With a new Senate ready to convene, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., looked back at his last two years on Capitol Hill.
Last week, at an event at Florida International University, Rubio unveiled a report entitled “Fighting for Florida” covering his service over the past two year, including the more than two dozen bills he championed which became law.
“One of my highest priorities continues to be ensuring that my staff and I are available to help Floridians with whatever federal assistance they may need,” Rubio said when he brought out the report. “We have also accomplished some incredible policy victories over the last two years for Florida and for our nation.”
Rubio showcased his support for reforming the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and his successful effort to expand the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $2,000 per child including making $1,400 refundable against an individual’s payroll taxes.
The senator also highlighted his efforts responding to school shootings and toxic algae and red tide, including getting funds to support the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Storage Reservoir. Rubio also noted his effort to get federal aid to Florida and Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma, Marie and Michael.Rubio also focused on other local efforts including efforts against sober homes and opioids.
Sitting on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) which he chairs, Rubio stressed his efforts on international issues, including his opposition to the Venezuelan and Cuban regimes.
Rubio was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 and ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. After coming up short against Donald Trump in the Republican presidential primaries, Rubio won a second term in the Senate in 2016.