House revolt on Senate plan
The House is preparing for a monumental vote: To concur with the Senate or reject the plan and embrace its own. It's anyone's guess how the vote may go, but the presence of Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp and a scattering of senators suggests a dramatic conclusion. But more to the point are representatives themselves:
"There's too many people in my district that are hurting too hard and this bill doesn't help them," said Rep. J.C. Planas, R-Miami. "I say we fight and vote not to concur on this."
Rep. Ron Saunders, D-Key West, blasted the Senate for offering a last-minute plan. "We're being forced with a choice here: take it or leave it." He said the Senate's dropping of a benefit for first-time home buyers may put Save Our Homes in legal jeopardy. "This is a potential poison pill."
"This chamber did it right. We had the right plan," said Rep. Rene Garcia, R-Miami. "Right now I will vote not to concur and I ask you to voe against the plan as well."
"Voting blindly is not in my nature," said Rep. Joyce Cusack, D-DeLand. "I can safely say that Floridians will not be happy on Jan. 29 with this legislation because we have failed them."
Rep. Julio Robaina R-Miami: "This is take the pill whether you like it or not, and that's unfair. ... To come back at the last minute with this nonsense is a slap in my face, it's insulting to the body and it should be insulting to everybody in the state of Florida."
House Speaker Marco Rubio and Democratic leader Dan Gelber discuss the House response to the Senate plan. [Times photos | Scott Keeler]