House GOP whip apologizes to Bachmann for missed vote

"Representative Bachmann would have voted in the affirmative for the Republican Study Committee substitute to H. Con. Res. 25."

The RSC budget failed in a 104-132 vote — the low tally reflects the Democratic strategy of voting "present" on the RSC budget, in order to force Republicans to vote it down.

Bachmann was one of just nine Republicans who did not vote on the RSC budget. McCarthy and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) voted against the budget alternative.

The more aggressive RSC budget would balance in just four years, and was favored by many conservatives who have said the U.S. needs to act quickly to avoid a debt crisis.

Today, Bachmann voted with her GOP leadership in favor of Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) plan, which would balance the budget in 10 years.

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