Fighting for Florida

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Senator Marco Rubio addresses Floridians after a week of talking about debt reduction and the proper way forward in Libya. This week, he penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal titled "Why I Won't Vote To Raise The Debt Limit." Later in the week, he wrote a letter to Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell asking for a bipartisan resolution to authorize action in Libya and the removal of the Qaddafi regime.
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Washington, D.C. - This morning, Senator Marco Rubio appeared on ABC’s "Good Morning America" to talk about his op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal outlining his opposition to raising the debt limit. Please see below for an excerpt and video of Senator Rubio's interview with George Stephanopoulos. Senator Rubio also appeared on Fox News' "Hannity" and ABC's "Nightline" last night.

Sen. Rubio On "Why I Won't Vote To Raise The Debt Limit"

Everyone in Washington knows how to cut spending. The time to start is now.

Mar 30 2011

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"In a few weeks, we will once again reach our legal limit for borrowing, the so-called debt ceiling. The president and others want to raise this limit. They say it is the mature, responsible thing to do. In fact, it's nothing more than putting off the tough decisions until after the next election. We cannot afford to continue waiting. This may be our last chance to force Washington to tackle the central economic issue of our time... I will vote to defeat an increase in the debt limit unless it is the last one we ever authorize and is accompanied by a plan for fundamental tax reform, an overhaul of our regulatory structure, a cut to discretionary spending, a balanced-budget amendment, and reforms to save Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid." – Senator Marco Rubio
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"Shortly after President Barack Obama took office, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency drafted a new mandate to regulate numeric nutrients in Florida's rivers, lakes and streams. These standards would impact Florida and no other state, setting higher standards for runoff water than we have for drinking water. As you can imagine, meeting these almost impossibly strict standards would be incredibly costly. According to one estimate, water bills in Florida would double, and compliance would cost our state $2 billion per year. For state and local governments – and taxpayers who would ultimately foot the bill – this cost increase would be devastating." – Senator Rubio And Representative Rooney

Senator Marco Rubio Interview: America’s Radio News Network

Chris Salcedo: “It came out the day that Congress is getting back to work from being on vacation, on this debt issue, trying to get the nation’s spending under control. Sir, I was surprised to learn the U.S. House of Representatives has done 70 hours of debating on spending this year and they actually produced a bill. I was equally surprised to find out that Harry Reid’s Senate has only done 5 hours of debate on the budget crisis here and actually hasn’t passed a bill of its own. What’s the deal?”

Senator Rubio: “That’s right. Well, you’d probably have to ask him. I don’t know if you can get him on your program, but that’s exactly the question we’ve been asking: Why aren’t we focused on this debt issue and on this budget issue like a laser? Here’s the other thing this reminds us of: these guys were in charge last year – both chambers, the House and the Senate, and the White House. They didn’t pass a budget. The reason why we’re still talking about the ’11 budget is because they didn’t pass it last year. They didn’t want to do a budget. They did not do a budget, even though Democrats controlled every part of our government. So ultimately, that’s why we find ourselves in the predicament we’re in right now because they did not do their job last year and pass a budget.”

Sen. Rubio On "The Consequences Of Trade Inaction In Latin America"

"We simply cannot accept an American trade policy that is a fool-proof plan to lose American jobs, alienate our friends, and allow America to be diminished." - Sen. Rubio

Mar 18 2011

Approving free-trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea would be a boon to our economy, create jobs for Floridians, and help solidify our alliances with these steadfast allies. The agreements with Colombia and Panama in particular would boost Florida's economy, where over 1 million Floridians remain out of work. Unfortunately, the president has inexplicably allowed these golden economic opportunities to languish by not submitting the deals to Congress for up-or-down votes.

At Hearing, Senator Rubio Questions President Obama's "Puzzling Inaction" Over Libya

Rubio: "When Is That Resolution Going To Happen? After The Bloodbath? In The Middle Of The Bloodbath?"

Mar 17 2011

Washington, D.C. - Today, at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio questioned William Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs at the State Department, about the Obama administration's "puzzling inaction" as Qaddafi executes a brutal crackdown on opposition forces in Libya.