Representative Michele Bachmann, the Presidential candidate from Minnesota, finally broke a streak by showing up to vote after failing to do so eighty-eight consecutive times.
The last time she graced the halls of Congress with her appearance was August 1, when she voted against raising the debt ceiling. Today, she voted on a gruelling six bills.
The free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea, negotiated more than four years ago, received a long-awaited stamp of approval today by Congress. These agreements will create hundreds of thousands of American jobs and spur economic growth across a wide span of industries, without cost to taxpayers. My long-standing support of the free trade agreements was reinforced when I met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in Colombia in February, and again when I discussed trade in my office with South Korean Ambassador Han Duk-soo in June. Both the countries of Colombia and South Korea are eager for the implementation of these free trade agreements.
I guess Panama isn’t so eager.
It would be unfair to expect Bachmann to show up for all those votes when she’s got a Presidential campaign to run, you might say. You’d be wrong. Presidential candidates often miss votes but don’t often miss them in streaks as long as Bachmann’s.
Since declaring her run for the Presidency in June, she showed up to vote slightly more than half the time. The only three members of the House who have participated in fewer votes during that time period are Gabrielle Giffords, who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head; Maurice Hinchey, who is recovering from cancer treatments; and John Boehner, who, as the House Speaker, traditionally doesn’t vote.
At an event in New Hampshire earlier this week, she declared,
You didn’t see me a lot here in New Hampshire and I’ll tell you why: It’s because my first duty was to go back to Washington, D.C.
The last time she spent any time in the Capitol was in September, when she heard the President address a joint session of Congress. While she was there, she didn’t vote.