Amash misses vote, ending perfect attendance streak

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashWatchdog files Hatch Act complaint against Sanders for picture with Kanye in MAGA hat Cook Political Report shifts 7 more races towards Dems Rand Paul ramps up his alliance with Trump MORE (R-Mich.) on Friday missed a vote for the first time since taking office in 2011, ending a record that has long been a point of pride for him.

Amash — who broke down in tears after realizing he missed the vote, according to Politico — became known for attending every vote and explaining each one to his constituents on Facebook.

But on Friday, that streak ended when he got tied up talking with reporters off the House floor.


Amash, an outspoken member of the Freedom Caucus, was railing against the GOP proposal to repeal and replace ObamaCare. 

He expressed frustration that House leadership doesn’t seem open to changing the bill, saying “the place may have been more open under Speaker BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — House postpones Rosenstein meeting | Trump hits Dems over Medicare for all | Hurricane Michael nears landfall Kavanaugh becomes new flashpoint in midterms defined by anger Juan Williams: The GOP can't govern MORE, sadly.”

Amash answered questions from reporters over the course of more than 10 minutes, which he paused at one point to return to the floor and check whether he needed to cast a vote. 

He quickly returned to take more questions. But he got so caught up in the conversation that he accidentally missed the vote.

Then he remembered: “Are we still on the first amendment?”

“I think you’re on the second,” a reporter replied.

“Let me go in there,” Amash said, turning back to the floor. But he was too late.

Reporters waited for him to return again. But Amash, frustrated that his voting streak had ended, shot a look at the gathered reporters and didn’t come back.

Amash reportedly broke down in tears and tried to ask leadership to re-open the vote but was denied.

Amash tweeted out an apology to his district shortly after missing the vote.

The vote Amash missed was an amendment from Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeGOP senator says wife received video of beheading after Kavanaugh vote Former Dem aide makes first court appearance on charges of posting GOP senators' info online Ex-House intern charged with 'doxing' GOP senators during Kavanaugh hearing MORE (D-Texas) on a bill to put restrictions on class-action lawsuits. 

Rep. Steve WomackStephen (Steve) Allen WomackBudget chairs press appropriators on veterans spending Senate chairman urges move to two-year budgetary process On The Money: Senate passes first 2019 spending bill | Trump hits Harley-Davidson in tariffs fight | Mnuchin rips report of investment restrictions | Justices side with American Express in antitrust case MORE (R-Ark.) now has the longest voting streak of any other House member. He issued a press release shortly after the Amash episode on Friday touting his 4,294th consecutive vote.

"I am humbled by the opportunity to serve my constituents and thank God that no personal hardships have kept me from representing them on a single vote since taking office."

- Updated at 2:38 p.m.