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Marco Rubio Brings Back 13 Bills

At the end of last week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., announced that he reintroduced 13 bills for the 118th Congress.

Blocking Supreme Court expansion. First introduced in March 2019, this resolution proposes a constitutional amendment that would limit the Supreme Court of the United States to not more than nine justices.

Securing the Visa Waiver Program Act. First introduced in May 2022, this legislation would codify certain information-sharing agreements and require the Secretary of Homeland Security to impose consequences for non-compliance under the visa waiver program (VWP).

FOIA Fix Act. First introduced in June 2022, this legislation would fix an existing loophole in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that allows foreign individuals, entities, and governments to submit FOIA requests.

CVV Act. First introduced in August 2022, this legislation would ensure that basic security and anti-fraud measures are taken by political organizations receiving online contributions by requiring a CVV number as a condition of making a donation.

Simplifying Grants Act. First introduced in September 2022, this legislation would require agencies to simplify the often complex, time-consuming, and expensive grant process for all current and future federal grant opportunities for which small local governments are eligible.

LOAN Act. First introduced in May 2019, this legislation would reform the federal direct student loan system by eliminating interest and replacing it with a one-time, non-compounding financing fee that borrowers would pay over the life of the loan. The LOAN Act would also place borrowers in an income-based plan, ensuring working-class Americans are not further burdened with monthly repayments they are unable to afford.

Genomics Data Security Act. First introduced in May 2021, this legislation would counter the growing threat caused by the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to collect Americans’ genomic data.

Educational Opportunities Act. First introduced in February 2013, this legislation would expand school choice to more families through a new federal tax credit.

Canadian Snowbirds Act. First introduced in September 2019, this legislation would allow eligible Canadian citizens to spend up to eight months per year vacationing in the United States, two months longer than they are currently allowed.

SAFE Hospitals Act. First introduced in December 2018, this legislation would modernize the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital program to create equity for all states by updating a metric used to determine how much each state is allotted, which has not been reformed since the early 1990s.

CONSCIENCE Act. First introduced in May 2022, this legislation would extend Religious Freedom Restoration Act-style protections to individuals with religious objections to state and local COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Doing so would provide relief to Americans who lost their jobs or face losing their jobs because of their sincerely held religious beliefs.

Terrorism Survivors Student Loan Deferment Act. First introduced in September 2016, this legislation would allow survivors of terrorist attacks to receive automatic deferments of their federal student loan payments.

Zip Codes. First introduced in October 2021, this legislation would designate new postal codes for the cities of Ocoee, Miami Lakes, Oakland, the Village of Estero, the Villages, and Hollywood.

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