Washington D.C.- US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined American Newsroom to discuss soaring gas prices, the impact of rising inflation on Floridians, the Biden administration’s decision to ease sanctions on Venezuela, and more. See below for highlights and watch the full interview here.
On the impact of inflation:
“[People] cannot drive any less if they have to go to work, if they have to take their children to school. So [you have to cut costs] somewhere else. It has now become real for many people. This is not a week of rising gas prices. It now eats away daily, weekly, [and] monthly to people’s budgets at a time when everything else is in place.
“It’s not just the price of gas – it’s the price of food, it’s the shortage of things you just talked about [like] baby formula. It’s a combination of factors, and it really is a parade of horrible [that are] all of this, in fact, in many ways because of the decisions of the Biden administration….
On how Floridians are responding to rising costs:
“It’s always a supply and demand issue, and obviously there’s more demand in Florida. In terms of housing, we know that’s a problem. Yesterday…we announced this bill that we are doing to help. It’s called the WIZARD Actand it’s to help firefighters, first responders, and teachers afford to buy a home in the community they serve, modeled on what we do for veterans.
“Generally, people say [inflation is] nine point something percent in Florida – it’s actually a lot higher, because on the things people pay for daily, on food, on gas, on energy prices, on all the things that we constantly use and which are really essential for workers, the rate is significantly higher. [It’s] sometimes in the thirty or thirty-five percent for certain foodstuffs, for certain food products.
“It’s a big problem. It’s the problem that the Biden administration said existed a year ago and was actually made worse by pumping out a point nine trillion [into the economy], waging war on oil and gas and making it harder to produce American oil and gas. They made it harder and continue to make it harder. They have no plan to fix it. I think it’s just going to get worse. It is a combination of incompetence and ideological rigor from the extreme left.
On the Biden administration’s decision to ease sanctions against the Maduro regime in Venezuela:
“[The Biden Administration is] trying to say it’s oil. This is really not the case. Venezuela has no oil to give us. Ninety percent of their oil goes to China to pay interest on [Venezuela’s] debt. Ten percent automatically goes to Cuba, [which] ensures all their security, their internal security, how they spy on their own people, their government and how they repress the population.
“It has to do with the fact that we have far-left extremists inside this White House who are sympathizers, not just of the Cuban regime, but of Nicaragua and Venezuela. They sympathize with these people. They hated sanctions and they just thought oil was a good excuse to get people to support them, but that has nothing to do with oil because Venezuela can’t supply us with oil.
“The oil we need, we have it. It’s in America. [The Biden Administration needs] to allow us to explore it, and they are not. They tell the banks not to finance these projects. They’re canceling the leases. They are waging war on fossil fuels. They are waging war on oil and natural gas. And this is one of the reasons why the offer is not as high as it should be.
On the possibility of the Biden administration changing its energy policies to alleviate costs for Americans:
“They are absolutely not going to change. No, I think there are people in their party who like it. They won’t tell… [But t]hey like the fact that there is inflation and high prices. They believe that the more expensive oil and gas, the more people will buy electric cars. Well, not everyone can afford an electric car right now. We don’t have enough electric cars, and the batteries for those electric cars are made in China.
“These guys want this. People said to my face, ‘Well, that’s why we need more public transport’. Everyone should take a bus and get rid of their car. I think there are elements on the left, a lot of extreme left elements, who will never admit it, but they like the fact that oil and natural gas are expensive.