Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) appeared in the Senate Tuesday to try and pass bill designed to crack down on federal employees who don’t do their jobs. Rubio has missed one-third of all Senate votes this year.

“This should actually be the rule in government,” said Rubio. “If you’re not doing your job, you should be fired.”

The bill called for Veterans Affairs officials to have more power to demote or remove trouble employees. Recent reports regarding the scandal involving massive wait times for veterans in need of medical care prompted the bill. However, considering that Rubio is the last federal employee who should be telling anyone to do their job, Democrats blocked the effort.

“Pro tip from Marco Rubio to Marco Rubio: If you don’t do your job, you should be fired,” said Christina Freundlich, spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee. To defend his absence, Rubio said he didn’t miss any votes that would have changed with his presence.

That’s a fancy way of saying “it doesn’t matter anyway, so, who cares?” That’s a lazy excuse and unbecoming of a U.S. Senator.

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