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Connie Mack skips party line vote on the Ryan budget

The U.S. House of Representatives today voted 228-191 to pass the so-called "Ryan budget, " the House spending plan for the year.

None of Florida's Democrats voted for the bill. The state's Republicans all voted for it, although press releases trumpeting their votes are mysteriously absent. The budget, considered an election-year manifesto, has been embraced by GOP presidential and congressional candidates, but panned by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats. It won't pass in the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate.

Not voting on it? Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fort Myers, whose spokesman told the Tampa Bay Times  that the congressman was campaigning in Florida. Mack, who's running for U.S. Senate, missed all 25 House votes cast this week.

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