You failed to show up for the Senate vote on the Omnibus Spending Bill. You might have been able to offer some amendments or attachments. This was a crucial vote. You should have been there. The Democrats got everything they wanted.
Every Presidential Hopeful In Congress Votes On Omnibus — Except Rubio
GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio spent the day campaigning in Iowa Friday — all while his colleagues in the Senate were passing a massive year-end spending bill he had strongly come out against.
Of the five members in the upper chamber gunning for the White House, the Florida Republican was the only candidate not to show up for the vote.
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham voted yes. While Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas along with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination — all voted against the measure.
Rubio slammed the legislation, which consists of the $1.1 trillion omnibus bill along with a $622 billion tax package, saying it would contribute to the country’s growing debt and suggested using a parliamentary procedure to stall the legislation ahead of the vote.
“I know enough to say we’re going to oppose it, and I know enough to say that we should use every procedural aspect that we have to slow it down and perhaps force some changes on these things that we’ve been discussing,” he said Thursday during an appearance on Fox News’s “Happening Now.”
The junior senator’s absence did not go unnoticed, with Sen. Rand Paul and his campaign going as far to call on Rubio to step down form his seat.
— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 18, 2015
How about showing up for work today in Congress instead of selling wall calendars? https://t.co/7gr6vGbjV5
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) December 18, 2015
But the Rubio camp defended the senator’s decision to skip the vote, saying the candidate needed more time to review the legislation.
WHERE THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE STANDS NOW:
We have seen the trouble Cruz and Rubio are already in about immigration – https://lexingtonlibertarian.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/both-cruz-and-rubio-shaky-on-immigration/
Cruz may survive that mess, but Rubio is now out with this added failure to show up for a vote on the OmnibusSpending Bill. Of the top nine who were in the Republican Prime time debate, the following are out of the running:
Rubio – See above
Jeb Bush – No fire in the belly
Dr. Ben Carson – Not knowledgeable enough to hold the office
Carly Fiorina – Now a broken record, no new material
John Kasich – He never had it, too impressed with himself
Rand Paul – The rise of terrorism on US soil has voters scared of his foreign policy
THAT LEAVES DONALD TRUMP, TED CRUZ AND CHRIS CHRISTIE
But we can’t leave without saying the Republican congressional refusal to fight Obama’s agenda only plays into the hands of Donald Trump. The voters are even angrier now!