Fighting for Florida

This week, I had the privilege of meeting with President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia and discussing strengthening our bilateral relationship through economic and security ties. We discussed the benefits of a possible free trade agreement and my commitment to urging our NATO allies to deepen and enhance Georgia's ties with NATO during the Chicago summit in May. 

Rubio Meets With President of Georgia

Senator Rubio joined Senators Kyl, McCain, Graham, Cornyn, and Ayotte in introducing The Down Payment to Protect National Security Act, legislation which overrides the automatic, across-the-board cuts to our nation's defense capabilities, which are scheduled to take effect in 2013 unless Congress acts. Instead of making severe cuts to the Department of Defense that Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has warned would be "devastating to the defense budget" and would "weaken our national defense," This bill replaces the scheduled cuts by reducing the federal workforce and extending the current pay freeze for federal workers. By doing so, the legislation ensures the debt reduction targets laid out in the Budget Control Act are still on track to be met --without endangering our national security at a time when threats both at home and abroad remain very real.
On Wednesday evening, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution sponsored by Senators Rubio and Menendez honoring the life of dissident and democracy activist Wilman Villar Mendoza.
 
Mendoza died on January 19 after a 56-day hunger strike to bring attention to his unjust imprisonment. He was arrested in November 2011 and sentenced to four years in prison for his participation in a peaceful demonstration. Mendoza was a member of Unión Patriótica de Cuba, a group the Castro regime considers illegitimate because the members criticize the leadership.
 
Mendoza will be remembered for his sacrifice on behalf of the cause of freedom.
 
Senate Resolution 366 is available here.
After co-sponsoring the Earmark Elimination Act, a bill introduced by Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to permanently ban earmarks and institute a strict two-thirds point of order against pork-barrel projects contained in legislation, Senator Rubio has joined with Sens. Toomey and McCaskill again as a co-sponsor of S. Amdt.1472. S.Amdt. 142, like the Earmark Elimination Act, would permanently end earmarks.

Constituent Corner

Jan 27 2012

In this week's installment of Marco's Constituent Mail Box video series, Marco responds to letters about the PROTECT IP Act and SOPA sent by two constituents that reflect the diverse opinions expressed in the thousands of letters received.

Senator Rubio signed on with 10 of his colleagues to be a co-sponsor of S.2040. This bill amends the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to establish a point of order to prohibit an increase or other modification of the public debt limit unless a concurrent resolution on the budget has been agreed to and is in effect.

Earlier today, Senator Rubio introduced a Senate Resolution honoring Wilman Villar Mendoza. The Senate Resolution, introduced with Senators Menendez (D-NJ) and Nelson (D-FL), condemned the oppressive Cuban regime and honored the life of Cuban Dissident Villar Mendoza.  Cuban political prisoner Wilman Villar Mendoza was arrested in November 2011 for holding a peaceful demonstration and sentenced to four years in prison. He died last week after a 56-day hunger strike protesting his unjust imprisonment.
 
Senate Resolution 354 is available here.

Senator Rubio signed on with 30 of his colleagues to be a co-sponsor of S.J. Res. 34. This Resolution formally disapproves of the President’s most recent request for an increase in the debt ceiling.

1,000 Days

Jan 24 2012

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Today, when the President gives the State of the Union address, we also mark 1,000 days since Senate Democrats and the President have passed a budget. That means since April 29, 2009, Washington has been on a rudderless spending binge with absolutely no restraint. This spending spree has added $4.5 trillion in new debt to our tab and has enabled our overall debt to surpass $15 trillion. Last year, the President's budget proposal, which would have spent almost $46 trillion and raised taxes on large and small businesses, failed in the Senate 97-0. This means not even one member of his own party could support his reckless job-killing agenda.