Sunshine State News
February 13, 2015
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016, came out swinging at President Barack Obama on Thursday, introducing two bills pushing back against the White House on Second Amendment rights and labor union employee pay.
Rubio unveiled the “Firearms Manufacturers and Dealers Protection Act of 2015” which would end Operation Choke Point, an effort from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) to pressure banks and other financial institutions from dealing with what the Obama administration considered questionable activities, ranging from gun dealers, firearm manufacturers, fireworks vendors, tobacco shops and a range of other businesses. In recent days, the FDIC acknowledged it had put too much pressure on gun shops and has promised to back off.
That’s not enough for Rubio whose bill would defund all Operation Choke Point operations and prevent the attorney general from launching the same type of action under a different program. Rubio’s bill has won the support of the the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Gun Owners of America (GOA).
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