Sen. Marco Rubio spent Monday morning flying from Miami to DC, downplaying the effects of a partial government "shutdown" that passengers asked about.
"Not really a shutdown, more of a slowdown," a passenger quoted Rubio as explaining. "Not a good way to do business."
The business in Washington right now: the blame game over the failure to reach a budget deal. Polling indicates Americans are inclined to fault Republicans more than Democrats.
Once he was off his plane and back in Washington, Rubio ditched the apparent talk of a "slowdown," played up the failures of the budget deal and sought to blame Democrats.
The Democratic-controlled Senate quickly voted down a House Republican budget plan Monday because it targeted Obamacare. It then sent the House a so-called "clean" resolution to continue funding the federal government at current levels, starting at midnight.
Rubio issued a press release that bashed the vote of his chamber but said nothing about the House's refusal to give the Senate's measure an up or down vote:
“Across our country, Americans are as disgusted as I am by the latest Washington spectacle of failed leadership. I hear it every day from Americans hurting and wondering whether anyone in Washington even cares about people like them who continue working hard and sacrificing, only to keep falling behind. While Washington debates how to keep the government open, too few are talking about how to keep the American dream alive for the vast majority of Americans threatened by Washington’s dysfunction and intrusions into our economy and lives.
“On October 1, ObamaCare will begin to take root in Americans’ lives and mark among the most invasive intrusions into our workplaces, health plans and religious freedoms that we have ever seen. ObamaCare hurts everyone but especially the very people who live week-to-week, for whom being moved to part-time and losing work hours can be a devastating hit for their families.”