Cruz misses opening vote on budget

Cruz misses opening vote on budget
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzInstagram chief gets bipartisan grilling over harm to teens McConnell faces GOP pushback on debt deal Democrats seek to avoid internal disputes over Russia and China MORE (R-Texas) was the only 2016 Republican presidential hopeful in the Senate to miss a procedural vote Tuesday that opened up debate on a GOP budget agreement.

An aide said Cruz missed the procedural vote because he was traveling to Washington, and said the senator will be present for the final vote later in the day.

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The Texas senator has taken heat recently for skipping votes at the Capitol. He missed the vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general last month, later saying there was “no significance” to his absence and that it was the “equivalent of a 'no' vote.”

Sens. David VitterDavid Bruce VitterBiden inaugural committee to refund former senator's donation due to foreign agent status Bottom line Lysol, Charmin keep new consumer brand group lobbyist busy during pandemic MORE (R-La.) and Barbara MikulskiBarbara Ann MikulskiTwo women could lead a powerful Senate spending panel for first time in history Harris invites every female senator to dinner next week Will the real Lee Hamiltons and Olympia Snowes please stand up? MORE (D-Md.) both missed the procedural vote Tuesday as well.

Cruz voted against the Senate Republicans’ original budget blueprint in March and might defect again during the final vote Tuesday.

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioManchin quietly discusses Senate rules changes with Republicans Rubio calls on Airbnb to delist some properties in China's Xinjiang region Democrats seek to avoid internal disputes over Russia and China MORE (R-Fla.), another presidential candidate, and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMcConnell faces GOP pushback on debt deal Bottom line GOP senators introduce bill targeting Palestinian 'martyr payments' MORE (R-S.C.), who is expected to launch a White House bid soon, both voted Tuesday to begin debate on the budget. In March, Rubio and Graham voted in favor of the original budget plan passed by the Senate.

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulMajor utilities agree to stop sharing data with ICE Senate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale Overnight Defense & National Security — Lawmakers clinch deal on defense bill MORE (R-Ky.), who is also running for president, voted with most Democrats on Tuesday against proceeding to debate on the budget. Paul also opposed the original budget in March.

GOP aides on Monday predicted the final vote on the budget deal will resemble the 52-46 tally in March.

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineManchin quietly discusses Senate rules changes with Republicans Liberty University professor charged with alleged sexual battery and abduction of student Senate parliamentarian looms over White House spending bill MORE (Va.) was the lone Democrat to vote with Republicans to open debate on the budget Tuesday. A spokeswoman said Kaine voted to move forward so as not to be obstructionist, but said he does not support the substance of the GOP budget.

— This story was updated on May 6 at 10:20 a.m.