Frank Torres, Orlando Freelance Reporter

Rubio Slams Fiscal Cliff Compromise

In Uncategorized on January 1, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Last night when most of us were preparing to ring in the New Year with Friends and Champagne, lawmakers were working down to the wire to avoid going over the “Fiscal Cliff”.

What they agreed on, isn’t popular with everyone.

The deal includes letting the Bush-era tax cuts expire for those making more than $400,000 a year, a 2 month delay on the sequestration triggers that would slash defense, extensions on renewable energy initiatives, Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare) support, and the farm bill that would raise milk prices.

A small number of Democrats believe the President actually caved (3 Senate D’s voted against it). The White House’s goal for revenue increases was actually those making more than $250,000 per year. Difficult to believe considering the President got most of what he wanted and was riding momentum from the November elections.

Republicans, including Florida Senator Marco Rubio who voted against the deal, have a lot more to be unhappy about. He released a statement slamming the compromise.

“Thousands of small businesses, not just the wealthy, will now be forced to decide how they’ll pay this new tax and, chances are, they’ll do it by firing employees, cutting back their hours and benefits, or postponing the new hire they were looking to make. And to make matters worse, it does nothing to bring our dangerous debt under control.

There were no obvious spending cuts in the deal, and going over the cliff would have had terrible effects on the market. Most Republicans voted in favor of the deal because public opinion would have placed the blame in their camp, and the $400k condition, instead of the original $250 target, gives them a trophy (albeit a small one) to take back to voters. Most will try to make up ground during sequestration talks.

The deal now heads to the House, where it faces much more uncertainty. Many GOP representatives could draw primary opposition from the outcome of these talks in the next election.

Rubio, viewed as a Presidential favorite in 2016, might have scored some early primary points voting against the deal. Tea Party members and other fiscal conservatives were outspoken about the conditions of the compromise.

Rubio couldn't support the deal the Senate made in Fiscal Cliff talks

Rubio couldn’t support the deal the Senate made in Fiscal Cliff talks

  1. […] Muchos gente politico creer que Marco Rubio es un fuerto candidato por Presidente en 2016. Sus decision hoy poder salir muy bien con votantes buscando un Republicano ques es muy conservativo y tambien con el “Tea Party“ *EN INGLES* […]

  2. […] On Monday night, Senator Bill Nelson voted “Yes”, Senator Marco Rubio voted “No” and was just one of 8 that rejected the plan. In doing so, he might have scored some early points in a 2016 GOP Presidential primary. More on this here. […]

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