Fighting for Florida

Now that we are in hurricane season, my Senate office stands ready to serve you and your family in the event of a storm. It is never too early for you and your family to prepare for a potential tropical storm or hurricane.
 
Here are a few tips to help prepare for the 2019 hurricane season, which officially begins June 1 and ends November 30:
  • Know your area and the evacuation routes. Evacuation route information is available on the Florida Division of Emergency Management’s website.
  • Have a plan to prepare your home and/or business with storm shutters or plywood. Bring items that could be picked up by the wind and break windows - like lawn furniture, toys, or trash cans - inside.
  • Make sure you know where your home’s safe room is located. Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website details what a safe room should look like.
  • Keep your automobile fully fueled; if electric power is cut off, gas stations may not be able to operate pumps for several days.
  • Be prepared to survive on your own for a few days. Assemble a disaster kit with a battery-powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, blankets, clothing, food, water, and prescription medications and needed medical supplies. The Florida Division of Emergency Management provides a good list of items to have ready.
  • Know how to shut off utilities. Know how your water heating and air-conditioning systems work and where pilot lights are located if you have natural gas appliances. If you have any questions, contact your local utility company.
  • Gather your personal documents - insurance policy information, emergency contact information, and any other vital documents – and have them somewhere they can be easily located and ready to take with you should you have to evacuate your home. 
Remember, if you need help or have questions, please contact any of my offices and we will do our best to help.
 
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Rubio's efforts to improve Florida's water quality in the 116th Congress

  • On June 25, 2019, Rubio led a bipartisan group of his Florida colleagues in urging Assistant Secretary of the Army—Civil Works R.D. James to re-study the aging flood control system created as a result of the Central and Southern Florida (C&SF) Project. 
  • On Jun 21, 2019, Rubio and Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) highlighted the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) announcement that $60 million will be awarded to the State of Florida to raise the unbridged sections of the Tamiami Trail.
  • On May 22, 2019, Rubio questioned Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt about the current moratorium on offshore drilling off the coast of Florida, and touted President Trump’s action to increase the administration’s budget request for Everglades restoration funds to the full $200 million requested by the Florida congressional delegation during an Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies hearing.
  • On April 10, 2019, Rubio released a statement after speaking with Acting Secretary Bernhardt, the White House, and leadership, that the ban on oil drilling off of Florida's coasts will remain in place.
  • On March 7, 2019, Rubio and Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) sent a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior Acting Secretary David Bernhardt urging that the Department’s next five-year Proposed Plan for offshore oil and gas drilling exclude all areas along Florida’s coast.
  • On March 1, 2019, Rubio joined his colleagues in introducing legislation that would mandate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), within one year of enactment, to designate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances eligible for cleanup funds under the EPA Superfund law, and also enable a requirement that polluters undertake or pay for remediation.
  • On February 11, 2019, Rubio, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL), and Senator Rick Scott (R0FL) urged President Trump to include a sustained annual commitment of $200 million in construction funding for South Florida Ecosystem Restoration (SFER) in his Administration’s future budget requests to Congress.
  • On January 4, 2019, Rubio reintroduced the Florida Shores Protection and Fairness Act (S. 13), which would extend the current moratorium on offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico through 2027 and would allow Florida to access additional resources for coastal conservation that are available to the other Gulf states.

Rubio’s efforts to improve Florida’s water quality in 2017-2018:

  • In December 2018, Rubio and Congressman Brian Mast (R-FL) requested immediate intervention by the Trump Administration to prevent delay of the EAA Storage Reservoir Project.
  • On November 21, 2018, Rubio applauded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for including funding for critical Florida water infrastructure projects. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Rubio outlined his support for these projects in a letter to Assistant Secretary James in mid-October.
  • On October 24, 2018, Rubio and his colleagues sent a letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross urging him to approve the Governor’s request for a federal fishery resource disaster declaration due to Hurricane Michael’s impacts on the Florida Panhandle and its fishing communities.  
  • On October 23, 2018, President Trump signed into law the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (S. 3021), also known as WRDA, which included key provisions secured by Rubio to authorize critical U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects related to Everglades restoration, beach renourishment, flood control, navigation, and environmental protection. 
  • On October 16, 2018, Rubio urged the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, R.D. James, to fairly consider Florida’s critical water infrastructure projects, some of which would improve water quality, in its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Work Plan.

