Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says he'll fight against a federal relief bill that would assist his state's recovery from Hurricane Ian if it has 'pork in it'

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Marco Rubio said Sunday he would fight a Hurricane Ian relief bill if it included unrelated spending projects.
Rubio said the extra spending would discourage other lawmakers from voting for disaster relief.
Rescue efforts continue, with more than 1,100 people rescued as of Saturday morning.
Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday he would vote against a federal relief bill to help Flordia recover from Hurricane Ian if it included unrelated spending projects.
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"Secure. I will fight against having pork in it. That's the key," Rubio said on CNN's State of the Union. "We shouldn't have that in there because it undermines the ability to come back and do that in the future."
Rubio said the extra spending would discourage other lawmakers from voting on it.
"We can do it, it's possible to do it, without burdening it with these other things, because otherwise you've got people in the Senate, in the House of Representatives, who are going to vote against disaster relief because they see these disaster relief bills as opportunities for others." people, their pork and their pet projects," Rubio said.
Biden announced Thursday that he is approving disaster relief operations from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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Hurricane Ian first made landfall in Cuba before moving on to Florida and then South Carolina, where it weakened into a post-tropical cyclone on its way inland.
While the full extent of Hurricane Ian's destruction is still being assessed, losses have been forecast to range from $28 billion to $47 billion, making it Florida's costliest storm since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, according to CoreLogic, a research firm that estimates storm damage.
As of Saturday night, about 1 million customers in Florida, 72,000 in South Carolina and 25,000 in North Carolina were without power.
Rescue efforts continue, with more than 1,100 people rescued as of Saturday morning. About 35 deaths have been reported in a single Florida county, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said Saturday. Officials have attributed other deaths to Ian, but no official nationwide tally has been released as the investigation progresses.
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"I think disaster relief is something we shouldn't toy with," Rubio said. “We are able in this country to vote in Congress for the key to disaster relief — after key events like this, without using it as a vehicle or mechanism — for people to load things unrelated to the storm. "
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