Orlando’s Spectrum News13 caught up with U.S. Sen. Rick Scott during his first days in the nation’s capitol.
Scott, a Republican who ousted long-serving Democrat Bill Nelson, joined the Senate in the midst of a government shutdown that’s deepened an already seismic partisan divide.
The former Florida governor called the shutdown, which has affected roughly 800,000 federal workers and contractors, “ridiculous.”
“We shouldn’t be shutting down government. … We’ve got to figure out how to bring people together,” said Scott, words that might not reflect the thoughts of his close pal, President Donald Trump.
As he did while he was governor, the uber-wealthy Scott said he’ll forgo the $174,000 government salary.
“I’m going to work hard. I’m going to work on building relationships and I’m going to take the time to learn the issues and how to get things done,” Scott said.
Watch the video here.