Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was not present this week when the House voted to disapprove of the raising of the federal debt ceiling.
Bachmann, one of the GOP’s 2012 presidential contenders and a vocal critic of federal spending, was among 11 House members who missed Wednesday’s vote on a “resolution of disapproval” on increasing the country’s debt limit.
The measure, H.J. Res. 77, passed on a near-party-line vote, with four Democrats joining 228 Republicans to vote in favor of the measure. Five Republicans and 181 Democrats voted “no.”
Two members, freshman Reps. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) and Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), voted “present.”
Bachmann press secretary Becky Rogness confirmed that the Minnesota Republican was not in Washington when the vote occurred.
Bachmann has kept a busy campaign schedule during the month of September; according to The Washington Post’s U.S. Congress Votes Database, she has not been present for a single House vote this month. The last time Bachmann cast a vote in the House was Aug. 1, when the chamber voted on the final debt-ceiling deal.
The Hill’s Michael O’Brien reported in late July that Bachmann had missed 37 percent of all House votes since she launched her presidential bid June 27.
On Wednesday, the day of the debt disapproval vote, Bachmann was in Arizona holding fundraisers and meeting privately with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The two other sitting House members running for president – Reps. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) and Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) – both voted “yes” on Wednesday’s resolution of disapproval.
The measure, drafted as part of August’s debt-ceiling deal, was largely a symbolic one; the Democratic-controlled Senate last week blocked a move to proceed on its own resolution of disapproval.