  • On October 4, 2018, after reports revealed that red tide was confirmed in Miami-Dade County, Rubio released a video statement outlining his commitment to Everglades restoration.
  • Ahead of the vote on the Kendall Parkway on September 27, Rubio urged Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez to demonstrate a clear commitment to protect an Everglades restoration footprint in the project area. Rubio demanded that the project avoid any conflict with Everglades Restoration efforts, and linked his support of the Parkway to requirements on the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority to buy land east of Krome Avenue and make it available for Everglades restoration land swaps. He also released a video outlining his conditions for supporting the project.
  • On September 10, 2018, Rubio teamed up with Senator Bill Nelson and Congressman Brian Mast to write language authorizing the EAA Storage Reservoir, to be built south of Lake Okeechobee, included in the compromise version of the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (S. 3021), also known as WRDA, which passed the Senate and was signed into law by President Trump on October 23.
  • On September 18, the Senate approved the final conference agreement to the FY19 Minibus appropriations package (H.R. 6157) that includes key measures advanced by Senator Rubio (R-FL) to address harmful algal blooms.

  • On September 12, the Senate approved the final conference agreement to the FY19 Minibus appropriations package (H.R. 5895), which includes critical funding secured by Senator Rubio for the Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation and Everglades restoration that will improve water quality throughout the southern region of the state.

  • Following his successful request to the Small Business Administration, Senator Rubio announced the opening of recovery centers hosted by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to assist businesses affected by red ride and blue-green algae blooms along the Treasure Coast and Southwest Florida.

  • In August, Rubio surveyed algal blooms in Captiva and Stuart. Rubio secured funding for agencies working to address harmful algal blooms. Rubio also urged Senate leaders to bring a critical water bill to the Senate floor that would help mitigate the impacts of lake discharges. Additionally, Rubio and Nelson secured a measure to enhance the public health response for Florida communities affected by the blooms. The two senators also introduced the South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act, which would help determine the federal resources available to solve algal challenges.
  • On July 25, 2018,  Rubio called the delays in the Army Corp’s new Everglades restoration schedule “unacceptable.”
  • On July 11, 2018, Rubio requested assistance for Florida business owners adversely affected by the harmful algal blooms. Rubio also introduced an amendment to secure funding to address algal bloom toxicity. 

  • Following Rubio’s July 8th request to President Trump, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delayed scheduled discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers.

  • In June, Rubio applauded the U.S. Army Corps for including key Florida infrastructure and water projects in the FY18 Work Plan. Rubio helped craft the omnibus bill that made these funds available to the Army Corps. The Senate also passed two Rubio measures to protect Lake Okeechobee communities and restore the Everglades.

  • In May, Rubio successfully secured FY19 funding priorities in the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act.

  • In March, Rubio urged the Army Corps to allocate funding for vital Florida water infrastructure projects, including the Herbert Hoover Dike rehabilitation and Everglades restoration.

  • In the 2018 spending bill, Rubio supported the budget request of $82 million for Herbert Hoover Dike construction and included an additional $180 million in the additional funding pot for Flood Control in the Construction account.

  • In February, Rubio was able to secure funding for Army Corps flood control projects in Florida through the disaster supplemental. Rubio also urged the Army Corps to use those funds to expedite completion of the Herbert Hoover Dike rehabilitation project.

  • In January, Rubio sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao requesting federal assistance in ensuring that the unbridged sections of the Tamiami Trail through the historic Everglades are raised in order to allow key Everglades restoration projects to begin full operation and to prevent future extreme flooding events in the Water Conservation Areas, as occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
  • On October 7, 2017, Rubio led nearly all members of the Florida congressional delegation in urging the leaders of the Senate and House appropriations committees to provide robust funding to expedite the completion of the Herbert Hoover Dike.

Appropriations:

FY19 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations

  • Report language and $5 million to accelerate deployment of effective methods of intervention and mitigation to reduce the frequency, severity, and impact of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in freshwater systems. The report language encourages the agency to expand its collaboration with states to monitor, predict, track, and respond to HABs in the marine environment, and $1 million to expand existing support for states to assess domoic acid levels of HAB species in marine environment.

