Amash misses vote, ending perfect attendance streak

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashThe five kinds of Republicans who could primary Trump Overnight Defense: Military won't lift transgender ban until Trump sends directions | House passes national security spending | Russian sanctions bill heads to Trump Overnight Finance: House passes spending bill with border wall funds | Ryan drops border tax idea | Russia sanctions bill goes to Trump's desk | Dems grill bank regulator picks 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.

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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 John BoehnerJohn BoehnerIt's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him How Republicans can bring order out of the GOP's chaos Republican donor sues GOP for fraud over ObamaCare repeal failure 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-LeeLawmakers press DOJ to help victims of Ponzi scheme The Constitution trumps the president Overnight Cybersecurity: Facebook invests in group fighting election hacking | House panel advances DHS cyber revamp bill | Lawmakers mull cyber insurance for small businesses MORE (D-Texas) on a bill to put restrictions on class-action lawsuits. 

Rep. Steve WomackSteve WomackJockeying begins in race for House Budget gavel Trump reopens fight on internet sales tax Labor chief says he can't snap his fingers and undo Obama rule 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.