Fighting for Florida

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Today marks the one year anniversary of the imprisonment of U.S. citizen Saeed Abedini by the Iranian government. Saeed Abedini is a Christian pastor who was arrested last year while building orphanages in Iran. On January 27, 2013, he was unjustly sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of "planting house churches that are intended to undermine national security." Pastor Abedini has spent the last year in the notorious Evin Prison receiving regular beatings which has resulted in severe internal bleeding. In August, Pastor Abedini's appeal to reduce his sentence was declined by the Tehran Court of Appeals despite international pressure.

Constitution Day

Sep 17 2013

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Today, we celebrate one of the most significant documents in the history of mankind: The United States Constitution. As we mark the 226th anniversary of its signing, let us take time to celebrate the unique way of life it has provided and rededicate ourselves to realizing its profound vision.

Rosh Hashanah

Sep 04 2013

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This evening we join our Jewish friends in America and around the world as they mark Rosh Hashanah, a celebration of the Jewish New Year. For millions across the globe, this sacred holiday is a chance to observe old traditions and usher in new beginnings for the year ahead.
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The United States has significant national interests at stake in the conflict in Syria. First, Assad is a close ally and supporter of the Iranian regime. He has allowed Syria to be used as a staging ground and way station for terrorist groups such as Hezbollah and al Qaeda. Second, an unstable Syria threatens to become the premier operational area in the world from which jihadis can train, plan and carry out attacks against our allies in the region including Israel and even the United States.
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"With Col. Bud Day’s passing, America has lost one of its most decorated war heroes, and Florida has lost one of its most revered residents."
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I understand the important role federal loan programs play in helping students fund their higher education aspirations. For me, attending college would have been difficult, if not entirely impossible, without the federal assistance that I received through grants and loans. I supported today’s proposal on student loans because it would help students obtain loans to attend college as I once did, while better linking interest rates to the free market and saving American taxpayers approximately $715 million over 10 years, which would be used to pay down our national debt.