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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.
A bipartisan coalition of Senators introduced a resolution today strongly condemning the escalating crackdown in Syria, warning that President Bashar Al Assad has lost legitimacy and urging President Obama to ratchet up the pressure on his regime.

Senator Rubio: The U.S. Should Be The Leading Voice Condemning Violence In Syria

CBS News’ Erica Hill: “I do want to get to the subject of Syria, though, now, because I know you've been very outspoken on the situation there. Obviously so many Americans have been following very closely the events in the Middle East at this point. You're putting forth a resolution with Senator Lieberman … How, though, does that stop this regime from turning weapons on its own people? Is that enough?”

Senator Rubio: “Well, a couple of things: The United States should be the leading voice in the world condemning what’s happening in Syria. We should make it very clear whose side we’re on, and we're on the side of the Syrian people. The second thing we need to clearly point out, and I hope the president is headed towards doing that, and that is saying that the Assad regime is no longer a legitimate one. Any time a government has to use government forces and army forces to kill unarmed civilians in order to hold on to power, that makes them illegitimate, and that’s what’s happening in Syria. And I hope the United States will be a clear voice saying that.”

Senator Rubio: The Administration Needs To Get More Involved In Syria

Hill: “When do you see further action happening?”

Senator Rubio: “In terms of the U.S. position? I don't know – I hope as soon as possible. Here in the Senate, I hope we’ll begin today by filing this resolution that will be bipartisan, it will have widespread support I hope in this chamber here, and I hope there will be a companion filed in the House, and I hope the administration will follow suit. What we’re hoping is that the administration will get more engaged on this issue. They've taken some measures already. The resolution recognizes that and commends them for doing that. But we're asking the administration to do more, to make sure the United States is the leading voice in the world condemning what's happening in Syria.”