Democrats chide Marco Rubio, Rick Scott for virus stimulus ‘no’ vote
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Not a single Senate Republican voted for the relief bill.

On Monday, national and state Democratic leaders slammed Republicans, including Florida’s two senators, for voting against the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Act passed by the Senate along a party line vote this weekend.

Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison said Republicans in Congress opposed the bill, singling out both of Florida’s senators for special mention.

“(Marco) Rubio and Sen. Rick Scott sat idly by and it wasn’t just them. Every single Republican in the House and the Senate voted against the bill,” Harrison said.

Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz offered a similar take.

“Once again, Sens. Rubio and Scott have refused to put the people first,” said the new chair of the state party.

Rubio and Scott, he added, “put partisan needs over the needs of Floridians.”

Diaz singled Rubio out, saying he did not care about Hispanics, because if he did, “he would have voted yes.”

“Both Marco Rubio and Rick Scott stuck with Trump when he was doing nothing for the American people,” Diaz said, adding that on this vote, as before, “they chose party over country.”

Both of Florida’s senators were against the bill from the start, saying it was designed to bailout Democratic-led states. Rubio specifically said he would not get “punked” into voting for the bill.

The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee targeted on Monday morning Rubio with a new 30-second YouTube spot for voting against the relief bill.

DSCC Chair Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan followed up on that creative on the call, saying “the fact that we did not receive any Republican votes is confounding.”

Peters called the bill a “broad, bipartisan bill,” pointing to polls that show even Republican voters back the measure.

Republican legislators are “out of touch” and “will be held accountable come election time” for “having turned their backs on people back home,” the Senator pledged.

“They’re going to have to explain,” Peters said, why they voted against relief. “This is a major piece of legislation that will get our country back on our feet as we continue to deliver vaccines.”

“It’s important for us to sell it,” Harrison said. And the Democrats are doing just that.

Last updated on March 8, 2021

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Kelly In Neptune

    March 8, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    Rick Scott and Marco Rubio have been prioritizing politics over people since they began their equally sorry political careers. Rick Scott stole from Medicare, and Rubio was thrilled when Joe Biden’s campaign bus was nearly hijacked by Trump fanatics in Texas.

    That I think says a lot about the true character of these men–which is very distinct from their less than cute, made-for-media, scripted ramblings on Fox News.

    When the American people–millions of whom lost jobs and income –needed relief to help them pay their bills and stay in their homes, Scott and Rubio had a simple response: NO.

    So hopefully voters will say NO to both of these idiot Trump sycophants in 2022 and 2024 and elect people who actually want to do the job they were elected to do, and not use struggling Floridians as a stepping stone. Our state deserves good representation.

  • Margaret Simonson

    March 9, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    Rick Scott is a crook and Marco Rubio is a wimp, both of who care about their own paychecks than they do about Floridian paychecks. Oh wait, Rick “Da Crook” Scott only cares about the title. And Rubio needs the paycheck more than the unemployed people in Florida. Both disgusting.

  • Francine E Kositsky

    March 10, 2021 at 8:30 am

    I am 100% positive that Rick Scott and Marco Rubio totally forgot the first sentence of our constitution . ” We the People” . They were elected to serve the people not the party. We the People need to remember this at election time and let them retire.

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