WATCH: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio discusses reforms in the Department of Veterans Affairs.
A Florida-based crew who went to Honduras to salvage wood have spent seven weeks in jail because of smuggled weapon allegations. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, along with the U.S. Embassy and other government entities have sought the release of the crew.
Senator Marco Rubio began his “Constituent Mail Box” program this week in which he responds to a few of the thousand letters, phone calls and other correspondence our office receives. One of the first letters Sen. Rubio responded to was Will Hinson’s–a 14 year-old from the Orlando area who wrote about foreign aid.
NBC reports on the story of a Destin woman whose new health plan under the Affordable Care Act costs $2,000 more each year. Senator Marco Rubio brought this story to the attention of the Senate to illustrate the negative effects ObamaCare has had on Medicare beneficiaries.
The responsibilities in the U.S. Senate can be sobering — we’re making decisions that can have an impact on our entire nation and sometimes on the world.
But I am reminded on almost a daily basis how much we can achieve for one person.
I met Austin Wilcher and his father Joe a few weeks back. Joe is an active duty member of the United States Air Force (and a single parent). Austin is a bright 12-year-old who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Austin and Joe came to Washington, DC to participate in an FDA advisory committee hearing on the clinical trials of a promising new drug to treat Duchenne. In effect, this was the meeting to “green light” the availability of this drug.
Parents with children who have been in the trials have seem marked results. The disease, sadly, progresses quickly and without pause. But the parents saw improvement in their children. This drug is not a cure—and the parents have no illusions about that. But it seems to help—and nothing else does.
The FDA panel rejected the drug, mainly because of the clinical trials. (It’s a long story—but, as you might imagine, drugs for diseases that are more rare have fewer participants in clinical trials and some see that as unconvincing evidence.)
I implore the senior leadership of the FDA to overturn this decision. I will do all I can to convince them. It’s vital. Because if we can help just one person…
It was my privilege to join Florida’s Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera in Orlando at a ceremony honoring the Borinqueneers—the Puerto Rican 65th infantry that honorably served our country in WWI, WWII and during the Korean conflict. The Congressional Gold Medal was an overdue honor for this segregated unit.
I can only describe it as a tremendous honor; meeting these brave veterans and their families and hearing their stories. Inspiring!
I’m proud of Lazaro Escobio and the faculty, staff and students of Tampa Bay Christian Academy, where Escobio works. Students from the school surprised Escobio last year by attending the ceremony where he became an American citizen. I was proud to do my small part by sending an American flag that flew over the U.S. capitol. A school parent donated a flag pole (what a wonderful gesture!) and the flag was just raised. Escobio was teacher in his native Cuba. As my family is also from Cuba, it made an already heart-warming story even more joyous.