Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashObamaCare gets new lease on life Top Republican: The healthcare bill is dead House GOP abandons ObamaCare repeal effort in stunning defeat 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.
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 BoehnerTrump, GOP fumble chance to govern ObamaCare gets new lease on life Ryan picks party over country by pushing healthcare bill 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.
#MI03, I'm sorry.— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 10, 2017
The vote Amash missed was an amendment from Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson-LeeWeek ahead: Congress itching for answers on WikiLeaks, Trump wiretapping claims Amash misses vote, ending perfect attendance streak Overnight Cybersecurity: Assange mocks CIA over hacked files | Comey briefs lawmakers | Senate panel approves Trump intel chief MORE (D-Texas) on a bill to put restrictions on class-action lawsuits.
Rep. Steve WomackSteve WomackGOP blocks Dem effort to request Trump tax returns Amash misses vote, ending perfect attendance streak The Hill's Whip List: 36 GOP no votes on ObamaCare repeal plan 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.