Congress just started, Kirkpatrick has already missed 16 votes

| January 22 2013

It’s so good to see AZ-1 represented by such a hard worker:

It’s not a flattering statistic to start out her return to Congress. In just the third and fourth days that Congress was in session this year — Jan. 14 and 15 — U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., missed 16 votes.

Democratic Reps. Raul Grijalva and Kyrsten Sinema have missed eight votes and one vote, respectively. Arizona’s other members didn’t miss any.

Kirkpatrick, who returned to Washington, D.C., this year after serving from 2009 to 2011, said she had to be in Arizona for a “personal obligation” and was in close contact with Democratic House leadership in advance of her absence about whether her vote was needed. In the end, the bill that took up most of the votes, on Hurricane Sandy relief, passed the House overwhelmingly.

All Americans have personal obligations. Very few Americans get paid 200K to not do their jobs.

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