WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, ahead of the five year anniversary of the terror attack on Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Senator Rick Scott introduced and passed by unanimous consent a resolution recognizing the anniversary and honoring the 49 innocent victims. Senator Scott also passed by unanimous consent his legislation with Senators Marco Rubio and Alex Padilla to establish the location of the Pulse Nightclub as a national memorial to serve as a tribute to the lives lost that tragic day and a reminder for us to always stand for love and kindness over hate and evil in this world. A companion bill to the memorial legislation was led by Congressman Darren Soto in the House, and passed the House by voice vote on May 13. The bill now heads to the President for his signature.
Senator Rick Scott said, “Nearly five years ago, our state, nation, the City of Orlando, and Hispanic and LGBTQ communities were attacked, and 49 innocent and beautiful lives were lost. It was an unspeakable tragedy. An evil act of terrorism designed to divide us as a nation and strike fear in our hearts and minds. But instead, we came together, and supported each other through heartbreak and darkness, to preserve and rebuild. Today, we still stand strong, together, to remember the 49 young lives lost that tragic day and honor their memory with passage of our resolution and our bill to establish the ‘National Pulse Memorial.’ It is my hope that this memorial will forever serve as a tribute to the victims and a reminder for us all to always stand for love and kindness over hate and evil in this world.”
Senator Marco Rubio said, “The terrorist attack at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub was a heinous act of violence and hatred against members of the LGBTQ community. Forty-nine innocent lives were lost on that horrific day. As the fifth anniversary approaches, we must continue to honor the memory of those who were taken far too soon. And while work still remains to root out evil, I am inspired by Orlando’s continued resiliency, pride, and strength.”
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