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UPDATED Marco Rubio on highway bill: "Spends too much" and "relies on accounting gimmicks"

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was the lone Gulf State senator to vote against the two-year re-authorization of a transportation bill that also addresses student loan interest rates and directs billions of dollars in BP oil spill fines to Florida and other states harmed by the spill.

The bill passed Friday in the Senate 74-19; it passed 373-52 in the House and is on its way to the president.

All the other Republican senators from Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi supported it, and Democratic Sens. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., voted for it. "This is going to send billions of dollars in fines against BP directly to Florida and the other Gulf Coast states that were harmed by the oil spill," Nelson said.

As has become customary, Rubio offers a lengthy explanation for his "no" vote. He says he opposed it because it lumps in "a wide range of unrelated ideas into one giant bill."

"As a result, I voted against final passage because, while it contains some policies I support and that are good for Florida and our nation, as a whole, the bill spends too much and relies on budget gimmicks as spending offsets that will ultimately lead to a federal bailout down the road," he said.

UPDATE: Five Florida House Republicans, including Senate candidate Connie Mack, voted against the bill. They are Reps. Sandy Adams, Dennis Ross, Rich Nugent and Bill Posey.

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whasup

And this kind of bill is why the Congress is held in such low esteem by the citizenry.

They cobble together a whole pile of goodies for states and corporations (i.e., road builders) and students (and their parents) and dare anyone to vote against the massive handouts.

This is not unlike the way the Roman Republic descended into an ungovernable mob state which led to them handing absolute power over to an dictator (Caesar).

Of course, the founders did create a government inspried by the ancient Roman Republic ... so why should we be surprised?

Elizabeth

The politics in both parties is disgusting. Our government was not designed to work like this. I'm thankful that Rubio is both intelligent and brave enough to abstain from playing dirty politics. We need more congressmen who are not polluted by the political game who will stand up with Rubio. It's time to implement a rational thought process in Washington.

I think the problem is that Rubio is the exception--that is, it seems like rational, intelligent people typically don't run for public office.

amigay

Well, if anyone knows about budget gimmicks and racking up charges it's Rubio.

Kh

To Whasup: Can you please explain how the transportation bill that Senator Rubio voted against is similar to the way the Roman Republic descended into an ungovernable mob state?

Did't the Roman Republic build the first cross-continent system from Rome to France? Artifacts of that system still remain today. Look up the word "iter" for a better understanding.

Have you traveled on any of the interstate highways that criss-cross this country. If not, give it a try. That highway system comes in pretty handy if you want to see this Great Nation.

Oh, by the way, President Eisenhower (Republican) is responsible for the interstate highway system. If you doubt this statement, I can send you a link to the act of Congress that created the system with Ike's leadership.

giacomo

"The bill passed Friday in the Senate 74-19; it passed 373-52 in the House and is on its way to the president."

This vote count says it all.

Rubio and the other Gang of Five are Obstructionists to our political system. Just to be clear, an Obstructionist is one who systematically blocks or interrupts a process.

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