Fighting for Florida

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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
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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.