Fighting for Florida

The right to keep and bear arms is a unique aspect of American liberty that has long been protected by the Second Amendment. It is fundamental right that ensures responsible and law-abiding citizens have the ability to defend themselves, their families and their property.

While the right to bear arms is one of our many freedoms, it is also our responsibility to ensure gun owners have the competence and training needed to carry a concealed weapon, and if need be, use it. As a concealed weapons permit holder myself, I value and respect the freedom to exercise this right in accordance with existing gun laws designed to promote safe, responsible use.

I am proud to be a co-sponsor of The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2014, a bill that would allow law-abiding Americans to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense while they are traveling or temporarily living away from home. As law-abiding citizens, our right to carry concealed weapons – which we are authorized to do by virtue of having undergone special training and background checks in our states – should not expire at our home states’ border.

Congress should approve The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2014, and in doing so, support our right to defend ourselves across state lines.

Tell Me Your Story

Jan 10 2014

1.10.2014 Your Story Blog (WOP)
As we develop our legislation, I hope you take a moment to tell me more about your story of struggle and things we can do to help you get back on your feet and rise above your current situation to stake your claim on the American Dream.

Yesterday, I filed an amicus brief  in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit as part of my efforts to combat human trafficking and ensure that its victims receive compensation for the harms they have suffered. The case of Cruz v. Maypa involves the interpretation of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2013 (TVPA), bipartisan legislation that updated and reauthorized human trafficking law. As part of the group of senators who worked to pass this legislation, I am deeply familiar with the text of the law and the issue of human trafficking.

Human trafficking is a grotesque form of modern day slavery that occurs abroad and even right here in our own communities. It simply cannot be tolerated anywhere, and the U.S. must use all the tools at our disposal to combat this crime. I am specifically concerned about trafficking by diplomats that is facilitated by the abuse of the G-5 visa process, as is alleged in this case. Ms. Cruz is a Filipino woman who claims she was a victim of human trafficking after she agreed to come to the U.S. to work as a babysitter for a former World Bank employee. Ms. Cruz alleges her contract was violated, her passport was seized, she was kept in social isolation and was forced to work around the clock while living in squalid conditions. The trial court in this case dismissed Ms. Cruz’s case believing that she brought it outside of the statute of limitations. However, Congress expressly acted to extend the statute of limitations applicable to these crimes precisely because it is so difficult for victims to come forward. I believe both simple fairness and plainly applicable federal law entitles Ms. Cruz to her day in Court, which is why I filed this brief.

“I supported and voted for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) because it’s critical that Congress clearly lay out our national security priorities for the coming year and that our men and women in uniform have the resources they need to defend our nation. I am annoyed that several issues affecting our military and national security interests were left unresolved in this legislation, but I will continue working to address them in 2014.”

Every year on the fourth Thursday in November, most Americans set aside their demanding jobs and busy schedules to celebrate their many blessings. Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday on which we show our gratitude for family, friends and this great nation.

On Thursday, Senator Rubio met with more than 50 of his constituents who signed up to join him for coffee and snacks at his D.C. office. We thank them for venturing to the nation’s capital and spending some time discussing issues of interest to them with the Senator, his staff and fellow Floridians.  

Pictures from the constituent coffee are available below:

Constituent Coffee 1

Constituent Coffee 2

Constituent Coffee 3

Constituent Coffee 4

Veterans Day

Nov 08 2013

While we continue to enjoy the many freedoms this great country has to offer, let us remember that freedom is not free. It requires constant vigilance and sacrifice in its defense. And so this Monday, we honor those men and women who have selflessly and courageously served in our armed forces.
It is with great concern that I call on the international community and the Obama Administration to appeal for the release of Cuban rapper Angel Yunier Remón Arzuaga, also known as “El Crítico” (“The Critic”), who is in life-threatening condition in a Cuban jail for using his lyrics to protest against the Cuban regime. His unjust incarceration and the regime’s indifference to his frail condition should be a lesson to all Americans that Cuba is not an exotic vacation destination, but a place where people are suffering very tragic repercussions for trying to express themselves.