April 1, 2022 For Immediate Release
Contact: Travis Reuther email@example.com 202-340-9652
Florida Democratic Party
Statement on March Jobs Report
Following the news that the US economy added another 431,000 jobs in March, this statement should be attributed to Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz: “President Biden’s economic agenda is working. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan and no thanks to Republicans, the country is seeing historic, sustained job creation and the lowest unemployment rate in years. It is clear that Democrats’ agenda is putting money in people’s pockets and getting Floridians back to work in jobs with good pay and good benefits. “That’s why it is so mind-boggling that Florida Republicans continue to oppose this agenda at every turn. Instead of working with us to create jobs, Republicans are more focused on voting against capping insulin prices and touting their plans to raise taxes and cut healthcare for middle class Floridians.”
April 1, 2022
For Immediate Release
Contact: Grant Fox GFox@floridadems.org 301-461-5435
Marco Rubio Too Weak To Put Principles Over Politics On China
For career politician Marco Rubio, nothing is more important than advancing his political ambitions. Case in point: while Rubio has called the NBA a “partner of the Chinese government,” he held a campaign fundraiser at an NBA game the day after giving a major speech on standing up to China. See below for more: American Independent: Rubio fundraises at NBA game after calling it a 'partner' of 'the Chinese Communist Party' Key points: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) held a fundraising event at a basketball game in Washington, D.C, on Wednesday night despite his recent criticism of the National Basketball Association for doing business with the Chinese government. According to an invitation sent by Rubio's campaign fundraising consultant, donors were asked to contribute at least $1,000 to Rubio's reelection campaign to attend the Orlando Magic game against the Washington Wizards. Representatives of corporations and other special interest groups were asked to donate $2,500 from their political action committees in order to join Team Rubio at the Capital One Arena in Washington. Earlier this month, Rubio co-authored a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver that said, "Over the years, the NBA has continued to overlook the egregious human rights abuses committed by the CCP, allowing the CCP politics to play a significant role in the NBA's business decisions." Last month, Rubio wrote in National Review editorial under the headline "American Big Business Must Stop Colluding with China." But that does not appear to have altered his own fundraising strategy. The fundraiser came just one day after Rubio delivered an address to the right-wing Heritage Foundation warning that the "threat of Communist China" was the "gravest threat facing America today."
Marco Rubio Voted Against Critical Funding To Restore The Everglades And Strengthen Supply Chains
Today the White House announced new funding to invest in ports and waterways as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that Marco Rubio and every Florida Republican voted against. This funding will strengthen the country’s shipping infrastructure to help move goods to their destinations faster and makes one of the largest investments on record in restoring the Everglades and protecting Florida’s coastal waterways from the damaging effects of climate change.
“The Everglades are an essential part of South Florida’s ecosystem, providing clean drinking water for millions and protecting communities from dangerous flooding and storm surges. Yet Marco Rubio was too weak to put his own political agenda aside and vote for legislation to protect and preserve the Everglades for years to come. Floridians who depend on the Everglades can’t depend on Marco Rubio to do what’s best for them,” said Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Grant Fox.
Some of the most critical new projects that the new funding for ports and waterways Rubio voted against include:
March 15, 2022 For Immediate Release Contact: Travis Reuther firstname.lastname@example.org 202-340-9652 Fact Check: Republicans Wrongly Blame Biden for Rising Gas Prices Republicans are trying to have it both ways on gas prices – they support President Biden’s ban on imports of Russian oil amid Putin’s unprovoked war on Ukraine, while also blaming the Biden administration for Putin’s price hike. A recent New York Times fact check laid out their hypocrisy. Read More: New York Times Fact Check: Republicans Wrongly Blame Biden for Rising Gas Prices WASHINGTON — As gas prices hit a high this week, top Republican lawmakers took to the airwaves and the floors of Congress with misleading claims that pinned the blame on President Biden and his energy policies. Mr. Biden warned that his ban on imports of Russian oil, gas and coal, announced on Tuesday as a response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, would cause gas prices to rise further. High costs are expected to last as long as the confrontation does. While Republican lawmakers supported the ban, they asserted that the pain at the pump long preceded the war in Ukraine. Gas price hikes, they said, were the result of Mr. Biden’s cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, the temporary halt on new drilling leases on public lands and the surrendering of “energy independence” — all incorrect assertions. […] “Covid changed the game, not President Biden,” said Patrick De Haan, the head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, which tracks gasoline prices. “U.S. oil production fell in the last eight months of President Trump’s tenure. Is that his fault? No.” […] Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has only compounded the issues. […] The notion that the United States gained “energy independence” under Mr. Trump, and reversed course under Mr. Biden, is also misleading. Even before Mr. Trump took office, the United States had been projected to become a net energy exporter in the 2020s “because favorable geology and technological developments result in the production of oil and natural gas at lower costs,” according to the Energy Information Administration. […] Moreover, the specific policies cited by Republican lawmakers as evidence of Mr. Biden’s supposed “war on American energy” have had little impact on rising gas prices. The Keystone XL pipeline, which would have expanded an existing system transporting oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast, has been a political and environmental battleground since its conception in 2008. The Obama administration denied the company behind it, TransCanada, a construction permit in 2015. The Trump administration approved the permit in 2017, but the project stalled in the face of litigation. By the time Mr. Biden rescinded its permit on his first day in office, just 8 percent of it had been built. […] Absent the Keystone XL pipeline, crude oil imports from Canada have nonetheless increased by 70 percent since 2008, transported by other pipelines and rail. The Trump administration itself told PolitiFact in 2017 that the pipeline’s impact on prices at the pump “would be minimal.” The claims about oil and gas leases are even more incorrect. Though Mr. Biden temporarily halted new drilling leases on federal lands in January 2021, a federal judge blocked that move last June. In its first year, the Biden administration actually approved 34 percent more of these permits than the Trump administration did in its first year, according to federal data compiled by the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group. “None of these permits are relevant to production right now,” Mr. Rajendran said. “These permits are for production three, four years down the line. If they had approved 10 times as many permits, we would have the same production issues.” READ THE FULL FACT CHECK HERE.
Three of the major components of the Build Back Better Agenda are:
As more and more businesses and organizations across the country implement vaccine requirements it is becoming clearer every day: Vaccination requirements are working.
Since January 20, we have gone from about three million fully vaccinated Americans to more than 187 million.
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