Bachmann missed 50% of House votes in 2011 3Q
By Karl Bremer
On the weekend of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Michele Bachmann chose ‘rubbing shoulders with a rowdy crowd of beer-toting tailgaters’ in
At Thursday night’s debate of GOP presidential candidates, as she’s done many times in the past, Bachmann bragged about how her service on the House Intelligence Committee gives her special insight into national security issues.
“I sit on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence,” she said, responding to a question about
Yet the following day, Bachmann skipped the House vote on the 2012 Intelligence Authorization Act, which passed 384-14. That same day, Bachmann also missed the House’s solemn remembrance of 9/11 and passage of a resolution commemorating the terrorist attacks that day.
Instead, Bachmann was getting ready to party down with
football fans in her adopted home state bright and early at 9 the next morning.
The Des Moines Register reported that “As Bachmann weaved through the crowd she was met with football fans young and old, kissing babies, chatting up college students and warmly greeting older fans. From just beyond these personal embraces, she was asked, over and over again, whether she wanted a beer.”
“She danced with babies, flipped burgers for hungry tailgaters and hugged fans outside Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday morning,” the Omaha World-Herald reported. “Bachmann autographed footballs and nuzzled babies' cheeks amidst the thousands of sports fans who turned out to watch the rivals compete. She sported a custom-made jersey, No. 12, that incorporated the logos of the
“She spun in circles, swarmed by a throng of reporters and some supporting state senators, smiling for the cameras of fans seeking a photo opportunity.”
Bachmann has missed an astounding 50 percent of House votes in the Third Quarter of 2011. Her voting absentee rate has skyrocketed since announcing her run for president.
Meanwhile, constituents of
Bachmann is paid an annual salary of $174,000 a year.