FY19 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations

  • Restores budget cuts for Everglades restoration, including $83,000 for Everglades restoration under the National Park Services’ Resource Stewardship account, more than $3 million under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service budget, and more than $6 million under the U.S. Geological Survey budget.
  • Report language to support more external research into the control and prevention of harmful algal blooms.
  • $2 million for land acquisition for Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Report language encouraging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to expedite completion of biological opinions for the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), including suggested deadlines of no later than Sept. 13, 2018 for the New Water Phase and no later than Feb. 2, 2019 for the South Phase. 
  • $3.204 million (nearly double FY18 levels) for the South Florida Geographic Program with dedicated funding of at least—
    • $500,000 to enhance water quality and seagrass monitoring in the Caloosahatchee Estuary and Indian River Lagoon especially with respect to assessing the impact of Lake Okeechobee discharges; and
    • $500,000 to enhance water quality and seagrass monitoring in Florida Bay and Biscayne Bay especially with respect to assessing the impact of Everglades Restoration projects.
    • $1.694 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF).
    • $63 million for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA).
    • $26.723 million for the National Estuary Program (NEP), including support for NEPs at Charlotte Harbor and Indian River Lagoon.
    • $15 million for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Rural Water Technical Assistance (a $2.3 million increase), including $1.7 million for technical assistance grants.
    • $713.823 million for EPA’s Science and Technology programs, including report language directing the agency to increase emphasis on external grant funding for research to control and prevent Harmful Algal Blooms.

Background regarding Rubio’s work on water-related issues affecting South Florida from previous Congresses:

  • September 15, 2016 – Landmark Everglades restoration and water quality improvement projects bundled together as the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) passed the Senate as part of the Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) by a vote of 95-3 with Rubio voting in favor.    

  • September 12, 2016 - Rubio welcomed the Senate’s continued advancement of the CEPP, as well as three more Florida provisions included in the WRDA.

  • September 9, 2016 - Senator Jim Inhofe, Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, penned an op-ed in the Miami Herald detailing how Rubio persuaded him to support CEPP. 

  • August 26, 2016 - Rubio participated in a Tri-Cities Community Meeting with local leaders in Pahokee. Rubio discussed repairs of the Herbert Hoover Dike, Lake Okeechobee, and the status of congressional action that would impact South Florida’s Everglades communities. 

  •  August 18, 2016 - Rubio and 15 Republican Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida urged President Obama to reconsider his Administration’s denial of Governor Rick Scott’s request for a federal disaster declaration in response to the toxic algal blooms in the state’s waterways.

  • May 12, 2016 -  Rubio supported the Fiscal Year 2017 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill that included $49.5 million for Herbert Hoover Dike seepage control.

  • April 29, 2016 - Rubio met with the SFWMD in West Palm Beach.

  • February 16, 2016 - Senator Rubio reiterated the need for CEPP to help alleviate discharges from Lake Okeechobee in an op-ed in the TC Palm.

  • February 8, 2016 - Senator Rubio signed a delegation letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the committees of jurisdiction (Senate EPW, House Transportation) requesting CEPP authorization be included in the forthcoming water resources bill

  • December 18, 2015 - Senator Rubio’s Ten Mile Creek deauthorization language became Public Law No. 114-113 as part of the end of the year spending bill.

  • May 14, 2015 - Senator Rubio wrote a letter to Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein requesting that language to deauthorize the Ten Mile Creek Water Preserve be included in the fiscal year 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill.

  • February 20, 2015 - Senator Rubio took an aerial tour of the Northern Everglades to view the SFWMD/USACE projects.

  • January 21, 2015 - Senator Rubio held a second stakeholder conference call where he discussed CEPP, Ten Mile Creek, and Lake Okeechobee releases.

  • January 8, 2015 - S. 120 is introduced with Senator Rubio as an original cosponsor to authorize CEPP.

  • January 8, 2015 - Senator Rubio introduced S. 124, a bill to deauthorize the Ten Mile Creek Water Preserve Area Critical Restoration Project so the mismanaged federal project, that sat dormant for over a decade, could be transferred away from the federal government and into the hands of the State through the SFWMD.

