Rep. Amash Cries After Breaking Perfect Voting Record

He accidentally misses first vote since 2011
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2017 6:34 AM CST
Lawmaker Cries After Missing 1st Vote in 6 Years
Rep. Justin Amash speaks to the audience during a town hall meeting in Battle Creek, Mich. last month.   (Carly Geraci/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP)

Rep. Justin Amash was proud of his voting record in the House and rightly so: The Michigan Republican didn't miss a vote for more than six years after taking office in 2011, but his perfect streak ended at 4,289 on Friday when he accidentally missed a vote while talking to reporters, the Hill reports. When Amash realized he had failed to notice a roll call, he raced inside the House chamber but was told voting had already finished. Politico reports that Amash asked House leadership if the vote could be reopened but was told there was no precedent for doing so. He broke down in tears when he realized the streak was over.

Amash, a House Freedom Caucus member who had often boasted about his perfect record, missed the vote because he had become engrossed in a conversation about his objections to the ObamaCare replacement bill, though he did pause 10 minutes in to check whether he needed to cast a vote, reports the Hill. Rep. Steve Womack, a Republican from Arkansas, now has the longest voting streak, with 4,294. He issued a statement Friday saying he is "humbled by the opportunity" to serve his constituents and thanks "God that no personal hardships have kept me from representing them on a single vote since taking office." (More Justin Amash stories.)

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