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FDOT Treasure Coast Traffic Impact Report

October 13 through October 20, 2017

TREASURE COAST – Construction and maintenance-related lane closures on state highways in Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties are expected during the week of October 13 through October 20. Weather permitting, work will be done at the following locations throughout the Treasure Coast. For updated lane closure information, please refer to www.d4fdot.com. Follow us on Twitter @ MyFDOT_SEFL.

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS MARTIN COUNTY

Kanner Highway / State Road 76 from Lost River Road to south of Monterey Road

Description: Under this 4.3-mile-long project, Kanner Highway is being widened from a four-lane divided highway to a six-lane divided highway. Additional work on this project includes: widening the bridge over the South Fork St. Lucie River; drainage improvements, including construction of five retention ponds; construction of sound walls at Fisherman’s / Somerset Cove and Whitemarsh Reserve; guardrail improvements; signalization upgrades; and turn lane and bicycle lane improvements.

Cost/Completion: $20.8 million. Completion is expected in spring 2019.

Traffic Impact:

The speed limit on Kanner Highway from Lost River Road to Indian Street has been reduced from 50 mph to 45 mph. The speed limit will remain at 45 mph after project completion.
One lane in either direction of Kanner Highway from Lost River Road to Martin County High School may be closed intermittently Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for drainage work and roadway widening.
One lane in either direction of Kanner Highway from Lost River Road to Martin County High School may be closed intermittently Sunday through Thursday night between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. for bridge and drainage work.
The sidewalk along the east side of Kanner Highway just south of the high school will be intermittently closed Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. with flagmen holding pedestrian traffic so construction vehicles can enter and exit the pond area.
The sidewalk along southbound Kanner Highway from Pomeroy Street to South River Drive is closed through November for drainage work. Pedestrians will be detoured to the northbound sidewalk along Kanner Highway at Indian Street and Pomeroy Street.

I-95 Interchange at Kanner Highway (State Road 76 / Exit 101)

Description: This 0.745-mile project includes widening Kanner Highway (SR 76) at the I-95 interchange, reconstructing the I-95 entrance and exit ramps, drainage, milling and resurfacing, signing & pavement markings, and signalization. If you need additional information about the project, please contact Terry B. Rauth P.E. at (772) 419-6936 or trauth@martin.fl.us.

Cost/Completion: $5.8 million. Completion in fall 2017.

Traffic Impact:

All lanes are open through October 20.

State Road 710 / Warfield Boulevard from east of Kanner Highway (State Road 76) to the Martin / Palm Beach County Line

Description: This 5.572-mile project includes reconstructing State Road 710 to a 4-lane divided roadway with a 40-foot sodded median, concrete pavement, installing a new drainage system, and constructing a new wildlife crossing west of Martin / Palm Beach County line.

Cost/Completion: $28 million. Completion in spring 2020.

Traffic Impact:

One lane in either direction of SR 710 may be closed intermittently Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. through October for roadway widening. A flag crew will maintain two-way traffic.

I-95 Resurfacing Project from Indiantown Road to Bridge Road

Description: The I-95 resurfacing project from south of Indiantown Road (State Road 706) in the Town of Jupiter to north of Bridge Road (County Road 708) in Martin County is anticipated to begin Tuesday, May 9. The improvements under this contract consist of resurfacing the I-95 mainline from south of Indiantown Road to north of Bridge Road and the I-95 interchange ramps at Indiantown Road (Exit 87) and Bridge Road (Exit 96), minor shoulder and guardrail repairs, and replacement of the southbound bridge approach slab at approximate mile marker 89.5.

Cost/Completion: $17.2 million. Completion in fall 2018.

Traffic Impact:

The entrance and exit ramps at the I-95/Bridge Road interchange may be partially closed Sunday through Thursday night between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. for paving. Motorists will be able to enter and exit I-95 at Bridge Road during these partial closures.
Two lanes in either direction of I-95 from Indiantown Road to Bridge Road may be closed Sunday through Thursday night between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. for paving.

Kanner Highway (State Road 76) I-95 Interchange Landscape Improvements

Description: The improvements under this contract consist of installing trees at the Kanner Highway (SR 76) I-95 Interchange and an irrigation and pump system.

Cost/Completion: $1.46 million. Completion is expected in fall 2017.

Traffic Impact:

The shoulders at the I-95/Kanner Highway interchange may be closed intermittently Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. through fall 2017.

State Road A1A and Sewall’s Point Road Signalization Project

Description: The improvements under this contract consist of upgrading signalization by installing new mast arms, pedestrian detectors, and closed-circuit television cameras; sidewalk and driveway improvements; and minor landscaping on A1A/NE Ocean Boulevard at the intersection of Sewall’s Point Road.

Cost/Completion: $459,999. Completion in early 2018.

Traffic Impact:

The sidewalks at the intersection of A1A and Sewell’s Point Road may be closed intermittently Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to install mast arm foundations. Detour signs will be in place to direct pedestrians.

NE Causeway Boulevard from Indian River Drive to State Road A1A in Jensen Beach

Traffic Impact:

The right turn lane from westbound NE Causeway Boulevard to northbound Indian River Drive will be closed intermittently Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. through October.
The sidewalk along the north side of NW Causeway Boulevard is closed for building construction through October. Pedestrians should use the sidewalk on the south side of the roadway.
Advance Notice: The right turn lane from westbound NE Causeway Boulevard to northbound Indian River Drive will be closed Monday, October 23 through Friday, October 27 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. for construction.

Jensen Beach Boulevard from Hillman Drive to just south of Green River Parkway in Jensen Beach

Traffic Impact:

One westbound lane of Jensen Beach Boulevard will be closed Monday through Thursday night between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. for utility work.

Jensen Beach Boulevard at Pinecrest Lakes Boulevard in Jensen Beach

Traffic Impact:

One lane in each direction of Jensen Beach Boulevard may be closed Sunday through Tuesday night between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. for utility work.

Jensen Beach Boulevard from Pinecrest Lakes Boulevard to Savannah Road in Jensen Beach

Traffic Impact:

One lane in each direction of Jensen Beach Boulevard will be closed Tuesday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for paving & striping

State Road A1A (Ocean Boulevard) at Sandpebble Trace in Stuart

Traffic Impact:

The northbound lane of A1A will be closed Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through October for utility work. A flag crew will maintain two-way traffic.

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Indrio Road Widening Project in Fort Pierce

Description: Indrio Road is being widened from west of the I-95 interchange to east of Emerson Avenue (State Road 607). This 2.7-mile project includes: reconstructing the existing two-lane Indrio Road to a four-lane, divided highway with a raised median; constructing a 6-foot sidewalk along the south side and a 12-foot-wide multi-purpose trail along the north side of Indrio Road; realigning Spanish Lakes Boulevard to connect with Koblegard Road; reconstructing Koblegard Road from Indrio Road north approximately .5 mile; and installing new highway lighting, signage and signalization.

Cost/Completion: $23.9 million. Completion in spring 2019.

Traffic Impact:

The speed limit on Indrio Road between I-95 and Emerson Avenue has been reduced from 55 mph to 45 mph. The speed limit will remain at 45 mph after project completion.
One lane in either direction of Indrio Road may be closed Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for widening. A flag crew will maintain two-way traffic.
One lane in either direction of Emerson Avenue may be closed Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for widening. A flag crew will maintain two-way traffic.
One lane in either direction of Spanish Lakes Boulevard may be closed Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for construction. A flag crew will maintain two-way traffic.
One lane in either direction of Johnston Road may be closed Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for construction. A flag crew will maintain two-way traffic.

Midway Road Widening Project from S. 25th Street to U.S. 1

Description: This 1.8-mile project includes: reconstructing the existing two-lane Midway Road to a four-lane, divided highway with a raised median; installing a new signal at Sunrise Boulevard; constructing a new bridge over the North Fork St. Lucie River; constructing a 6-foot sidewalk on the north side and a 12-foot multi-purpose trail on the south side Midway Road; constructing 4-foot bike lanes on both sides of the roadway; reconstruction of S. 25th Street approximately 1000’ to the south & north of Midway Road; reconstruction of Sunrise Boulevard from W. 1st Street to Charlotta Street; reconstruction of Oleander Avenue from W. 2nd Street to Merritt Ditch; drainage improvements, including constructing 6 retention ponds at 5 locations; and signage, signalization, and lighting improvements.

Cost/Completion: $26.8 million. Completion in spring 2020.

Traffic Impact:

One lane in either direction of Midway Road from 25th Street to U.S. 1 will be closed Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. A flag crew will maintain two-way traffic.
One lane in either direction of Oleander Avenue from W. 1st Street to north of Midway Road will be closed intermittently Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. A flag crew will maintain two-way traffic.
One lane in either direction of Sunrise Boulevard from W. 1st Street to Augusta Street will be closed intermittently Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. A flag crew will maintain two-way traffic.
One lane in either direction of 25th Street north and south of Midway Road may be closed Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. A flag crew will maintain two-way traffic.
The inside left turn lane from northbound U.S. 1 to westbound Midway Road is closed around-the-clock for widening.
The inside left turn lane from southbound U.S. 1 to

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SE MACARTHUR BOULEVARD
FPL-UTILITY POLE REPLACEMENT PROJECT
INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES

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On Thursday, August 24, 2017, FPL will begin the installation of concrete poles on SE MacArthur Boulevard between SE Marina Way and NE Plantation Road. This work will require intermittent lane closures between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:30 pm on SE MacArthur Boulevard and is expected to be complete by October 26, 2017. Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and to expect minor delays through this area.

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SW MAPP ROAD
INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES

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On Monday, July 31, 2017, the Martin County Engineering Department will begin improvements along SW Mapp Road between SW Martin Highway and SW Martin Downs Boulevard. The project includes replacement of drainage piping and structures, removal and reconstruction of some sidewalks, roadway widening and resurfacing, striping and pavement markings. This work will require intermittent lane closures throughout the duration of the project. This work is expected to be complete by April 1, 2018.

Motorist and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and expect minor delays.

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NE INDIAN RIVER DRIVE
INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES

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On Monday July 31, 2017, the Martin County Engineering Department will begin improvements along NE Indian River Drive, between NE Poinciana Terrace and NE Jensen Beach Boulevard. The project includes milling, resurfacing improvements, pavement markings, sodding, bio-swale excavation, bio-swale planting, two baffle boxes, exfiltration pipe and additional stormwater improvements. This work will require intermittent lane closures throughout the duration of the project. This work is expected to be complete by January 26, 2018.

Motorist and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and expect minor delays.

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SE COVE ROAD
INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES

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On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, the Engineering Department will begin intersection safety improvements on SE Cove Road, east of SE Federal Highway. This work will require intermittent lane closures between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm on SE Cove Road, between SE Jack Avenue and SE Federal Highway. This work is expected to be complete by October 20, 2017. Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and to expect minor delays through this area.

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NE PALMER STREET / NE DIXIE HIGHWAY
INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES

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On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, construction of a roundabout and multi-modal pathways, with irrigation, landscaping and street lighting will begin for Langford Landing and the public. This work will require intermittent lane closures between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. This work is expected to be complete by May 4, 2018.

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SW CITRUS BOULEVARD
INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES

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On Monday, October 2, 2017, the Engineering Department will begin a maintenance project to repair the drainage system between the two ditches that go under SW Citrus Boulevard. This work will require intermittent lane closures on SW Citrus Boulevard at SW Greenridge Street between 7:00 am and 5:00 PM. This work is expected to be complete by October 16, 2017. Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and to expect minor delays through this area.

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JENSEN BEACH HS HOMECOMING PARADE
ROAD CLOSURES

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On Thursday, October 12, 2017, Jensen Beach High School will be hosting their Homecoming Parade, which will result in the following road closures: NE Pineapple Avenue to NE Jensen Beach Boulevard to NE Indian River Drive to NE Church Street between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Motorists are encouraged to exercise caution and to expect minor delays through this area.

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HOBE SOUND 3RD SATURDAY GOURMET
SE MARS STREET / SE APOLLO STREET
ROAD CLOSURE

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On Saturday, October 21, 2017, the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a gourmet food truck expo. This event will result in the closure of SE Mars Street and SE Apollo Street between SE Old Post Office Alley and SE Dixie Highway Service Road between the hours of 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Motorist and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and seek alternate routes.

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RUBIO, CASSIDY INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO EXPEDITE NATURAL GAS EXPORT APPROVAL

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) today introduced the Small Scale LNG Access Act, legislation that would codify a Department of Energy (DOE) rule expediting the approval of small-scale natural gas exports to service consumers, most of which are in the Caribbean and Latin America.

“Expedited approval of small-scale natural gas exports would strengthen an emerging sector of Florida’s economy,” said Rubio. “In addition to the economic advantages for Florida, this measure would bolster our existing ties with Caribbean and Latin American nations while ensuring that bad actors in the region, including Cuba and Venezuela, do not reap its benefits.”

“This bill promotes the growth of American natural gas, creating well-paying jobs with good benefits for hardworking families in Louisiana,” said Cassidy. “The faster approval of small-scale natural gas shipments will create American jobs, improve Caribbean energy security and lower greenhouse gas emissions.”

The Caribbean small-scale LNG export market represents a relatively untapped outlet as the United States only exported approximately three billion cubic feet of natural gas to the region in 2016. Increasing exports of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG)

will decrease Caribbean & Central American reliance on Venezuelan fuel oil, increase economic opportunities, and offer a cleaner-burning fuel source for those nations.

The United States is well positioned to meet the anticipated four to five percent annual growth in global natural gas demand. According to the Energy Information Administration, the U.S. has an estimated 2,355 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable natural gas, enough to last an estimated 86 years at current consumption rates.

The current permitting process for LNG export facilities is expensive, and small-scale projects often are not cost effective under current conditions. Reducing the time and investment required for small-scale exports will benefit U.S. production, manufacturing, and construction jobs while also reducing trade deficits with the importing country. Increasing LNG exports, even on a small scale, will positively impact the economies of the United States as well as the economies of those receiving U.S. natural gas.

RUBIO ON TAX REFORM: WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT CHILD TAX CREDIT EXPANSION, IT WON’T PASS

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Washington, D.C. – On the U.S. Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) spoke in support of tax reform and the need to significantly expand the child tax credit.

RUBIO: These things are reducing the ability of families to afford to have children and to raise them, and these costs keep going up. And so one of the things that we have offered as a partial solution—it’s not going to solve every problem—is to increase the child tax credit, and to do so in a way that actually helps people. Because what it would do is it would reduce families’ tax bills on a per-child basis, increasing the flexibility that family has at a time when, for example, child care costs have risen more than ever before and are already higher than they have ever been. …

We have to understand the family is the most important unit in all of society. It’s the most important institution in society. It’s the first government. It’s the first school. It’s the core institution that underlies everything else we do as a nation. There is no more important job that any of us will ever do than the job of a parent. And if you think about our tax code, it says if you invest money in a piece of equipment or a business, the tax code will help you with that, but if you invest it in a future American taxpayer, if you invest it in someone who you are going to need to build the sort of economy and future we want for our nation, the tax code does not really take it into account. That makes no sense to me.

So I have two charts here to outline how important this tax credit is to tax reform. And again, I’m operating off the framework because there is no bill out yet, but based on the framework, the amount of tax relief that a working or middle-class family will get almost entirely depends, almost entirely will depend on what we do with the child tax credit.

So here is the first chart. This chart shows the average tax cut for American families if the child tax credit is doubled from its current size—not just doubled but we make it refundable against payroll tax liability, which is the tax every American pays for Social Security and Medicare. It’s the first chunk that comes off your paycheck, no matter how little you make, everyone pays it.

We make the child tax credit double and we apply it towards your liability on payroll tax, this chart which is what I have proposed, what Senator Lee and I have been working on, what Ivanka Trump has been advocating and we’ve been working with her office on. And this shows you what the impact of that would be, and that’s the blue line. And you can see from the blue line that that chart begins with some cut, depending on how much money you make, and it begins to drop as the amount—obviously, the more money you make, the larger the credit will be up to its limit because you can’t get a credit if you’re not making any money at all, even if applies to payroll tax. But you start to see it also grows with the number of children because it’s per child. So it doesn’t just phase off at two children. And that’s the blue chart.

Now, what’s the red chart? The red chart is if we do nothing, or basically just do a gimmicky thing about it. Then you start to see that without the child tax credit being made refundable and without the child tax credit applying to payroll refundable and without the child tax credit being per child and sufficiently increased, this framework would be a tax increase. People will actually pay more. And the more children you have, the bigger your tax increase will be. So suffice it to say, we’ve got to do it. This red line cannot be what we wind up at. I don’t think that’s the intent of the people that drew up the framework, but that’s where we wind up if we don’t do it.

So I pull that chart out just to show you how important it is that we do it as part of this framework. It has to happen. It won’t pass without it. And it’s the right thing to do. This is a pro-job, pro-family initiative. And I actually think it’s pro-growth. It’s hard for economists to measure it that way but it would be. There are a lot of people that can’t start a business because they can’t afford to leave the security of a certain type of employment. The tax credit frees that up for them to be able to do.

So let me get to the second chart if I can get it up here real quick. This kind of shows you basically the same dynamic but now based on how much people are making, what kind of jobs they do. So we picked out, just arbitrarily, some of the jobs that many of us know people are in these fields – a home health aide, a retail person working sales at Macy’s or whatever, office clerks, we all see office clerks every day, a truck driver, a vocation like a nurse, firefighters, obviously I have three firefighters in my own family.

And, again, the $1,500 tax credit with only the first $1,000 refundable, you start to see that red line here, how pathetic it is for these folks in these professions. Doesn’t really do much. But look at the blue line. That’s where we want to get to. That’s at least $2,000 child tax credit applied to their payroll tax. And now you start to see the figures get better here. You start to see the home health aide getting about $1,000 in relief. The retail salesperson a little bit under $1,000. The truck driver – between the truck driver and office clerk getting down here to $1,400. The nurse getting down here at about $1,200. The firefighter getting down here to about $1,200.

Now a lot of people are going to tell you $1,200, $1,400 is not going to change the world. It will help. I didn’t say this is a solution to every problem. The other solution is to get these salaries up higher. That’s the other part of it. But the other solution is to get the cost on some of these things lower like get a grip on the cost of getting college credits. The other solution is to provide more opportunities for child care options for people. But there’s no way this doesn’t help. It helps. It helps. And it helps the people we need to help.

And it helps us get closer to the goal that we all have for this nation, and it is a place of equal opportunity, because we pride ourselves on equal opportunity, but I am telling you that we are lacking equal opportunity if two children growing up in two different homes, one has access to quality pre-k education and then quality schooling and then the right support for that schooling, and one does not. By the time you’re a junior and a senior, it hurts you. It absolutely hurts you on your way forward in life. This is not the solution to all of our problems. That would be misleading. But it is a big step in that direction and it would show in tax policy that we are supporting the most important institution in society, which is the family. The most important function any of us will ever do which is to be a parent. And we are investing in America’s future.

The children being raised, the two, three, four children, you know who those are? Those are the people that are going to fund Social Security and Medicare when I retire and many of you retire. These are the people that are going to be starting the businesses and these are the people that are going to be the backbone of our economy, not in 50 years. In the next 10, 15, 20 years. This is the future of America literally and figuratively, the future of our nation that we would be investing in. And we would be allowing their parents to make that investment on their behalf who are the right people to be making it.

And so this has to be a part of whatever else happens. And I think this has strong bipartisan support. I know the White House supports it. I’m optimistic that it will happen. The only thing that will keep it from happening is if tax reform itself goes down. But this has to happen. There’s no choice but to do it, and it’s the right thing to do. And I’m pleased we’ve come this far on it. Now I look forward to the work to get it achieved, but it can’t just be a gimmick. It can’t just be, we increased the child tax credit by a little bit. If we don’t do it right and sufficiently and structured in an appropriate way, you’ll be raising taxes on working families. That can’t happen. I know no one here wants to see that happen.

And so we’ll have a lot of debates about everything else but this is the one I hope will have strong bipartisan support as we move forward on tax reform and I’m excited to be able to work on it.

 

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SUPPORTING GOLD STAR FAMILIES

 

 

 

If there is any act in this world my children learn from I pray it is the sacrifice of those men and women who have laid beneath our beautiful flag. I have lost more brothers than I can count in our theaters of war, some of them in my arms. I remember them all like it was yesterday, and I wear many of their names on my wrist every day. These heroes left this world in the most honorable way anyone can: in defense of our nation.

I have been inspired every day by the Gold Star mothers, wives, husbands, sons and daughters in our community. They mourn, persevere and remember – always. They do not need us to tell them their sons and daughters were patriots, heroes, selfless defenders of our nation. They know the commitment better than any other ever could.

Since World War I, the Gold Star symbol has been used by American families to honor members of the Armed Forces who have given their lives in service to the nation, but the only Gold Star benefit currently defined in law is a lapel pin. We can and must do better!

Surviving families confront many challenges, often made worse by policies that fail to compassionately honor the memory of their sacrifice. For lucky ones like myself – the ones that came home – we have a commitment for life to ensure we have the back of those who gave everything having our back.

That’s why this week I helped introduce the Gold Star Family Support and Installation Act.

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RUBIO, NELSON LEAD FL MEMBERS IN URGING
APPROPRIATIONS COMM. TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL HURRICANE AID

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) led nearly all members of the Florida congressional delegation in urging the leaders of the Senate and House appropriations committees to provide additional resources for hurricane recovery efforts in Florida.

The letter was signed by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL), and U.S. Representatives Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Val Demings (D-FL), Ron DeSantis (R-FL),Ted Deutch (D-FL), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Neal Dunn (R-FL), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Al Lawson (D-FL), Brian Mast (R-FL), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Bill Posey (R-FL), Francis Rooney (R-FL), Thomas Rooney (R-FL), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Dennis Ross (R-FL), John Rutherford (R-FL), Darren Soto (D-FL), Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), Frederica Wilson (D-FL), and Ted Yoho (R-FL).

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SENATE PASSES RUBIO, SHAHEEN, CRAPO BILL
TO STRENGTHEN ANTI-HIZBALLAH SANCTIONS

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Washington, D.C. — On Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act (S. 1595), bipartisan legislation led by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID. The bill would strengthen and expand the scope of economic and financial sanctions imposed by the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015 (Public Law 104-102), which Rubio and Shaheen co-authored with U.S. Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA) and Eliot Engel (D-NY).

“Iranian-backed Hizballah terrorists are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans, and continue to pose grave threats to the United States and our allies, including the democratic state of Israel,” said Rubio. “The president and Congress should build on the successes of our 2015 law that targets Hizballah, its proxies and its enablers, and enact this new bill to strengthen international efforts to combat the financing and expansion of Hizballah’s terrorist and missile threats, as well as its narcotics trafficking and other transnational criminal activities. I’m glad the Senate passed our bill, and I look forward to working with the House to enact these provisions into law.”

“I’m proud to once again join Senator Rubio in advancing legislation to inflict additional financial pressure on Iran’s terrorist proxy in Lebanon, Hizballah,” said Shaheen. “Congress should exercise every tool at its disposal to confront Iran’s destabilizing activity in the region outside of the Iran nuclear deal, particularly in Lebanon, where Hizballah continues to stockpile rockets and other weapons that directly threaten our ally Israel and provide military support to the murderous Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. This legislation serves as another reminder that Democrats and Republicans are united in our commitment to confronting this threatening and unacceptable behavior.”

“Hizballah has been long recognized as a destabilizing force in the Middle East,” said Crapo. “This bill will increase economic and logistical sanctions on Hizballah, significantly cutting off the flow of resources toward its fundraising and recruitment activities.”

The Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act would impose new sanctions against foreign individuals and companies that knowingly provide significant financial, material or technological support to entities known to fundraise or recruit on behalf of the Hizballah foreign terrorist organization (FTO), its agents and its affiliates. It would also require the president to report to Congress whether the foreign financial institutions of Iran and other state sponsors of terrorism are facilitating transactions on behalf of Hizballah, and determine whether to impose additional sanctions against them.

In addition, the legislation would impose blocking sanctions against Hizballah for conducting narcotics trafficking and other significant transnational criminal activities, and strengthen reporting requirements on both Hizballah’s racketeering activities and efforts by foreign governments to disrupt Hizballah’s global logistics networks and fundraising, financing and money laundering activities. To further expose the foreign terrorist organization’s rampant corruption, it also requires a report on the estimated net worth of senior Hizballah members and any individuals determined by the president to be senior foreign political figures of Hizballah.

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RUBIO, SMITH RELEASE CHINA COMM. 2017 REPORT
ANNOUNCE NEW INITIATIVES ON HONG KONG, LIU XIAOBO

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Chairs announce intention to nominate Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement for the Nobel Peace Prize and introduce legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Liu Xiaobo.

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), chair and cochair of the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), issued the Commission’s 2017 Annual Report and announced several joint initiatives on Hong Kong and commemoration of the late Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and Chinese political prisoner, Liu Xiaobo. The CECC’s 2017 Annual Report provides detailed analysis on human rights conditions and rule of law developments in China, and offers recommendations on ways to integrate these issues into U.S.-China relations.

“The Commission’s 2017 report documents continued deterioration of human rights and the rule of law in China, as President Xi Jinping consolidates power in advance of the 19th Party Congress slated for later this month,” said Rubio. “Chinese authorities are ruthlessly targeting human rights lawyers and advocates; clamping down on foreign NGOs, media outlets and Internet companies; restricting religious freedom particularly in ethnic minority Tibetan and Uyghur areas and forcibly repatriating North Korean refugees to near certain persecution and even death. This year the central authorities further intervened in the affairs of Hong Kong, disqualifying democratically elected legislators and jailing pro-democracy leaders. In the face of this repression, the universal desire for basic human rights persists. This report is dedicated to the late Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and political prisoner Liu Xiaobo, whose hopes for the Chinese people, articulated in his essays, poetry and ultimately Charter 08 remain aspirational. As President Trump heads to China next month, he must press China to uphold international human rights norms, respect the rule of law, and adhere to universal standards.”

“At the cost of American jobs and security, the Chinese government has become more repressive domestically, more protectionist in its trade policies, and more assertive globally. The Administration is going through a review of its China policy at the moment, the Annual Report has recommendations that can assist them develop strategies that link American values and interests–it should be required reading at the White House, at the State Department, and by all Members of Congress,” said Smith. “Nothing good happens in the dark that is why the Administration should shine a light on the Chinese government’s failures to abide by universal standards, shine a light on the cases of tortured and abused political prisoners, shine a light on China’s unfair trade practices and still coercive population control policies. A freer and more democratic China is a critical U.S. interest, and it should be pursued in tandem with other U.S. diplomatic, economic, political, and security priorities.”

The chairs announced their intention to work on several joint initiatives during the upcoming year including:

Nomination of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize: The Chairs stated their intention to nominate Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, Alex Chow and the entire Umbrella Movement for the prize, citing their peaceful efforts to bring political reform and protect the autonomy and freedoms guaranteed Hong Kong in the Sino-British Joint Declaration.

Congressional Commemoration of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo: The Chairs announced bicameral legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Liu Xiaobo and the Chinese Democracy Movement. The CECC also announced its intention to start a “Liu Xiaobo Fellows Program.”

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TAX RELIEF FOR WORKING FAMILIES
HINGES ON CHILD TAX CREDIT EXPANSION

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today released the following analysis showing an enhanced child tax credit remains the best way to provide meaningful tax relief for working American families.

