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Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson split ways on jobs vote

Florida's senators split their votes on a proposed $447 billion jobs bill, which failed to get enough votes Tuesday night to move forward in the Senate.

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson voted to continue debate on the jobs package, which also included a tax increase on the wealthy; Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican, voted against it. The legislation needed 60 votes to come to the floor for debate.  

President Barack Obama on Tuesday acknowledged to his Jobs Council that the package might need to be split into more palatable pieces to pass. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that the president will "keep at this all fall," and described the vote on the jobs bill as "the beginning of a fight for jobs and growth, not the end."

"Every senator who votes 'no' will have to explain 'what are you against?'" Carney said.

Earlier in the day, the White House released a list of 25 Florida mayors who sent Congress a letter asking for passage of the jobs bill. South Florida supporters include the mayors of Delray Beach, Hallandale Beach, Miramar, Pembroke Pines and South Miami.

Obama, who was in Orlando Tuesday afternoon for a fundraiser, was greeted at the airport by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, also a backer of the jobs plan.

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Steve53er

Let me tell you what ALL elected officials ought to be "for":

STOP DEFICIT SPENDING FIRST!!

What part of " There's no more money" don't Nelson get? It's time for him to stop the reckless spending or move on.

Steve53er

Let me tell you what ALL elected officials ought to be "for":

STOP DEFICIT SPENDING FIRST!!

What part of " There's no more money" don't Nelson get? It's time for him to stop the reckless spending or move on.

DJ

Actually, Senator Nelson voted to end debate and Senator Rubio voted against ending debate. (http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00160) A minority of senators, including every Republican, stopped Congress from even being allowed to vote for or against the jobs bill.

jj

D.J. you need to check your facts, Rubio voted to end debate and Nelson didn't. Also for all the people talking about paying for it, its paid for with a 5% sur tax on any personal income over 1 million dollars, how many of you have to worry about that? so the idea that 99% of the country shouldn't get jobs etc, while we protect the millionares in this country. Funny New York City has a millionaire surcharge and the millionaires haven't moved out of New York and it seems to me the guys on wall steet, Donald Trump all seem to be doing just fine even though they are paying a little extra. So it is paid for if the congress would just pass the bill

jj

the republicans in congress wouldn't vote for this bill because as the republican leader Mitch McConnell said his number 1 priority is to make Obama a 1 term president not jobs for americans. So in the republican mind passing anything Obama is proposing is giving him a win and that is something the republicans will not do no matter who it hurts, so no payroll tax extension, no small business tax extension, so why is ok to raise taxes on small business and middle class workers but they friggin were willing to close down the government to protect the bush tax cuts for millionaires. People need to look at their own economic interest instead of dreaming that one day they too will be a millionaire so lets protect them. People get a brain!

Sherry

It's time to get the jobs bill passed! It's time for Republicans to stop acting like recalcitrant children.

jj

sorry D.J you are right, Rubio didn't want it to go a vote and nelson did

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