U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement urging the Obama Administration to forcefully condemn the Russian adoption ban:
"I'm deeply concerned by President Putin's announcement that he will sign the ban on U.S. adoptions of Russian orphans, and urge the Obama Administration to forcefully condemn this action. Over the last decade, tens of thousands of loving American couples have adopted Russian orphans, providing unconditional love, support and a quality of life otherwise unimaginable in Russia's crowded orphanages. In addition to helping thousands of families, these international adoptions have brought our two nations' people closer together and served as a symbol of our growing friendship. Now, President Putin's adoption ban will not just deprive thousands of Russian orphans of a better life, but will cast further doubt on his commitment to human rights. The Obama Administration should make clear that we will not tolerate orphaned children being treated like political pawns."