Monday, February 18, 2019
Spano took part in a committee hearing on “The Shutdown: Economic Impact on Small Businesses.” 
Rubio also pushed back at the BDS movement in an essay published by the New York Times on Tuesday. 
Rubio paired up with Senate Democrats Ed Marley of Massachusetts and Ron Wyden of Oregon on Wednesday to showcase the “Saudi Educational Transparency and Reform Act” which would make the State Department “report on religious intolerance in education materials and curriculums distributed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."
In the politically-divided US, the highest scores given news media were 61 for perspective, a low 58 for balance, just 56 for accuracy, and a very low 47 for fairness.
The planned 20-foot-high physical barrier, utilizing extensive high-tech measures, will complement the already-under-construction northern smart fence between Israel and Lebanon, which is proceeding at a feverish pace.
U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., took to the national airwaves this week to weigh in on his new role on Capitol Hill and about immigration, even as President Donald Trump continues to consider declaring a national emergency so he can build a wall on the southern border without congressional approval. 
While he is starting his second term in the U.S. House, U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., had already had the honor as serving as vice chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee and he showed last week that he intends to continue to focus on international issues. 
In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discussed the continuing threats faced by the United States from terrorist groups operating in Syria and Afghanistan, and on the risks that a hasty withdrawal of American forces from either country poses to our hard-won gains and the security of the United States and our allies.
Trump has thrown open the possibility of declaring an emergency to get the funds for the wall and U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said on Thursday that he backs the idea to help “keep the government open, secure our border, and provide adequate disaster relief funding for Florida and Puerto Rico.”
Shalala unveiled the “Venezuela Arms Restriction Act," insisting these “tools are often used by the illegitimate Maduro regime to attack its own people, often with lethal consequences.”