Marco Rubio, Rick Scott vote against foreign aid package passed by Senate

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Florida's Senate contingent provided 2 of the 29 "nay" votes.

The U.S. Senate passed a foreign aid package, but neither of Florida’s Senators supported the deal.

After an all-night Session, the Senate early Tuesday voted 70-29 in favor of a $95.3 billion spend. But both U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott cast “nay” votes.

Scott, a Naples Republican, supports funding for Israel but spoke on the floor about the nation’s history in conflicts abroad. During a 40-minute presentation of legislation on blocking money from reaching Hamas, he suggested the Founding Fathers would favor a more measured approach.

“One of the first decisions facing our new Republic was whether to engage in the conflict raging between French revolutionaries in the alliance of European nations led by Great Britain,” Scott said in a floor speech. “As we all know, President George Washington ultimately decided to remain neutral in that conflict knowing that our new nation was not prepared to assume the grand responsibilities of supporting the cause no matter how noble.”

He dismissed Democrats’ insistence the U.S. had to support Ukraine with no oversight. Rather, he said it was the current strong-arming of an agenda in the Senate that he said undermined the democratic process in Congress.

“I think this process has destroyed the Senate and ignores the great history of our nation,” he said.

Rubio, for his part, focused his concerns on the Southern border.

In an one-hour speech, the Miami Republican stressed he’s no fan of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and considered the independence of Ukraine a vital U.S. interest. But he said the invasion of the country by Russia wasn’t the rapid operation Putin promised.

“There are dozens of territorial disputes going on in the world right now as we speak,” Rubio said.

But Florida’s senior Senator said the body should be concerned with the flood of migrants into the U.S. across the border with Mexico.

“This invasion of the U.S. is going to get worse,” he said, showing graphs of the massive spikes in border crossings over the past few years.

“We are consistently ignoring the needs of everyday, hard-working Americans and putting something or someone above them, over and over and over again. That’s why people lose faith in their institutions.”

The positions of Florida’s senators put both at odds with Senate Republican leadership. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said the “eyes of the world” were on Congress now to see if he stood by its allies.

“Will we give those who wish us harm more reason to question our resolve, or will we recommit to exercising American strength?” he said on the floor.

Democrats in Florida also pounced on the position of the senators.

“This week Rick Scott: voted against national security; voted against border security; voted against funding for Ukraine and Israel,” posted Democratic Senate candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell on X. “Rick Scott is playing into the hands of dictators. He is a threat to our democracy and a threat to our national security.”

But Scott said the nation has grown weary of directing its resources to conflicts overseas.

“Today we are once again cash-strapped and war weary,” Scott said. “Like never before, Americans are questioning whether their federal government has lost its way and now fails to represent the people they elected.”

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • PeterH

    February 13, 2024 at 11:51 am

    Rubio and Scott are playing into the wish list of Vlad Putin. Neither Senator has issued a strongly worded apology for Trump’s endorsement of Russia invading a NATO country! In their silence…..Scott and Rubio are complicit in Trump’s plan to remove the USA from NATO.

    Republicans are America’s worst enemy!

    Vote all Republicans out of office!

    • David K

      February 13, 2024 at 3:03 pm

      Donald Trump is crushing the senile idiot in the white house and he will soon be giving orders and running the country. Were this 1776, you would be dragged to the town square, tarred and feathered , and sent back to King George . You are definitely the enemy of free Americans.

    • MitchM

      February 17, 2024 at 2:56 pm

      Which NATO country did Russia invade?

  • rick whitaker

    February 13, 2024 at 12:52 pm

    once again the evil moronic maga puppetmaster, trump, directed his feckless 2 florida senators to do his evil moronic bidding. this shit is getting way too dangerous. when are you florida voters going to wake up? scott and rubio are ruining our country. florida wonders why the other states hate them so much, well scott and rubio are 2 good reasons.

    • David K

      February 13, 2024 at 2:57 pm

      Your warmonger senile stooge Joe Biden is ripping off taxpayers while enriching horribly corrupt Ukraine officials and endangering 320 million American with open borders.

    • David K

      February 13, 2024 at 3:00 pm

      rick Whitaker, you are the hater and your ugly opinions are the cause of so many problems plaguing the USA. Our Florida senators are representing FLORIDIANS and if you don’t like it then get out/stay away, move to Ukraine and take up a rifle. Of course you would never do any of the above because you are nothing but a shallow voice of hate and treason.

    • MitchM

      February 17, 2024 at 2:59 pm

      we are awake, how many relatives did you lose in the ukrainan war??? what war business do we have around the world???

  • Dont Say FLA

    February 14, 2024 at 1:15 pm

    Seeing’s how he has this pair of nuts, Putin’s Pocket Pussy, Donald J Trump (PPP) must be trans

  • Michael K

    February 16, 2024 at 9:52 am

    Putin apologists – take Tucker Carlson and Donald Trump with you to Moscow. Look at the way Putin treats dissent if you want to see where Republicans would like to take this nation.

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