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Furloughs hit Nelson, Rubio staff

The U.S. Capitol hours before the shutdown

Associated Press

The U.S. Capitol hours before the shutdown



The federal shutdown has put about 800,000 federal employees on unpaid furlough, including about 60 in Sen. Bill Nelson's office and 50 in Sen. Marco Rubio's. Dozens more workers for Florida's House delegation have also been sent home.

Other nuggets from Day 1:

  • The NRCC went after Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Miami, for a floor speech in which he compared Republicans to the Taliban. "The fact that he would call his own colleagues the ‘Taliban’ while we are in the midst of a crisis shows that not only is Garcia classless, but that he has no intention of working with his colleagues to end this shutdown," said NRCC Spokeswoman Katie Prill.
  • Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, quoted Dr. Seuss to make a point about the GOP.  “Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all."
  • Rep. Tom Rooney, Okeechobee, said he wouldn't accept pay during a shutdown. “How could I justify cashing a paycheck from the taxpayers while the government is shut down because we couldn’t do our job?” Expect a lot more of this from Florida lawmakers as the standoff continues.
  • The DCCC said it was paying for robocalls in some Republican districts, including Rep. Dan Webster, R-Winter Garden. "While you were sleeping, Congressman Dan Webster shut down the government," the script reads. "You heard that right. But even worse – Congressman Webster is still getting paid – and he’s not listening to our frustration. All because of his demand to take away your benefits and protect insurance company profits."

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 6:12pm]


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