Miami, FL -
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Fox & Friends
to discuss former Vice President Joe Biden's false claim that President Trump's Administration has done nothing for small businesses, the prospect of Congress passing additional COVID-19 relief before the election, and the Senate filling the current Supreme Court vacancy. See below for highlights and watch the full interview here
On former Vice President Joe Biden's false claim that President Trump's Administration has done nothing for small businesses:
'The Democrats who helped us craft and supported the PPP program must be saying, 'wait, wait, hold on a second, what about PPP that we worked on together in a bipartisan way that Steve Mnuchin from the Administration was a big part of as well?'. We sat in that room, and along with the help of the Administration, [they] couldn't have been more helpful, we drafted a bipartisan proposal that's helped millions of people keep their jobs and hundreds of thousands of small businesses stay afloat, and we're working to do that again. We need to do that again.'The only reason why it's not happening yet is because of the way that Pelosi and Schumer have sort of frozen the process. The first thought I had was, [Biden] needs to talk to the people in the Senate and the House that are supporting him because they were a big part of it.'
On the prospect of Congress passing additional COVID-19 relief before the election:
'I feel a little bit more optimistic about it. Simply because I know that Secretary Mnuchin has been talking to Speaker Pelosi over in the House about what they're going to do - obviously it still has to be able to pass in the Senate. I don't think there's any issue with getting PPP passed, I think the issue is they want it to be a part of a bill that has other things, and it's the other things that there's no agreement on. But we can't wait till November to do this.'This is not something you can just put off until after the election and deal with it then. In Florida right now you see hotel workers who have lost their jobs or are about to get laid off. Disney is about to have a huge number of layoffs. It's devastating to these families. I was raised by two hotel workers. I can't imagine what would have happened to us or what our life would have been like had those jobs been lost, so I hope they will stop playing games and get this thing done. We've got to get this done.'
On Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination and the Senate filling the current Supreme Court vacancy:
'In 2016 - they keep comparing it to Merrick Garland, Merrck Garland was not going to be confirmed. A Republican Senate was not going to confirm someone that doesn't fit our criteria. What they were asking for at that time wasn't even that he be confirmed, they were asking that they have a hearing. And the Republican position was, look, this if this was two years into the Obama term, you could make that argument. But it's the end of his term -
the end of his second
he's not even coming back, he's not even accountable to the voters. We're not going to waste our time on a hearing for a nominee that in the end is not going to be confirmed. 'This is a very different situation we have here right now. And this vacancy has occurred, the President has a constitutional, not right, obligation to nominate someone. It's someone that I support, that a majority of Republican Senators are going to be able to support because she meets the criteria of everything we look for in a Supreme Court justice. Why wouldn't we confirm someone like that? It was no mystery that if you elected Republicans to the Senate and Donald Trump to the presidency four years ago - three and a half years ago - that we would put people up that were strict constructionists, that were going to interpret the Constitution according to its original meaning. People know that, and we were very clear about that - I've certainly been very clear about it.'