The Race for the White House 2016: Who is Marco Rubio?

download (3)This week’s Presidential candidate post is going to be about the fourth individual to put in their bid for the White House: Marco Rubio. We’ll be focusing on his personal background and his voting history on six topics:  Healthcare, Education, Job Creation (including minimum wage), Social Programs (medicare/medicaid, SSI, EBT, etc), Gun Control and Human Rights (including LGBT rights and women’s rights). I get all my information on voting history from the website Project Vote Smart and there are many, many more topics than these six so I would encourage you to look up the voting histories for this and all the candidates on other subjects that interest you.

Marco Rubio: Personal Information

Marco Antonio Rubio was born May 28, 1971 in Miami, Florida to Mario and Oria Rubio – both Cuban immigrants who eventually became naturalized American citizens. Though his family claimed the Roman-Catholic faith, they attended a Mormon church from the time Rubio was 8 to the time he was 11 while they were living in Las Vegas. Rubio graduated high school in Miami in 1989 and attended Tarkio College on a football scholarship for a year before enrolling in Santa Fe Community College. In 1993, Rubio earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Florida and in 1996 he earned his Juris Doctor degree cum laude from the University of Miami Law School. (1)

In 1999, Rubio ran for a seat in the 111th House District in the Florida House of Representatives, representing Miami. He won unopposed in November, 2000. In December, 2002 Rubio was appointed House Majority Leader by Speaker Johnnie Byrd and in November 2003, Rubio became the first Cuban-American to become Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. On May 5, 2009, Rubio announced that he was running for Senate under the Republican ticket and he won the general election with 49% of the vote. After being elected to the Senate, Rubio was assigned to the Committee on Science, Commerce and Transportation, the Committee on Foreign Relations, the Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. While serving on the Senate, Rubio has also taught a political science course at Florida International University. (1)

On April 13, 2015, Marco Rubio formally announced that he planned to run for President of the United States.

Marco Rubio: The Issues

+ = Florida Key Votes

Healthcare:

*On April 6, 2006: Nay on A 990255 – Florida KidCare Funding Amendment (2.0)

*On April 25, 2007: Yea on CS HB 7189 – KidCare Eligibility Expansion + (2.1)

*On February 2, 2011: Yea on S Amdt 9 – Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision From the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2.2)

*On February 2, 2011: Yea on S Amdt 28 – Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision From the Health Care Bill (2.3)

*On February 2, 2011: Yea on S Amdt 13 – Repealing the Federal Health Care Law (2.4)

*On April 5, 2011: Yea on HR 4 – Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision From the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2.5)

*Co-Sponsor: S Amdt 1520 – Authorizes Moral and Religious Objections to Certain Health Care Items and Services (2.6)

*Co-Sponsor: S Amdt 3058 – Expands TRICARE Coverage of Autism (2.7)

*On March 13, 2013: Yea on S Amdt 30 – To Prohibit the Use of Funds to Carry Out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2.8)

*On March 31, 2014: Nay on HR 4302 – Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (2.9)

Education:

*On March 23, 2006: Yea on HB 205 – Prohibition of Certain Financial Assistance to International Students + (3.0)

*On April 6, 2006: Nay on A 990269 – Teacher Salary Increase Amendment + (3.1)

*On April 6, 2006: Nay on A 990264 – Education Funding Amendment + (3.2)

*On May 2, 2006: Yea on HJR 447 – Classroom Size Requirements and 65 Percent of School Funding for Classroom Instruction + (3.3)

*On April 30, 2007: Yea on HB 7145 – Private School Scholarship Program Expansion Act + (3.4)

*On May 2, 2007: Yea on CS SB 1710 – State University Tuition Increase + (3.5)

*On April 28, 2008: Yea on SB 2692 – Teaching Evolution in Public Schools + (3.6)

*On May 8, 2012: Nay on S 2343 – Extends Student Loan Interest Rates (Reid Bill) (3.7)

*Co-Sponsor: S Amdt 2153 – Prohibits Increase in Interest Rates For Student Loans (Lamar Bill) (3.8)

*On June 19, 2012: Nay on S Amdt 2156 – Increases Funding for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (3.9)

*On June 6, 2013: Nay on S 953 – Student Loan Affordability Act (4.0)

*On June 6, 2013: Yea on S 1003 – Comprehensive Student Loan Protection Act (4.1)

