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Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Bill Nelson split on Wednesday's final Senate vote on debt ceiling

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."

Sen. Bill Nelson video: click here

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."







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Marco Rubio is a total Bum and a big part of what's wrong in Washington. I can't wait to vote these bums out of office for putting their own personal agendas ahead of what's right.


Paul K

You Mr. Rubio are a MORON!

Paul Ryan

Lets take away is public supported health care, drop his pay and have his pension given back to the people.

Or he can be a man and say if this is what I want for the Americans let me and you Tea Party Anarchist step up to the plate and do this to my self-first with my buddies.

John Edwards

Rubio for President of Cuba


Party over Constituency...Rubio Vote

Joe Prospero

Rubio's strategy was to hold the economy hostage to his ambitions - and to bring the country to its knees. This is the same objective that Castro has had for 50 years. A few days ago there was a picture of Rubio standing by Cruz on the front page of the Herald. If you look carefully, you will see Castro in the shadows, smiling, and mouthing the word's, "Good Boy, Marco! Good Boy."

Ed Jenkins

We are lucky to be represented by someone with roots in a communist dictatorship who sees the early signs of that here and is working his hardest to prevent that. This is a bright young star in his early days in congress and should benefit our state for years to come if he is not called to higher office first.

angel gonzales

Marco Rubio is 100 % right !!


I was just listening to the Sunday Fox News on the Fox channel. Marco was asked about his vote on the debt ceiling. Marco stated he voted to pass the bill. So does this mean the story here is wrong or does it mean Marco can lie very easily? Or maybe Marco just can't remember how he voted. That excuse worked very well for some past presidents.

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