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Rubio’s Demands Show Tea Party May Not Bend on U.S. Debt Limit

Few demand as much for a vote to raise the U.S. debt limit as Tea Party favorite Marco Rubio.

The first-term Florida senator, an upstart in the Republican Party, said this week he won’t vote to raise the $14.3-trillion debt ceiling unless Congress agrees to his proposals to fix almost every major budget issue. The U.S. will breach the limit by the end of May, according to Treasury, and could default if Congress fails to authorize an increase.