The Tax Reform Framework released by the Trump Administration and Senate and House leadership last week sets up tax reform so that the amount of tax relief working families receive will be largely dependent upon how much the Child Tax Credit is increased. The Framework proposes doubling the standard deduction and eliminating the personal exemption in order to make the tax code simpler. This needed change would make filing easier for millions of Americans, but it necessitates increasing the Child Tax Credit significantly in order to ensure meaningful tax relief for working families.

The first chart displays the tax change relative to current law that families of various sizes and income levels would see without an increased Child Tax Credit, compared to a Child Tax Credit worth $2,000 that is also refundable against payroll taxes, as proposed by Rubio and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and supported by Special Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump. It shows Rubio’s proposal would cut taxes for all working and middle-class American families. It also shows that not increasing the Child Tax Credit risks raising taxes on some of these families under the proposed Framework.

 

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The second chart compares the tax relief that families of various income levels with two children, or about the average family size, would receive under a tax reform bill that increases the Child Tax Credit by only $500 on a non-refundable basis relative to the Rubio’s proposal. It shows that making the Child Tax Credit refundable against payroll tax liability is essential to meaningfully cutting taxes for America’s working class families, as the majority of American workers pay more in payroll taxes than they do income taxes.

 

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FOLLOWING EQUIFAX BREACH, RUBIO URGES SEC
TO REQUIRE COMPANIES TO DISCLOSE SIGNIFICANT HACKS

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Washington, D.C. – Following the massive Equifax data breach, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today urged Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton to require companies to promptly disclose significant hacks of material impact that make Americans vulnerable to identity theft.

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MORE JOBS. FAIRER TAXES.
BIGGER PAYCHECKS.

 

 

The last time Congress passed serious tax reform, this is what I looked like:

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I’m focused on bringing radical reform to our broken and rigged tax code. This would be the first serious change to simplify our code and lower middle-class taxes since the Reagan administration. When it comes to tax reform, here are my goals:

Bigger Paychecks

Your taxes are too high. I support cutting tax rates and eliminating excessive taxes that are hurting our economy. Far too often people in Washington forget that every dollar they spend is the fruit of someone else’s labor. This change would mean you keep more of the money you earn.

Fairer Taxes

Our tax code is way too complicated. I support eliminating special-interest loopholes used by wealthy lobbyists and Washington, D.C. insiders to pay lower rates than the rest of America. Filing taxes should be so simple that you could use a form the size of a postcard.

More Jobs

Our country’s tax code hurts innovation and crushes small businesses. I support reducing the tax code to level the playing field for American job creators and bring more business to the United States.

These are commonsense ideas that, I hope, will get bipartisan support.

The bottom line is that our government collects too much in taxes and doesn’t do nearly enough to prevent special interests from rigging the system in their favor. These bold ideas will radically change the way Washington works!

To hear about the progress we made toward simpler and fairer taxes this week watch this week’s Week In Review video. You’ll also hear about how we averted catastrophe for veterans by getting my bill signed into law and made progress toward a safer and more secure United States:

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RUBIO COMMENDS STATE DEPARTMENT’S
EXPULSION OF CUBAN OPERATIVES

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement today after the U.S. State Department announced it will expel a number of Cuban operatives from the U.S. after American diplomats were forced to leave Havana due to attacks:

“As American diplomatic personnel continue to come under attack in Havana, I commend the U.S. State Department for expelling a number of Cuban operatives from the U.S. No one should be fooled by the Castro regime’s claim it knows nothing about how these harmful attacks are occurring or who perpetrated them. I have called on the State Department to conduct an independent investigation and submit a comprehensive report to Congress, and I look forward to reviewing it. All nations have an obligation to ensure the protection of diplomatic representatives in their countries. Cuba is failing miserably and proving how misguided and dangerous the Obama Administration’s decisions were. At this time, the U.S. embassy in Havana should be downgraded to an interests section and we should be prepared to consider additional measures against the Castro regime if these attacks continue.”

 

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“A medida que el personal diplomático estadounidense continúa siendo atacado en La Habana, encomiendo al Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos por expulsar a varios agentes cubanos de nuestro país. Nadie debería engañarse por la idea de que el régimen de Castro reclama no saber nada sobre cómo ocurren estos ataques dañinos o quien los perpetró. He hecho un llamado al Departamento de Estado para llevar a cabo una investigación independiente y presentar un informe completo al Congreso, y espero con interés revisar sus conclusiones. Todas las naciones tienen la obligación de asegurar la protección de los representantes diplomáticos en sus países. Cuba está fallando miserablemente y demostrando lo equivocadas y peligrosas que fueron las decisiones de la Administración Obama. En este momento, la embajada de los Estados Unidos en La Habana debería ser reducida a una sección de intereses y debemos estar preparados para considerar medidas adicionales contra el régimen de Castro si estos ataques continúan”.

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RUBIO, SMITH UNVEIL CHINA COMMISSION’S 2017 REPORT

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Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, October 5, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), the chair and cochair of the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), respectively, will unveil the findings and recommendations of the CECC’s 2017 Annual Report at a press conference. Family members of Chinese political prisoners will be in attendance.

The chairs will also announce joint initiatives on Hong Kong and efforts to commemorate late Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and famed Chinese political prisoner Liu Xiaobo. The report’s release comes ahead of President Trump’s upcoming visit to Beijing and on the eve of the 19th Party Congress in China.

Members of the media interested in attending the event must RSVP to Scott Flipse at 202-226-3777.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and U.S. Representative Chris Smith unveil the CECC’s 2017 Annual Report

Approximately 10:30 a.m. EDT

U.S. Capitol

215 Senate Visitors Center (SVC)

Washington, D.C.

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RUBIO DISCUSSES HURRICANE RECOVERY EFFORTS
IN PUERTO RICO and
STATE DEPARTMENT RESPONSE TO ATTACKS
ON U.S. DIPLOMATS IN HAVANA

 

 

 

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STATE DEPARTMENT’S RESPONSE TO CUBA ATTACKS
‘WEAK, UNACCEPTABLE, AND OUTRAGEOUS’

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Miami, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement today regarding the U.S. State Department’s response to attacks against American diplomatic personnel in Cuba:

“In light of these harmful attacks against American diplomatic personnel in Cuba, it is weak, unacceptable and outrageous for the U.S. State Department to allow Raul Castro to keep as many of his operatives in the U.S. as he wants. The Cuban government has failed its obligation under international treaties to keep foreign diplomats safe on its soil. The idea that Cuba knows nothing about how these attacks took place and who perpetrated them is absurd. The State Department must conduct its own investigation independent of the Castro regime and submit a comprehensive report to Congress. Until those responsible for these attacks are brought to justice, the U.S. should immediately expel an equal number of Cuban operatives, downgrade the U.S. embassy in Havana to an interests section, and consider relisting Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism.”

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STATE DEPARTMENT’S RESPONSE TO CUBA ATTACKS
‘WEAK, UNACCEPTABLE, AND OUTRAGEOUS’

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Miami, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement today regarding the U.S. State Department’s response to attacks against American diplomatic personnel in Cuba:

“In light of these harmful attacks against American diplomatic personnel in Cuba, it is weak, unacceptable and outrageous for the U.S. State Department to allow Raul Castro to keep as many of his operatives in the U.S. as he wants. The Cuban government has failed its obligation under international treaties to keep foreign diplomats safe on its soil. The idea that Cuba knows nothing about how these attacks took place and who perpetrated them is absurd. The State Department must conduct its own investigation independent of the Castro regime and submit a comprehensive report to Congress. Until those responsible for these attacks are brought to justice, the U.S. should immediately expel an equal number of Cuban operatives, downgrade the U.S. embassy in Havana to an interests section, and consider relisting Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism.”

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RUBIO INTRODUCES BILL TO
BOOST EMERGENCY RESPONSE PERSONNEL

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced bipartisan legislation to temporarily give the secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) direct hiring authority to fill vacant positions for emergency response personnel.

“With two months left of hurricane season and ongoing threats from regimes overseas, we cannot afford to be ill prepared to quickly and efficiently respond to another emergency,” said Rubio. “Due to natural attrition and devastating hurricanes this year, our emergency response personnel are exhausted and stretched thin, and there are worries that we would have difficulty deploying the medical response teams necessary to adequately aid Americans should the need occur in the near future.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services relies upon disaster medical teams often comprised of part-time personnel that typically work two weeks a year outside of their normal employment. These teams are deployed for emergency medical responses during natural or manmade disasters.

Rubio’s legislation gives HHS direct hiring authority, for a limited period of time, to fill these vacant positions. Congress gave HHS similar authority last year in response to the Zika virus.

The legislation is cosponsored by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA).

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STATE DEPARTMENT’S RESPONSE TO CUBA ATTACKS
‘WEAK, UNACCEPTABLE, AND OUTRAGEOUS’

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Miami, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement today regarding the U.S. State Department’s response to attacks against American diplomatic personnel in Cuba:

“In light of these harmful attacks against American diplomatic personnel in Cuba, it is weak, unacceptable and outrageous for the U.S. State Department to allow Raul Castro to keep as many of his operatives in the U.S. as he wants. The Cuban government has failed its obligation under international treaties to keep foreign diplomats safe on its soil. The idea that Cuba knows nothing about how these attacks took place and who perpetrated them is absurd. The State Department must conduct its own investigation independent of the Castro regime and submit a comprehensive report to Congress. Until those responsible for these attacks are brought to justice, the U.S. should immediately expel an equal number of Cuban operatives, downgrade the U.S. embassy in Havana to an interests section, and consider relisting Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism.”

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RUBIO AND LEE:
FAMILIES MUST COME FIRST FOR TAX RELIEF

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mike Lee (R-UT) released the following statement today after the Trump Administration, Senate Finance Committee, and the House Committee on Ways and Means unveiled their tax reform framework:

“It is clear from the release of the Big Six framework today that an enhanced child tax credit remains the best way to provide meaningful tax relief for working American families. We are very encouraged by the plan’s priority for a ‘significantly increased’ child credit as its vehicle for this relief, and applaud the tax writers for this choice.

“Given the fundamental reforms of the framework, the child credit must be at least doubled in order to ensure working families get real tax relief. The child credit should also be applied to payroll tax liability in order to cut the taxes that working class families pay.

“Tax reform should focus on addressing the present-day challenges facing working families. We look forward to working with the administration and tax writing committees to ensure that these families are first in line for tax relief.”

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RUBIO DEPLOYS STAFF TO
PUERTO RICO TO AID IN RECOVERY EFFORTS

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San Juan, Puerto Rico – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today deployed four staff members to Puerto Rico, where they will work with federal and local officials to assist with recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria.

Rubio visited the island on Monday, and last night warned on the Senate floor that Puerto Rico is a growing humanitarian crisis. Last week, Rubio’s staff hosted hurricane recovery centers across Florida to help victims of Hurricane Irma.

“I’ve visited the island and seen firsthand the damage inflicted, and it is my hope that we can bring as much relief as possible for Puerto Ricans who are suffering from the storm,” said Rubio. “The situation in Puerto Rico is a growing humanitarian crisis. We cannot afford to sit idly by while over three million Americans on the island endure unimaginable hardship. My office and I will do everything in our power to help Puerto Rico receive the assistance they need.”

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RUBIO, NELSON URGE ADDITIONAL
FEDERAL ASSISTANCE FOR PUERTO RICO

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) urged President Trump to approve requests made by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló and U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp for additional federal resources to assist with recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria.

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RUBIO WARNS PUERTO RICO IS
‘GROWING HUMANITARIAN CRISIS’

 

 

Washington, D.C. – Speaking on the U.S. Senate floor today—after visiting Puerto Rico yesterday—Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) explained the unique challenges Puerto Rico faces as it struggles to recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Maria.

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RUBIO, COLLEAGUES URGE HUD TO NOT PENALIZE
HURRICANE VICTIMS APPLYING FOR RELIEF ASSISTANCE

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Washington D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Cornyn (R-TX), John Kennedy (R-LA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Bill Nelson (D-FL) today urged U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson to not penalize hurricane victims who apply for Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance but ultimately decline it in favor of other options.

“In keeping with the intent of duplication of benefits rules, we urge that HUD’s guidance not penalize disaster victims who apply for SBA assistance but do not ultimately accept this assistance,” states the senators’ letter. “Such a policy would be an important first step towards simplifying disaster assistance for victims of natural disaster like the hurricanes that have recently hit Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.”

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RUBIO RECEIVES ELEVATINGHOME’S
2017 CONGRESSIONAL CHAMPION AWARD

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Washington, D.C.— U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) tomorrow will receive ElevatingHOME’s 2017 Congressional Champion Award for his work to protect Medicare beneficiaries’ access to home health care services by delaying the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Pre-Claim Review Demonstration (PCRD) in Florida.

Today, Rubio joined with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and 47 other Senators asking CMS to not finalize a proposal to overhaul Medicare home health payments, which could negatively impact providers and seniors’ ability to utilize home health services. Rubio and Nelson previously led the Florida congressional delegation in opposing the Obama-era PCRD policy after its implementation was met with several problems for beneficiaries and providers in Illinois, and called for a more effective initiative that better targets fraud.

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RUBIO SURVEYS HURRICANE MARIA
DAMAGE IN PUERTO RICO

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San Juan, Puerto Rico – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today joined FEMA Administrator Brock Long, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló and Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González on the island to see the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria. After receiving a briefing on recovery efforts at the emergency operations center in San Juan, they surveyed the damage across Puerto Rico by helicopter with the U.S. Coast Guard.

During a briefing at the San Juan Convention Center, Rubio discussed Hurricane Maria recovery efforts. A partial transcript of Rubio’s remarks is below:

RUBIO: On this island live the loved ones of American citizens who gave their lives for our country. On this island live the loved ones and American citizens who at this very moment are risking their lives for the safety and security of our nation. It is our commitment to do everything within our power to ensure that the response to this hurricane is the same as it would be in any other territory or state of this great nation.

This territory, Puerto Rico, has been impacted by not one, but three storms. Irma, ten days later, Maria, and throughout it a fiscal crisis that it continues to confront. It is important for us to respond in appropriate way by providing not just the resources, but the flexibility for local authorities to be able to respond by exploring the possibility of low interest loans for the territory to be able to respond to the significant cost needed for this recovery, and ultimately to rebuild Puerto Rico stronger than ever. If we’re going to rebuild, and we will rebuild, let’s do so in a way that’s modern and resistant, for this will not be the last storm that impacts this island. That is the message we seek to come here and learn more about so that we can return tonight and begin the hard work in Washington to make that happen. It’s our commitment to do everything possible to assist.

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RUBIO, NELSON ASK PRESIDENT, ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR
PUERTO RICO ASSISTANCE IN LIGHT OF HURRICANE MARIA

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) today asked President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to replicate their successful engagement in Puerto Rico during Hurricane Irma by providing necessary resources to Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria, a category 4 storm, made landfall early this morning.

“It is important that the federal government stands ready to assist in the difficult days after Hurricane Maria passes, when hope must be available to combat despair. Because of your foresight, our family, friends, and neighbors in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will emerge from yet another major hurricane this month ready to rebuild and recover,” states the senators’ letter to the president. “However, as even the best laid plans can be overwhelmed by natural forces, we urge your administration’s continued attention to this dangerous storm so that appropriate federal resources can quickly be made available as locally unmet needs arise.”

“As the National Center for Disaster Fraud continues its important work with the U.S. attorneys’ offices and other federal, state, and local agencies related to Hurricane Irma,” states the senators’ letter to the attorney general, “We respectfully urge you to expand the scope of the task force in Puerto Rico to account for any illegal activity related to Hurricane Maria.”

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RUBIO ASKS FEMA TO EXTEND SHELTER ASSISTANCE

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Miami, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today asked FEMA Administrator Brock Long to extend the period of Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) for Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma.

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RUBIO, TEBOW DISTRIBUTE FOOD IN BIG PINE KEY
WHILE STAFF HELPS FLORIDIANS IN FORT MYERS

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Miami, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) was joined by Tim Tebow in Big Pine Key, where they met with local officials and volunteers, and helped distribute food to residents in the area affected by Hurricane Irma.

Meanwhile, Rubio’s staff hosted a recovery assistance center in Fort Myers, helping more than 2,300 Floridians obtain hurricane recovery assistance.

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RUBIO WELCOMES ADDITIONAL SANCTIONS
AGAINST NORTH KOREA

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Miami, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today released the following statement after President Trump announced additional sanctions against North Korea:

“I commend President Trump for authorizing the Treasury Department to ‎impose additional sanctions against governments, companies and individuals who do business with the brutal regime of Kim Jong Un. North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs pose grave and gathering dangers to America’s homeland, to our allies South Korea and Japan, and to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific. The United States and other countries, including China, must do everything in our power to end the Kim regime’s growing nuclear and missile threats and realize a fully denuclearized Korean peninsula.”

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RUBIO, NELSON URGE EPA TO EXPEDITE
COOPERATION ON SEWAGE EXPOSURE RISKS

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) today urged U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to expedite federal assistance to local governments and utilities as needed to reduce sewage and wastewater exposure risks across the state in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. They also urged Administrator Pruitt to work with the state to target existing federal programs towards improving Florida’s water systems to reduce damage to these critical systems as a result of future hurricanes.

 

RUBIO JOINS SPEAKER RYAN TO SURVEY
IRMA DAMAGE, STAFF HELPS FLORIDIANS IN NAPLES

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Miami, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined House Speaker Paul Ryan today on a tour of Jacksonville, Miami and the Florida Keys to survey the impacts of Hurricane Irma. After receiving a briefing on recovery efforts at the Duval County Emergency Operations Center in Jacksonville, Rubio and Speaker Ryan boarded a flight to Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa Locka, where they received an operational briefing from Rear Admiral Peter Brown, Coast Guard District Seven Commander.

Meanwhile, Rubio’s staff hosted a recovery assistance center in Naples, helping more than 3,000 Floridians obtain hurricane recovery assistance. Staff will host a recovery assistance center in Fort Myers tomorrow and Immokalee on Friday.

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RUBIO, NELSON URGE AG SECRETARY TO EXPEDITE
IRMA DISASTER DECLARATIONS, ASSISTANCE REQUESTS

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) are urging U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Perdue to expedite consideration of any disaster declaration and assistance requests related to Hurricane Irma. Federal assistance would help Florida’s agricultural industry—a cornerstone of the state’s economy—recover and rebuild after this catastrophic storm.

“Florida’s agricultural production is a cornerstone of the state’s economy and is essential to the nation’s food supply. Florida’s farmers and ranchers are fiercely independent and self-sustaining, but after Hurricane Irma’s devastation, they will need the federal government’s assistance to plow ahead and sow the seeds of a fruitful recovery,” states the senators’ letter. “We urge you to continue your work with state and local partners to ensure that Florida’s rural communities, farmers, ranchers, and small businesses have access to all necessary assistance to rehabilitate farmland and recover from crop losses. To this end, we would appreciate your expedited consideration of any disaster declaration and assistance requests related to Hurricane Irma that you receive in the coming days and weeks.”

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RUBIO SPEAKS ON SENATE FLOOR ABOUT
IMPACT OF HURRICANE IRMA, RECOVERY EFFORTS

 

 

Washington, D.C. – Speaking on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) spoke about the ongoing Hurricane Irma recovery efforts in Florida.

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RUBIO STAFF CONTINUES
IRMA RECOVERY EFFORTS IN DUVAL COUNTY

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Washington, D.C. – Today Rubio’s staff hosted a recovery assistance center at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center in Jacksonville, helping approximately 2,000 Floridians obtain hurricane recovery assistance. Yesterday in St. Augustine they helped over 400 people sign up for FEMA assistance. Staff will host a recovery assistance center in Naples tomorrow, and centers in Fort Myers and Immokalee later this week.

“My office stands ready to assist the people of Florida as they recover and rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Irma,” said Rubio. “I’ve seen firsthand the damage inflicted across the state, and it is my hope that these assistance centers will bring some relief for Floridians who suffered hardship from the storm. I would also like to thank all of the organizations, companies, and government agencies who are participating in this effort for their willingness and assistance during this difficult time. The people of Florida are resilient and I know that together we will get through these tough times. My office and I are here to help you.”

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C-23 Park In Palm City To Close
During Refurbishment Project

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The recreational area managed by the Martin County Parks and Recreation Department known as C-23 Park, located at 3002 SW Murphy Road in Palm City, will be closed to public access beginning September 18, 2017 for a duration of nine to twelve months.

The South Florida Water Management District will be refurbishing the S-48 weir located on the C-23 Canal. This closure is needed to allow the refurbishment efforts to progress without interruption and to guarantee the safety of the public. For more information about this project or to get updates on the expected re-opening of this facility, please contact Pac Comm. Inc. (contractor hired to carry out the project) at 305-381-5157 or via e-mail at office@paccomminc.com. Once completed, photos and project details will be available at www.paccomminc.com.

 

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RUBIO CONTINUES IRMA RECOVERY EFFORTS
IN ORANGE, HENDRY AND HIGHLANDS COUNTIES AS
STAFF HELPS FLORIDIANS IN ST. AUGUSTINE

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Miami, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today continued to help lead Hurricane Irma recovery efforts, taking part in a discussion with Florida agricultural leaders, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in Hendy County. Rubio also surveyed hurricane damage by helicopter in Orange County and visited XL Ranch in Highlands County.

Meanwhile, Rubio’s staff hosted a recovery assistance center in St. Augustine, helping hundreds of Floridians obtain hurricane recovery assistance. Staff will host a recovery assistance center in Jacksonville tomorrow, and centers in Naples, Fort Myers, and Immokalee later this week.

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NDAA PASSES SENATE WITH RUBIO AMENDMENTS ON
VET. EDUCATION, CYBER TRAINING, HURRICANE DAMAGE

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Washington, D.C. – Today the U.S. Senate passed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included three amendments offered by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).

“Hurricane Irma has inflicted significant damage to Florida’s communities and military installations alike,” said Rubio. “My bipartisan amendment will provide Congress with the information it needs to ensure our national security assets and capabilities are fully repaired in the wake of these storms. Our military bases and assets in Florida are a key part of protecting America, so this measure is critical not only for our state, but also our nation.

“Another provision I offered will help us ensure our cyber force is properly equipped and trained for this emerging field of warfare,” continued Rubio. “Cyber-related training and operations at Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station helps keep our country safe, and we must make sure this and other military training installations have adequate infrastructure to keep up with the increased threat.”

Amendment 917 would require the secretary of defense to submit to Congress a report detailing the damage sustained by Department of Defense (DOD) assets and installations due to hurricanes in 2017. Additionally, the legislation requires DOD to submit a funding request for damage found by the assessment.

Amendment 919 would require the secretary of defense to submit to Congress a report detailing training infrastructure for cyber forces. DOD would identify shortcomings in cyber training infrastructure, offer potential commercial applications to address such deficiencies, and include future projections of the overall cyber workforce growth.

Amendment 927 would require the secretary of defense, in consultation with the secretaries of the VA, Education, and Labor Departments, to submit a report to Congress detailing the transfer of skills into college credit or technical certifications for servicemembers leaving the military.

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RUBIO STAFF HOSTS IRMA RECOVERY
ASSISTANCE CENTERS ACROSS FLORIDA

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Miami, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) announced his staff will host comprehensive recovery assistance centers in St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Naples, Fort Myers, and Immokalee this week. Rubio’s staff will be available to help residents affected by Hurricane Irma sign up for assistance from FEMA. Application checklists are available in English and Spanish. Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis will host an insurance village comprised of property insurance companies at each location to provide on-site assistance to policyholders to file a claim, ask questions and obtain needed insurance assistance and information. This is a public/private partnership of federal and state agencies, charitable organizations and companies gathering to provide critical resources.

“My office stands ready to assist the people of Florida as they recover and rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Irma,” said Rubio. “I’ve seen firsthand the damage inflicted across the state, and it is my hope that these assistance centers will bring some relief for Floridians who suffered hardship from the storm. I would also like to thank all of the organizations, companies, and government agencies who are participating in this effort for their willingness and assistance during this difficult time. The people of Florida are resilient and I know that together we will get through these tough times. My office and I are here to help you.”

St. Augustine – Monday, September 18

St. Johns County Administration Building

500 San Sebastian View

St. Augustine, FL 32804

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT

Jacksonville – Tuesday, September 19

Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center

1000 Water Street

Jacksonville, FL 32204

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT

Naples – Wednesday, September 20

New Hope Ministries

7675 Davis Blvd

Naples, FL 34104

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT

Ft. Myers – Thursday, September 21

Lee County Veterans Park Recreation Center

55 Homestead Road South

Lehigh Acres, FL 33936

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT

Immokalee – Friday, September 22

RCMA Immokalee Community School

123 N 4th Street

Immokalee, FL 34142

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT

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RECOVERY RESOURCES

 

 

 

 

I have been moved by the selflessness and generosity displayed by Floridians this week, whether they were helping each other board up their houses, giving each other food and water, or just comforting each other throughout these difficult times. I truly believe we are at our best when we come together, working hand in hand to help each other in times of crisis.

If you are in need of assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office. You can also find additional resources here. Throughout the week we were able to secure individual FEMA assistance for all 3 of our counties (click here for more on how to apply). As a result, small businesses in our community are eligible for support from the Small Business Administration and families are eligible for relief from the IRS.

I have also been closely tracking power outages and advocating for getting the power turned back on as quickly as possible. For the most up to date information, click here if your power is through Florida Power & Light and click here if your power is through Fort Pierce Utilities Authority.

If there is anything else I can do to help, please do not hesitate to ask!

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RUBIO, NELSON ASK IRS TO EXTEND
DEADLINES DUE TO HURRICANE

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Miami, FL – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) today urged the IRS to grant deadline relief to the entire state of Florida due to Hurricane Irma.

The full text of the senators’ letter is below:

Dear Commissioner Koskinen:

Thank you for granting our request to extend the calendar year filing deadline for victims of Hurricane Irma to January 31, 2018. Unfortunately, this extension only applies to those located in counties who have been approved for Individual Assistance (IA), and not the entire state.

Due to the unprecedented size of Hurricane Irma and uncertainty surrounding its path, the entire state of Florida, private businesses included, effectively shut down on September 8 in an effort to prepare their homes and families for this deadly storm. During this period, hundreds of billable hours were lost, setting many firms irrevocably behind schedule to meet all September 15 deadlines. In addition to this statewide shutdown, some tax preparers are in counties not yet declared for FEMA’s IA, but have clients located in counties that are IA eligible.

We urge that you to grant deadline relief to the entire state of Florida. Doing so will take into account the historic size of this storm and help many victims of this disaster avoid late tax filing penalties and to recover as quickly as possible from Hurricane Irma.

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RUBIO SEEKS ANSWERS FROM CMS
ABOUT NURSING HOME DEATHS IN FLORIDA

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Miami, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today sought answers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) about the recent deaths of eight seniors in a Florida nursing home, and the inspections process for all nursing homes.

“This terrible loss of life in Hollywood, Florida has attracted the most attention, but there are other examples of potential mismanagement,” states Rubio’s letter. “According to news reports, some staff at assisted living facilities evacuated the state without ensuring patients were taken care of, and power outages have threatened some seniors’ ability to get food or the oxygen they depend on. These examples have left raw wounds across the state of Florida, and the reports have understandably created a lot of worry and heartache, and rightfully raise questions about CMS’ ability to oversee and enforce existing emergency planning requirements.”

