Roll Call reports:
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) missed votes this week as he spent time campaigning back in Texas, where he is running in a closer-than-anticipated Senate race. The Senate cut its work week short, but before they did so the chamber held seven roll call votes to clear nominees for President Trump. GOP Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican, downplayed Cruz’s absence, noting that it hadn’t resulted in any nominations falling short of the support needed.
Cruz was in the Senate chamber for part of last week, but he missed floor votes on both ends. He was among 15 senators to miss votes the evening of Aug. 20, including on a proposal from New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez to support funding for a firefighter cancer registry. And, despite Cruz being among the Capitol’s leading opponents of abortion, he missed a vote last Thursday on an amendment intended to defund Planned Parenthood.
He’s panicking. Good.