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PolitiFact Florida: Unions say Marco Rubio wanted to slash school funding by billions, get rid of Department of Education



Two liberal labor unions say that Sen. Marco Rubio’s priorities are wrong for Floridians.

A TV ad by AFSCME People and AFT Solidarity accuses Rubio of favoring cuts to Social Security and Medicare and also says he "voted to slash school funding by billions of dollars and would eliminate the Department of Education."

AFSCME represents public sector workers while AFT stands for American Federation of Teachers -- both unions endorsed Rubio’s opponent, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, in the U.S. Senate contest. The ad is airing in the Tampa and Orlando media markets.

We looked at the education-related attacks that refer to his vote on the federal budget in 2011 and a statement he made on the presidential campaign trail in 2015.

We rated this statement Mostly True. To learn more, click here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 5:11pm]


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