Marco Rubio Has Missed More Than A Dozen Senate Hearings in Recent Months

ORLANDO — Over the past few months, Marco Rubio has missed 14 hearings in the United States Senate, abdicating his duty to represent Florida in Washington. In response, Congresswoman and former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings, candidate for U.S. Senate, blasted Senator Rubio for failing to show up and fight for Florida. Here’s what they’re saying:

Orlando Sentinel: Demings rips Rubio for skipping 14 Senate hearings amid GOP boycotts
By Steven Lemongello

Key Points:
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has missed as many as 14 Senate hearings over the past two months, a practice the Republican was criticized for six years ago as he launched a bid for the presidency.

U.S. Rep. Val Demings, his likely opponent in next year’s U.S. Senate race, blasted Rubio’s absenteeism. “I served as a law enforcement officer for 27 years, and if an officer had failed to show up for their shifts for 14 days they would have been fired — period,” Demings, D-Orlando, said in a statement. “It’s clear that after over a decade in Washington, Marco Rubio doesn’t understand those values. Florida needs a U.S. Senator who understands and lives those values.”

Rubio did not appear at nine Foreign Relations hearings since Sept. 22.

Rubio also missed all three hearings of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee in September and October.

Rubio also missed both hearings of the Special Committee on Aging in September and October.

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