Full Text Political Headlines February 16, 2013: Senator Marco Rubio Visits Israel & Jordan to discuss Iran, Syria

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Marco Rubio to discuss Iran, Syria in Israel

Source: Politico, 2-16-13

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Marco Rubio is heading to the Middle East, he announced Saturday.

The Florida senator, who is a likely frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, will travel Saturday to Jordan and then on to Israel in an official capacity as a member of the Senate Intelligence and Foreign Relations Committee…..READ MORE

Visiting Jordan and Israel

Source: Rubio.Senate.gov, 2-16-13

Today, I am departing to the Middle East on an official trip in my capacities as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and Foreign Relations Committee. I will be visiting Jordan and Israel. This will be my first visit to Jordan and my second to Israel.
 
In Jordan, I look forward to meeting with King Abdullah as well as other members of the Jordanian government, which remains among our most loyal allies in the region in trade, cultural exchanges and especially in combatting terrorism. I am also interested in learning more firsthand about the impact the Syrian civil war and how the humanitarian crisis that has resulted is impacting Jordan and the region.
 
As is customary in each country I visit on official business, I will visit America’s embassy to meet with the brave men and women stationed there from our foreign service, military and intelligence services and receive a country briefing from each.
 
In Israel, I look forward to meeting with our embassy, military and intelligence personnel as well, followed by visits with Israeli political, defense, intelligence and business leaders. I am especially looking forward to meeting with President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss various areas of mutual interest, including the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. I also look forward to meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad.
 
America’s friendship with Israel is a truly special one, and we must continue to do all we can to support this beacon of democracy, religious freedom and free enterprise in the heart of an unstable region. As Iran continues its pursuit of a nuclear weapon, we must continue to apply pressure through every possible means in order to prevent a nuclear Iran. And I look forward to assessing the impact American security assistance is having and discussing the importance of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt and how we can maintain it during this time of great uncertainty and tumult in Egypt.
 
I am also pleased that my wife Jeanette has joined me on this trip (at no taxpayer expense), which concludes next Friday when we return to Miami. As the trip proceeds, I look forward to providing updates as time and security sensitivities allow.

 

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Political Headlines February 16, 2013: President Barack Obama’s Weekly Address: The Plan for a Strong Middle Class

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President Obama’s Weekly Address: the Plan for a Strong Middle Class

Source: ABC News Radio, 2-16-13

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President Obama spent much of this week traveling the country promoting his State of the Union message — what he calls a “Plan for a Strong Middle Class.” Now in his weekly address, the president’s message is the same, urging lawmakers to act on the proposals he laid out in his Tuesday speech before a joint session of Congress.

Speaking from Hyde Park Academy in his hometown Chicago, the president says he wants to reignite the “true engine of America’s economic growth — a rising, thriving middle class.”….READ MORE

Political Headlines February 16, 2013: GOP Weekly Address: Rep. Martha Roby on Stopping the Sequester

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GOP Address: Rep. Martha Roby on Stopping the Sequester

Source: ABC News Radio, 2-16-13

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In this week’s Republican address, Alabama Congresswoman Martha Roby calls on the president and Senate Democrats to join the House in stopping the sequester, a set of “across-the-board spending cuts” scheduled to take effect in less than two weeks.

With many lawmakers and President Obama, as Rep. Roby points out, calling the sequestration “a really bad idea,” the hope is that the cuts can be replaced with “better more responsible spending cuts,” she explains….READ MORE

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