Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will vote against Sunday’s deal to raise the federal debt ceiling, a sign that it may be difficult for the Senate to garner the 60 votes needed to pass the critical measure.
Most of South Florida’s congressional delegation plans to support the plan that raises the federal debt ceiling and keeps the federal government from defaulting on its debt.
The plan, which cuts nearly $1 trillion in federal spending over the next decade, also creates a special legislative committee to look for more cuts. Both houses must approve the compromise before Tuesday night, when the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit must be increased to avert a possible economic crisis.
Rubio spokesman Alex Burgos confirmed that the freshman senator was against the agreement. On Twitter, he said he visited the Lincoln Memorial for inspiration. He posted a picture of the visit and wrote: "On eve of important decision that will impact future of nation went to Lincoln Memorial to draw strength from our past."
House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio spoke to fellow representatives in a conference call Sunday night.