Government Shutdown Ends, Debt Crisis Averted Despite Protests of Florida Republicans

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Congress avoided default despite opposition from nearly two-thirds of Florida Republicans.
If you woke up this morning with a hard-on for sky-high interest rates, a hankering for anarchy, and hopes of seeing the sobbing shell of our once-stately president crumpled over the corpse of Obamacare, we have some bad news for you.

Last night, Congress voted to end the 16-day government shutdown and raise the nation's debt ceiling, narrowly avoiding a fiscal crisis that promised to upset international markets and cost Americans trillions of dollars.

But don't thank Florida Republicans. Almost two-thirds of them voted against the deadline deal.

In the end, 11 of 18 our conservative congressional stewards voted to drive this country's crazy train straight over the fiscal cliff. In other words, 61 percent of Florida Republicans are certifiably insane.

Leading the loco lobby was Sen. Marco Rubio. Clearly butt-hurt by the Tea Party's turn toward rival Hispanic heartthrob Ted Cruz, Rubio was one of 18 Senate Republicans to refuse to raise the debt ceiling and reopen the government.

Florida's junior senator even found the free time to give Obamacare the finger. (Florida Democrat Bill Nelson voted in favor of legislation to lift the debt ceiling.)

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Rick Sealock
The GOP showed its self-destructive side during the 16-day shutdown.
But close on Rubio's rabid coattails were ten conservative members of the House. Here is how Florida's finest voted last night:

Democrats -- Brown, Y; Castor, Y; Deutch, Y; Frankel, Y; Garcia, Y; Grayson, Y; Hastings, Y; Murphy, Y; Wasserman Schultz, Y; Wilson, Y.

Republicans -- Bilirakis, Y; Buchanan, Y; Crenshaw, Y; DeSantis, N; Diaz-Balart, Y; Mica, N; Miller, N; Nugent, N; Posey, N; Radel, N; Rooney, N; Ros-Lehtinen, Y; Ross, N; Southerland, N; Webster, Y; Yoho, N; Young, X.

Miami Republicans Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen both voted in favor of the bill.

But overall, Florida had more "No" votes (ten) than any other state except Texas (which had 23).

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Danny Babcock
Danny Babcock

These past few weeks did it for me with the TEA Party, they've been acting like a bunch of spoiled kids. They were fighting to not raise the debit limit that was dumb. As most people know, "we" collectively are the United States, and our elected Representatives, already agreed and spend the money: so the issue is working on how to "not" commit to spending it in the first place, before it's spent. For example the Tea Party wanted to use twisted logic (?) like this - Say you buy a car and have been driving it for a year and decided it wasn't a good idea so you're not going to pay for it because it cost to much, and you don't like the color. So how do you think that would work out? That's what those fools were fighting over; that's one bright group there.

Eddy La Rosa
Eddy La Rosa

Obama is do so far a good job in destroying this while many zombies r on his side. Republithugs and dummycruks r not on our side

Najsoj Osnola
Najsoj Osnola

not to mention only about 15% of the government was shut down.

Najsoj Osnola
Najsoj Osnola

they didnt solve a damn thing...all they did was vote to raise the debt ceiling and spend more money that we dont have...this problem will be back in a few months.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

"Sure, we lie to start wars, hoot people in the face and wipe our wealthy butts with the Constitution. We ignore hurricane victims, war vets, the american people and terrorist threats and blame the results on the last Administration. Yeah, we take bribes and go on golfing trips paid for by lobbyists. Yes, we can't wait to get our grubby hands on your Social Security, shipped your  jobs to China and run up another trillion dollar debt.  make you  take reduced benefits, no overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the the minute you go to collect it. The true is we don't care about you and your families. We vote for   own raises, healthcare, and pension plans, and you are left to pay the bill. Yes we profited off of disaster, destabilized our currencies, and raised our cost of living.monopolized your freedom, stripped away  education and liquidated your savings, Send your kids to wars base on lies and corp greed destroyed the middle class, and used your tax dollars to bailout are unending greed.  the gop/tea KOCH party

drakemallard
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Rachel Penabella
Rachel Penabella

