Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) “said Monday that he won’t support any new short-term measures to fund the government and keep it running,” The Hill reports.
Rubio, the freshman conservative senator, ruled out supporting the forthcoming measure by House Republicans to extend funding (at reduced levels) for an additional three weeks past this Friday, when the federal government is set to run out of money.
“I will no longer support short-term budget plans,” Rubio wrote on the conservative blog RedState. “While attempts at new spending reductions are commendable, we simply can no longer afford to nickel-and-dime our way out of the dangerous debt America has amassed.”
“I commend the efforts of House and Senate Republican leaders to deal with this, but I did not come to the U.S. Senate to be part of some absurd political theater,” Rubio wrote.
The latest spending measure is “expected to be approved by the House and Senate, barring additional defections like Rubio’s.”