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Marco Rubio Starts Second Term With New Committee Assignments

January 3, 2017 - 4:00pm
Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio

On the first day of his second term, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., announced his committee assignments, including a seat on the Appropriations Committee. 

Rubio won spots on Appropriations and the Special Committee on Aging. He is staying on the Foreign Relations and the  Small Business and Entrepreneurship committees. Rubio is also remaining on the Select Committee on Intelligence. However, Rubio loses his spot on the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee which oversees space exploration. 

In making the announcement on Tuesday, Rubio turned his attention to international issues. 

“With so many threats to America’s national security around the world, I look forward to continuing my work on the foreign relations and intelligence committees,” Rubio said. “In the days and weeks ahead, we must reestablish America’s moral standing in the world, and make it absolutely clear that the United States will remain a true friend of Israel and a beacon of hope and freedom to oppressed people everywhere. The challenges posed by countries like Cuba, Iran, Russia, China and North Korea will require decisive American leadership and resolve.”

Rubio then turned his attention to domestic issues. 

“We also have a lot of work to do here at home,” Rubio said. “Too many Americans have been left behind in the 21st century economy, and there is real anxiety among parents that their children will not have the same opportunities they had to work hard, pursue the American Dream, and climb the economic ladder. That’s not acceptable, and I’m going to work with anyone who wants to find real solutions for workers and their families. Of course, a key factor in growing our economy from the bottom up is our small businesses, and I’ll continue to collaborate closely with Florida job creators during my work on the small business committee.”

Looking ahead, Rubio turned his attention to the national debt. 

“One major thing that will cost us jobs and hamstring our economy is our rising debt,” Rubio said. “With federal spending at record highs, our national debt has nearly doubled over the last eight years, despite the fact that government is taking in more tax revenue than ever before. The primary drivers of this unsustainable imbalance are our entitlement programs. More and more people are retiring, and while sunny Florida hopes to welcome them all, the rising number of retirees means we’re going to have to find ways to make Medicare and Social Security work better for everyone, so that people like my mother can continue to rely on these important programs and they are still there when our children need them. The committees on aging and appropriations will be at the center of these policy discussions, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to go to work for the people of Florida on these committees.”




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If you fail to carry out Trumps agenda it will be much tougher to win future elections.

Marco have experience and balls to face the challenges needed to may our country right againg.

I hope someone will keep us posted month by month on Marco's attendance at all committee meetings and regular voting sessions. His attendance and participation has been very poor. This man better have turned over a new leaf and show up to do his job. Keep us posted on his participation and attendance please!!!

I too agree that support of Israel is an important issue. How do we reconcile the oppression of the Palestinian people by Israel? Did I read that you want our country to be a "...a beacon of hope and freedom to oppressed people everywhere"? That sounds as though you support letting in substantial numbers of refugees from the middle east. Sound like a good plan to me! Touch mine or my families Social Security or Medicare, THAT WE PAID FOR, and you will be gone. That is if you even show up for work this time around

You were elected honestly Sen. Rubio. Stay the course on the issues. Do not let your staff be swayed from the real issues of National Security and our economy. Your staff will be overwhelmed by overpaid and zealous lobbyists from the self serving fundraising outfits like the Everglades Foundation, Audubon and others with their hands out likely to do nothing but beg for more. Look out for these parasites as they will do nothing for other than themselves!

Support a pay cut of 25% for all members of Congress!


I agree with both of you.. This time Rubio - did you get the message.. you are on thin ice.. You betray us again and you will be out for good. We remember.. you are a traitor.. You work for us.. and we'll be watching you..

Don't count on it! NOW is the time to seek another candidate to get him out of office!

I agree with you, Mark!

This term... maybe he'll actually stay in his seat - and VOTE!

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