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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio - update
April 5, 2013

Rubio Introduces Legislation To Hold Administration Accountable, Protect Taxpayers From Obamacare Bailout 

Marco introduced The ObamaCare Taxpayer Bailout Protection Act , legislation to hold the Administration accountable by ensuring ObamaCare’s risk-corridor provision remains budget neutral, which would prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to bailout insurance companies.

This is Rubio’s latest attempt to protect taxpayers from an ObamaCare bailout after introducing The ObamaCare Taxpayer Bailout Prevention Act in November.

Under ObamaCare’s section 1342, risk corridors were established for the law’s first three years as a safety net for insurers who experience financial losses, needlessly exposing taxpayers to funding a bailout of insurance companies. Earlier this month , the Obama administration announced a new rule “to operate the risk corridors program in a budget neutral manner.” Rubio’s bill holds the Administration accountable by requiring that ObamaCare’s risk corridors ensure budget neutrality.

Rubio Fights To Reform Veterans Affairs With Boehner, Miller, Veterans Groups

On Thursday, Marco joined House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Representative Jeff Miller (R-FL) and representatives of several veterans’ service organizations at a press event to call on Congress to pass legislation sponsored by Rubio in the Senate and Miller in the House that would bring greater accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for meeting the needs of America’s veterans, including its disability claims backlog.

Rubio, Cardin Introduce Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act Of 2014

Marco and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced the Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act of 2014, legislation establishing a Syria-specific standard of reporting and accountability for crimes against humanity.

The bill would require the U.S. State Department to report to relevant congressional committees on war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Syria. This would include an account of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by both the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and violent extremist groups and other combatants involved in the conflict. The report also requires a description of U.S. government efforts to ensure accountability for human rights violations in Syria.

On Tuesday, The Syrian Humanitarian Resolution of 2014 , introduced by Marco last month, was unanimously approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Rubio, Thune Demand Answers From Administration On Internet Transition

Marco and Senator John Thune (R-SD), along with 33 of their Senate Republican colleagues, sent a letter to Assistant Secretary of Commerce Larry Strickling, head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), seeking clarification regarding the recent announcement that NTIA intends to relinquish responsibility of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions to the global multistakeholder community.

The letter expresses strong support for “the existing bottom-up, multistakeholder approach to the Internet governance,” and cautions: “We must not allow the IANA functions to fall under the control of repressive governments, America’s enemies, or unaccountable bureaucrats.”

The letter goes on to say: “The global community of Internet stakeholders should act deliberately and transparently as it formulates a possible proposal to transition the IANA functions to a nongovernmental entity. The multistakeholder model of Internet governance and the IANA functions are far too important for this process to be rushed or to be done behind closed doors.”

Among other things, the letter asks the administration to “explain why it is in our national interest to transition the IANA functions,” and how NTIA will ensure “the IANA functions do not end up being controlled, directly or indirectly, by a government or inter-governmental entity.”

In 2012, Congress unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Rubio expressing support for the bottom-up, multi-stakeholder model that currently governs the Internet and for an Internet free from government control. 

Constituent Casework Corner

A South Florida nonprofit organization created to serve veterans applied for their 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service last summer and received a notice that it would take 90 days to process.

After six months of inactivity, the group contacted Senator Rubio for assistance. A member of the staff contacted the agency to follow up on the status of the application. The agency confirmed that there is a 12 month delay to review this type of application. However, due to the miscommunication and notice indicating only a 90 day review period, they agreed to expeditiously review the application. The application was subsequently approved.

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