Jan 25, 2014 2:31 PM by Associated Press

Rep. Grijalva: No regrets over missed votes

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva is on track to earn one of the lowest attendance records in Congress.

An analysis of records done by The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/1fboAG4) and GovTrack, a website that tracks congressional activities and bills, shows Grijalva had the 13th-worst voting record in the House last year.

While other members of Arizona's congressional delegation missed between 4 to 8 percent of votes, Grijalva was absent for 13 percent of them. According to the data, he missed one in seven votes.

The Tucson-based Democrat says many of his absences were intentional. He has missed votes for special events, such as building ceremonies, or for discussions on debate rules.

Grijalva says rather than spend an extra day traveling back to Washington, D.C., he can spend that time with constituents.


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