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RUBIO ANNOUNCES
IRMA RECOVERY ASSISTANCE CENTER IN IMMOKALEE

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Fort Myers, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today announced his staff will host a comprehensive recovery assistance center in Immokalee, Florida, on Friday. Rubio’s staff will be available to help residents affected by Hurricane Irma sign up for assistance from FEMA. Application checklists are available in English and Spanish.

“My office stands ready to assist the people of Florida as they recover and rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Irma,” said Rubio. “I’ve seen firsthand the damage inflicted across the state, and spoke to residents about what they need to recover from this storm. This center will ensure Floridians are getting the assistance they need to start the difficult process of putting their lives back together. The people of Florida are resilient and I know that together we will get through these tough times. My office and I are here to help you.”

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RUBIO VISITS COLLIER, LEE, POLK,
PALM BEACH COUNTIES AFTER HURRICANE IRMA

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Miami, FL – Following his visit to the Jacksonville area yesterday, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today visited Floridians impacted by Hurricane Irma in Lake Wales, Belle Glade, Ft. Myers, and Ave Maria.

Video of Rubio’s remarks following his visit with citrus growers in Lake Wales is available here.

Photos courtesy of Senator Rubio’s office.

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RUBIO, NELSON REQUEST ADDITIONAL
HURRICANE RELIEF MEASURES FROM FED. GOVERNMENT

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Miami, FL – In the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) urged President Trump and three agency heads to take specific steps to help Floridians affected by the storm.

Rubio and Nelson urged President Trump to provide an increase and extension of the federal cost share related to public assistance, specifically debris removal and emergency protective measures. Under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Assistance Act, catastrophic storms like Hurricane Irma warrant a higher federal cost share in order to assist in significant clean up and recovery efforts.

Rubio and Nelson urged the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to continue to coordinate with relevant federal agencies to provide all possible aid, staff and resources to address any deficiencies to infrastructure.

Rubio and Nelson asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate with relevant federal, state and local officials to help communications providers restore Florida’s networks.

Rubio and Nelson urged the Small Business Administration (SBA) to establish a physical presence in disaster-affected areas as soon as possible.

Rubio and Nelson asked President Trump to support Chairman Marcellus W. Osceola, Jr.’s request for an expedited major disaster declaration for the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

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RUBIO DISCUSSES HURRICANE IRMA RECOVERY

 

 

Miami, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined West Palm Beach’s WJNO morning radio show with Joel Malkin, Miami’s WIOD news radio with Brian Mudd, and MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson today to discuss Hurricane Irma recovery efforts in Florida. Key parts are transcribed below.

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RUBIO SURVEYS HURRICANE IRMA DAMAGE IN JACKSONVILLE AREA

 

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Jacksonville, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today was in Jacksonville and St. Johns County to survey the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma. A video of Rubio’s visit is available here.

“We’re now about 24, 36 hours after the storm. It’ll take a little while to get up and running but not much longer, and certainly we want to get assistance to individuals as quickly as possible. And we’re working with Congressman Rutherford and Congressman DeSantis to kind of set up a local presence where people can come in and fill out that paperwork and get it moving quickly.

“This is a long-term process. This is not just about the day after the storm, this is about the weeks and months after the storm, as individuals try to rebuild their business, their lives. Many are going to have to move, potentially miles from where they live and work. So there will be a lot of challenges here over the next few months, throughout the state of Florida.

“The reason why all three of us are here is because we need to go back and know what we’re fighting for – what do people need today. Often times, the federal government provides you assistance you don’t need and denies you the assistance you do. And so being on the ground, talking to the people who are here helping on the ground gives us a better sense of what we need to go back and fight for right away. Obviously, that’s helping our local governments with the cost of providing these services, helping individuals with the assistance they need to find housing for the foreseeable future. And then of course, long-term, the things that need to be done to build some resiliency so we don’t keep having to do this over and over again.”

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RUBIO NDAA AMENDMENT REQUIRES
DOD ASSESSMENT OF HURRICANE DAMAGE

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Jacksonville, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced an amendment to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would require the secretary of defense to submit to Congress a report detailing the damage sustained by Department of Defense (DOD) assets and installations due to hurricanes in 2017. Additionally, the legislation requires DOD to submit a funding request for damage found by the assessment.

“Hurricane Irma has inflicted significant damage to Florida’s communities and military installations alike,” said Rubio. “This bipartisan amendment will provide Congress with the information it needs to ensure our national security assets and capabilities are fully repaired in the wake of these storms. Our military bases and assets in Florida are a key part of protecting America, so this measure is critical not only for our state, but also our nation.”

U.S. Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) are original cosponsors of the measure.

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ENTIRE FLORIDA DELEGATION SUPPORTS
INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE FOR
ADDITIONAL COUNTIES RECOVERING FROM
HURRICANE IRMA

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Miami, FL – Florida’s entire congressional delegation today urged the Trump Administration to conduct “prompt review and approval of forthcoming requests for Individual Assistance” to additional counties in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

The letter was signed by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL), and U.S. Representatives Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Val Demings (D-FL), Ron DeSantis (R-FL),Ted Deutch (D-FL), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Neal Dunn (R-FL), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Al Lawson (D-FL), Brian Mast (R-FL), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Bill Posey (R-FL), Francis Rooney (R-FL), Thomas Rooney (R-FL), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Dennis Ross (R-FL), John Rutherford (R-FL), Darren Soto (D-FL), Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), Daniel Webster (R-FL), Frederica Wilson (D-FL), and Ted Yoho (R-FL).

 

The full text of the delegation’s letter is below:

Dear Mr. President:

We write today to thank you for issuing the major disaster declaration, as requested by Governor Rick Scott, in response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma. We also applaud your fast action in approving the Public Assistance for all 67 counties in Florida and Individual Assistance for many. We continue to urge a prompt review and approval of forthcoming requests for Individual Assistance. Your approval is imperative in beginning recovery and assistance efforts for all Floridians impacted.

As state and local officials begin their work, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will play a major role with coordination between Floridians and the federal government. We stand ready to assist in any way possible to help our constituents rebuild. Your declaration has made that coordination possible.

We thank you in advance for your consideration of these requests, and look forward to working with you to help Floridians recover from this devastating storm.

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RUBIO URGES IRS, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
TO GRANT RELIEF TO FLORIDA TAXPAYERS, STUDENTS

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Miami, FL – As Floridians recover from the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today urged the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to extend the filing deadline for calendar-year partnerships and to grant charitable contribution tax benefits to state residents who assisted those impacted by the storm. Rubio also urged the U.S Department of Education to ease the burden of federal debt repayment deadlines for student loan borrowers.

The full text of Rubio’s letter to the IRS is below:

Dear Commissioner Koskinen:

With Hurricane Irma leaving great destruction in its wake, I ask for your consideration of significant relief for Florida taxpayers.

As you know, the filing deadline for calendar-year partnerships is Friday, September 15. However, Hurricane Irma has forced many businesses to close their doors and devote significant resources to the rapid recovery of their buildings, equipment, and safety of their employees. In order to allow these businesses to continue to put safety and rebuilding efforts first, I ask that you extend the filing deadline for calendar year partnerships to January 31, 2018.

Additionally, as many residents have been displaced from their homes due to catastrophic damage, Floridians with still-habitable homes have graciously opened up their spare bedrooms, living rooms, garages, and barns to temporarily house those in need or providing volunteer services. This generosity can often come at significant, uncompensated cost to homeowners who are aiding neighbors, strangers, and relief workers. To the maximum extent allowed by the law, I urge the IRS to treat these contributions as they would other in-kind contributions to charitable organizations. If such a change cannot be reasonably made by the authority provided to you by current law, please identify what changes would need to be made in order to accomplish this.

Thank you for your prompt response as Florida commits the full capacity of its state and federal resources to the recovery from this terrible storm.

Sincerely,

 

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The full text of Rubio’s letter to the Department of Education is below:

 

Dear Secretary DeVos:

Thank for your continued leadership in response to Hurricane Irma and your efforts to aid Americans in Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and elsewhere. Your department’s efforts are critical to ensuring a rapid, effective response to this disaster that will span multiple agencies.

I appreciate and commend your coordination with state and local governments which will ensure they are able to quickly respond to Floridians as they begin to assess and recover from this catastrophic storm. It is not yet clear when Florida’s student populations will be able to return to the classrooms, but I stand ready to work with your department to support those who have been displaced continue their education as quickly as possible. Realizing lives have been upended and that many people will be unable to return to work while the recovery and rebuilding process begins, I encourage the Department of Education to work with student loan borrowers to help ease the burden of meeting federal student loan debt repayment deadlines. I also request the department work with the Florida Department of Education to ensure eligible Floridians are aware of any and all available assistance through Project SERV grants.

As you know, the department is able to provide relief in the form of a 90 day forbearance to a borrower in repayment who is affected by a natural disaster. Hurricane Irma will cause varying levels of destruction and displacement for Floridians throughout the state, many of whom have student loans. I believe it is prudent for the federal government to ease the burden for these borrowers. This will be a complicated undertaking and I strongly encourage the department to coordinate with relevant state and local agencies, borrowers and other Florida stakeholders to coordinate a plan to disseminate this important information.

Any proactive measures your department can provide to borrowers and institutions of higher education in the wake of Hurricane Irma would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to working with you to ensure that the students and families in Florida recover from Hurricane Irma.

Thank you for your attention to these matters.

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RUBIO, NELSON SUPPORT GOV. SCOTT’S REQUEST FOR
MAJOR DISASTER DEC. IN RESPONSE TO HURRICANE IRMA

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Miami, FL – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) today urged President Trump to grant Florida Governor Rick Scott’s request for a federal disaster declaration in response to Hurricane Irma.

The full text of the senators’ letter is below.

Dear Mr. President:

We write in full support of Governor Rick Scott’s request for a major disaster declaration for Hurricane Irma as soon as possible. We must immediately begin to provide assistance to Florida’s impacted communities and people.

Federal government resources are critical in the immediate aftermath of this devastating storm, and coordination between the federal government and state and local officials is crucial to begin the process of recovery and rebuilding. In particular, federal resources will be desperately needed for debris removal in order for emergency officials and volunteers to assist those who are isolated and in need of aid.

Today, the governor requested a major disaster declaration from FEMA. The pre-landfall disaster declaration you signed on September 5, 2017, was instrumental in the state’s preparation for Hurricane Irma, but post-disaster assistance is needed to ensure the safety of Floridians. We urge you to promptly approve Governor Scott’s request for a major disaster declaration, so the state of Florida may begin its recovery and rebuilding process. Thank you for your consideration of this request.

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RUBIO ASKS SIX FED. AGENCIES TO TAKE SPECIFIC STEPS
TO AID VICTIMS OF HURRICANE IRMA

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Miami, FL – Ahead of Hurricane Irma making landfall in Florida, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today separately urged six department and agency heads to take specific actions intended to aid Floridians and others impacted by the storm:

Rubio urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to streamline reimbursements for disaster recovery and prioritize debris removal from roads needed by emergency services to help prevent residents from being cut off from assistance.

Rubio asked the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to make it easier for hurricane victims to access funds in retirement accounts without barriers and workers to donate to relief charities.

Rubio requested the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) help lead efforts to investigate and prosecute illegal activity in the aftermath of the storm, especially looting and scams.

Rubio asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to prepare for an increase in the mosquito population following the storm, which could contribute to the spread of viruses, such as Zika, and ensuring coordination is taking place to help hospitals with vulnerable patients.

Rubio urged the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to help maintain and protect the supply of gasoline and natural gas in Florida, and safeguard nuclear power plants.

Rubio requested the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) authorize increased outreach efforts and benefits assistance for veterans in Florida.

Rubio also urged President Trump to approve Chairman Marcellus W. Osceola, Jr.’s request for an emergency declaration for the Seminole Tribe of Florida in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.

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RUBIO, NELSON CALL ON CONGRESS TO
APPROVE ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR HURRICANE IRMA

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Miami, FL – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) are calling on Senate leaders to include additional funding for Hurricane Irma in a $7.85 billion disaster aid package the House passed earlier today specifically for Hurricane Harvey. The inclusion of funding for Hurricane Irma would take into account the likely costs FEMA will incur as this powerful hurricane approaches Florida.

“Hurricane Irma is now one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean and is currently on track to make landfall in South Florida as early as Sunday,” states the senators’ letter. “This massive category-5 storm has the potential to cause catastrophic destruction throughout the state and we are deeply concerned that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will not have the resources it needs to respond if Congress doesn’t act soon.”

The full text of the senators’ letter

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RUBIO, NELSON URGE PRESIDENT TRUMP TO GRANT
PRE-LANDFALL EMERGENCY DECLARATION FOR FLORIDA

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) today urged President Trump to approve Florida Governor Rick Scott’s request for a pre-landfall emergency declaration for the state of Florida in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, a category five storm.

“As the current projections indicate, this major hurricane will heavily impact Florida communities, and we urge you to immediately approve this request to ensure that full federal resources are made available,” states the senators’ letter. “While the storm is not predicted to make landfall until later this week, the state and federal government must work together in order to help reduce the potential loss of life and destruction of property. As we recently witnessed with Hurricane Harvey, preparation and up-front resources are paramount.”

The full text of the senators’ letter

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) today urged President Trump to approve Florida Governor Rick Scott’s request for a pre-landfall emergency declaration for the state of Florida in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, a category five storm.

“As the current projections indicate, this major hurricane will heavily impact Florida communities, and we urge you to immediately approve this request to ensure that full federal resources are made available,” states the senators’ letter. “While the storm is not predicted to make landfall until later this week, the state and federal government must work together in order to help reduce the potential loss of life and destruction of property. As we recently witnessed with Hurricane Harvey, preparation and up-front resources are paramount.”

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RUBIO, VICE PRESIDENT PENCE JOIN EXILES IN
CALLING FOR FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY IN VENEZUELA

 

 

Doral, FL — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today joined Vice President Mike Pence, Governor Rick Scott, and Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart to meet with members of the Venezuelan exile community, local leaders, and elected officials about the continuing deterioration of democracy, the lack of respect for human rights, and unrest in Venezuela. After the listening session, Rubio delivered remarks at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Doral.

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RUBIO STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S
NEW STRATEGY IN AFGHANISTAN AND SOUTH ASIA

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding President Trump’s announcement of a new strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia:

“I commend President Trump and his Administration for crafting a new strategy for victory in Afghanistan and South Asia that will be based on conditions on the ground, rather than on politics or arbitrary timetables. The United States should never again allow a terrorist safe haven to develop in Afghanistan from which terrorist networks can plot attacks directly against the American homeland and our interests abroad.

“Our nation’s longest war has been costly in terms of human lives and national treasure, and too many mistakes have been made by both Republican and Democratic administrations. Nonetheless, the United States cannot afford to abandon this fight as it relates directly to the heinous terrorist attacks against our nation nearly 16 years ago. Ensuring a stable and functional Afghanistan is in the direct national security interest of the United States and the right thing to do for the American people, the Afghan people, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in this war.”

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RUBIO ENCOURAGES FLORIDA STUDENTS
TO APPLY FOR 2018 SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today encouraged high school students in Florida to apply to the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Two high school students from Florida will be selected to join 102 other delegates in Washington, D.C., for the program’s 56th annual Washington Week in March 2018. Rubio serves on the 2017-2018 United States Senate Youth Program’s bipartisan advisory committee.

“Every year, two qualified students from Florida are selected to spend a week in Washington meeting with lawmakers and learning about the history and procedures of the United States Senate,” said Rubio. “I am honored to serve on the advisory committee of this year’s Senate Youth Program, and I encourage students throughout Florida to apply for this unique opportunity.”

Student delegates will visit Capitol Hill, the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, the Supreme Court and many other historic sites in Washington. The program routinely includes meetings with senators, the president, cabinet secretaries, a Supreme Court justice, senior members of the national media and other key policymakers. Each speaking event incorporates lengthy and detailed question and answer sessions that are closed to the media.

The selection deadline is October 17, 2017. Selected students will be announced mid-December. Interested students in Florida should contact their high school principal or Florida’s state-level selection administrator:

Ms. Annette B. Pitts
Executive Director
Florida Law Related Education Association
PO Box 13674
Tallahassee, FL 32317
(850) 322-8223
Staff@flrea.org

More information about the application process, the 2018 program, selection process criteria and the annual program yearbook is available on the USSYP website: www.ussenateyouth.org

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U.S. Customs Facility
Groundbreaking Celebration At Witham Field

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Stuart – Commissioner Doug Smith and Congressman Brian Mast spoke on behalf of the U.S. Customs Facility groundbreaking project

Local, State and federal officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field in Stuart.

The new facility will aloud the processing of international traveling that come in to the area by aircraft, marine vessels to be cleared through the U.S. Customs without going to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach, as they have to do at the present time.

U.S. Customs facility will provide jobs to the community in the near future.

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Local Youth Advocate Meets with Members of Congress about Protecting Kids from Tobacco

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Photo by: the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids: Nicolas Suarez, 18, of Port St. Lucie, was one of 22 teens from across the country selected as the National Youth Ambassador for Florida with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

A local high school student met with U.S. Senators Nelson and Rubio this month to discuss the need for strong Food and Drug Administration regulation of all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes and cigars that are sold in a huge assortment of sweet flavors and are popular with kids.

Nicolas Suarez, 18, of Port St. Lucie, was one of 22 teens from across the country selected as the National Youth Ambassador for Florida with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Last month, Nicolas visited Washington, D.C., to participate in the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ Youth Advocacy Symposium, a five-day workshop that builds skills in advocacy, communications and leadership. Tobacco-Free Kids is a non-profit organization focused on reducing tobacco use in the United States and around the world.

Suarez and other participants asked members of Congress to support the FDA’s authority to regulate e-cigarettes and cigars and to reject proposals to weaken it. Current proposals before Congress would make it harder for the FDA to protect kids from candy-flavored e-cigarettes and cigars or address other health risks these products pose.

Currently, 11.3 percent of high school students use e-cigarettes, compared to 8 percent who smoke traditional cigarettes. Cigars are popular among high school boys, who smoke them at a slightly higher rate than cigarettes. Sweet flavors like gummy bear, banana smash and chocolate have fueled the popularity of e-cigarettes and cigars among kids. A government study found that 81 percent of kids who have ever used tobacco started with a flavored product. Youth use of nicotine in any form is unsafe, can cause addiction and can harm the developing adolescent brain, according to a 2016 Surgeon General’s report.

Tobacco is the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing nearly half a million people each year and costing about $170 billion in health care bills.

In Florida, 5.2 percent of high school students smoke traditional cigarettes, 18.0 percent use e-cigarettes and 7.7 percent of high school boys smoke cigars. Tobacco use claims 32,300 lives in Florida each year.

“Youth advocates like Nicolas are helping lead the fight against tobacco,” said Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “With their passion and leadership in protecting their peers, we can make the next generation tobacco-free.”

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WE NEED REAL TAX REFORM THAT EMPOWERS FAMILIES

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In the 1994 midterm elections, conservative Republicans were swept into Congress after a campaign centered on the “Contract with America.” A hallmark of this agenda was reducing the tax burden on working families by creating a Child Tax Credit, which Republicans succeeded in doing with the enactment of the Taxpayer Relief Act on August 5, 1997.

Twenty years later, the American people have once again given Republicans in Congress the opportunity to reform the tax code, which is outdated, overly complex, and unfair to working families. The upcoming debate about tax reform should be grounded in the realities they face every day: a fixed budget, stretched paychecks, and tough choices about putting food on the table and participating in kids’ sports leagues.

As the party of working families, Republicans must not let this opportunity go to waste. We must ensure comprehensive tax reform includes specific and meaningful tax relief for parents. After all, families are the fundamental building blocks of our communities, and the health of our society depends on families being able to provide safe and secure homes, raise active citizens, and love their children unconditionally in ways no other social institution can. Families are how values are passed on from generation to generation. We simply cannot have a strong nation without strong families.

Unfortunately, the rising costs of housing, food, health care and child care means it is more expensive than ever to have and raise children. Meanwhile, our federal tax code treats parents unfairly by effectively taxing them twice, discouraging family formation. In addition to payroll taxes on their paychecks, parents also bear the cost of raising the next generation of workers whose earnings will fund federal retirement benefits. This is an outdated framework that enriches government and special interests instead of empowering parents to make the best decisions for themselves and their children, and we must modernize it if we want to help more people succeed and achieve the American Dream in the 21st century.

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Rubio Emphasizes Need to Boost Children’s Cancer Research

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RUBIO INTRODUCES POST-DISASTER FAIRNESS TO STATES ACT

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Post-Disaster Fairness to States Act (S. 1641), legislation that would place a three year statute of limitation on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) clawing back funds after the completion of a project following a federally designated disaster. The current statute allows FEMA to recoup disaster funds three years after a disaster has been closed, which can take years, sometimes decades. Rubio’s bill would protect counties, cities, towns, and individual homeowners who receive FEMA disaster funds following a federally designated storm.

“Floridians should not be subjected to permanent uncertainty about when the federal government might claw back support distributed after a disaster,” said Rubio. “Our state has experienced numerous storms since 2004, and although recovery efforts have long been completed, under current law the federal government can take back these funds, sometimes decades later—financially decimating the recipients who relied on them. Closing this loophole will give local officials and homeowners certainty and peace of mind, and ensure they are treated fairly.”

Rubio’s bill ensures entities are unable to benefit from the limitation unless the federal grant’s approved purpose is accomplished, and preserves requirements ensuring recipients of federal resources following a disaster are good stewards of taxpayer dollars. The bill is supported by the Florida Association of Counties.

Many federal disaster designations stemming from hurricanes are still open in Florida, including Frances (2004), Ivan (2004), Jeanne (2004), Charley (2004), Katrina (2005), Dennis (2005), Wilma (2005), Gustav (2008), Isaac (2012), Hermine (2016), and Matthew (2016).

The Post-Disaster Fairness to States Act would:

· Amend the Stafford Act to place a three year statute of limitations for FEMA recoupment on the completion of projects. Current law starts the clock after the state closes out the entire storm, which can take years or decades.

· Ensure bad faith actors are not captured by the statute—the purpose of the grant must be accomplished to benefit. This is in addition to current prohibition for instances of civil or criminal fraud, abuse or waste.

· This would not apply to final agency decisions already rendered, per the date of enactment.

· Apply a three year statute of limitation for homeowners under the Individual Assistance category, taking effect after January 1, 2012.

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RUBIO INTRODUCES POST-DISASTER FAIRNESS TO STATES ACT

Out2News.comWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Post-Disaster Fairness to States Act (S. 1641), legislation that would place a three year statute of limitation on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) clawing back funds after the completion of a project following a federally designated disaster. The current statute allows FEMA to recoup disaster funds three years after a disaster has been closed, which can take years, sometimes decades. Rubio’s bill would protect counties, cities, towns, and individual homeowners who receive FEMA disaster funds following a federally designated storm.

“Floridians should not be subjected to permanent uncertainty about when the federal government might claw back support distributed after a disaster,” said Rubio. “Our state has experienced numerous storms since 2004, and although recovery efforts have long been completed, under current law the federal government can take back these funds, sometimes decades later—financially decimating the recipients who relied on them. Closing this loophole will give local officials and homeowners certainty and peace of mind, and ensure they are treated fairly.”

Rubio’s bill ensures entities are unable to benefit from the limitation unless the federal grant’s approved purpose is accomplished, and preserves requirements ensuring recipients of federal resources following a disaster are good stewards of taxpayer dollars. The bill is supported by the Florida Association of Counties.

Many federal disaster designations stemming from hurricanes are still open in Florida, including Frances (2004), Ivan (2004), Jeanne (2004), Charley (2004), Katrina (2005), Dennis (2005), Wilma (2005), Gustav (2008), Isaac (2012), Hermine (2016), and Matthew (2016).

The Post-Disaster Fairness to States Act would:

· Amend the Stafford Act to place a three year statute of limitations for FEMA recoupment on the completion of projects. Current law starts the clock after the state closes out the entire storm, which can take years or decades.

· Ensure bad faith actors are not captured by the statute—the purpose of the grant must be accomplished to benefit. This is in addition to current prohibition for instances of civil or criminal fraud, abuse or waste.

· This would not apply to final agency decisions already rendered, per the date of enactment.

· Apply a three year statute of limitation for homeowners under the Individual Assistance category, taking effect after January 1, 2012.

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RUBIO-LEE CHILD TAX CREDIT EXPANSION WOULD BENEFIT LOWER AND MIDDLE INCOME AMERICANS

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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) released the following statements after the Sutherland Institute revealed a new analysis showing the Rubio-Lee child tax credit expansion would significantly benefit lower-to-middle income and rural Americans. Part of the Rubio-Lee Economic Growth and Family Fairness Tax Plan, this proposal is part of ongoing tax reform efforts and backed by key Trump Administration officials.

“Tax reform should be grounded in the daily realities of family life: household budgets, food on the table, and equipment for kids’ sports teams,” said Rubio. “As the Sutherland Institute’s research shows, expanding the child tax credit would provide meaningful tax relief to working families across America.”

“Providing relief for working families – especially relief from the parent tax penalty – is essential for 21st century reform,” said Lee. “The Sutherland Institute’s detailed new analysis shows that an expanded child tax credit is one surefire way we can help them.”

Under the Rubio-Lee approach, families with children would be able to claim a $2,500 tax credit in addition to the current $1,000 child tax credit. The expanded child tax credit would be refundable up to each taxpayer’s combined federal income and payroll tax liability, and would be counted only after all other tax credits are factored in.

 

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RUBIO, COLLEAGUES INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO HOLD BACKPAGE ACCOUNTABLE, ENSURE JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF SEX TRAFFICKING

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Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act is a Narrowly-Crafted Solution Designed to Protect Women & Young Girls from Modern-Day Slavery

Washington D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rob Portman (R-OH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), John McCain (R-AZ), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), John Cornyn (R-TX), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Bob Casey (D-PA) Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Corker (R-TN), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Bill Nelson (D-FL) today introduced the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, bipartisan legislation that would ensure justice for victims of sex trafficking and that websites such as Backpage.com, which knowingly facilitate sex trafficking, can be held liable and brought to justice.

“Perpetrators of human trafficking and websites like Backpage.com that knowingly facilitate sex trafficking of children must be held accountable,” said Rubio. “Sex trafficking is an ongoing issue in Florida and across our nation, and this legislation is an important step forward in ensuring that those engaging in and helping to facilitate these crimes are held responsible and all victims receive the justice they deserve.”

“Stopping trafficking is one of the great humanitarian and human rights causes of the 21st century,” said Portman. “Our bipartisan investigation showed that Backpage knowingly facilitated sex trafficking on its website to increase its own profits, all at the expense of vulnerable women and young girls. For too long, courts around the country have ruled that Backpage can continue to facilitate illegal sex trafficking online with no repercussions. The Communications Decency Act is a well-intentioned law, but it was never intended to help protect sex traffickers who prey on the most innocent and vulnerable among us. This bipartisan, narrowly-crafted bill will help protect vulnerable women and young girls from these horrific crimes.”

