SENATOR RUBIO INTRODUCES AMENDMENT TARGETING STATE SPONSORS OF TERRORISM

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Monday, February 14, 2011

SENATOR RUBIO INTRODUCES AMENDMENT TARGETING STATE SPONSORS OF TERRORISM

Amendment to FAA bill would prevent expansion of commerce with state sponsors of terrorism

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio announced today that he has introduced an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) re-authorization bill that would prevent the expansion of commerce through direct flights with state sponsors of terrorism.  The amendment is co-sponsored by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and marks Sen. Rubio’s first filed amendment.

“Increasing direct commercial or charter aircraft flights with state sponsors of terrorism is totally irresponsible and would amount to unilateral gifts to tyrants and regimes that actively undermine America’s security,” said Rubio.  “There is no reason for the United States to help enrich state sponsors of terrorism, especially at a time when free trade agreements with our close allies in Colombia, Panama and South Korea are lingering.

“Instead of doing business with regimes that undermine America’s security and routinely violate the basic norms of human dignity, we should be bolstering our democratic allies through deeper economic ties.  I hope my colleagues will join me in supporting this effort to ensure that U.S. policy does not expose our nation to new security risks and increased security costs, while alienating our most trusted allies.”

This week, the Senate is resuming consideration of S. 223, the FAA bill.  Currently, the U.S. State Department has designated four countries as state sponsors of terrorism: Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria.

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5 thoughts on “SENATOR RUBIO INTRODUCES AMENDMENT TARGETING STATE SPONSORS OF TERRORISM”

  1. Not exactly a politician who tests the wind direction first, I’d say! Instead Rubio’s first legislative initiative takes on the entire political establishment!–left, right (and as ZZ Top said “all points in between”) Think about it:

    Bill Buckley and Gore Vidal, Chris Dodd and Larry Craig, Pat Buchanan and Antonio Villaraigosa, George Will and Noam Chomsky, The Brookings Institution and the Cato Institute, the Wall Street Journal and The Nation, The U.S. Communist Party and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce–all are on the same side of the “embargo” issue. All oppose it and blame it on the “politically-powerful” and “well-heeled” Cuban-American lobby.

    http://bigjournalism.com/hfontova/2010/10/09/cuban-americans-the-only-ethnic-group-the-left-feels-free-to-hate/

    La catedra, este Rubio!

    Unreal

  2. Humberto, can you give examples of Bill Buckley supporting lifting the embargo to Cuba in particular. I know he was a libertarian and had the opinion that the U.S. has no quarrel with any country not aggressing on another. But I don’t recall seeing him proclaiming that he supports trade and tourism with Cuba.
    As for Buchanan, it seems strange since he is for an America closed off from any foreign trade if he could have his way.
    I love Rubio’s amendment especially if Cuba is considered by the congress a country abetting terrorism.

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