Veterans Chairman Misses Vote — House Likes Bill So Much, Votes Twice

Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), left, departs following a news conference held by House Republicans on 'Protecting America's Veterans' at the U.S. Capitol on May 29, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), left, departs following a news conference held by House Republicans on ‘Protecting America’s Veterans’ at the U.S. Capitol on May 29, 2014 in Washington, DC.

That bill for veterans is popular.

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.

426-0.

That’s what both parties might call a bipartisan victory.

Or a roll call.

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