The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act would clarify Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to ensure that websites that knowingly facilitate sex trafficking can be held liable so that victims can get justice. This narrowly-crafted legislation offers three reforms to help sex trafficking victims. The bipartisan bill would:

· Allow victims of sex trafficking to seek justice against websites that knowingly facilitated the crimes against them;

· Eliminate federal liability protections for websites that assist, support, or facilitate a violation of federal sex trafficking laws; and

· Enable state law enforcement officials, not just the federal Department of Justice, to take action against individuals or businesses that violate federal sex trafficking laws.

 

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RUBIO DENOUNCES VENEZUELAN DICTATOR MADURO’S SNATCHING OF OPPOSITION LEADERS

Out2News.comWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement today after Venezuelan opposition leaders Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma were taken from their homes by the regime of dictator Nicolás Maduro:

“Early this morning, the Maduro regime responded to President Trump’s sanctions against the dictator by snatching Venezuelan opposition leaders Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma from their homes. Just last Friday, Vice President Pence spoke to Mr. López by phone, which is why there should be no doubt that his arrest is a direct challenge to President Trump. As the president stated two weeks ago, and the vice president reiterated last Friday, if the Maduro regime imposed its Constituent Assembly, the United States would respond with strong and swift economic actions. This is a promise I remain confident the president will keep.”

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Rubio’s Televised Address to the Venezuelan People

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IN ENGLISH & ESPAÑOL: RUBIO APPLAUDS
SANCTIONS ON VENEZUELA’S NICOLAS MADURO

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced new sanctions against Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro:

“The sanctions imposed today on Nicolas Maduro are warranted. However, I remain confident the president will keep his clear commitment to impose economic sanctions on the regime if they convene the illegitimate Constituent Assembly.”

En Español:

“Las sanciones en contra de Nicolás Maduro están garantizadas. Sin embargo, estoy seguro que el Presidente mantendrá su compromiso e impondrá sanciones económicas al régimen si convocan la Asamblea Constituyente ilegitima.”

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U.S. SHOULD NOT RECOGNIZE
MADURO’S ILLEGITIMATE POWER GRAB

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement regarding today’s vote in Venezuela:

“The U.S. should not recognize the Maduro regime’s fraudulent Constituent Assembly, established against the will of the Venezuelan people and contrary to Venezuela’s constitution. Two weeks ago, millions of Venezuelans made their voices heard when they voted to reject today’s vote, which is only a desperate and illegitimate power grab by Maduro.

“I am confident that President Trump will respond swiftly and decisively. I encourage him to expand sanctions on individuals who have committed or supported the violation of human rights and the democratic order. Furthermore, I urge him to impose economic sanctions on the Maduro regime that will not harm the people of Venezuela but will deprive the Maduro regime of the resources they need to remain in power.

“We stand in solidarity with the people of Venezuela and their struggle for freedom and democracy. It is critical, now more than ever, that we continue to be vocal and support the Venezuelan people and assist them as best we can in reclaiming their representative democracy, their inalienable rights and, at a most fundamental level, their sense of dignity and justice.”

SAFE, STRONG & HEALTHY

 

 

This week we took decisive action that will make our community safer, healthier and stronger. We passed bills this week to clean up our water, help veterans, strengthen our national defense and improve care for seniors.

Here are some of the highlights (watch the video to hear more):

We passed a bill that includes over $150 million to directly help the Everglades and our coastal environment, including two amendments I wrote to combat harmful algal blooms.

I’ve also been pushing the Army Corps on a number of important issues this week, including ensuring that all possible flood-prevention options are exhausted before they discharge water out of Lake Okeechobee.

We passed a funding bill that substantially increases resources for the Department of Defense and gives our troops a much-deserved pay raise.

We passed a great sanctions bill to target aggressors around the world – North Korea, Iran and Russia – who have all sought to undermine American interests and cause violence throughout the world.

We passed a funding bill that takes care of veterans by giving the VA the highest level of funding they have ever received.

We passed an expansion of the G.I. Bill that will help veterans, including my bill to ensure that all Purple Heart recipients have access to G.I. Bill benefits.

We also worked together to pass a truly great bipartisan bill that will strengthen Medicare called the Medicare Part B Improvement Act.

 

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RUBIO, COLLEAGUES SEEK ANSWERS FROM
STATE DEPARTMENT ON ISIS GENOCIDE DETERMINATION

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), James Lankford (R-OK), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and John Cornyn (R-TX) today sought clarification from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the Department’s position regarding genocide perpetrated by the Islamic State against Christians, Yezidis and other religious minorities. The letter follows recent troubling news reports that the State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser has sought to undermine and perhaps roll back the determination of then Secretary of State John Kerry that ISIS is “responsible for genocide” against these communities.

Click here to read the entire letter

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RUBIO WELCOMES TRUMP’S NOMINATION OF
AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE FOR INTN’L RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s nomination of Governor Sam Brownback (R-KS) for ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom:

“I applaud President Trump’s nomination of Governor Sam Brownback for ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. With ancient religious communities such as Christians and Yezidis on the verge of extinction in Iraq and Syria after the Islamic State’s campaign of genocide, and with authoritarian regimes attempting to crush dissent‎ by harassing and imprisoning people of faith, filling this State Department post with a qualified, committed individual has never been more urgent. Governor Brownback brings years of experience and stature at a critical time when religious freedom is under assault globally. Promoting religious freedom must be a foreign policy priority—it is not only a moral imperative but it is directly tied to our national security. I look forward to working with Governor Brownback on these important issues.”

Rubio was the lead Senate sponsor of the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act, which Congress passed and President Obama signed into law in December 2016. The legislation strengthens and modernizes the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, providing the State Department with new tools to counter the spread of violent extremism and promote and advance the universal human right of religious freedom around the world.

Rubio has been a leading advocate for international religious freedom issues in the Senate, and played a central role in the reauthorization of the bipartisan, independent, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom last Congress.

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AHEAD OF FRAUDULENT VOTE, RUBIO & MENENDEZ
URGE TRUMP TO SANCTION TOP MADURO CRONIES

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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today urged President Trump to sanction individuals in the Maduro regime responsible for human rights abuses ahead of the fraudulent July 30 vote to rewrite the Venezuelan constitution.

“The people of Venezuela have welcomed your Administration’s forward-looking policy in support of democracy and human rights,” states the senators’ letter. “As the economic and political conditions in Venezuela continue to deteriorate and generate a humanitarian crisis, the Maduro regime has responded with repression and brutality. We believe that the time has come to impose additional sanctions against those individuals who have led Venezuela into the abyss.”

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FEMA Releases Preliminary
Coastal Flood Risk Study Maps

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is in the final phases of a five year coastal flood risk study that affects Brevard, Indian River, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties. The study results will be incorporated into updated digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for these counties. The updated report includes flood hazard information updates.

FEMA has provided digital copies of the preliminary information including maps and report material to Martin County. Providing access to the preliminary data allows the community and county officials to review data, determine what changes are likely to occur and what impact it might have on residents and their property. For more information and to search the property locator map, visit https://www.martin.fl.us/fema-flood-information or call 772-219-4945.

To coordinate an open exchange of information and ensure residents have an opportunity to review the data, FEMA will coordinate with local governments in the affected counties to host a community open house. Residents are invited to attend and can interact with FEMA officials, view the coastal flood risk maps and look up property on the maps. Martin County will advise residents of the meeting date and location when available.

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RUBIO, SHAHEEN INTRODUCE BILL
TO STRENGTHEN ANTI-HIZBALLAH SANCTIONS

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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act (S. 1595), bipartisan legislation that would strengthen and expand the scope of economic and financial sanctions imposed by the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015 (Public Law 104-102), which Rubio and Shaheen co-authored with U.S. Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA) and Eliot Engel (D-NY).

“Iranian-backed Hizballah terrorists are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans, and continue to pose grave threats to the United States and our allies, including the democratic state of Israel,” said Rubio. “The president and Congress should build on the successes of our 2015 law that targets Hizballah, its proxies and its enablers, and enact this new bill to strengthen international efforts to combat the financing and expansion of Hizballah’s terrorist and missile threats, as well as its narcotics trafficking and other transnational criminal activities.”

“In the time since the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act was signed into law in 2015, Hizballah has continued to do Iran’s bidding in the region by threatening Israel’s security and fighting in Syria in support of the murderous dictator Bashar al-Assad,” said Shaheen. “The U.S. must continue to do all it can to cut off Hizballah’s sources of financing, and I am glad to join again with Senator Rubio on bipartisan legislation to increase pressure on Hizballah. Lebanon is an important ally of the United States, and I am hopeful that our governments can continue to work together to combat terrorism and bring further stability to their country.”

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) introduced a companion bill in the House (H.R. 3329).

The Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act would impose new sanctions against foreign individuals and companies that knowingly assist, sponsor or provide significant financial, material or technological support to entities known to fundraise or recruit on behalf of the Hizballah foreign terrorist organization (FTO), its agents and its affiliates. It would also require the president to report to Congress whether the foreign financial institutions of Iran and other state sponsors of terrorism are facilitating transactions on behalf of Hizballah, and therefore should have additional sanctions imposed against them pursuant to U.S. law.

In addition, the legislation would impose blocking sanctions against Hizballah for conducting narcotics trafficking and other significant transnational criminal activities, and strengthen reporting requirements on both Hizballah’s racketeering activities and efforts by foreign governments to disrupt Hizballah’s global logistics networks and fundraising, financing and money laundering activities. To further expose the foreign terrorist organization’s rampant corruption, it also requires a report on the estimated net worth of senior Hizballah members and any individuals determined by the president to be senior foreign political figures of Hizballah.

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RUBIO, PETERS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION
IMPROVING VETERANS BURIAL HONORS

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today introduced the Burial Rights for America’s Veterans’ Efforts (BRAVE) Act, legislation that would update the current funeral and burial benefit system to ensure that all non-service connected deaths are treated equally, regardless of where the veteran passes away. Veterans with no next of kin that pass away in a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facility are currently afforded greater funds to cover the costs of their funerals and burials than veterans who pass away in a private home or other facility.

“Our veterans have sacrificed so much defending our country, and we owe them a debt of gratitude that we can never fully repay,” said Rubio. “They are entitled to a proper funeral and burial no matter where they pass away. This bipartisan legislation will ensure we honor all of America’s heroes properly, with the highest honors and respect.”

“Our brave men and women in uniform have sacrificed so much in defense of our nation, and we owe it to them to ensure they receive the benefits they earned through their service, including a dignified burial,” said Peters. “I’m proud to introduce this bipartisan legislation to honor our nation’s heroes by making commonsense updates to veterans’ funeral benefits to help ensure every veteran has a proper funeral and burial, no matter the circumstances at the end of their lives.”

Currently, the VA burial benefit provides $300 for non-service-connected deaths and for veterans who have passed without a next-of-kin, $749 if a veteran passes away in a VA facility, and $2,000 if a veteran passes away from a service-connected disability.

The BRAVE Act will increase the $300 for non-service connected deaths to $749 to equal the benefit received if a veteran passes away in a VA facility. The legislation additionally indexes for inflation both the non-service and service-related passing funeral benefits, thereby eliminating the need for Congress to make further readjustments.

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MILLIONS OF VENEZUELANS HAVE SAID
‘WE DON’T WANT TO BE A CUBAN-STYLE GOVERNMENT’

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Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), chairman of the Senate’s western hemisphere subcommittee, delivered remarks at the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) Congressional briefing today in support of the people of Venezuela as they fight for freedom and democracy.

Rubio’s remarks can be watched here. A partial transcript of Rubio’s remarks is below.

RUBIO: [T]his cause … is not about interfering in the internal affairs of Venezuela. It’s about supporting the people of Venezuela. In essence, this is a cause they’ve taken up. If millions of people had shown up this Sunday in support of moving in the Cuba direction, we would be very disappointed.

But that’s not what happened. Millions of people showed up to reject this unconstitutional direction that the country is headed. In essence, millions of Venezuelans have said, “we don’t want to be Cuba.” For good reason. “We don’t want to be a Cuban-style government.” And it’s appropriate, one, in a country that has one of the oldest traditions of democracy in the region. And how tragic would it be if on July 30th of this month, that constitutional order was overthrown? And what would take its place is no less than a Cuban-style government. It is not an exaggeration to say that. They are basically taking the Cuban model of government and are going to impose it on Venezuela. It would be the first loss of democracy in the region in almost 40 years. …

To those in the private sector who are thinking about lending money to Venezuela, ask yourselves, you will become the financiers of a repressive regime. And the reputational damage would be impossible to undo.

To the Russian government, if you want to get paid back on all this money that Maduro owes you, the best bet you would have is to have a democratic government in place with a prosperous economy.

To the Chinese government, how humiliating, how humiliating that you’re not going to get paid back on all the money these people owe you? How humiliating is that?

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RUBIO, COLLEAGUES INTRODUCE RESOLUTION
HONORING LATE CUBAN DISSIDENT OSWALDO PAYÁ

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Washington, D.C. – Ahead of the fifth anniversary of Oswaldo Payá’s death, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced a bipartisan resolution honoring the legacy of the Cuban dissident and calling for an impartial investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death. Payá, an outspoken activist for free speech, democracy, and human rights, died in a car crash on July 22, 2012. While the Castro regime maintains Payá’s death was an accident, Payá’s family and the driver involved in the crash claim another car forced them off the road.

“In 2012, Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá was murdered by the Castro regime, which attempted to disguise the assassination as a car crash,” said Rubio. “For decades the Castros have systematically murdered, imprisoned, and brutalized their political opponents, and Oswaldo was no exception. He was a brave advocate for freedom and human rights, and if the Cuban government has nothing to hide it should allow an independent investigation into his death to proceed so that his family can receive closure.”

“Oswaldo Payá was a courageous voice for justice and democracy in Cuba, and his death was a tragic blow to the dissident movement on the island. I’m proud to introduce this resolution honoring his life and legacy and calling for a transparent and independent investigation into his death,” said Durbin. “I continue to stand with the Payá family and the people of Cuba in demanding peaceful democratic reform and the release of all political prisoners.”

“Oswaldo Payá was a committed advocate for the freedom of the Cuban people, and his work and legacy must never be forgotten,” said Nelson.

“Five years after the tragic accident that took Oswaldo Paya’s life, and in a demonstration of the twisted nature of the Castro regime, we still have not gotten to the bottom of what actually happened to the most visible face and leader of Cuba’s peaceful opposition movement,” said Menendez. “We cannot allow innocent members of the international community to be brutalized and victimized by a regime so they can hide the truth. That is why I am proud to join my colleagues in this effort to undertake a full and independent investigation of the suspicious circumstances surrounding Oswaldo Paya’s tragic death, and vow to continue looking for ways to hold the Castro regime accountable for their brutality and repression that has deprived the Cuban people of the basic human rights we so proudly proclaim to support around the world.”

“Oswaldo Paya dedicated his life to promoting democratic freedoms and human rights in Cuba,” said Cruz. “His legacy will never be forgotten and continues to inspire dissidents to this day – in Cuba and in other countries under tyrannical rule, like Venezuela. We must send a powerful statement to Raul Castro that here in the United States of America, we stand with freedom fighters like Oswaldo Paya, who worked to bring hope and liberty to an oppressed nation and make a better Cuba, free of communist rule.”

“Oswaldo Payá’s courageous pursuit of freedom and justice left a legacy that inspires those fighting for human rights and democratic values,” said Merkley. “I’m joining my colleagues in honoring that legacy by demanding a full, transparent investigation into his death.”

An early critic of the Castro regime, Oswaldo Payá founded the Christian Liberation Movement (MLC) in 1988 to promote democracy and civil liberties through non-violent resistance. A decade later, the organization established the Varela Project, which sought to advance democratic reforms by exploiting a provision in the Cuban Constitution allowing the public to introduce legislation. In 2003, the Cuban government arrested 25 members of the Project and 40 members of the MLC, drawing international condemnation and sparking the creation of the Ladies in White movement. Payá, his family, and collaborators endured years of harassment by authorities for their efforts to improve the lives of the Cuban people.

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RUBIO, MENENDEZ INTRODUCE LEGISLATION
TO PROTECT GIRLS’ ACCESS TO EDUCATION

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Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), chair and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on global women’s issues, respectively, today introduced the Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act, legislation that would ensure children overseas who are displaced due to ongoing conflicts receive an education. The bill urges the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to prioritize increased access to education for displaced children, especially girls, who are often the most vulnerable.

“It is a sad reality that 62 million girls across the globe are not in school,” said Rubio. “It is critical that we help change this and ensure that all children have access to a primary or secondary education, whatever their gender and wherever they live. When girls are not in school, they can become more vulnerable to human trafficking and other forms of exploitation. This legislation will help offer a brighter future for millions of children around the world.”

“More than 65 million people are currently displaced due to driving forces including war, famine, and persecution, half of whom are under the age of 18. Education empowers young people to take control of their future and by equipping them with tools to become the next generation of leaders for their communities in and emerging from conflict,” said Menendez. “Ensuring access to education provides alternatives for joining criminal organization and protection from abduction, human trafficking and early marriage, which disproportionately impact young girls. This legislation sends and important message that the United States supports displaced people around the world, the importance of equal opportunity for girls and boys, and the value of education.”

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RUBIO, COLLEAGUES INTRODUCE
VA EMPLOYEE REFORM BILL

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Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Luther Strange (R-AL), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) introduced the VA Quality Employment Act, legislation that would revamp hiring and employee management processes at the agency’s more than 1,200 health service centers across the country. The bill includes critical reforms designed to help the VA attract and retain top talent, hold poor performance accountable, and deliver exceptional services and care to America’s veteran population.

“It is crucial that employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs stand ready to provide exceptional care for our veterans and always take responsibility for their actions in the work place,” said Rubio. “While we have made significant progress on VA reform in recent months, there is still more that can be done to ensure our nation’s heroes are getting the services and care they need and deserve. I am proud to support legislation that will further our agenda of reforming the VA.”

“For millions of Americans who have served, Veterans Administration employees represent the face of our nation’s promise of care,” said Strange. “It is critical that VA facilities stand ready to meet their needs. By implementing reviews of agency leadership and providing talented caregivers with ongoing training and development, the VA Quality Employment Act builds on the work of President Trump’s administration to reform the agency. I am proud to champion an effort to help the VA keep its covenant with our nation’s heroes.”

“If our veterans are going to receive the best of care, then the VA needs to hire and retain the best of talent,” said Cotton. “Anyone who isn’t 100 percent dedicated to our veterans does not deserve the privilege to care for them. This legislation will strengthen the VA’s workforce, which will ultimately help our veterans get the care they need.”

“A lingering problem at the Muskogee VA Health Care System is recruiting and retaining qualified doctors and staff,” said Inhofe. “The VA Quality Employment Act would make necessary changes to improve hiring and management at our VA facilities, addressing this problem head on. I am proud to join my colleagues in their efforts to continue to reform and improve this agency so that our veterans will once again be able trust the VA.”

RUBIO, COLLEAGUES INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO IMPOSE
ECO. EMBARGO ON NORTH KOREA AND ITS ENABLERS

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Ed Markey (D-MA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Rob Portman (R-OH) today introduced the North Korean Enablers Accountability Act, bipartisan legislation that would ban any entity that does business with North Korea or its enablers from using the United States financial system, and impose U.S. sanctions on all those participating in North Korean labor trafficking abuses.

“North Korea, one of the world’s worst human rights abusers, is continuing to expand its nuclear and ballistic missile threats against the American homeland and our allies,” said Rubio, chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, And Global Women’s Issues. “It’s high time for the United States to maximize international economic pressure against Kim Jong Un’s regime as well as against the many foreign banks and foreign companies that are enabling it, especially in China.”

“With its latest successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, North Korea has demonstrated intent and capability to hit the U.S. homeland – and as President Trump said, we must never allow this to happen,” said Gardner, chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity. “We must take every diplomatic and economic measure now to stop North Korea and to prevent nuclear war. My bipartisan legislation gives those that currently conduct trade with North Korea a clear choice – either do business with this heinous outlaw regime or do business with the world’s leading economic and military power.”

“There is no military solution to the threat of a nuclear North Korea,” said Markey, ranking member of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity. “We must utilize direct negotiations with Pyongyang alongside increased economic sanctions pressure from China to bring the Kim regime to the table and ultimately rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons. These negotiations could offer the prospect of engaging North Korea in line with international norms by ending horrific human rights abuses, including labor trafficking.”

“North Korea must be held accountable for its dangerous and destabilizing actions,” said Portman. “Whether it’s the regime’s illegal nuclear weapons program, its provocative ballistic missile tests, its human rights abuses against its own people, or its outrageous and unacceptable detention of Americans, it is time to impose meaningful costs on the North Korean government. The United States cannot do this alone, and other countries in the region, particularly China, also have an obligation to take real action against this threat to regional stability and our national security.”

“North Korea’s Fourth of July intercontinental ballistic missile test constitutes a new level of threat to U.S. national security and regional peace and stability that requires a firm response,” said Menendez. “This provocative and destabilizing act has rightly been condemned by the United States and the international community and must serve only to further isolate North Korea. In that vein, the bill we are introducing today is a bipartisan effort that represents additional measures required to get our North Korea policy right. We seek to impose real consequences for those entities who, even after Kim Jong-un’s defiance and continued flagrant violations of international law, continue to do business and support his vicious regime. In light of Pyongyang’s continued determination to have a functional missile capable of reaching the United States topped with a nuclear warhead, I will continue to work with my colleagues in a bipartisan manner to seek effective measures to curtail North Korea’s dangerous and destabilizing behavior.”

On July 4, North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile that demonstrated the capability of reaching the U.S. homeland. Two weeks prior to that, North Korea tested a rocket engine capable of carrying an intercontinental ballistic missile. In 2016, North Korea conducted two nuclear tests and 24 ballistic missile launches. This year, North Korea fired 17 missiles during 11 tests. Ninety percent of North Korea’s trade is conducted with China, and recent reports indicate that China’s trade with North Korea has significantly increased.

The North Korean Enablers Accountability Act would:

· Require the president to block all transactions that are property of the North Korean government, affiliates, or those that do significant business with North Korea.

· Require the president to block any entity or financial institution implicated in any significant trade in goods or services with North Korea from the U.S. financial system. Entities include the top 10 Chinese importers of goods from North Korea.

· Require the president to prohibit any goods made with North Korean labor from entering the United States and to impose sanctions of all entities implicated in North Korean labor trafficking.

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RUBIO CO-HOSTS BRIEFING
ON PEDIATRIC MEDICAL RESEARCH

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Washington, D.C. – This morning, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Chris Coons (D-DE) co-hosted and spoke at a policy briefing featuring experts from Nemours Children’s Health System and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The briefing highlighted the urgent need to include children in pioneering cancer research and the precision medicine initiative that studies how differences in genetics, environment, and lifestyle can be identified to help develop tailored personalized treatments for critical diseases.

Rubio’s remarks can be watched here. A partial transcript of Rubio’s remarks is below.

RUBIO: Even though our technical capabilities have caught up to enable researchers to pinpoint similarities in adult and childhood cancer genomes, the law that prompts companies to examine the drug’s safety in children has not been updated. The pace of innovation is moving much faster than the ability of a republic to keep pace with. As early as this week, we have an opportunity to finally change that. As I already mentioned earlier, Senator Bennet of Colorado and I have worked on legislation, the RACE for Children Act, to close this, what I believe was an unintended loophole. And this bill is expected to be included in a larger package to be voted on in the House hopefully as early as this week.

Now what this is, this is the result of a lot of hard work from a number of stakeholders, including our hosts here today. So this is an exciting step forward, but it is only one piece of the puzzle. With the launch of the Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot and the All of Us Precision Medicine initiatives, we have a real opportunity to close the gaps between public policy and research with today’s technology. And we must all work together to ensure that as we close that gap, pediatric medicine in general and pediatric oncology in particular are not left out.

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Defense Authorization Passes with Rooney TBI Amendment

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Rooney (FL-17) fought to include language which will ensure that service members with TBI and PTSD are given a fair consideration during military and misconduct separations in the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Rooney’s amendment, offered in conjunction with his co-chair of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), requires the Secretary of Defense to report to Congress within 180 days on the implementation of recommendations from a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the military services’ consideration of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in misconduct separations.

“With tens of thousands of our nation’s troops and veterans suffering from invisible wounds like TBI and PTSD we need to do our due diligence to ensure all service branch policies are consistent with the Department of Defense,” Rooney said. “These men and women put their lives on the line to defend our country and it is our responsibility to care for them and take all factors into consideration in military separations.”

Rooney’s amendment was included in the greater NDAA, which passed the House today with a bipartisan vote of 344-81. The NDAA authorizes spending for military personnel, weapons systems, national security programs and foreign military operations. Additionally the NDAA combats global terrorism by fully resourcing and authorizing counter terrorism efforts and U.S. special forces programs. As the world grows more dangerous, our military has grown smaller. The FY 2018 NDAA is a necessary step to repair the damage that has been done to military readiness over the past decade. Additionally, this year’s bill includes a 2.4% pay raise for our troops, the largest increase since 2010. The legislation reflects our commitment to military members’ quality of life by investing in on-base housing and funding relocation costs for base transfer.

“The most important job of Congress is to provide for a common defense,” Rooney concluded, “this bill is an important step in repairing the damage that has been done after nearly half a decade of cuts which have driven military readiness to abysmal levels.”

Rooney, co-chair of the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35) caucus, also was pleased to see $10.5 billion in funding for the F-35 caucus, which will provide our armed forces with 87 new aircraft. Ensuring our men and women in uniform have the latest and greatest technology is imperative to increasing our readiness levels.

To learn more about this bill visit: https://armedservices.house.gov/hearings-and-legislation/ndaa-national-defense-authorization-act

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RUBIO APPLAUDS MAYOR LENNY CURRY FOR
WORKING TO PROVIDE PAID FAMILY LEAVE FOR JAX

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today released the following statement after Mayor Lenny Curry announced his proposal to introduce a parental leave policy that would provide City of Jacksonville employees with similar support and offerings:

“I’m excited Mayor Curry is working to provide paid family leave to City of Jacksonville employees,” said Rubio. “From the rising cost of living to the historically high cost of raising children, affordable family formation is one of the great social challenges of our time. While certain pro-family economic policies are not traditionally part of the Republican agenda, it is my goal to change that – because we cannot have a strong America without strong families. I’m glad to see momentum on this issue in Congress and at the local level. I commend Mayor Curry for his leadership in supporting Florida’s families, and look forward to building on our efforts to create the social and economic flexibility needed for raising children.”

“My wife and I agree that there was never a more exciting or exhausting time in our lives than the births of our children,” said Curry. “While there is a great deal of research that speaks to the direct influence women have on their children’s success, I know first-hand the tremendous value and benefit our family received when Molly was able to stay home with our new babies. I believe all families deserve an environment where parents and newborns get an opportunity to bond without the worry of work demands and stresses of a reduced income.”

The plan, to be introduced to union officials for collective bargaining after October 1, offers parents employed by the City six weeks of paid leave following the birth or adoption of a child. Statistics support that paid leave can have a positive impact on the health of children and families. In addition to health benefits, there are also long-term economic benefits for both families and employers who offer paid leave.

Following its collective bargaining success and ratification by City Council, the City of Jacksonville would be among few city governments in the state to offer a paid parental leave policy. Currently, employees who qualify can take up to 12 weeks of leave utilizing their available leave in conjunction with unpaid leave following a birth, in adherence with Family Medical Leave Act guidelines. With this policy, COJ employees will be granted six weeks of paid parental leave, affording them the opportunity to maintain some of their leave balances.

