Rubio: Spending Deal Full of 'Typical Washington, D.C. Gimmicks’

April 15, 2011 - 11:40 AM

Sen. Marco Rubio (R.-Fla.)

Sen. Marco Rubio (R.-Fla.) on Capitol Hill. (AP photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Marco Rubio (R.-Fla.) says he voted against the spending deal that House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) made with President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) because it did not sufficiently grapple with the nation’s debt problem and was “full of a bunch of typical Washington, D.C. gimmicks."

“I just couldn’t vote for this budget deal, which is a typical Washington deal,” Rubio said in a video statement.

“Our debt here is going to double in the next ten years. We have to start solving it now,” said Rubio. “We can’t wait any longer. We’re running out of time. And this deal just doesn’t do it. In fact, it’s full of a bunch of typical Washington, D.C. gimmicks. I’m just not going to be a part of that.”

Boehner, Obama and Reid cut a deal late last Friday night on legislation to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2011, which ends on Sept. 30. According to Boehner and Reid, the deal will cut $78.5 billion from President Obama’s original fiscal 2011 budget proposal, thus resulting in federal spending for this year of $3.755 trillion. That is $772.95 billion above the federal spending level of fiscal 2008 (which was $2.982544 trillion).

The Senate voted 81 to 19 on Thursday to approve the budget deal and the House voted 260 to 167.

So far this fiscal year, the federal debt has increased $653.3 billion—rising from $13.6108 trillion to $14.2641 trillion.