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Three Florida Republicans vote against budget deal

WASHINGTON – Three Florida Republicans voted against the short-term budget deal while Democrats held the line in opposition.

The GOP dissent came from Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Miami, who objected to the lack of protections for Dreamers, and Rep. Matt Gaetz.

But the legislation passed, setting up a dramatic finish in the Senate. Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson has been noncommittal, saying he wanted to see what the House did.

His office did not respond tonight to a question where he stood.

Curbelo:

"Last year, I made a commitment to no longer support any short-term spending bills to fund the government unless Congress took action to find a solution for young immigrants protected by the DACA program.  As Congressional leaders of both parties continue to punt on a critical issue — instead of fulfilling our responsibilities as legislators to our constituents — I'm keeping my word. Congress needs to find a balanced approach that provides certainty for the DACA population, and protects legal migration into our nation while providing assurances that future illegal entry is discouraged and diminished.

"This fight is not going away. I am not going away, my colleagues who also took a stand for the DACA population are not going away, and the hundreds of thousands of Dreamers and the millions of Americans who support them are not going away. I will not stop working with anyone — from both sides of the aisle and in both chambers of Congress — to find a permanent solution for these young people who, despite facing great uncertainty, are contributing to our nation and our local community in South Florida."

Gaetz:

"The Congressional budget and appropriations process is badly broken, and in need of large-scale reform. We must pass spending bills in a timely fashion, instead of a succession of short-term stopgap funding measures like today's CR. I voted against today's bill because it continues the pattern of reckless government overspending, and because it shows that Congress is not exercising the power of the purse responsibly, which is our Constitutional duty.

"Month-long CRs play politics with our national security. If the Department of Defense cannot ensure its funding will be adequate for the entire year, complex strategic operations are jeopardized, small businesses who contract with the military are harmed, and military families nationwide will be uneasy about their next paycheck. Congress must improve its budget and appropriations processes, stop kicking the can down the road, and make these endless strings of continuing resolutions a thing of the pas."

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