*On July 14, 2013: Nay on S Amdt 1778 – Limits Interest Rates for Certain Federal Student Loans (4.2)

*On July 24, 2013: Yea on HR 1911 – Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013 (4.3)

*On June 11, 2014: Nay on S 2432 – Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act (4.4)

Job Creation:

*On June 21, 2011: Nay on S 782 – Economic Development Revitalization Act (4.5)

*On October 11, 2011: Nay on S 1660 – American Jobs Act of 2011 (4.6)

*Co-Sponsor: S Amdt 928 – American Jobs and Economic Growth (4.7)

*On June 5, 2012: Nay on S 3220 – Paycheck Fairness Act (4.8)

*On July 19, 2012: Nay on S 3364 – Bring Home Jobs Act (4.9)

*On April 9, 2014: Nay on S 2199 – Paycheck Fairness Act (5.0)

*On April 30, 2014: Nay on S 2223 – Minimum Wage Fairness Act (5.1)

*On July 30, 2014: Nay on S 2569 – Bring Home Jobs Act (5.2)

Social Programs:

*On October 21, 2011: Yea on S Amdt 791 – Limits Farm Subsidies to Individuals with Incomes under $1 Million (5.3)

*On June 13, 2012: Nay on S Amdt 2392 – Reduces Funding for Food Stamps (5.4)

*On June 19, 2012: Yea on S Amdt 2181 – Limits Farm Subsidies to Farmers with Incomes Under $250,000 (5.5)

*On June 19, 2012: Yea on S Amdt 2172 – Rescinds Bonuses to States for Administering Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (5.6)

*On May 23, 2013: Yea on S Amdt 953 – Limits Subsidy Payments for Individuals with Incomes More Than $750,000 (5.7)

*On January 14, 2014: Nay on S 1845 – Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act (5.8)

Gun Control:

*On March 26, 2008: Yea on HB 503 – Firearms in Vehicles + (5.8)

*On April 17, 2013: Yea on S Amdt 719 – Authorizes Reciprocity for the Carrying of Certain Concealed Firearms (5.9)

*On April 17, 2013: Nay on S Amdt 715 – Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act (6.0)

*On April 17, 2013: Nay on S Amdt 714 – Limits Firearm Magazine Capacity (6.1)

*On April 17, 2013: Nay on S Amdt 711 – Prohibits the Sale of Assault Weapons (6.2)

Human Rights:

*On April 27, 2007: Yea on CS HB 71 – Florida Unborn Victims of Violence Act + (6.3)

*On April 27, 2007: Yea on CS HB 1497 – Abortion Waiting Periods + (6.4)

*On April 26, 2012: Nay on S 1925 – Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (6.5)

*On December 4, 2012: Nay on Treaty Doc 112-7 – The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (6.6)

*On February 12, 2013: Nay on S 47 – Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (6.6)

*On November 4, 2013: Nay on S 815 – Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (6.7)

*On November 7, 2013: Yea on S Amdt 2013 – Exempts Religiously Affiliated Employers from the Prohibition on Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (6.8)

*On July 16, 2014: Nay on S 2578 – Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act of 2014 (6.9)

Sources:

(1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marco_Rubio

(2.0) + http://votesmart.org/bill/1466/4191/1601/florida-kidcare-funding-amendment

(2.1) + http://votesmart.org/bill/4255/13271/1601/kidcare-eligibility-expansion

(2.2) http://votesmart.org/bill/12608/33256/1601/repealing-the-irs-1099-provision-from-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act

(2.3) http://votesmart.org/bill/12610/33258/1601/repealing-the-irs-1099-provision-from-the-health-care-bill

(2.4) http://votesmart.org/bill/12607/33253/1601/repealing-the-federal-health-care-law

(2.5) http://votesmart.org/bill/12858/34385/1601/repeals-the-form-1099-provision-in-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act

(2.6) http://votesmart.org/bill/14746/38556/1601/authorizes-moral-and-religious-objections-to-certain-health-care-items-and-services

(2.7) http://votesmart.org/bill/15950/41999/1601/expands-tricare-coverage-of-autism

(2.8) http://votesmart.org/bill/16352/43144/1601/to-prohibit-the-use-of-funds-to-carry-out-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act

(2.9) http://votesmart.org/bill/17705/47279/1601/protecting-access-to-medicare-act-of-2014

(3.0) + http://votesmart.org/bill/1246/3524/1601/prohibition-of-certain-financial-assistance-to-international-students

