Fighting for Florida

Today we join the nation of Israel in celebrating Yom Ha'atzmaut, or Israeli Independence Day, which commemorates the signing of the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. We mark this occasion at a time when Israel’s very existence is threatened by numerous enemies, and when those threats are exacerbated by the unfortunate reluctance of this administration to stand on the side of the Israeli people.

Despite the immense challenges Israel has faced since gaining its independence, it has become the great success story of the Middle East. It is everything we want the region to look like: free, prosperous, democratic, aligned with America, peace-loving, and invested in creating an even better future for its people. Despite its inherent strength, Israel is a small country, at its narrowest point only 9 miles wide, and it is surrounded by nations and non-state actors bent on its destruction.

Anytime there is daylight between America and Israel, it emboldens Israel’s enemies to take action. On this day, and every day, the United States must commit to standing unequivocally with Israel to prevent violence and aggression from threatening its hard-won – and hard-kept – independence as the sacred home of the Jewish people. Today, Jeanette and I wish the people of Israel a happy, peaceful and safe Yom Ha'atzmaut.

Apr 04 2015

Happy Easter

Rubio: "This Sunday, my wife Jeanette and our entire family will join our fellow Christians in Florida and around the world in celebrating Christ’s Resurrection and the salvation His sacrifice and unconditional love gave the world."

Apr 03 2015

Happy Passover

Rubio: "Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at my regional office in Miami and joined in the Jewish tradition of retelling the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression."

A half-century has passed since more than 600 civil rights demonstrators gathered together to make the 54 mile march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital in Montgomery. While they were met with violence by state troopers not long after they began, their patient dedication to nonviolent resistance - even in the face of such harrowing brutality - stirred the conscience of our nation and the entire world. The vision of these marchers was simple, yet profound: that America must fulfill the promise made in her founding documents by allowing all citizens to access their God-given rights. Their efforts led to major progress later that year with the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

America is the greatest nation in history, but our history is not without its dark chapters. Slavery, and the discrimination that followed it, violated our founding ideal that everyone deserves an equal shot at success. Today, we still carry on the fight for equal opportunity. We still have work ahead of us to rid our nation of injustice and bring the American Dream within reach of everyone. But on this day, we remember the Selma march, one of many instances in our history when the courage of a few who dared to stand up to injustice led to a better America for all.

As I have done each year since I have been in the United States Senate, today I filed the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA), which works to prevent abortions by minors by giving states the ability to enforce their parental notification and consent laws. These laws give our nation’s daughters a chance to receive important advice and guidance before undergoing a serious procedure for which they may not be emotionally or medically prepared.

While abortion remains a divisive issue, most Americans support this focused legislation: More than 75% of Americans believe that parents should be involved before their child gets an abortion, as most states already require. And more than 80% of Americans believe that an individual should not be able to take a minor across state lines for an abortion without her parents’ knowledge.

CIANA addresses these concerns by putting into law what already unites the vast majority of Americans: when children face a life-changing event such as unexpected pregnancy, their parents should be involved.

Once again the FCC is trying to wedge an expansive government into more corners of the free market, this time through unnecessary and heavy-handed regulations on the Internet. What FCC Chairman Wheeler is proposing threatens to restrict Internet growth, increase costs on users, and inevitably stifle the economic opportunity that the Internet currently provides.

This policy also ignores the significant litigation vulnerabilities that could arise from reclassification, which creates greater uncertainty and jeopardizes critical investments in broadband. Instead of the FCC forcing this significant policy change on the American people, Congress should work to update outdated laws from a bygone era in order to provide clarity on the FCC’s role in the modern communications landscape.

Jan 22 2015

March For Life

Every year, thousands of Americans come together to defend the defenseless and stand for human life at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. And every year, I am proud to support these efforts and the simple truth that all human life is sacred. Today, I had the honor of meeting with a group of about 55 South Florida students and pro-life supporters, as well as seminarians from St. Vincent De Paul, of Boynton Beach. I commend everyone who marched today at the 42nd annual March for Life, and all those who continue to protect the lives of the innocent and unborn.

