U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today voted against the short-term legislation to raise the debt ceiling through May 18 and issued the following statement:
"Long ago, I established that I would not vote for a debt ceiling increase unless it is tied with measures to actually solve our debt problem through spending reforms and economic policies that will help us grow our way out of this debt. This measure not only raises the debt ceiling without any of these reforms, but it means we will again have to deal with this issue in just a few months.
"President Obama and Congress should stop viewing this debt issue as a political nuisance and instead solve our debt problem once and for all. They should join the American people clamoring for a solution that creates jobs for the middle class, stops Washington's reckless spending, and preserves America's exceptionalism in the 21st century."