  • September 18, 2014 - Senator Rubio cosponsored S. 2861 to authorize CEPP.

  • July 30, 2014 - Senator Rubio convened a stakeholder conference call to discuss the urgent need for CEPP and draft legislation that would move operational authority of Lake Okeechobee to the state.

  • June 20, 2014 - Senator Rubio visited the Indian River Lagoon to see the effects of the discharges firsthand, and held a roundtable discussion with key stakeholders to hear community concerns.

  • May 22, 2014 - Senator Rubio voted in support of the final conference report on WRRDA, but expressed concern regarding the absence of authorization for CEPP. On the same day, he also sent a letter to the Army Corps requesting that CEPP be approved as quickly as possible.

  • April 18, 2014 - Senator Rubio signed a delegation letter to WRRDA conferees requesting that CEPP be included in the final conference report.

  • May 15, 2013 - Senator Rubio cited the absence of CEPP as a factor in his vote against the Senate version of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).

As the 116th Congress begins, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has wasted no time in introducing several pieces of legislation that work to solve a broad spectrum of issues facing Floridians. Read more about his continued fight for Florida here.
 
  • Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act of 2019: Rubio re-introduced legislation that would protect Florida workers’ paychecks by exempting large and premium cigars from excessive and overly burdensome U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and fees. Senator Rubio and Senator Nelson have introduced this legislation every Congress since 2011.
  • Defending Domestic Produce Production Act: Rubio re-introduced legislation with U.S. Representatives Vern Buchanan (FL-16) and Al Lawson (FL-5) to help Florida fruit and vegetable growers combat unfair trade practices by Mexico. Specifically, the Defending Domestic Produce Production Act would allow Florida farmers to bring trade cases to the Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission against Mexican growers if they can prove acts of dumping occurs seasonally, rather than the current requirement of year-round. Senator Rubio originally introduced this bill in September of 2018 with Senator Bill Nelson.
  • SAFE Hospitals Act: Rubio re- introduced the State Accountability, Flexibility, and Equity (SAFE) for Hospitals Act, which would overhaul the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program to create equity for all states by updating a metric used to determine how much each state is allotted, which has not been reformed since the early 1990’s. The SAFE Hospitals Act would resolve a longstanding disparity in Medicaid DSH allocations across the nation, including Florida, and prioritize funding for hospitals that provide the most care to Medicaid and low-income patients. Senator Rubio originally introduced this legislation in December of 2018.
  • Health Savings Act: Rubio introduced legislation that would simplify and expand Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), health care accounts that provide Americans opportunities to save for medical costs through tax-deductible contributions. Senator Rubio joined Senator Hatch in introducing this bill in February of 2017.
  • Educational Opportunities Act: Rubio re-introduced this legislation which creates a tax credit for donations towards a scholarship for low-income students towards their K-12 education. Senator Rubio previously re-introduced this legislation in January of 2017.
  • Fair Trade with China Enforcement Act: Rubio re-introduced this legislation that would safeguard American assets from Chinese influence and possession, and serve to blunt China’s tools of economic aggression. Senator Rubio originally introduced this bill in May of 2018.
  • Liberty City Rising Act: Rubio re-introduced legislation with U.S. Representative Frederica Wilson (D-FL) to protect low income communities. Following a visit to Liberty Square in 2018, Rubio introduced the Liberty City Rising Act, legislation that would improve safety standards for public housing complexes located in high-crime areas, such as Miami’s Liberty City and Overtown.
  • Safe Temperature Act: Rubio introduced legislation with U.S. Representative Frederica Wilson (D-FL). The Safe Temperature Act would give the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) the ability to require properties receiving federal assistance to safely maintain temperatures between 71 and 81 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Homeless Veterans: Rubio re- introduced legislation today to improve and protect a joint U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program designed to help homeless veterans find permanent housing. Senator Rubio originally introduced this legislation in April of 2018.
  • Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act (Red Flag): Rubio re-introduced this legislation with Senators Reed, King, and Collins. This legislation will encourage states to give law enforcement the authority to prevent individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others the ability to purchase or possess firearms, while still providing due process protections. Senator Rubio first introduced this bill in March of 2018 following the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
  • Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act: Rubio introduced legislation which would make improvements to defense and security assistance provisions in the Middle East, bolster the U.S.-Israel strategic alliance by authorizing security assistance to Israel over a 10-year period pursuant to the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding, reauthorize the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015, provide new authorities for sanctions against Syria’s Assad regime and its supporters, and empower state and local governments in the United States to counter the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement’s discriminatory economic warfare against the Jewish state.
  • Florida Federal Judiciary Relief Act: Rubio re-introduced legislation that would authorize one, six, and three additional judgeships in the northern, middle, and southern districts of Florida, respectively. The bill also converts an existing judgeship from temporary to permanent for the southern district of Florida. Senator Rubio originally introduced this legislation in May of 2017.
  • South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act: Rubio re-introduced legislation that would direct the Interagency Task Force on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) to assess the causes and consequences of HABs in Lake Okeechobee and around Florida’s south and southwestern coast to determine the federal resources available to solve these challenges. Senator Rubio originally introduced this legislation in August of 2018.
  • Florida Shores Protection and Fairness Act: Rubio re-introduced legislation that would extend the moratorium on energy exploration in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico from 2022 to 2027, and make Florida eligible to receive a share of the revenue generated by drilling in the central and western portions of the Gulf. Senator Rubio originally introduced this legislation in May of 2017.
  • Strengthening the National Disaster Medical System Act: Rubio re-introduced legislation to temporarily give the secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) direct hiring authority to fill vacant positions for emergency response personnel. Senator Rubio originally introduced this legislation in September of 2017.
  • Puerto Rico Economic Empowerment Act of 2018: Rubio re-introduced introduced the Puerto Rico Economic Empowerment Act of 2018 (S. 2873), which would implement recommendations by the Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico. Senator Rubio originally introduced this legislation in May of 2018.
  • Economic Mobility for Productive Livelihoods and Expanding Opportunity Act (EMPELO): Rubio re-introduced legislation that which would help grow Puerto Rico’s economy by making it easier for employers to hire workers and giving every American on the island an immediate pay raise. Rubio originally introduced this legislation in December of 2016.
  • Territory Health Insurance Tax Relief Act: Rubio re-introduced legislation to provide relief to the U.S. Territories where the annual fee on health insurance providers is imposed without regard to the way they are treated under other provisions of the law. Rubio originally introduced this legislation in September of 2016.
Rubio’s Efforts To Keep Low Income Housing Tenants Safe:
Legislation Introduced
  • May 19, 2016 – The Senate passed legislation that included three Rubio amendments to improve the U.S. Department of Urban Development’s oversight of public housing projects. 
  • May 16, 2018 - Rubio introduced introduced the Liberty City Rising Act (S.2856), which is legislation that would improve safety standards for public housing complexes located in high-crime areas, such as Miami’s Liberty City and Overtown. Rubio introduced this legislation following his visit in April  and May  of 2018. Rubio re-introduced this legislation on January 4th, 2019. 
  • July 14, 2016 –Rubio and Nelson filed a bill to hold slumlords accountable for poor conditions.
  • July 18, 2018 – Rubio joined Senators Young, Cantwell, King, Heller, Kaine, Jones, Gardner, and Coons in introducing the Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis Act, which seeks to better understand and respond to America’s affordable housing crisis by creating a bipartisan affordable housing task force.
  • January 3, 2019 - Rubio introduced the Safe Temperature Act, and re-introduced the Liberty City Rising Act. The Safe Temperature Act would give the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) the ability to require properties receiving federal assistance to safely maintain temperatures between 71 and 81 degrees Fahrenheit. 
 
