This Week in the Office of Senator Marco Rubio
On Wednesday, I spoke on the Senate floor following calls from President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and others to change the rules of the Senate to make it easier to pass their radical, partisan agenda. Watch my remarks here.
On Tuesday, I joined Good Day Orlando to discuss the impacts of federal vaccine mandates on Florida, efforts to federalize Florida’s elections, inflation, and more. Watch the interview here.
On Tuesday, I joined Fox & Friends to discuss the Democrats’ efforts to federalize elections, my Keep Kids in School Act, and more. Watch the interview here.
On Thursday, I joined Orlando Morning News to discuss President Joe Biden’s election power grab and low approval ratings, along with other news of the day. Read more here.
On Tuesday, I led the entire Florida congressional delegation in a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives Committees on Veterans’ Affairs requesting that they advance my bill to name the new Clay County Veterans Affairs Clinic, in Middleburg, FL, the “Andrew K. Baker Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic.” Read more here .
On Monday, I released a statement following reports that Intel Corporation removed references to Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in a letter to suppliers. Read more here.
On Monday, I joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Chris Coons (D-DE), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and John Barrasso (R-WY), fellow members of the Senate NATO Observer Group, in sending a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to use this week’s diplomatic talks at the NATO-Russia Council meeting to deter Russian dictator Vladimir Putin from further invading Ukraine and make clear that the U.S. will not accept Putin’s demands to dictate NATO’s decision-making. Read more here .
On Tuesday, I published an op-ed in the Washington Examiner discussing the need to hold Beijing accountable for the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure a full investigation into its origins is completed. Read the op-ed here .
On Tuesday, I issued a statement commemorating the six-month anniversary of the July 11th anti-communist protests against the Cuban regime throughout the island of Cuba. Read more here.
On Tuesday, I sent a letter to Dr. Janet Woodcock, Acting Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), regarding the agency’s recent guidance that race and ethnicity should be a primary factor in determining which patients receive life-saving COVID-19 treatments, such as monoclonal antibodies and oral antiviral drugs. Read more here .
On Tuesday, I sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging his administration to support the Colombian government as it seeks to contain and mitigate the destabilizing impact that drug-related conflict has on both Colombia and the Western Hemisphere as a whole. Later that day, I published an op-ed on Medium further explaining why prioritizing the security of Colombia in 2022 is critical to the security of our hemisphere. Read the letter here and the op-ed here .
On Wednesday, I published an op-ed in The Federalist discussing Democrats’ attempts to overhaul our elections and mandate federal control over them. Read the op-ed here .
On Wednesday, as Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, I spoke at an open hearing on the nomination of Kenneth Wainstein to serve as Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Watch my remarks here.
On Wednesday, I sent a letter to Robin Carnahan, Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), after reports that the Drug Enforcement Agency, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Finance and Accounting Service, and the Department of the Army purchased products by Lorex, a subsidiary of China-based Dahua Technology, via a GSA portal. Read more here.
On Wednesday, I sent a letter to President Joe Biden inquiring what steps his administration has taken to ensure that all U.S. Olympic athletes are “sufficiently protected from Beijing’s surveillance and manipulation.” Read more here.
On Thursday, I published an op-ed in The Floridian discussing the danger of Democrats’ efforts to federalize our election systems in order to gain more political power. Read the op-ed here.
On Thursday, I joined Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and Republican colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona demanding answers as to whether he played a key role in orchestrating a letter from the National School Board Association that called concerned parents “domestic terrorists.” Read more here.
On Thursday, I released a statement after newly released International Trade Commission reports detailed the effect of squash and cucumber imports on U.S. seasonal markets. Read more here.
On Thursday, I joined Senators Rick Scott (R-FL), and Mike Braun (R-IN) in applauding the unanimous Senate passage of our resolution commending José Daniel Ferrer, leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), and other Cuban democracy activists. Read more here.
On Friday, I published an op-ed in Fox News discussing my plan to ensure that schools that refuse to reopen to in-person learning do not receive federal taxpayer dollars. Read the op-ed here.
On Thursday, I joined Ninoska Perez on Radio Mambí to discuss Democrats’ attempts to federalize elections, election integrity, the potential deployment of Russian troops to Latin America, my resolution supporting Cuban human rights activists, and the possibility of the Biden Administration cutting funds for Radio Televisión Martí. Read more here.
On Monday, I introduced the Keep Kids in School Act of 2022, which would prohibit around $164 billion in unspent COVID-19 relief funding from going to elementary and secondary schools that do not offer in-person instruction on a full-time basis for all enrolled students. Read more here.
On Tuesday, I led Senators Tim Scott (R-SC), John Cornyn (R-TX), Rick Scott (R-FL), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Steve Daines (R-MT), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), James Lankford (R-OK), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Mike Braun (R-IN), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), and John Kennedy (R-LA) in introducing the Coronavirus Origin Validation, Investigation, and Determination (COVID) Act of 2022. Read more here.
On Thursday, I joined Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) John Thune (R-SD), and our colleagues in introducing the Inflation Prevention Act (IPA) to help combat inflationary spending. Read more here.
On Thursday, I introduced the Deterring Authoritarian Hostilities Act of 2022, a bill to impose immediate and harsh, personal sanctions on Vladimir Putin and the rest of the authoritarian leadership of Russia if Russian troops further invade Ukraine. Read more here.
In Case You Missed It…
“Rubio: Biden ‘Doesn’t Enforce the law’” ( The Floridian, 1/9/2022)
“Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio… wants the Biden administration to be more aggressive in holding American companies accountable for doing business in Cuba with confiscated property.” (Castro confiscated his apartments in Cuba. American diplomats and now tourists stay in them, Miami Herald, 1/10/2022)
“Intel’s deletion of any reference to Xinjiang in its annual letter to suppliers, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, was criticized by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio.” (Intel deletes reference to Xinjiang after backlash in China, Reuters, 1/11/2022)
“Rubio Slams Dem Voting Reform as Attempt to Create ‘Election Chaos’” (Newsmax, 1/11/2022)
“Rubio introduces bill to sanction Beijing for obstructing investigation of COVID-19 origins” (Washington Examiner, 1/11/2022)
“Sen. Marco Rubio demands FDA change guidance prioritizing race in administering COVID drugs” (Fox News, 1/11/2022)
“The United States has vowed to continue pressing Beijing for a transparent investigation, but Rubio’s COVID Act could force the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership to the table…” (GOP Senators Seek China Sanctions for Blocking Probes Into COVID Origins, Newsweek, 1/12/2022)
“Marco Rubio Joins Senators Urging Biden to Support Ukraine Against Putin’s Aggression” (Florida Daily, 1/12/2022)
“Marco Rubio: Liberals Want to Change Senate Rules So They Can Claim More Power” (Florida Daily, 1/14/2022)
“Senador Marco Rubio ayuda a niña cubana con raro tumor cerebral” (Miami Diario, 1/11/2022)
- My staff will host Mobile Office Hours next week to assist constituents with federal casework issues in their communities. More information and locations near you here.