Rubio, promising to slow budget bill, doesn't show up to vote

Marco Rubio, opposing the budget-busting spending bill that worked its way through Capitol Hill, promised to use tactics to delay its passage but then he decided not to bother to show up to vote: Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio railed against the year-end budget and tax package, suggested he might slow down its inevitable passage and then skipped the vote Friday. The Florida senator was the only White House hopeful in the Senate to stay on the campaign trail and miss the vote. Republican rivals Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky showed up to vote against the legislation, while Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina backed the bill. He had suggested in a Fox News interview Thursday that Republicans should "use procedures to force the slowdown and changes." The Republican leadership informed senators Wednesday night and again Thursday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was setting a time for the vote, but Rubio did not...(Read Full Post)