Global Ministries Foundation
  • Eureka Gardens Apartments
    • October 9, 2015 – In a letter, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry first informs Rubio and his staff about the conditions he had just seen at Eureka Gardens Apartments. 
    • October 16, 2015 – Rubio’s staff met with HUD officials in Jacksonville, called Eureka Gardens’ state “alarming.” 
    • January 21, 2016 – Rubio demanded action from HUD for Eureka Gardens residents after allegations of lead poisoning. 
    • April 27, 2016 – Rubio discussed the ongoing problems at Eureka Gardens with Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Councilman Garrett Dennis. 
    • May 12, 2016 – A day before visiting, Rubio discussed problems at HUD’s Eureka Gardens in Jacksonville. 
    • April, 12, 2017 – Rubio visited Eureka Gardens apartments in Jacksonville with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson.
    • November 1, 2018 – Rubio applauded the sale of the Eureka Gardens housing complex in Jacksonville, FL, from Global Ministries Foundation (GMF) to Millennia Housing Development.
  • Stonybrook apartment complex
    • May 25, 2016 – Rubio met with Riviera Beach Councilwoman Dawn Pardo regarding the deplorable conditions of GMF’s Stonybrook apartment complex.
    • September 9, 2016 – Rubio surprised GMF slumlords and visited residents forced to live in deplorable conditions at Stonybrook Apartments.
    • August 30, 2018 –Rubio and Nelson and Representatives Hastings, Frankel, Deutch and Mast sent a letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development requesting swift approval for any Section 8 Pass-Through Lease requests for a GMF-owned property to protect tenants from unsafe living conditions.
 
Jones Walker Apartments
  • October 26, 2018 – Rubio and Nelson requested that Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Ben Carson make available the latest reports from the failed Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) inspection of Jones Walker Apartments in Fort Myers, Florida.

   

Glorieta Gardens

  • December 18,2018 - Rubio U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) called for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig to conduct an investigation and potentially suspend benefits to the owners of Glorieta Gardens Apartments in Opa-locka, Florida.

Timeline of Rubio Actions Related to Hurricane Michael:

Rosh Hashana

Sep 09 2018

By Senator Marco Rubio

As Rosh Hashanah begins on Sunday evening, Jeanette and I wish L'Shanah Tovah to our Jewish friends in Florida and around the world.

With the Jewish New Year and the High Holidays arrival, I remain proud of the innumerable contributions that Jewish-Americans and Judeo-Christian values have made to America, and I support the ironclad alliance and friendship shared between the United States and the Jewish state of Israel.

May the New Year bring with it peace, health, prosperity, and happiness to all.

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) today introduced an amendment to the fiscal year 2019 Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill that would provide $1 million of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funds for areas affected by harmful algal blooms. Priority would be given to locations subject to a state of emergency designation within the previous 12 months, which currently includes 13 Florida counties.
 
“Floridians deserve to know the health risks associated with these harmful algal blooms,” Rubio said. “Our bipartisan amendment would provide additional assistance to identify health impacts to Floridians that may have been underreported and understudied in the past due to lack of available resources. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to promote measures that bolster Florida’s battle against these blooms.”  
 
“Toxic algae blooms are choking Florida’s waterways, crippling our economy and making people sick,” Nelson said. “This amendment will provide the CDC additional money to more closely examine the health risks posed by algae.”
 
An extended timeline of Rubio’s efforts to fight the South Florida algal blooms can be found here.

Now that we are in hurricane season, my Senate office stands ready to serve you and your family in the event of a storm. It is never too early for you and your family to prepare for a potential tropical storm or hurricane.

Here are a few tips to help prepare for the 2018 hurricane season, which officially begins June 1 and ends November 30:

  • Know your area and the evacuation routes. Evacuation route information is available on the Florida Division of Emergency Management’s website.
  • Have a plan to prepare your home and/or business with storm shutters or plywood. Bring items that could be picked up by the wind and break windows - like lawn furniture, toys, or trash cans - inside.
  • Make sure you know where your home’s safe room is located. Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website details what a safe room should look like.
  • Keep your automobile fully fueled; if electric power is cut off, gas stations may not be able to operate pumps for several days.
  • Be prepared to survive on your own for a few days. Assemble a disaster kit with a battery-powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, blankets, clothing, food, water, and prescription medications and needed medical supplies. The Florida Division of Emergency Management provides a good list of items to have ready.
  • Know how to shut off utilities. Know how your water heating and air-conditioning systems work and where pilot lights are located if you have natural gas appliances. If you have any questions, contact your local utility company.
  • Gather your personal documents - insurance policy information, emergency contact information, and any other vital documents – and have them somewhere they can be easily located and ready to take with you should you have to evacuate your home.

Remember, if you need help or have questions, please contact any of my offices and we will do our best to help.

Some other useful resources: