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House revolt on Senate plan

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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."

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House Speaker Marco Rubio and Democratic leader Dan Gelber discuss the House response to the Senate plan. [Times photos | Scott Keeler]

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:24pm]

    

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