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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

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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

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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.
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"[T]heir affinity and reliance on government is so deep - it's a part of their political machinery, it's a part of their political ideology - that they can't fathom a day and time when the government's going to have to readjust to the reality that we cannot continue to spend money we do not have."
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Senator Marco Rubio addresses Floridians after a week of battling the EPA's unfair numeric nutrients regulations and Democrats in the Senate over this year's budget cuts.

Sen. Rubio: "The President Is Absolutely Absent From This Debate"

"He has completely disengaged from this issue, and he assigned Joe Biden to negotiate it for him, and then sent Joe Biden to Russia."

Mar 10 2011

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Senator Marco Rubio

“The Jimmy Cefalo Show”

WIOD-AM Miami

March 10, 2011

Senator Rubio: “Now the conversation’s not a serious one yet. You know, the Senate Democrats, the bill they offered as an alternative to the House bill, only cut $6 billion in spending – that’s really what we’re borrowing in one day. By noon today, we will have borrowed half of that in order to fund the government, so it’s not really a serious goal.

“And here’s what’s missing in all of this, and I don’t mean to be overly partisan, the President is absolutely absent from this debate. He is nowhere to be found. He refuses to engage. This is a President that as a Senator, as a candidate, and early on in his presidency, repeatedly said that he was going to make the tough choices, get involved, get engaged, deal with this pressing issue that faces our country. He has completely disengaged from this issue, and he assigned Joe Biden to negotiate it for him, and then sent Joe Biden to Russia.”

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"What we can't afford to do is arbitrarily shut down fishing based on incomplete or insufficient data for a lot of different reasons. First of all, the economic impact of it is absolutely devastating. Last year when I traveled the state, I was campaigning at the time, and I ran into people who were being wiped out not just by some of these restrictions that have been put in place, but they also got hit with an oil spill in parts of our state, which was a double whammy, and it was just devastating for many of these folks that couldn't get going again, and I'm not sure they're going to be able to get going this year."