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Marco Rubio says he’s ‘uneasy’ about potential impact of Trump’s executive order on refugees

Monday, January 30th, 2017

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is weighing in on President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order temporarily banning refugees from mostly Muslim nations from entering the U.S., saying in a joint statement with South Carolina Republican Tim Scott that while generally supporting additional vetting, they are “uneasy about the potential impact of these measures on our military and our diplomatic personnel abroad, as well as those who put their lives on the line to work with us.”
The President’s executive action signed on Friday blocks refugees from Syria entering the country immediately, and blocks entry into the U.S. for 90 days for citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Rubio posted the statement with Scott on his Facebook page Sunday night.
Earlier during the weekend, Rubio had said that, “while I am supportive of strengthening our screening processes and securing our borders, a blanket travel ban goes too far,” according to the Washington Post.
Here is his joint statement with Scott in full:
After reviewing the recent Executive Orders, it is clear to us that some of what is being said and reported about the scope and implications of these measures is misleading. However, it is also clear that the manner in which these measures were crafted and implemented have greatly contributed to the confusion, anxiety and uncertainty of the last few days.
We generally support additional vetting for many of those entering our country from nations where the United States has identified there are serious concerns regarding terrorist activities and planning. But given the broad scope and nature of these policy changes, we have some unanswered questions and concerns.
We are seeking clarity on the changes to the Visa Waiver program, which is critical to the economies of our respective states.
And we are uneasy about the potential impact of these measures on our military and our diplomatic personnel abroad, as well as those who put their lives on the line to work with us.
We

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In subcommittee, Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson spotlight Florida HUD horrors

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson don’t agree on everything. But when it comes to the horrors of the HUD-funded properties in Florida that are owned currently by Global Ministries Foundation, they presented a united from Thursday in a Senate subcommittee meeting on “Oversight of the HUD Inspection Process.”
Both Rubio and Nelson have visited GMF properties in Jacksonville, Orlando, and Riviera Beach, and have documented the decay and decrepitude in these low-income housing blocks.
On Thursday, they again sounded the alarm bell.
But, observed subcommittee head Tim Scott, HUD “could not spare a single individual to be here this morning,” despite thousands of employees and a $32 billion budget.
“How is it that not a single employee of HUD could make the time to explain how this has happened,” Scott said after showing a video of the degraded conditions.
“I cannot believe the conditions that Global Ministries allows in its properties,” Scott continued.
Scott lauded Rubio and Nelson for kickstarting the Senate investigation into the “widespread neglect” into properties like Eureka Garden in Jacksonville, the most high-profile failure of HUD oversight in Florida due to media attention and recent focus from the senators.
Subcommittee member Bob Corker lauded the two Florida Senators for “shining a light” on GMF; Corker, a senator from Tennessee, saw a similar narrative of neglected GMF public housing properties play out in his state.
In testimony, Nelson spoke of the “outrage” he felt, urging a subpoena of HUD officials to bring them to heel in front of the Senate.
Nelson went on to discuss the unacceptable conditions he and Rubio saw in Orlando at the Windsor Cove complex, including severe water damage, mold, roach infestation, and waterlogged carpeting.
As was the case with Eureka Garden in Jacksonville, Nelson noted that HUD had passed this tenement in its initial investigation, then “after we raised cain,” the agency invalidated the previous

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Chris Timmons: The GOP needs a new Nixon plan for blacks

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Let’s circle back to Jeb Bush’s National Urban League address from several weeks ago, because if a big, pointed word must be used, it is “symptomatic” of Republican racial complacency.
(It’s best to exclude Ben Carson, because like all black Republicans from Allen West to Tim Scott, he momentarily forgets that he is black. Colorblindness is infectious, you know.)
Bush told us that after his close loss to Lawton Chiles in the 1994 gubernatorial election he went through one of those “transformations” that recovered his sense of humanity: He converted to Catholicism, he began volunteering at the local Urban League (he cares!), started a local charter school (he seriously cares!).
Establishing that he seriously cares, Bush extrapolated his newfound appreciation of the black underclass to bedrock convictions about what can alleviate black ills: a two-parent family, K-12 school vouchers, and a national economy growing at 4 percent annually.
According to the economists, the last maybe a bit far-fetched. The rest is, underwhelming, to say the least.
But no one would be surprised by this lackluster policy approach toward black woes on the part of a Republican, although one may have had hope for Bush because of his affinity for “big, hairy, audacious” ideas or the realization that he had stumbled in his initial response to the Confederate flag fracas in South Carolina.
Alas, no.
There was no intelligible and substantive policy because Bush is still using the Ronald Reagan mode of engagement with blacks.
Not necessarily, a “welfare queens”  stance but a sly perversion of the late academic and U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s  too frequently trotted out point that the problems of black life are embedded in a pathological and cultural misanthropy. Wrong!
Hence the need for a “two-parent” family, according to Bush.
Beside the point!
Once upon a time, Republicans were better than this. Nearly inexplicably, that once upon

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