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GOP Senate candidates take differing approaches to government shutdown



When the U.S. House voted Wednesday afternoon to avoid a government shutdown, the two Republican congressmen eyeing a U.S. Senate seat from Florida took completely different approaches.

Rep. David Jolly voted in favor of a continuing resolution that keeps the federal government open on a temporary basis. But Rep. Ron DeSantis joined 150 other Republicans in voting against the resolution.

“My concern within the caucus is those members who truly think that shutting down government is a legitimate tool,” Jolly said. “We empower President Obama every time we shut down government.”

The shutdown push was driven by opponents of Planned Parenthood who stood firm against funding the organization.

“Continuing resolutions are no way to legislate,” DeSantis said in a written statement. “Today's continuing resolution extends the spending priorities of the Harry Reid Senate from 2014, fails to direct money away from organizations like Planned Parenthood.”

Two other candidates for Sen. Marco Rubio’s seat are current members of Congress: Democratic Reps. Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson. They joined the rest of the Democrats in voting against the shutdown.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 5:49pm]


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