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Bachmann skips 40 percent of votes since launching bid

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has missed nearly 40 percent of votes in the House since she formally launched her presidential campaign.

Bachmann’s absentee rate, which is significantly higher than the two other House members running for president, could be used by her GOP opponents on the campaign trail.

Bachmann, the chairwoman of the House Tea Party Caucus who has surged toward the top of the Republican presidential field, has missed 50 of 135 votes since formally announcing her candidacy on June 27 in Waterloo, Iowa.

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  • Hallmonitor

    Did anybody even think to check and see what legislation she was “missing”? Nothing like jumping to conclusions.

    http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/ROLL_600.asp

    39 votes on amendments on legislation that wasn’t going to pass anyway. If she would have jetted back and forth to vote on them, the crazy left would be screaming about the carbon footprint and the right would be screaming about how much money she spent on jets.

    • Humorless

      Well, Hall, it’s not like she was very important in Congress when she wasn’t running for President, is it? Nothing she ever sponsored ever became a law. She was just another vote.

    • http://www.facebook.com/speppers69 speppers69

      Hall…her job is to vote and if ALL of congress decided that they weren’t going to vote on the

      “39 votes on amendments on legislation that wasn’t going to pass anyway”

      then we would NEVER get anything done in government. This is only the votes she has missed…it doesn’t log how many committee assignments she hasn’t participated in or hearings she has missed or other congressional duties she’s neglecting because she’s being ambitious. Wouldn’t it be nice to only show up for work 60% of the time. I recall Bachmann railing on Obama for campaigning for president the whole time he was a senator. That’s called being a hypocrite and she deserves to be called on it. It’s like taking the farm subsidies and then talking about how subsidies are wrong. Do as I say…not as I do? If she wants to lead…then lead by example. She was only sworn-in to her congressional term 3 months before she announced she was going to announce. Running for president is not something you decide and do the next week. She knew before she was sworn-in to this new term that she was going to run for president but she took the oath anyways. And now she’s only giving the job she swore to do a little over half of her time.

      I can accept 10-15% to campaigning for a higher office but not 40%. I honestly don’t believe that any sitting congressman OR senator should run for president and then just slide back in to the job they were hired to do. Ron Paul and Thaddeus McCotter shouldn’t be in their positions either but at least they haven’t missed as many votes as Bachmann has. I can’t reduce my work hours by 40% to go try to get a better job and then when I don’t get that job just go back to 100% at my current job…can you??

      • Hallmonitor

        Oh, don’t be so stupid and melodramatic. It’s only been since the end of June, ferchrisakes.

        get a fuc(ing grip.

        • http://www.facebook.com/speppers69 speppers69

          I was not rude to you…you have no reason to be rude to me. Maybe you should take your OWN advice.

  • notalone

    Defend her most of the time but on this one – that would be a NO! Same old, same old just always manages to step in.

  • Humorless

    She’s too busy…telling people what she WILL do as President, to actually do what what she should be doing at her current job!

  • bobdog

    Uh, what was Obama’s voting record for his term in the US Senate? Or the Illinois legislature?

    I disremember.

    You guys don’t like Bachmann very much, do you?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jasmine-Clark/1785223171 Jasmine Clark

    bachmann is just a big talker. she TALKS more than she DOES anything important.

  • http://www.facebook.com/speppers69 speppers69

    If Bachmann can’t stand the heat of running for president AND doing the job ALL of us taxpayers are paying for…then maybe she needs to give up one of them!!! WE the taxpayer shouldn’t have to pay for her to run for president. If she wants a higher office then she needs to run on her own DIME and her own TIME!! If I was in her district I would be organizing a recall about now or asking her to resign so they can have their representation in congress.

  • philF

    I don’t mind defending Michele, but this is a bit of a stretch. Can’t really defend it. Truth is that you are being given a paycheck each week, while missing votes. I’m unsure the people of your district would be too happy with that.

    • Rocketman

      Well said. Concise and to the point.

      ~(Ä)~

  • skponggol1

    Yet she has the audacity and cheek to mock and insult Obama for missing his votes in 2008.

    Shameless and despicable !