Saturday, April 17, 2021
Rubio threw his support behind U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez’s, D-NJ, proposal “to strategically align the United States’ diplomatic tools, including targeted sanctions, to advance democratic elections in Nicaragua in November 2021.”
Back in October, Rubio first introduced the “Taiwan Relations Reinforcement Act,” which, his office noted, would “strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and Taiwan by creating an interagency Taiwan policy task force, elevating the U.S. Representative to Taiwan to a Senate-confirmed position, establishing a U.S.-Taiwan Cultural Exchange Foundation
This week, U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, introduced the resolution “recognizing the mutual history and special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom, and expressing the sense of the Senate that the United States president should lay the groundwork for a mutually advantageous future trade agreement between the U.S. and the U.K.”
Rubio’s resolution also recognizes “Interim President Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s leader in the absence of a democratically elected president in the nation and reiterates the lack of legitimacy of the Maduro regime’s National Constituent Assembly.”
In their letter, the senators highlighted how “the U.S. solar industry sources large amounts of polysilicon and solar products from this region, where the use of forced labor is state-sanctioned and systematic.”
Other backs of the resolution include U.S. Sens. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., Tim Kaine, D-Va., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Mitt Romney, R-Utah.
Steube introduced the “Sanctioning Iranian-Backed Militia Terrorists Act” which will impose sanctions on the Iranian-backed Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS) in Iraq.
Last December, Rubio and McCaul sent a letter to the then secretary of Commerce urging him to strengthen rules regarding the Entity Listing for Semiconductor Manufacturing International Company (SMIC).
To date, no president has made it U.S. policy to affirm the historical facts of the Armenian Genocide, which lasted from 1915 to 1923 and resulted in the forced deportation of around 2 million Armenians, 1.5 million of whom were killed.
Bilirakis and Maloney co-founded and currently both lead the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues. With Greece celebrating the bicentennial of its independence from the Ottoman Empire, Bilirakis brought out a resolution to honor it last week.