Merkley introduced the proposal this week with the support of Rubio, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
This week, Florida’s two U.S. senators--Republicans Marco Rubio and Rick Scott--joined U.S. Sens. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., sent a letter to U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Deputy Secretary Kathleen Hicks requesting that the department assert its commitment to the U.S. Navy’s shipbuilding requirements to ensure America stands ready to deter Chinese provocations and to safeguard the future of freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific region.
In his letter, Scott stresses that under no circumstance should the global community give Communist China an international platform to whitewash its crimes, which is what will happen if they are allowed to host the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Earlier this month, Rubio criticized the Biden administration’s quiet withdrawal of a federal rule that would have required American higher education institutions to disclose their partnerships with the Chinese government-run Confucius Institute.
“Today, we mark twenty-five years since the brutal murder of four innocent and courageous humanitarians: Carlos Costa, Armando Alejandre Jr., Mario de la Peña, and Pablo Morales. Our prayers are with the families and friends of these four martyrs who were taken from them by this cowardly and barbaric act of terrorism.
Deutch, the chairman of the U.S. House North Africa and Middle East Subcommittee, first introduced the bill in October 2019. U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-SC, the top Republican on the subcommittee, U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-NJ, cosponsored the bill which cleared the House on a voice vote back in November.
Rubio and Scott joined five other senators, including U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas., Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in opposing the nomination as 92 senators voted to confirm Vilsack.
He said the operation should be reinstated immediately and any illegal immigrants with a criminal record of assault against women or children should be prosecuted or deported. The congressman noted that 18 state attorneys general, including Florida's, also have requested that Biden reinstate the program.
U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., weighed in on Monday as the UN Human Rights Council gets ready to kick off its regular session in Geneva.
Back in June, Steube brought out the “U.S. Citrus Protection Act,” which, his office noted, “would prohibit the importation of commercially produced fresh citrus fruit from China.”