Fighting for Florida

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Senator Marco Rubio has become a co-sponsor on S.AMDT.2506, an amendment to repeal ObamaCare, S.2472, the Autism Spectrum Disorders Semipostal Stamp Act of 2012, S.1728, the Stolen Valor Act of 2011, S.3366, a bill to designate the Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist organization, S.362, the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act, S.3333, the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2012, S.1578, the End Unnecessary Mailers Act of 2011, S.1796, the Free File Program Act of 2011, S.J.RES.43, a joint resolution approving the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003, and three amendments to S. 2237, a bill to provide a temporary income tax credit for increased payroll and extend bonus depreciation for an additional year.
This week my office shipped more than 200 books to Florida as part of the Library of Congress' surplus books program. Hillsborough County Schools, the University of Central Florida, and the Plantation Key Senior Center have all received new additions to their libraries. It is my hope that each of these books is found to be an enriching addition to its new home.

Happy Fourth of July!

Jul 03 2012

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This Independence Day, I want to wish a safe and happy 4th of July to all Americans, especially the Floridians I have the honor of representing in Washington.

Many of you may be getting ready to enjoy time away from work with family and friends, maybe a vacation or barbecue. I hope you enjoy it.
Today, Congress continued its all too familiar custom of making up for months of wasted time by lumping in a wide range of unrelated ideas into one giant bill. As a result, I voted against final passage because, while it contains some policies I support and that are good for Florida and our nation, as a whole, the bill spends too much and relies on budget gimmicks as spending offsets that will ultimately lead to a federal bailout down the road.
Last week, all of South Florida watched with pride as the Miami Heat earned the distinction of being the 2012 NBA Champions in five games. After coming so close to being the NBA Champions last season, the Heat came back stronger than ever this season. This team has proven that hard work and perseverance pay off.
Today's decision on Arizona's immigration law is a reminder of Washington's failure to fix our broken immigration system. If the federal government would do its job and address this issue, states like Arizona would not be compelled to address the violence and lawlessness stemming from the federal government's dereliction of duty with respect to maintaining the sovereignty of our borders.
Thank you for holding this hearing to bring greater attention to the poor security situation in our nation's Caribbean borders. I appreciate the opportunity to address the Subcommittee on this important issue. I ask that this statement be included in the record.