Fighting for Florida

Religious Freedom

Jan 23 2012

Last week the Obama Administration announced it will be one year before enforcing a new pro-choice policy. This mandate comes from ObamaCare and it will require religious organizations to provide coverage for contraception, including “Plan B”.

The Obama Administration has now declared that birth control and Plan B are preventative forms of health care and must be provided by health care plans. The Administration’s decision places many religious groups at a tough crossroads. Catholic organizations will be forced to make tough choices – ignore a major tenant of their belief system and provide these “preventative” health care measures or not providing insurance to their employees and being levied with a federal fine for violating the employer mandate.

This action is unacceptable. As Americans, we are guaranteed the right to religious freedom and this policy violates an idea our founders believed in. The Obama Administration has reached a new level of disregard for freedom with this action.

March for Life 2012

Jan 23 2012

As Florida's senator, I will continue to be a voice for life. I will continue to work not only to win hearts and minds on life issues, but also to support pro-life policies.
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.

Constituent Corner

Jan 20 2012

This week, Marco’s staff was able to successfully resolve a casework issue for Peter, a Sarasota County constituent who disagreed with a Social Security overpayment charge. Marco’s staff contacted the Social Security Payment Center and obtained a worksheet that reflected how the overpayment had been calculated. Marco’s staff also arranged a meeting between Peter and his Field Office District Manager for a line by line explanation of the works. 
President Obama's decision not to move forward on the Keystone pipeline is a mistake. This decision offers even more appalling evidence that this administration is hopelessly rudder-less in its jobs and energy policies. By not acting on Keystone, the President is depriving America of a means to create jobs, take a step towards energy independence, and bolster our national security by tapping into our energy resources and those of our friends in Canada instead of tyrannical governments.
In recent weeks, we've heard from many Floridians about the anti-Internet piracy bills making their way through Congress. On the Senate side, I have been a co-sponsor of the PROTECT IP Act because I believe it's important to protect American ingenuity, ideas and jobs from being stolen through Internet piracy, much of it occurring overseas through rogue websites in China. As a senator from Florida, a state with a large presence of artists, creators and businesses connected to the creation of intellectual property, I have a strong interest in stopping online piracy that costs Florida jobs.
On Monday, during a visit to Haiti to see the post-earthquake rebuilding efforts, Senator Rubio met with Haitian officials, school children and business leaders. In the afternoon he visited sites drastically impacted by the earthquake just two years ago. Below are pictures from his trip.
Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. on his birthday is an important American tradition. In doing so, we honor the man, his courage, his inspiring words, and his impact on American and world history.

“Two years have passed since the devastating earthquake struck Haiti, and the aftermath of this tragic event is still being felt to this day. Today, we remember the estimated 230,000 Haitians who lost their lives and the 300,000 more injured as a result of the earthquake.

“The response to the earthquake by both the United States and the international community was a strong one. One in every two U.S. households lent a hand and assisted through either donations or alternative rebuilding efforts, and over 140 nations contributed to the rescue efforts. The past two years have continued to prove difficult for the country of Haiti, but the community’s strength and determination to rebuild is a testament to the human spirit. I am committed to working with my Senate colleagues to continue the process of rebuilding Haiti on a strong and solid foundation.”

Interview with WFLA FM 100.7 Tallahassee
Senator Marco Rubio
January 12, 2012

Rubio: “Well, you know what happened is that we come into the New Year and I kind of had a chance to reflect on my first year in office.  And it is just startling to me that nothing has happened on the national debt, except a lot of bickering, but not a real serious effort. And look, I’m not saying Republicans are blameless in this. I said when I got elected that Republicans helped create this debt, but we’ve never seen anything like the last three years in terms of the growth of the debt.

“And I think what is even more startling is that the budgets that the President is proposing grow that debt even more. And so right now, the debt is about to, or has already, exceeded the size of our economy. And I want people to think about that for a moment. Our debt is larger than our economy.

“This is not a partisan thing. A year has gone by and the President hasn’t done anything. He’s ignored his own debt commission. He’s offered no plans to reform Medicare, which is the biggest driver of the debt right now, nationally. And he’s got no plans moving forward other than beating up on anybody who dares to offer any ideas.  Instead of matching their ideas, he just basically beats them up using political rhetoric.

“So, I got frustrated about it and I wrote a letter because obviously I don’t expect that he’s going to respond to my letter, although I’m sure his cronies will.  But the truth is that you can’t solve an issue of this magnitude without serious and significant executive leadership, and the President is not providing it. If it was a Republican, I’d be probably even more frustrated about it. So, we have to deal with this issue. Because just as we start to see some glimmers of hope and the economy might be turning around, nothing will bring that to an end quicker than a sovereign debt crisis, than a debt crisis like what you’re seeing in Europe today. And I think that is what we’re flirting with here if we don’t begin to do something that shows the world that we are serious about bringing the debt under control.”