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Where’s Bilbray?

January 14, 2010 - 3:24 pm

When the US House Representatives came to order on Tuesday night, the first thing they voted on was a call to order to establish a quorum. It’s the Congressional equivalent of a classroom roll call.

Present: 373 members. Absent: 61 members.

Among those MIA was San Diego’s Rep. Brian Bilbray.

The next day Congress considered four bills and Bilbray was listed as “not voting” on all of them:

  • Supporting the initiatives of Chicago Wilderness and the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights (link)
  • To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 101 West Highway 64 Bypass in Roper, North Carolina, as the “E.V. Wilkins Post Office”. (link)
  • Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2010, and for other purposes (an attempt to override an Obama veto – link)
  • Honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and encouraging the continued commitment to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a national day of service. (link)

Ever since South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford disappeared for nearly a week last summer, journalists have been very wary of politicians who go AWOL.  And that’s not just because of potential sex scandals; a politician who comes down with swine flu or plays hooky in order to address AIPAC is just as newsworthy.

So, I called his office. Nothing really exciting.

The votes were inconsequential, so “he took a personal day.” They wouldn’t share where he’s taking his personal day. So, I had to ask:

Me: Is he…um…hiking the Appalachian trail?

Spokesman: Have you ever met Mrs. Bilbray? Oh my God, no! Congressman Bilbray might be a US congressman, but, Mrs Bilbray, she is numero uno. She makes sure Brian is doing what he’s supposed to do.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Megan permalink
    January 14, 2010 - 4:14 pm 4:14 pm

    um…minus his job voting.

  2. PistolPete permalink
    January 14, 2010 - 5:46 pm 5:46 pm

    LOL! It’s too bad he wasn’t there to fight off more of Obama’s socialism. As for bills 2 & 3, who gives a shit? And as for bill 4, as much as Martin Luther King did good for his people, it’s a shame his people haven’t done more for themselves.

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