Rubio Joins NBC 6 Impact – Press Releases
Miami, Florida – US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Jackie Nespral on NBC 6 Impact to discuss the Democrats’ sweeping spending agenda, inflation, vaccine mandates, President Joe Biden’s failed foreign policy outlook, the Cuban people’s continued struggle for freedom, and more . See below for the highlights and watch the full video here.
On his decision to vote against the Democrats’ infrastructure bill:
“First of all, only about 25% of the money in this bill actually goes to real infrastructure, and I could have voted for that. I would vote for things that have to do with bridges and roads and even the expansion of broadband.
“What I’m not going to vote for is something that sends $ 100 million to a transit and rail giveaway in the New York City area. I’m not going to vote for something that contains things about digital equity – in essence, now inserting all kinds of cultural issues into the way we distribute the internet in this country. I’m not going to vote for something that gives the federal government more control over how Florida can build its own bridges, roads, and infrastructure. And I could go on for hours.
“The point is, a lot of times here what blocks us here is either you vote for something that has a bunch of bad stuff in it, in order to get some good stuff, or you don’t. And I’m not going to accept that. I am ready to vote and support the infrastructure, but not something that has all of that in it.
About President Joe Biden’s “Build Better” program:
“It’s not even about the money. Money is a lot of money, but you know there’s $ 3.5 trillion, $ 1.75 trillion in debt spending – it’s not going to get paid, you’ll see it here with the CBO score with the Congressional Budget Office. But really, it’s the content.
“Again, it’s going to take an hour to get through all the madness, but they’re going to hire 80,000 new IRS agents, they’re going to create this climate deal to harass people over how much oil and gas is based on. products that they use.They will give the federal government control over kindergarten in America.
“If the federal government supports universal kindergarten, it will decide who can teach your children, who they should hire and what they are allowed to teach. And already in the House version, they tell denominational schools that they cannot teach religion, even if it is a Catholic or denominational pre-kindergarten program, [they] cannot teach religion. This is madness, and there is no way that I will support something like this. I don’t think you’ll see a single Republican backing him, and you’ve seen a lot of Democrats who are really worried about it. “
On the question of whether the “Build Back Better” legislation will be adopted in the Senate:
“I don’t know. Obviously it comes down to the fact that we are a Senate of fifty-fifty. So as long as a Democrat is against it, it won’t pass. But, obviously, that could change. But the bigger question here is how people can support something [like this]? I don’t care what you call it. It is the codification of socialism.
“Look, I’m not against government involvement, okay? I wrote and I succeeded [the Paycheck Protection Program]. It was my law, PPP, that saved millions of small businesses in Florida and across the country. But there must be limits to this, and [Build Back Better]is unlimited. [The Democrats] go for the most radical ideas of the past 20 years. They are putting it all in one bill, and it would do tremendous damage to the country.
“And, by the way, he [would] really hurt us more on inflation. Everything already costs more. What I pay now – everyone pays now – [is] twenty five [or] thirty percent more than eight or nine months ago. It would only make matters worse. “
Who is responsible for rising inflation in the United States:
“The pandemic had a role to play, but I think part of the role is also the fact that, yes, we have a limited supply. One of the reasons is that we don’t make enough stuff in America. If we had more factories and we made more things in America – and if not America, we did it in the Dominican Republic, Central America, or Jamaica, or even Haiti if that country can turn the corner – it would be closer to us. So we have supply chain issues that have been compounded by the policies of the last 20 or 30 years, but we have decided that America doesn’t even have factories anymore.
“Part of [the problem] it’s that we have now injected billions – trillions – of federal dollars into the economy. So you have limited products and more money to chase the limited products – it will increase the prices. And then the labor costs go up, you’re going to pay people to work more than before and people have a hard time keeping their jobs. All of this contributes to that, all of which has been made worse by the policies of this administration. “
On vaccine efficacy and vaccine mandates:
“I am pro-vaccine and anti-mandate. I think everyone should be vaccinated. I am vaccinated, my family is vaccinated. I encourage everyone to get vaccinated, but I don’t think you should be fired for disagreeing with me.
“I don’t understand how, in a free country, we can get the federal government to say to the businesses and individuals who work for them, ‘Either you get the vaccine or you’re going to be unemployed.
