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Rep. Steve King missed son's wedding for health-care vote

Rep. Steve King holds a copy of the health-care bill over his head after a rally against its passage on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Everything at stake for Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) became clear late last week during a meeting about the health-care bill. He couldn't stand that some GOP reps seemed resigned the bill would pass, so he spoke out.

"I have a son getting married Saturday afternoon," he told the room, "and I'm going to be here, killing this bill."

He was half-right. The bill passed late Saturday, but King did miss his son's wedding in Odebolt, Iowa.

King said fellow legislators offered to get a private jet to whisk him home, but the logistics didn't work. He considered congratulating Mick and Stephanie from the House floor at the moment of their vows, "but that would have been using their wedding as a political tool, and I didn't want to do that."

Later, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) gave him a bound copy of the bill, signed by most GOP reps with messages for the happy couple. "She's taken this bill, which has been the object of much of my angst, and turned it into a beautiful wedding card."

By The Reliable Source  |  November 11, 2009; 1:02 AM ET
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You miss your son's wedding to vote against a bill guaranteed to pass? That makes Rep. King not only stupid, but a jerk. And he didn't want to use it for political reasons, but here we are, reading about it? The cat didn't let itself out of the bag, Mr. King.

Posted by: Jayne | November 11, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

The bill was not "guaranteed" to pass by any stretch. If it was, why did they debate it all day long and then compromise on the abortion funding in order to get it passed? And Rep. King is neither stupid nor a jerk, he's merely standing up for a position that he strongly believes in. Whether you agree with the bill or not, you can't fault him for that.

Posted by: RambleOn | November 11, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

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