Fighting for Florida

Marco submitted the following statement for the Congressional Record commemorating the start of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Washingto, DC. - Senator Marco Rubio today highlighted the importance of the free trade agreements and called Rubio Amendment #651 to the floor for immediate consideration. The measure would restore the link between Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and trade agreements that existed prior to the stimulus bill.

Shortly after Senator Rubio announced his amendment the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) said they would supportan amendment like his as it would "protect taxpayers."

ICYMI: Senator Rubio On The President's Jobs And Debt Plan

Rubio: The President's plan "is really not a serious plan. It is more of a political one designed to appease his base."

Sep 20 2011

Senator Marco Rubio

The Bud Hedinger Show

WFLA 540 AM (Orlando, FL)

Hedinger: "Well, it was pretty clear yesterday that the president didn't want to get seriously into entitlement reform. Your take on his call for a trillion and a half dollars in new taxes, Senator?"

Rubio: "Well, it goes contrary to what he himself said last December when he said that tax increases in the middle of a recession is the worst thing to do. So, I don't think that plan yesterday, with all due respect, I mean I hate coming on and always being the guy bashing the president. Let me just say that, with all due respect to the president, I think that the plan that he put out is really not a serious plan. It is more of a political one designed to appease his base. Some of the things in there, some of the savings, for example, that he takes credit for aren’t real. They're phantom savings."

Thank you. Buenas noches. Welcome to Florida. Bienvenidos a la Florida. Muchas gracias por escoger esta gran ciudad y este gran estado para su evento.

Thank you for choosing this state and this city for your event. A few moments ago, I got an invitation that at 8:30 they are having some kind of hospitality party here. I think the bar is open, so I’m the only thing standing between that and you, so I’ll be brief and to the point. I am grateful for your invitation and the opportunity to speak to you for a few moments.
On this 224th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution, we celebrate the principles of freedom, security and limited government.
Today Senator Rubio demonstrated his commitment to providing American children with the finest Elementary and Secondary Education by signing on as co-sponsor of three pieces of education legislation:
Mr. President, I rise today to commend my friend and colleague, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, on the outstanding speech he delivered yesterday at the Jesse Helms Center in Wingate, North Carolina. I share Senator Rubio’s conviction that America is at our best in the world when we put our values at the center of our foreign policy, beginning with a commitment to the cause of freedom. Senator Rubio’s thoughtful warning against the danger of withdrawing behind our borders is especially timely and important. He is absolutely right that, when we do not confront monsters like al Qaeda abroad, they will sooner or later come to threaten us here at home.
Today, Senator Mark Kirk (IL) introduced a bill to establish a smart card pilot program under the Medicare program which would curb the estimated $60 billion per year of waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare system. I am proud to be a cosponsor of this bill. Medicare is already facing long-term challenges, so we need to protect seniors and prevent people from abusing the system.
Rubio: "It is our responsibility to clearly outline to the American people what our proper role in the world is and what American interests are at stake when we engage abroad. ... If this is to be another American Century, the world needs a strong America now. Because freedom cannot survive without us."