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RUBIO STATEMENT ON STATE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS REPORT

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding the release of the U.S. State Department’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report:

“Human trafficking remains one of the most urgent human rights issues of our time. Traffickers prey on the most vulnerable among us. This crime knows no boundaries—it occurs in almost every corner of the globe, as well as in our own backyard, including in my home state of Florida.

“As chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), I strongly commend the Trump Administration for downgrading China to Tier 3 in the State Department’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report.

“Earlier this month, I joined CECC co-chair Congressman Chris Smith in sending a letter to Secretary of State Tillerson outlining the Commission’s own reporting on China’s human trafficking conditions, including labor trafficking of North Koreans that financially benefits Kim Jong-Un’s murderous regime, the Chinese government’s use of forced labor, and sex trafficking of women and girls. I’m glad to see the U.S. Department of State officially determine that Beijing does not meet the minimum standards for eliminating human trafficking nor significantly trying to do so.

“I also commend the administration for downgrading Nicaragua to the Tier 2 Watch List. The government there must increase its efforts to eliminate forced labor and sex trafficking of all people, especially children, as well as the practice forcing people with disabilities to beg.

“I look forward to further examining the report and understanding the rationale for upgrading certain countries of concern. Human trafficking has rightly been called modern day slavery, and we must recommit to confronting this evil in its many forms and holding accountable foreign governments that fail to protect innocents, prosecute perpetrators and prioritize legal reforms.”

Earlier this year, Rubio and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) reintroduced bipartisan legislation designed to reform the State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report and ensure that the Report remains the gold standard, accurately reflecting the full extent to which modern day slavery exists and what governments are doing—or failing to do—about it. The legislation is intended to strengthen and bring greater transparency to the process of preparing the report.

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RUBIO DISCUSSES COMBATING TRANSNATIONAL
ORGANIZED CRIME IN THE AMERICAS AT AEI

 

 

 

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered opening remarks and participated in a discussion with AEI’s Roger Noriega on the release of America Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) new report, “Kingpins and corruption: Targeting transnational organized crime in the Americas.”

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ISSUES PLAGUE ALL ABOARD FLORIDA

 


This week I had the opportunity to question Mike Reininger, who is the primary executive overseeing the All Aboard Florida project. All Aboard Florida says that the project is privately funded, but when you really dig into it, that’s not true. They’ve received, and have been looking for more, taxpayer funding.

When I confronted him with this information, he continued to obstruct the truth. All Aboard Florida doesn’t want you to know exactly what’s going on or how much it’s going to cost you.

All Aboard Florida says it cares about safety, but they’re planning a high-speed train that will fly through ground-level intersections in our community without stopping. They say they care about the economy, but the proposed train doesn’t even stop in the 18th District and will trap boats in Stuart and Jupiter for long periods of time. They say they’re privately funding the project, but they’ve continued to apply for public financing.

You deserve the truth about who is paying for All Aboard Florida, as well as why they are failing to address critical safety and economic concerns (like at grade-crossings and major disruptions to our maritime industry). I’ll continue fighting to get you this information and put a halt on these major problems for our community.

Watch the committee hearing with All Aboard Florida here:

 

 

 

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RUBIO, ERNST INTRODUCE LEGISLATION
TO HELP STATES COMBAT POVERTY

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Joni Ernst (R-IA), members of the Senate Opportunity Coalition, today announced they will introduce the Economic Mobility, Prosperity, and Opportunities with Waivers that Enable Reforms for States (EMPOWERS) Act, legislation that would give states the flexibility to modernize programs to help families and individuals find long-term success.

Despite running over 80 programs and billions of taxpayer dollars spent, all too often, the federal government fails to address the barriers to self-sufficiency faced by those living in poverty. The EMPOWERS Act would create pathways to opportunity by giving states the flexibility to pursue pilot projects that better address the challenges faced by low-income families and individuals.

“The EMPOWERS Act recognizes what Americans already know: Washington doesn’t have all the answers. More than 50 years after President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty, it’s clear our social safety net programs are in desperate need of innovation and modernization,” said Rubio. “I’m proud to join my friend Senator Ernst in introducing this bill, which will empower states to develop new ways to help the most vulnerable Americans and reduce poverty.”

“I’ve heard from Iowans struggling to make ends meet that due to current federal programs in place, taking one step forward often means taking two steps back,” said Ernst. “Worse yet, these programs sometimes punish self-sufficiency through stiff phase out rates, or ‘cliff effects’ which inadvertently penalize individuals when they gain employment or are awarded a raise. The EMPOWERS Act encourages states to develop solutions that utilize federal resources to remove barriers to self-sufficiency and help families and individuals find long-term success.”

The EMPOWERS Act would:

· Allow states to apply for four-year temporary waivers to integrate and reform two or more covered federal programs that assist people in need.

· Require states to submit a proposal for a cost-neutral demonstration project designed to reduce poverty and promote employment, savings, financial literacy, family stability, and self-sufficiency for participants in order to receive a temporary waiver.

· Provide states that obtain waivers with the same level of funding that people in their state would otherwise receive for the covered programs, and require the states to reinvest any savings into helping low-income families and individuals.

· Require states to contract with an independent, third party evaluator, tasked with rigorously testing the project.

· Establish the Interagency Board for Empowering Low-Income Families to oversee the waiver process, and ensure projects do not have benefit cliffs or steep phase-out rates that can result in a net loss of a low-income household’s resources once wages or hours are increased at work.

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RUBIO, COLLEAGUES URGE TILLERSON TO PROVIDE
HUMANITARIAN AIDE TO RELIGIOUS MINORITIES IN IRAQ

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), James Lankford (R-OK), Ben Sasse (R-NE), and John Cornyn (R-TX) urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to provide humanitarian aid to religious minorities in Iraq.

“If the communities mentioned above remain indefinitely displaced, with little hope for the future, then many of the individuals and families who remain will be forced to seek refuge abroad, thereby dealing a deathblow to pluralism and the prospects for religious freedom and diversity in any future Iraq,” states the senators’ letter. “Already, Iraq’s Christian population has sharply dwindled under recent genocide and persecution so that less than 200,000 remain in the country, down from 1.4 million a generation ago. These issues require urgent and sustained attention.”

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STATEMENT ON SENATE HEALTH CARE DISCUSSION DRAFT

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Washington, D.C. – The office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement today after the Senate health care reform discussion draft was released by the Budget Committee:

“Senator Rubio will decide how to vote on health care on the basis of how it impacts Florida. He has already spoken to Governor Scott, Senate President Negron and Speaker Corcoran about the first draft of this proposal. He has instructed his staff to share with state leaders the first draft and has asked them to run numbers and provide input on how this initial proposal would impact Florida’s Medicaid program and individual insurance marketplace. He has invited them to send staff to Washington next week to help us formulate changes and amendments to this proposal. He will continue to reach out for input and suggested changes from Florida providers, insurers and patient advocate groups.”

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RUBIO, BILIRAKIS LEAD EFFORTS TO PROTECT
FLORIDA CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) today urged U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Tom Price to take action on much-needed regulatory changes that would allow Florida’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to better serve Florida children and their families. The program provides quality, affordable insurance to children across the state.

Florida CHIP’s Sunshine Health Stars Plus Plan helps working families whose income level disqualifies them for Medicaid and traditional CHIP, but are still seeking affordable health insurance for their children. Since 2015, the plan has seen its premiums rise nearly 60% and its enrollment drop from 30,000 to 11,000 children. Now, thousands of children in Florida are at risk of losing health insurance if the program is not protected.

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Martin County Voters To Decide
Sales Tax Referendum On August 29th

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On June 20, the Board of County Commissioners approved placing a referendum on the August 29 ballot regarding the addition of a one-cent (1%) local sales tax on taxable items over the next 10 years. This sales surtax would position Martin County to address critical needs in the areas of water quality, roads, public safety and public works. At least 35% of the funds collected will be used for water quality projects.

Projects will be prioritized and all expenditures must be approved by a majority of the Board of County Commissioners at an advertised public hearing at which the public will have an opportunity to comment. If voters approve the referendum, the local sales tax would become effective January 1, 2018.

A one-cent sales surtax distributes the financial impact across property owners, non-property owner residents, tourists and consumers from neighboring ommunities who dine and shop in Martin County.

The public is invited to visit Martin County’s website, www.martin.fl.us/salestax to read the ordinance, ballot language and frequently asked questions (FAQs) and view a list of potential projects.

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READOUT OF IVANKA TRUMP,
RUBIO CHILD TAX CREDIT MEETING

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Upon U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s invitation, Ivanka Trump joined Republican members of the House and Senate on Capitol Hill today to discuss pro-family tax reform, particularly the Child Tax Credit. The meeting focused on how Congress can best achieve President Trump’s promise to deliver meaningful tax relief to working families. Among the ways to do this, the members discussed:

· Making the Child Tax Credit more meaningful for the working class;

· Eliminating marriage penalties in the tax code; and

· Promoting paid family leave

Senator Rubio was glad to see strong support for pro-family policies that empower parents to make decisions that are best for their children, and he looks forward to working with his congressional colleagues to make tax relief for working families an essential piece of comprehensive tax reform.

Participants included: Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE), Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Representative David Schweikert (R-AZ), Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX).

Background on Rubio’s efforts on pro-family tax reform:
· Senator Rubio has long supported reforming the Child Tax Credit to be more effective for middle-class families, and was the first Republican presidential candidate to propose a paid family leave plan.

· In 2015, he and Senator Lee proposed a new Child Tax Credit worth $2,500 per child, applicable to total income and payroll tax liability.

· President Trump campaigned on tax relief for working families, and Ivanka Trump has been a leader on making pro-family issues an essential piece of tax reform.

· The meeting between Ivanka Trump and members of Congress demonstrates the momentum for this push.

· Senator Rubio looks forward to working with his congressional colleagues and the Administration to enact meaningful tax relief for working families.

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New Airport Manager, Erik Treudt

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Stuart — Erik Treudt will now oversee operations at Witham Field, Martin County’s 726-acre airport. The airport maintains an operational air traffic control tower and is home to private and business aircraft. His responsibilities will include monitoring the daily operations of the airport including runways, facilities, equipment and the use of flight patterns.

Mr. Treudt comes to Martin County with an impressive background in aviation management. His experience includes Capital Programs Administrator at Tallahassee International Airport, Aviation System Manager with the Florida Department of Transportation, Airport Operations Supervisor at Chicago O’Hare International Airport for United Airlines, a General Manager with Jet Stream Ground Services in Jupiter, Florida and Airport Manager with the Sebring Regional Airport in Sebring, Florida.

Erik received his master’s degree in business administration from George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology at Webster University and his bachelor’s degree in aviation business administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

“It’s a privilege to serve our community at Witham Field, an award-winning local airfield,” said Erik. “I look forward to managing the continued development of the airport within federal, state and local guidelines. Martin County realizes significant annual economic benefits from the aviation industry associated with Witham Field and we want to continue the trend.”

Steeped in history, Witham Field now sits on a parcel of land donated to the county by private landowners at the onset of World War II. Originally known as MacArthur Field, it was later named Witham Field in honor of Paul “Homer” Witham, the first naval aviator from Stuart to die in World War II. Witham Field received the General Aviation Airport of the Year Award presented by the Florida Department of Transportation in August 2015.

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REAL ACTION TO HELP VETERANS

 

 

 

 

Many veterans have had similar experiences and have shared healthcare challenges as a result. That’s why it’s so critical for the VA to establish and maintain expertise in providing our unique healthcare needs.

I know from personal experience that many of the VA employees are hard-working and dedicated. Unfortunately, far too many VA facilities have lost their hunger to provide our care. A passion to meet the individual needs of veterans has become too much of a rarity, and a vast bureaucracy of regulations have hurt care for veterans.

I want to update you on some real action we took to help veterans this week:

In the past several years, bureaucratic red tape has obstructed the VA’s ability to fire employees that engage in conduct that hurts veterans, including a nurse who participated in a surgery while drunk and a psychiatrist who was watching porn on his iPad while meeting with a veteran. These kinds of incidents are simply unacceptable and it’s exactly why we passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. Our bill improves critical whistleblower protections so we can ensure veterans are getting the best possible care, and when the system fails veterans, we can hold those people accountable.

We also passed the VETERAN Act, which ensures our nation’s veterans can access the health care that’s right for them. The bill puts an existing regulation into law so there’s no question about whether veterans will continue to have access to tax credits and subsidies that are in place to help them purchase health insurance.

These bills are part of my agenda to address the systemic problems in Washington and ensure veterans have access to care when and where they need it. Learn more:

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AMERICA EXTENDS ITS HAND TO THE PEOPLE OF CUBA
BUT WE WILL NOT EMPOWER THEIR OPPRESSORS

 

 

Miami, FL – Speaking ahead of President Trump’s announcement regarding changes to Cuba policy, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) praised the new terms, saying they will empower the Cuban people instead of their oppressors in the Castro regime.

“A year and a half ago, a president, an American president, landed in Havana, to outstretch his hand to a regime,” said Rubio. “Today, a new president lands in Miami to reach out his hand to the people of Cuba.”

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RUBIO PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO
IMPOSE NEW SANCTIONS ON IRAN AND RUSSIA

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act (S. 722) by a vote of 98 – 2:

“With this overwhelming, bipartisan vote to impose new sanctions, we’ve sent a powerful message to Iran’s terror-sponsoring regime and Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian government that their aggressive actions and egregious human rights abuses will not be tolerated. The people of Iran and Russia deserve representative democracies that respect their fundamental human rights, adhere to international norms, and advance responsible and constructive foreign and domestic policies.”

In addition to imposing new sanctions against Iran’s ballistic missile program, support for terrorism, and human rights abuses, the bipartisan legislation was amended to codify and expand sanctions against Russia’s occupation and illegal annexation of Ukrainian territory, cyberattacks and interference in foreign elections, and aggression in Syria.

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RUBIO, MENENDEZ, COLLEAGUES
LEAD BIPARTISAN FLOOD INSURANCE REFORM BILL

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), John Kennedy (R-LA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Bill Nelson (D-FL) today introduced the Sustainable, Affordable, Fair, and Efficient (SAFE) National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, bipartisan legislation that would extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for six years while instituting a series of sweeping reforms to address the waste, abuse and mismanagement plaguing the system.

The legislation tackles systemic problems with flood insurance, puts it back on solid fiscal ground, and reframes the nation’s entire disaster paradigm to one that focuses more on prevention and mitigation to spare the high cost of rebuilding after flood disasters. Congress must reauthorize the NFIP, which expires on Sept. 30, 2017.

“The National Flood Insurance Program is vitally important to my home state of Florida, which is a major contributor to the system,” said Rubio. “This bill helps ensure long-term stability, while providing much needed reforms to protect the program’s policyholders. It is past time for the federal government to take a more proactive approach in addressing the underlying risk affecting flood prone communities. I am proud to have worked with this bipartisan group to make our National Flood Insurance Program more viable, sustainable and accountable.”

“Americans deserve a National Flood Insurance Program that is sustainable for taxpayers, affordable for homeowners, and accountable to everyone,” said Menendez. “If we want a more sustainable system, the answer isn’t to slam homeowners with even higher premiums. This legislation puts the lessons we learned after Superstorm Sandy into action, levels the playing field for policyholders, and attacks the NFIP’s rampant waste and abuse to create real savings and greater investment in mitigation and resiliency efforts to make our residents and communities safer.”

“More than five million Americans depend on this vital program to protect their homes and businesses. This is an essential program, not just for Louisiana, but for the entire U.S,” said Kennedy. “We have to ensure that families and businesses in flood-prone areas are protected. This bill will reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program while making common sense reforms to maintain its solvency.”

“From Ellicott City to the Eastern Shore, flooding impacts communities across Maryland,” said Van Hollen. “We need to reform the National Flood Insurance Program to ensure that families and businesses have the affordable coverage they need, our flood maps are based on the most update-to-date science, and the NFIP program has long-term stability for communities across the country.”

“It’s time to come together to pass a long-term, bipartisan NFIP reauthorization that makes much-needed reforms to the flood insurance program,” said Warren. “Our bill will make changes that extend affordable flood insurance protection to everyone who needs it and that places more emphasis on better flood mapping, prevention, and resiliency.”

“Policyholders in Mississippi and around the country know the National Flood Insurance Program needs to be reformed. This legislation is a solid starting point to make the program more affordable and accountable. We want to return emphasis on flood control infrastructure, and fully recognize the physical and financial protections gained from these cost-shared investments,” said Cochran. “I look forward to working to pass bipartisan reforms that offer better flood protection and more effective coverage for homeowners, businesses, and communities.”

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A BIPARTISAN PLAN FOR FLOOD INSURANCE

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By U.S. Senators Marco Rubio, Bob Menendez, John Kennedy, Chris Van Hollen, Elizabeth Warren, Thad Cochran

Powerful floods devastate communities across America every year. After these catastrophic natural disasters, too many Americans find themselves facing a man-made calamity: a National Flood Insurance Program that overcharges and underdelivers for policyholders and for taxpayers.

The Sept. 30 expiration of the law authorizing the NFIP represents an opportunity to address the waste, abuse and mismanagement plaguing the system. As members of the Senate Banking and Appropriations committees, which oversee flood insurance and provide federal disaster response, we plan to offer bipartisan landmark legislation to tackle systemic problems with flood insurance and to reframe our entire disaster paradigm.

Today, more homeowners are abandoning national flood insurance policies because their premiums continue to rise, despite the emergency relief measures Congress approved in 2014. With the NFIP becoming more insolvent day by day, we must get this program back on solid fiscal ground. But we cannot build a sustainable system by simply imposing higher premiums on homeowners. We must address the program’s critical problems: unsustainability, low participation rates, inaccurate flood maps, indifference to the benefits of flood control infrastructure, agency mismanagement, unsustainable debt service costs and contractor profiteering.

The time has come to make an ambitious national reinvestment in cost-effective flood control and mitigation that reduces risk across the country. Under the current system, FEMA spent more than $277 billion in disaster aid to rebuild communities after floods from 2005 to 2014, but only a fraction of that on efforts to stop or control floodwaters to avert disasters. Our current system is backward. Rebuilding communities after a disaster is far more expensive than working proactively to reduce or prevent their devastation. FEMA has found that every dollar spent on mitigation generates at least $4 in future savings, and some major federal flood-control projects have seen a return on investment of approximately 54 to 1.

Our legislation will apply these lessons by moving us toward proactive flood prevention and mitigation. By ending FEMA’s reliance on antiquated flood maps and encouraging the use of cutting-edge technologies, we can create more-accurate nationwide flood-hazard mapping. These changes would improve the NFIP’s long-term solvency while better protecting our communities, local economies and the environment.

To pay for these critical investments, we propose three key reforms: a temporary freeze on interest on the NFIP debt; elimination of agency waste, mismanagement and contractor profiteering; and increasing NFIP enrollment.

The NFIP has paid the federal government $4 billion in interest over the last decade, payments that swallow more than 10% of all premiums. Beyond the folly of the federal government charging itself interest, these dollars would be better spent on premium affordability and cost-effective community flood prevention. Temporarily freezing interest on the debt would not forgive what is owed, but it would free up policyholder-contributed dollars for necessary investments in state-of-the-art flood mapping and property mitigation.

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ON SENATE FLOOR, RUBIO HONORS
VICTIMS OF PULSE NIGHTCLUB ATTACK

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Washington, D.C. – Speaking on the U.S. Senate floor today, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) honored the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub terrorist attack that took place in Orlando one year ago.

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SAFE, HEALTHY, & STRONG

 

 

My goal as your representative in Congress is to help our community stay safe, ensure our families can stay healthy and strengthen our economy. At the beginning of this week, I held a town hall with more than 500 people in Stuart. While we may not agree on every policy solution, it’s clear that people are concerned about making our economy work for everyone, ensuring access to care, lowering taxes and holding our government accountable. These are all top priorities for me and we made progress on them this week in Washington.

One of the major bills we passed this week is called the Financial CHOICE Act, which will help our community banks give local businesses the resources they need to succeed.

The Financial CHOICE Act does what Dodd-Frank intended to do, but in a smarter, more efficient way. Dodd-Frank included more regulations than ALL other bills passed during President Obama’s 8 years in office combined. All that red tape has made it harder for small business owners and families who need a loan.

Whether you are looking to open a new restaurant or make improvements on your house, your access to funding shouldn’t rest in the hands of just a few “too big to fail” banks. Community banks are critical for growing our economy and supporting our local community.

That’s why the Financial CHOICE Act imposes tough financial penalties for financial fraud and ends “too big to fail” by putting a stop to taxpayer bailouts for big banks. At the same time, the bill protects community banks and credit unions from burdensome regulations that have slowed economic growth.

To learn more about the Financial CHOICE Act and the other bills we passed this week, watch this week’s Week In Review video. To learn more about my work on your behalf, please visit my website.

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RUBIO INTRODUCES TWO BILLS
TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) recently joined his Senate colleagues in introducing two bills that would combat human trafficking.

Rubio joined Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Bob Corker (R-TN) in introducing the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), legislation that would establish and reauthorize critical programs to prevent human trafficking, promote justice for survivors, provide services to victims and increase federal coordination to enhance the federal government’s response to the crisis of exploitation.

Rubio also joined Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bob Corker (R-TN), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Dean Heller (R-NV), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) in introducing the Abolish Human Trafficking Act, legislation that would strengthen and reauthorize key programs that support survivors of human trafficking and provide resources to federal, state, and local law enforcement officials on the front lines of the fight against modern-day slavery.

“Victims of human trafficking need help from their communities as they reclaim their lives,” said Rubio. “These bills will help support survivors and provide more resources to empower and assist victims in their recovery process. I’m proud to join my colleagues in fighting against traffickers and doing everything we can to protect and support their victims.”

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RUBIO, GILLIBRAND INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION ENHANCING STATE DEPT ROLE IN COMBATTING ANTI-SEMITISM

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on Tuesday introduced the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act, bipartisan legislation that would enhance the State Department’s role in combatting anti-Semitism across the globe. U.S. Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Eliot Engel (D-NY) introduced the companion bill in the House of Representatives.

“We have seen an alarming rise in anti-Semitism with Jewish communities targeted around the world and even here at home,” said Rubio. “The United States must remain committed to combating anti-Semitism in all its forms, wherever it appears. This bill enhances the position of the Special Envoy and builds upon American leadership on this important issue.”

“At a time of growing anti-Semitism across the globe and here at home, it is vital that we prioritize the fight against this scourge,” said Gillibrand. “This bill would empower the State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, and it would ensure that we have someone in that role who can raise the profile of this issue within the Department and in all of our diplomatic efforts.”

The Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act would also:

· Elevate the position of special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism to the rank of ambassador

· Direct the special envoy to report directly to the secretary of state

· Prohibit the special envoy from being double-hatted with another portfolio of issues

· Emphasize that the special envoy should be a person of recognized distinction in the field of combating anti-Semitism or religious freedom

· Clarify that the special envoy shall be the primary advisor and coordinator for U.S. government efforts to monitor and combat anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic incitement in foreign countries

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RUBIO HAILS PASSAGE OF LANDMARK VA REFORM BILL

 

 

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today hailed the Senate passage of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. The landmark legislation, which was led by Rubio with Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Jon Tester (D-MT), now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Ahead of the vote, Rubio discussed the merits of the bill and commended his colleagues for their support of the legislation, which will bring needed accountability reforms to the VA.

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CONGRESSMAN BRIAN MAST TOWN HALL

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Stuart — It was big crowd and a motivated crowd at Congressman Mast’s Town Hall last eveing at the Martin County Council On Aging “Kane Center”

The crowd was for the most part behaved however, there were some hot spots, especially when it comes to The Trump/Republican Health care reform efforts in Washington.

The traditional conservative Martin County crowd was not in force at this town hall. The segments of the Congressman’s district that lean Democratic and further left were out in organized fashion. organized fashion means simply that there were devices used in last evening event that require money and organization (community). The Red card and Green card was one such device. If you disagreed with Congressman Mast’s position you held up your red card if you agreed you held up green. However, someone from the opposing crowd must have received advanced intellagence of this device and while attendees were in line there were just green cards being handed out. This tactic was not appreciated by the RED/Green carders and tensions surfaced in and outside the venue.

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CONGRESSMAN BRIAN MAST TOWN HALL

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Stuart — It was big crowd and a motivated crowd at Congressman Mast’s Town Hall last eveing at the Martin County Council On Aging “Kane Center”

The crowd was for the most part behaved however, there were some hot spots, especially when it comes to The Trump/Republican Health care reform efforts in Washington.

The traditional conservative Martin County crowd was not in force at this town hall. The segments of the Congressman’s district that lean Democratic and further left were out in organized fashion. organized fashion means simply that there were devices used in last evening event that require money and organization (community). The Red card and Green card was one such device. If you disagreed with Congressman Mast’s position you held up your red card if you agreed you held up green. However, someone from the opposing crowd must have received advanced intellagence of this device and while attendees were in line there were just green cards being handed out. This tactic was not appreciated by the RED/Green carders and tensions surfaced in and outside the venue.

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CONGRESSMAN BRIAN MAST TOWN HALL

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Stuart — It was big crowd and a motivated crowd at Congressman Mast’s Town Hall last eveing at the Martin County Council On Aging “Kane Center”

The crowd was for the most part behaved however, there were some hot spots, especially when it comes to The Trump/Republican Health care reform efforts in Washington.

The traditional conservative Martin County crowd was not in force at this town hall. The segments of the Congressman’s district that lean Democratic and further left were out in organized fashion. organized fashion means simply that there were devices used in last evening event that require money and organization (community). The Red card and Green card was one such device. If you disagreed with Congressman Mast’s position you held up your red card if you agreed you held up green. However, someone from the opposing crowd must have received advanced intellagence of this device and while attendees were in line there were just green cards being handed out. This tactic was not appreciated by the RED/Green carders and tensions surfaced in and outside the venue.

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CONGRESSMAN BRIAN MAST TOWN HALL

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Stuart — It was big crowd and a motivated crowd at Congressman Mast’s Town Hall last eveing at the Martin County Council On Aging “Kane Center”

The crowd was for the most part behaved however, there were some hot spots, especially when it comes to The Trump/Republican Health care reform efforts in Washington.

The traditional conservative Martin County crowd was not in force at this town hall. The segments of the Congressman’s district that lean Democratic and further left were out in organized fashion. organized fashion means simply that there were devices used in last evening event that require money and organization (community). The Red card and Green card was one such device. If you disagreed with Congressman Mast’s position you held up your red card if you agreed you held up green. However, someone from the opposing crowd must have received advanced intellagence of this device and while attendees were in line there were just green cards being handed out. This tactic was not appreciated by the RED/Green carders and tensions surfaced in and outside the venue.

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CONGRESSMAN BRIAN MAST TOWN HALL

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Stuart — It was big crowd and a motivated crowd at Congressman Mast’s Town Hall last eveing at the Martin County Council On Aging “Kane Center”

The crowd was for the most part behaved however, there were some hot spots, especially when it comes to The Trump/Republican Health care reform efforts in Washington.