Pictures of today’s visit are available below:

1.22.2015 March for Life

 

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As we mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’re reminded of a man who sacrificed all to help lead us toward a more perfect union. This holiday is meant to honor that legacy not by being a day off, but by being a day on – a day of reflection and service to our communities and our country.

That’s because Martin Luther King Jr. was a man not just of great words, but of great actions; a man who labored tirelessly to expand the boundaries of freedom and opportunity. Through peace, unity and constructive dialogue, Dr. King wielded America’s strengths to confront her weaknesses.

The result has been an American Dream applicable to more people than ever before. Even so, the work of Dr. King remains unfinished today. The American Dream continues to elude too many of our people – Americans of all backgrounds. And the vestiges of racial discrimination still exist.

Over this past year, we have seen tragic events in several communities result in anguish and frustration among our people. While these occurrences sometimes feel like grave setbacks, Dr. King’s legacy reminds us that we can turn even the most painful tragedies into catalysts for progress.

Today, our generation, like those before us, has the chance to make historic strides toward equality of opportunity, both economic and social. To do so, we must look to Dr. King’s example. We must start with what unites us.

Americans are a unique and special people. We are the descendants of pilgrims and immigrants; of slaves and refugees. In our veins flows the blood of men and women who refused to accept that their futures would be determined by their pasts.

In this country, a collection of people of every race, of every tongue, of every religion known to man, somehow did what had not been done before over thousands of years of human history: they came together to build one nation under God.

Ours is not a story of perfection, it is a story of progress – of sometimes slow but always steady progress toward a more perfect union. That is our past, thanks in part to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But I believe it is also our future.

So on this day of service and remembrance, I want to thank everyone who is honoring Dr. King’s legacy of service to our nation. Thank you for working together today, and every day, to advocate for an America of justice and opportunity for all.

Today we commemorate International Human Rights Day. It’s a day to be thankful for our God-given rights but also to remember that there are millions of people around the world who are denied their most basic human rights every day. This includes Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor who has been imprisoned in Iran since September 2012 for being a Christian. Unfortunately the story of Pastor Abedini is an all too common occurrence around the world where governments frequently harass and unjustly imprison foreign nationals as well as their own citizens for their religious beliefs. 

One of the most egregious violations of human rights occurring across the globe and even in my home state of Florida is human trafficking. Just this past week, 61 people were charged with human trafficking in a sting operation in Polk County. I applaud the work of law enforcement that caught these perpetrators of modern day slavery and pray for the victims of this horrendous crime.  We, however, must remain vigilant and continue to work to combat this terrible crime which plagues our society.

Today we honor Saeed Abedini, and all other prisoners of consciences who are struggling to exercise their human rights, as well as the millions of people who are trapped in modern day slavery.

Dec 01 2014

World AIDS Day

As we mark World AIDS Day, we are reminded that more than 35 million people around the world are living with HIV or AIDS. This is a disease that does not discriminate. It impacts the lives of people on all continents, of all races, and from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

However, today is also a reminder of the progress we've made in combatting this vicious disease. Due to advances in medical science over recent years, as well as the humanitarian commitment of the American people, there are millions of people receiving HIV medications and living longer, more productive lives that would otherwise be without hope.

Americans should feel proud of what we have achieved in combatting AIDS. Great credit goes to President George W. Bush for establishing the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and Congress for continuing to fund it. But the battle is not finished. We’ve seen infection rates climb in recent years among certain demographics, including minority communities and young women.

Our goal in the 21st century is to have an AIDS-free generation.  To achieve this goal, we need to maintain a spirit of generosity and compassion, both as a nation and as individuals. With our personal efforts and with continued medical ingenuity, I believe we'll live to see AIDS eradicated from the face of the earth.