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NYT: Rubio Has Missed Most Votes of 5 Senators in 2016 Campaign

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By    |   Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 07:47 AM

So far this year, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has been absent from the Senate 30 percent of the time and has missed 69 votes, the most of the five sitting U.S. senators running for president, The New York Times reports.

Rubio’s attendance record this year is 70 percent.

Senators average a 97 percent attendance rate, missing about 3 percent of their votes, according to the Times, which notes that in 2007, then-Sen.Barack Obama of Illinois had a higher truancy rate than any of the current senators seeking the White House.

Obama was absent 38 percent of the time. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was also a presidential candidate in 2007, missed 23 percent of her voting opportunities, according to the Times.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz trails Rubio so far this year with 55 missed votes and a 77 percent attendance rate, while Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky posts a 99 percent attendance record and has missed just three votes. Paul is concurrently running for re-election to his Senate seat.

South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham has missed 45 votes, the Times reports.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-identified socialist seeking the Democratic nomination, has missed six votes this year.

In February, The Hill reported that Rubio had missed a greater percentage of votes over the course of his career than any other senator. At that time, his absentee rate was 8.3 percent and he had missed 99 of 1,198 opportunities to vote.

Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, a Republican, was next with 8.01 percent of votes missed and Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat, was third, with 6.83 percent missed votes.

But according to govtrack.com, a website that tracks bills in the Congress and posts elected officials' legislative records, Cruz averages the highest percentage of missed votes — of the five senators seeking the presidency — during his overall tenure as a senator.

Between January 2013 and July 2015, Cruz has missed 103 of 898 roll-call votes, which is 11.5 percent. Rubio missed 146 of 1,384 roll-call votes between January 2011 and July 2015, which amounts to 10.5 percent.

The median lifetime record of senators currently serving is 1.6 percent, according to govtrack.

From his first term, which began in January 2003, until July 2015, Graham has missed 208 of 4,057 roll call votes, averaging 5.1 percent. And Paul has missed 42 of 1,384 roll call votes since January 2011, posting a 3 percent average.

Sanders has missed 2.9 percent of roll call votes (80 of 2,737) since January 2007.

Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, has never missed a vote since arriving in the upper chamber in 1997, according to The Hill.

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So far this year, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has been absent from the Senate 30 percent of the time and has missed 69 votes, the most of the five sitting U.S. senators running for president, The New York Times reports.
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