US Senator Marco Rubio Newsletter 12/03/2021

Marco Rubio - U.S. Senator for Florida E-Newsletter

This Week in the Office of Senator Marco Rubio 

On Thursday, I joined Fox & Friends to discuss my legislative efforts to prevent goods that are manufactured by slave labor in China from entering the United States, and more. Watch the interviewhere .
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On Thursday, I joined Hannity to discuss U.S. businesses using slave labor in China and how Florida is thriving. Watch the interview here

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On Tuesday, I posted an op-ed on Fox News to discuss my concerns with Twitter’s new CEO, Parag Agrawal, and why the Senate must pass my DISCOURSE Act . Read the the full article here .

fox news op ed

On Wednesday, Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and I applauded the U.S. Senate’s passage of our resolution to designate November 2021 as National Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Read more here .

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On Wednesday, Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) and I sent a letter to President Joe Biden following the U.S. State Department’s decision to remove the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) from the State Department’s list of designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs). Read more here .

FARC letter

On Wednesday, Senators Rick Scott (R-FL), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Mike Braun (R-IN), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Boozman (R-AR), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Steve Daines (R-MT), James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Lee (R-UT), and I sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin expressing our concern that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)’s recently established Countering Extremism Working Group (CEWG) could be used to “target service members who voice opposition to woke, Leftist ideology under the guise of protecting our ‘national security interest.’” Read more here .

CEWG letter

On Tuesday, I spoke during a full Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing on democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean. Watch my remarks here .

foreign relations hearing

On Tuesday, I spoke at an open hearing on the nomination of Shannon Corless to serve as Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Watch my opening remarks here

senate intel hearing

On Tuesday, I sent a letter to A.G. Sulzberger, chairman of The New York Times Company and publisher of the New York Times , following reports that the New York Times is withholding documents, including a “Top Secret” speech Xi Jinping gave in 2014, that directly links Xi and top Communist Party officials to the ongoing genocide of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Read the full text of the letter here .

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On Tuesday, I released a statement regarding President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the U.S. Export-Import Bank. Read more here

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Legislation Introduced

  • On Thursday, Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Rick Scott (R-FL), Alex Padilla (D-CA), and I introduced the NASA Enhanced Use Leasing Extension Act of 2021, which would extend NASA’s enhanced use lease (EUL) authority for two years to December 31, 2023. Read more here .

  • On Thursday, I introduced the Space Protection of American Command and Enterprise (SPACE) Act to address the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) ongoing effort to replace the United States as the global leader of space industry under its Made in China 2025 industrial plan. Read more here

  • On Thursday, Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and I introduced the Charlotte Woodward Organ Transplant Discrimination Prevention Act , which would ensure that providers cannot discriminate against patients in need of an organ transplant solely on the basis of a disability. Read more here .

  • On Tuesday, Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and I introduced legislation to reauthorize the Haitian Hemisphere Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement (HOPE) Act and the Haitian Economic Lift Program (HELP) Act . Read more here .

In Case You Missed It…

“On Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), the co-sponsor of the Senate’s version of the [Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act], pushed to add it as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, a must-pass piece of legislation. Senate Democrats objected under a procedural rule that bars amendments that affect appropriations. Rubio called that a dodge.”(Opinion: Congress needs to act on Xi Jinping’s genocide now, Washington Post , 12/2/21)

“Rubio said on Wednesday that he would oppose voting on other amendments to the NDAA unless his [Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act] is included.” (Senate Dems Blocking Measure To Prohibit Imports Made With Chinese Slave Labor, Washington Free Beacon , 12/2/2021)  

“Marco Rubio, Rick Scott Warn Build Back Better Bill Will Hurt Florida” (Florida Daily , 11/26/21)

“Marco Rubio Blasts New York Times For Hiding Xi Jinping’s Role In Uyghur Genocide” (The Federalist , 12/2/21)

“Marco Rubio Will Oppose Joe Biden’s Pick to Lead Export-Import Bank” ( Florida Daily , 12/1/21)

“Marco Rubio Condemns Reported Censorship of Pentagon Views on Long-Standing Nuclear Policies” (Florida Daily , 11/28/21)

“Senator Marco Rubio led a bipartisan group of Florida Congressional members in writing a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure urging the agency to exclude low-volume modalities…” (Florida Congressional Delegation urges CMS to protect patient access to advanced cancer treatment in proposed radiation oncology model, South Dade News Leader , 11/29/21)

“Marco Rubio’s stand against Chinese slavery” (The Spectator USA , 12/2/21)

“‘It’s a complicated issue, but at the end of the day, if I have to choose between what is a real, you know, right to choose, and at the same time, a real right to live, I’m going to err on the side of life,;’ [Rubio] said in a brief interview at the Capitol.” (Potential collapse of Roe shakes up political landscape, The Washington Post , 12/1/21)  

“Los senadores de la Florida, Marco Rubio y Rick Scott enviaron este miércoles una carta al presidente Joe Biden en el que critican su decisión de remover a las Farc de la lista de Organizaciones Terroristas Extranjeras (FTO por su sigla en inglés)” (En carta a Biden, senadores de Florida se oponen a exclusión de Farc, El Tiempo , 12/1/21) 

Coming up…

  • My staff will host Mobile Office Hours next week to assist constituents with federal casework issues in their communities. More information and locations near youhere .

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