Fighting for Florida

Happy Hanukkah

Dec 20 2011

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As our Jewish friends and neighbors in Florida and around the world prepare to light the menorah at sundown today, my wife Jeanette and I would like to send warm greetings and best wishes for this joyful eight-day celebration of radiant freedom.
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Throughout the month December, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio's staff will be hosting several "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:

On the 70th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, we take a moment to remember “a date which will live in infamy”. We remember the men and women who lost their lives in the attack, and we remember those of the Greatest Generation who rose to the occasion and led our nation to victory in World War II.

As a country, we have been continually blessed with brave men and women who answer the call to service.  We owe all of them a tremendous debt of gratitude. To all of our military, veterans and their families, we thank you for your sacrifice and commitment to ensuring our safety and freedom.

Today is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery which marks the United Nations General Assembly's adoption of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others on December 2, 1949.
Several people have asked about my votes on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. In particular, some people are wrongly suggesting that this legislation will allow the military to capture and indefinitely detain any American citizen, and that the US Armed Forces would be able to perform law enforcement functions on American soil because of the authority conferred under Sections 1031 and 1032 of the Act. While I do have other serious concerns with this legislation, those particular assertions could not be further from the truth. I want to take this time to explain what the law actually does, what my position is on these issues, and why I joined with Senators Demint, Coburn and Lee to vote for those specific sections, but against cloture on the final bill.
Transcript: "Hi, I'm Marco Rubio, and I'm thankful for the opportunity to serve you in the United States Senate.

"You know, Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday that tracks its history back to the very early beginnings of settlements of our continent. It's based on the notion that we are thankful to our creator, God, for all the blessings that we have.