Why did they vote no? How about reporting those facts! Your pathetic little paper will make a perfect liner for my parrot's cage. That's were this bias story deserves to end up.

cour71
cour71

Those Republicans that voted yes probably were worried they will lose their seats come next election. ..can they all admit that they hate Obama because he's black? We all know they're racist fucks starting with Rubio

Frank Daddario
Frank Daddario

...........................many REPUBLICANs voted YES, except a few, and now those few shall have to get even crazier to further muddle any possible message they might yet have for the country it reminds me of GEORGE WALLACE taking his "stand" against admitting the first black student into the alabama university system despite PRES JOHN KENNEDY sending in US troops - WALLACE backed down then and later was "born-again", repenting and recanting much of what was held so dear to his heart just a few years prior the TEA PARTY clan may not ever repent or recant but they won't move forward much just as WALLACE found his message of racial segregationism did not translate on the national stage, but it did make WALLACE a hero in alabama - just as SEN CRUZ is a now hero in TEXAS today, and he may forever be a hero there, he will have the same trouble WALLACE had taking a bias prejudiced local message national

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...........................many REPUBLICANs voted YES,  except a few, and now those few shall have to get even crazier to further muddle any possible message they might yet have for the country

it reminds me of GEORGE WALLACE taking his "stand" against admitting the first black student into the alabama university system despite PRES JOHN KENNEDY sending in US troops - WALLACE backed down then and later was "born-again",  repenting and recanting much of what was held so dear to his heart just a few years prior

the TEA PARTY clan may not ever repent or recant but they won't move forward much just as WALLACE found his message of racial segregationism did not translate on the national stage,  but it did make WALLACE a hero in alabama - just as SEN CRUZ is a now hero in TEXAS today,  and he may forever be a hero there, he will have the same trouble WALLACE had taking a bias prejudiced local message national

Gil Lopez
Gil Lopez

shame, that it re-opened. Let the debt climb!!! Fuck you statists!

Gary Stevenson
Gary Stevenson

These morons need to be replaced and sent to prison for treason.

Chard Beauregarde
Chard Beauregarde

Yeah they have to get rid of gerrymandering, have a third party draw the constituent lines and level the playing field for everyone.

Mario Marrero Jr.
Mario Marrero Jr.

These bozos will probably keep their seat because of the bozos that vote for them!

Chard Beauregarde
Chard Beauregarde

Republicans : US v THEM, whiny crybabies who would wreck the planetary economy behind getting their way. Punks.

Phillip A. Rincón
Phillip A. Rincón

This paper has gone to shit. Report the news not your biased opinion. Why don't you really write why republicans delayed vote? You might just learn something about the future of this country.

Felix Cheshire Thompson
Felix Cheshire Thompson

These are the FACTS the following Floridian congressmen voted to "KEEP" the government shutdown: Marco Rubio (Senator) Jeff Miller (1st District) Dennis Ross (2nd District) Ted Yoho (3rd District) Ron DeSantis (6th District) John L. Mica (7th District) Bill Posey (8th District) Richard Nugent (11th District) Dennis Ross (15th District) Tom Rooney (17th District) Trey Radel (19th District) They all also happen to be Republican/GOP members. REMEMBER THESE NAMES IN 2014 & 2016.

Quay Quayhaylaya
Quay Quayhaylaya

I live in Florida and I vote. I am a registered Republican ONLY so I can be a wrench in their works. We beat the mad man West, we can defeat them all. In my district, I will do whatever I can to ensure the Tea Party is defeated. Scum. Pure evil scum.

Andrew Jordan
Andrew Jordan

yeah....stick to restaurant reviews. No one cares what you think

Brad Flaherty
Brad Flaherty

And to add to your point, if no one was there to stop your joke of a president we would have defaulted a long time ago. See you all back here in January

Brad Flaherty
Brad Flaherty

Quit posting democratic shit. Your a news paper for crying out loud. Ever heard of an unbiased opinion? Jackasses

Dan Marino
Dan Marino

Hopefully, voters will remember come election time it is the right that fucked up the economy...AGAIN!

Wilis Cepeda
Wilis Cepeda

The country lost billions of dollars, but since it wasn't their money, they couldn't care less.

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