Florida GOP Senator Marco Rubio did not attend the State of the Union this week at the Capitol in Washington D.C. because attendees are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test ahead of the presidential address, and Rubio claims he does not have time to take a test prior to the event.
“I don’t have time to go take a COVID test today,” Rubio said. “I only take a test if I’m sick.” The Florida Senator appeared to have made a decision on whether to attend during his remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, saying, “For the first time in American history you now have people having to produce paper to go in somewhere, to sit somewhere, to go to the State of the Union.”
The House of Representatives lifted its mask mandate on the House floor this week ahead of Tuesday’s speech by President Biden, but Republicans have spoken out about the continued testing requirement.
Four Democrat lawmakers, Reps.Jamie Raskin, Pete Aguilar and Suzan DelBene as well as Senator Alex Padilla tested positive and will be missing the SOTU tonight.
Rubio’s office has directed any queries about the Senator’s decision to skip the annual address to a Tweet Rubio posted last week, in which he appears in a video saying, “It’s just a game, so you know what, I’ll watch the replays on television, I don’t need to sit there and go through all of that just to make them feel good about, you know, how safe they’re being and all that. Honestly I’m just tired of all that COVID theater crap.”
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