction Act” which “expands the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to help identify and interdict illicit drugs.”

Scott’s office insisted the proposal would give the Coast Guard far more abilities to crack down on illegal drugs. 

“Currently, the USCG has actionable intelligence on over 80 percent of drugs being smuggled into the United States from South America, but it only has the ability to interdict less than 10 percent,” Scott office noted.  

Rick Scott
Rick Scott
“The U.S. Coast Guard keeps families in Florida safe by patrolling the beaches, shore waters, and maritime territory of our state and by conducting search and rescue operations. But one of their most important jobs is to intercept boat shipments of illegal drugs and the victims of human trafficking. By providing our U.S. Coast Guard members with additional ways to identify and prevent drugs from coming into our country, we are keeping American families safe,” Scott said on Thursday. 

“Arizona leads the way in developing and deploying unmanned aircraft systems, which are proven tools in our work against drug smuggling. Providing the U.S. Coast Guard access to these critical tools will help keep Americans safe,” Sinema said. 

“Our country is safeguarded by the skilled men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard who keep Americans safe and secure,” Young said. “This important legislation will help provide the Coast Guard with the necessary funding to continue to patrol our coast, identify potential threats, and keep illegal drugs out of our Hoosier communities.”

The bill offers $2 million for the next two years to expand the Coast Guard’s use of unmanned aircraft systems and $5 million for the next two years for maritime patrol aircraft. 

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What a lot of baloney. I would rather see that money going to better education and development of skills in the Florida population. Drug abuse affects a very small percentage of the population, poverty and ignorance affects a much larger segment of the population. Choose your priorities wisely and stop voting for idiots who's promises are shallow and empty.

We're all so glad that the piece of trash named Bill Nelson does not have your Senate seat.

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