On Thursday, I released a video message commemorating the one year anniversary of Hurricane Michael’s landfall. I remain committed to assisting Northwest Florida in its long road to recovery following Hurricane Michael’s destruction. Watch the video here.
On Monday, I urged Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to support the expedited completion of the Tamiami Trail Next Steps project. Read more here.
Ahead of my visit to Metal Essence, a manufacturing industry leader located in Central Florida, I penned an op-ed for the Orlando Sentinel titled, “Manufacturing industry is the cornerstone of America”. Read more here.
On Thursday, I requested information from the Bureau of Prisons on the status of repair efforts at Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Marianna, in Marianna, Florida, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Michael one year ago. Read more here.
On Thursday, I visited Mother Kombucha of St. Petersburg, Florida. This startup was the first licensed kombucha brewer in Florida. Keep an eye out for when they're honored as the Senate Small Business of the Week very soon. Read more here.
On Friday, I applauded the U.S. Coast Guard’s announcement that it will modify the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) contract with Panama City-based Eastern Shipbuilding. Read more here.
On Tuesday, I joined CNBC to discuss the danger of trade deals with China that continue to jeopardize our American values and national security. Watch the interview here.
On Wednesday, I sent a letter to the Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin requesting the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to exercise its authority and launch a full review of the national security implications of TikTok’s acquisition of Musical.ly. Read more here.
On Friday, I denounced the reappointment of Raúl Castro’s puppet, Miguel Díaz-Canel as president of Cuba. Read more here.
On Wednesday, I urged President Donald Trump to fully enforce anti-boycott laws and regulations, and impose penalties against any U.S. persons that comply with foreign boycotts intended to bully and coerce American companies or American citizens to conform with the Chinese government and Communist Party’s views, including those related to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet, and other issues. Read more here.
On Monday, I joined Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Rick Scott (R-FL), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Josh Hawley (R-MO) in sending a letter to Microsoft President Brad Smith in response to his recent comments that the U.S. government should provide more evidence of wrongdoing by Huawei so that business leaders can decide whether to continue doing business with the state-directed Chinese telecommunications company. Read more here.
On Monday, I praised the Trump administration’s action to add 28 Chinese companies complicit in the Communist Party’s gross violation of human rights in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) to the Commerce Department’s Entity List on October 9, 2019. Read more here.
On Tuesday, I joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to send a letter to Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin requesting that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) formally open a review of the transactions of Brazilian meat-processing conglomerate, JBS S.A. Read more here.
On Tuesday, I praised the vital move by the U.S. State Department to impose visa bans against Chinese government and Communist Party officials responsible for or complicit in grave human rights abuses against ethnic Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). Read more here.
On Thursday, as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, I commended the two Executive Orders issued by the Trump Administration aimed at ensuring transparency and accountability among federal agencies rulemaking and guidance policies. Read more here.
In Case You Missed It...
“Senator Rubio visits FOX 35 studios”(Fox 35, 10/8/2019) “Marco Rubio Calls on Interior Department to Help Finish Tamiami Trail Next Steps Project”(Florida Daily, 10/8.2019) “Rubio: Manufacturing industry is the cornerstone of America | Commentary”(Orlando Sentinel, 10/8/2019) “Sen. Rubio Hears How False Hurricane Information Can Hurt Tourism”(WUSF, 10/5/2019) “Sen. Marco Rubio has cosponsored bipartisan legislation that makes Puerto Rican families fully eligible for the CTC without having to move to the state to claim it. The bill, which was introduced back in March, is pending before a Senate committee. Identical CTC legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner Jennifer González-Colón in January of this year — her first bill this Congress.” (Washington should follow Florida’s lead on Puerto Rico child tax credit, Orlando Sentinel, 10/3/2019) “Obviously a lot of our work in terms of disaster relief and ensuring those monies are available took way too long and got embroiled in politics, but we’re glad that it happened,’ Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)”. (FEMA says recovery efforts are far from over following one year anniversary of Hurricane Michael, WKRN, 10/10/2019) “Rubio to Trump: Punch Back on China's NBA Boycott” (Real Clear Politics, 10/9/2019) “Republican senator Marco Rubio (Florida) and Democrat senator Ron Wyden (Oregon) both made their opinions of the embattled video game corporation known via Twitter on Tuesday.” (U.S. Lawmakers Shame Video Game Giant Blizzard for Bowing to China Censorship, Breitbart, 10/10/2019) “Marco Rubio Calls for Review of TikTok Deal”(The Wall Street Journal, 10/9/2019) “U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, who has been seeking to spotlight both the easy access that Chinese companies have been given to U.S. markets and human rights abuses in Xinjiang, said the government’s move had been long overdue.” (Goldman evaluating role in China's Megvii IPO after U.S. blacklist, Reuters, 10/8/2019) “Senators Marco Rubio and Robert Menendez sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asking for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to review transactions by JBS, which has bought several American meat companies in recent years, Rubio’s press office said on Twitter.” (U.S. senators call for probe of Brazilian meatpacker JBS, Reuters, 10/8/2019)
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.