Fighting for Florida

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.”

Yesterday, Marco joined the JAX Chamber to hear firsthand from job creators in the area about the challenges and opportunities facing their businesses and to get input on job creation initiatives he's working on in Washington, including the bipartisan AGREE Act.
Rubio: "We're not going to hear anything back from the White House. Number two is the impetus of it is pretty simple. It is that there is no plan in place to deal with this debt. It is like watching a horror movie. You know those movies where the people in the audience are screaming, 'Don't go in that door!' because you know the killer is there? Well, it is the same thing with this debt.

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 cannot visit the regional offices, these “Mobile Office Hours” offer a more convenient way to seek federal casework assistance.  All times listed below are local:

Tuesday - January 10, 2012 
Seminole County 
4:00pm - 6:00pm 
The Longwood Community Building 
200 West Warren Avenue 
Longwood, FL 32750

Thursday - January 19, 2012 
Miami-Dade County 
9:30am - 2:00pm 
Stephen P. Clark Center 
111 NW 1st Street 
Lobby Area 
Miami, FL 33128

Today, we join our Christian friends and neighbors in Florida and around the world in celebrating the Epiphany, or Three Kings Day. According to the Bible, the Three Kings followed the bright Star of Bethlehem for twelve days carrying gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to find the baby Jesus in the manger. Since then, the Epiphany has been a day of commemorating Jesus Christ being revealed to the world through the arrival of the Magi.