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Marco Rubio slams 'seriously flawed' budget deal



Marco Rubio blasted as "seriously flawed" the major bipartisan budget deal that emerged this week as a way to quell fiscal unrest until past the next election. Rubio joins other Republican presidential contenders in opposing the accord. (We've asked Jeb Bush for comment)

“I oppose this deal, which fails to seriously address the long-term drivers of our debt, contains no fundamental reforms to stop Washington from spending money it doesn’t have and does not come close to meeting our military needs in a dangerous global security environment," Rubio said in a statement. ‎"This severely flawed deal punts an opportunity to prioritize defense spending to the levels necessary to protect our nation, irresponsibly increases the debt ceiling through March 2017 and fails to reform Social Security Disability Insurance to ensure its long-term solvency.

“Almost five years after I arrived in the Senate, little has changed in Washington because we have leadership failure at the presidential level and a political establishment that keeps negotiating deals behind closed doors that will only leave our children and grandchildren saddled with more debt. The American people deserve a transparent process on major fiscal deals, and the way this is all shaping up to go down proves again that it’s ‘business as usual’ in Washington.

“We need to fundamentally reform our entitlement programs for future generations and adopt major economic reforms that would boost growth and help us pay down our debt.‎ This deal does nothing that future generations of Americans will be proud of us for; instead, it postpones tough decisions until after the next election.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 9:26pm]


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