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Marco Rubio to Dems: show a plan or cut, cap & balance

Sen. Marco Rubio is ready to vote for the House's controversial Cut, Cap and Balance bill in the U.S. Senate --in part because there's nothing else to vote for. The measure doesn't actually raise the debt ceiling (it requires Congress to agree to presenting a balanced budget amendment to the constitution) and it deeply cuts government spending.

But as Rubio points out: It's the only thing out there, aside from the vague "Gang of Six" plan from Senate insiders who have released a rough sketch of the proposal, which will take weeks to figure out.

An excerpt from Rubio's speech provided by his staff:

“I have watched the President give press conferences, I have watched the President give speeches, but I have yet to see a plan from the President.  And with all due respect to my colleagues in the other party here in the Senate, I haven't seen a plan from them either. They are the majority party. They control this chamber. They control the Senate. And I haven't seen a plan from them.

 “A moment ago we heard this talk about – well we have to compromise. Well it's really hard to compromise when the other side doesn't have a plan. What do you compromise on? Where is your plan? You can't compromise if only one person is offering plans.  There is only one plan that has been voted on by any House to deal with this issue, and it's the one we're on right now, Cut, Cap and Balance. I would submit that if you don't like Cut, Cap and Balance, if you don't think we need to cut spending, cap spending and balance our budget, then show us your alternative.

“Or maybe you do believe we need to cut, cap and balance, but you don't like the way this bill cuts spending, caps spending and balances spending. Fine. Offer your version of Cut, Cap and Balance.  Let’s proceed to this bill. Let's get on this bill that the House has passed and if you don't like it, change it. You've got the votes here to do it. If you’ve got a better, bring this bill up and amend it. Put your ideas on it.

“But how could you ask for compromise? How could you ask the House-- how could you scold Republicans in the House for refusing to compromise if you don't have a plan of your own? How can you compromise if you don't have any ideas of your own? It's not a fair thing to say.  And so I would urge the leadership of this chamber and the President of the United States to offer their ideas on paper. Put your ideas on paper and offer them so we can begin to work on this concept of compromise that you've offered.  Because you can't compromise and you can't negotiate with people that will not offer a plan.

 “Let's get -- why don't you vote to proceed to cut, cap and balance?  Proceed to this bill so we could have a debate on this bill and so you could offer your ideas on this bill. This is the perfect opportunity to do it.  Let's stop negotiating in the media and through press conferences and start doing it here on this floor, which is what people sent us here to do.”


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obama's mama

We need to raise taxes on the uber rich, and cut back on spending. No, it will not affect job creation. And do you realize that the national debt has nearly doubled between the time Bush took and left office?

Rubio's not Catholic

Why does Marco Rubio have to lie about everything? ....including immigration, his faith, and his personal "friends".

Here's a photo of him praying in a tent in Puerto Rico with Esther Nuhfer. http://www.flickr.com/photos/63622372@N05/5794392008/in/set-72157626753071139/
Oh but Marco and Esther have been friends for years. In fact, Esther has even provided political consultations to Marco Rubio in exchange for money. Wow! She must be really smart.


It's because of her and her consulting fees that the republican party doesn't have any money. Didn't rubio serve as the state committeeman in the miami party at the same time the party went broke?


Rubio forgot to pay his mortgage. I'd hate to think about what might happen to the country if rubio forgets to pay the national debt


There have been a series of proposals on reducing debt from the White House, all of which have been shot down Rubio and his ilk because the proposals included tax rises and the closure of loopholes.

The kneejerk response of the Tea Party is to reject tax rises, even if it's an essential leg of tackling debt.

Cut, cap and Balance is a farce. You cannot cap expenditure at an arbitrary percentage of GDP, let alone a percentage of GDP that tyhis country has seen since the 1960's.


Empty suit.


Please call (I called mine) your two Senators and DEMAND that they pass the Cut, Cap and Balance Act to save America from bankruptcy. Thanks, 777denny

arale noriamaki

The same Marco Rubio? That Talks Big but Fails to Deliver?

Does anybody here think our U.S. congress can live on minimum wage?

Why Not Have congress Paid By Minimum-Wage?


The same Marco Rubio? That Talks Big but Fails to Deliver?

Before the March 2000 session, Rubio was hardly the scorching conservative who would later woo Tea Partiers nationwide. He said he'd focus on supporting early education and community policing. And he wasn't particularly passionate about cutting spending. In his first three years, he supported adding a $4 surcharge to cruise tickets to fund a Marlins stadium and a $1.2 million earmark to build new bike paths in his district

Does anybody here think our U.S. congress can live on minimum wage?

Why Not Have congress Paid By Minimum-Wage?


you tell em marco, dems want to spend us to oblivion


Congress shouldn't be paid at all. when the constitution was implimented a representative was elected from among the people by the people. If a rep decided to run for a seat. he was never elected as a representative. at that time it was your responsibility to provide for your income. the national debt has doubled but president obama spent more than every president combined in the first 30 days of office. those who say oh we should tax more never say cut spending. how can you expect to continue spending when you dont have any money. take out another loan. thats all america has done is take out more loans but that is killing the economy, jobs and raising inflation. how about paying off our debt. you can live debt free and have great credit it is possible!

Hal (GT)

So essentially no body has a plan. Which is the plan, ie. continue to do the same thing we've always done: borrow, print, spent, borrow, print, spend. Until the dollar is cheaper than toilet paper.


Look at all the Liberal fools in this thread, your president will be gone in 2012. You inbred twits have done enough damage.


