So popular in the House that it won unanimous approval — twice.
They had to vote twice, because the chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, who has spent considerable time investigating the shortcomings of the Department of Veterans Affairs — including its cover-up of waiting lists for veterans seeking hospital care — missed the first vote.
The bill, HR 4810, passed the first time on a vote of 421-0.
Chairman Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican, was in a closed-door meeting when aides were attempting to contact him. He says he didn’t hear the pings on his phone.
The House, by unanimous consent, vacated the vote and re-voted.
“It’s because I missed the vote,” Miller said.
Picking up five more votes in the process.
That’s what both parties might call a bipartisan victory.
Or a roll call.