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Senate approves $1 trillion spending bill with Nelson in favor and Rubio against



The U.S. Senate just passed a $1 trillion spending bill, approved a day earlier by the House.

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson joined the overwhelming majorty; Sen. Marco Rubio voted against the bill.

“This omnibus spending deal does a great job of letting Washington grow bigger, more in debt and more dysfunctional for another year, but it’s a terrible way to make the American Dream a reality for more Americans," Rubio said in a statement. "It allows Washington to keep spending more money than it takes in, does nothing to encourage broad-based economic growth, nothing to save our retirement programs, and actually places more financial burdens on working class Americans. We should be having more routine, robust debates on the worthiness and appropriate funding level for individual programs, but this spending bill just lumps everything in and gives the American people an all-or-nothing choice — and that is unacceptable.”

[Last modified: Thursday, January 16, 2014 8:41pm]


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