Republicans playing hooky from Congress — using COVID as their excuse to go to Florida

Republican members of Congress used the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to for their absence from DC so they could travel to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando on Friday.

"Several Republicans in the House have skipped Friday's votes and enlisted their colleagues to vote on their behalf, signing letters saying they couldn't attend 'due to the ongoing public health emergency.' But those members are scheduled to be at CPAC," CNN's Manu Raju reported.

Multiple Republicans in Congress were listed on CPAC's schedule of Friday speakers. Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) were scheduled to speak during the noon hour.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) spoke about Mr. Potato Head during the one o'clock hour.

Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) was scheduled for an afternoon break out session.