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February 3, 2016

Rubio’s Senate Backers Seek to Sway More Colleagues


Daines is among the senators who campaigned for Rubio in Iowa. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Daines is among the senators who campaigned for Rubio in Iowa. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Florida Republican Marco Rubio’s strong third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses could accelerate his bid to secure Senate endorsements for his presidential campaign, supporters said Tuesday.

Rubio’s campaign told Roll Call that in the aftermath of the showing in Iowa, aides have had conversations with many members of the House and Senate about endorsements.

In addition, the aide said that what was described as a handful of additional endorsements should be expected in the days ahead, with the message being that Rubio is best equipped to defeat Clinton in November.

One Senate Republican, South Carolina’s Tim Scott, announced his support for Rubio on Tuesday, bringing the candidate’s congressional endorsement total to five senators and 23 House members. Beyond the endorsements, several senators traveled to Iowa in the past few days to campaign for Rubio.

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December 18, 2015

Cruz Accuses GOP Leadership of Playing Santa for Lobbyists


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Cruz told the Friday rally that Republican leadership was “playing Santa Claus to the lobbyists and K Street and the special interests.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

MECHANICSVILLE, Va. —  Minutes after taking a photo with Santa Claus and wishing him well on Christmas Eve, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz turned Grinch on Republicans on Capitol Hill who backed the omnibus spending bill that cleared earlier Friday.

“Now, it’s Christmastime, so it was Republican leadership playing Santa Claus to the lobbyists and K Street and the special interests, and it’s why people are fed up with the Washington cartel,” the Texas Republican told reporters before a packed house at the Life Church in suburban Richmond.

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December 17, 2015

Senate Clinches Deal to Finish Omnibus on Friday


GOP Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has the lowest vote participation rate of any senator in 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rubio had hinted at a slow down of the omnibus, but it won’t take place. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

No level of consternation about the big omnibus spending and budget deal will interfere with this year’s Christmas getaway.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced an agreement that will allow the Senate to quickly call up and pass the combined measure after the House finishes work Friday — without a weekend session.

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December 15, 2015

Did Ted Cruz Disclose Classified Information?


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 8: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, holds a news conference with Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, (not pictured) in the U.S. Capitol to discuss Syrian refugee legislation on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Cruz and Rubio sparred over possibly classified information at the debate Tuesday night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Did Sen. Ted Cruz disclose classified information on national television?

Those without access to the intelligence itself probably won’t know for sure, but that seemed to be the implication in the reaction from presidential campaign rival and fellow Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., during a portion of Tuesday’s CNN debate that focused on their differing views on the scope of National Security Agency surveillance programs. Full story

December 14, 2015

Portman’s Communication Director Leaving for Family Reunion


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 16: Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaks with reporters following the Senate Republicans' policy lunch in the Capitol on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Portman is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Rob Portman’s communications director Caitlin Conant is decamping for Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign, where she’ll join her husband.

Portman’s longtime spokeswoman will join her husband Alex, who is the communications director for the Rubio campaign. Caitlin Conant will run regional communications and surrogate operations for the campaign as the calendar turns into the presidential election year.

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December 10, 2015

Cruz Strikes Back on Rubio’s Patriot Act Attacks


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 8: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, holds a news conference with Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, (not pictured) in the U.S. Capitol to discuss Syrian refugee legislation on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Cruz is hitting back on criticism from his presidential rival Rubio. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Facing accusations from Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida that he’s supported weakening surveillance powers, presidential rival and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas hit back against his rival on Thursday.

The two Republican presidential candidates have been at each other over their differing views on reauthorization of provisions of the Patriot Act. The provisions in question involve the bulk collection of telephone metadata by the National Security Agency. Rubio is in a contingent led by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., that is blasting people who supported ending the bulk collection, claiming the practice is key to fighting terrorist threats.

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November 25, 2015

Mike Lee in the Middle of Reconciliation Battle


Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, (center) is joining fellow Republicans Marco Rubio of Florida (left) and Ted Cruz of Texas (right), in pushing leadership for a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act through the reconciliation process. (Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lee, center, is joining fellow Republicans Rubio, left, and Cruz in pushing leadership on the Affordable Care Act. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Mike Lee will find himself in the middle of the debate on the Affordable Care Act on Monday, as well as between two colleagues running for president.

The Utah Republican and chairman of the  Senate Steering Committee is joining fellow Republicans Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida in their opposition to anything short of a full repeal of the law. The topic will likely come up in a meeting Monday of Senate Republicans, and the chamber could begin debating it under the budget reconciliation process as early as Dec. 2.

“There are a few of us who have expressed concerns,” Lee said in an interview in his office before the Thanksgiving recess. “We just want to make sure that we are taking full advantage of the opportunity; that we are doing as much as we can consistent with the rules.”

