U.S. Congressman Scott Franklin sat for an extensive interview with The Ledger's Gary White and recounted his view of the Capitol riot and the effect of COVID on Congress. The content is limited to subscribers.
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For more, scroll through this page and discover what Mr. Franklin thinks is important and how he votes on proposed legislation.
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Franklin: House role finally becoming what I expected
LAKELAND, July 13, 2021 — U.S. Rep. Scott Franklin did not enjoy the smooth and inconspicuous entry into Congress that most new House members receive.
The Lakeland Republican took his oath of office on Jan. 3, as the House of Representatives remained largely shuttered by precautions against the COVID-19 pandemic, then raging throughout the country.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump continued refusing to accept his loss in the 2020 election, repeating unsupported claims of electoral fraud. He urged supporters to focus on Jan. 6, the day Congress would certify the Electoral College results, as a last hope for blocking Joe Biden’s election.
Franklin raised the concern that delays in the counting of votes — largely a result of expanded mail voting and unusually high turnout — could undermine citizens’ confidence in the process. Asked if Trump is doing the same by holding rallies, including one recently in Sarasota, and continuing to allege widespread fraud without credible evidence, Franklin didn’t answer directly.
Asked ( January 3rd, 2021 ) and answered ( April 15th, 2021 )
April 15, 2021
Dear Mr. Maguire,
Thank you for reaching out to inquire about my daily calendar and the current legislative agenda within Congress. I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter.
As your representative in Congress, it's an honor to represent you. As you can imagine, our schedules change constantly based on the Speaker’s schedule and committee activities so I do not list a daily calendar. The Speaker of the House sets the daily schedule and the legislative agenda that members vote on. The easiest way to track these matters is through the Clerk of the House website: clerk.house.gov. I am a member of the House Armed Service Committee and the Committee of Oversight and Reform. Here are links to information on what we are working on:
Again, thank you for your interest in this important issue. I appreciate your input, and I am 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
C. Scott Franklin
Member of Congress
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Franklin reaches out to constituents
On January 3rd, I was sworn in as the congressman for Florida’s 15th congressional district. I’m honored to represent you in Washington. As we begin the 117th Congress, my staff and I are eager to hear what's on your mind and which issues are most important to you. Below is a short survey we would like you to complete so we can focus our energies most effectively on your behalf.
If you need assistance with federal agencies or help with Social Security, VA, passports or other programs, I encourage you to contact one of our offices. We are here to serve you. Please follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for regular updates on what's happening in Washington and in Florida's 15th congressional district.
Now that our committees have been assigned and our team is in place, we are eager to get to work for you. Please let us know what interests you most:
I look forward to your input, and 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 www.franklin.house.gov
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[ ]Strengthening our Economy
[ ]Federal Spending
[ ]Transportation and Infrastructure
[ ]Cutting Regulations
[ ]Budget and Government Spending
[ ]Homeland Security
[ ]Border Security
[ ]Flood Insurance
[ ]Environmental Issues
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How your voice
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Scott Franklin will consider bills assigned to one of the committees he serves on - Armed Services and Oversight and Reform - and will have a chance to vote on all bills that make it to the House floor.
Between these events citizens are urged to learn about the proposed legislation and contact Franklin to express their view.
Remember, he can't hear you shaking your head.
Franklin Opposed Removing Rep. Greene From Committees
Feb 5, 2021 - U.S. Rep. Scott Franklin of Lakeland joined most of his fellow Republicans on Thursday in voting against a measure that stripped controversial Rep, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia from her committee assignments.
The vote came after the emergence of social media posts made by the freshman legislator prior to her 2020 campaign. Among them, she said the Parkland school massacre had been staged, questioned whether a jet hit the Pentagon on 9/11 and expressed support for executing prominent Democrats in Congress.
Franklin sees value
in Biden's success
"My wife and I are honored to attend the inauguration. Like the change of command ceremonies I attended while in the Navy, this time-honored tradition symbolizes the peaceful transfer of power from one leader to another.
"I served five presidents during my career (three Republicans and two Democrats). Regardless whether I voted for them or not, they were my Commander in Chief.
"After today’s swearing in, Joe Biden will be America's president and I wish him success - our country needs him to be successful."
Franklin: Trump Bears Some Responsibility, Impeachment Inappropriate
Jan 13, 2021 - U.S. Rep. Scott Franklin, a Lakeland Republican, said “Yes” Tuesday that President Donald Trump bears some responsibility for the riot in the Capitol a week ago.
How much responsibility the president bears will be learned in coming days, including finding out when Trump’s administration called out the National Guard to quell the breach of the Capitol, he said.
But the newly elected member of Congress said a slam-dunk impeachment by the House of Representatives without all the information necessary for removing the president would be inappropriate.
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Contact Scott Franklin
Most Americans would readily identify the three formal branches of the federal government as:
Executive | The President and his Cabinet
Legislative | The Senate and House of Representatives
Judicial | The courts
The missing link from this list is the most important and the least considered: The citizenship
This site will keep and publish a log of its contact activity and the Congressman's responses. We encourage all of the citizens of District 15 to notify Mr. Franklin of any interest, concern, or reaction that may be appropriate.
Engage your citizenship! He can't hear you shaking your head!
Alice Hunt Will Head
Franklin’s Lakeland Office
Dec 28, 2020 - Incoming U.S. Rep. Scott Franklin has recruited Alice Hunt, a well-connected local business and civic leader, to run his Lakeland district office once he takes office next week.
Hunt, a past chairman of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce Board and current chair of the Florida Polytechnic University Foundation Board, said the timing was right when Franklin asked her to join his staff.
She said she’ll be able to diminish her involvement at Hunt Construction of Central Florida, a family business where she is vice president, because a major subdivision is being completed earlier than anticipated and a daughter has joined the business. And she has plenty of assistance to perpetuate Hunt Properties LLC, a property management company where she is president, she said.
Lakeland District Office
124 S. Florida Avenue Ste-304
Lakeland, FL 33801