Oops – House votes twice on veterans bill after sponsor misses first vote
June 10th, 2014
04:04 PM ET
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Oops – House votes twice on veterans bill after sponsor misses first vote

Washington (CNN) - When the chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee missed the vote on his bill allowing veterans waiting for health care to access non-VA facilities, he got a do-over.

"It's on me," Miller told reporters Tuesday outside the House chamber, admitting that he was the reason the House was voting twice on his legislation.

The Florida Republican explained that he was in a meeting in his office with the door closed and he missed a message from his staff on his iPhone, so he didn’t make it to the floor in time. In his absence the measure passed the House unanimously, 421-0.

When House Republican leaders realized that the bill's author didn't make it to the floor in time for the vote, they used a procedural move to do away with the first action and allow a second vote on the measure.

Miller said the second roll call recorded on the House floor will stand as the official vote, and the bill was passed unanimously - again, 426-0.

"Actually we got a better outcome the second time," Miller quipped.

Four others besides Miller who missed the first vote showed up for the second one. Some lawmakers didn’t vote at all, due to illness and other issues that force members to miss votes.


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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    It's very important to keep up that voting record for the right wing's thought police.

    June 10, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. cbp

    It is just amazing how Congress can bring bills to the floor and get them passed without the usual hearings, etc. How many times are we told that there is not enough time to discuss legislation so it gets pushed off.

    How long will we tolerate members of Congress who are not prepared every day and who tell us that they can't pass bills without hearings, etc. Guess they feel that they can do anything when they want to. It is very discouraging.

    June 10, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. Denise

    He was on hold with Rush, waiting for him to return from his fifth trip to the buffet line at Golden Corral. Cut this gentleman some slack folks!

    June 10, 2014 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    At least they voted.... For something other than repealing the ACA for a change.

    June 10, 2014 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Bill from GA

    At least he didn't try to block his own bill, like mcconnell did.

    June 10, 2014 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Why can't there be consenus like this on a JOBS BILL?

    June 10, 2014 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Pander Bear

    Now on to the job's bill (crickets chirping).

    June 10, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. Donna

    WOW! 426-0... But I wonder if Dirty Harry Reid will bury it with all of the other bills he has refused to vote on? Or maybe he has just gotten so senile he doesn't know what to do anymore?

    June 10, 2014 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    -republicans no good.

    June 10, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Silence DoGood

    "When House Republican leaders realized that the bill's author didn't make it to the floor in time for the vote, they used a procedural move to do away with the first action and allow a second vote on the measure."
    ---------
    Even when the outcome is obvious, the GOP still has to try and pull some trick.
    GOP, it is not a game!

    June 10, 2014 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. just asking

    jobs bill??? why bother?! obama kills them twice as fast as they can be created with his executive orders. and why do w eneed jobs? the recession ended 5 years ago. you mean all those shovel ready jobs are still waiting for shovels?

    June 10, 2014 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. Denise

    Nah, Harry wouldn't be as foolish or stupid as his GOP counterparts have done in the past. Take the ACA for example, Obama was re-elected in a electoral landside based on this law which in turn was upheld by the USSC. But the clowns coudln't leave it at that. They had to pass some time consuming, no chance of passing bill at least 41 times to repeal it. Nary a word is said about it these days. As someone just said, stay tuned, news at 5, Benghazi......

    June 10, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "WOW! 426-0... But I wonder if Dirty Harry Reid will bury it with all of the other bills he has refused to vote on? Or maybe he has just gotten so senile he doesn't know what to do anymore?"

    First, the Senate is going to be conducting hearings on the issue in order to inform themselves and vote on their own legislation....or perhaps they will simply take the House bill and make their own amendments and send it back to the House. Second, that legislation will no doubt contain similar or maybe even the same provisions as tis House bill. Third, the Senate and House bills will be conferenced and a compromise will be negotiated, because if there's one thing the GOP/Teatrolls and Dems can agree on, it's that every single one of them is in deep doodoo if they do nothing about this to at least save some face. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that process. Neither the House nor Senate has to vote on exactly what the other one passed. It only becomes a matter of obstruction when they refuse to do ANYTHING AT ALL with respect to the issue.

    Compare and contrast: Senate passes extremely bipartisan immigration reform and the GOP House not only refuses to vote on that bill, but refuses to do anything of its own to reform immigration.

