Fighting for Florida

Our nation has been blessed with men and women who answer the call to serve in the military. While all of our veterans deserve our gratitude and respect, there are some whose efforts deserve additional recognition. I recently learned of Sergeant First Class Modesto Cartagena’s story of service.
Last week, Senator Rubio and sixty-five of his colleagues co-sponsored Senator John Hoeven's resolution, S.RES.386, a resolution calling for free and fair elections in Iran.
Today, I met with Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, Mexico's Ambassador to the United States. Mexico is not just our neighbor, but an important friend and ally in dealing with a wide range of bilateral and hemispheric issues. Today's meeting was a good opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities we face. It was especially timely as Mexico moves closer to its next presidential election in which we look forward to seeing Mexico continuing on its democratic path.
Marco’s staff will be hosting “Mobile Office Hours” to meet with constituents and assist them with federal issues in their own communities. For constituents who can’t visit the regional offices, these “Mobile Office Hours” offer a more convenient way to seek federal casework assistance.  All times listed below are local:
Free Tax Preparation Workshop hosted with the IRS
Saturday - March 3, 2012
Orange County
Valencia College – East Campus
701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail
Building 7, Room 113 and 117
Orlando, FL 32825

Tuesday—March 6, 2012
Columbia County
10:00am – 12:00pm
Columbia County Public Library
308 NW Columbia Avenue
Lake City, FL 32055
Thursday – March 15, 2012
Miami-Dade County
9:30am - 2:00pm
Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street, Lobby Area
Miami, FL 33128
Nassau County
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Betty Cook Nassau Center
Building 29
Conference Room A111
76346 William Burgess Blvd.
Yulee, FL 32097
Osceola County
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Kissimmee City Hall
Commission Chambers
101 North Church Street
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Tuesday—March 20, 2012
Baker County
Baker County Administration Office
55 N. 3rd Street
Macclenny, FL  32063
Marion County
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Marion County Public Library- Headquarters Branch
2720 East Silver Springs Boulevard
Ocala, FL 34470
Union County
Union County Library
250 SE 5th Ave.
Lake Butler, FL  32054
Volusia County
9:00am - 11:00am
City of Daytona Beach
City Hall
301 S. Ridgewood Ave., Room 149A
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Fraud Prevention Workshop hosted with the Federal Trade Commission
Wednesday—March 28, 2012
"BEING SCAM SMART" Protecting Your Money & Identity from Fraud
The Volen Center
1515 West Palmetto Park Road
Boca Raton, Florida  33486
Earlier this week, Senator Rubio introduced S.2115, the State Waters Partnership Act of 2012, a bill that would force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to adopt Florida's science-based Numeric Nutrient Criteria on water quality regulation.

Senator Rubio also co-sponsored the following bill, joint resolution, and amendment:
On Wednesday, Senator Rubio sponsored four amendments and co-sponsored two amendments to legislation reauthorizing our nation’s transportation programs (or "to the transportation bill" or "to MAP-21, the transportation bill").