First, get your facts straight. Obama has not and could not have spent more than every president combined. That would mean he spend over 11 trillion dollars and since the government only takes in 2.1 trillion, that would put the current debt somewhere around 24 Trillion dollars. People bash Obama but forget it was Bush, Bohner, and Cantor who ran the debt up to the 10 trillion mark in 8 short years. TARP was signed by Bush, not Obama, That's 700 billion. Gov't revenue fell from 2.5 Billion to 2.1 Billion from 2008-2009. That is 1.1 trillion added to Obama because TARP was passed after the Budget was passed in 08. People need to stop with speaking out of both sides of their mouth. BUSH, CANTOR, BOHNER..Where were they saying we have to cut spending when Bush was in office? They sure had no problem spending money we didn't have and then compounded the problem by lowering taxes. Stop being sheep, do your homework. I don't trust any of them to what is right for me because as the roll votes show, they are all hypocrites, Obama included.

Elaine Anderson

wow, just listen to these Florida liberals squeal! How sad for this country.


Why do you that's sad Elaine? Are people not allowed to have a different opinion without being insulted? What's sad is you can't say anything to prove my claims wrong.


Presenting a plan means "work" and that is something the Socialist do not know to do...The Socialists in the Senate and The White House are convinced that PROPAGANDA is work...Ja, ja, ja, ja
Marco Rubio is seeing the "Naked Emperor"....


Liberals just don't get it. It is your party that keeps spending money the country doesn't have. No the bush era wasn't great for the economy either. Bush over spent. But nothing like Obama has. It is your party that still thinks they can spend their way out of it. How stupid is that. If I tried that with my business. I would be out of business.

On another note as a small business owner. I don't hire democrats. I support my own. I encourage other businesses to do the same.

Jo-Ann Pacheco

Unfortunately our government has become disfunctional. We no longer have an effective government and that is bringing the greatest country in the world to its knees. We need to stop spending ourselves into the ground, raise revenue (yes i mean raise taxes), and stop foriegn aide to our enemies and get on with it!



Dennis Floto

I would like to know if it is true that congress passed a law that will give congress their paychecks even if the government shuts down.


The bottom line is Obama owns this economy. He submitted his plan on election and forced his liberal house and senate to pass his spending bills. He did all that saying it would help the economy. His health care bill was also suppose to help by lowering costs. It has all failed and in a very big way. I agree with rocky, Bush did overspend. But nothing like this. You also forget he forced the feds to monitize 800 billion of debt which was another 800 billion into the economy and that also failed.

Some of you are right. Few in congress get it. You can't just keep getting loans for things. Rick Scott although many don't understand him balanced the florida budget when few states did. Sure it hurt a few people and some jobs were lost, but it is working. We are adding jobs as a whole in this state when other states are loosing them again.

Glenn Hultberg

I'm a registered republican and what is happening in Washington is a disgrace to you and the the Republican party. Compromise is the basis for running a government or any business. Your party and your insolvents a disgrace to all Americans. I will effectively switch my party to Democrat immediately because of the debt issue.

Someone needs to step up and take a leadership role. Tax revenue must be involved to solve the problem. Any person in a leadership role must understand compromise is part of the equation.

The /republican party is a disgrace to all Americans regarding this issue and others regarding the unwillingness to compromise. You are a part of this and i hold you personally responsible for this disgrace.

Larry Duplan

Glenn, you are undoubtedly a RINO. That is not an insult but a fact. Noone disagrees that compromise is key in many negotiations. Can you not see the game? Blame Bush, blame republicans, HIGHER taxes will not work right now--it's a falacy--{CASE IN POINT--YOU AND I ARE MILLIONAIRES, WE HAVE 3 HOMES, WE TRAVEL ON 2-10 EXCURSIONS PER YEAR, WE HAVE OUR OWN BUSINESS OR AT LEAST EMPLOY OTHERS--an increase in taxes of 50,000 on top of what we paid last year will not result in my changing of my lifestyle, not going to the islands or kentucky dderby, etc.-but firing some1 who makes 50,000 or 2 who make 25,000 or raising the price of my service or product is more likely--BOTH RESULTING IN A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON AN ALREADY FAILING ECONOMY.} The hardline republicans you are "so called" upset with amount to about 30 or 40, mostly freshman of a house of over 435. NO DEMOCRAT WILL COMPROMISE OR EVEN OFFER A PLAN, yet these guys are responsible? It amazes me how propaganda and sheep can continue to succeed. AS FOR OTHER REPUBLICANS..they try and try to compromise-i.e. boehnor plan yet to no avail. Hopefully they join the hardliners.

Lou Dinzeo

Glen, are you a Republican or Democrat? Why would you move to that party? They are borrow and spend. have you lost your marbles?

Vonnise Cobb

Dear Senator Rubio,
I urge you to vote 'Nay' on this new budget deal. This deal gives Pres. Obama a gift of not having to deal with the budget issue again until after the 2012 elections, therefore his re-election bid will not get dinged due to his inability to lead. I do trust your judgement, but again I sincerely urge you to vote 'nay'.
Thank you,

Alex W

Sounds like a lot of personal attacks on Rubio. All he is saying to the Democrats is "come up with a plan!". What's wrong with that? The Republicans have come up with a couple of good plans over the past few months, and the Democrats haven't come up with any. I used to be a Democrat, but over the past few years, I can't seem to identify with anything they do anymore.


Why a minimum wage? Other nations have very low paying jobs so the extreme poor can make "some" income at least. We here in America "the home of the brave and land of the free,"make those who are working pay for everything for the extreme poor. So I suppose the middle working class and the upper class ( as far as income goes)must support those who can make more by not working. What ever happened to "you don't work you don't eat?" My friend has 2 years of unemployment. I could offer her a part time job in caring for my elderly mother in law. ....No can do...because she will loose her unemployment. Is it true that people get a job on an average of 2-3 months after unemployment has stopped? So perhaps we should decrease unemployment to 2 months max.

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