The House just cleared a temporary spending measure that keeps the government running for another three weeks, but five Florida Republicans voted against their party -- including frosh Reps. Allen West, Dennis Ross and Steve Southerland.
"I rise today to take a stand, a stand that may not be popular with the Leadership of the House of Representatives, but a stand I must take because I believe we cannot kick the can down the road for even another three weeks," West said. He later tweeted, "Just now, 54 of my Republican colleagues voted with me... against the 3-week CR. A testament that this is no longer business as usual."
Also voting no: Reps. Connie Mack, Dennis Ross and Cliff Stearns. On the Dem side, Reps. Alcee Hastings and Frederica Wilson were among the 104 Dems to vote no.
Southerland in a statement said "Congress must have the courage to look beyond the small, short term cuts included in today’s spending resolution and begin to think big. We have a moral obligation to implement long-term spending cuts that shrink the debt and restore certainty for our small businesses.