Saturday, May 24, 2003

Boehner misses 1:56 a.m. House vote for tax cut bill



By Carl Weiser
Enquirer Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON - It's 1:56 a.m. Do you know where your congressman is?

Boehner
Boehner
Rep. John Boehner, R-West Chester, was one of only four House members who missed the 1:56 a.m. Friday vote on the tax cut bill, a centerpiece of President Bush's and the GOP's economic agenda this year.

He was in his office at the time, his spokesman Steve Forde said, but somehow did not hear the bells that signal members they must come to the floor for a vote. Forde said he didn't know whether Boehner was sleeping at the time.

"He did not hear the bells. Obviously, this is something he deeply, deeply regrets," Forde said. "Had he voted, he would have voted for it."

Boehner did make it to the floor in time for the next vote at 2:14 a.m. - voting for the House to adjourn for its Memorial Day recess.

Boehner left Washington on Friday morning for the weeklong recess. Forde said he was spending the weekend out of town with his wife.

Boehner is chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee. He represents most of Butler County.

He does not have a record of missing votes. Last year he made 94 percent of the votes and the year before 95 percent - about average, according to Congressional Quarterly.

The $350 billion tax cut passed the House 231-200, so Boehner's vote was not critical.

The vote was almost entirely along party lines. Only seven Democrats voted for it, including Northern Kentucky's Ken Lucas. Indiana Democrat Rep. Baron Hill voted against it.

The Senate passed the tax cut 51-50 Friday, with the Tristate's Republicans all voting for it and the area's only Democratic senator, Evan Bayh of Indiana, voting against.

No one missed the Senate vote.




TOP STORIES
History preserved - by the people who made it
Library joins project to share interviews with war veterans
Alumni are solidly behind Elder
1,000 vehicles likely at funeral
Bellevue creates 'adult' zone

IN THE TRISTATE
Baseball fans still rooting for the home team
Women benefit from jail order
Police say theft ring thwarted
Six new priests to be ordained today
Mom and Dad abroad, gym crowd pitches in
Evendale confronts 'blight'
Memorial Day ceremonies
Memorial Day Closings
Obituary: Mary Julia Hanser, 61, past Mercy Health Partners CEO
Tristate A.M. Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
CLIFF RADEL'S CINCINNATI: Life under the city
McNUTT: Neighborhoods
FAITH MATTERS: Soldier shares miracle

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Developer pays late impact fees
Parlor busted; who gets the case?
Classicway project gets approval

OHIO
Boehner misses 1:56 a.m. House vote for tax cut bill
Tight budgets stall efforts to offer home care
Judges say legislative maps didn't discriminate
Lawmakers listen to nursing homes
Boy, 9, killed when he touches light pole
Jury: Times libeled justice
Gynecologist charged with rape, sexual battery
Carnival baptisms draw complaints
Ex-inmate dies of apparent infection
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
Library's WWI records online
Prison camp survivor to lead parade in Ky.
Court backs school site-based hiring
Reward offered for cemetery vandals
Trial July 18 in claim of assault at Grant Co. jail
Kentucky news briefs
Kentucky obituaries