Floridians Won’t Forget Marco Rubio’s Vote Against Good-Paying Jobs And Vital Infrastructure Investment

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The House of Representatives paved the way for a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure deal, committing to vote on this critical legislation that will create millions of jobs and invest in Florida’s infrastructure by the end of September. But Rick Scott and Marco Rubio have stood against the bill from the beginning, showing Floridians that their self-serving political agendas will always take priority over what’s best for the state. 

Floridians aren’t going to forget Rubio and Scott’s spineless opposition to the bill. Recent editorials and letters to the editor from across the state slammed their votes against it: 

Tampa Bay Times: Editorial: Senate infrastructure plan a boost for Florida “It was too bad, but entirely predictable, that Florida’s two senators could not hoist themselves from the partisan sideline to do what was best for the Sunshine State…Whether they are road-testing a talking point for reelection or as they mull a presidential run in 2024, Rubio and Scott failed to promote the economic interests of the Sunshine State.” 

Orlando Sentinel: LTE: Rubio failed on infrastructure vote“This week Marco Rubio missed yet another opportunity to do something good for Florida when he voted against the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. His reasons, including additions to the national debt and the secret negotiations that led to the bill, are ridiculous. Nineteen of his colleagues, including Mitch McConnell, voted for this, but Rubio continues to answer to the only person he truly cares about: Donald Trump, and not the people of Florida.” – David Bonilla, Altamonte Springs

South Florida Sun Sentinel: LTE: Shame on Rubio, Scott for voting ‘no’ on infrastructure“Florida could receive $16 billion from the infrastructure bill that passed the U.S. Senate. Both Florida senators, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, voted against the bill. Whose interests do they represent? Not the citizens of Florida.” – Jeff Light, Coconut Creek

Palm Beach Post: LTE: Senator Rubio’s not shovel-ready“Florida’s two senators…did not vote for the infrastructure compromise which will hugely benefit Florida’s ordinary citizens. The Senators did not stiff their constituents because big business opposed the bill (the U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly supports infrastructure)…Our two senators cheered each nebulous ‘infrastructure week.’ They were for infrastructure before they were against it. Not a good look…Once upon a time, Rubio reflected his family’s middle class, immigrant values. Not anymore. How Rubio squares his desire for re-election with his refusal to support essential infrastructure for our state is a puzzlement.” – Frank McNeil, Boca Raton 

Tampa Bay Times: LTE: Get beyond the toddler stage“Nineteen Republican senators have learned the art of negotiation and compromise. Our Florida senators have learned how to do photo opportunities and say ‘no’ to anything proposed by Democrats. Nineteen Republican senators will bring badly needed infrastructure improvements to the entire nation, but especially to their home states. Our Florida senators will be sitting on the sideline bringing nothing of value to Florida. Perhaps it is time for Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott to advance beyond the toddler response of just saying no to everything. Perhaps they could actually do the hard work of governing.” – Mark Gibson, St. Petersburg
The infrastructure investments in the bill will be a major boost for Florida’s economy. Rubio and Scott’s votes against it earlier this month were a vote against: 

  • An estimated $13 billion to Florida for highway and bridge projects over the next five years. These improvements will reduce traffic, cut commute times, and save Floridians money on car repairs while helping Florida small businesses compete with rivals overseas. 
  • New funding to expand broadband to every Floridian, ensuring millions of Floridians have access to reliable high-speed internet, the gateway to freedom and opportunity. 
  • Provisions to create millions of new good-paying jobs across the country to help get Americans back to work and continue the massive job growth of the Biden administration.

Statement by FDP Chair Manny Diaz as FDA Grants Full Approval to Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

On Monday August 23, the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval to the coronavirus vaccine produced by Pfizer-BioNTech for use by people aged 16 and older. Full approval means the vaccine meets the FDA’s highest standards for safety, effectiveness and manufacturing quality.

In reaction to this development, Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz issued the following statement:
“Now that the Food and Drug Administration has fully approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people 16 or older, Governor DeSantis needs to put the same kind of energy and effort into promoting vaccination as he has poured into touting a treatment in which one of his top donors is heavily invested to the tune of millions of dollars. 

“In fact, he needs to put about 40 times more effort into it, because that is the approximate difference in cost between a $25 vaccine and the $1,000 treatment he is so eagerly pushing. If he fails to do so, it will seriously call into question his motivations for promoting one approach versus the other. 

“Additionally, it is high time he steps aside to allow local governments, educational institutions and businesses to require vaccinations for employees, students and customers if they feel that measure is called for to help save lives.

“DeSantis needs to set aside his desire to cater to the anti-vaccination radicals in the Republican Party base, along with any other considerations he may have, and enthusiastically champion a vaccine that has earned the ultimate endorsement of safety and effectiveness from the Food and Drug Administration. It is time for DeSantis to put the needs of Floridians above all else and become our state’s top promoter for vaccination.”

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