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For FY 2011, Rubio Seeks Deeper Cuts: ‘I Don’t Know If the Number is the Right Number’



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Florida’s freshman GOP senator spoke with ABC News this morning about shutdown politics:

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos: That is coming up next month, but we do have this immediate hurdle, and where it stands right now, you’ve passed about $10 billion in cuts. Democrats say they’re going to come up with $30 billion. Republicans have said they want 60. Is the $30 billion good enough for you?

Senator Rubio: Well, what it needs to be is to show that we’re serious, so I don’t know if the number is the right number. I think it should be higher, quite frankly. I was happy with the bill that the House passed. I think that was a good step forward. It’s still a small amount in comparison to the trillions of dollars of debt that this country has now taken on. If you look at it, this is a multi-trillion dollar debt, that’s over a trillion dollars a year in debt, in the deficit, and they’re talking about $6 billion in cuts, which was a Democrat plan when they passed it here. That’s not a serious offer. I think the Senate Democrats need to get serious about dealing with this, and we’re running out of time.
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Rubio, after three months of quietly going about his Senate business, is clearly jumping into the national fiscal debate. Make sure to check out his Wall Street Journal op-ed on the debt-limit vote and his interview with Jonathan Karl from Nightline.



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