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Rubio and Nelson split votes as government goes into shutdown

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The Capitol in November (Alex Leary | Times)
The Capitol in November (Alex Leary | Times)
Published Jan. 20, 2018|Updated Jan. 20, 2018

WASHINGTON – Florida Sen. Bill Nelson joined a majority of Democrats and some Republicans to defeat the short-term spending plan passed by the House, while Sen. Marco Rubio voted for the measure.

"These short-term funding bills are hurting our national security and, at some point, we have a responsibility to say enough is enough. Now efforts have intensified at a bipartisan solution. I am hopeful that an agreement may be reached in the next couple of days," said Nelson, who is running for re-election and refused to weigh in before the vote.

Rubio tried to have both sides. (His office Saturday said he voted to fund the government so the other issues can be dealt with, and Rubio elaborated on Twitter, accusing Democrats of upending any chance of a resolution.)

"At a time when we face so much chaos in our politics, the only thing worse than a short-term spending deal is a government shutdown. I too support border security, dealing with DACA, increasing defense spending and disaster relief for Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico," Rubio said. "We should keep the government open while we continue to work on these issues."

Later Rubio added, "Tonight, some Senate Democrats decided to shut down the government over DACA. While I support addressing DACA in conjunction with increased border security, shutting down the government over this issue will prove impossible to justify."

The Senate stands adjourned until noon Saturday.

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