The traditional conservative Martin County crowd was not in force at this town hall. The segments of the Congressman’s district that lean Democratic and further left were out in organized fashion. organized fashion means simply that there were devices used in last evening event that require money and organization (community). The Red card and Green card was one such device. If you disagreed with Congressman Mast’s position you held up your red card if you agreed you held up green. However, someone from the opposing crowd must have received advanced intellagence of this device and while attendees were in line there were just green cards being handed out. This tactic was not appreciated by the RED/Green carders and tensions surfaced in and outside the venue.

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CONGRESSMAN BRIAN MAST TOWN HALL

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Stuart — It was big crowd and a motivated crowd at Congressman Mast’s Town Hall last eveing at the Martin County Council On Aging “Kane Center”

The crowd was for the most part behaved however, there were some hot spots, especially when it comes to The Trump/Republican Health care reform efforts in Washington.

The traditional conservative Martin County crowd was not in force at this town hall. The segments of the Congressman’s district that lean Democratic and further left were out in organized fashion. organized fashion means simply that there were devices used in last evening event that require money and organization (community). The Red card and Green card was one such device. If you disagreed with Congressman Mast’s position you held up your red card if you agreed you held up green. However, someone from the opposing crowd must have received advanced intellagence of this device and while attendees were in line there were just green cards being handed out. This tactic was not appreciated by the RED/Green carders and tensions surfaced in and outside the venue.

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RUBIO, NELSON URGE ADMINISTRATION
TO SEEK COMPENSATION FOR AMERICAN PROPERTY
STOLEN BY CUBAN GOVERNMENT

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Washington, D.C. – As the Trump Administration reviews its policy towards Cuba, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) urged U.S. State and Treasury Department Secretaries Rex Tillerson and Steven Mnuchin to prioritize seeking compensation for Americans whose property was stolen by the Cuban government.

“The U.S. Foreign Claims Settlement Commission (FCSC) has certified more than 5,900 claims against the Cuban Government for stolen property,” states the senators’ letter. “These claims—now valued at approximately $8 billion—remain unresolved. While the Cuban Government has manufactured ridiculous counter-claims to avoid responsibility, we urge you to seek fair compensation on behalf of these Americans as soon as possible. To that end, we request that you work with Congress to develop a plan and timeline for resolution of these claims, as well as consider instructing the FCSC to conduct a third Cuban Claims Program to allow for potential new claimants.”

The full text of the senators’ letter

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RUBIO ADDRESSES COMEY HEARING, VA REFORM

 

 

Washington, D.C. – In the latest installment of Marco’s Constituent Mailbox video series, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) addressed issues recently raised by constituents, such as former FBI Director James Comey’s upcoming hearing this week and accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

“And this week, of course, there’s a lot of insight coming into our office about the upcoming hearing this Thursday of this week. Former Director Comey from the FBI will be appearing before the Intelligence Committee that I serve on. And so we’ll have an opportunity to question him along with my colleagues. We have a lot of people calling in and writing about things like an independent commission or there used to be a lot about an independent counsel – that’s now happened. And so I have not necessarily believed there needs to be an independent commission yet. I have said that because I think the Intelligence Committee is doing its work in a bipartisan way and members on both sides of the aisle will tell you we’re making real progress in getting to the truth.

“So that’s where I would begin. People ask me ‘what do you hope to hear out of the hearing on Thursday?’ I think the bottom line is the truth. We want to hear from Director Comey, someone I’ve had a chance to interact with over the last four years and have always admired as a professional. There’s been some things reported in the press about what conversations he may or may not have had with the president. We’re going to have an opportunity to ask him those questions and to do so in front of the American people in an open hearing. And so that’s an important moment for rule of law and for what we do here in our oversight function.

“And so when people say ‘what’s the goal of the hearing?’ The goal is to get to the truth and to gather from him exactly what happened. We don’t want to continue to have to rely on press reports or an anonymous source that said that ‘he said.’ I think it’s important to hear directly from him and that’s what we are going to have a chance to do on Thursday when he testifies and I’m sure a lot of people will be tuning in to see what happens from that.”

“We’re going to be hopefully passing here my VA accountability law that hasn’t passed by the time you see this broadcast. And this is a law that took some time to get into the books. We had to work with Democrats across the aisle to build a consensus. What it basically does is it gives the secretary of the Veterans Administration more power to be able to remove from their positions people that are breaking the law or not doing a good job. Bring accountability back to the VA. Not a week goes by that we don’t get dozens of calls to our office from veterans who are having a problem interacting with the VA. And while the enormous and vast majority of people that work at the VA are doing a great job, there are few people that are not. And the VA secretary has to have the ability to hold them accountable. And that’s what this law allows us to do. And I’m pleased that we were able to put together a bipartisan group to deal with that.”

Rubio encourages constituents to continue writing letters and sharing their concerns via his official website, rubio.senate.gov.

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AHEAD OF SENATE VOTE, RUBIO URGES COLLEAGUES
TO SUPPORT VA REFORM BILL

 

 

Washington, D.C. – Ahead of the Senate vote on the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) highlighted the need for VA reform, and urged his colleagues to vote in favor of the legislation.

The VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act is headed to the Senate floor on Tuesday, and I’m truly hopeful my Senate colleagues are going to vote in favor of this.

This would reform the VA by allowing the secretary to dismiss bad employees and ensure appropriate due process protections for whistleblowers. In the last few weeks, major veterans organizations have been throwing their support behind this commonsense reform, and it’s been endorsed by the VA Secretary.

So, I hope the Senate is going to take this up and pass it without delay so that the secretary has the tools that he needs to hold bad actors accountable and also to protect whistleblowers from the threat of retaliation. These changes are crucial to ensure that there’s accountability at the VA so that it can deliver for our veterans. And so, I ask you to please lend your voice to support this bill and hopefully it will pass here this week.

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RACE FOR CHILDREN ACT KEY FOR CANCER TREATMENTS

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By Senators Marco Rubio and Michael Bennet

Every day, thousands of parents across America face a life-altering reality: learning their child has cancer.

Pediatric cancer is the leading cause of death among children, with one in every 285 kids diagnosed before the age of 20. While researchers continue to make significant advances to treat and cure cancer for adults, progress to develop safe drugs for pediatric cancer lags far behind.

We have seen firsthand the struggles families endure in their battles against this terrible disease. From the financial hardships to the emotional stress of potentially losing a child, families are left grasping for hope. In cases where minimal treatments are available, a parent’s only option is to take his or her child home and enjoy the time they have left together. These children deserve the same chances of recovery that adults battling cancer have, but sadly, this is not the case today.

New cancer treatment drugs being developed are tested on adults, but not on children. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determines that these drugs are safe for a full-grown adult, but not for a young, developing child. This leaves children with limited options, often resulting in doctors using powerful drugs approved for adults that can have severe consequences for children. ‎

We recently heard from a couple who lost their child to chemotherapy. The child ended up defeating the cancer, but was not able to survive the treatment. In these cases, chemotherapy proves fatal for children even though it was shown to be safe for adults. Parents from all over the country have told us their stories after watching their children struggle with chemotherapy and its lifelong health consequences, and they demand more treatment options.

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RUBIO TOURS U.S. SOUTHERN COMMAND HEADQUARTERS

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Miami, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Committee on Foreign Relations, today visited U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) to receive briefings on regional challenges and SOUTHCOM’s efforts to enhance U.S. national security interests in Latin America.

“At a time of growing threats from transnational criminal organizations, illicit trafficking, illicit financing and increased military and‎ intelligence activity on the part of U.S. adversaries, the work of our men and women in uniform and their civilian partners at SOUTHCOM is more vital than ever to defending the United States and our interests in the Western Hemisphere,” said Rubio. “I was pleased to meet with Admiral Tidd and his staff to discuss the crisis in Venezuela, his efforts to build the capabilities of our partners in the region and the need for increased focus on Latin America‎ from Washington.”

Located in Doral, FL, SOUTHCOM is one of nine unified Combatant Commands (COCOMs) in the Department of Defense. SOUTHCOM is responsible for providing contingency planning, operations, and security cooperation for Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. The command oversees the force protection of U.S. military resources at these locations. SOUTHCOM is also responsible for ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal and canal area. SOUTHCOM is a joint command comprised of more than 1,200 military and civilian personnel representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and several other federal agencies.

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AS HURRICANE SEASON COMMENCES,
RUBIO URGES ADMINISTRATION
TO RELAX REGULATIONS THAT COULD IMPEDE RELIEF

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Miami, FL – As the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season commences, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today urged President Trump and his administration to conduct a comprehensive review of all existing federal regulations that can be relaxed in order to facilitate more effective and efficient relief efforts in the event of a hurricane.

“As your administration continues its focus on regulatory reform, I urge you to consider regulations, rules, and bureaucratic red tape that may hinder or constrain Americans’ abilities to rebuild their lives and communities following disasters,” states Rubio’s letter. “Still recovering from the impacts of last year’s Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew, Floridians are eager to see Washington, D.C. refocus and refine the government’s disaster relief mission to ensure that meeting victims’ needs is always the immediate priority.”

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RUBIO VISITS NAVAL AIR STATION PENSACOLA
AND CORRY STATION, LUNCHES WITH SAILORS

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Pensacola, FL — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today visited Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola and Corry Station, where he joined enlisted sailors for lunch.

“It was great to spend the day in the Pensacola area to tour NAS Pensacola, the cradle of naval aviation, and Corry Station, the Navy’s premiere cyber and information warfare training center,” said Rubio. “It was an honor to see these sailors at two of the Navy’s most important installations in Northwest Florida working to ensure our cyber defense capabilities and the future of naval aviation.‎ As Florida’s senator, I will continue to support a strong national defense and care for our military personnel and veterans communities across the state‎.”

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RUBIO, CORTEZ MASTO URGE ADMINISTRATION
TO PROTECT SENIORS FROM
EVICTION UNDER REVERSE MORTGAGE PROGRAM

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Pensacola, FL – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), members of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, today urged U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney to protect seniors from potential eviction under reverse mortgage rules. The senators urged the Administration to keep existing safeguards in place to protect seniors from losing their homes and requested verification of the Administration’s plan to do so.

“While reverse mortgages can provide an important source of financial security for seniors by allowing them to tap the value of their home and age-in-place, they have also raised a number of concerns,” the senators said. “One such concern arising in recent years relates to what happens when a homeowner dies, and is survived by a spouse that was not an original borrower on the reverse mortgage. Under previous Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) rules, upon the death (or move-out) of the original borrower, the reverse mortgage loan became immediately due, meaning that surviving spouse had to either pay the loan in full, or face eviction.”

“Given the gravity of potential changes to this law, we therefore request a written response outlining the rationale underlying this proposed change. We also urge that you continue to ensure that widows do not face eviction in these circumstances,” the senators concluded.

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RUBIO STATEMENT ON EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT
ENACTING REPRESSIVE NGO LAW

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Pensacola, FL- U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi enacted a repressive NGO law that was passed by the Egyptian Parliament last year:

“I am alarmed Egyptian President el-Sisi enacted the draconian law that imposes severe restrictions on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Egypt. This law is a direct attack on independent civil society in Egypt and will make it nearly impossible for charities, human rights groups, and other NGOs to function without government interference.

“This law will have a terrible impact on Egypt’s ability to make sincere and difficult reforms. It will also have implications for the U.S.-Egypt relationship. As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds foreign military financing and other foreign assistance, I will work with my colleagues to ensure Congress takes the el-Sisi government’s actions into full consideration.”

County Commissioners Cut Ribbon
On Salerno Road Sewer Enhancement

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Port Salerno — A ribbon-cutting event celebrating the completion of the Salerno Road Sewer Enhancement Project was held on Wednesday.

This project included sewer system improvements with a master lift station, roadway reconstruction, on-street parking, landscaping and other improvements. Due to the close proximity to Salerno Creek and the Manatee Pocket, the sewer component of the project was a critical need to transition businesses on Salerno Road off aging septic systems.

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County Commissioners Cut Ribbon
On Salerno Road Sewer Enhancement

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Port Salerno — A ribbon-cutting event celebrating the completion of the Salerno Road Sewer Enhancement Project was held on Wednesday.

This project included sewer system improvements with a master lift station, roadway reconstruction, on-street parking, landscaping and other improvements. Due to the close proximity to Salerno Creek and the Manatee Pocket, the sewer component of the project was a critical need to transition businesses on Salerno Road off aging septic systems.

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County Commissioners Cut Ribbon
On Salerno Road Sewer Enhancement

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Port Salerno — A ribbon-cutting event celebrating the completion of the Salerno Road Sewer Enhancement Project was held on Wednesday.

This project included sewer system improvements with a master lift station, roadway reconstruction, on-street parking, landscaping and other improvements. Due to the close proximity to Salerno Creek and the Manatee Pocket, the sewer component of the project was a critical need to transition businesses on Salerno Road off aging septic systems.

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HONORING OUR FALLEN HEROES

 

 

I’ve always tried to show my kids that it’s possible to overcome adversity. I’ve tried to teach them that they can achieve anything to which they truly dedicate themselves. I’ve tried to exemplify strength, even when I did not feel strong inside.

I do not regret one moment that I spent in combat. Every second was spent working toward the worthiest possible cause: service to my brothers and service to the United States of America.

But, I do have regrets. Every year, I attend Memorial Day ceremonies back home in Florida. On Memorial Day in 2013, I made a request of my wife Brianna that I have come to deeply regret. That year, I asked that she stay home with our two little boys so that I could attend the ceremonies by myself.

I made this selfish request because I didn’t want my boys to see me in pain, and I didn’t want my wife to have to answer the question, “why is Daddy crying?”

I regret this moment, because at the time, I mistook those tears for weakness. I now realize that those tears represent strength.

My boys and my new baby girl need to see my emotion for each person who gave the last beat of their heart to defend our freedom. I want them to know why I sometimes can’t even say the word Taps and why my eyes might start welling up when I see a military funeral on the news.

They need to see this emotion because they need to know that there were brave men and women who showed strength, courage and patriotism with every bit of life they had so that my children may live free. They need to see this emotion so they know that they are blessed beyond words to be citizens of the greatest country on Earth.

I want them to know that there has been a high cost paid for all that makes this country great. The limitless opportunity that my children will enjoy in life was paid for with the blood and spirit of men and women who traded their own lives to fulfill an oath to the United States of America.

I want my kids to grow up honoring these men and women who will never be able to give their child a hug again. And I want them to know that it is strong and honorable to have the courage to mourn.

We have been given the gift of life, so please join me in memory of the absolute best men and women that each of us has ever known and in celebration of the freedom they sacrificed to protect.

 

 

 

SUPPORTING VETERANS

 

 

Every single veteran has carried a burden for our country. We have carried the burden of missing births, birthdays and ball games. We have held the lives of our friends and the lives of our enemies in our hands. And because we are the lucky ones – the ones who came home – we have a responsibility to those that did not make it home to honor their memory and to those that did to help our fellow veterans.

When I’m thinking about the work that we do in Congress, I often hold it to this standard: would those fallen men and women be proud of the work that we are doing here? Would they be proud of how we represent our nation and the values they fought for? Would they want us as members of their team?

This week, Congress passed 7 bills to improve care for our veterans. Watch this week’s Week In Review video to hear about each of those bills and how they would help those veterans who did make it home. I hope our fallen heroes would be proud of the work we did, not just this week but every week, in service to our great nation.

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RUBIO, MURPHY, JOHNSON DEMAND INVESTIGATION INTO
TURKISH SECURITY DETAIL’S INVOLVEMENT IN ATTACK ON DC PROTESTERS

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) joined 17 other senators in urging the U.S. State Department to determine whether members of Turkey President Recep Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu’s security detail were involved in an attack on protesters outside of the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. which left nine hospitalized. The senators highlighted that President Erdogan’s security detail has an unacceptable history of violence toward protesters and urged Tillerson to hold the Turkish security detail accountable under U.S. law if it is found that they were involved in the attack.

“We write today to express our concern regarding the apparent involvement of members of the Turkish security detail accompanying President Recep Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in a violent altercation outside the Turkish Ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. on May 16. If true, this is the second time in little more than a year that members of Turkish diplomatic security have intervened violently against protestors and members of the media in the United States. This is not acceptable,” wrote the senators. “We urge you to work expeditiously with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department to identify the perpetrators of this assault and to determine whether members of President Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu’s security detail were involved. If their participation is confirmed, those responsible should be held accountable under applicable U.S. law.”

Joining Rubio, Murphy, and Johnson were Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Gary Peters (D-MI), Ed Markey (D-MA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Jack Reed (D-RI), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Al Franken (D-MN).

The full text of the senators’ letter

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RUBIO, COLLEAGUES APPLAUD COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF
COMPREHENSIVE BILL TO HOLD IRAN ACCOUNTABLE

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Bob Corker (R-TN), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Bob Casey (D-PA) today applauded Senate Foreign Relations Committee passage of the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act, bipartisan legislation that would expand sanctions for Iranian ballistic missile development, support for terrorism, transfers of conventional weapons to or from Iran, and human rights violations.

“It’s critical that the United States do more to counter the Iranian regime’s growing missile threats, support for international terrorism and militancy, and systematic abuse of human rights,” said Rubio. “This bipartisan bill is an important step in the right direction, especially after the flawed Iran nuclear deal, and I look forward to working with the Trump Administration to finally hold Iran accountable for its actions.”

“We can no longer allow the nuclear agreement with Iran to dictate U.S. policy throughout the Middle East, and this bill is an important first step in finally holding Iran accountable for their non-nuclear destabilizing activities,” said Corker. “As many of us predicted at the time, Iran’s rogue behavior has only escalated since implementation of the agreement, and this bipartisan bill approved by the committee today will give the Trump administration additional tools for holding Tehran accountable. It also sends an important signal that the U.S. will no longer look the other way in the face of continued Iranian aggression. I am proud of the strong bipartisan momentum behind this effort and will push for timely consideration on the Senate floor.”

“Today’s committee approval of this bipartisan legislation brings us one step closer to finally ensuring Iran’s leaders understand they do not enjoy blanket impunity as the United States continues to live up to its commitments under the JCPOA,” said Menendez. “Independent of the nuclear portfolio, and as President Rouhani starts his second presidential term, our broader policy towards Iran must be one that holds Tehran accountable for their destabilizing efforts in the region, illegal and dangerous missile technology development, and nefarious activities as the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism. As the Administration continues to review its Iran policy, Congress must set out clear markers that impose real consequences to Iran’s illicit behavior that runs counter to our national security and that of our allies in the region. I will work diligently with my colleagues so this important legislation is swiftly taken up by the full Congress and sent to the President’s desk for his signature.”

“Iran is contributing to regional instability and has not demonstrated any interest in rejoining the community of responsible nations by halting its malign behavior. Today’s bipartisan Committee passage of Iran legislation underscores Congress’ role in articulating a roadmap for pushing back on Iran’s aggressive actions,” said Cardin. “The Iranian regime, and its clients and proxies, should take from this legislation that while we will continue to fulfill U.S. obligations pursuant to the JCPOA. However, we remain committed to pushing back on Iran’s ballistic missile program, support for terrorism, violations of the arms embargo, and human rights abuses against its own citizens.”

“I thank my colleagues for supporting this bill and allowing it to move forward. Now, we’re one step closer to holding Iran accountable for its imperialist aggression,” said Cotton.

“This legislation will hold Iran accountable for its destabilizing behavior and support for terrorism,” said Casey. “Advancing this bipartisan bill sends a clear message to Iran that our nation will work to counter its aggression in the places like Syria and Yemen, its support for terrorist groups like Hezbollah, its development of ballistic missile technology, and its serial violations of human rights.”

Cosponsors of the legislation also include Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Cory Booker (D-NJ), John Boozman (R-AR), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Coons (D-DE), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dean Heller (R-NV), John Hoeven (R-ND), James Inhofe (R-OK), John Kennedy (R-LA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Joe Manchin (D-WV), John McCain (R-AZ), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Bill Nelson (D-FL), David Perdue (R-GA), Gary Peters (D-MI), Rob Portman (R-OH), Jim Risch (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Todd Young (R-IN).

The Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act contains the following key provisions:

New Mandatory Ballistic Missile Sanctions: Imposes mandatory sanctions on persons involved with Iran’s ballistic missile program and those that transact with them.

New Terrorism Sanctions: Applies terrorism sanctions to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and codifies individuals who are currently sanctioned due to Iranian support for terrorism.

Enforcement of Arms Embargo: Requires the president to block the property of any person or entity involved in specific activities related to the supply, sale, or transfer of prohibited arms and related material to or from Iran.

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RUBIO, NELSON INTRODUCE BILL
AUTHORIZING ADDITIONAL FLORIDA JUDGESHIPS

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) today introduced the Florida Federal Judicial Relief Act, legislation that would authorize one, six, and three additional judgeships in the northern, middle, and southern districts of Florida, respectively. The bill also converts an existing judgeship from temporary to permanent for the southern district of Florida. These proposals are based on the recommendations of the Judicial Conference of the United States, which is the national policy-making body for the federal courts and makes recommendations on judgeships every two years.

“The overwhelming caseload facing our judges is an undue burden for both our judicial system and the people of Florida,” said Rubio. “By following the recommendations of the Judicial Conference in authorizing these judgeships, we can help ensure a more efficient judicial system. I am proud to introduce this bill with Senator Nelson and look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to authorize these important judgeships for Florida as it will have short and long term benefits for our judges and residents.”

“Florida’s federal courts are some of the busiest in the country,” said Nelson. “This bill will help provide Floridians with better access to our legal system.”

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RUBIO MEETS WITH AYA HIJAZI AND HER HUSBAND
FOLLOWING THEIR RELEASE FROM EGYPTIAN PRISON

 

 

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today met with released American-Egyptian prisoner Aya Hijazi and her husband Mohamed Hassanein. Both were imprisoned in Egypt in May 2014 on false charges and were finally freed, along with their colleagues at Belady Foundation, in late April 2017. Rubio has been a vocal advocate for the release of Aya, Mohamed, their colleagues, and all political prisoners jailed in Egypt.

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VA COMMITTEE PASSES RUBIO, ISAKSON,
TESTER ACCOUNTABILITY BILL

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Jon Tester (D-MT) were joined today by their fellow cosponsors of the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act in applauding the bipartisan committee passage of this legislation to improve accountability at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The measure, which passed the committee by voice vote, would reform the VA by allowing the secretary to dismiss bad employees and ensure appropriate due process protections for whistleblowers.

Along with Rubio, Isakson and Tester, the other 21 senators who are cosponsors of the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act include Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), John Boozman (R-AR), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Thad Cochran (R-MS), John Cornyn (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Steve Daines (R-MT), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Dean Heller (R-NV), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), John Kennedy (R-LA), John McCain (R-AZ), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Bill Nelson (D-FL), David Perdue (R-GA), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Dan Sullivan (R-AR), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Roger Wicker (R-MS).

“We applaud today’s bipartisan committee vote to advance this critical legislation that will help change the culture and improve accountability at the VA,” said the 24 sponsoring senators following today’s committee vote. “We hope the Senate will follow suit and take up this bipartisan legislation without delay so that VA Secretary Shulkin has the tools he needs to hold bad actors accountable and protect whistleblowers from the threat of retaliation.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act was introduced by Rubio, Isakson, and Tester on May 11. Following today’s committee approval, the legislation now moves to the full Senate for a vote on final passage.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act is widely supported by key veterans stakeholders including the VA and U.S. House VA committee leadership. This legislation has also won the support of several veterans advocacy groups that represent millions of veterans in the United States and key government accountability groups.

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RUBIO, WARREN INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO
PROTECT VETERANS FROM FINANCIAL SCAMS

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) reintroduced the Veterans Care Financial Protection Act, legislation that would help protect veterans who receive Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) funded assistance from becoming the victims of financial scams. The bill directs the VA to work with other federal agencies and states to crack down on scam artists who are diverting federal funds intended to support low-income and older veterans who require assisted care.

“It’s terrible when anyone falls prey to scam artists who rob them of money, but it’s especially despicable when our most vulnerable veterans are targeted by criminals pretending to help them receive federal benefits,” said Rubio. “This legislation will help ensure more of these scammers are brought to justice, so our veterans are better protected and receive the proper assistance they need and deserve.”

“Our men and women in uniform have all made sacrifices in service to our country. The Aid and Attendance program is a critical lifeline for the thousands of older veterans who just need a helping hand for basic daily activities,” said Warren. “Unfortunately, the program is being undermined by scams, putting our veterans at even greater financial risk and wasting taxpayer dollars. This legislation will help put a stop to these financial scams and ensure that we honor our commitments to our veterans.”

The VA offers an Aid & Attendance benefit (A&A) to help pay for assisted living or in-home personal care for veterans who qualify for a VA pension, and are housebound or require the aid and attendance of another person. Scam artists have targeted veterans, charging them fees for obtaining the benefit even though the application process is free. Some scammers even take control of the veteran’s assets and move them into an irrevocable trust or an annuity, which the elderly veteran often cannot access again for many years, and may disqualify the veteran from other assistance, like Medicaid.

The Veterans Care Financial Protection Act introduced by Rubio and Warren has been endorsed by the following organizations: The American Legion, The Association of the U.S. Army, The Association of the U.S. Navy, The Fleet Reserve Association, The Military Order of the Purple Heart, The Military Officers Association of America, and The Retired Enlisted Association.

The legislation was initially introduced by Rubio and Warren as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act and an omnibus veterans bill, as well as a standalone bill in 2014.

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RUBIO, COONS REINTRODUCE BILL TO HELP EXPAND
ACCESS TO COLLEGE FOR LOW-INCOME STUDENTS

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Chris Coons (D-DL) today introduced the American Dream Accounts Act, legislation that would help to increase the number of low-income and at-risk students able to access and complete a college education. This legislation would authorize the Department of Education to award three-year competitive grants to support innovative and comprehensive partnerships that support low-income students in preparation for a college education. Earlier today, Rubio joined Coons and Opportunity Nation to announce their reintroduction of the bill.

“I was happy to join Senator Coons and Opportunity Nation today to announce the reintroduction of American Dream Accounts Act. Since its inception, America has been a unique nation where anyone from anywhere can do anything,” said Rubio. “We must keep it that way and I believe one way to do that is to provide more pathways for children to attend college. The American Dream is what makes our country exceptional, and it is crucial we do everything we can to expand economic mobility and lessen the opportunity gap in America.”

“If we want to ensure that American workers can compete in the global economy, we must ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to access higher education,” said Coons. “The American Dream Accounts Act would bridge the opportunity gap by connecting students, teachers, parents, and mentors to create a new generation of higher education achievers through streamlining resources that would allow young people to prepare for, save for, train for, and achieve their dreams for their futures.”

Endorsed by Opportunity Nation, First Focus Campaign for Children, Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), National PTA, Delaware PTA, and Delaware State University, the American Dream Accounts Act encourages partnerships among schools, colleges, non-profits and businesses to develop secure, Web-based student accounts that contain information about academic preparedness, financial literacy and high-impact mentoring and would be tied to a college savings account. Instead of approaching these threads independently, this bill connects students, parents and teachers across silos, and takes a small but significant step toward helping more at-risk students of all income levels access, afford and complete a college education.
The American Dream Accounts Act authorizes the Department of Education to award three-year competitive grants to local partnerships that:

· Create American Dream Accounts (ADAs), personal online accounts for low-income students that monitor higher education readiness and include a college savings account. ADAs would follow students from school to school and through college. Parents would grant vested stakeholders (including counselors, teachers, coaches, mentors, and others) access to the account to update student information, monitor progress, and provide college preparatory support.

