Rubio Displays His Hatred of Poverty by Voting Against the Unemployed

Senator Marco Rubio, who as you probably recall is scheduled to make a “major speech” on poverty tomorrow, voted in favor of filibustering the extension of unemployment insurance today.

The U.S. Senate cleared a vital procedural hurdle moments ago to proceed to a vote on extending unemployment benefits for three months.

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson was part of the 60 member majority, which included a handful of Republicans. Sen. Marco Rubio voted against it. He said the benefit, affecting 1.3 million people at a cost of $6.4 billion, should be offset by other budget cuts.

Rubio not only voted in favor of filibustering extended unemployment insurance, he also favors offsetting it by making cuts in other areas of the budget which would undoubtedly do nothing to end poverty.

What exactly will be in Rubio’s War on Poverty speech? The only thing we know for sure right now is that he’ll call for the repeal of Obamacare. Because kicking millions of people off Medicaid and ending subsidies should help, right?

The final Senate vote on extended unemployment insurance is expected to occur soon, but the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has no plans to move on it.

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  • Nefercat

    “He said the benefit, affecting 1.3 million people at a cost of $6.4 billion, should be offset by other budget cuts.”

    I agree. But only if the first items on the chopping block are subsidies for big oil and tax breaks for offshore investments.

    Oh, and republican representatives and senators become hourly employees with pro-rated benefits and pay based on 40 hours/week and 52 weeks/year. Filibusters do not count toward hours worked.

    You smarmy little thirsty weasel.

    • trgahan

      Yeah, “other budget cuts” always mean removing another pittance the government provides the poor and disadvantaged to help them survive or destroying NPR/PBS.

      It never means cutting corporate subsidies of profitable industries, ending the unnecessary portions of our defense budget, or some such.

  • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

    “Because kicking millions of people off Medicaid and ending subsidies should help, right?”

    Someone needs to remind this slimy jerk that the lack of health insurance or underinsurance is the single greatest cause of bankruptcy in America. They don’t give a damn about poverty, they care about appealing to their batshit crazy base and their filthy rich corporate donors. Guys like him should be forced to live in on poverty wages using food stamps and medicaid for a period of no less than 5 years. Then and only then would he be allowed to even open his mouth on the subject of poverty.