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Marco Rubio Starts New Congress Focused on the Middle East

January 5, 2019 - 6:00am
Marco Rubio and Mitch McConnell
Marco Rubio and Mitch McConnell

With the new Congress in session, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is joining other Senate Republicans focusing on the Middle East.

Rubio paired up with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Col., and James Risch, R-Idaho, to unveil the “Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act” on Thursday. 

“This legislation would make improvements to defense and security assistance provisions in the Middle East, bolster the U.S.-Israel strategic alliance by authorizing security assistance to Israel over a 10-year period pursuant to the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding, reauthorize the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015, provide new authorities for sanctions against Syria’s Assad regime and its supporters, and empower state and local governments in the United States to counter the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement’s discriminatory economic warfare against the Jewish state,” Rubio’s office noted. 

Rubio, who sits on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, has been critical of recent developments from the Trump administration when it comes to Middle East policy, including the president’s call to withdraw American forces from Syria. 

“It is in America’s national security interests to ensure that our allies in the Middle East like Israel and Jordan remain secure amid the region’s growing destabilizing threats posed by Iran and Syria’s Assad regime,” Rubio said. “This important bill will also impose new sanctions against the Assad regime and its supporters who continue to commit horrific human rights violations against the Syrian people. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and the Administration to quickly pass and enact this critical piece of legislation.”

“This package of legislation is an important step toward finishing the work of the last Congress. Israel and Jordan have been steadfast allies of the United States that deserve this support,” Risch said. “Also, it is vital to confront Syrian government atrocities and end discrimination against Israel.  The Senate Foreign Relations Committee reviewed these bills last Congress and they had near unanimous support. It is time to move them forward.”

“I am proud to sponsor this legislation, which enhances our alliances in the Middle East, condemns the heinous human rights abuses of the Assad regime, and takes a strong stance against the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic BDS movement,” Gardner said. “This bill greatly enhances our national security and I urge its quick and bipartisan passage into law.”

The SASME should pass without much drama as it consists of several bills which came close to passing the last Congress. 

Comments

Focus on Florida, Marco, focus on Florida!

" North Korean who is madly producing additional nuclear weapon". and you know this how? You saw it yourself? You have contacts in the Pentagon? You heard it on the fake news? Your Medium told you? Which is it so I can be as well informed as you.

Why does Rubio support this kind of existence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEf5iu5i-gw

Gee, you mean Jared Kushner hasn't already solved the Middle East . . . . . . . . after all, wasn't it just last summer when he proclaimed "prospects for peace are very much alive" . . . . . . . . . . so, where is it? . . . . . . . . as the Atlantic and other, more seasoned experts of the Middle East have observed --> "he is living in a fantasy world and preparing an approach more likely to compound the current problems than to resolve them" . . . . . . . . the Trump Administration will get the problem as resolved as it has been dealing with a North Korean who is madly producing additional nuclear weapons while Trump and Kushner, in their best Neville Chamberlain accent, broadly proclaim "Peace in Our Time" . . . . . . . . . . . . Trump's foreign policy of alarming our allies and joyfully providing comfort to our enemies . . . . . . . . . . . PATHETIC . . . .

I though Marco Rubio was Cuban or Puerto Rican,I never realized that he was Jewish.

And just when is Little Marco going to throw his considerable weight behind the Trump Agenda...loud and often??? I want to see him demanding his leader Mitch get busy helping the other Republicans and Dems come to an agreement on a bill that fully funds National Security including the Wall or barrier or call it "Nancy and Chuck's Wall" for all I care. I have never seen such a dismal display of slimy politics than what is being displayed by the new House Speaker and her cohort Chucky boy. I hope Trump delaires our southern border a national security emergency and gets that wall up and running post haste. Gees what a bunch of bozos. Marco....you are fast becoming irrelevant. Get with it or you will lose your Conservative voters. We want you and Rick Scott to focus solely on helping Trump get his agenda through and into law.

What is this love affair between the SSN and Rubio? A week dosen't go by and sometimes even two or three days, when Marco isn't the focus of a story. Instead of reporting of what he's doing or saying on the surface SSN should be looking for Slippery Marcos the real meaning .

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