This week in the office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio:
- Earlier this week, Marco called for additional sanctions on Venezuela’s oppressive Maduro regime, in response to the regime’s refusal to accept the results of Venezuela’s democratic elections. “ The Obama Administration and other democratically elected governments of the Western Hemisphere have a duty to not only speak out against this flagrant subversion of democracy but also to take action to ensure that this democratic opportunity in Venezuela does not slip away right before our eyes,” Marco said. “This should include applying sanctions on individuals planning, ordering or carrying out these efforts that violate human rights by further suffocating democracy in Venezuela.” Read Marco’s full statement on Venezuela’s elections and implementing sanctions on the Maduro regime here.
- This week Marco demanded accountability from the Obama Administration amid reports that a missing U.S. Hellfire missile had been found in Cuba. “Preventing the proliferation of sensitive U.S. technology is one of the most important duties carried out by the State Department,” Marco wrote in a letter to Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta Jacobson. “The fact that members of Congress are reading about Cuba’s possession of a U.S. missile in the newspaper rather than from you or other State Department officials is astounding and inexcusable.” Read Marco’s full letter here.
- On Thursday, Marco responded to a recent report that found 41,900 mail packages with unprocessed veterans’ claims materials backlogged at the St. Petersburg, FL VA by calling for national VA reform. “The incompetence and lack of accountability at the St. Petersburg VA, and at VA facilities around our entire country, is unacceptable,” Marco said. “It is our duty as a nation to care for those who have cared for us. We must stand with America’s heroes and put an end to the dysfunction plaguing the Department of Veterans Affairs.” Read Marco’s full statement here. If you are a Floridian and a veteran encountering a problem with the VA, please contact our constituent services team toll-free in Florida at 1-866-630-7106.
- On Friday, Marco welcomed the recapture of infamous drug lord “El Chapo” and called for the Obama Administration to pursue his extradition. “We can’t afford to wait for the Obama Administration to take action to bring him to justice.” Marco said. “In fact, if the Obama Administration has not already laid the groundwork for this moment, they will have already dropped the ball.” Read Marco’s full statement on El Chapo’s recapture here.
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