9 Of The 10 Senators Who Got Paid By Taxpayers But Missed The Most Votes Are Republicans

Rubio Cruz

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FLA) is the “least likely to show up for work.” Ted Cruz (R-TX) also tops the list of no-shows. This is convenient because both are now working as a chairman for subcommittees that oversee climate change in some capacity, and what better way to deny reality than to not show up.

Nine of the ten spots of no-shows go to Republicans, according to a new analysis by Vocativ.com working with GovTrack.us.

Vocativ says there is a Senate absentee rate average of 2.01 percent, with Rubio taking the lead at 8.30% percent no shows. The “biggest no-shows in Congress”, per Vocativ:

List of absentee senators from Vocativ

The Republicans are Marco Rubio (R-FLA) with an 8.30% absentee rate, Jerry Moran (R-KS), John Boozman (R-AS), Ted Cruz (R-TX), David Vitter (R-LA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Roy Blunt (R-MO). The Democrat is Brian Schatz (D-HI), which they justify because it’s so far away (um, no, please show up for your pay).

Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are supposed to be big stars who might make a run for the White House, yet they now each have the dubious honor of being a biggest no-show. This should matter, but it probably doesn’t matter to Republican voters. After all, Republican ideology dictates “small government” (though you wouldn’t know this when it comes to their use of subsidies, addiction to defense spending except when they’re shutting down government or refusing — for years– to pass a real budget, propping up certain favorites in the market, or use of government to impose their alleged religious choices onto the populace). But it’s also true that the minority tends to show up less, and up until seven weeks ago, Republicans were the minority in the senate.

The study shows Democrats showing up much less in the House, with Representative John Conyers (D-MI) heading the list, explaining that the minority party has less interest in getting things passed. Of course, in this Congress, little to nothing gets passed until Speaker Boehner finally comes crawling on hands and knees to Democratic Leader Pelosi, who gets the votes needed to pass critical legislation to keep the country operating — legislation that Boehner can’t pass with his own majority due to their rampant dysfunction and spreading contagion of radical nihilism. So the Democrats show up when the country needs them to do the heavy lifting for the Republican majority.

Regardless of party, Senators and Representatives should be showing up for work. Imagine if you just decided not to show up for work 8% of the time. LOL.

It is, however, a Republican woman who brings in perfect attendance, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME). That’s more like it. Although now that I think about it, perhaps it’s best if Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio stay home even more often. Perhaps the more they miss, the safer the country is.

h/t Politico

Correction 7:46 PM: This post has been corrected to abbreviate Hawaii “HI” instead of “HA”.

34 Replies to “9 Of The 10 Senators Who Got Paid By Taxpayers But Missed The Most Votes Are Republicans”

  1. So when they talk about lazy, good for nothins, always wanting a freebie, always wanting a hand out, they are really just projecting. Whoda thought?

  2. “Although now that I think about it, perhaps it’s best if Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio stay home even more often.”

    Absolutely! If half of the GOP in both Houses of Congress just don’t show up, we could enact more liberal legislation.

  3. Our supreme leader missed over 24% of the roll call votes….So this just seems to be a case of follow the leader.

  4. Doesn’t matter, Obama is still DOING something, that’s the point here, these senators miss work and do nothing because FOX news does the collective campaigning for all Republicans so that Republicans don’t need to run on their record.

    Regardless of what Obama has done, the point is, is that he is DOING his job whether it’s healthcare or the new policy on Cuba or drone strikes against ISIS terrorists while the others just sit around and do nothing

  5. I love how the one democrat that misses work is from Hawaii, of course a person from Hawaii would have trouble having a record of attendance, everyone else has no excuse compared to any politician from Hawaii

  6. Ted Cruz is a Poster Boy for the Republicans, gets paid a decent salary by the citizens of the whole country, doesn’t bother to show up for work about 8% of the time. Doesn’t understand Dr. Seuss books written for 4 year olds, tries to overturn ACA more than 50 times (the definition of insanity keep doing the same thing….). And he really keeps his eyes out for the women – ask Planned Parenthood and the mothers in Texas. Science is not his strong suit and he was born in Canada. You might say the TParty approves of Cruz Control. There is an election coming up and every vote counts. Use it. The Primary is when the parties pick who will represent them in the Fall.

  7. According to GOP manifesto, they have achieved the highest level of success, like their oligarch sponsors. Success equals getting as much money as possible for doing nothing….That is what GOP promised: do nothing which, I think is a lot better than what they did when they controlled all three branches: we had 911, wars deploying over 200,000 troops plus support personnel, an excessive culture of corruption (remember Tom Delay, DICK/Bush and Halliburton no-bid contractors), Fox and a bunch of mentally ill disguised as pundits paid by DoD to pose as experts, ultimately leading to a crashed economy which Mr. Obama has been trying to revive. Dick/Bush era was like living the movie “The Night of the Generals”….You may want to watch that movie….

  8. I have a friend who is willing to have aseat in the”pay for no work” Congress. He wont work for the creeping cancer, Kochs. He has no allegiance to any party, but he’s a good Christian with high morAL VALUES.

  9. ….and 8 of the top 10 biggest no-shows in the House were Democrats, all with a far higher rate of absences than Rubio (Conyers missed 16% of votes!). But that was left off the headlines. Way to spin it, Politicus.

  10. Rubio, Cruz, and Graham skip meetings in Congress because they’re too busy prepping to run for POTUS in 2016. Also, Cruz and Graham are too busy popping up on TV, pretending to be experts on certain issues to be bothered about showing up for sessions of Congress. It’s amazing to me that anyone could consider them capable of commenting intelligently, and accurately, about what goes on in those committee meetings they’re missing. Although it’s obvious to me when I hear them speak that they’re bull sh*tting, it’s not so obvious to many others who believe everything they say. A recent study revealed that many who seem to speak with “authoritay” don’t know what the hell they’re talking about, and that the reason they’re believed is because they put on a good act of pretending to be knowledgeable about the topics they’re discussing when they’re not. Like students who are absent from school too many days, they don’t know/understand the material they miss when they’re not there.

  11. If I were you, tim, I’d do a little research before commenting on blogs and making a fool of myself. The title “supreme leader” is used to refer to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, and I suspect that a “true patriot” like yourself wouldn’t want to be caught praising him! American leaders have always been referred to as presidents, but go right ahead and keep embarrassing yourself by referring to our president as “supreme leader.” I’m sure that the people you associate with think it’s clever of you to misuse the title, but for those of us who are widely-read individuals, we know you’re not at all amusing.

  12. So – what does that have to do with Cruz and Rubio???????

    Are you legitimizing their behavior because of bad behavior by someone else?? How silly is that??

  13. I think the “supreme leader” also has slightly more responsibilities than senators do. Could just be me though.

  14. I think the use of this information should be clarified that if you look at the chart the time period he missed most of those votes is when he was running for President. As I am sure that other than those politicians that live in states where you can’t run for a different position, that you have to resign, that none of them did their jobs either.

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