“A year and a half ago, and rightly so, nurses, doctors and first responders were the heroes on the front lines in the fight against COVID. A year later, three, four, five, six percent of them don’t want to get the shot – now we’re going to fire them and they’re mean.
“I don’t believe unvaccinated Americans are bad or dangerous or anything. Ultimately, it is their choice. People have the right to make that choice. If we live in a country where the federal government can force you to put something in your body that you don’t want, then things have really changed for the worse in this country.
“So I’m pro-vaccine. I once again encourage everyone to get vaccinated. It is not dangerous, it will not harm you, and it is safe and effective. However, if you don’t agree with me, I don’t think you should be fired, branded, or kicked out of town.
On the Florida lawsuit suing the Biden administration over vaccine warrants:
“I think they will win in court. And I think the Biden administration [knows] this. I think the Biden administration knows this is unconstitutional, but what they are counting on is that companies will go ahead and do it anyway for fear of being sued by OSHA and the government. federal government.
“Look, I’m not just against the vaccine – you know, who was also against the vaccine warrant? Joe Biden, when he was running for president. He said he would never support a vaccination mandate, then he changed his mind, and now it’s become aggressive and ridiculous.
On President Biden signing the Rubio Secure Equipment Act:
“I am very proud to have passed many bills over the past five years here in the Senate. In fact, I was classified the most efficient legislator by Vanderbilt [University] and [the University of] Virginia. Even in a Democratic Congress, with a Democratic President, with whom I disagree on a lot of things, we keep pushing things forward.
“What this bill does is allow us to strip military installations, government installations, and prevent them from being placed there in equipment made in China. I think it’s crazy for an American military installation or a government building to have routers and cameras made in China.
“One of the challenges we have now is for US companies to buy these Chinese routers and mark them in white – they take off the label, they put their own label on them. But all the vulnerabilities and backdoors are still there. China won’t even need to have a spy agency – if they have cameras and routers all over the country, especially in our government buildings, they don’t even need spies. They are already in the building electronically. So this is something that had to happen, and I’m glad it’s now law, and I hope this will be continued quickly. “
On his decision to suspend President Biden’s candidate Nicholas Burns for ambassador to China:
“First of all, I believe he’s not a bad guy. I think he’s a diplomat who is trained in the conventional methods of a failed bipartisan orthodoxy who never saw China as a real threat. They believed that once China became rich and prosperous, it would become more like us. This is not what we need right now.
“What we need right now is someone who clearly understands… that China is not just a competitor and that one day it will not be like us. They are a potential adversary, and they pose a geopolitical threat to the United States military, economic, technological, commercial, military, at all levels. So we need someone stronger in this position. I don’t think he is the right choice.
On his decision to suspend the candidacy of President Biden, Julissa Reynoso Pantaleón, for ambassador to Spain:
“I also put a brake on [President Biden’s] candidate for Spain, who is a full supporter of Castro. Someone like this who identifies and defends the Castro regime in Cuba shouldn’t be anywhere in the State Department, let alone [in] an ambassadorial post to a country like Spain – which, by the way, its government has not been the most cooperative on US policies towards Venezuela and Cuba.
On the November 15 demonstration in Cuba and how the Biden administration could help:
“First of all, I think November 15th was a huge success because it revealed who this diet really is. They use angry soldiers and mobs to prey on intellectuals and artists, not the most violent people in the world… young Cubans who just want change and a better future. In doing so, and in everything they have done, [the regime has] shown the world who they are.
“So really the point of this march was to reveal to the world and make it harder than ever for the defenders of this regime to keep doing it. At the same time I think that by doing what they did , they gave new energy to this movement inside Cuba and we will see more and more of them.
“What is happening in Cuba is that a young generation of Cubans does not want to be the last generation to waste their life once again in a country that has no chance to improve, and the only one way to change their life is to leave the country. They don’t want to be part of it. They want to be able to express themselves and to express themselves artistically but also politically, but that is not allowed in Cuba.
“I think it’s just one more step in the right direction for the movement inside Cuba, which is organic, led by young Cubans, not controlled by anyone abroad. It won’t be easy and the road will be long and difficult, but I am inspired by what they have done.