Marco Rubio is currently sitting around 3rd place in Republican primary polls, well behind front-runners Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson. Considering how both Carson and Trump have zero government experience, the fact that Marco Rubio as a member of the Senate can’t quite make it to double digits in the polls says a lot about how much of a dumpster fire the GOP primaries have become.
What’s also very interesting is the fact that Marco Rubio has been spending a lot of time campaigning, instead of doing the job that the misguided voters of Florida elected him to do.
Granted, there are five senators who are running for president, including Bernie Sanders. Campaigning does take up a lot of time, and people do miss votes when they’re out kissing babies and asking for money. It’s what Marco Rubio voted for when he did actually show up which is so incredibly hypocritical; he tried to get a bill passed that would crack down on federal employees who aren’t doing their job.
Via The Associated Press:
The Florida senator has missed more votes than any of the other senators competing for the GOP nomination — Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. His rivals have made it an issue in the campaign, and so did Democrats.
“Pro tip from Marco Rubio to Marco Rubio: If you don’t do your job, you should be fired,” said Christina Freundlich, a spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee.
Rubio missed a key vote on defunding Planned Parenthood last month while he was campaigning at a Florida retirement community. After calling out the Obama administration for not doing more to free Americans held in Iran, he skipped voting on a Senate resolution demanding the Americans’ release and went to a fundraiser instead. (Source)
To be fair, the bill in question was about Veteran’s Administration employees and it is designed to give the agency more power to deal with their workers who weren’t performing the job they were hired for.
The problem is that Marco Rubio, like other Republicans, has made a big deal about supporting veterans but has repeatedly blocked bills that would actually help them. Using partisan issues like Planned Parenthood or claiming that there isn’t the money to fund veterans programs, Republicans have done little more than pay lip service to the men and women who have served our country.
Marco Rubio’s attempt to pass this bill is just another hollow gesture to our veterans, and it is par for the course for conservatives who refuse to properly fund government programs while placing all the blame on the government. Sure, agencies like the Veteran’s Administration should get rid of workers who don’t do their jobs – and voters should get rid of politicians like Marco Rubio who only show up to vote when it is politically expedient for them.
In case you’re wondering, this was Marco Rubio’s first Senate vote in nearly a month, and he’s missed over 11% of roll call votes since he took office in 2011. For someone complaining about government waste and inefficiency, Marco Rubio is in no position to talk.
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