Fighting for Florida
Senator Rubio: Senior Tax Simplification Bill Will Save Seniors Time And Money
Bud Hedinger: “You and Senator Bill Nelson may not agree on too many things, but you’ve gotten together on a new piece of legislation that relates to taxes and our seniors in Florida. What can you tell us about this ‘Senior Tax Simplification’ bill?”
Senator Rubio: “Well, I think we need tax simplification for everybody on multiple fronts, but I think starting with seniors is a way we can get a lot of consensus. And what it basically is is it’s just going to make it easier for seniors to do their taxes. It’s a more simplified form. It will be easier for seniors that, for example, get some of their retirement income from their investments, to fill out that portion of their taxes. We’re just trying to make life a little bit easier for seniors. And so, we’ve filed a bill today that will change the 1040 form for those over 65 so that they can follow a more expedited and simple process, and they won’t need to hire an accountant. It will save them that money, and it will save them the time and hassle of our complicated tax code. I think I’ll get strong bi-partisan support for it, and hopefully it will become the law of the country here soon.”
Wall Street Journal EditorialMore than they have in decades, states are turning down federal money because of the burdens that go with it (see below). Yet the feds then turn around and give the money to other states, which makes little sense with a deficit this year of $1.65 trillion.
Doc Washburn, WFLA Panama City"Well, the REFUND Act basically says that if you turn down this money, they can't just take it and give it to some other state. You've got to use it to pay down the debt."
Senator Rubio: The U.S. Should Be The Leading Voice Condemning Violence In Syria
CBS News’ Erica Hill: “I do want to get to the subject of Syria, though, now, because I know you've been very outspoken on the situation there. Obviously so many Americans have been following very closely the events in the Middle East at this point. You're putting forth a resolution with Senator Lieberman … How, though, does that stop this regime from turning weapons on its own people? Is that enough?”
Senator Rubio: “Well, a couple of things: The United States should be the leading voice in the world condemning what’s happening in Syria. We should make it very clear whose side we’re on, and we're on the side of the Syrian people. The second thing we need to clearly point out, and I hope the president is headed towards doing that, and that is saying that the Assad regime is no longer a legitimate one. Any time a government has to use government forces and army forces to kill unarmed civilians in order to hold on to power, that makes them illegitimate, and that’s what’s happening in Syria. And I hope the United States will be a clear voice saying that.”
Senator Rubio: The Administration Needs To Get More Involved In Syria
Hill: “When do you see further action happening?”Senator Rubio: “In terms of the U.S. position? I don't know – I hope as soon as possible. Here in the Senate, I hope we’ll begin today by filing this resolution that will be bipartisan, it will have widespread support I hope in this chamber here, and I hope there will be a companion filed in the House, and I hope the administration will follow suit. What we’re hoping is that the administration will get more engaged on this issue. They've taken some measures already. The resolution recognizes that and commends them for doing that. But we're asking the administration to do more, to make sure the United States is the leading voice in the world condemning what's happening in Syria.”