The House on Tuesday passed its Veterans Access to Care Act 421-0.
And then it passed it again 426-0 in a “revote.”
What prompted the do-over?
Turns out, several members who intended to cast votes actually missed the first roll-call — including even the bill’s main sponsor, Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican.
Reporters outside the chamber, initially puzzled about the repeat vote, pressed Miller afterwards.
Miller acknowledged, “I missed the first vote. I was in my office and missed the first vote.”
But determining who the other four lawmakers were — who also did not answer the first bell only to show up for the second — is not as simple. The official historical House record of that vote has been vacated completely.
As a humorous aside, GOP Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas quickly sent out a press release after the votes declaring: “House Votes to Ensure Timely VA Health Care.”
Timely for the VA and veterans, maybe, but not for a handful of snoozing lawmakers.