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Rubio returns to Washington to vote against budget deal



Sen. Marco Rubio made a return visit to Washington to vote against the budget deal, which passed the Senate early Friday morning amid a fierce stand by fellow presidential candidates Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.

“Given the nation's debt crisis, Marco is hitting the campaign trail later than initially planned,” his campaign said in a news release this morning that outlined a revamped schedule in Iowa.

His schedule had him in Chicago on Thursday for fundraising and it's not yet clear when he decided to return to Washington.

The $80 billion budget plan, which lifts the debt limit, passed about 3 a.m.

Sen. Bill Nelson joined the majority in approving the deal, which already cleared the House and now heads to President Obama.

Rubio has gained widespread attention for his absenteeism. While he successfully defended himself during the debate Wednesday, Rubio also knows he can’t miss high profile votes, or ones that could be used against him (hence returning to vote on ending "sanctuary cities," despite it having no chance of passing.)

Rubio has adopted a different tone after projecting a sense of loathing toward the Senate.

"As far as votes, I don't like missing votes, I hate it," he told CNN on Thursday as he took a victory lap following the debate. "Here's what I would hate more, and that is to wake up on the first Wednesday of November in 2016 to the news that Hillary Clinton has been elected president of the United States." Later that day Harry Reid called on Rubio to resign.


[Last modified: Friday, October 30, 2015 9:05am]


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