    June 10, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. don in albuquerque

    Donna
    It's called pandering.

    June 10, 2014 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. Denise

    Might explain it though...simple minded things for simple minded folks.....They have to stick with faux scandals starting with A's and B's........How's that green ham tasting these days?

    June 10, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    @cbp: "How long will we tolerate members of Congress who are not prepared every day and who tell us that they can't pass bills without hearings, etc."

    147 days until we get to vote all the gop/tea bags OUT!

    June 10, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    Thanks, Sniffit! I appreciate the details on the process.

    June 10, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. don in albuquerque

    just asking
    And which jobs bills would those be that Obama has killed with executive order? BUT....did you know....that he eats kittens late at night....in the WH bowling alley....ALIVE.....SCREAMING........RAW......and he starts at their toes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 10, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. Tommy G

    Sniffit
    --
    "WOW! 426-0... But I wonder if Dirty Harry Reid will bury it with all of the other bills he has refused to vote on? Or maybe he has just gotten so senile he doesn't know what to do anymore?"
    -–
    First, the Senate is going to be conducting hearings on the issue in order to inform themselves and vote on their own legislation....or perhaps they will simply take the House bill and make their own amendments and send it back to the House. Second, that legislation will no doubt contain similar or maybe even the same provisions as tis House bill. Third, the Senate and House bills will be conferenced and a compromise will be negotiated, because if there's one thing the GOP/Teatrolls and Dems can agree on, it's that every single one of them is in deep doodoo if they do nothing about this to at least save some face. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that process. Neither the House nor Senate has to vote on exactly what the other one passed. It only becomes a matter of obstruction when they refuse to do ANYTHING AT ALL with respect to the issue.
    --

    In other words, Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats will drag it out with total disregard for the thousands of veterans that need medical help YESTERDAY!! When they should be calling a special session to pass it NOW so Obama can sign it into law TODAY. Or do the Senate Democrats and Obama feel they need to let a few more veterans die before they feel the need to act?

    June 10, 2014 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    About time the do nothing GOP got two votes done in one day, oh, it was for the same, my mistake!!!

    June 10, 2014 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    @Tommy G: "In other words, Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats will drag it out with total disregard for the thousands of veterans that need medical help YESTERDAY!! When they should be calling a special session to pass it NOW so Obama can sign it into law TODAY. Or do the Senate Democrats and Obama feel they need to let a few more veterans die before they feel the need to act?"

    No, you're thinking of when Senate repubs back in February of this year blocked the Dem's legislation providing $21 billion for medical, education and job-training benefits for vets.

    June 10, 2014 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    The military can just wait in line like everybody else for medical care. Everybody must be equal, they don't deserve to go to the front of the line. Everybody has to die some time.

    June 10, 2014 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "In other words, Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats will drag it out with total disregard for the thousands of veterans that need medical help YESTERDAY!! When they should be calling a special session to pass it NOW so Obama can sign it into law TODAY. Or do the Senate Democrats and Obama feel they need to let a few more veterans die before they feel the need to act?"

    LOL. Have you even read the House bill? This is nothing more than bandaid legislation for a sucking chest wound and constitutes every member of the House trying to punt the issue to the Senate (along with the blame) while pretending they did something to fix it. All 426 Yes votes have been in the House for at least a year and a half, some for much MUCH longer, and they all knew of these issues the whole time and found no time whatsoever to enact a single piece of legislation to address these problems. Their sudden burst of concern and activity is at best disingenuous and becomes even more so if they pretend that they've enacted something that fixes it all and then start trying to blame the Senate for not doing anything. They are ALL in the blame boat and out of sight of land on this one. ALL OF THEM. There will be no swimming for it.

    June 10, 2014 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  24. What?

    There are thousands of Veterans waiting 4 care because thousands were sent into a War based on Lies.

    June 10, 2014 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  25. Thomas

    @Donna
    WOW! 426-0... But I wonder if Dirty Harry Reid will bury it with all of the other bills he has refused to vote on? Or maybe he has just gotten so senile he doesn't know what to do anymore?
    =====

    Your a guy right ?

    Very few woman other then Ann Coulter , Sarah Palin and the Bimbo with the intellectual Rick Perry eye glasses on Crossfire have such lack of compassion and take kindness for weakness in regard to others .

    June 10, 2014 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
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