Senate hopeful Edward J. Markey, who has faced scrutiny for his light schedule of public campaign appearances, has not cast a vote in Congress since May 9, missing the last 40 votes before the chamber, according to records from the Clerk of the House.
This week, Markey missed voting on 23 matters, including legislation to approve the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project he has said he strongly opposes.
Markey also did not vote at all last week, when he had few public campaign events from Tuesday through Friday, the days the House voted. Despite being in Washington for two events on Wednesday of last week, he missed all 17 votes before the chamber that week.
Markey has called his vote in favor of President Obama’s health care legislation “the proudest vote of my career.” But among the votes he missed last week were ones relating to GOP legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Sitting members of Congress often miss votes in the weeks before an election. What’s less typical is taking time away from Washington, but not packing a schedule with public campaign events back home.
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