Fighting for Florida

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.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today issued the following statement regarding his vote against final passage of the Senate’s farm bill:
 
“While I support some provisions in this legislation, its overall cost of nearly $1 trillion is more than we can afford at a time when our debt stands at over $15 trillion and keeps growing fast. It's also unfortunate that all Senate Democrats sided with labor unions over workers by rejecting the RAISE Act, which would allow workers to earn more money for a job well done without having to first clear it by union bosses."
 
Earlier this year, Rubio introduced the Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees (RAISE) Act, which would amend the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Act provision that blocks employers from giving deserving employees merit-based raises or bonuses. Under the current law, almost 8 million Americans who are union members have capped salaries, making them ineligible for merit-based pay raises and bonuses without union approval.
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I want to take this opportunity to congratulate all the fathers across the State of Florida and the country for the important role that they play. I lost my father almost two years ago, but with every day that goes by, I learn more and more about how important an influence he has been in my life.