Congress raced to pass legislation Wednesday night to avoid a threatened national default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown, culminating an epic political drama that placed the U.S. economy at risk.
The final Senate vote to pass the measure was a comfortable bipartisan margin of 81-18.
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., voted with the majority. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., voted against it. Here's what they had to say in statements to media.
Said Nelson: “I’m relieved about this shutdown being over and certainly relieved that we have avoided a default of the financial integrity of this country, but this never should have happened in the first place. A couple of senators and a handful of House extremists have managed to embarrass America in front of the world."
Said Rubio: “This debate has never been about whether to have an open federal government, but about whether we are going to fix it so that it stops spending more money than it takes in. I cannot support this deal because it postpones any significant action on pro-growth and spending reforms and does nothing to provide working class Americans even one shred of relief from ObamaCare’s harmful effects."