By skipping the vote, Rubio avoided the vote to fund Planned Parenthood.
GOP primary contenders Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) skipped a critical cloture vote that allowed Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’s plan to fund the government, including Planned Parenthood, to move forward without risking a shutdown.
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That means Rubio and Graham, for whatever reason, skipped a key vote that would have shown where their allegiances lie regarding funding for the highly controversial abortion provider, which, based on recent undercover video investigations, is in the business of selling aborted baby body parts to the highest bidder.
The vote succeeded 77 to 19 without Rubio or Graham’s help, thanks to every Democrat in the U.S. Senate voting for McConnell’s Continuing Resolution (CR). But Rubio and Graham skipped the vote that matters; cloture is the only place where McConnell and his allies in the Democratic conference could be stopped. So both can claim on the presidential campaign trail how pro-life they are all they want, but when push came to shove–when the pro-life community needed them most–they were not there.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), on the other hand, were present and voted “no.” Cruz did so with extraordinary criticisms of GOP leadership, including McConnell.