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Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (Photo: Donald M. Payne, Jr.)

No missed votes this week

By David Wildstein, January 20 2018 1:39 am

Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark) had perfect attendance in the United States House of Representatives so far this week.  He made it to all twenty roll call votes, starting with a Tuesday evening vote on the Miscellaneous Tariff Act of 2018.  Payne had been in Trenton for Gov. Phil Murphy’s noon inauguration and still made it to Washington in time for a 6:53 PM vote.

The House adjourned early this morning without reaching a deal to keep the government open.  It is scheduled to reconvene at 9AM; presumably, Payne is staying in Washington for any votes cast tomorrow.

“Because Republicans refused to negotiate in good faith with Democrats on a bipartisan spending bill, the United States government ran out of money at 12:01 this morning,” Payne said in a Tweet earlier.  “No sane legislator wants to shut down the federal government, but Republicans just did. ”

Last week, Payne missed three of seventeen roll call votes.  In 2017, he missed 66 – the most in the New Jersey delegation; the other eleven Members of Congress missed 77 votes combined.

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