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ICYMI: Rubio Joins The Aaron Renn Show

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined The Aaron Renn Show to discuss Rubio’s Labor Day report on working (and non-working) men. See below for highlights and listen to the full interview here. On protecting American jobs and interests: “We made a series of economic...

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ICYMI: Rubio Debates Coons on China, Environment

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) debated Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) on China, global leadership, and environmental policy at an event hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Senate Project at George Washington University. “We have to shape a future that recognizes...

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Next Week: Rubio Staff Hosts Mobile Office Hours

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) office will host in-person and virtual Mobile Office Hours next week to assist constituents with federal casework issues in their respective local communities. These office hours offer constituents who do not live close to one of...

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My Vote and Views on the U.S. Sugar Industry

Jun 13, 2012 | Blog

The sugar industry is an important job creator in Florida and across the country, one that is capable of competing with anyone in the world if the playing field is level. Unfortunately, the global sugar trade is not a level playing field as our foreign competitors not only create their own trade barriers but also operate with fewer regulations, fewer union commitments and meager pay.

The goal of our agriculture policy should not be to perpetually prop up uncompetitive industries. It should be in part to gradually expand trade, eliminate barriers to new markets and ensure that industries are competing on a level playing field worldwide.   Today, the United States is the largest sugar importer in the world.  Meanwhile, countries like India, Thailand, and even the European Union provide not only import controls but even direct financial aid to their sugar industries.  Today’s amendment puts at jeopardy the 142,000 U.S. jobs generated by a nearly $20 billion a year industry without even addressing these trade barriers.

While I could not support today’s effort to terminate the sugar program, I believe the best way forward is to continue negotiations, either bilaterally or multilaterally, to eliminate all trade barriers for the agricultural industry so that all nations are playing by the same rules.  Our food security and, therefore, our national security depends on it.