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Archive for February 9th, 2018

FIVE MONTHS AGO HURRICANE IRMA DECIMATED FLORIDA’S HEARTLAND – HELP IS ON THE WAY FOR THE CITRUS INDUSTRY AFTER HURRICANE IRMA

For Immediate Release                                                                             Contact: Jessica Moore

                                                     February 9, 2018                                                                                                     202-225-5792

Rep. Tom Rooney: “Help for Florida’s Citrus Industry is on the Way!”

Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Tom Rooney (FL-17), a senior member of the House Agriculture Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the House’s final passage of legislation that includes disaster relief funding for Florida’s victims of Hurricane Irma:

“The package we passed today fully-funds my request to help Florida farmers and growers recover from the storm, providing a total of $3.6 billion to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, $2.36 billion of which will be used to make direct payments to citrus producers who’ve suffered hurricane-related crop losses last year,” Rooney said.

“In today’s political climate, any bipartisan breakthrough in Washington constitutes a miracle,” Rooney said. “I am glad Congress was able to put politics and partisanship aside and finally deliver a long-awaited lifeline to Florida’s iconic citrus industry. It is so easy for some to forget that five months ago Hurricane Irma decimated Florida’s Heartland. While many were able to resume daily life quickly after the storm, the situation facing Florida’s citrus industry has only grown grimmer.”

“I want to thank Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam for all his hard work in both Florida and Washington to shepherd this relief to our growers. I especially want to thank Congressman Dennis Ross for standing with our growers over the last five months and for remaining resilient in his efforts until this relief came through. The citrus industry plays such an important role to our economy and communities across the state. Today is a great day for Florida.”

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This Week in the Office of Senator Marco Rubio

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

This Week in the Office of Senator Marco Rubio

After months of advocating, and through my work on the Senate Appropriations Committee I secured disaster relief funding for Florida and Puerto Rico in the disaster supplemental bill, which was signed into law by the president today. Read my statement here. Watch my remarks on the Senate floor here.

On Fox News’ America’s Newsroom I discussed paid family leave, immigration, and the stock market.

I had a productive conversation with Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Senator Nelson about ensuring public safety after recent Brightline train accidents by implementing education initiatives and safety measures.

I met with former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and discussed the importance of restoring Ukraine’s territorial integrity amid Vladimir Putin’s illegal annexation of Crimea and the protracted conflict in eastern Ukraine.

In Case You Missed It…

“Rubio asks feds to crack down on Florida sober homes, drug rehabs” (NBC,2/6/2018)

“Marco Rubio touts his work on CHIP extension” (Tampa Bay Times, 2/6/2018)

“Rubio: Florida schools should end Chinese-funded education partnerships”(Politico, 2/5/2018)

“Ivanka, Rubio find a new project: Paid family leave” (Politico, 2/4/2018)

“Cotton, Rubio Intro duce Bill Banning Govt. Use of Chinese Telecom Devices”(Washington Free Beacon, 2/7/2018)

“Rubio and Nelson call for more funding to stop grasshopper sparrows from vanishing” (Miami Herald, 2/7/2018)

“Marco Rubio warns: Communist China is targeting US students” (Washington Examiner, 2/5/2018)

“Marco Rubio’s eye falls on a parental-leave solution” (Washington Examiner,2/6/2018)

“Rubio Takes Up Conservative Paid-Leave Plan” (National Review, 2/6/2018)

“Rubio asks Florida colleges to end deals with Confucius Institutes” (Florida Times Union, 2/6/2018)

“Rubio: USF should end ties with Chinese-run Confucius Institute” (Tampa Bay Times,2/5/2018)

“Sen. Marco Rubio warns China is targeting US university students” (WEAR,2/5/2018)

“GOP Critics Press Trump to Withdraw Nominee For Colombia Ambassadorship”(Washington Free Beacon, 2/7/2018)

“Republican senator presses Labor Dept on joint employment, contractor policies”(Reuters, 2/6/2018)

“El Senado federal deja para mañana votación sobre el presupuesto” (El Nuevo Dia,2/8/2018)

Bills introduced this week…

  • Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) and I introduced the Defending U.S. Government Communications Act, legislation that would prohibit the United States government from purchasing or leasing telecommunications equipment and/or services from Huawei, ZTE, or any subsidiaries or affiliates.
  • Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and I introduced a Senate Resolution calling for the immediate extradition or rendering to the United States of convicted felons Joanne Chesimard, William Morales, and all other fugitives from justice who are receiving safe harbor in Cuba in order to escape prosecution or confinement for criminal offenses committed in the United States.

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