Rep. Brian Mast breaks with GOP, votes against $4.1 trillion House budget

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, was one of only 18 House Republicans to vote against a budget resolution on Thursday. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, was one of only 18 House Republicans to vote against a $4.1 trillion budget resolution that was unanimously opposed by Democrats.

The measure passed on a 219-206 vote Thursday.

The three other members of Palm Beach County’s House delegation — Democratic Reps. Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel and Alcee Hastings — also voted against the budget.

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, who is retiring next year, also broke Republican ranks to vote against the budget. U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast, a potential Republican candidate  for governor, did not vote.

In a statement released by his office, Mast said: “Washington’s spending habits are completely out of control, with debt totaling more than $60,000 per person.  Every year, families and small businesses are forced to set and live by a budget.  Unfortunately, today’s vote continues the disastrous trend of passing budgets that don’t really balance by using unrealistic expectations to fake the numbers—something book keepers in any company, anywhere, would be fired for doing.

“After less than a year in Washington, there’s no doubt in my mind that the system is rigged against the vast majority of our country.  We need tax reform that lowers rates while closing loopholes used by rich lobbyists.  The government needs to spend less and empower the American people to do more.  Because this budget doesn’t do nearly enough to end the tax and spend status quo, fails to adequately protect Florida’s seniors and will drive us deeper into debt, I had no choice but to vote no.”

Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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