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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?

Cruz and Rubio are among those o. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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

By Matthew Fleming Posted at 11:52 p.m.
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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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October 19, 2015

Rand Paul Muses About President Rubio Bringing Nuclear War

Rand Paul was among the presidential candidates who came to Washington to cast votes against Planned Parenthood, participating in the Voters First candidate forum via remote. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Paul said the U.S. was”lucky” Rubio was not in the White House during the Cold War. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Does Sen. Rand Paul think having Marco Rubio in the Oval Office in an earlier era could have brought about a nuclear war with the Soviet Union?

In a new interview, it sure sounds that way.

“We are really lucky he was never president during the Cold War,” the Kentucky Republican, who, like Rubio, is seeking the GOP nomination for president said in an interview with CNBC posted Monday.

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October 13, 2015

Rubio Leads the Field in This Category: Missing Votes

Like Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and others before him, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is missing more and more votes as he runs for president. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Like McCain, left, and others, Rubio is missing more and more votes as he runs for president. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

For a presidential cycle known for upending conventional political wisdom, one thing certainly hasn’t changed: It’s hard to vote in the Senate if you’re campaigning across the country.

Like a young(er) John McCain from 2007, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who missed every vote last week, leads the Senate in truancy for the year to date, voting just 68.7 percent of the time, according to CQ Vote Watch.

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October 8, 2015

Rubio, Trump Begin to Spar Over Eminent Domain

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Rubio led the effort in Florida to curtail eminent domain. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Long before Marco Rubio was running for president, and even before he was running for the Senate, the Florida Republican was tasked with crafting a state response to a Supreme Court case that had expanded the power of government.

Rubio’s presidential campaign has decided to remind people that as a state lawmaker, he stopped Florida municipalities from following the lead of New London, Conn., in taking private property through eminent domain for the benefit of a private development under the Constitution’s “Takings Clause.”

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September 11, 2015

Rubio to GOP Leaders: Use ‘Everything’ to Stop Iran Deal (Video)

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Rubio is criticizing GOP leaders for their handling of the Iran deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Marco Rubio says Iran deal opponents should be prepared to “fall on the sword” to thwart the proposed nuclear agreement, and the Florida Republican is faulting leadership in his own party for not responding in ways that could do so.

“Quite frankly, you have the Republican leadership in some cases saying let’s treat this like any other bill. This is not just any other bill,” the Florida Republican and 2016 presidential candidate said Friday, one day after a debate-limiting cloture vote on a disapproval measure failed to achieve the 60 votes needed to advance in the Senate.

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August 28, 2015

Inviting Fight With China, Rubio Says Disputed Islands Belong to Japan

Rubio has been outlining his policy views in early primary and caucus states. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rubio has been outlining his policy views in early primary and caucus states. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Marco Rubio said bluntly Friday the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea belong to Japan.

The Chinese government “has unilaterally declared an ‘air defense identification zone’ over international waters and the Senkaku Islands, which are the territory of our ally Japan. In the South China Sea, Beijing has dispatched ships and planes, moved oil rigs and even constructed artificial islands in an attempt to strengthen its position militarily,” the Republican presidential hopeful said during a broader speech in South Carolina about U.S.-China relations.

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August 26, 2015

Rubio: GOP Needs 60 Votes to Repeal Obamacare

Rubio held a town hall Wednesday in Londonderry. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rubio held a town hall Wednesday in Londonderry. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Marco Rubio sounds rather bearish on repealing Obamacare anytime soon, even if he or another Republican becomes president.

Outlining his economic and foreign policy visions at a town hall meeting in Londonderry, N.H., on Wednesday, the Floridian said upending the 2010 health care overhaul law would take the support of a filibuster-proof supermajority of 60 senators.

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