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Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Bernie Sanders: 100% Absent from the Senate this Week

Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Bernie Sanders are running for President.  Each one says it’s vitally important that he have the ability to use the power of political office to act on behalf of the American people.

Curiously enough, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Bernie Sanders are currently members of the United States  Senate.  The body has extensive powers, including the ability to pass or block all federal legislation and the ability to confirm or reject all major federal nominees to executive positions.  Only 100 people out of the entire nation of almost 320 million people get to be United States Senators.

If it’s so vitally important that these men have the capability to use the power of political office for the good of the country, then why haven’t they bothered to show up for a single vote in the Senate so far this month?

They say that they want to take office as President of the United States in 2017. They say they want to lead the nation to a better future. Of course, each of these men is a leader right now. They are 3 out of a club of 100 U.S. Senators who have tremendous power to shape the nation. They want to lead next year. What have they been doing lately?

To find out, I looked at the 50 most recent roll call votes, stretching from January 21, 2016 all the way back to the beginning of the month of November, 2015. Here’s how often each was marked absent from those 50 roll call votes:

4 thoughts on “Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Bernie Sanders: 100% Absent from the Senate this Week”

  1. Eric Dunn says:

    “why haven’t they bothered to show up for a single vote in the Senate so far this month?”
    Perhaps because they’re running for president?
    And for any of the missed votes, were any of them critically dependent on their presence? Unless the vote was close, and/or you can prove their inaction in supporting the vote and ensuring the side they supported won, there’s little real reason to criticise vote roll call.

    Like most of your articles. This one is somewhat stupid.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Thanks for writing, Eric. If 3 of the 100 Senators have been absent for months (they have been), and are not taking part in the communal act of creating consensus around policies (they are not), then are they responsible for a lack of action on the part of the Senate or a lack of consensus reflected in votes? I would say they are. I also think it says something about these men that they committed themselves to take 3 out of only 100 positions of great importance and power, but as soon a better opportunity came along, they abdicated the responsibility that comes along with those especially rare, vitally important positions. They could have resigned and let someone else do the work; they didn’t and the work of a Senate is very clearly not getting done.

  2. Eric Dunn says:

    Sorry! Saw my last line could be misinterpreted!

    I like most of your articles. This one is somewhat stupid.

  3. ella says:

    This one article proves that the 3 mentioned are all establishment politicians. Oddly they claim to be non establishment since the people have voiced an opinion concerning their behavior. Trump has brought out at least the one fact they all want to deny, now they have something in common. The 3 do not do the job they were elected for now, and they could and still operate a campaign, so why believe they will keep their word(s) if elected to the top spot? Of course listening closely to the most of the statements made, it can be found the the word “should” is the common adjective to anything that concerns the benefit of the voting public. Trump says he “will” do the things he mentions. Of course the establishment is afraid of him. If he shows the people that someone can actually work in the office of President, that will set a precedent for future candidates.

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