Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio tonight voted against proceeding to new legislation on the Senate floor until the Senate begins in earnest a long overdue and urgently needed debate on America’s debt crisis.
“In the first two months of this year, Senate Democrat leaders have spent invaluable time not on tackling the debt but on re-authorizing the Federal Aviation Administration and reforming the patent system. Our national debt crisis is an urgent priority, and should no longer be postponed in favor of other issues that can, frankly, wait,” said Senator Rubio.
“Our government is spending more money than it is taking in at a rate of $4 billion per day,” added Rubio. “Until the Senate gets serious about this problem, I will continue standing with my colleagues and blocking any new legislation that fails to directly address this crisis in a meaningful way.”
Today’s vote comes on the heels of Senator Rubio’s March 10 letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid informing him of the “intention to object to the consideration of any legislation that fails to directly address this crisis in a meaningful way.” The letter was spearheaded by Senator David Vitter (R-LA).