Politics & Policy

Bachmann’s Campaigning Leaving Little Time for Congressional Votes

From The Hill’s Michael O’Brien:

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has missed nearly 40 percent of votes in the House since she formally launched her presidential campaign.

Bachmann’s absentee rate, which is significantly higher than the two other House members running for president, could be used by her GOP opponents on the campaign trail. …

[Rep. Ron] Paul has missed 25 of 307 votes — about 8 percent — since entering the race May 13. [Rep. Thad] McCotter has missed almost 10 percent: 13 of 135 votes since starting his campaign at the beginning of this month.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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