Local leaders split on debt-limit compromise

Sen. Marco Rubio. Greg Kahn/Staff

Photo by GREG KAHN

Sen. Marco Rubio. Greg Kahn/Staff

Senator Bill Nelson on Newsmakers

Senator Bill Nelson on Newsmakers

US Rep. David Rivera on NewsMakers

US Rep. David Rivera on NewsMakers

U.S. Representative Connie Mack (R-FL) on NewsMakers 6-19-11

U.S. Representative Connie Mack (R-FL) on NewsMakers 6-19-11

Florida’s senators will be on opposite sides of the table when a debt limit bill comes before the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

Bryan Gulley, a spokesman for Sen. Bill Nelson, said the Florida Democrat planned to vote in favor of a compromise that could put an end to the debt limit debate.

Gulley said Nelson tweeted supporters early Monday to show his support for a compromise.

“This is going to cut almost $3 trillion from the deficit. It’s not a perfect plan, but it’s something we need to have right now,” Nelson said in the tweet.

Nelson went on to say he believed the compromise could get as many as 75 votes.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, won’t be one of them.

Alex Burgos, a spokesman for Rubio, said the freshman senator planned to vote no on any measure to increase the country’s debt limit.

Burgos did not elaborate about why Rubio planned to vote no. But in comments made on the Senate floor over the weekend, Rubio said a “compromise that’s not a solution is a waste of time.”

Senators weren’t the only ones who were once again talking about the debt limit on Monday.

Congress was asked to vote on a compromise plan that would cut federal spending by at least $2.1 trillion over a decade — and possibly considerably more — and would not require tax increases. The U.S. debt limit would rise by at least $2.1 trillion, tiding the Treasury over through the 2012 elections.

Rep. David Rivera, a Miami Republican, voted for the compromise bill in the House, while Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fort Myers, voted against it.

“While today’s debt limit vote is certainly no solution to our nation’s debt problem, it lays the foundation to move forward with real reforms and solutions such as a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget,” Rivera said in a prepared statement. “I continue to oppose any effort to raise the nation’s debt without such reforms.

“However, by cutting more spending than it raises in debt, by not raising taxes, by capping future spending, and by providing an opportunity to move forward on a balanced budget constitutional amendment, today’s vote provided the only alternative to President Obama’s and the liberal Senate’s irresponsible tax and spend plans to increase the debt.”

Rivera voted for Speaker of the House John Boehner’s bill last week, but voted against Senate leader Harry Reid’s bill when it came back to the House of Representatives for a vote.

A spokesman for Mack could not be reached for comment on Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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26yearsonmarco writes:

Here is a possible solution:
66 Republicans and 95 Democrats had the good sense to vote against this Bill, which accounts for 37% of the total House membership of 433.
If the 161 members quit both of their Parties, and formed a new Party called, for example, ”The American Party”, or “We the People Party”, it would make up 37% of the House of Representatives, separate the Men from the Boys, and possibility restore some faith in our Government.

gladesgator writes:

Rubio would risk the full faith and credit of the US rather than compromise? If the risk was not real there must be a great conspiracy. therefore either Rubio holds to a conspiracy theory of government or is reckless with the economy and good name of our country.

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