WASHINGTON - Sen. Marco Rubio issued the following statement on the debt deal reached in the Senate on Wednesday.
"This debate has never been about whether to have an open federal government, but about whether we are going to fix it so that it stops spending more money than it takes in. To save the American Dream, we need decisive action to create millions of middle class jobs and stop Washington politicians from wasting taxpayers' money on a government we can't afford.
"I cannot support this deal because it postpones any significant action on pro-growth and spending reforms and does nothing to provide working class Americans even one shred of relief from ObamaCare's harmful effects.
"Until we tackle the real threats to the American Dream, we are going to continue finding ourselves in these kinds of messes. America is better than this, and the American people deserve better."
Sen. Bill Nelson also released a statement, saying:
"I am very grateful that we will avoid a default that would not only hurt the people of this country but that would irreparably damage the financial foundation of this nation. But this should have never happened in the first place.
You don't hold the country hostage and disrupt people's lives to get your particular agenda done. Particularly when you're dealing with an existing law that has been upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court. But that's exactly what has happened. We are now in a situation, in the politics of this country, where narrow certain special interest claim that their position is the only position. And have that reflected up here in the Congress so that a narrow, small group of extremists' political ideology can direct the affairs of the Congress. And that group, especially in the House, can cause the trauma and the turmoil that we've been through. Now, we apparently have an agreement. I assume that we are going to vote on that in the Senate and it should pass overwhelmingly sometime today.
Madam President, I would close by saying that a public office is a public trust. We as public officials ought to recognize that our responsibility is to represent all of the people, not just some of the narrow interests represented in this country. And if we will approach these next two days and then the next several months representing and recognizing that a public office is a public trust, then we can get it done. That is my hope. That is my prayer. And that's why I am very grateful that we've come to this point. Madam President, I yield the floor."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Senate deal under discussion would reopen the government, funding it until January 15. It also would raise the debt limit until February 7 to avert a possible default on U.S. debt obligations for the first time.
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