US Senator Marco Rubio Newsletter 08/05/2022

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

THIS WEEK IN THE OFFICE OF SENATOR MARCO RUBIO

August 1-5, 2022
 

Remembering Former Rubio Staffer 
  • Senator Rubio joined Fox & Friends where he paid tribute to former Rubio staffer Emma Thomson, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN), and her district director after a tragic car crash took both of their lives. 

Senate Democrats Jeopardize Florida’s Citrus Industry 
  • Senator Rubio spoke on the Senate floor after Senate Democrats blocked his bill to protect Florida citrus growers and orange juice industry.  

At Last, Veterans Receive Vital Care
  • The Senate passed the PACT Act , ensuring veterans will be able to obtain benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Senator Rubio’s bipartisan legislation, Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act , introduced with Senator Gillibrand (D-NY), provided the key provisions for the PACT Act .   

Protecting Florida’s Energy
  • Senator Rubio introduced a bill this week to protect Florida’s energy grid and fix supply chain issues involving electric grid products, especially transformers. Senator Rubio explained the urgency to pass his bill in his op-ed on RealClear Florida .  

U.S. Military Goes Woke, Recruitment Drops
  • A video released by Senator Rubio’s office exposes the U.S. military’s woke recruitment strategy as every branch struggles to meet recruiting goals. 

9/11 Terrorist Extinguished 
  • Senator Rubio released a statement following the strike that took out Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, a co-conspirator of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 

Rubio Urges FBI to Investigate Puentes de Amor 
  • Senator Rubio called on Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray to immediately investigate the activities of Puentes de Amor and its members, which are tied to the communist regime in Cuba. 

  • In an op-ed in the Miami Herald , Rubio provided more insight into the dangers of letting Puentes de Amor continue to operate unscrutinized.

Holding the United Nations Accountable 
  • Senator Rubio demanded High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet release the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights report on the Chinese Communist Party’s human rights abuses in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region before her term ends on August 31, 2022. 

Op-eds
  • Senator Rubio explained in the Washington Examiner how a stronger NATO allows America to focus on the threat of Communist China. 

  • In RealClear World , Senator Rubio argued that the Left’s climate policies are enabling Vladimir Putin to unleash famine on the world.

  • On Fox News and in Diario Las Americas , Senator Rubio exposed the hypocrisy behind President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act , explaining how it will actually hurt Americans and provide a handout to China. 

  • Ahead of the swearing-in ceremony of former guerrilla member Gustavo Petro as President of Colombia, Senator Rubio wrote a piece in Colombia’s Revista Semana highlighting the threat the Far Left poses to U.S.-Colombia relations.

Letters
  • Senator Rubio sent a letter demanding answers from Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) Chairman Michael Gerber on protecting military retirement funds from blacklisted Chinese companies.

  • Senator Rubio and Senator Risch (R-ID) sent a letter to President Joe Biden requesting his administration exercise extreme due diligence of any lending to Argentina given its long record of defaults, anti-growth economic policies, and cooperation with authoritarian dictatorships in Russia and Iran.

  • Senators Rubio and Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) sent a letter to President Joe Biden demanding that he deny visas to the President of Iran and his delegation.

  • Senator Rubio sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to support Central and Eastern European countries bullied by China. 

  • Senator Rubio and Senator Durbin (D-IL) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken demanding sanctions be placed on those responsible for the imprisonment of Russian Opposition Leader Vladimir Kara-Murza. 

Legislation 
In the News
“Rubio Introduces Bill to Ensure Religious Organizations Operate on Same Footing As Secular Ones” (Townhall , 8/2/2022) 

“Rubio urges FBI to investigate Cuba’s ties to U.S.-based anti-embargo group Bridges of Love”(Miami Herald , 8/2/2022)

“U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced the “Lifting Local Communities Act” to codify and clarify that faith-based groups can receive federal funds ‘ensuring that these protections are clearly stated and enshrined in federal law rather than subject to the back and forth of rulemaking.’” (New bill would codify religious groups ability to receive federal funds for social service programs, The Center Square , 8/3/2022)

“Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, continued his support of the bill with a “yes” vote. He and Democratic New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand last year introduced the “Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act,” which provided the foundation for the PACT Act.” ( WTSP Tampa Bay , 8/3/2022)

“Marco Rubio on ‘Fox & Friends’: This should be a wake-up call for Biden’s ‘woke’ military”(Fox News , 8/4/2022)

“Rubio calls out military’s woke recruiting videos amid China tensions: ‘It’s dangerous’” (Fox News , 8/4/2022)

“Marco Rubio Introduces the Community Mentors for Moms Act” (Florida Daily , 8/4/2022)

“Rubio: China Will ‘Launch Rockets over Taiwan’ While Our Military Focuses on Pronouns, Booting Unvaccinated” (Breitbart , 8/5/2022)  

“A group of seven Republican senators including Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Tuesday sent a letter to Biden urging him to deny visas for the Iranian delegation to prevent them from attending the U.N. General Assembly.” (Senators, experts urge Biden to deny visa to Iran’s president ahead of UN General Assembly, Fox News , 8/4/2022) 

“Marco Rubio pidió a Biden estar alerta por el giro a la izquierda en Colombia” (Miami Diario , 8/2/2022)

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