Fighting for Florida

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Senator Rubio traveled to Puerto Rico today to meet with Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño to discuss economic opportunities between Florida and Puerto Rico. Florida is home to thousands of Puerto Rican families and Puerto Rican culture is inextricably linked with our state. During their visit, Senator Rubio and Governor Fortuño discussed economic development, job creation, growing small businesses and health issues.
On this 109th anniversary of Cuban Independence, we honor the patriots who took Cuba's initial steps toward freedom. The spirit and values that drove Cuba's Independence movement still live on among the country's pro-democracy leaders who have demonstrated increasing boldness and courage as they risk their lives each day in defense of Cuba's founding principles.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has joined Senator Rubio in support of the Returned Exclusively For Unpaid National Debt (REFUND) Act. This legislation, which was introduced Tuesday and allows states to identify and return unwanted federal funds to the federal Treasury in order to help pay down the national debt, is gaining broad support in the Senate as well. Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), David Vitter (R-LA), John Barrasso (R-WY), James Inhofe (R-OK) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) have all signed on as co-sponsors, with more expected soon.
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Senator Rubio:  Senior Tax Simplification Bill Will Save Seniors Time And Money

Bud Hedinger: “You and Senator Bill Nelson may not agree on too many things, but you’ve gotten together on a new piece of legislation that relates to taxes and our seniors in Florida. What can you tell us about this ‘Senior Tax Simplification’ bill?”

Senator Rubio: “Well, I think we need tax simplification for everybody on multiple fronts, but I think starting with seniors is a way we can get a lot of consensus. And what it basically is is it’s just going to make it easier for seniors to do their taxes. It’s a more simplified form. It will be easier for seniors that, for example, get some of their retirement income from their investments, to fill out that portion of their taxes. We’re just trying to make life a little bit easier for seniors.  And so, we’ve filed a bill today that will change the 1040 form for those over 65 so that they can follow a more expedited and simple process, and they won’t need to hire an accountant. It will save them that money, and it will save them the time and hassle of our complicated tax code. I think I’ll get strong bi-partisan support for it, and hopefully it will become the law of the country here soon.”

More than they have in decades, states are turning down federal money because of the burdens that go with it (see below). Yet the feds then turn around and give the money to other states, which makes little sense with a deficit this year of $1.65 trillion.
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Senator Rubio: "The President has to lead, as I told him today in a meeting we had with the Republican Senators. You can't tackle major issues without presidential leadership, and I think the President needs to lead on this issue. This is an opportunity for him to show some leadership and say, 'You know what, we do have a serious spending problem in this country. We've got to begin to address it.' But in order to do that in a meaningful and responsible way, he's going to have to take on members of his own base."
Yesterday, Senator Rubio and Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) introduced a bipartisan resolution condemning the human rights abuses taking place in Syria. The resolution urges the President to implement further sanctions on Syrian officials, including the illegitimate leader, President Bashar Al Assad, and express America's support of the Syrian people, who are peacefully protesting their barbaric and violent government.
Yesterday, Senator Rubio filed an amicus brief with 43 other Senate Republicans to challenge the Democrats' health care law in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The brief, filed on behalf of the bipartisan, multi-state challenge to ObamaCare, asserts that the law's Individual Mandate is an unprecedented and unauthorized exercise by Congress because it mandates citizens to engage in economic activity and punishes those who do not participate. The brief also notes that if this mandate is deemed constitutional, there will cease to be a limit on Congress's power to regulate its citizens under the Commerce Clause. In essence, this law blurs the constitutional distinction between federal and state regulatory authority.