US Senator Marco Rubio Newsletter 11/18/2022

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

THIS WEEK IN THE OFFICE OF SENATOR MARCO RUBIO

NOVEMBER 14-19, 2022

VA Bill to Become Law
  • Senator Rubio, along with Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Kat Cammack (R-FL), applauded the House of Representatives’ passage of their legislation to name the new Clay County Veterans Affairs Clinic, in Middleburg, Florida, the “Andrew K. Baker Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic.” 

Rubio Statement on Biden-Xi Meeting
  • Senator Rubio issued a statement following President Joe Biden’s meeting with Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping. 

Letters
  • Senator Rubio and Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young requesting an expedited compilation and submission to Congress of the disaster assistance figures related to Hurricanes Fiona, Ian, and Nicole. 

  • Senator Rubio and U.S. Representative Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR) sent a letter to Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), requesting the agency properly manages Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory. 

Legislation 
  • Senator Rubio and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the HANDS Act to empower civil institutions, such as nonprofit organizations and churches, to better meet child welfare needs in the communities they serve. 

  • Senator Rubio and his Republican colleagues introduced a bill to eliminate the Chief Diversity Officer position within the Department of Defense as part of an effort to restore focus and competence to the U.S. military. 

  • Senator Rubio and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) introduced a bill to curb illicit gold mining in Latin American and developing countries. 

  • Senator Rubio, along with Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), introduced a bill to ban members of the Chinese Communist Party from obtaining extended stay visas to the United States. 

In the News

“Rubio is a champion for the Everglades” (Pine Island Eagle , 11/15/2022)

“Florida’s Senators, Kat Cammack Get New VA Clinic in Middleburg Named After Andrew Baker”(Florida Daily , 11/15/2022)  

“‘Our military should be focused on protecting our national security, not on promoting woke nonsense. The current direction we are heading in is dangerous. If we don’t reverse course, we risk jeopardizing our military strength, national interests and security,’ Mr. Rubio said.” (GOP lawmakers escalate war on ‘woke’ military in targeting Pentagon diversity chief’s position, Washington Times , 11/17/2022) 

“Rubio Blasts Biden–Xi Meet, Says President ‘Dangerously Misunderstands the CCP’” (NTD , 11/17/2022)

“Saying it Will Hurt Maduro Regime, Marco Rubio Introduces Bill to Crack Down on Illegal Gold Mining” (Florida Daily , 11/17/2022)

“Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who is vice chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence and a senior member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, said the Bali meeting was not a turning point in U.S.-China relations.” (Republicans Critical of Biden’s Stance During Meeting with Xi, VOA , 11/16/2022)

“The proposed 2022 NKHRA introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) would reauthorize the position of Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights, shore up sanctions tools to target individuals who forcibly repatriate North Korean refugees, provide funding for grants that promote information access in North Korea, and underscore continued U.S. commitments to resettle North Korean refugees.” (Congress —Don’t Forget The North Korean People In Their Time Of Need, Forbes , 11/15/2022)

“Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, a reliable supporter of business, has said he’s opposed to the expansion, saying that it would set back efforts to restore and protect Biscayne Bay and the Everglades.” (Miami-Dade commissioners override mayor’s veto of Urban Development Boundary expansion, Local 10 Miami , 11/15/2022)

“Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio have reignited efforts to open NAS Pensacola, penning a letter to United States Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro seeking a path to reopening.” (Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show draws thousands to NAS Pensacola in a true homecoming, Pensacola News Journal , 11/12/2022) 

“TikTok’s time is up, according to U.S. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher… Although there has been conversation about banning TikToT since the Trump administration, Rubio and Gallagher have now officially put forth legislation that would create a national ban on the app… According to Rubio and Gallagher, as long as TikTok is connected to Beijing, it will continue to be a threat to the United States.” (U.S. lawmakers call for TikTok ban,WITN , 11/16/2022)


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