JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- U.S. Senator Marco Rubio sat down with Firehouse employees Tuesday to discuss obstacles facing the middle class and his vision for what Washington policy makers can do to promote job creation.
Rubio says this trip is part of his efforts to advance an agenda to strengthen America's middle class, and what better way to do that, he says, than hearing directly from them. "The people that are being impacted by these laws, the people who are on the ground, who are on a daily basis dealing with these things, their input is extremely valuable. You want to hear from them what the real impediments are about economic growth and job creation," says Senator Rubio.
Another big topic on the discussion board Tuesday was the debt ceiling. "The debt limit is an admission. The President admitted yesterday that this country can't pay it's bills. If it doesn't have more money. That should bother us," he says. "Every penny that the government borrows is money that its taking out of the economy."
His solution, "The only solution to our problem is the combination of fiscal discipline and economic growth."
Without a deal, the government could run out of money to pay its bills by late February or early March.