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Marco Rubio Showcases Work on Capitol Hill During Second Senate Term

Starting his third term in the U.S. Senate, last week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., released a report looking back on his second term.

The report focused on Rubio’s actions in 2022.

“Thirteen Rubio bills became law this year, including legislation to provide health care to veterans suffering from exposure to toxic burn pits and a bill to address harmful algal blooms in South Florida,” the senator’s office noted.

“One of my highest priorities is ensuring my staff and I are available to provide Floridians with whatever federal assistance we can. Over the course of 2022, my federal casework team helped 20,000 Floridians…. [U]ltimately, that is what public service is all about—helping constituents,” Rubio said. “Despite a divided government and insanity in Washington, my staff and I also enacted new laws to help Floridians and the country as a whole…. Such success requires setting aside the partisan nonsense that dominates the daily news cycle and focusing on what actually matters to the people of Florida and our nation.”

Rubio’s office showcased the following parts of the record:

Constituent Service. Senator Rubio’s award-winning federal casework team helped nearly 83,000 Floridians over the past six years. In 2022, constituent services closed over 20,000 new cases. The case subjects ranged from Social Security and Medicare to veterans benefits and passport services.

New Laws. Senator Rubio authored dozens of laws over the past six years, including the expansion of the child tax credit, the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, the authorization of the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, numerous bills on Latin America and China, and the creation of the historic Paycheck Protection Program.

Below is a list from 2022:

Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act
South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act
Restoring Resilient Reefs Act
Protecting Critical Ecosystems and Military Readiness in Florida Act
Strengthening Supply Chains for Servicemembers and Security Act
Cutting Rampant Access to Crack Kits (CRACK) Act
Ukraine Annexation Non-Recognition Act
United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Reauthorization Act
Free Vets from Fees Act
SBA Cyber Awareness Act
Small Business Cyber Training Act
Andrew K. Baker Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic naming
Judge Joseph Woodrow Hatchett Courthouse naming

First elected to the Senate in 2010, Rubio won a third term last year when he took 57.7 percent of the vote against then U.S. Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., who pulled 41.3 percent of the vote.

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  • Kevin Derby

    Originally from Jacksonville, Kevin Derby is a contributing writer for Florida Daily and covers politics across Florida.

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