Don’t Cry for Me, Freedom Caucus

Ever since joining Congress, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI3) has been particularly proud of two things: He never misses a vote, and he always explains the votes he takes.

A part of that came to an end last week, when Amash was too busy panning the Affordable Care Act replacement bill to reporters to notice that a roll call vote was coming to a close. According to a report, Amash rushed to the chamber to vote, but was too late, and House leadership declined his request to reopen the board so that he could cast his vote.

Rep. Justin Amash has long boasted about not missing a single vote since he arrived in Congress in 2011 — 4,289 in a row, give or take a vote, if you’re counting.

But on Friday, as he was railing against the GOP’s Obamacare replacement bill off the House floor, Amash failed to notice a roll call had just closed. When he realized his streak had just ended, the blunt-spoken congressman broke down in tears.

The Michigan Republican — a vocal critic of GOP leaders and one of the few Republicans who’s lambasted President Donald Trump — missed the vote as he was talking to reporters about his objections to the party’s health care bill, which he’s dubbed “Obamacare 2.0.”

“#MI03, I’m sorry,” he tweeted a few hours after the missed vote, referring to his 3rd Congressional District.

Well, OK. Apology probably accepted by most of your constituents. And thanks, kind of, for opposing the mess of a bill that would strangle the ACA, even if you oppose it for all the wrong reasons.

But if the Congressman is going to get emotional, I would rather it be over the many people who would be hurt by Trumpcare. I would rather he shed a tear of shame for voting against a modest increase to the minimum wage, which would have benefited thousands of low-wage earners in his district. I’d rather he feel remorse for voting against food assistance for people who face starvation without it.

But no. He cries over ending his record. Don’t get me wrong, taking your job seriously and showing up to do your job is awfully important. But what’s even more important is placing the well-being of your constituents ahead of the well-being of wealthy corporations. Far too often, Amash sides with them over us.

And that’s something truly worth crying over.

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