(3.1) + http://votesmart.org/bill/1469/4197/1601/teacher-salary-increase-amendment

(3.2) + http://votesmart.org/bill/1464/4187/1601/education-funding-amendment

(3.3) + http://votesmart.org/bill/1468/4195/1601/classroom-size-requirements-and-65-percent-of-school-funding-for-classroom-instruction

(3.4) + http://votesmart.org/bill/4326/13520/1601/private-school-scholarship-program-expansion-act

(3.5) + http://votesmart.org/bill/4240/13213/1601/state-university-tuition-increase

(3.6) + http://votesmart.org/bill/6864/18963/1601/teaching-evolution-in-public-schools

(3.7) http://votesmart.org/bill/15158/39847/1601/extends-student-loan-interest-rates-reid-bill

(3.8) http://votesmart.org/bill/15224/40027/1601/prohibits-increase-in-interest-rates-for-student-loans-lamar-bill

(3.9) http://votesmart.org/bill/15467/40615/1601/increases-funding-for-the-fresh-fruit-and-vegetable-program

(4.0) http://votesmart.org/bill/16814/44550/1601/student-loan-affordability-act

(4.1) http://votesmart.org/bill/16813/44548/1601/comprehensive-student-loan-protection-act

(4.2) http://votesmart.org/bill/17294/45797/1601/limits-interest-rates-for-certain-federal-student-loans

(4.3) http://votesmart.org/bill/16854/45790/1601/bipartisan-student-loan-certainty-act-of-2013

(4.4) http://votesmart.org/bill/18384/48683/1601/bank-on-students-emergency-loan-refinancing-act

(4.5) http://votesmart.org/bill/13524/35632/1601/economic-development-revitalization-act

(4.6) http://votesmart.org/bill/13909/36879/1601/american-jobs-act-of-2011

(4.7) http://votesmart.org/bill/14160/37329/1601/american-jobs-and-economic-growth

(4.8) http://votesmart.org/bill/15815/41671/1601/paycheck-fairness-act

(4.9) http://votesmart.org/bill/15598/41154/1601/bring-jobs-home-act

(5.0) http://votesmart.org/bill/17767/47429/1601/paycheck-fairness-act

(5.1) http://votesmart.org/bill/17854/47753/1601/minimum-wage-fairness-act

(5.2) http://votesmart.org/bill/18753/49616/1601/bring-jobs-home-act

(5.3) http://votesmart.org/bill/14025/37093/1601/limits-farm-subsidies-to-individuals-with-incomes-under-1-million

(5.4) http://votesmart.org/bill/15318/40315/1601/reduces-funding-for-food-stamps

(5.5) http://votesmart.org/bill/15463/40602/1601/limits-farm-subsidies-to-farmers-with-incomes-under-250000

(5.6) http://votesmart.org/bill/15465/40606/1601/rescinds-bonuses-to-states-for-administering-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap

(5.7) http://votesmart.org/bill/16822/44578/1601/limits-subsidy-payments-for-individuals-with-incomes-more-than-750000

(5.8) + http://votesmart.org/bill/6725/18563/1601/firearms-in-vehicles

(5.9) http://votesmart.org/bill/16584/43806/1601/authorizes-reciprocity-for-the-carrying-of-certain-concealed-firearms

(6.0) http://votesmart.org/bill/16582/43803/1601/public-safety-and-second-amendment-rights-protection-act

(6.1) http://votesmart.org/bill/16585/43809/1601/limits-firearm-magazine-capacity

(6.2) http://votesmart.org/bill/16586/43816/1601/prohibits-the-sale-of-assault-weapons

(6.3) + http://votesmart.org/bill/4241/13217/1601/florida-unborn-victims-of-violence-act

(6.4) + http://votesmart.org/bill/4246/13237/1601/abortion-waiting-periods

(6.5) http://votesmart.org/bill/15123/39746/1601/reauthorizing-the-violence-against-women-act

(6.6) 0http://votesmart.org/bill/15948/41992/1601/the-convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities

(6.7) http://votesmart.org/bill/17391/46285/1601/employment-non-discrimination-act-of-2013

(6.8) http://votesmart.org/bill/17392/46288/1601/exempts-religiously-affiliated-employers-from-the-prohibition-on-employment-discrimination-based-on-sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity

(6.9) http://votesmart.org/bill/18702/49362/1601/protect-womens-health-from-corporate-interference-act-of-2014

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