While Senate Democrats just came together to pass essential relief for Americans who are struggling from this pandemic, Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott chose instead to put petty partisan politics above the needs of their constituents. In response to the passage of this historic legislation and this historic failure on the part of Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, Florida Democratic Party Executive Director Marcus Dixon released the following statement.
“Marco Rubio and Rick Scott have yet again failed to put the needs of Floridians over partisan politics. They just voted against COVID relief and direct payments which so many of their constituents desperately need. There is widespread bipartisan support for President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan from the public as well as from state and local leaders across the country. Despite this, Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott along with their Republican colleagues, chose to reject this historic relief bill that will increase vaccine distribution, help safely reopen schools, get direct aid to small businesses, and expand much needed unemployment insurance. And it wasn’t enough for them to just vote against the bill, they also insisted on forcing performative delays further preventing Americans from receiving necessary relief. Now along with their Republican colleagues in the House, Senator Rubio and Senator Scott are going to have to explain to struggling Florida families, who have bills to pay and children to feed, why they voted against direct relief.”