· Open college savings accounts for students. Every ADA would include a college savings account for each student. Grantees that can provide these accounts with seed money would be prioritized. Funds from the grant could not be used to seed the college savings accounts.

· Support college readiness by securely monitoring students’ progress online. Academic and behavioral information, including grades and course selections, progress reports, and attendance and disciplinary records would be available for review in an ADA, which would also provide opportunities to learn about financial literacy, prepare for college enrollment, and identify skills and career interests.

· Collect data about effective ways to assist high-risk students in planning for college through a comprehensive monitoring and reporting system.

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RUBIO ADDRESSES TOP CONSTITUENT CONCERNS

 

 

Washington, D.C. – In the latest installment of Marco’s Constituent Mailbox video series, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) addresses the top issues concerning constituents: Russia’s interference in U.S. elections, the Senate health care bill, and offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

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RUBIO, COLLEAGUES INTRODUCE BILL
TO BOLSTER HOMELAND MISSILE DEFENSE

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Gary Peters (D-MI), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced the Advancing America’s Missile Defense Act, legislation that would strengthen and improve the reliability, capability, and capacity of U.S. homeland missile defense.

“The North Korean regime continues to be a clear and present danger to America and the world with its unwavering development of nuclear capable intercontinental ballistic missiles,” said Rubio. “It is our duty to do everything we can to ensure we are prepared in the event of a nuclear threat. That is why I am proud to support the Advancing America’s Missile Defense Act of 2017, legislation that would advance our defense system to keep our homeland safe.”

“Our nation’s missile defense is a critical insurance policy that protects Americans and our allies from a nuclear catastrophe,” said Sullivan. “Top military leaders have been sounding the alarm, saying it is only a matter of ‘when, not if,’ Kim Jong-un will get the capability to range cities in the continental United States with a nuclear inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM). The Advancing America’s Missile Defense Act of 2017 heeds that warning and seeks to advance our nation’s ability to outpace the current threats. I thank my colleagues on both sides of aisle for coming together to address this critical national security issue.”

“This bill will help improve our ability to defend Hawai‘i, Alaska, and the U.S. mainland against a North Korean ballistic missile threat,” said Schatz. “While we take this extra step to strengthen our defense capacities, we must continue to explore every diplomatic avenue to hold North Korea to its international commitments and stop its unlawful pursuit of a nuclear-capable ballistic missile.”

“The success of our modern ground- and sea-based missile defenses underscore the moral clarity and prescient outlook Ronald Reagan exhibited in the 1980’s in his mission to protect our citizens from ballistic missile threats,” said Cruz. “While our adversaries are increasingly focused on ballistic missile capabilities, we must ensure our missile defense architecture outpaces their developing threats. This bill is a statement of rededication to Reagan’s vision, particularly its attention to space-based sensors, and I hope all my colleagues will come together to invest in the security of the American people.”

“The United States faces an evolving number of security threats – from North Korea’s provocative missile tests designed to inflame global tensions, to Iran’s ballistic missile tests in defiance of a UN Security Council resolution,” said Peters. “It is critical that America take proactive steps to bolster our missile defense systems so we are prepared in the event of a missile attack directed at our homeland.”

“If we can’t make Kim Jong-un listen to reason, then we should make his arsenal obsolete,” said Cotton. “In this increasingly dangerous world, America needs a missile-defense system that’s second to none, and this legislation will keep our country ahead of the pack.”

“I am proud to co-sponsor this bill because America’s strength and security are dependent on us staying one step ahead of those who wish us harm, said Manchin. “In a bipartisan way, the Senate is heeding the call of our military leaders by giving them the technology and weapons that they need to keep America and her allies safe from a ballistic missile threat.”

“Keeping Americans safe is absolutely essential, and the Advancing American Missile Defense Act will help us do exactly that,” said Capito. “When it comes to North Korea, the time for smart, responsible action is now, and this legislation takes necessary steps to develop and advance our missile defense infrastructure and technology. This bill will help us properly prepare and equip professionals with the tools they need to counter the very real threat North Korea poses. I am proud to join my colleagues to support this measure that will help make America a safer place.”
The Advancing America’s Missile Defense Act would:

· Promote an integrated, layered ballistic missile defense system incorporating Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, Aegis Ashore, and Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems.

· Authorize an additional 28 Ground-Based Interceptors (GBIs).

· Accelerate the development and deployment of advanced interceptor technologies (Redesigned Kill Vehicle; Multi-object Kill Vehicle MOKV; New, More Flexible and Capable Booster).

· Accelerate the development and deployment of a space-based sensor layer.

· Accelerate the completion of the EIS for an interceptor site on the East Coast and in the Midwest of the U.S.

· Authorize additional missile defense testing and expresses the need to change current test culture at the Missile Defense Agency.

· Mandate report for up to 100 GBIs distributed across the U.S. and asks for specifics on their optimal locations and the possibility of transportable GBIs.

RUBIO WELCOMES NEW SANCTIONS
TARGETING HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATORS IN VENEZUELA

 


Washington, D.C. – Speaking on the U.S. Senate floor yesterday, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) called for the United States to impose sanctions against human rights violators allied with Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro and his regime. Today, Rubio welcomed the Trump Administration’s new sanctions targeting eight members of Venezuela’s Supreme Court of Justice, including its president.

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GOOD NEWS FOR A CHANGE

 


Every time I turn on the TV, all I hear is people yelling at each other. It can be hard to break through the noise and get to the truth. Here are a couple stories from this week that you might have missed:

We passed the bipartisan Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, designed to stop the slaughter of the Syrian people, encourage a resolution to the conflict and hold Syrian human rights abusers accountable for their crimes. The bill included a provision that I wrote to ensure congressional oversight of military action in Syria. Learn more.

The House acted to address rising anti-Semitic threats by passing a bill that I co-sponsored called the Combating European Anti-Semitism Act. The bill increases monitoring of anti-Jewish incidents and the steps taken to combat them. The legislation also encourages our government to partner with European law enforcement agencies to share information and best practices to combat anti-Semitic threats. Learn more.

I helped introduce a bill to recognize August 7th as Purple Heart Day. Learn more about why this issue is important to me.

We passed a bill that I’ve been pushing for months to ensure that criminals who murder law enforcement officers face justice for their crimes. Learn more about the Thin Blue Line Act.

With our Palm Beach County office we’re saving taxpayers money: the new location is almost half as expensive as the previous congressional office in Palm Beach County. Read more.

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ON CNN AND CBS, RUBIO DISCUSSES
RUSSIA INVESTIGATION, VENEZUELA SANCTIONS

 

 

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Miami, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Committee on Foreign Relations and Committee on Appropriations, appeared on CNN’s State of the Union and CBS’ Face the Nation this morning to discuss the investigation into Russia’s interference in the U.S. election, and the latest sanctions against corrupt officials in the Venezuelan regime.

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RUBIO, COLLEAGUES INTRODUCE RESOLUTION
RECOGNIZING JERUSALEM AS CAPITAL OF ISRAEL

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dean Heller (R-NV), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today introduced a resolution recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and calling on the U.S. embassy to be relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.‎

In January, Rubio introduced the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act, legislation that would ensure the U.S. fulfills its promise to relocate the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

View full text of the resolution here

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RUBIO CONDEMNS VENEZUELAN DICTATOR
FOR MURDERING PROTESTERS, NAMES MORE
THUGS WHO SHOULD BE SANCTIONED FOR CRIMES

 

 

Washington, D.C. – Speaking on the U.S. Senate floor today, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) condemned Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro for murdering protesters opposed to his illegitimate power grabs, and called out the members of Venezuela’s supreme court who have helped Maduro dismantle the country’s democratic institutions. Rubio also named several other individuals who should be sanctioned for their crimes, and reiterated the need for the United States to stand with the people of Venezuela.

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RUBIO STATEMENT ON APPOINTMENT OF
ROBERT MUELLER AS SPECIAL COUNSEL

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement today after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel for the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election:

“Mr. Mueller is widely respected for his independence and professionalism. I have confidence that he will conduct a fair and thorough investigation. For the sake of the country, all parties must fully cooperate with his efforts that are focused on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. This effort should in no way be allowed to impede the ability of the Senate Intelligence Committee to conduct and conclude its investigation into the same subject. It is my hope that these investigations will now move expeditiously.”

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RUBIO, CARDIN INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION CALLING ON ETHIOPIA TO RESPECT HUMAN RIGHTS, OPEN DEMOCRATIC SPACE

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) today introduced a Senate resolution condemning excessive use of force by Ethiopian security forces that led to hundreds of deaths last year, and calling on the Ethiopian government to release all political opposition, dissidents, activists, and journalists and to respect the rights enshrined in its constitution.

“As the Ethiopian government continues to stall on making progress on human rights and democratic reform, it is critical that the United States remains vocal in condemning Ethiopia’s human rights abuses against its own people,” said Rubio, chairman of the Foreign Relations subcommittee on human rights and civilian security. “I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to urge the Ethiopian government to respect the rule of law and prioritize human rights and political reforms.”

“The Ethiopian government must make progress on respecting human rights and democratic freedoms. I am deeply troubled by the arrest and ongoing detention of a number of prominent opposition political figures. The fact that we have partnered with the Ethiopian government on counterterrorism does not mean that we will stay silent when it abuses its own people,” said Cardin, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “On the contrary, our partnership means that we must speak out when innocent people are detained, and laws are used to stifle legitimate political dissent.”

The resolution notes that hundreds of people have been killed and thousands were arrested during the course of the protests in Ethiopia. To date, there has not been a credible accounting for security forces’ excesses.

Joining Rubio and Cardin as original cosponsors of the resolution are Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Dick Durbin (D-IL), John Cornyn (R-TX), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chris Coons (D-DE), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Al Franken (D-MN), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR).

RUBIO TESTIFIES IN SUPPORT OF
VA ACCOUNTABILITY LEGISLATION

 

 

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today testified before the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee on the need for accountability at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Rubio recently introduced bipartisan legislation with the committee’s Chairman, Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Ranking Member, Jon Tester (D-MT), that would protect whistleblowers and provide the secretary of the VA with the authority to remove bad employees.

VA Secretary David Shulkin has repeatedly expressed support for Rubio’s legislation, saying it would help him to hold VA employees accountable and better serve veterans. Rubio’s legislation has also received broad praise from Veteran Service Organizations and other key stakeholders.

Following Rubio’s testimony, Chairman Isakson applauded his efforts to bring people together in support of a bipartisan solution to the problems plaguing the VA.

ON SENATE FLOOR, RUBIO CONDEMNS CHINA’S
OPPRESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST, LAWYER

 

 

Washington, D.C. – Speaking on the U.S. Senate floor today, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, condemned the Chinese government’s oppression of human rights activist Huang Qi and lawyer Xie Yang. Rubio’s speech was part of his #expressionNOToppression initiative, which highlights human rights abuses around the world.

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SUPPORT GROWS FOR RUBIO’S
VA ACCOUNTABILITY BILL

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Washington, D.C. – Last week, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio, Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, bipartisan legislation that would reform the VA by allowing the secretary to dismiss bad employees and ensure appropriate due process protections for whistleblowers.

The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will consider the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act during a legislative hearing scheduled for Wednesday, May 17.

The VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act is supported by VA Secretary David Shulkin and the top two members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

The legislation has also received the support of several veterans groups that represent millions of veterans in the United States and key government accountability groups:
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee

The American Legion

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

Reserve Officers Association (ROA)

Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH)

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

American Veterans (AMVETS)

Got Your 6

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)

Concerned Veterans for America (CVA)

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)

Project on Government Oversight

Office of Special Counsel

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RUBIO, MENENDEZ URGE TRUMP TO RAISE
WORSENING HUMAN RIGHTS IN TURKEY WITH ERDOGAN

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Washington, D.C. – Ahead of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to the White House, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) are leading 17 senators in urging President Trump to raise the issue of human rights in Turkey with President Erdogan. Citing the weakening of democratic institutions, stifling of fundamental human rights, and mass arrests and civil society restrictions, the senators expressed concerns about President Edrogan’s authoritarian policies after the recent constitutional referendum.

“Erdogan and his allies have mounted an assault on the rule of law, particularly using sweeping state of emergency authorities to stifle fundamental rights including free speech, undermine the independence of the judiciary, and quash any opposition to their undemocratic actions,” states the senators’ letter. “The United States must be candid and consistent in our support of democratic values and respect for human rights for the sake of Turkey’s future and our long-term interests in the region. We therefore urge you to make support for Turkish democracy and human rights a priority, both in your meetings with President Erdogan next week and in U.S. policy toward Turkey thereafter.”

Joining Rubio and Menendez in sending the letter were Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Cory Booker (D-NJ), John Boozman (R-AR), Chris Coons (D-DE), John Cornyn (R-TX), Susan Collins (R-ME), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), John Kennedy (R-LA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Thomas Tillis (R-NC), Christopher Van Hollen (D-MD), and Todd Young (R-IN).

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THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS

 

 

After a busy week in Congress, I wanted to send you an update so you could hear from me first hand about the votes that I took and the progress we made toward a more efficient, effective and accountable government. I hope you find these updates useful. They’re part of my effort to be accessible, transparent and accountable.

This week we passed a major reform to make health care more affordable and funded $61 million to reimburse counties, including Palm Beach County, that have incurred security costs because of the President’s travel.

Watch this week’s Week In Review video to hear more about just some of what we got done this week, including health care reforms, government funding, passage of a bill to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, three bills to reform FEMA and an amendment I introduced to ensure the President reports to Congress on the Syrian conflict.

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Martin County Opposes Brightline, Despite Florida Support

Out2News.comOver the past several decades, many counties in South Florida have authorized expansions of urban development boundaries, towering building heights, increased density and construction of new roads to support surging growth. We acknowledge why the urbanized areas would be enthusiastic about a purported fast passenger train as a public transportation option to alleviate resulting traffic congestion and gridlock.

However, during the expansive growth era of South Florida, Martin County consistently has held the line on our urban services boundary; protected comprehensive planning policies; and otherwise managed our growth to maintain a slice of Florida in which people love to live, work and vacation.

Through the rail expansion process, Martin County’s goal has been to ensure that our safety needs and the unique environment we have protected for decades were properly addressed. We have exposed the use of taxpayer money to fund what All Aboard Florida (aka Brightline) calls a “self-financed” project. In return, we have been targeted as simple NIMBYs with no legitimate concerns.

To be clear, Martin County is unique. Within the Treasure Coast we have three coastal state parks along which All Aboard Florida proposes to run its 110 mph passenger and 70 mph freight trains. The train traffic through eastern Martin County will increase from the current 10-14 times a day to up to 52 times a day. These fast trains also will run through smaller, pedestrian-friendly communities and small business districts, not industrialized areas or areas sectioned off long ago for Tri-Rail use.

Out2News.comAlso of great concern are the impacts from increased crossings over the 100-year-old St. Lucie River Railroad Bridge. It spans approximately 1,275 feet across the St. Lucie River, rising about 8-10 feet from the river. Only one train can cross at a time. The additional 38 times a train travels across the bridge means 38 additional bridge closures which would cause vehicular backups into downtown Stuart and delays for boaters. The closures will increase impacts to the marine industry, the health of the estuary and potentially the structural integrity of the antiquated bridge. Although All Aboard Florida will replace smaller bridges to accommodate the new intensity of its operations, it is not replacing or enhancing our bridge.

Furthermore, national rail safety expert George Gavalla found that no other passenger rail system in the U.S. combines 110 mph fast trains and 70 mph freight trains running on the same rail line through densely-populated urban and coastal recreation areas. Gavalla observed that risk factors leading to deadly railroad accidents and derailments rise dramatically with significant increases in train speeds and as with All Aboard Florida, the quadrupling of the number of trains in operation.

To make matters more confounding, the railroad owner is requiring the counties to pay for safety upgrades that will enable All Aboard Florida’s higher speeds and increased traffic. These costs to taxpayers will rise from less than $200,000 currently in Martin County to more than $13 million in 2030 and exceeding $31 million by 2040.

But all is not lost. Martin County has urged All Aboard Florida and the regulators to consider alternative routes to reduce and minimize the impacts to the eastern portions of Martin County. Such alternatives would avoid the bridge and dramatically reduce the future costs to the taxpayers.

We give kudos to local governments for efforts to curb consequences of sprawl and dense growth. In Martin County, we continue our principled fight to advocate for the safety of our citizens and our visitors, and to protect the unique environment we call home.

Taryn Kryzda is the county administrator for Martin County.

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Roger Stone, Brian Mast, Gold Star parents
Raise Money for Martin County GOP

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Stuart, Hutchinson Island — It was an evening of celebration for Martin County Republicans a the Huchinson Island Marriott with Donald Trump and Brian Mast successes in 2016.

Featured guest included Roger Stone and U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin and Gold Star parents Karen and Billy Vaughn of Stuart.

Roger Stone, the longtime Donald Trump confidant who’s been vigorously denying suggestions he colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election, was one of the speakers at the Martin County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day fundraising dinner on Saturday.

Karen Vaughn spoke at last year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland about the 2011 death of her son, Navy Seal Aaron Vaughn, in Afghanistan.

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Stuart, Hutchinson Island — It was an evening of celebration for Martin County Republicans a the Huchinson Island Marriott with Donald Trump and Brian Mast successes in 2016.

Featured guest included Roger Stone and U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin and Gold Star parents Karen and Billy Vaughn of Stuart.

Roger Stone, the longtime Donald Trump confidant who’s been vigorously denying suggestions he colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election, was one of the speakers at the Martin County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day fundraising dinner on Saturday.

Karen Vaughn spoke at last year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland about the 2011 death of her son, Navy Seal Aaron Vaughn, in Afghanistan.

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Stuart, Hutchinson Island — It was an evening of celebration for Martin County Republicans a the Huchinson Island Marriott with Donald Trump and Brian Mast successes in 2016.

Featured guest included Roger Stone and U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin and Gold Star parents Karen and Billy Vaughn of Stuart.

Roger Stone, the longtime Donald Trump confidant who’s been vigorously denying suggestions he colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election, was one of the speakers at the Martin County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day fundraising dinner on Saturday.

Karen Vaughn spoke at last year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland about the 2011 death of her son, Navy Seal Aaron Vaughn, in Afghanistan.

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Stuart, Hutchinson Island — It was an evening of celebration for Martin County Republicans a the Huchinson Island Marriott with Donald Trump and Brian Mast successes in 2016.

Featured guest included Roger Stone and U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin and Gold Star parents Karen and Billy Vaughn of Stuart.

Roger Stone, the longtime Donald Trump confidant who’s been vigorously denying suggestions he colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election, was one of the speakers at the Martin County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day fundraising dinner on Saturday.

Karen Vaughn spoke at last year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland about the 2011 death of her son, Navy Seal Aaron Vaughn, in Afghanistan.

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Stuart, Hutchinson Island — It was an evening of celebration for Martin County Republicans a the Huchinson Island Marriott with Donald Trump and Brian Mast successes in 2016.

Featured guest included Roger Stone and U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin and Gold Star parents Karen and Billy Vaughn of Stuart.

Roger Stone, the longtime Donald Trump confidant who’s been vigorously denying suggestions he colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election, was one of the speakers at the Martin County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day fundraising dinner on Saturday.

Karen Vaughn spoke at last year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland about the 2011 death of her son, Navy Seal Aaron Vaughn, in Afghanistan.

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Roger Stone, Brian Mast, Gold Star parents
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Stuart, Hutchinson Island — It was an evening of celebration for Martin County Republicans a the Huchinson Island Marriott with Donald Trump and Brian Mast successes in 2016.

Featured guest included Roger Stone and U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin and Gold Star parents Karen and Billy Vaughn of Stuart.

Roger Stone, the longtime Donald Trump confidant who’s been vigorously denying suggestions he colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election, was one of the speakers at the Martin County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day fundraising dinner on Saturday.

Karen Vaughn spoke at last year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland about the 2011 death of her son, Navy Seal Aaron Vaughn, in Afghanistan.

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Stuart, Hutchinson Island — It was an evening of celebration for Martin County Republicans a the Huchinson Island Marriott with Donald Trump and Brian Mast successes in 2016.

Featured guest included Roger Stone and U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin and Gold Star parents Karen and Billy Vaughn of Stuart.

Roger Stone, the longtime Donald Trump confidant who’s been vigorously denying suggestions he colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election, was one of the speakers at the Martin County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day fundraising dinner on Saturday.

Karen Vaughn spoke at last year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland about the 2011 death of her son, Navy Seal Aaron Vaughn, in Afghanistan.

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Stuart, Hutchinson Island — It was an evening of celebration for Martin County Republicans a the Huchinson Island Marriott with Donald Trump and Brian Mast successes in 2016.

Featured guest included Roger Stone and U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin and Gold Star parents Karen and Billy Vaughn of Stuart.

Roger Stone, the longtime Donald Trump confidant who’s been vigorously denying suggestions he colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election, was one of the speakers at the Martin County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day fundraising dinner on Saturday.

Karen Vaughn spoke at last year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland about the 2011 death of her son, Navy Seal Aaron Vaughn, in Afghanistan.

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Stuart, Hutchinson Island — It was an evening of celebration for Martin County Republicans a the Huchinson Island Marriott with Donald Trump and Brian Mast successes in 2016.

Featured guest included Roger Stone and U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin and Gold Star parents Karen and Billy Vaughn of Stuart.

Roger Stone, the longtime Donald Trump confidant who’s been vigorously denying suggestions he colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election, was one of the speakers at the Martin County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day fundraising dinner on Saturday.

Karen Vaughn spoke at last year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland about the 2011 death of her son, Navy Seal Aaron Vaughn, in Afghanistan.

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Stuart, Hutchinson Island — It was an evening of celebration for Martin County Republicans a the Huchinson Island Marriott with Donald Trump and Brian Mast successes in 2016.

Featured guest included Roger Stone and U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin and Gold Star parents Karen and Billy Vaughn of Stuart.

Roger Stone, the longtime Donald Trump confidant who’s been vigorously denying suggestions he colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election, was one of the speakers at the Martin County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day fundraising dinner on Saturday.

Karen Vaughn spoke at last year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland about the 2011 death of her son, Navy Seal Aaron Vaughn, in Afghanistan.

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RUBIO VISITS JORDAN TO EVALUATE U.S. EFFORTS ABROAD

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a member of the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence, concluded his visit to the Kingdom of Jordan this morning. Rubio is in the Middle East this weekend on an official visit conducting oversight of U.S. programs abroad. Prior to Jordan, he visited Lebanon‎.

On his official Facebook page this morning, Rubio issued the following statement:

“It was an honor to return to the Kingdom of Jordan this weekend for my second official visit as senator. Jordan is one of our closest allies in the region, and we cooperate with them militarily in combating ISIS as well as dealing with the refugee crisis stemming from Syria’s civil war. Today, Jordan hosts the largest Syrian refugee camps in the world, and our support to them helps make this humanitarian response possible.

“Last year, I introduced the U.S.-Jordan Defense Cooperation‎ Act, which became law and provides support to Jordan in responding to the refugee crisis, combating ISIS and other terrorist groups, and helping mitigate the many challenges that exist along its borders with Syria and Iraq. As part of my visit to oversee U.S. programs in Jordan, I assessed the impact this law is having and what more can be done by the U.S. government to advance our interests in the region.

“Jordan’s strategic partnership with Israel is a key part of promoting greater stability in the region, and I appreciate their ongoing commitment to that relationship. I am also hopeful that our Jordanian allies will continue their path to reform and allow all Jordanians a greater voice in shaping their country’s future.

“In addition, I enjoyed meeting with the many Americans serving our nation in Jordan and thanking them for the work they do to advance U.S. interests, our strategic relationship, and security in the region.”

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Milton Leggett Recognized By Stuart Commission

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Stuart — 35 years of service to Milton Leggett in the City of Stuart.

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RUBIO, BALDWIN INTRODUCE LEG. TO HELP SECURE
RESTITUTION FOR ASSETS STOLEN DURING HOLOCAUST

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today introduced the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act, bipartisan legislation that would improve efforts assisting survivors and the families of victims of the Holocaust who are seeking the return of or restitution for assets stolen during the Holocaust. The bill would require the State Department to report on certain European countries’ compliance with the goals of the 2009 Terezin Declaration on Holocaust Era Assets, and what actions those countries are taking to resolve the claims of U.S. citizens.

“Seventy years after World War II, when Nazis and their collaborators illegally confiscated Jews’ property in Central and Eastern Europe, this theft remains a largely unresolved issue and a source of lasting pain for many Holocaust survivors and their heirs,” said Rubio. “This bipartisan legislation will help address this lasting injustice from a dark chapter in human history by facilitating the restitution of Jewish communal, private and heirless property. American leadership on this issue is vital, and I’m proud to join Senator Baldwin in introducing this bill.”

“We’re taking bipartisan action to ensure justice, which has been put off for far too long,” said Baldwin. “Tragically, we are losing survivors every day, and it is my sincere hope that this legislation, by shining a spotlight and solidifying this issue as an American foreign policy priority, will spur action in countries that are falling short of their obligations, ultimately resulting in a measure of justice for these individuals who have waited far too long.”

The JUST Act is cosponsored by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Bob Casey (D-PA), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), John McCain (R-AZ), Ed Markey (D-MA), John Thune (R-SD), Gary Peters (D-MI), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). U.S. Representatives Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced the bill in the House.

Groups supporting the JUST Act include the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO), the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), B’nai B’rith International, HIAS refugee assistance organization, and the National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry.

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RUBIO DISCUSSES SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE
INVESTIGATION, REPLACING OBAMACARE

 

 

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Democracy In Action

 

With Congress out of session this week, I had the opportunity to hear from people all across our community on a wide range of issues. I just want to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who attended a meeting, joined our town hall or hosted me at their business.

Our town hall meeting on Friday lasted more than 4 hours and I stayed to answer every single question. While everyone didn’t always agree on every single issue, I believe having the conversation is critical.

In addition to our town hall, I met with more than 25 different local groups and organizations to discuss issues ranging from healthcare to our environment. Each of these provided an opportunity to hear a new perspective on an issue, and I’m eager to tackle these priorities in Congress.

I also met with many of our local county commissioners to ensure the priorities of our counties are being heard in Washington, including cleaning our local waterways and keeping our communities safe.

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Congressman Brian Mast Speaks
To Martin County Taxpayers

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Hobe Sound — Lost Lake Golf and Country Club was the scene last evening when Congressman Brian Mast met his Martin County constituency for the first time since he hit Washington in January.

He spoke to the knowledgeable crowd pragmatically as well as hopefully. He gave updates on his first impression of the “swamp” and expressed what has impressed as well as surprised him the most in his first weeks in Washington.

When asked if he would vote for the repeal of “Obama Care” his response was cautious but pointed and informative. He said that repeal is a three part process; budget reconciliation, which has been done, the appointment of a new HHS Secretary so specific regulations under the law can be rescinded and finally replacement. He avoided associating himself with the “Freedom Coalition” and simple repeal.

The mission of the 55-year-old organization is to monitor and review all fiscal and tax matters affecting Martin County. To engage public officials, community leaders and private sector organizations who may influence the economy and efficiency of the County of Martin, the School District, municipalities and other taxing authorities in the matter of taxes and the financial resources of the County.

