Anti-abortion groups pushing Rubio on 20-week abortion ban bill
July 3rd, 2013
11:17 AM ET
9 months ago

Anti-abortion groups pushing Rubio on 20-week abortion ban bill

(CNN) – Sen. Marco Rubio is considering a request by anti-abortion groups to sponsor a bill in the Senate that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks, an adviser to the Florida Republican confirmed to CNN.

"I can tell you that the pro-life groups are asking Senator Rubio to sponsor the bill in the Senate. He's on a family vacation this week and will decide when he returns to D.C. next week," said the adviser, who asked for anonymity to speak more freely.
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Filed under: Abortion • Marco Rubio • Senate
Rubio gives closing remarks in immigration debate
June 27th, 2013
03:07 PM ET
10 months ago

Rubio gives closing remarks in immigration debate

(CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio made his final pitch Thursday for immigration reform, just hours before the Senate was set to vote on the comprehensive package that he helped create with seven other senators.

Taking refrains from previous speeches, the first-term Republican senator from Florida told the story of his own parents, who came from Cuba in 1956.
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Filed under: Immigration • Marco Rubio • Senate
2016 watch: Potential contenders take a stand on Supreme Court rulings
June 26th, 2013
08:38 PM ET
10 months ago

2016 watch: Potential contenders take a stand on Supreme Court rulings

(CNN) – With the Supreme Court announcing decisions on two big cases involving same-sex marriage Wednesday, an array of possible 2016 presidential candidates weighed in on the matter, positioning themselves in a highly-charged debate that could continue for years as states begin adapting to changes in the law.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who vetoed a same-sex marriage law in his state last year, said he did not agree with the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a significant section of the Defense of Marriage Act that denies more than a thousand federal benefits to legally married, same-sex couples.
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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Hillary Clinton • Marco Rubio • Paul Ryan • Rick Santorum • Same-sex marriage • Ted Cruz
Rubio: Politics of immigration reform is 'overrated'
June 25th, 2013
02:53 PM ET
10 months ago

Rubio: Politics of immigration reform is 'overrated'

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio, the most prominent Republican working towards immigration reform, continued to argue Tuesday he's not pursuing the issue for his own political agenda and weighed in on his thoughts about 2016.

Applauding the Senate's decision to move forward with a border security amendment Monday night, the first-term senator also acknowledged the difficult position he's been in as he faces criticism from his own party.
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Filed under: Immigration • Marco Rubio
Chamber of Commerce uses opponents' language to push immigration reform
June 23rd, 2013
11:57 PM ET
10 months ago

Chamber of Commerce uses opponents' language to push immigration reform

Washington (CNN) - As the Senate prepares for a crucial week in the immigration debate and a possible final vote on the comprehensive reform bill, the Chamber of Commerce is using some of the opponents' language in a seven-figure ad campaign to instead push for its passage.

In a new national television ad  as well as in radio commercials, the chamber is emphasizing how some leading conservatives are supporting the bill, which includes enhanced border security and an eventual path to citizenship for those already in the country illegally if they meet certain conditions.

Opponents call that amnesty.

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Filed under: Chamber of Commerce • Immigration • Marco Rubio
June 20th, 2013
01:32 PM ET
10 months ago

Senate immigration deal includes tougher border security

Washington (CNN) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is proposing tougher border security measures - including doubling the current 21,000-agent border patrol - as part of a deal to get more Republican support for an immigration reform bill.

Sources revealed to CNN some of the details of negotiated changes to the sweeping bill being debated in the Senate. Along with the increased border patrol agents, it would call for 700 miles of fencing along the frontier with Mexico.

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Filed under: Immigration • Joe Biden • John Boehner • Marco Rubio • President Obama • Senate
June 20th, 2013
01:25 PM ET
10 months ago

Rubio: ‘I understand why people are frustrated’

(CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, defended immigration reform efforts Thursday, even though some in his party are upset that he and other Republican senators are attempting to find a legal pathway for undocumented immigrants.

"I understand why people are frustrated. I do," he told CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash on Capitol Hill.
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Filed under: Immigration • Marco Rubio • Senate
June 16th, 2013
12:53 PM ET
10 months ago

Immigration bill shaping up, but fate still uncertain

(CNN) - While the future of immigration reform is still in question, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a member of the bipartisan Gang of Eight, predicted the Senate will pass the bill with 70 votes or more.

“I think we're going to have a political breakthrough, that Congress is going to pass immigration reform. I think we're going to get plus 70 votes,” he said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I've never been more optimistic about it.”
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Rubio: Gay rights amendment would 'kill' immigration bill
June 13th, 2013
03:02 PM ET
10 months ago

Rubio: Gay rights amendment would 'kill' immigration bill

(CNN) – Sen. Marco Rubio flatly stated Thursday that he'll vote against his own immigration bill if it ends up including rights for gay and lesbian couples.

"If this bill has in it something that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill. I'm gone. I'm off it," he said. "I've said that repeatedly. I don't think that's going to happen, and it shouldn't happen. This is already a difficult enough issue as it is."
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Filed under: Immigration • Marco Rubio • Pat Leahy • Same-sex marriage
Rubio ramps up pressure on immigration bill
June 5th, 2013
01:22 PM ET
11 months ago

Rubio ramps up pressure on immigration bill

(CNN) – Speaking after a meeting with a group of House conservatives Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida continued to voice support for immigration reform legislation, but distanced himself from the Senate proposal he helped craft with the bipartisan "gang of eight".

Rubio was asked about his comments on a conservative radio show earlier in the day that he may vote against the Senate bill if the changes he wants don't pass. He didn't tell reporters on Capitol Hill he would vote against it, but did say, "If the changes don't happen, the bill can't pass. We'll keep working. We won't abandon the effort, we'll keep working to ensure that we have a bill that can pass."
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Filed under: House • Immigration • Marco Rubio • Senate
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