Fighting for Florida

Later tonight, the Senate is scheduled to vote on free trade pacts with three countries, Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. Just this morning the Sun Sentinel reported that Florida could gain as many as 11,685 jobs in the next year with the possibility of more when the trade pact is signed.
Last month, Senator Rubio spoke at the Jesse Helms Center on America's Role in the World. During his speech, Senator Rubio echoed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's warnings that more cuts made to our national defense would be "devastating." Yesterday, Secretary Panetta spoke at the Wilson Center and again repeated his concerns about potential cuts saying there would be "catastrophic damage" if the Super Committee does not come up with deficit reduction deals.
Last Thursday we arrived in Tripoli to the promise of a free Libya. We saw a city that is surprisingly secure and orderly. We visited al-Jdeida prison and spoke freely with detainees - a testament to the commitment of the Transitional National Council (TNC) to democracy, transparency and the rule of law. At the end of the day, we walked through Martyrs' Square, where Libyans cheered and thanked America and our NATO allies.
In June, this paper accused me of putting "the financial interests of the nation's biggest banks before small retailers and consumers" when I voted to delay an onerous regulation that I feared would increase banking fees and hit the wallets of Americans who are already struggling in this economy.
Yesterday, Senator Rubio along with Senator Bill Nelson and Representatives Bill Posey and Sandy Adams met with Bob Cabana, the Kennedy Space Center Director, Frank DiBello, President of Space Florida, and Lynda Weatherman, President & CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast, to discuss the importance of the space program to Florida. We wanted to share some pictures from the meeting and an article from the Orlando Sentinel describing the "powwow."
This morning, Senator Rubio met with two former presidents of El Salvador in his Washington office. The former presidents in attendance were Francisco Flores and Aramando Calderon Sol. As the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Global Narcotics Affairs, this meeting is part of Marco's continued efforts to engage our friends and allies in the Western Hemisphere.

Reducing Government

Oct 05 2011

Yesterday, Senator Rubio signed on as a cosponsor of S.1611, the Reducing the Size of the Federal Government Through Attrition Act. This bill would reduce the federal workforce by 10% by 2015, which would save approximately $139 billion over ten years.

Senator Rubio has been working to reduce the size of the federal bureaucracy and this legislation would take another step in that direction. You can read more about the legislation here.

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to have printed in the RECORD an article highlighting the Castro regime's continued abuse of the Cuban people as they organize efforts to create a freer Cuba. The people being held unjustly and abused in Cuban prisons--as well as those being intimidated and repressed outside of prison--need the continued support of America.

I would like to congratulate Walt Disney World on the celebration of its 40th anniversary this past weekend. Disney has been the home of tremendous talent and innovation through the years and brightens Florida’s economy as the largest employer in Central Florida with almost 60,000 employees.

Disney continues to reinvent itself with the times and thrives as the world’s largest theme park resort. We can only imagine what future generations can expect of the land “Where Dreams Come True.”