Sunday, February 28, 2021
On Tuesday, Salazar promised to use her new posts to continue her efforts against the Cuban regime and to support Israel.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. , the new vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, teamed up with U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the chairman of the committee, sent a letter to the Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, National Security Agency Director General Paul Nakasone, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Acting Director Brandon Wales, urging the Unified Coordination Group to name a leader in the United States’ response to the SolarWinds cyber breach that has affected numerous federal agencies and thousands of private sector entities.
Both senators agreed that China unleashed COVID-19 on the world, despite a recent statement from the head of the WHO mission to China to study the matter who said it is “extremely unlikely” the virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan.
Rubio, who sits on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and leads Republicans on the U.S. Senate Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, introduced the resolution on Monday. Scott and U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-NJ, the chairman of the committee, are backing the resolution as cosponsors. Other supporters include U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Mary., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
U.S. Sec. of State Henry Blinken weighed in on Monday on why the administration wanted the U.S. to rejoin the council.
On February 1, the Burmese armed forces, also known as Tatmadaw, overturned the results of Burma’s November 2020 elections. They seized power in a military coup and detained the country’s democratically elected leaders, including State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint. Previously, multiple international bodies, as well as investigators associated with the U.S. Department of State, have determined that there is evidence that the military-led abuses against the Rohingya people in Burma constitute crimes against humanity and genocide.
At the start of last year, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., the first Green Beret to serve in Congress, introduced the “United States-Israel PTSD Collaborative Research Act” which his office explained when he unveiled it.
At the end of last week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., spoke on the Senate floor to discuss the Democrats’ catch and release policies.
First elected to Congress in 2016, Crist has been on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee and the CJS Appropriations Subcommittee since 2019. He’ll serve under U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Penn., who chairs the subcommittee and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Ct., who leads the Appropriations Committee.
On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., sent a letter to U.S. Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin congratulating him on his confirmation and outlining his expectations for the agency to advance the military interests of the nation and support military personnel.