US Senator Marco Rubio Newsletter 06/17/2022

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

This Week in the Office of Senator Marco Rubio 

On Monday, a news article noted, “every few months [President] Biden signs a bill with Rubio’s fingerprints on it, and another is soon to come as the toxic burn pits legislation rolls through the Senate.” Read more here .

On Thursday, I released a statement after President Joe Biden signed my South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act into law. Read more here

On Thursday, I released a statement ahead of the Senate’s passage of the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2021 . The core of the PACT Act includes key provisions from my Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act , which I introduced with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) last year. Read more here

On Tuesday, I released a video titled, “Are You Retiring in China?” detailing the threat to American economic and national security posed by investing in Chinese companies. Watch the video here

On Wednesday, I joined Fox & Friends to discuss Hispanics’ shift toward the Republican Party, the border crisis, security for Supreme Court justices, and the Biden Administration’s failure in Latin America following the Summit of the Americas. Watch the full interview here

On Wednesday, I applauded the Senate passage of my Air America Act of 2021 . Read more here

On Thursday, I applauded the Senate’s passage of legislation that Senator Warner (D-VA) and I introduced, the Joint Consolidation Loan Separation Act of 2021 . The bill would provide much-needed relief for individuals who previously consolidated their student loan debt with their spouse. Read morehere

On Tuesday, I released a video message regarding the bipartisan framework to increase school safety. Watch the video here

On Thursday, I published an op-ed on El American explaining why the Biden Administration’s incompetent border policies are weakening America. Read the op-ed in English here and in Spanishhere

On Wednesday, I sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding the violent left-wing group Jane’s Revenge and its declaration of “open season” for attacks against pro-life pregnancy centers and organizations. Read more here

On Thursday, Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) and I sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to immediately increase U.S. and international pressure to compel the Maduro regime to free all political prisoners and conduct free and fair elections in Venezuela. Read more here

On Wednesday, I sent a letter to Dr. Lawrence Bacow, President of Harvard University, regarding a potential quid pro quo agreement in which officials from the real estate company, Evergrande, which has close ties to the Chinese Communist Party, donated $115 million to Harvard Medical School in exchange for access to influential American virology experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, who were studying the origins of COVID-19. Read more here

On Tuesday, Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and I, along with our colleagues, applauded the Senate’s unanimous passage of our resolution recognizing May as Stroke Awareness Month. Read more here

On Tuesday, Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Jim Risch (R-ID), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and I issued a joint statement on the continued politicization of Bolivia’s judiciary following the arbitrary sentencing of former Interim President Jeanine Áñez by a court in La Paz. Read more here

On Monday, I sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas requesting that they direct the U.S. National Central Bureau, the agency responsible for U.S. cooperation with Interpol, to immediately submit a request to publish a red notice for the provisional arrest and extradition of narco-dictator Nicolás Maduro. Read more here

Last Thursday, I joined Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) and bicameral colleagues in sending a follow-up letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General Joseph Cuffari requesting a comprehensive investigation of the Biden Administration’s decisions at the southern border. Read morehere

Legislation Introduced

  • On Tuesday, Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) and I  introduced the Defending Domestic Orange Juice Production Act . The legislation would direct the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to lower the required level of sugar/solids content (brix standard) in not-from-concentrate pasteurized orange juice from 10.5 percent weight of orange juice soluble solids to 10 percent. Read more here

  • On Tuesday, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) and I introduced the FOIA Fix Act . The bill would fix an existing loophole in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that allows foreign individuals, entities, and governments to submit a FOIA request. Read more here

  • On Wednesday, Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) and I introduced the China Oil Export Prohibition Act . The bill would prohibit the exportation of oil and petroleum products from the United States to the Peoples’ Republic of China and ensure we do not unwittingly aid and support our primary adversary. Read more here

  • On Wednesday, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and I introduced a resolution commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association. Read more here .

  • On Wednesday, Senator John Thune (R-SD) and I, along with our colleagues, introduced thePolitical Bias in Algorithm Sorting (BIAS) Emails Act . This legislation would ban large email platforms, such as Gmail, Outlook, and Yahoo Mail, from using filtering algorithms that automatically label emails from political campaigns as spam, unless users choose to apply the labels themselves. Read more here .  

In Case You Missed It…

“The federal Food and Drug Administration could eventually reduce the amount of naturally occurring sugar required in pasteurized orange juice following the filing of a bill Tuesday by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio from Florida.” (Lawmakers from Florida seek to change FDA rules for sugar levels in juice oranges, The Lakeland Ledger , 6/16/2022)

“Marco Rubio asks for an Interpol red alert notice to arrest Nicolás Maduro” (Miami Herald , 6/13/2022)

“Marco Rubio Calls on Merrick Garland to Do More to Protect Supreme Court Justices” (Florida Daily , 6/14/2022)

“‘It makes no sense that malign foreign entities can use our laws to access sensitive government information, all while thousands of U.S. citizens continue to wait for their FOIA requests to be answered,’ Rubio told Axios in a statement.” (Senate bill would ban foreign FOIAs, Axios , 6/14/2022)

“Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio hit the nail on the head when he called the planned event a ‘gross abuse of taxpayer funding to place children in a sexualized environment.’” (HICKS: It’s A Problem That Our Kids Are Increasingly Being Exposed To Sexual Content, Daily Caller , 6/14/2022)

“Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told reporters that Iran likely will become a nuclear power regardless of whether an agreement is reached.” (Senators Pessimistic About Iran Nuclear Deal After Classified Briefing, Newsmax , 6/16/2022)

“Miami Dissidents Join Sen. Rubio Calling For FCC Investigation On Sale Of Conservative Spanish Radio Station” (Tampa Free Press , 6/16/2022)

“Rubio Questions Harvard on COVID-19 Origins” (NTD , 6/16/2022)  

“Marco Rubio, Rick Scott Want to Stop the U.S. From Exporting Oil to China” (Florida Daily , 6/17/2022) 

“Rubio Demands DOJ Charge Jane’s Revenge after Vow of ‘Open Season’ on Pro-Lifers”(Headline USA , 6/16/2022)

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 you here

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