Fighting for Florida

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.

Independence Day

Jul 04 2013

Independence Day
This July 4th, I wish our great nation a happy 237th birthday. As we celebrate this holiday, I share with you time-tested words from our Declaration of Independence:
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President Obama has again realized he can’t convince the American people about the merits of his big government agenda and will do what he does best: run roughshod over our Constitution and now try to impose his job-killing environmental agenda by executive order.
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We live in a special country. Most people throughout history have lived in societies where how far you go in life was limited by family connections and other circumstances of your birth.
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Yesterday, I voted against final passage of S. 954, "The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013," which is commonly known as the farm bill.