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Rubio Takes on Obama, Dems: 'We Don't Need New Taxes, We Need New Taxpayers


Florida senator attacks administration's new tax proposals and approach to job creation.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) took to the Senate floor Wednesday in joint remarks with Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), attacking the Obama administration's approach to fixing jobs and the debt. He said:

We don't need new taxes. We need new taxpayers, people that are gainfully employed, making money and paying into the tax system. Then we need a government that has the discipline to take that additional revenue and use it to pay down the debt and never grow it again. That's what we should be focused on, and that's what we're not focused on.

You look at all these taxes being proposed, and here's what I say. I say we should analyze every single one of them through the lens of job creation, issue number one in America. I want to know which one of these taxes they're proposing will create jobs. I want to know how many jobs are going to be created by the plane tax. How many jobs are going to be created by the oil company tax that I heard so much about. How many jobs are created by going after the millionaires and billionaires the president talks about? I want to know: How many jobs do they create?

Rubio also dismissed Obama's previous statements that nothing is "off-limits" and that everything should be "on the table."

There's no serious discussion of a spending cap. I'd love to have a vote on a balanced budget amendment, why is that not on the table? Why aren't we voting on that tomorrow?

But I actually think some things should be off the table...I think all bad ideas should be off the table. I think anything that kills jobs should be off the table. I think anything that hurts the ability of job creators to grow their business should be off the table. I think anything that helps increase the unemployment rate should be off the table.

Watch Rubio's remarks below (highlighted quotes start at 09:20):

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Debt and spending are on everyones' minds -- as are the nation's continued economic woes. This morning, President Obama addressed the June increase in unemployment during a special press conference in the Rose Garden.

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