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Marco Rubio votes to block House stopgap bill

Here's an update on that Congress vote to fund the federal government in the short-term -- including disaster relief for FEMA:

The Republican-controlled House passed a tweaked measure in the wee hours Friday, after failing to pass a bill on Wednesday. But Friday morning, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected the House's measure, and GOP senators blocked Democrats from bringing up an alternate proposal.

That means lawmakers will be returning to Washington next week -- even though they had originally planned to be in their home districts working -- to try to resolve the problem before FEMA runs out of money and before the government is forced to shut down. The fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was one of seven Republicans to vote with Democrats to kill the House measure in the Senate Friday -- though for different ideological reasons. Rubio had been one of 10 GOP senators to vote to fund FEMA last week.

In a statement, Rubio explained his vote Friday saying the level of spending proposed to fund the government in the short term is too high.

Read the statement after the jump.

“The federal government has a legitimate role to play in helping people and communities impacted by natural disasters, and these victims should not be denied the immediate assistance they need especially when we can do it in a fiscally responsible way.  There is no shortage of options to ensure that disaster victims get assistance, that government continues operating and continued spending cuts are made, and I have supported several of them this year.

"As I said earlier this year, we can’t keep running a government in this dysfunctional Washington way, and I can no longer support short-term budgets that only keep government running for a few weeks or months at a time. This spending bill goes far beyond simply dealing with disaster relief by spending at levels that I have opposed in the past because they are unsustainable.  If someone has a plan to adequately fund disaster relief and pay for it with a reasonable offset, we should do it. My problem with the House CR is not the disaster relief money, it's with the overall spending level. Ultimately, I support offsetting disaster relief money, but I do not support requiring it.

"Let’s stop playing politics and deal with the natural disaster separately, without lumping it in with the man-made political disaster that keeps unfolding in Washington."