Rubio one of few Republicans to vote against fiscal cliff deal
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was one of eight senators to vote the deal to resolve the "fiscal cliff."
Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson voted yes. The deal, which raises taxes on individuals making $400,000 and more, passed 89-8. (details here)
“I appreciate all the hard word that went into avoiding the so-called 'fiscal cliff',' " Rubio said in a statement. "I especially commend Senator McConnell's efforts to make the best out of a bad situation. Nevertheless, I cannot support the arrangement they have arrived at. Rapid economic growth and spending reforms are the only way out of the real fiscal cliff our nation is facing. But rapid economic growth and job creation will be made more difficult under the deal reached here in Washington.
“Thousands of small businesses, not just the wealthy, will now be forced to decide how they'll pay this new tax and, chances are, they'll do it by firing employees, cutting back their hours and benefits, or postponing the new hire they were looking to make. And to make matters worse, it does nothing to bring our dangerous debt under control.
“Of course, many Americans will be relieved in the short term that their taxes won't go up. However in the long run, they will be hurt when employers pass on to them one of the largest tax hikes in decades. Furthermore, this deal just postpones the inevitable, the need to solve our growing debt crisis and help the 23 million Americans who can't find the work they need.”
Rubio is feeling out a possible run for president and his vote would inoculate him against a primary charge that he voted to raise taxes. Judging from twitter reaction, his vote went over well with conservatives.