The MCTA is managed by non-paid, volunteer leaders who are elected to the board or become officers of the association. The association also seeks volunteers to join one or more of the various committees of the board. All types of background and experience are valuable and members are encouraged to contact the association.

You will find Lost Lake Golf Club nestled in the beautiful city of Hobe Sound, Florida just south of Stuart. The club was established in 1993, and designed by renowned golf course architects Jim and Tom Fazio II. Lost Lake offers five sets of tees with views of spectacular preserves and gorgeous wetlands, so whether you’re a seasoned pro looking for a challenge or maybe just the occasional weekend golfer, the combination of superb course conditions and courteous professional staff will keep you coming back.

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Congressman Brian Mast Speaks
To Martin County Taxpayers

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Hobe Sound — Lost Lake Golf and Country Club was the scene last evening when Congressman Brian Mast met his Martin County constituency for the first time since he hit Washington in January.

He spoke to the knowledgeable crowd pragmatically as well as hopefully. He gave updates on his first impression of the “swamp” and expressed what has impressed as well as surprised him the most in his first weeks in Washington.

When asked if he would vote for the repeal of “Obama Care” his response was cautious but pointed and informative. He said that repeal is a three part process; budget reconciliation, which has been done, the appointment of a new HHS Secretary so specific regulations under the law can be rescinded and finally replacement. He avoided associating himself with the “Freedom Coalition” and simple repeal.

The mission of the 55-year-old organization is to monitor and review all fiscal and tax matters affecting Martin County. To engage public officials, community leaders and private sector organizations who may influence the economy and efficiency of the County of Martin, the School District, municipalities and other taxing authorities in the matter of taxes and the financial resources of the County.

The MCTA is managed by non-paid, volunteer leaders who are elected to the board or become officers of the association. The association also seeks volunteers to join one or more of the various committees of the board. All types of background and experience are valuable and members are encouraged to contact the association.

You will find Lost Lake Golf Club nestled in the beautiful city of Hobe Sound, Florida just south of Stuart. The club was established in 1993, and designed by renowned golf course architects Jim and Tom Fazio II. Lost Lake offers five sets of tees with views of spectacular preserves and gorgeous wetlands, so whether you’re a seasoned pro looking for a challenge or maybe just the occasional weekend golfer, the combination of superb course conditions and courteous professional staff will keep you coming back.

Out2martincounty.com is a photo journal featuring people, “Who they are, what they do and where they do it”.

Do you have something to say, an event to talk about? An event you would like to have covered? Do it here!

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Congressman Brian Mast Speaks
To Martin County Taxpayers

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Hobe Sound — Lost Lake Golf and Country Club was the scene last evening when Congressman Brian Mast met his Martin County constituency for the first time since he hit Washington in January.

He spoke to the knowledgeable crowd pragmatically as well as hopefully. He gave updates on his first impression of the “swamp” and expressed what has impressed as well as surprised him the most in his first weeks in Washington.

When asked if he would vote for the repeal of “Obama Care” his response was cautious but pointed and informative. He said that repeal is a three part process; budget reconciliation, which has been done, the appointment of a new HHS Secretary so specific regulations under the law can be rescinded and finally replacement. He avoided associating himself with the “Freedom Coalition” and simple repeal.

The mission of the 55-year-old organization is to monitor and review all fiscal and tax matters affecting Martin County. To engage public officials, community leaders and private sector organizations who may influence the economy and efficiency of the County of Martin, the School District, municipalities and other taxing authorities in the matter of taxes and the financial resources of the County.

The MCTA is managed by non-paid, volunteer leaders who are elected to the board or become officers of the association. The association also seeks volunteers to join one or more of the various committees of the board. All types of background and experience are valuable and members are encouraged to contact the association.

You will find Lost Lake Golf Club nestled in the beautiful city of Hobe Sound, Florida just south of Stuart. The club was established in 1993, and designed by renowned golf course architects Jim and Tom Fazio II. Lost Lake offers five sets of tees with views of spectacular preserves and gorgeous wetlands, so whether you’re a seasoned pro looking for a challenge or maybe just the occasional weekend golfer, the combination of superb course conditions and courteous professional staff will keep you coming back.

Out2martincounty.com is a photo journal featuring people, “Who they are, what they do and where they do it”.

Do you have something to say, an event to talk about? An event you would like to have covered? Do it here!

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Congressman Brian Mast Speaks
To Martin County Taxpayers

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Hobe Sound — Lost Lake Golf and Country Club was the scene last evening when Congressman Brian Mast met his Martin County constituency for the first time since he hit Washington in January.

He spoke to the knowledgeable crowd pragmatically as well as hopefully. He gave updates on his first impression of the “swamp” and expressed what has impressed as well as surprised him the most in his first weeks in Washington.

When asked if he would vote for the repeal of “Obama Care” his response was cautious but pointed and informative. He said that repeal is a three part process; budget reconciliation, which has been done, the appointment of a new HHS Secretary so specific regulations under the law can be rescinded and finally replacement. He avoided associating himself with the “Freedom Coalition” and simple repeal.

The mission of the 55-year-old organization is to monitor and review all fiscal and tax matters affecting Martin County. To engage public officials, community leaders and private sector organizations who may influence the economy and efficiency of the County of Martin, the School District, municipalities and other taxing authorities in the matter of taxes and the financial resources of the County.

The MCTA is managed by non-paid, volunteer leaders who are elected to the board or become officers of the association. The association also seeks volunteers to join one or more of the various committees of the board. All types of background and experience are valuable and members are encouraged to contact the association.

You will find Lost Lake Golf Club nestled in the beautiful city of Hobe Sound, Florida just south of Stuart. The club was established in 1993, and designed by renowned golf course architects Jim and Tom Fazio II. Lost Lake offers five sets of tees with views of spectacular preserves and gorgeous wetlands, so whether you’re a seasoned pro looking for a challenge or maybe just the occasional weekend golfer, the combination of superb course conditions and courteous professional staff will keep you coming back.

Out2martincounty.com is a photo journal featuring people, “Who they are, what they do and where they do it”.

Do you have something to say, an event to talk about? An event you would like to have covered? Do it here!

Email your story or request to: info@out2martincounty.com

Photo by: Dick Hall Out2/Martin County.com

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Congressman Brian Mast Speaks
To Martin County Taxpayers

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Hobe Sound — Lost Lake Golf and Country Club was the scene last evening when Congressman Brian Mast met his Martin County constituency for the first time since he hit Washington in January.

He spoke to the knowledgeable crowd pragmatically as well as hopefully. He gave updates on his first impression of the “swamp” and expressed what has impressed as well as surprised him the most in his first weeks in Washington.

When asked if he would vote for the repeal of “Obama Care” his response was cautious but pointed and informative. He said that repeal is a three part process; budget reconciliation, which has been done, the appointment of a new HHS Secretary so specific regulations under the law can be rescinded and finally replacement. He avoided associating himself with the “Freedom Coalition” and simple repeal.

The mission of the 55-year-old organization is to monitor and review all fiscal and tax matters affecting Martin County. To engage public officials, community leaders and private sector organizations who may influence the economy and efficiency of the County of Martin, the School District, municipalities and other taxing authorities in the matter of taxes and the financial resources of the County.

The MCTA is managed by non-paid, volunteer leaders who are elected to the board or become officers of the association. The association also seeks volunteers to join one or more of the various committees of the board. All types of background and experience are valuable and members are encouraged to contact the association.

You will find Lost Lake Golf Club nestled in the beautiful city of Hobe Sound, Florida just south of Stuart. The club was established in 1993, and designed by renowned golf course architects Jim and Tom Fazio II. Lost Lake offers five sets of tees with views of spectacular preserves and gorgeous wetlands, so whether you’re a seasoned pro looking for a challenge or maybe just the occasional weekend golfer, the combination of superb course conditions and courteous professional staff will keep you coming back.

Out2martincounty.com is a photo journal featuring people, “Who they are, what they do and where they do it”.

Do you have something to say, an event to talk about? An event you would like to have covered? Do it here!

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Photo by: Dick Hall Out2/Martin County.com

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Congressman Brian Mast Speaks
To Martin County Taxpayers

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Hobe Sound — Lost Lake Golf and Country Club was the scene last evening when Congressman Brian Mast met his Martin County constituency for the first time since he hit Washington in January.

He spoke to the knowledgeable crowd pragmatically as well as hopefully. He gave updates on his first impression of the “swamp” and expressed what has impressed as well as surprised him the most in his first weeks in Washington.

When asked if he would vote for the repeal of “Obama Care” his response was cautious but pointed and informative. He said that repeal is a three part process; budget reconciliation, which has been done, the appointment of a new HHS Secretary so specific regulations under the law can be rescinded and finally replacement. He avoided associating himself with the “Freedom Coalition” and simple repeal.

The mission of the 55-year-old organization is to monitor and review all fiscal and tax matters affecting Martin County. To engage public officials, community leaders and private sector organizations who may influence the economy and efficiency of the County of Martin, the School District, municipalities and other taxing authorities in the matter of taxes and the financial resources of the County.

The MCTA is managed by non-paid, volunteer leaders who are elected to the board or become officers of the association. The association also seeks volunteers to join one or more of the various committees of the board. All types of background and experience are valuable and members are encouraged to contact the association.

You will find Lost Lake Golf Club nestled in the beautiful city of Hobe Sound, Florida just south of Stuart. The club was established in 1993, and designed by renowned golf course architects Jim and Tom Fazio II. Lost Lake offers five sets of tees with views of spectacular preserves and gorgeous wetlands, so whether you’re a seasoned pro looking for a challenge or maybe just the occasional weekend golfer, the combination of superb course conditions and courteous professional staff will keep you coming back.

Out2martincounty.com is a photo journal featuring people, “Who they are, what they do and where they do it”.

Do you have something to say, an event to talk about? An event you would like to have covered? Do it here!

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Photo by: Dick Hall Out2/Martin County.com

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Congressman Brian Mast Speaks
To Martin County Taxpayers

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Hobe Sound — Lost Lake Golf and Country Club was the scene last evening when Congressman Brian Mast met his Martin County constituency for the first time since he hit Washington in January.

He spoke to the knowledgeable crowd pragmatically as well as hopefully. He gave updates on his first impression of the “swamp” and expressed what has impressed as well as surprised him the most in his first weeks in Washington.

When asked if he would vote for the repeal of “Obama Care” his response was cautious but pointed and informative. He said that repeal is a three part process; budget reconciliation, which has been done, the appointment of a new HHS Secretary so specific regulations under the law can be rescinded and finally replacement. He avoided associating himself with the “Freedom Coalition” and simple repeal.

The mission of the 55-year-old organization is to monitor and review all fiscal and tax matters affecting Martin County. To engage public officials, community leaders and private sector organizations who may influence the economy and efficiency of the County of Martin, the School District, municipalities and other taxing authorities in the matter of taxes and the financial resources of the County.

The MCTA is managed by non-paid, volunteer leaders who are elected to the board or become officers of the association. The association also seeks volunteers to join one or more of the various committees of the board. All types of background and experience are valuable and members are encouraged to contact the association.

You will find Lost Lake Golf Club nestled in the beautiful city of Hobe Sound, Florida just south of Stuart. The club was established in 1993, and designed by renowned golf course architects Jim and Tom Fazio II. Lost Lake offers five sets of tees with views of spectacular preserves and gorgeous wetlands, so whether you’re a seasoned pro looking for a challenge or maybe just the occasional weekend golfer, the combination of superb course conditions and courteous professional staff will keep you coming back.

Out2martincounty.com is a photo journal featuring people, “Who they are, what they do and where they do it”.

Do you have something to say, an event to talk about? An event you would like to have covered? Do it here!

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Photo by: Dick Hall Out2/Martin County.com

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Congressman Brian Mast Speaks
To Martin County Taxpayers

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Hobe Sound — Lost Lake Golf and Country Club was the scene last evening when Congressman Brian Mast met his Martin County constituency for the first time since he hit Washington in January.

He spoke to the knowledgeable crowd pragmatically as well as hopefully. He gave updates on his first impression of the “swamp” and expressed what has impressed as well as surprised him the most in his first weeks in Washington.

When asked if he would vote for the repeal of “Obama Care” his response was cautious but pointed and informative. He said that repeal is a three part process; budget reconciliation, which has been done, the appointment of a new HHS Secretary so specific regulations under the law can be rescinded and finally replacement. He avoided associating himself with the “Freedom Coalition” and simple repeal.

The mission of the 55-year-old organization is to monitor and review all fiscal and tax matters affecting Martin County. To engage public officials, community leaders and private sector organizations who may influence the economy and efficiency of the County of Martin, the School District, municipalities and other taxing authorities in the matter of taxes and the financial resources of the County.

The MCTA is managed by non-paid, volunteer leaders who are elected to the board or become officers of the association. The association also seeks volunteers to join one or more of the various committees of the board. All types of background and experience are valuable and members are encouraged to contact the association.

You will find Lost Lake Golf Club nestled in the beautiful city of Hobe Sound, Florida just south of Stuart. The club was established in 1993, and designed by renowned golf course architects Jim and Tom Fazio II. Lost Lake offers five sets of tees with views of spectacular preserves and gorgeous wetlands, so whether you’re a seasoned pro looking for a challenge or maybe just the occasional weekend golfer, the combination of superb course conditions and courteous professional staff will keep you coming back.

Out2martincounty.com is a photo journal featuring people, “Who they are, what they do and where they do it”.

Do you have something to say, an event to talk about? An event you would like to have covered? Do it here!

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Congressman Brian Mast Speaks
To Martin County Taxpayers

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Hobe Sound — Lost Lake Golf and Country Club was the scene last evening when Congressman Brian Mast met his Martin County constituency for the first time since he hit Washington in January.

He spoke to the knowledgeable crowd pragmatically as well as hopefully. He gave updates on his first impression of the “swamp” and expressed what has impressed as well as surprised him the most in his first weeks in Washington.

When asked if he would vote for the repeal of “Obama Care” his response was cautious but pointed and informative. He said that repeal is a three part process; budget reconciliation, which has been done, the appointment of a new HHS Secretary so specific regulations under the law can be rescinded and finally replacement. He avoided associating himself with the “Freedom Coalition” and simple repeal.

The mission of the 55-year-old organization is to monitor and review all fiscal and tax matters affecting Martin County. To engage public officials, community leaders and private sector organizations who may influence the economy and efficiency of the County of Martin, the School District, municipalities and other taxing authorities in the matter of taxes and the financial resources of the County.

The MCTA is managed by non-paid, volunteer leaders who are elected to the board or become officers of the association. The association also seeks volunteers to join one or more of the various committees of the board. All types of background and experience are valuable and members are encouraged to contact the association.

You will find Lost Lake Golf Club nestled in the beautiful city of Hobe Sound, Florida just south of Stuart. The club was established in 1993, and designed by renowned golf course architects Jim and Tom Fazio II. Lost Lake offers five sets of tees with views of spectacular preserves and gorgeous wetlands, so whether you’re a seasoned pro looking for a challenge or maybe just the occasional weekend golfer, the combination of superb course conditions and courteous professional staff will keep you coming back.

Out2martincounty.com is a photo journal featuring people, “Who they are, what they do and where they do it”.

Do you have something to say, an event to talk about? An event you would like to have covered? Do it here!

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Congressman Brian Mast Speaks
To Martin County Taxpayers

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Hobe Sound — Lost Lake Golf and Country Club was the scene last evening when Congressman Brian Mast met his Martin County constituency for the first time since he hit Washington in January.

He spoke to the knowledgeable crowd pragmatically as well as hopefully. He gave updates on his first impression of the “swamp” and expressed what has impressed as well as surprised him the most in his first weeks in Washington.

When asked if he would vote for the repeal of “Obama Care” his response was cautious but pointed and informative. He said that repeal is a three part process; budget reconciliation, which has been done, the appointment of a new HHS Secretary so specific regulations under the law can be rescinded and finally replacement. He avoided associating himself with the “Freedom Coalition” and simple repeal.

The mission of the 55-year-old organization is to monitor and review all fiscal and tax matters affecting Martin County. To engage public officials, community leaders and private sector organizations who may influence the economy and efficiency of the County of Martin, the School District, municipalities and other taxing authorities in the matter of taxes and the financial resources of the County.

The MCTA is managed by non-paid, volunteer leaders who are elected to the board or become officers of the association. The association also seeks volunteers to join one or more of the various committees of the board. All types of background and experience are valuable and members are encouraged to contact the association.

You will find Lost Lake Golf Club nestled in the beautiful city of Hobe Sound, Florida just south of Stuart. The club was established in 1993, and designed by renowned golf course architects Jim and Tom Fazio II. Lost Lake offers five sets of tees with views of spectacular preserves and gorgeous wetlands, so whether you’re a seasoned pro looking for a challenge or maybe just the occasional weekend golfer, the combination of superb course conditions and courteous professional staff will keep you coming back.

Out2martincounty.com is a photo journal featuring people, “Who they are, what they do and where they do it”.

Do you have something to say, an event to talk about? An event you would like to have covered? Do it here!

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Congressman Brian Mast Speaks
To Martin County Taxpayers

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Hobe Sound — Lost Lake Golf and Country Club was the scene last evening when Congressman Brian Mast met his Martin County constituency for the first time since he hit Washington in January.

He spoke to the knowledgeable crowd pragmatically as well as hopefully. He gave updates on his first impression of the “swamp” and expressed what has impressed as well as surprised him the most in his first weeks in Washington.

When asked if he would vote for the repeal of “Obama Care” his response was cautious but pointed and informative. He said that repeal is a three part process; budget reconciliation, which has been done, the appointment of a new HHS Secretary so specific regulations under the law can be rescinded and finally replacement. He avoided associating himself with the “Freedom Coalition” and simple repeal.

The mission of the 55-year-old organization is to monitor and review all fiscal and tax matters affecting Martin County. To engage public officials, community leaders and private sector organizations who may influence the economy and efficiency of the County of Martin, the School District, municipalities and other taxing authorities in the matter of taxes and the financial resources of the County.

The MCTA is managed by non-paid, volunteer leaders who are elected to the board or become officers of the association. The association also seeks volunteers to join one or more of the various committees of the board. All types of background and experience are valuable and members are encouraged to contact the association.

You will find Lost Lake Golf Club nestled in the beautiful city of Hobe Sound, Florida just south of Stuart. The club was established in 1993, and designed by renowned golf course architects Jim and Tom Fazio II. Lost Lake offers five sets of tees with views of spectacular preserves and gorgeous wetlands, so whether you’re a seasoned pro looking for a challenge or maybe just the occasional weekend golfer, the combination of superb course conditions and courteous professional staff will keep you coming back.

Out2martincounty.com is a photo journal featuring people, “Who they are, what they do and where they do it”.

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Congressman Brian Mast Speaks
To Martin County Taxpayers

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Hobe Sound — Lost Lake Golf and Country Club was the scene last evening when Congressman Brian Mast met his Martin County constituency for the first time since he hit Washington in January.

He spoke to the knowledgeable crowd pragmatically as well as hopefully. He gave updates on his first impression of the “swamp” and expressed what has impressed as well as surprised him the most in his first weeks in Washington.

When asked if he would vote for the repeal of “Obama Care” his response was cautious but pointed and informative. He said that repeal is a three part process; budget reconciliation, which has been done, the appointment of a new HHS Secretary so specific regulations under the law can be rescinded and finally replacement. He avoided associating himself with the “Freedom Coalition” and simple repeal.

The mission of the 55-year-old organization is to monitor and review all fiscal and tax matters affecting Martin County. To engage public officials, community leaders and private sector organizations who may influence the economy and efficiency of the County of Martin, the School District, municipalities and other taxing authorities in the matter of taxes and the financial resources of the County.

The MCTA is managed by non-paid, volunteer leaders who are elected to the board or become officers of the association. The association also seeks volunteers to join one or more of the various committees of the board. All types of background and experience are valuable and members are encouraged to contact the association.

You will find Lost Lake Golf Club nestled in the beautiful city of Hobe Sound, Florida just south of Stuart. The club was established in 1993, and designed by renowned golf course architects Jim and Tom Fazio II. Lost Lake offers five sets of tees with views of spectacular preserves and gorgeous wetlands, so whether you’re a seasoned pro looking for a challenge or maybe just the occasional weekend golfer, the combination of superb course conditions and courteous professional staff will keep you coming back.

Out2martincounty.com is a photo journal featuring people, “Who they are, what they do and where they do it”.

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Commissioners Declare Tourism Week In Martin County

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At its regular meeting today, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners declared May 2-10 Travel and Tourism Week. Members of the Martin County Tourism Development Council and industry stakeholders were present and recognized for their role in working within and to promote tourism.

Tourism is the No. 1 industry in Florida. Visit Florida reports that every 85 visitors support one Florida job.

The US Travel Association reports that travel is one of the top 10 employers of American workers in 49 of the 50 states. Annually, travel generates $2.1 trillion for the U.S. economy. Direct spending by resident and international travelers in the U.S. averages $2.5 billion a day, $105.8 million an hour, $1.8 million a minute and $29,398 a second.

In 2014, this economic impact directly generated $141.5 billion in tax revenue for local, state and federal governments. In fact, each U.S. household would pay $1,147 MORE IN TAXES without the tax revenue generated by the travel industry.

The Martin County Proclamation refers to economic impact figures reported by Visit Florida and the US Travel Association.

In the most recent Visit Florida report, travel spending of $432,460,000 in Martin County generated $33.5 million in state and local taxes. Each of the 59,891 households here in Martin County benefit from this tourism impact. It would take an additional $559.85 in taxes to keep the current level of services our residents enjoy on a state and countywide basis.

There are over 5,130 jobs sustained by tourism in Martin County. Tourism equates to 4% of all jobs held by those 18 or older in our county.

The Martin County Board of County Commissioners acknowledged the vital role travel and tourism play in Martin County’s economic prosperity and the quality of life for all Martin County residents.

Illustration by: Mimi McCollum

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Indiantown’s Carter Park Wins State Planning Award

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In pohoto: Carter Park in Indiantown.

Stuart — Indiantown’s Carter Park project has been selected for an American Planning Association Florida 2014 Award of Merit in the Neighborhood Planning category. The Neighborhood Planning Award recognizes projects that demonstrate innovative planning principles and measures that create sustainable neighborhoods that have lasting value.

Carter Park is the first combined environmentally-sustainable and affordable housing development in Martin County. Funded in part with a grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Martin County built an innovative stormwater treatment project at the heart of this community that reduces pollution, and cleans the waters that flow into our estuaries.

The project was possible thanks to a public-private partnership between Habitat for Humanity of Martin County, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners and the Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). The convergence of vision, policy and innovation resulted in 40 new affordable housing lots, a new 22,000 square foot urban Boys & Girls Club, and a stormwater treatment system that reduces pollution from a 256-acre watershed within the Indiantown CRA. Martin County is honored that generations of families will call Carter Park home.

The awards ceremony will be held in September.

 

 

 

Martin County Successfully Completes Deployment

of New Offshore Artificial Reefs

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In photo: Concrete material donated by Florida Power & Light’s St. Lucie Plant helped create Martin County’s newest artificial reefs. Photo credit: Martin County Board of County Commissioners.

Stuart — With the creation of several new artificial reefs deployed over the last three weeks, Martin County has grown its Artificial Reef Program, adding new sites for fisherman and divers to explore offshore. Approximately 3,000 tons of concrete material was deployed in the waters off southern Martin County, south of the St. Lucie Inlet, including 400 tons of concrete material donated by Florida Power & Light’s St. Lucie Plant to help create these reefs.

Each new patch reef is made up of approximately 500 tons of material. The materials were transported by barge by McCulley Marine Services to deployment sites offshore.

Most of the concrete pieces were provided by local contractors and include large culverts, concrete poles and thick concrete slabs. An agreement with Florida Power & Light ensures a steady stream of concrete poles will come to the program. The concrete pieces are collected at the Martin County transfer station by the Utilities Department as part of a recycling effort to free up valuable space in landfills. Tipping fees are waived for drop off of future artificial reef material. These deployments are partially funded by a grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

To date, over 95 artificial reefs have been created and have become popular spots for fishermen and divers. Each reef offers a bounty of rich aquatic life, some creating ideal locales for saltwater anglers and recreational divers while others provide habitat for protection of the fishery.

To learn more about Martin County’s Artificial Reef Program and to find reef locations, visit www.martinreefs.com.

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Stormwater and Rain Barrels

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In photo: Joe Negron’s Legislative Aide Audra Robitaille Tullis stands next to her rain barrel and Greg Nolte demonstrates how to install the rain barrels

Palm City — Wednesday evening at Cummings Library was the location of the “Stormwater Education and Rain Barrel Workshop”.

The Indian River Lagoon (IRL) is one of the most biodiverse estuaries in the United States and directly impacts all of us who live within its watershed on a daily basis. Critical to IRL’s remarkable biodiversity is its water quality. Why is water quality so important? Maintaining high standards of water quality, among other things, supports healthy seagrass beds. Seagrasses serve a vital role in the ecology of the IRL. Not only do healthy seagrass beds oxygenate the water column and stabilize sediments, but perhaps most importantly, they also provide a critical nursery and refuge area for juvenile fish and invertebrates, many of which are commercially important.

The majority of rainwater from impervious surfaces such as paved streets, parking lots, sidewalks and rooftops as well as from saturated fields and slopes lacking vegetation, is collected by storm drains, swales (shallow, grassy channels that collect stormwater from streets and sidewalks) and retention ponds. This stormwater runoff often enters canals and tributaries that drain directly into the Indian River Lagoon (Fig. 4). For example, it is estimated that 75 billion gallons of stormwater runoff in Martin County and makes its way into the IRL annually.

Carried with this runoff are pollutants such as heavy metals, fertilizers, sediments, animal wastes, oil and grease from roadways ,anti-freeze, pesticides, household chemicals, bacteria, and an array of organic and inorganic material. In the IRL, these materials threaten water column and bottom dwelling organisms, promote excessive algal growth, and can smother seagrasses. This “non-point” pollution is the primary source of pollution in the IRL today and poses the biggest threat to its water quality. A common misconception hindering individual efforts to lessen the effects of this pollution source is that many of us think that water entering storm drains is initially directed to wastewater facilities for treatment. This is not the case.

The Stormwater Division is charged with reducing to the maximum extent practicable, the pollution of the Indian River Lagoon caused by stormwater runoff and base groundwater flow. It is also responsible for helping the County implement federally mandated National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II Permit goals. These goals are accomplished through the design, construction, and operation of regional stormwater treatment systems; through education programs; and through sediment and erosion control enforcement and monitoring.

To help keep sediment, leaves, yard clippings, and floating litter that would normally reach the IRL via storm drains, many local governments, like Martin County as well as the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program have been instrumental in installing a number of stormwater treatment devices known as baffle boxes throughout the IRL. Although baffle boxes do not remove dissolved nutrients, this inexpensive, relatively simple technology has been tremendously successful in preventing much solid material from entering the lagoon.

The Rain Barrel workshop also provided information of the use of stored rain water. Stored water may be used for watering gardens, agriculture, flushing toilets, in washing machines, washing cars, and also for drinking ( although not recommended), especially when other water supplies are unavailable, expensive, or of poor quality, and when adequate care is taken that the water is not contaminated and is adequately filtered.

Fourty rain barrels were given out to participants in the workshop. These were the last of this years supply and there is always a question if funds will be available year after year for more.

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