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Rubio says he'll vote against stop-gap budget



Congress has to come up with another stop-gap budget plan to keep the government running but Sen. Marco Rubio says he's not on board as he was the first time.

"While attempts at new spending reductions are commendable, we simply can no longer afford to nickel-and-dime our way out of the dangerous debt America has amassed," he said in a statement. "It is time our leaders in Washington wake up and realize that we are headed for a debt disaster."

Almost every senator, including Rubio, voted for the first, two-week budget extension on March. 2. They are now planning a three-week deal that cuts $6 billion, on top of $4 billion cut in the first round.

CQ Politics reports this morning that a number of conservative groups are pushing for "no" votes -- and securing as much from lawmakers like Rubio -- and threatening to use the vote in their annual scorecard.

[Last modified: Monday, March 14, 2011 11:55am]


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