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