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November 24, 2015

Marco Rubio Reprises Obamacare Line of Attack


GOP Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has the lowest vote participation rate of any senator in 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rubio wants to maintain restrictions on funding “risk corridor” payments. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican vying for position in the crowded GOP presidential field, is reiterating his opposition to an insurance-company friendly part of the Affordable Care Act and hoping congressional leaders follow along.

“So far we’ve succeeded in stopping the Obama Administration from bailing out health insurance companies under ObamaCare, and it’s critical that Congress once again stand with taxpayers to stop any taxpayer-funded bailout of health insurers from happening,” Rubio, a Republican from Florida, said in a letter to GOP leaders on Capitol Hill, including the chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees.

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November 16, 2015

Rubio Criticizes Cruz Over Surveillance After Paris Attacks


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Rubio speaks at the 2015 Wall Street Journal CEO Council at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington on Monday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday connected the threat from the Islamic State terror group to recent action by Congress that he said weakened the U.S. intelligence community’s surveillance powers — and one of his leading presidential opponent’s votes on it.

The Florida Republican said the enactment of the USA Freedom Act left America “unnecessarily vulnerable” to terrorist threats. That was the legislation that eliminated the federal bulk collection of telephone records, moving data to the telephone companies. Full story

November 12, 2015

Does Obamacare Repeal Have a Senate Path Without the Mandates?


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Cruz, Lee and Rubio have previously expressed concerns about a reconciliation bill that doesn’t fully repeal Obamacare. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The search is on for 51 Senate votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, raising questions about whether the House’s attempt to use the budget reconciliation process to do so will succeed.

Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, both presidential candidates, and Sen. Mike Lee are on record that they “cannot support” a bill that doesn’t “fully repeal” the health care law. The offices of Cruz and Rubio referred CQ Roll Call back to a joint statement from three weeks ago when asked for a response to Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough’s ruling this week that Obamacare’s employer and individual mandates fail the test for inclusion in a reconciliation bill. Full story

November 5, 2015

McCain: White House Win ‘Extremely Difficult’ Without Immigration Action


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Both of Arizona’s Republican senators support an immigration overhaul. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s comments about immigration Sunday, the top two Republicans in Congress have now declared dead the prospects of an overhaul before the 2016 elections.

In the aftermath of 2012, when Latinos made up 10 percent of the electorate and President Barack Obama was re-elected resoundingly, Republican lawmakers and strategists predicted the GOP’s White House ambitions were directly tied to the passage of comprehensive immigration legislation. Many of those voices haven’t changed their tune. Full story

October 29, 2015

Rubio Refuses to Attack Jeff Sessions at Debate


Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., refused to attack Sen. Jeff Sessions at Wednesday's Republican debate (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rubio refused to attack Sessions at the debate (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Jeff Sessions got more time at Wednesday night’s main Republican presidential debate than some of the candidates.

CNBC debate moderator John Harwood asked Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., to address the Alabama Republican’s position that high-skilled visas programs hurt American workers, pointing to a recent Wired article that said Rubio wanted to be the savior of the tech industry by increasing the amount of H-1B visas. Full story

October 28, 2015

Rubio Backhands Bush, Media Over Missed Votes


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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After a month of defending missed votes, Sen. Marco Rubio easily swatted away criticism from fellow Floridian Jeb Bush at Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate.

The battle came just hours after a Florida paper called for the first-term senator to vote more regularly or resign. When a debate moderator asked if he hated his job as the Sun-Sentinel editorial board suggested, Rubio wrote it off as liberal-media hypocrisy, noting that the paper didn’t demand the resignation of Democratic senators who ran for president in previous cycles. Full story

Florida Newspaper to Rubio: Do Your Job or Resign


Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has repeatedly been criticized for missed votes in the Senate. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has repeatedly been criticized for missed votes in the Senate. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

One of the highest-circulation newspapers in Florida is calling on Sen. Marco Rubio to resign because he’s missed many votes while seeking the GOP presidential nomination.

The Sun-Sentinel, based in Broward County, north of Miami, questioned Rubio’s Senate paycheck and Affordable Care Act subsidy, arguing that he’s “ripping us off.” The editorial board noted that other senators running for president, such as Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., have voted far more consistently as they seek the White House. Full story

Paul Pledges Budget Deal Filibuster Ahead of Debate


Rand Paul arrives at the U.S. Capitol to block any Patriot Act extension Sunday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Paul said he would filibuster the deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The two-year budget deal heading to the House floor will make prime Republican presidential debate fodder Wednesday evening in Colorado.

Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday that he intended to filibuster the bipartisan budget agreement that would also provide for a suspension of the debt limit.

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