US Senator Marco Rubio Newsletter 12/23/2021

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

This Week in the Office of Senator Marco Rubio 

On Monday, I released an 8-minute mini-documentary highlighting my ongoing efforts to keep Florida’s low-income housing tenants safe and to hold slumlords accountable. Watch the documentary here .

On Monday, I published an op-ed on El American focusing on the weakness of the Biden Administration’s ability to hold China accountable and limit the Chinese Communist Party’s influence in Latin America. Read the op-ed here .

On Thursday, I released a statement after President Joe Biden signed my Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act into law. The new law, which I introduced with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ), and James P. McGovern (D-MA) in 2020, will ensure that goods made with the slave labor of Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and elsewhere in the People’s Republic of China do not enter the United States. Read more here .

On Sunday, I joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), in applauding the Senate’s unanimous passage of the bicameral and bipartisan Puerto Rico Recovery Accuracy in Disclosures Act (PRRADA) Read more here

On Monday, I joined Senators Rick Scott (R-FL), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Raphael Warnock (D-GA), and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) in applauding the Senate passage of their resolution condemning the December 6, 2019 terrorist attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola and honoring those who lost their lives, those who were injured, and those first responders whose heroism saved lives. Read more here.

On Monday, I joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of Labor Martin Walsh to call for a full investigation into Amazon’s labor practices. Read the letter here

On Tuesday, I urged my Senate colleagues to support my American Financial Markets Integrity and Security Act , which I reintroduced earlier this year, to prohibit American investment in Chinese companies that pose threats to our national security. Read more here

Last Friday, I joined Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Rick Scott (R-FL), and a bipartisan group of our Senate colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas requesting Israel be eligible for the Visa Waiver Program. Read the letter here

Last Thursday, I joined Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Congressman Ralph Norman (R-SC) and members of Congress in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra, condemning HHS’s recent reversal of protections for faith-based adoption and foster care agencies. Read the letter here

Last Wednesday, I joined Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and my Senate colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo urging the Department to add five companies to the “Entity List” due to their roles enabling the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) genocide of Uyghurs and other predominately Muslim ethnic groups. Read more here .

Legislation Introduced

  • On Monday, I joined Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) in introducing the HUD Health and Safety Accountability Act to hold property owners and managers of Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) housing accountable for health and safety conditions of properties. Read more here

  • On Wednesday, I joined Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) in introducing the Farm to Base Food Security Actto help the federal government better understand the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) food procurement policies and bolster relationships between local agricultural producers and military bases. Read more here .

In Case You Missed It…

“[A University of Miami student and ROTC member Justin Torres] fortunes changed when he was interviewed and nominated for one of the statewide slots by Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.” (Military Academy Candidate Struggles with Nomination After Rep. Hastings’ Death, NBC 6 , 12/20/21)

“Florida’s Senators Urge State Department to Support Tibet Over Communist China” (Florida Daily , 12/20/21)  

“Marco Rubio Showcases GAO Report on Trade Based Money Laundering” (Florida Daily , 12/19/21) 

“Sen. Rubio Responds To Continued Silence On Beijing From IOC Partners Despite His Letter” (The Daily Caller , 12/22/21)

“Rubio on Biden’s omicron plan: There’s a limit to what the government can make people do” (Fox News , 12/22/21)

“Rubio Calls Out China’s Latin American ‘Power Grab’: Under The ‘Very Nose’ Of The Biden Admin” (The Daily Wire , 12/22/21)

“‘Many companies have already taken steps to clean up their supply chains. And, frankly, they should have no concerns about this law,’ Sen. Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican who introduced the earlier version of the legislation with Oregon Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley, said in a statement.” (Effort to Curb China’s Uyghur Slavery Finds Rare Bipartisan Support, Headline USA , 12/21/21)

“Sen. Rubio is perhaps the leading voice in the Senate on Uyghur rights and pushback against the CCP.”(U.S. Senators Behind Xinjiang Law Have Investments Linked to China’s Uyghur ‘Genocide,’ Newsweek , 12/21/21)  

“Sens. Rubio and Brown Issue Bipartisan Call for Probe Into Amazon Labor Practices” (The Epoch Times , 12/21/21)

“A group of Senate Republicans, led by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), have introduced a plan that would strip federal funds from cities and states that allow foreign nationals to vote in municipal and statewide elections.” (Senate GOP: Strip Funds from Cities, States Allowing Foreigners to Vote, Breitbart , 12/20/21)

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