Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador missed 25 votes during a eight-hour floor session Wednesday. But roll-call votes were held on just two measures and will count against Labrador's record of absences.
Labrador, a leader in "Juntos con Romney," was in Miami Wednesday to help Mitt Romney appeal to Hispanic voters. On Monday, Labrador said he understood criticism that he's missed 5 percent of roll-call votes and plans to improve his record. Labrador's absence rate is twice the House average and three times that of his three most recent predecessors.
Of the measures debated, 23 were passed by voice vote. One measure was added to the calendar and passed by unanimous consent. The two bills passed on roll-call votes were H.R. 5044, the Andrew P. Carpenter Tax Act, and H.R. 5912, which would prohibit the use of federal funds to pay for party conventions.
For a summary of Wednesday's floor action, visit the Clerk of the House's website.
Labrador wIill be back in the House Thursday, which is scheduled to consider a vote on an immigration bill he co-authored, which would ease restrictions on foreign workers with advanced degrees in science, engineering, math and technology.